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Thrilled by horror films that make one think

Horror movie junkies love being scared, but those films that rely less on jump scares and still leave a lingering sense of unease are better

I'm not a big fan of horror movies.

I admit I'm a bit of a wimp - you won't find me riding on a roller coaster or going bungee jumping either. Blood and chainsaws turn me off and I can't bring myself to sit through South-east Asian tales of vengeful spirits and pontianak - vampiric ghosts of women who died in childbirth. They are closer to home and therefore all the more terrifying.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2019, with the headline 'Thrilled by horror films that make one think'. Print Edition | Subscribe