Evil Dead is a good example of extreme, ultra gore, with way to much blood in it, that is still a terrific horror movie because it was dark-funny and for it's time it depicted things (i.e tree rape) that was considered extreme and would have actually frightened audience.
In my opinion, what ruins most movies is there lack of taste for their gore, they splash it on as much of they can as opposed to using the idea of something horrific, or slight use of blood and violence, because when people think about something that is about to happen, half the time they can build themselves up to an idea that can be more scary than what they show. Although in some movies, like slashers, zombie movies etc the use of ultra violence...Oh, also Miike movies lol...becomes needed on occasion. But lets be realistic, it takes a rare special movie to make a "stupendous" breakthrough in those genres, although it does happen - 28 Days Later for example.
Also, I think the writting is the movie, not just the most important part. Without a solid story it changes horror movies. Definate writting quality difference between Seven and I know What You Did Last Summer.
I am in the midst of listening to this PodCast - needless to say I am a little behind the times, eh? You are doing, did, or however a great job. Funny stuff, and some new info! Good discussion points also.
Podcast 2 is next!