Some critics just seem to have it out for the horror genre.
Despite recent releases from acclaimed indie distributors A24 and Blumhouse receiving praise, many reviewers still operate under the assumption that horror movies are by definition a little tawdry, a lower art form, and not worthy of serious discussion.
The critically adored films of Jordan Peele, Ari Aster, and Anna Biller may be starting to change that perception, but even then many releases by these creators are branded as "elevated horror".
The term seems to exist primarily to allow self-serious cineastes an excuse to praise horror without being, heaven forbid, a horror fan.
It's an inexplicable phenomenon as, since the beginning of film as a medium, horror cinema has always featured some of the art form's most interesting and innovative movies. From the gritty intense aura of seventies horror to the witty, deconstructive approach of nineties contributions to the genre, horror has often set trends which more mainstream genres followed in the years after.
With this in mind, this list is here to run down som surprisingly solid horror films that didn’t deserve the critical drubbing they received upon release.