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View Poll Results: Vote for which Horror Classic you think is overrated
The Exorcist
17.50%
Rosemary's Baby
10.00%
The Thing (Carpenter)
5.00%
Halloween (Carpenter)
5.83%
Jaws
5.83%
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper)
9.17%
Dawn Of The Dead (Romero)
15.83%
Night Of The Living Dead (Romero)
6.67%
A Nightmare on Elm Street
10.00%
Friday The 13th
42.50%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 120. You may not vote on this poll

Most Overrated Horror Classic

Old 09-16-08, 10:14 PM
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Most Overrated Horror Classic

Would you consider any of these Horror Classics to be overrated? Or do they all deserve the praise they get? BTW, you can vote for more than one if you feel more than one is overrated.

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Rosemary's Baby sucked testicles.
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i don't consider any of those to be overrated...i love them all.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Elaborate? I voted for Friday the 13th and Dawn of the Dead. People always babble on about Romero's witty satire of consumerist culture, but I don't find a few shots of zombies stumbling aimlessly through a shopping mall to be any kind of brilliant statement on the human condition. As for Friday the 13th, it's enjoyably sleazy if you're in the right frame of mind, but I doubt if anyone would seriously affix the "classic" moniker to it.
I despise Friday The 13th, but you'd be surprised how many people consider it a horror classic on the level of Halloween, TCM, etc.
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Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
Rosemary's Baby sucked testicles.
Elaborate? I voted for Friday the 13th and Dawn of the Dead. People always babble on about Romero's witty satire of consumerist culture, but I don't find a few shots of zombies stumbling aimlessly through a shopping mall to be any kind of brilliant statement on our society's material obsession. As for Friday the 13th, it's enjoyably sleazy if you're in the right frame of mind, but I doubt if anyone would seriously affix the "classic" moniker to it. As for an actual classic that I feel to be overrated, I find Bride of Frankenstein to be pretty tedious - the attempts at humor are poorly handled and simply not funny.
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The Exorcist was more humorous to me then suspenseful. I didn't care for Rosemary's Baby either.
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Even though I love the series, Friday the 13th just doesn't hold up to the rest of that list.
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Originally Posted by abe55 View Post
I despise Friday The 13th, but you'd be surprised how many people consider it a horror classic on the level of Halloween, TCM, etc.
I always feel a bit uncomfortable labeling any relatively recent film a classic. To me, classic horror films are titles like Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Cat People, Peeping Tom and The Haunting. No one could seriously suggest that Friday the 13th could measure up to any of those.
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I don't think Friday the 13th is overrated. As mentioned before, no one refers to it as a classic. I would vote that none of the films listed are overrated...if only there was an option for that in the poll.
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Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
Rosemary's Baby sucked testicles.
Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Elaborate?
Rosemary's Baby sucked the components of both the reproductive system (being gonads) and the endocrine system (being endocrine glands). The respective functions of these are producing sperm (spermatozoa). Producing male sex hormones that of which testosterone is the best-known. Both functions of them, sperm-forming and endocrine, are under control of gonadotropic hormones produced by the anterior pituitary.
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Rosemary's Baby was an extremely well made, atmospheric little movie. Loved it when I was a kid, still do. It isn't particularly "scary" though.

That said, Friday the 13th is a terrible movie all around. It isn't overrated, it just sucks.
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In what universe is Friday the 13th considered a classic? Sure it begot a lot of sequels and became a mini pop culture phenomenon, but the film itself is pedestrian and derivative at best.

Rosemary's Baby is sublime. It is part of Polanski's brilliant unofficial "apartment trilogy" along with Repulsion and The Tenant.
It's got great performances all around and atmosphere you can cut with a knife (in the water ).
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Rosemary's Baby was an extremely well made, atmospheric little movie. Loved it when I was a kid, still do. It isn't particularly "scary" though.
I don't know about that. Old people are terrifying, especially when they're naked.
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I dislike - The Exorcist, The Thing, Elm Street, and Friday the 13th.
I like - Halloween, Jaws, Night of the living Dead, & Dawn of the Dead.

The other two I have never seen.
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Jaws blows.
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Jaws and TCM are the only ones imo that aged well from that list.
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The Exorcist EASILY. How it is always at or near the top of "scariest movies of all-time" lists is beyond me. What an absolute borefest.
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The Exorcist (about as frightening as a bag of cotton balls), A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, and, to a lesser extent, Rosemary's Baby, are overrated. As others have pointed out, Friday the 13th isn't highly regarded to begin with.

In my view, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw, and The Thing are true timeless horror classics (in the pantheon alongside others like Black Christmas), while the "Dead" series is merely very good.
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Bride of Frankenstein....Oh wait, no "Other" option available.
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I think Jaws is overrated. I don't recall one time ever I been afraid, because frankly the shark looks fake as hell. It don't look real. And yeah I know it's an old movie, but there is no fear factor there.

But the last time I saw the movie on DVD I couldn't watch it all, it put me to sleep.
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'Susperia'
Interesting choice of music and a great opening kill didn't make up for everything else being mind-numbingly bad

Of the ones on the list:
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'Dawn Of The Dead'
I like both but don't think they are masterpieces. Guess I saw them too late
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NONE OF THE ABOVE and you all should be ashamed. Ashamed, I tell you. Horror has an admittedly low bar, but there's genuine crap out there and none of these films fall that low. The worst of the lot is miles above something like Mirrors.
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They're talking about 'classics' though.
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THE OMEN and its endless sequels.

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