It’s a struggle to get mainstream critics to see horror films for what they are: an escape from reality and a source of entertainment. While some genre film offerings are more profound than others, lack of subtext isn’t a valid reason to write a film off as insignificant. If a picture is smartly paced, entertaining, and does what it has set out to do, there’s no discernible reason the feature should be brutally attacked by critics.
All too often, horror titles are treated like substandard entertainment by the mainstream media. It seems as though some critics go into a horror film with the predisposition that what they’re about to watch is somehow a lesser form of entertainment. If that mindset is of the majority of most mainstream critics, it would explain why the Rotten Tomatoes score for so many quality horror films is so low.
Not every horror picture can be Psycho or The Shining, but that doesn’t mean that each title shouldn’t be evaluated on its own merits. Every horror film deserves the same thoughtful and unbiased analysis that any other feature would receive. In defense of some of our favorite horror titles that have been unduly lambasted by mainstream critics, we are bringing you 13 great horror titles that received rotten reviews.
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