I probably do not represent the typical demographic of horror lovers (but really, who does - the fan base is more diverse than I originally thought). Nonetheless, I have found that the current trend in horror movies towards atmospheric chills instead of gore and torture porn is much to my liking. I watched Insidious 2 last night and loved it - as much as I enjoyed the original Insidious. Also this year, Sinister, Mama, Dark Skies, The Conjuring, and Jug Face were all pleasant surprises. I suppose you cannot call these subtle films, but they are creepy and spooky instead of blood fests. Anyway, they have been excellent examples of horror - great characters, fine acting and technically well accomplished. I hope to see more of these similar films in the future.
Anthony Hains is a horror & speculative fiction writer.