Calling it ‘elevated’ horror does a disservice to a genre that doesn’t need elevating

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Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out.” Americans can’t bear to let go of our childhood pleasures. So we elevate the way we talk about them. We call popcorn and chocolate-chip cookies “gourmet,” “small-batch” and “artisanal.” Worn concert tees are now “vintage.” Blue jeans are “designer.” Subconsciously guilty our tastes haven’t changed in decades, we recast our appreciations in self-consciously adult terms. Like “elevated” horror. The term started getting thrown around a few years ago, when critics and audiences were thrilling to smart shockers like “Get Out,” “The Witch,” “Hereditary,” “It Follows,” an…

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