10 Great Movies That Scared You Without Showing Anything
10. The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project features exactly zero seconds of witches, yet it's one of the most terrifying films ever made.
A lot of that comes down to the brilliant use of audio. Take the sequence where Heather hears strange noises outside and her tent begins to shake. Coupling these horrifying sounds with the dark void of the woods, while minimalist, is relentlessly scary, forcing your mind to fill in the gaps. Your mental image of what's out there is far worse than anything that could appear on camera.
Then there are moments that aren't played up as scares, but that are incredibly eerie in a subtle way and really stay with you. At one point, the characters discover bundles of sticks everywhere, and although nothing overtly scary happens, you're overwhelmed with this feeling that something is deeply wrong. Simply showing the audience a bunch of sticks ends up being more effective than your average scene in any other horror film.
It's a movie that understands that less is more, utilising audio and creepy visuals to create something scarier than it has any right to be.