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As we all know, the greatest indictment of a horror game is not being particularly scary, especially if it compensates by trying to put me off my fucking dinner.
Yahtzee discussing Outlast II, Zero Punctuation

Yeah, exactly. Anyone can go and make a jump scare, but they only tend to work if there's build-up (or if, you know, the thing that jumps up at you is actually scary). The jump scares in Arise are just random.
MewLime in a comment of Retsupurae's Retsuflash of Arise 2

there's a difference between a sheet ghost jumping out of a closet shouting "BOO!" and being genuinely scared
MamaLuigi314 in a comment of Retsupurae's Retsuflash of Arise 2

Look at that. It's about as terrifying as Pooh.
Jim Sterling, on Guise Of The Wolf's werewolf.

Now, whenever you mention this movie to anyone, they say 'Frogs?! What do they do, GUM you to death?' And that would identify the central problem with this movie's premise: frogs, on the whole, do two things: a) sit, and b) hop. Neither of which is very threatening. The movie simply hopes you won't NOTICE this, however, and takes the tack of intercutting shots of frogs sitting and/or hopping with the characters going about their business, hoping to create some kind of eerie frisson. Often they will show a character walking by, then pan down to see that: THERE ARE FROGS NEARBY! This effect will horrify you to a slightly lesser degree than picking your toenails.
Cinema de Merde's review of Frogs

It was not scary. It's just...abnormal.

It's always best to have company when you're dealing with a boggart. He becomes confused. Which should he become, a headless corpse or a flesh-eating slug? I once saw a boggart make that very mistake - tried to frighten two people at once and turned himself into half a slug. Not remotely frightening.
Remus Lupin invoking this trope to defeat boggarts, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Is the rapist supposed to be scared by this? I mean, this is significantly less scary than the haunted hay rides I used to take as a kid. And the song itself sounds like the theme song to a children's horror movie, right?
Todd in the Shadows, on the buildup to the Satanic sacrifice of Raymond Hall in A Certain Sacrifice

I'm sorry, I'm really trying! I'm trying so hard to be scared by this kid. But he's just so fucking hilarious! He's just projecting so much that he wants to be scary that it's actually kind of adorable! I just want to pinch his little supposed-to-be-frightening cheeks!
The Nostalgia Critic on the 'Polite Leader' of the gang from The Purge

(laughs)Maybe it's because I'm drunk or something, but uh, Tim Curry's a riot. Were people really scared by this guy? He's hilarious!

Zim: But I choose this particular wormhole especially for the occasion...You see, at the end of this wormhole lies...A ROOM! WITH A MOOSE!!!
Flashes to a white room with a moose staring menacingly
Dib: NOOOO- Wait a minute, did you say a room with a moose?
Zim: Yes, your fear is overwhelming, no?
Dib: Um, no. What's so scary about a room with a stupid moose in it? I mean, yeah, that's a big moose, but really.
Invader Zim, A Room with a Moose


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