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What gives horror films the fear factor?

"I had nightmares about Freddy Krueger before I even saw A Nightmare on Elm Street"

By Sam Leith   November 2015

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“If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook…” On balance, it may not have been the best idea in the world to watch that movie by myself, in the dark, in bed. For those who may have missed it, The Babadook is a low-budget Australian horror movie about a widow, her disturbed six-year-old son and a mysterious, top-hatted monster from a children’s book which invades their house and her collapsing mind. The tension in this film builds until, about…

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