I fully agree with this tangent. It’s these odd and narrowed definitions of horror that have left Gothic Horror fans out in the cold and cause traditional Gothic Horror to be bashed as “not real Horror. I wince every time someone tries to tell me Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not a horror film because there is a love story or the 2004 mini-series version of Frankenstein is not horror because the characters are too well developed.
The Woman in Black and Crimson Peak are also victims of this mindset that completely dismisses Gothic horror AS a form of Horror.
Hell, how many horror fans are humiliated to admit they actually kind of liked Warm Bodies because of all the condescending Gene Wilder memes that say “You love zombie films? Tell me again how you liked Warm bodies.” as if the two are mutually exclusive. Note: I admit Warm bodies is cheesy but R is actually a lot more interesting than Edward Cullen.
The point remains that we stigmatize and segregate in our own favorite genre and we are essentially shooting ourselves in the foot by embarrassing people out of liking their favorite films or seeing films that interest them. I recall my stepfather having that mindset back in the late 1990s and early 2000s where when I turned on Sleepy Hollow he immediately dismissed it’s horror aspect because it was “Old timey” as if the period it’s set in suddenly removes the horror.