I was doing some random thinking on horror, as I often do... not that the work I'm writing is horror, by any normal definition, but it's still a subject I find myself coming back to often.
I was thinking about how, despite the general impression that horror is that it's dangerous, outside the mainstream of thought. The vast majority of it, however, serves more than anything else to confirm the basic tenets of societies values. Some people/forces are good. Some people/forces are evil. The good people/forces will recognize and fight the evil people/forces, and most of the time they'll win, but even if they don't, it's not an act of artistic subversion, but merely reinforces the need for society to shore up against evil in order to prevent such an end in real life.
As they go, the two basic "monsters" that defy this are werewolves and zombies, which are almost impossible to deal with in such a simplistic way. In fact, one can note that the rising and falling popularity of each seems generally to be during the same times.
The opposite, of course, is the madman and the vampire, which are almost impossible to complicate enough to take away their most basic reactionary nature as symbols of "the other". Even the positive or sympathetic approaches of recent years, nearly always reinforce societies values at their core. Much as it's impossible to build a church of Satan that doesn't in essence reinforce the core truth of the Judeo-Christian mythos, but oh, how they've tried...
It should be no surprise then that werewolves and zombies are easily my favorites. I will, and have, watch nearly anything with either of those. Not merely including some incredible garbage, but a lot that I knew was going to be garbage when I chose to watch it.
It all the more interesting that Dracula by Bram Stoker remains one of my favorite novels, and that while I've come to, if anything, avoid vampires among horror movies I choose to watch, I will, and have, watch literally anything that claims to be an adaptation of that novel, including some incredible garbage.