A woman I work with wanted a scary movie this weekend. So she rented this.
Yeah, bad mistake...she somehow confused "scary" with "GORY." So it started us talking about films that are really scary without loading on the gore.
"The Shining" came to mind right away, as did "The Thing" and even Nicole Kidman's "The Others." And of course, the whole Japanese subset -- "The Ring," "The Grudge," etc.
I actually think one of those most heart-poundingly scary movies I've ever seen is "Aliens," especially the scene where the Space Marines are examining the colony and Ripley is nervously watching them from back in the command center. As it slowly starts to dawn on her, and them, that they are surrounded (they're in the WALLS!), I cannot stop my heart from pounding. But really, that's a sci-fi film, and my co-worker specifically wanted a horror film.
Anyone want to nominate a film?