When an intelligent horror film is released, fans of the genre often judge its merit by its level of pretension. Movies like The Silence of the Lambs and Get Out are widely accepted as well-done works of art – though that doesn’t keep some viewers from critiquing their storytelling or refusing to name them as part of the horror genre altogether. The ultimate success of any piece of art is, of course, subjective, but people still ask, “Is this actually good, or is it just pretentious?”
There is a general consensus that filmmakers like Lars von Trier – though he retains a dedicated fan base – mostly produces eye-roll worthy cinema. And although every item on this list has curated enough attention to assume it merits some level of worth, horror fans on the internet have agreed they rank among the most pretentious movies of all time.
As you vote on whether these films are groundbreaking in their form or just showy artistry, contemplate what it means to be pretentious and if these movies contribute to the genre in a valuable way.