Scariness

    Does this film make you jump in your seat, scream out loud, frighten you in a physical way? Are you forced to look away from the screen or grip your partner’s hand?

    Horror

    Does this film create a new phobia in you? Does it have such strange, twisted, horrible imagery that it leaves you feeling… changes… some how. Unable to sleep that night.

    Terror

    Does this film make you watch it through your fingers, shielding your eyes from what is to come because of the tension and anticipation creating a palpable unease?

    Entertainment

    Does this film just flat out rock? Despite any other flaws it might have, could you watch it over and over and never get tired? Is it badass, funny, crazy, or stupidly entertaining?

    Premise

    Does this film have a strong opening sequence? Does it have a basic premise that is unique, clever, scary, and well thought out? Is the setting interesting and intriguing?

    Characters

    Does this film have believable characters, who are fun to spend time with, that do not seem like simple one-dimensional tropes, and who develop over the course of the film?

    Societal Impact

    Does this film have a societal impact; does it reflect the zeitgeist of the time it was about or the time in which it was made? Does this film influence horror films that came after it? Did it make a big splash critically or at the box office?

    Memorability

    Does this film stand the test of time? Is it easily discernible from other films in the genre? Do the horrors communicated in the film transfer to any era?

    Performance

    Does this film have acting performances that are fun to watch, skillfully performed, and believable realized? Are the performances unique and memorable?

    Production / Effects

    Does this film’s special effects, cinematography, pacing, art direction, and any other technical aspects of movie-making stand out as memorable, unique, or exemplary?

    Villain

    Does this film’s Monster or Villain scare you? Are they unique, memorable, well realized, and just plain awesome?

    Ending

    Does the film stick the landing? Does it deliver on the premise from the beginning of the film, or does it suffer from the problem plaguing horror, the “third act problem?”

    Sexual Content

    Does this film have a lot of weiners, boobies, butts, and … chaste flash of ankle? Is there lots of sex and suggestive material? How awkward would this be to watch right next to your mother?