Critical opinion in the horror genre
What you’ll find from genre fans is forgiveness for the limitations and sloppiness of most horror movies, and no acknowledgment of the glass ceiling in slasher movies. Which would you prefer? Someone who tries to take the genre seriously and criticizes a movie for its shortcomings and doesn’t lend a curve to horror movies? Or someone who gives something a lot of slack because they like the genre? You have to face the fact that there are more bad horror movies made every year than any other genre, other than porn. Most of them are cheap cash in sequels or retreads. Horror fans who argue the quality of the various Friday the 13th movies don’t seem to realize that it’s like debating the quality of the taste of urine samples. “Mmm, you know this one has a little bit of a dry aftertaste that I prefer.” Whether or not some of them have more small moments of amusement than others isn’t relevant to the fact that as movies, they are consistently poor and repetitive. That’s the differentiation you see in fans vs. critics, the willingness to overlook that which is insultingly stupid.
Do you trust someone who treats horror movies within the same guidelines that they treat other movies, or one who believes that a horror movie is better than other movies, and therefore is nearly infallible to criticism and anyone else who looks too closely at it, is close-minded?
For instance, The Exorcist is more likely to be taken seriously than Freddy vs. Jason because it is a better made film in a more traditional sense that can be appreciated by critics for its perceived accomplishments, rather than Fvs.J which is shoddy by most standards. No doubt that an accredited critic is not going to give a chance to Leprechaun 4: In Space, but when it’s a big ticket film The Exorcist, it would seem they would treat it as a “real film.”