Fans know it, even if the “mainstream” doesn’t. Horror films can be as much cinematic Art as any Oscar winner. Critics ignore the genre to their own detriment, or the detriment of their credibility. Remember when there was a movement by fans to get Bill Moseley nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars? Totally deserved, no question, but it didn’t happen. The Academy let Anthony Hopkins slip through one time; they’re not gonna repeat their mistake. As they see it, Horror doesn’t belong at their table. The truth is, THEY don’t belong at OUR table.
Here’s a list of artistic Horror films. It offers some fine selections, like THE SHINING, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and SUSPIRIA, new arrival THE WITCH deservedly made the cut, as did the silent classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. The list, though, is limited. Might I recommend the Spanish-language masterpiece THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE as a supplement? Or Lon Chaney’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? In terms or films of fairly recent vintage, I suggest MAY, starring Angela Bettis in one of the most uncomfortably realistic performances I’ve ever seen, onscreen or off. And no list of Artsy genre films would be complete without something from Ed Wood. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is more Sci-Fi than Horror, so I’d recommend BRIDE OF THE MONSTER. And no, I’m not being facetious.