I've written a rant or two about this subject, but it keeps coming back to haunt me. Basically, we are living in a time when the old guard of film critics find themselves under seige by Internet bloggers, who can reach a wide audience on the World Wide Web even if they are not lucky enough to get a job at a national newspaper. That's a good thing, but in in the realm of horror criticism, the revolution has not been without its blowback. In their enthusiasm to push cult films, too many horror hounds resort to the "gore is good" theory, which only reinforces the perception of horror as a second rate-genre. As the saying goes, with friends like these...
Anyway, I wrote an in-depth opinion piece about this for Cinefantastique Online, which you can read here.