I recently came across an article published by Jason Zinoman of the NY Times discussing what makes horror fans and horror directors tick. With the increasing number of horror films that have been packed into the theater this summer, especially this month, its clear that horror movies have been in the mainstream eye a bit more so than usual. However, to many of us seasoned horror fans, we've seen so many throat slashing, stabbing and torture scenes that it takes a lot to truly scare us. With all that horror directors have seen and done with their own films, they are no different. The NY Times takes a look at a very diverse group of horror directors and explores the challenges they face in coming up with what makes a horror film truly scary. Mr. Zinoman polls 12 different horror directors (James Gunn, Ti West and Herschell Gordon Lewis to name a few) on what has been the scariest movies they've ever seen. Their answers differ from horror classics to gritty grindhouse type films but it's clear that they are all passionate about the genre and the movies that inspire them.
You can view the full article along with a supporting video featuring scenes from some of the horror movies mentioned by the directors at the NY Times Official Site. Take a look and feel free to chime in on the movies that you've found truly scary over the years.