Genre Films vs. Cinema: What’s a Horror Lover to Do?

Mike Frohwein

Mike Frohwein, also known as The Mike to some, is a Midwestern film freak who writes about horror, genre, and cult cinema at his blog, From Midnight, With Love. Aside from horror, he's an avid fan of Alfred Hitchcock, classic Hollywood cinema, and the occasional big budget action film. Mike is also an obsessive DVD collector, and hopes to one day have a room for his movies.

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3 Responses

  1. Nathan Chase says:

    I’m definitely a genre fan. Pretty much everything in my Top 20 is either sci-fi, fantasy, or animated. I don’t have any real “highbrow” films there because I don’t really like those films nearly as much. My list is ranked by enjoyment first, quality of film-making second. Not that both qualities aren’t important in my decision making process, but how much I enjoy a film will always sway my opinion over what I think is a technically superior film.

    Enjoyed your post! Look forward to more of them!

  2. Emily C says:

    I completely agree with you The Mike! I’ve run into many pairings where I’ll choose the horror, scifi, or similar film rather than the “technically” superior film, just because, while I like many of those films that typical critics dub “the best of the best”, personally I’d rather watch something like Halloween (1978), or Invasion of the Body Snatchers, rather than Schindler’s List or Citizen Kane. I often have to ask myself- “..but which would I rather watch…which is more enjoyable.” I long ago rid myself of any potential guilt in my preference for genre films as well. Everything is a matter of personal taste and my tastes just tend to lean toward horror, scifi, and action adventures.

  3. KingofPain says:

    I grew up in the 80s watching late night cable, so the foundation for my taste in movies is horror and sleaze flicks. I was schooled by Joe Bob Briggs and Showtime After Dark. Like you, I have ventured into more “cultured” territory, but my heart never strays too far from the movies that got me interested in cinema in the first place.

    If Schindler’s List comes up against Pieces, Zombie or even Elvira, Mistress of the Dark in a matchup, I feel no hesitation.