Despite most Slasher films being gory and violent, the founders of the genre are very subtle and not gore-fests at all. The two I'd recommend are the original Psycho
(the proto-slasher of sorts) and the original Halloween
. Neither is particularly bloody, despite the subject matter, and both are very tense and scary. On that note, while isn't nearly as reserved as the two I just mentioned, Scream
is surprisingly reserved and psychological. The only really ultra-gorey scene I can think of is the opening.
There are also a couple of films that manage to be really gorey while simultaneously being subtle. Hellraiser
and Event Horizon
are both very scary films with psychological aspects (EV moreso than Hellraiser), but both also feature extremely graphic sequences, so I'm not sure if you'd want to try them out.
edited 20th Sep '12 7:24:12 PM by LizardBite