Rules: Horror movie recommendations

Making horror movie recommendations to people one does not know well is often risky. Obviously, the inverse holds equally true: In accepting horror movie suggestions from folks one does not personally know, the viewer is taking a chance on the accuracy of those recommendations.

Why is this, exactly? There are several important factors to consider.

  1. Personal taste in horror themes: As we have mentioned repeatedly, different horror fans find various horror themes to be scary or frightening. For example, the suggesting party may be a big fan of Asian horror; however, if the suggestee finds long-haired ghosts to be silly but not scary, then the recommendation will fail on its sword. Likewise, a fan of psycho killer films may find supernatural themes to be lacking in the terror department.
  2. Date/timeliness of material: If one does not take into account the release date of a horror title, the cumulative aging effects of the production values may weigh in unfavorably. Suffice to say that a 1975 horror film cannot be held to the same standards as a 2010 horror film even when the content is virtually identical. For instance, compare the 1981 version of Friday the 13th with its 2010 remake: it’s unfair to compare the two using identical standards.
  3. Unrealistic expectations: Ironically, when one receives a very strong recommendation that a given horror film is, let’s say, “Scary as shit,” the ante is upped and expectations can be significantly raised.