It’s no secret that there are a lot of bad horror movies, but I prefer not to shit all over beginning filmmakers or those who are still learning the tricks of the trade. So for my “worst” list, I focus on filmmakers who really should know better. These are definitely not the worst horror movies of the year, but they are some of the most disappointing.
Let me start off by saying I don’t hate Insidious Chapter 2. It’s not a horrible film, and I know many of our readers loved it. The reason it finds itself on my list is because I don’t recall being so disappointed by a film in years. Insidious is one of my favorite horror movies of the past decade, and The Conjuring is number one on “Best of 2013” list. I’m a huge fan of Wan’s work and to sit through the laborious movie that is Insidious 2 was painful for me. I really wanted to like it. I tried, but when you have to convince yourself you are having a good time, that’s never a good sign. I’m hoping when I rewatch this one my opinion will change, but, until then, I remain disappointed.
Robert Rodriguez is a master of the action genre, but he blew it with Machete Kills. The original film was a blast, packed with awesome cheese and ultraviolent goodness. Unfortunately, Machete Kills falls victim to its own folly. The story is a mess, Machete is the same throughout, and the constant Star Wars references are agonizing. As much as I disliked this one, I’m still curious about Machete Kills in Space.
2013 was not a good year for Spike Lee. First came the Kickstarter controversy (which I still cannot believe received funding), then came Oldboy, which flopped harder than Machete Kills. Why remake a film that’s only a decade old and already considered a masterpiece? I haven’t got an answer. Part of me admires Spike Lee’s audacity, another part is regaled by his antics, but mostly, I just wish he would stop being a douche bag.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Argento is one of my favorite directors. I consider Suspria and Deep Red masterworks of horror, showing Argento’s panache for creating bizarre, original, and beautiful films. Unfortunately, he’s seen a gross decline. Argento’s adaptation of Dracula is an embarrassment, and one of the worst adaptations of Bram Stoker’s classic ever. I really hope he can recover from this one.