On episode 107 of the great, wonderful, and very good Be Reel podcast, hosted by the splendiferous Chance Solem-Pfeifer, we talked Halloween. And the Halloween franchise. And John Carpenter’s career as a whole. And “elevated” horror, a buzz phrase that nearly makes me Hulk Out™, because boy is it just the worst buzz phrase. It’s so bad I might deign to describe it as “problematic,” which, frankly it is; horror does not need to be “elevated” to be worth your time, partly because
a) Trashy horror has value, and
b) Horror people consider “elevated” – e.g., well-crafted and focused on evils other than masked slashers – has been around since before 2014
Anyways. You should listen to the podcast, which can be found on the Be Reel site.