Does anyone remember the movie The Order? Probably not, and for good reason….it was awful. For me it was a typical example of what we generally see in the area of supernatural thriller/horror movies, meaning it had a great premise but failed to deliver on just about every level.
I saw The Order back in 2003 while I was in Airborne School. I had just read William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist and re-watched the film so perhaps my expectations were too high (although I realize there are plenty of people who find The Exorcist silly and not scary; at least they think that way about the film). Nevertheless, I was very disappointed with The Order.
That being said, I can only think of three movies that have genuinely frightened me to my “existential core”. They are:
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Sixth Sense
To be honest, The Sixth Sense wasn’t “scary” on the same level as the other two. However, I thought it an outstanding movie that treated its subject with intelligence and depth, where as The Order did not. Furthermore, while I was “spooked” by The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and even The Last Exorcism I did not find the films “spiritually” terrifying.
I’d love you hear some thoughts on why you think the majority of scary movies made are not scary and what you think makes a film truly frightening. Of course, please give me some recommendations/thoughts/etc. regarding some of your favorite scary movies.