Consider This: Is Horror A Dirty Word in Giving A Film Acclaim?

Here is an editorial I wrote with David, over at THAT MOMENT IN. We discuss why “Horror” is considered a dirty word among acclaimed critics and serious film fans. Also highlighted in this serious article is upcoming festival hit “horror” film THE WITCH… destined to get genre switched to “thriller.”

I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned for more CONSIDER THIS editorials coming soon.

That Moment

Consider This is an editorial opinion segment featuring personal examinations and thoughts on the state of film. This week, we take a closer look the horror genre and how the term has become synonymous with less significant filmmaking.

The Thesis: The Witch, the latest film by Jarin Blaschke is about a family in 1600’s New England who separate from society and practice their faith on the edge of a dark forest, where presumably a witch lives and begins to terrorize them. We praised the trailer and wrote about our impressions of it hereThe trailer is clearly marketing a horror film. It has all the telltale signs, including an atmospheric score, editing, sound effects, and lots of blurbs from critics using words like, “Unnerving¹”, “Nightmarish²”, and “Terrifying³” splashed across the screen. Yet as the film garners more interest and early reviews heap praise, a subtle shift is…

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4 thoughts on “Consider This: Is Horror A Dirty Word in Giving A Film Acclaim?

  1. I saw this piece on the other site and thought it was really pretty brilliant. It really struck a chord with me because I consider myself guilty of the same branding. I equate horror with slasher, which I suppose is unfair and not always the case, but I find the slasher genre so degrading that I stay far away and probably miss some rather good ones as a result.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Jay. And thanks for the compliments. Film is subjective right. But it does feel like horror really got negatively infected by the slasher sub-genre.

      A good movie is a good movie, unfortunately I do understand the genre stigma. Sometimes it’s good to be scared. A focus on character ensures we can not only take it seriously, but also fear for these characters’ safety even more.

      I love it when a horror crosses over, it makes me feel less guilty for enjoying a “dirty” genre 😉

      Thanks for being open-minded enough to read the lengthy editorial too. It means a lot!


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