My Wednesday theater foray got me to "1408", which is pretty typical Stephen King fare. That is, it has some scary bits, but in the end it doesn't really hold together. There is an early scene in which they set the audience up for the "It was only a dream" ending, and then late in the movie they play that out, and then renege on it. This MIGHT have been effective, if they hadn't been so obvious about the initial set up, and thereby taken the edge off of EVERYTHING in the interim. And then in the end... Yeah, it all really happened, but there is NO answer to the question of why; we are left to assume that the room was evil for no reason whatsoever. What is the point of that?
On Wednesday evening we watched a tape of the 1997 "Snow White" with Sigourney Weaver as the wicked stepmother. This version of the story is played purely for horror, and it worked fairly well. I say fairly because for horror to really work you have to actually care about the victims, and this never really accomplished that.