The Problem With Comparing Horror Movies…


I’m still waiting on the horror movie of the decade to come out. In my honest opinion, there really hasn’t been an “elite” horror movie to be released since the 2000s. Sure, we’ve had some horror movie blockbusters and some solid hollywood remakes since the 2000s, but I still think that “The Ring” was the last actually horrific horror film to be produced that somewhat kept me awake at night. And by “somewhat,” I mean that I had to put a towel over my bedroom TV for a week straight. So, as I’ve been trying to compare horror movies to one another lately, I realized something: The problem with comparing horror movies is that there are so many different kinds of horror movie sub-genres, that each sub-genre has its own advantages and caveats. These advantages and caveats are enough to require horror films within a sub-genre to be compared only to other horror films within its sub-genre in order to be compared fairly. (Are you still with me?) So, for example: there are “slasher” movies, where the shine of a knife has to be just right, there are “alien” movies, where there has to be nasty bug-sounding alien clicking noises or else I don’t believe what I’m seeing, and then there are “witch” movies, where it’s less about the witch herself and more about the crazy sh*t she’s conjuring. Each horror movie exists in its own sub-genre with its own properties that make it what it is, and I think that’s what makes it so difficult to compare horror movies to one another. The point being: you can’t really compare “Halloween” to “The Thing,” but a comparison between “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” is completely fair game – do you see what I mean? I’m going to be writing up a few horror movie reviews as we draw closer to the fall and Halloween – AKA the best time of the year with the greatest holiday of the year – and I thought it would be appropriate to write up this “disclaimer” before proceeding. What do you think? Should horror movies only be compared to other horror movies within its sub-genre, or is there some magical formula I can use to properly and fairly rate, compare, and rank any given horror movie amongst another? Comment your thoughts and ideas down below!

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One thought on “The Problem With Comparing Horror Movies…

  1. Interesting thoughts, although I think there have been plenty of “elite” horror movies released recently. It Follows, Lake Mungo, The Conjuring, The Babadook, Sinister… Like you said, it can be difficult to compare horror to any other genre, but I think those movies stand up on their own outside of genre-specific favoritism.

    The horror genre is just filled up with so much garbage, more so than any other type of film. As a result, at the most basic level of categorization, I would put horror movies into two groups: Horror movies that are good enough to show people that don’t really like horror, and horror movies that are good enough horror movies to satisfy those who are into the genre.

    I’ll recommend anyone classics like the original Carnival of Souls or Dawn of the Dead, but I know not everyone is really going to dig Cannibal Holocaust.

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