i can't believe i typed that, but just in case one has not seen the movies we're talking about... well, GO already! lay-ze and DR are not wrong when it comes to movies!
yeah, the jump scares get old for me as well. TCM succeeded where so many others failed because of many factors, one of which was they kept the gore very realistic. there weren't buckets of blood or 85 feet of pig entrails strewn about. the gore was believable. then, they gave you a solid cast of weirdos... to put this another way, when the guy wearing someone else's face and running around w/ a stihl at full throttle isn't the weirdest guy in town, you've walked into hell. the last thing that i thought was brilliant was the casual cruelty of leatherface. when he hangs that kid up on the meat hook, it's done in this really casual gesture, as if the big man was packing for a weekend at sandals. that was just mind-numbingly violent, and he cared about the kid less than you or i do an action figure. brilliant scene man, beautifully shot, acted, and directed.
trick r treat was great, the dylan baker story was my fav, but on the whole thing was well executed. i loved the way they integrated the stories, that was innovative for the anthology movie, and innovation is sorely lacking in all films these days. the nice thing was, as a horror movie goes, it was fairly ungory and not really crazy violent, and thus my earlier statement about it's general kid-safety. kid's need a good scare, and halloween is that time... and trick r treat is a safe entry into the genre, from where i sit.
getting to your point about ghost story kind, now i like a well executed gorefest... but the line between well executed and retarded is a fraction of a hair's width. for example... saw, the original, i loved that. the ending especially made that film. the collector was excellent, that it required a greater suspension of disbelief. but like, the marcus nispel redo of TCM was a complete waste of time. the new freddy was worse... so far, all the franchise slashers have disappointed. all of them missed what made the original scary and memorable. the freddy one in particular, i couldn't help but think they needed to go further. i know, i usually agree w/ you, that less is more, but in that case, they really tip-toed WAY around the issue, and tried not to offend anyone w/ the fact that he was a kiddie diddler... he's a kiddie diddler!!! he's the worst possible kind of monster, friggin make me uncomfortable!! if i'm not on the couch, rooting on the parents who burned him alive, you didn't do your damned job in making the film. he's a villain, i'm supposed to hate him in life, and fear him in death. god that was disappointing. there are times when some of the modern horror films seem to forget that point is to make he upset, disturb me, SCARE ME! the last one that really did the number on me was the human centipede and i'm DYING to see how you top that w/ full sequence (HC was was subtitled "the first sequence" and the sequel is full sequence, and the third entry will be final sequence for those not in the know) that movie left me traumatized, like i'd just blown myself.
Prying open my third eye