Man at His Best

What Makes A Movie Scary?

So these are the tricks filmmakers use.

BY MATT MILLER | Aug 10, 2016 | Film & TV

It seems so simple, doesn't it? Put a character in a dark room, have something jump out at him/her. Boom. You have a scary movie. Right? Actually, it requires quite a bit more than that. Take, for example, the case study outlined by Now You See It.

The popular YouTube channel took Lights Out, a horror film directed by David F. Sandberg, which is currently in theatres. The full-length movie comes from a short film of the same name. Each one—the theatrical version and the short—have one very similar scene. A woman is shutting off lights, but when she turns it out, she sees the shadow of someone standing in a doorway.

But, one of these scenes is scarier than the other. Why? They're basically the same concept, but it's in the lighting, the length, the tension, the setting, and the positioning of the characters that makes one more terrifying.

Placed side-by-side, it's incredible how so many small details can make two very similar scenes so different.

From: Esquire US.