No matter how you like your horror, it's pretty undeniable that there exists a special little category that mixes the unexpected in with the scary: THE CHEESE. The cheesiest of cheese. I'm talking about animals that speak and possessed musical instruments and stories with what can only be described as having a borderline comedic element to them.
I don't think so, particularly, and looking back at certain classics only strengthens that opinion.
I personally am in a position where I am able to truly enjoy a certain level of cheesiness in my horror (Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter or Quitters, Inc., anybody?) but at the same time, I find myself striving to stay away from it in my own writing. But that isn't because I look down on it or think of it as lesser horror---actually, it's because I'm convinced that at this point I lack the skill to pull it off.
Because, let's be honest, it takes a true baller to get people into a story in which a man hallucinates dancing cigarette ladies and a platter of deviled eggs with eyes.
Sigh. Maybe one day.
What do you guys think? No cheese at all? A little? A lot? A good example of a horror series that really masters this balance, in my opinion, is Tales from the Darkside.