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Unpopular Horror Opinions

Unpopular Horror Opinions

Hello friends! It’s Vera here, here with our final Spooky October post of 2021. All good things must come to an end and all that, but still, I’m always sad to see this event go as I love the spooky season so much. I’m really proud of the posts we put up this year and incredibly thankful to our wonderful guest-posters who were over here “visiting” Wordy & Whimsical on Mondays throughout the month. Big shout out to the wonderful Caro, Destiny, Olivia and Tasya – make sure to give them a follow.

I’m really excited to share today’s post with you. As some of you might know, I’m a big fan of talking about unpopular opinions, be those mine or other people’s, as I think it’s fun to discuss our different takes on things. Given that we are currently celebrating Spooky October on our blog, I had the idea to share some horror specific unpopular opinions with you today; some related to books, others to movies.

As always, know that these are only my opinions, so don’t take them as me bashing your favorites or your opinion. We are all different and that’s what makes us special. 😊 Now without further ado, let us jump into my unpopular horror opinions!

  • From the books I’ve read by Stephen King, I don’t think he deserves as much hype as he gets.

Truth to be told, I’ve only read three novels by him (Carrie, The Shining, Pet Sematary) but as I had pretty significant issues with all of them – despite rating them all four stars – I doubt I’ll try anything else by King in the future. He isn’t a bad writer, but I don’t consider him as exceptional as a lot of horror fans do. I think he is really good at building up the tension, especially before the real horror starts – for example, the build up to the events of The Shining is much more compelling to me than the action packed horror scenes towards the end.

  • Speaking of King, while The Shining is a decent novel, I hated the film adaptation.

Before watching the film, I was told that I should try to separate the book and the movie, because as an adaption the movie kind of fails… Personally, I think the movie fails as a horror – or thriller – period. Besides my issues with the plot, I didn’t find the actors’ portrayal of the characters convincing. I don’t know how one can watch Jack Nicholson’s acting in The Shining and find it creepy.

  • The 2015 film, It Follows, is nicely shot but incredibly dull.

You all, I was so damn excited for this film! By the time it arrived to Hungarian theaters, it was really hyped, so I went to see it at the cinema expecting to be blown away by it. Well, my mind was indeed blown by how bored I was all through the film. I understand that this is a more artsy film and I knew that going in, but still, I was unable to enjoy It Follows.

  • I never got the hype over Anna Dressed in Blood.

I feel like there wasn’t a lot of horror in the book blogging world back in the early 2010s, so even though Anna Dressed in Blood was published in 2011, it was still a big title by the time I arrived to the blogosphere in 2014. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations, but my dumb ass rated it four stars nonetheless, because I didn’t want to be the odd one out. Smh.

  • I don’t necessarily think jump scares are bad.

Not sure how unpopular this opinion is, but sometimes I feel like the whole horror community despises jump scares… while I don’t? Obviously, if a film has nothing going for it but the jump scares then I probably won’t enjoy it, but many times, the jump scares can add to the film. For me, the first Conjuring film is a good example of how jump scares can be incorporated into a film in an exciting way.

  • Bird Box‘s Netflix adaption was awful.

I was a tad hesitant about Bird Box, the book, as I read it at a time when I wasn’t sure I could find a horror novel truly scary. Thankfully, I loved and was positively creeped out by Bird Box, so I was incredibly excited for the adaption. Believe me when I say that I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s one of the worst, if not the worst, adaptations I’ve ever seen. Somehow, the film wasn’t half as tension-filled as the novel and even worse, it seemingly sucked out the soul of the characters. The characters I loved and was rooting for in the book turned into characters I couldn’t care less about.

  • It: Chapter 2 didn’t live up to It: Chapter 1.

For someone that doesn’t like King, I sure have seen / read quite a few of his works, but look, it’s effectively impossible to ignore his stories if you are a horror fan. In any case, I really loved It: Chapter 1 and even though I’m not particularly scared of clowns, I found Pennywise terrifying. Then came Chapter 2 and for me, it was so much more forgettable than Chapter 1. Also, the way the creators handled the gay “rep” (I’m being so generous calling it that) made me really angry.

Let’s chat!

What are your unpopular horror opinions? Do we have any in common? Or do you disagree with mine?

16 thoughts on “Unpopular Horror Opinions

  1. I honestly haven’t read any Stephen King’s novel yet.. and I haven’t watched the shinning either 🀣 so I can’t be of help here, ahah

    I quite like jumpscares too! The conguring universe is definately a favorite, as I do prefer the more paranormal kind of horror.

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  2. I’m not a big fan of SK either tbh, and I agree on jump scares. Yeah, they can be poorly done, but they can also be really well executed and VERY fun! I get a bit tired of hearing people say they “cheapen” the media. Horror doesn’t all have to be subtle, slow, and “high-brow” – it can also be action-packed, loud, and in your face. I could rant about that for a while. πŸ˜…

    Thank you again for including me this month! I loved reading all of these posts β™₯

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    1. I always feel so weird saying I’m a horror fan that doesn’t like King – his name is so deeply associated with the genre. :/ You’re so right, jump scares don’t cheapen horror at all.. they can done in such a fun way and can add a lot of tension to a film, imo.

      Thank you for participating!! β™₯β™₯


  3. I totally agree with you on Stephen King! I still have yet to finish one of his books and while his writing is fine, he takes a little too long to get to the actual meat of the plot and spends too much time setting things up. I actually like the movie The Shining more than the book for that reason πŸ˜… And I’m not a fan of jump scares because a lot of inexperienced directors use them as a quick way to unsettle the audience and end up overusing them. They can be well done but finding a movie with well-done jump scares has become so rare for me.

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    1. You described King’s writing so well – I have a friend who is a big fan of King’s books but even she says that he overwrites his novels. πŸ˜… Hm, I see your point for sure! I find jumpscares fun and think they can add a lot of tension to horror films but they can definitely be over-done.


  4. Thank you for letting me be part of Spooky October, it has been so much fun and I loved reading all the posts 🧑

    I actually really liked Anna Dressed in Blood (I first read it in 2017, so I completely missed the hype), but then have been disappointed by Kendare Blake’s other books πŸ™ˆ

    I cannot deal with most jumpscares, but I wouldn’t say that they are bad – just not for me πŸ˜„

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    1. Thank you for participating in Spooky October!! 🧑🧑

      I’m glad you enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood!! I thought about reading one of her books but decided against it in the end.. I guess I made the right choice.

      I really love jumpscares because if done right they add so much tension to horror, but I can see that they might not work for other people exactly for that reason. πŸ˜„

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  5. I guess King knows his horror (though I found the topiary animals in The Shining risible), but to me, he’s not a master when it comes to writing. I mean, I’ve only read a couple of his books, but his prose tends to rely too much on expletives and doesn’t have that evocative quality that I prefer in my books.

    I did like Anna Dressed in Blood, but the sequel left me lukewarm. The titular character mythology was strong, but nowadays, if I had to recommend a horror book/series, it would be a McGuire one LOL.

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    1. The topiary animals were entertaining, to say the lease. I agree with you – his books usually contain some really well-written horror scenes, but as a whole they are underwhelming. I think what I find the most frustrating in his books is that despite their length I always feel like the characters could have been better. That’s kind of criminal in my book. πŸ˜„

      I never would have guessed that you’d recommend McGuire, lmao.


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