Fair enough, though: Disney does well with the suspense and thrill of the supernatural and everything going bump in the night. Even their classic cartoons get the scares on! Interestingly enough, you never would've guessed that these three films are as scary as they are in this day and age when gore, jump scares, and freakish special effects take center stage --
These Films Will WOW You With the Minimalist Approach to Horror
Proof that you don't need a bucket of blood to freak the sh*t out of someone. Don't get me wrong, though -- the film, and the book, CARRIE, by Stephen King ranks up there with everything else the guy wrote. These three films, though, prove that a story can scare just as much as a masked serial killer:
- LADY IN WHITE -- As far as ghost stories go, this charming tale during the golden age of the kids adventure movie (like Goonies and Monster Squad, which honestly weren't terribly scary, but fun) somehow managed to freak the ever-loving sh*t out of me when I was a kid. Even today as an adult, certain scenes chill me to the bone. Click here for more of an inside look into this classic.
- SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES -- The first of the two Disney features. And this one's a doozie. One of my favorites, and to make it even better. Based on Ray Bradbury's novel! Some of the scenes here are utterly mystifying. Check out a deeper look into the film right here.
- THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS -- I honestly had some freakish nightmares after watching this Disney period piece with nostalgia. No question: so many scary scenes here, and they featured literally no special effects at all.
And if you don't believe me on the scare factor with these extremely 'toned-down' horror flicks, test me. Give it a run. Rent these suckers out. Find them on Netflix. I dare you to sit down and watch one of these bad boys.
The Real Horror Gets You Thinking About Some of the More Disturbing Stuff
Honestly, the reason why these films really hit home (more than, say, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th) is that it gets your brain thinking. You start wondering. You start asking questions. And you're a bit worried about what the answer might be.
Mystery films and books take that cue and run with it, basically. True horror just takes that cue as well and adapts it. The result is pure gold.