Most of them I've seen suffer from: (1) predictability; (2) implausibility; (3) lack of character depth; (4) bad acting; (5) bad directing; and/or (6) bad premises.
I agree that there is a plethora of horror that fits that description. And some of them can be fun little films.
But they aren't what makes me like horror.
There are some true gems in the horror genre that are well written, well acted, well directed and just overall strike a chord. Some of them are even thought provoking and make social critiques.
I'm talking about classics like:
Dawn of the Dead (Original)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Original)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Original)
28 Days Later
... among many others
Don't judge a genre by its trash. Judge it by its classics. If given a fair shot, I think the horror genre holds up quite well.
ETA: and don't even get me started on the meaning/importance of the "final girl"
This post was edited on 8/22 at 2:58 pm