Horror fans are well known for being an opinionated bunch. Whether it be a broad question, like which movie is the scariest, or a more specific query, like who would win, Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, genre aficionados love nothing more than arguing about the relative merits of their favorite film, slasher, subgenre, or various bits of minutia that makes people on the outside scratch their head. Things have a tendency to get rather heated, and many of us will cling to our opinions to our dying breaths.

With Halloween on the way, it’s the time of year when the spookier side of cinema takes center stage, whether you’re watching Crimson Peak in the theater (which most of you didn’t do) or marathoning low-budget schlock-fests with friends and a few beers from the comfort of your couch. What better time to run through some of the meanest, most vicious disagreements horror fans get into on a regular basis. Friendships have ended, blows have been exchanged, and there has been little to no resolution to most of these arguments, but this still sounds like a good time to us. Let us know where you stand on each issue below.

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Which Is Scarier, Slow Zombies Or Fast Zombies?
With movies like 28 Days Later and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, among others, zombies have in recent years largely transformed from shambling rotting corpses to speedy, more action-oriented antagonists. In a one-on-one situation, an undead aggressor that can chase down a hero is, according to some, more frightening than a slow, clumsy, brain-dead member of the walking dead. In the new millennium, this is an idea that has caught on, especially as it jibes with our increasing demand for continual action. And at its core, this argument truly boils down to action versus tension.

The counter to that is that zombies are scary precisely because they’re not fast. Making them fast essentially makes them just like other movie monsters and takes away the thing that sets them apart. They’re more of a looming, ominous threat. One slow zombie on its own isn’t particularly frightening, but five, ten, a swarm? They’re more of a force of nature, more a glacier than a lightning strike. They’re inevitable: you get tired, you have to rest, you’ll run out of bullets, they won’t, they’ll never stop, they’ll keep coming until they chow down on your sweet, sweet brain. This backdrop of constant tension is a perfect canvas for movies to explore the human side of their stories. Slow zombie movies, at least the good ones, are rarely about the creatures themselves, but how the survivors react to them and the base, ugly (and occasionally heroic) side of humanity that they bring out.

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