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What’s One Horror Movie You Hate That Everyone Else Loves?

You know the feeling. You’ve heard about this one movie forever. Everyone loves it. “What? You haven’t seen ‘The Best Horror Movie Ever Made’?! How can you call yourself a fan? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!!!”

“Fine,” you figure. You cave. You track down the movie and… not only do you not like it, you’re kind of mad at everyone for giving you a hard time about it. What were they thinking? I wrote about this a few months ago when I polled you guys on Event Horizon. I was on the cusp of revisiting the film then and I wanted to take your temperature on it. An overwhelming 81% of you clicked on the “I Love It” tab in our poll. 15.57% of you were mixed and only 3.41% of you “hated” it. Well, I finally watched it again and I didn’t love it. I wasn’t even mixed. Keeping in check with the positivity I’m trying to bring into 2014, I’m going to refrain from going ballistic on it and will instead simply say I disliked it. It had some cool images here and there, but the whole thing still feels chintzy to me. I just can’t get my head around where the psychological purchase point is that allows the film to support the weight of expectation placed on it.

That doesn’t mean you guys that loved it are wrong! In fact, you’re in pretty good company! Even Gravity director Alfonso Curaron really likes it. It just means that I, for whatever reason, don’t connect with the zeitgeist in this particular instance. This happens occasionally, and reminds us that we are all special snowflakes. I even know some people who hate Jaws… actually there’s something definitely wrong with those people. We can disagree all you want but you’re not allowed to hate Jaws. That’s the one case where you’d be factually wrong.

How about you guys? What are some films that you just “don’t get” that everyone else seems to love?



  • BlazinGun5024

    It would be the Saw movies and maybe the Captain America movie. I can’t stand them.

    • doomas10

      Captain America is not horror 😀

      • chambertlo

        If you saw it, you would know that it is horrific to watch. Ba-ZING!

  • Lindazilla

    Blair Witch and all the craptastic ‘found footage’ stuff it spawned.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    The obvious choice for me is Paranormal Activity, but I’m going to say All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. That movie gets so much love and praise and while I respect that people like or love it and don’t want to insult them, I can’t understand why it’s so popular. I’ve said again and again it’s a typical teen horror flick that doesn’t deserve to bear the name slasher, the characters are all unlikable and the twist is predictable and not shocking at all. Some even compared it to Scream and Friday the 13th, which is more shocking than anything in the movie. That’s insulting to both of those films/franchises. Just my opinion. Oh, and of course Zombie’s Halloween and H2, also beloved by many. As always, no disrespect to anyone, but fuck me, do I hate those movies for taking my beloved boogeyman and making him interchangeable with any other psycho in a mask.

    • part6productions

      Totally agree. I’m a big fan of Johnathon Levine, and while Mandy Lane is undeniably well directed, everything else falls flat, especially that ridiculous ending.

      And Zombies H2 is one of the biggest pieces of crap ever made.

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        @part6productions I really enjoyed Warm Bodies and agree that Levine is a good director. Mandy Lane is shot really well. It’s a great looking film but that’s the only nice thing I can say about it. As always, no offense to Zombie fans (I like some of his music) but I hate his Halloween films so much. I glad others love them, but that’s not my Michael Myers, it’s just another psycho in a mask. The next film should begin with the end of H2, then pull back to reveal a theater of people and run with the “post-modern” idea that Zombie’s Halloween movies were indeed JUST movies and bring back the original Michael in all his dark, emotionless evil glory.

        • part6productions

          Warm Bodies was enjoyable, but (on a non horror note) I really love The Wackness and 50/50, both directed by Levine, and both are excellent.

          I think that idea for the beginning of a new Halloween is a great idea, I’m pretty indifferent when it comes to his first Halloween film, but H2 is a downright abomination. But at least it’s not a found footage film like the new Friday is going to be.

          • WalkWithMeInDarkness

            @part6productions Thank you. That idea would actually work well as a way to pick up from the ending of Resurrection and we’d be back to just one franchise. While H2 is a worse film, the first one upsets me because it shits on the true classic. And if Friday really does end up being found footage, I’m not going to see it in theaters.

  • rg_lovecraft

    It’d have to be a toss up between Insidious and Sinister. I just don’t see anything valid what so ever behind those films.

    I’m also not a huge fan of NOES either, please don’t lynch me…

    • CTHL

      You and me.

      • Golic

        Freddy is an over rated clown, regardless of who plays him.

        • Josh

          Better than watching the same masked guy stap 89 people in the exact same way.

          • Josh


          • Josh

            Session 9 is good for exactly one line and no more.

          • Vic

            He ment stap them from living.

    • Paul

      I could barely sit through those 2 movies, same with The Conjuring and Mama and most of the other paranormal movies that have came out recently.

    • Snarla

      Couldn’t get into Insidious AT. ALL. Between whatserface’s droopy eyes and whatsisname’s constant slack-jaw (does Patrick Wilson EVER breathe through his nose??)I think I just absorbed their collective looks of boredom and slipped into my own coma along with the kid. I also hated Saw and Paranormal Activity and have zero interest in The Conjuring.

  • Nyghtfall

    I hate anything that uses found-footage style filmmaking. Like Lindazilla, I despise “The Blair Witch Project” for popularizing it. I’m also very proud to be one of the few left who’ve never seen it.

    • MrMyers

      You really should watch it before you say you despise it.

      • Nyghtfall

        Didn’t say I despise the movie itself, just the style of filmmaking it popularized. Since I’ve never actually seen it, I’ve no opinion of it one way or the other.

        • Nyghtfall

          To be absolutely clear, I despise “Blair Witch” for popularizing found-footage filmmaking. I have no opinion of the movie on its own merits.

    • leonex

      that is kind of unfair because most of the Blair Witch doesn’t even have shaky cam. most of the scenes are not moving.

      Also, that’s nothing to be proud of, I have never watched the Godfather movies, should I be proud? (Same goes for the Exorcist, never watched it. I guess Im proud lol

      • Ga5ton

        Welcome to the club. I don´t know what am i doing here if i never watched The Exorcist or any pioneer slasher film (Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc)

  • Slasher_Lover23

    Insidious 2. I thought it was fricken awful.

    • Ozzypinapple

      Yeah…but nobody loved Insidious 2

      • violentdope

        I enjoed it

        • violentdope


  • undertaker78

    I’ll go a step further and give you my top 10 movies I hate (in chronological order) but everyone else seems to love.

    1) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    2) Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    3) Session 9 (2001)
    4) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    5) Paranormal Activity (2007)
    6) The Amityville Horror (1979)
    7) The Wicker Man (1973)
    8) Wolf Creek (2005)
    9) The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
    10) The Omen (1976)

    (Dis)Honorable mentions:

    The Last House on the Left (1972)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

    • djblack1313

      @undertaker78, i too don’t like the original DAWN OF THE DEAD. whenever i tell someone that they think i’m insane for not liking it. lol. i love the remake though.

      • undertaker78

        Exactly. I wouldn’t say I loathe the movie but I definitely dislike it for being too silly at times. The remake is gold and pretty much my favorite movie. 🙂

    • SuperKilla

      I’m so with you on Wolf Creek and I’m so happy I finely heard somebody else say they don’t like that film. It is boring for more than 2 thirds of the film, then even when the killer does his thing it has no effect what so ever.

      • I_Am_Ob

        Totally agree w/you.Fuck that movie….hard!

    • SkeleTony

      I can agree with you or see your point of view on pretty much all of these, but Shaun of the Dead? Come on now. How is it possible to hate that movie?

    • Tara

      dude do you like Horror? what is your fav horror?

      • markemark


    • Tanzim

      I’m gonna have to echo Tara’s question. Do you dislike horror movies in general? The films on your list are incredibly diverse in style and content, the only thing they have in common are that they are horror movies.

      And…you hate The Exorcist. I don’t know what to say to that. Why do you hate it?

    • I_Am_Ob

      So with classics like Amityville, The Exorcist,The Omen and Dawn of the Dead on your list, what kind of horror movies do you like?

      • Ga5ton

        I agree with you two. I couldn´t believe the movies on his list. I mean, if you don´t like all those classics but you love that shitty Dawn of The Dead remake (wich was more of an action movie) then horror is just not your thing

    • chambertlo

      You either hate horror movies in general or are one of the 90% that has terrible taste in movies. Most if not all of the movies you have chosen are respectable films, and for anyone to say they hate them would mean that they have either never seen them or, as I stated previously, have bad taste in movies. Based on your list, I would gauge it is the latter.

  • Kane Soto

    Army of Darkness… plain and simple a pile of fucking shit

    • djblack1313

      @Kane Soto, YES! i agree w/ you. i meant to add ARMY OF DARKNESS to my list. i just hate it.

      • Kane Soto

        glad someone agrees i normally get guff for it

        • Caliban Darklock

          I love Sam Raimi. Really, I do. And I put up with Evil Dead 2’s hand racing around flipping Ash the bird, because come on – fanservice, right? A little of that is fine.

          Army of Darkness was a ninety minute Three Stooges film, and I can barely stand their five minute shorts.

          Utter, absolute garbage. Maybe three minutes of good scenes in the whole damn thing. Just enough to remind you Raimi is CAPABLE of better… which somehow makes the whole thing much, much worse.

          • Kane Soto

            i concur he can do so much better which makes me wonder why instead of making a half way decent evil dead 3 as a horror film he went ahead and made a pile of crap that ended up being AoD

    • undertaker78

      Army of Darkness definitely needs to be added on the not so great list.


      Thank you Kane Soto! I f**king HATE Army of Darkness

      • I_Am_Ob

        Wow lots of hate towards a movie that has been one of my favorites forever… too bad.

  • MrMyers

    Im not sure i hate it but i really dont get the boners that people got over Cabin in the Woods.

  • deadsnow07

    All The Boys Love Mandy Lane…. Gravity….annnnd VHS.

  • MrMyers

    undertaker78 do you even like horror films?What next Halloween?Good lord.

    • deadsnow07

      seems like whoever it is is a hipster and just wants attention.

      • djblack1313

        @deadsnow07, or maybe he sincerely doesn’t like those films. not every movie is for everyone (hence this article). how does not liking a movie make one a “hipster”?

        • divisionbell

          True but that was a fairly varied list that covers classics and most genres. So I think his quest is rather fitting.

        • Kirkio

          Exactly right, though I have to admit it did cross my mind when I entered a discussion about popular movies that people hate and their list was pretty much full of iconic classics (and Shaun of the Dead… how can anyone hate Shaun of the Dead!?)

    • undertaker78

      Actually Halloween (1978) is one of my favorite movies. Horror movies are the only kind I watch actually. Maybe the odd action movie but I’m strictly a horror fan.

      If you must know some of the popular movies I do love are:
      The Thing (1982), The Fog (1980), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978), Hellraiser (1987), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Candyman (1992), The Descent (2005), [Rec] (2007), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Alien (1979).

      Good enough? 😉

      • deadsnow07

        haha. hipster comment retracted. rec 2 and the descent are two of my all time favs.

  • djblack1313

    for me it’s DRAG ME TO HELL and even though not horror, i didn’t like Nolan’s first Batman movie and i’ve never had any interest in going back to see the other 2. i found the first one (Nolan’s) to be boring. when i tell someone this i get all sorts of grief. lol.

    • Jarvis

      100% agree with Drag Me to Hell….as for the Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins is easily the most boring of the films but I would recommend watching the other two.

    • WineandWatch

      I know you hate Drag Me to Hell and it kills me every time I see you post that. I just love that film so much. It’s so funny!

      • djblack1313

        @WineandWatch, i swear i WANTED to like DRAG ME! lol. i went first show opening day! i was very much excited for it. trust me when i say i myself am bummed i didn’t like the movie. 🙂

        • WineandWatch

          I know and I’ve accepted the face that nothing I say or do will change your mind. It just makes me so sad because I can just put that movie on when I’m bored and have fun with it.


      upon recent viewing of Drag Me To Hell I did like it better… that said I’m not one who enjoys TOO much comedy in a supposed horror flick. maybe all the hype ruined my first experience in watching it but it’s far from being great or a classic. I put it a peg or 2 higher than Army of Darkness

  • Rockettkatt

    Haunting in Connecticut. What’s with the weird flammable stuff coming out of people’s mouths?

  • g

    i really hated Cabin in the Woods.
    I will never understand how that movie frightened so many people.

    • squint

      I wouldn’t say it’s at all frightening (although I don’t find many movies frightening (maybe I’m just desensitized)) and I don’t think it was ment to be. I still found it great as a movie, I was expecting a “run of the mill” cabin/woods/slash fest, and that wasn’t at all what it was.

      Just an over all entertaining movie.

    • Josh

      Never have I heard Cabin in the Woods described as frightening. It is extremely entertaining however.

  • dirtyghettok

    Pretty much any movie based around the supernatural. Not to say that they’re aren’t a few I like, but for the most part I can’t get into them. Why? Because to me it’s some of the cheapest writing and directing there is. What’s happening in the movie? A ghost or demon did it. Why is it happening? Who cares, doesn’t really matter, we’ll make it up as we go. Lets just start throwing things around in the background. Audiences love that shit. Pan the camera around and all the sudden some elderly dude with to much makeup appears screaming. And the endings, dear lord the endings are usually just thrown together like at a frat party. Sorry (no I’m not) to knock an entire genre around like that, but I got no respect for it. Besides a few movies, I just don’t (cause there isn’t) see the talent or skill behind any if them.

  • gabcorb

    Insidious. I don’t see the appeal. The film is ridiculous. It started off quite solid and then went downhill. It felt more like it was trying to be comedic and it failed at it. Somehow this movie scared people, and i will never know how it managed such a thing.

    • Milk

      Same. I thought it started off pretty good and then I absolutely hated it.

  • SkullBunnie

    SLITHER…never found it funny, and actually find myself pretty bored..Ive tried over and over to watch it and enjoy it…not sure what I’m missing.

    • Mucey

      Agreed. It’s ok. I wouldn’t re-watch it.

  • macguffin54

    Drag me to hell
    Cabin in the woods
    You’re next (i don’t HATE hate it, but everyone seems to love it when it could have been SO much better.)
    Paranormal activity
    Death proof
    Trick or treat (I wanted to like this movie SO much, but I just couldn’t. I would only say I hated it because it was such a let down.)

    • Rick-Taylor

      “Trick or Treat” or “Trick ‘r Treat”?
      The first option is a bad movie but it’s fun to revel in how cheesy and bad it is. The second one is a great anthology movie that I think has a good balance of people that like it and people that don’t. I am a huge fan of the second one but I am glad that some people don’t jump on the bandwagon and verbally fellate it. I prefer honesty over mindless drones.

  • RubenVeritas

    THE CONJURING. I still till this day can not even understand one ounce of how people loved this film. Easily one of the most generic haunting movies ever. Also the constant jump scares every 5 mins was tiring. I just thought this movie was horse shit.

  • Polsdofer

    I’m surprised there wasnt more arguing, when i saw this article i though it was a setup, BTW any superhero movie is not a horror movie so i dont know why any of you mentioned them, @Blazinggun5024 really Captain America is not a horror movie and this article is stupid.

  • Dino3d68

    Any Chucky film. Yeah, I don’t get it.

  • Hammster

    Gotta go with the first “Paranormal Activity”. 90 minutes of watching people sleep – I almost asked for my money back.

  • anezka

    There’s a couple. I can’t stand Paranormal Activity. I slept 3 times in my attempt to watch it and, in the end, thought my effort wasn’t worth it. And I have nothing against found footage style or anything, but PA is just plain dumb.
    Kill List is another that seems to be a favourite and I couldn’t make myself like it.
    I also hate The Last Exorcism and The Fourth Kind, although I am not sure if anyone likes them at all.

    • Boonraiser

      Your first two movies are the two I thought of as well. I wouldn’t even consider Kill List a horror movie. It was quite predictable and slow. I couldn’t even make it through the first Paranormal Activity so obviously haven’t seen the others.

  • OceanSlaughter

    I always get ripped on when I say I don’t like: Funny Games. I found it boring and just so uneventful. The Conjuring was okay, but it was just cheap jump scares that got old very fast and I just don’t see understand the love everyone gives it. Also on my “hell no” list: Gravity, Open Water, The Hunger Games Franchise.

  • jdscissorhands

    I really don’t like the Torture porn genre. To me Saw looks like a boring DTV. I don’t dig the Found Footage genre either. The Blair Witch Project is so overrated.

  • Krug09

    I woudnt use the word hate often. the only film i hate (and i got a ton of shit for) and is also not a horror (not genre wise at least) but a comedy and a film everyone seems to love. Superbad. I hate that piece of Sh** since day UNO!!!! I laughed maybe 2 times and thought Jonah Hill is/was an unlikable piece of.. in that “film”. I hate everyone in that movie. Only his two buddies were just ok. the cops i hated second worst. this is the only film i still hate. i gave it 3 chances because family, friends and peeps online say it was awesome. “i dont have a sense of humor” i was told and very rude things by peeps online. i have a great sense of humor. i love FUNNY enjoyable comedies like dumb and dumber, jim carrey films, scary movie 1 & 2 etc. LOL anyway as for horror. i couldnt even see why the original fright night is so loved. i just found it very lame but i cant say hate, it just made me bored not mad. The Saws were pretty bad films. with not much substance to them but i dont hate them. off the top of my head i dont hate many horror films. probably the saw series at one time. i was a fan at one time of part 2. Another comedy i hate was/is “Click” also some of his flicks piss me off a lot.

    • Krug09

      sandler is i meant by “his flicks”… even though you probably know.

  • SuperKilla

    “The Ring”
    I never saw the Asian version but the American remake disappointed me. It has a couple of ok moments but scary? Fuck no. I was bored 90% of the time and could not figure out what people liked about it, even my second and third time around.

    • SuperKilla

      Oh, and “28 days later” and ‘Let sleeping Corpses Lie

  • Brookelyn1981

    Kill List
    American Mary
    Paranormal Activity
    VHS 2
    The ABCs of Death
    The Purge
    The Pact
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (new)

    • WineandWatch

      Wait who actually likes the Nightmare on Elm Street remake?

      • Brookelyn1981

        I thought the same thing! but I have had a few people argue with me over it…

  • rockinrob3928

    Mama: I never understood how people thought it was “horrifying” and the overuse of CGI was garbage.

  • Rick-Taylor

    I’m glad this topic came about cause I wanna say Halloween. In fact, I consider the third movie the best out of all of them, remakes included. Not only that, I consider the remakes to be better than their originals but still not too entertaining. I get the movie but it just doesn’t do anything for me. This is definitely one of those movies that I think people verbally fellate without ever seeing it.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Definitely ‘Army of Darkness’, it’s too slap-sticky to be a horror movie, yet it never made me laugh either. So I never understood the love for it since it doesn’t work as a horror film or a comedy, it’s just stupid. Also, ‘The Innkeepers’ (slow burn it is, but the payoff is lackluster) and ‘Kill List’ (not scary, didn’t understand any of the actors, and the ending was not the amazingness I was lead to believe it would be).

  • SkeleTony

    Most of these movies I don’t “hate”, per se. They just don’t really do anything for me.

    – Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    – Original Halloween
    – Suspiria
    – The Ring
    – Ringu
    – The Conjuring
    – Paranormal Activity 2-4
    – Let the Right One In
    – Let Me In
    – Eraserhead
    – The Descent
    – Audition
    – High Tension

    There are more, but that’s all I can think of at the moment.

  • WineandWatch

    I may get a lot of crap for this, but I do NOT understand why everyone likes “Suspiria.” I’ve seen it 2 or 3 times and it bores me to tears every time. I can respect that people like it, I just don’t understand why.

  • Sarcanis

    James Wan.

  • joesey

    Drag Me To Hell
    Cabin In The Woods
    Chronicle(Not a horror movie but u assholes kept putting it on your lists in 2012)
    Lord Of Illusions
    Every movie by Rob Zombie

    • dr.lamb

      “Drag me to Hell” is a testament to what money can turn an artist/ a person into (Sam Raimi).
      Also agree about “Cabin in the Woods”: That movie makes fun of lazy writing and resorts to lazy writing itself. But Whedon has always been an overrated smug mofo anyway.

  • Daku66

    -Paranormal Activity
    -Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    -The Exorcist
    -Funny Games

  • XrabbitX

    I don’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy the original Halloween at all.

  • Lindazilla

    I’m not sure I would classify films like “The Purge” or “Sinister” as horror. Those both struck me as a thriller or suspense, but not horror. Same goes for “Cabin in the Woods” and “Shaun of the Dead”. Neither are what I would consider horror. Heck, Cabin and Shaun are more comedy than anything, IMO.

    • divisionbell

      Sinister was definitely a horror film

    • Ga5ton

      I don´t know why people keep putting gore comedy films into the horror category. They are obviously parodies of horror movies or comedies inspired by the horror genre, it´s no big secret

  • diapers

    I watched Kill List twice, and wasn’t too enthused. Everyone here seems to be totally obsessed with it.

  • xxxwolf666

    Wolf Creek
    The Ring (and Ringu)
    Army of Darkness (its not really a horror movie is it? Gotta love Bruce’s lines tho)
    VHS and VHS 2 (except for the suicide cult segment, that was awesome)

  • zombi1963

    Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie.” Badly acted, badly dubbed, poorly edited, questionable effects and a god-awful music score.

    I also have to say I’ve never been able to understand all the continuing love for “The Shining.” I love Kubrick and King, but this is a long, slow bastardization of one of the few novels that kept me awake at night. Not so-much terrible as it is a huge let-down.

  • LastCubScout

    I don’t hate it, but I never saw what the big deal was with ‘Hellraiser’. It’s okay, but I find it unworthy of its massive following.

    • markemark

      Beat me to it.

  • CTHL

    As of last night, You’re Next is the latest entry to this subject for me. Not a terrible movie in its own right, but worthy of no praise whatsoever.

    Otherwise, this list could go on forever. Argento movies, most of James Wan’s stuff (Dead Silence kinda worked on a B level), Blair Witch 1, and I’ll quit at those “3”…

  • dancrown

    Cabin in the woods , I think enough people told me at work (FYE) that it was the greatest horror movie of the year so when I watched it obviously it didnt meet my expectations

    • Josh

      Really what the hell else came out in 2012?

  • A-Devils-Reject

    Let the Right One In. I even gave Let Me In a shot when it came out since that was supposed to also be amazing. I don’t outright hate them, but I wouldn’t call them anything more than okay. Shocked that it made BD’s #1 of the 00’s.

  • Joe-Banger

    There too many to list but most of all its either the scream or the paranormal activity franch’es I extremely dislike the most!

  • markemark

    Hellraiser. Complete crap.

    • markemark

      All of them.

      I’ll possibly give part 3 a pass because I saw it when I was younger and always dug the chicks boobs.

      Pre internet kiddos.

  • Jacob’s Ladder – i like the idea of a trippy psycological thriller, but after watching this and the following film on my list, i find them just confusing with little intrigue and zero pay-off

    Session 9

    Blair Witch – my god what overrated tripe. “the film that revolutionized horror” this is proof positive how gullible sheep will simply follow along with whatever they’re told. they willingly ignore that this film much like this pseudo genre it inspired is a gimmick, it’s not a style, it’s not nuanced, it’s not ground breaking

    Cloverfield – more found footage dreck. “the first found footage to use special fx” so what? does that make it a good movie because if a recall they shoehorned in a love story of a turbulent romance. the scenes with the smaller monsters was just goofy. this movie is godzilla ’98 shaky cam style with a more serious tone.

    Prometheus – ah another “game changer” entry that was supposed revolutionize film. i love this movie’s apologists feeble arguments always begin the same “i know it’s not perfect but it’s a beautiful movie”, which sounds to me like the description of a dumb blonde “it’s got no brains to speak of but boy is it pretty to look at. for a movie masturbates it’s pretentiousness with being cerebral it plays a lot like the cast of a “friday the 13th” showing the dangers of teen misdeeds: have sex = alien pregnancy, get drunk = get infected, do drugs = face melting, then get infected. lindelof, you can go screw

    The Innkeepers – lord have mercy, how this plodding cure for insomnia made people’s top 10’s last year bewilders me. it’s so glacial in it’s pacing it wishes it were slow burn

    Drag Me to Hell – i’ve never liked anything raimi did but i fail to see the genius or entertainment value that film has lauded over it

    The Sixth Sense – i have to be the only person in creation that saw the ending coming from the beginning. i hope people who praise this over inflated charlatan of horror recognize that it was made by an equally self-grandized one hit wonder

    The Ring – i don’t mind serious takes on the genre but this movie is so bleak it literally put me to sleep in the theater. the only scary part was the horse going nuts and jumping ship which woke me from my stupor, accompanied by the horror that i was still watching this dragging plot

    Paranormal – you know a film is bad when you have no interest in watching it, 3 more movies + a slew of band wagon come out, you decide to watch it with the lowest of expectations, only to discover you were right all along. this crap picked up right where “saw” left off and people applaud this?

    Insidious – i watched this as part of my aforementioned “Para-Boredom” marathon. lame as hell

    World War Z – i don’t care how good the book was, the only reason people gave a damn about this “late to the party” entry at the tale end of this zombie craze is because of brand recognition and brad pitt. 28 weeks later did it better, this movie sucked. next

    Event Horizon – i was one of those people who saw the poll on this site and was absolutely floored that people enjoyed it. reading people’s descriptions it read more like people putting in their own ideas into the movie than what they were getting out of it. uninspired characters who aren’t even cookie cutter they’re just bland, no plot to speak of, and a scenario that pulls itself in opposite directions. this film for me is one of those that’s only gotten worse with the passage of time. people want to hand it credit for being the first ghost ship in space movie because clearly being good wasn’t a prerequisite. “a ship was lost and now it’s back, but where did it go? STRAIGHT TO HELL!” gee really, what are the coordinates. sci-fi hell was played off well in the doom games, but seen in film is absurdly nonsensical

    Resident Evil – i realize the vast majority of people detest these films and rightfully so, but the fact remains that enough people like this pretender that this garbage still keeps churning out abominations

  • illberightback

    Session 9 – more goofy, than terrifying

    AntiChrist – art fart intelligence at its very worst

    Psycho – ugh… Psycho II is MUCH better

    Black Christmas (’74) – so boring, I even prefer the remake *runs and hides*

    [rec] – man I really cannot stand when a camera starts shaking uncontrollably… these rec films take that to a new level. Rather WATCH rec 3 on replay, even though it’s an infinitely worse flick.

    House on Haunted Hill (’59) – not scary in the least. Much prefer the Haunting, or The Innocents.

    Nosferatu – … not giving this ‘film’ any points for being so influential. It’s just bad, and chore to watch. See Shadow of the Vampire, instead.

    I don’t ‘hate’ The Omen, The Shining, or Dawn of the Dead (’78), but I think they’re all fairly overrated.

    • Josh

      Nosferatu does a better job at framing shots and building dread than 90% of the films that came later.


    How the hell does a horror fan not like Event Horizon?! Just kiddin’ Evan, but it’s one of my favorites
    I guess my top pick would be Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974)… I know it’s considered a classic, I know it introduced one of the most treasured icons in horror history, I know it basically changed the genre altogether, I know… and it bores the shit out of me. And to piss off some of you even more, I love the remake

  • VenomJC

    That movie is “Lovely Molly” for me. I found myself bored throughout the entire movie. And I DO love slow-paced ghost stories, like The Innkeepers or The Others. I was also frustrated with EVERY character in the movie. It just seemed like they all made the wrong decision at every turn. I never wanted to leap into my TV and slap an entire cast of a movie more in my entire life.

  • HercZanzibar

    Hated High Tension. Too many stretches in logic for the twist to work for me to dig it.

    • lovezoid

      Which is shame because it was almost one of the best slashers ever until they undid all the good work

      • dr.lamb

        It’s a great movie for 80%, then a shit sandwich for 20%. Too bad the bad overshadows the good.

        • twisted

          I agree 100%.

  • Beezle2112

    Kill List. I don’t hate it, but I don’t see the hype that people give it. Mind you, I’ve read the stories that are very similar to the theme of Kill List and maybe that kept me from getting a jarring reaction at the end, but, when it was done, I was like, ‘That’s it?’.
    I would mention Rob Zombie films, but his work is so polarizing. As an artist, I give him credit because he gets a reaction over what he does, but I just can’t get into his films.

  • part6productions

    Drag Me to Hell, Slither, The Devils Rejects, Day of the Dead (Original obviously).

  • jaxx367

    The Conjuring!!!! It was awful. Totally overhyped and so lame. I still don’t get why all the praise for such a weak horror movie. It was full of bad CG and jump scares. It was terrible. Completely disappointed

  • sawfan3

    1. Halloween – boring
    2. American Mary – stupid ending
    3. Antiviral – pacing way too slow with little payoff
    4. Maniac – cool concept lame execution
    5. Contracted – I don’t buy any of the characters’ decisions could’ve been great
    6. The Shining – maybe if the book wasn’t amazing I would’ve enjoyed it
    7. Slither/Dead Snow – don’t find it funny, missing something?

  • lovezoid

    American Mary – Implausible premise (middle-class white girl has mild financial issues, immediately turns into underground criminal surgeon?!); silly caricatures of every male character; uneven tone and muddled narrative; feels like a quirky satire but I’ve no idea what it is satirising. Stylish looking and, yeah, quirky, but there’s not a lot else going on if you really look. It’s a movie that makes you sound hip and edgy by describing it to people but that’s about all. Says me.

    Deadgirl. Again, didn’t buy the premise, so the rest of the film failed. It’s not that I don’t believe there are people capable of these deeds – I just don’t feel the writers gave any compelling background or reason as to why THESE characters would be so subversive, beyond ‘Oh, teens are so horny, they’ll fuck anything.’ A bit more work on the setup and I think I could’ve really enjoyed this.

  • kaido

    GRAVITY…. It was Sandra Bullock playing Sandra Bullock floating around….in space. Carrie. Eraserhead….

  • Swinny

    Paranormal Activity would be one, I find it to be extremely boring. Had you asked me this question 6 months ago, I’d of said The Evil Dead II, I always found that film to be lacking in comparison to the original but since the new Blu-Ray release, I’ve grown very fond of it. An American Werewolf in London is another although, just like The Evil Dead II, its growing on me. I think this movie had been way over-hyped to me and when I sat down to watch it, it didn’t quite meet that hype, regardless, I love it now, its just not as good as people led me to believe in my opinion.
    I think Event Horizon is one of the (very)few good horror films of the 90’s.

  • ClericMarshall

    I rarely dislike a horror movie, It’s just a genre that adore even if the movie is crappy and/or cheesy.

    But I do dislike Stephen King’s IT miniseries, it’s just pure garbage.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Army of Darkness
    Shaun of the Dead
    Session 9
    Event Horizon
    Jacob’s Ladder
    Day of the Dead
    Funny Games
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
    Halloween III

    • mutantmaestro

      Aside from Event Horizon and Shaun of the Dead, I love these movies.

  • hightyde

    You’re Next… I’m sorry but they hyped the hell out of this movie for what seems like forever, and it was straight garbage….

  • cp4life

    The original Halloween, It never caught my eye as the scariest movie ever and truthfully it bored me to death.

  • Marty McFly

    Paranormal Activity
    The Ring
    The Grudge

  • joeshmo447

    The maniac remake, maybe I should watch the origional because I didn’t really like the remake. It was kinda boring and just didn’t do it for me. And the original Old Boy, that ending made ME want to shoot myself! More confusing than the end of Lost or inception I had no idea what the hell was going on

  • morehorror4me

    I wonder if age plays a part in likes/dislikes so i will post my age with my choices: 42. Heh, this is where the frustrated horror critic comes out to play and of course nobody is going to agree with me but hey…
    Trick or Treat (anthology)…don’t see what’s so great at all about this one. Sam idea is OK–other stories reminded me of bad Tales from the Darkside.
    Dawn of the Dead (remake): First 30 minutes or so, riveting. Once we’re at mall, forgettable.
    Evil Dead (remake): Just felt like another zombie movie, which is fine but man it’s not EVIL DEAD.
    Prometheus: I wanted an Alien prequel. I wanted my money back.
    Paranormal Activity (even though it’s such easy meat at this point): I would like to see mash-up of the endings of all these flicks together b/c they pretty much ape each other.
    You’re Next: You’re not much more than a disappointment. I had high high hopes for this one.
    VHS/VH2: Stories are bland, the wraparounds are a joke compared to the high care you used to see in anthology films.
    (Wheh! Feels like confession for the soul.)

    • part6productions

      THANK YOU ON PROMETHEUS! I wasn’t even expecting a totally direct Alien prequel, but God damn does that movie suck! Nice to know I’m not alone!

  • Mayday

    Suspiria and Cemetery Man. I’ve tried watching several giallos and just don’t care for Italian horror. These two films I especially didn’t enjoy at all.

  • Put me down for the original Saw. It’s a BARELY average (and boring) horror film, IMO, and Saw III is the best film in the franchise for me.

    And there aren’t enough words in the English language to describe my hatred for The Loved Ones. Silly, illogical, and the unnecessary subplot with the uptight pot-head and the depressed goth chick? Ugh.

    • Kwonkicker

      No way, I think Saw IV was the best. When I saw it, the ending officially hooked me into the Saw franchise.

      • Saw still had some life with 4. Not one of my favorites, but Saw still had a pulse with 4. Things just got worse with Saw V, and the social commentary for the problems with health insurance in the US helped Saw VI a little bit, but VII was an underwhelming finale (probably jumping the gun, because they’re talking about a Saw 8, if I remember the reports on here correctly), IMO.

  • twisted

    Dead Alive
    Cabin in the Woods
    You’re Next
    Drag Me to Hell
    The Beyond
    All Screams
    Parabormal Activity

    That’s enough for now.

  • N7Kenny

    For me, it’s Poltergeist. xD

  • splatterhead4ever

    Cabin in the Woods, Blair Witch, any pg-13 horror movie since The Others, Any future horror movie starring Jonah Hill because he is the most unlikeable creature ever put on this planet.

  • mountain twin

    not in defense of found footage style,… but last night I watched ‘Lake Mungo’ a fake documentary ghost story and it contained one of the most chilling moments I’ve seen in a film in a long time. I was blown away. Great movie if you enjoy, supernatural stuff. Seriously, very well made use of ‘found’ material and addresses that concept head on.

    All the new throwback House of the Devil stuff is really uninspired and poorly executed. I’ll just stick with the actual back. Title card for the Conjuring was awesome though.

  • Darkness69

    Sad to see a couple of mentions of “Jacob’s Ladder”. It’s certainly one of my favourites and one of the rare horror dramas out there that are well executed.

    As for the “dislikes”, I must say “Blair Witch Project” falls into that category. The last five seconds were creepy, everything else was boring.

  • Micah

    Session 9. Fucking garbage.

  • nina237

    I could definitely name more, but the ones that come to mind are Insidious, The Conjuring, The Ring, any Chucky movie, and any Nightmare on Elm Street.

  • october_baby

    The Burning, House of the Devil, and I kept falling asleep on The Roost, The Shining, and The Innkeepers. Now that I’m 32 i’ll try to stay up and watch The Shining, always bored me when I was younger.

  • woodchuck

    I wasn’t impressed by Martyrs and everyone treats it like the fucking holy grail. I think if it wasn’t foreign it wouldn’t get so much love. And I also thought the conjuring was the biggest disappointment in years.

    • andybear

      Martyrs and The Descent. I will never understand why people treat them like the holy grail of horror films.

  • viking1983

    cabin in the woods, everyone says its meant to be a tribute to horror and a spoof but if you make a tribute do it right, dont make a shitty cgi filled crapfest

    • americanpsychette

      Thank you! I felt like I myself was being poked fun at as a horror fan.

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        @americanpsychette I feel ya. I’m a fan of Cabin, but sometimes I feel guilty about, wondering if the movie is giving me the middle finger for enjoying horror.

  • Mr.-Blackwell

    Any franchise that starts to get cheesy and pseudo-funny. For example: I thought the first NOES was great…saw it at the theatre when it first came out back in 84’…after that, Freddy became this goofy one-liner doof that made the rest of franchise about the most non-scary series out there. Loved the original Evil Dead…can’t stand Evil Dead II or AoD. Both are just too tongue in cheek for my taste. The Chucky franchise did the same thing…the first movie, while not a favorite of mine, still had some great suspense in it and then afterwards Chucky, much like Freddy, became this goofy Jack Nicholson’esque character with the supposedly witty one-liners. Yeah, not my cup of tea.

    A few others:

    Session 9
    All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
    Halloween 4 on…Ugh.

  • Kwonkicker

    Some of you call yourself horror fans but I’m seeing classic like Texas Chainsaw, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Exorcist etc. What the fudge?! Without movies like this modern horror as we know and love would be non-existent!!!

    That said my list includes

    -Dead Girl
    -American Mary
    -Wolf Creek
    -Devil’s Due
    -Last Exorcism 1 and 2

  • FormerHuman

    Saw, Hostel, any of the very popular and interminably dull found-footage/CCTV ghost stories/basically anything that comes out of that original Saw camp of writers/directors. All of it is fucking dreadful rubbish. That being said, I did leave the cinema after watching Saw in hysterical laughter. What a load of bollocks that film was.

  • americanpsychette

    Cabin in the Woods and I have a tumultuous relationship. The fans make it worse. I have never seen so much Joss Whedon fanboy spooge in one theater.

  • Ga5ton

    I´m not sure if it´s horror but i despite The Machinist. I don´t usually hate movies unless they have more appreciation than they should, and this one in particular is highly overrated: although it creates a good atmosphere it´s surprisingly predictable (i actually guess the ending the second it started) and it´s not up to Bale´s performance (wich was the only good thing in this pile of garbage), it´s only attractive because it seems like a really shocking movie about an anorexic psycho, but you need more than that to make a good movie. As i said, it wouldn´t botter me that much if it didn´t have such a huge fandom; it´s not the best horror movie ever, it´s not even a good thriller, but still some people worship the damn thing. I mean, i even found a website once that said that it was “the closest thing you´ll see to a new Hitchcock movie”!!…. Comparing it to Hitchcock is too much already, i wouldn´t even compare it to something that my 4 year old brother could do with a camera because i´m shore he could make a better ending

  • VictorCrowley

    Another vote for Cabin In The Woods. Won’t use the word ‘hate’ specifically, but I thought it was ten kinds of stupid. I was so bored with a wandering mind I was almost tempted to walk out on it and hit up the Steak n’ Shake right next to the theater to hopefully find more interest in a frisco melt and some cheese fries. The only thing that woke me up was hearing the director’s voice come over the PA in the movie. “I know that voice”, I said to myself. I kept listening and leaned over to my buddy who was also nearly asleep and said “That’s sounds like Sigourney Weaver.” We both perked up and were pleasantly surprised when she walked into the frame. Then, the movie died another quick death and we hopped up and sprinted out of there when it was over.

    Another thing I’ll throw in there isn’t a particular movie, but the zombie genre itself. Jesus Christ, how many movies/shows are we going to be subjected to with this tired ass, worn out endlessly recycled garbage? Night of the Living Dead is a badass movie, but the continued fascination with corpses who stumble around, drool black bile, grunt like they’re getting ass-raped, eat brains, move as slow as my grandmother but still manage to muster enough strength to smash through heavy wooden doors and get shot in the head is a complete mystery to me. ‘Guess that’s why we’re all different.

    I’ll throw House of 1,000 Corpses in there too. I’ve met enough people who loved the shit out of it and swear by it’s ‘originality’ to make me question how many horror movies they’ve actually seen.

    Reversing the tide, I’m probably one of the only people I know who liked NOES 2. Has it’s cheesy faults, sure. But, overall I always dug the film. Ironically, aside from it’s ‘black sheep’ personality, it’s the only other movie in the series that feels like it takes place in the world that the first one created. The rest of the sequels (& remake) feel like they were some place else.

  • Ga5ton

    I have to say The Shining too. I wouldn´t say i hate it and i´ve never read the book, it´s just that i don´t dig it; it is considered one of the best and one of the scariest movies ever, but it didn´t entertain me or scared that much, i don´t what my problem is with it because i really wanted to like and it´s not bad at all

  • MrGrimm

    Have to go with The Shining, I went in with high expectations and was let down. I loved Jack Nicholson’s performance but I felt the supernatural element was underdeveloped and if they weren’t gonna really use it they should have just left it out/

  • kat13

    The Mist. I really really hate that movie, although I’m not quite sure why. But I’ve never met another horror fan that loathes it like I do.

    • Lucius Paisley

      Wanna bet? 🙂

  • Andy Jones

    Paranormal Activity Franchise
    Nightmare on Elm Street (Remake)
    Dawn of the Dead (Remake)
    The Final Destination
    Saw Franchise
    The Collector
    Human Centipede 1+2

  • schuby2013

    I don’t understand why people are in love with the Exorcist. I personally just dislike it, and I think that the later exorcism films like Emily Rose are much more intriguing and good.

  • sadiesaidhorror

    Great discussion. Now I’d like to see everyone respond again with their year of birth and top three favorite horror movies (and they’d have to be different horror genres).

    Cabin in the Woods was a typical horror movie that narrative told you wasn’t a typical horror movie. So, let me get this right… this is a corny horror movie from A to Z, but you tell me in the end that what I just watched for 90 minutes is not, in fact, a corny horror movie and everyone loves it? Mmmmhmmm… scratches head.

    I agree with commentary about All the Boy Love Mandy Lane. Once I figured out the ending I FFWD through the bulk of it and didn’t find it innovative.

    EVERY Saw movie ever made. I watched them all in one weekend and they progressively went from mediocre to awful. It really bugs me that fans of this series always scream JIGSAW IS GENIUS! What? Dumb.

    The Conjuring- creepy elements, cliche-as-hell story.

    Funny Games was an interesting mention above. If it weren’t because I find Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet gorgeous, I would’ve never sat through the entire thing… the proof is, I couldn’t sit through the original. Once you get the point, you get the point and it loses it’s sparkle.

    The Human Centipede Sequel. Tried to watch it to it’s entirety sooo many times and just got too “torture-porny” bored with it. I did enjoy the first one for shock value.

  • mutantmaestro

    Event Horizon. I thought this movie really sucked. Insidious 1 and 2, just awful.

  • Ciristhan

    This is a great thread! Finally, there are horror fans ‘coming out of the closet’ admitting that they don’t like many of those revered classics all that much. Here’s my list in no particular order

    Session 9 (so boring)
    Martyrs (doesn’t make any sense)
    Cabin in the Woods (not scary at all, tiresome horror movie satire)
    Blair Witch Project (my weekend boy scout trips were more eventful)
    Nightmare on Elm Street (pretty scary…for a ten year old)
    Anything from Dario Argento

  • Ciristhan

    @sadiesaidhorror: 1980, The Shining, Wolf Creek, The Descent

    • sadiesaidhorror

      @Ciristhan- Let the games begin!
      1980, Dawn of the Dead (original and remake), Acolytes, Calvaire (The Ordeal) – these are the first that come to mind.

      I like my stuff bleak. The Shining and The Descent are amazing- I don’t want to push my website, but I did a Descent inspired photoshoot at sadiesaid you might like it 🙂

      And hell yeah- people seem to cringe when I say I can’t deal with Dario Argento films. What is it with that guy?! I sorta hated Martyrs when I first saw it, but I watched it until it made sense to me and now I love it.

  • Milk

    Yellowbrickroad. I’ve heard a bunch of people saying how good this movie is… Even the imdb rating is high. I watched it with the SO and we both hated it so so so so MUCH. I can’t believe anyone would give that “movie” a good review. Sorry. No.

    Honorable mentions:
    The woman

    I hated these movies with a passion and couldn’t fathom how anyone else could enjoy them. Other films I don’t like (Saw, Hostel, Insidious etc) but I can see why people would enjoy them. The films I mentioned I can’t even. I can’t even!

  • ChrisWeston

    I die a little inside whenever I see Eraserhead mentioned but each to their own. My list of what comes to mind would have to be
    -All the boys love Mandy Lane
    -The original Dawn Of The Dead (and the remake)
    -28 days later
    -The Blair Witch Project (Don’t hate it but don’t understand the praise behind it)
    -Lovely Molly
    -The Ring (Thought it was an insult to the original)

    Not a horror film but ‘Gravity’ was a huge disappointment. How was it so well reviewed?! The script was diabolical and the performances were soulless. Also up for mention is ‘Mulholland Drive’, I love Lynch’s work but I just don’t understand the praise for this film, don’t know what anyone else thinks?

    Great discussion by the way 🙂

  • BaronVonRankinstein

    Lords of Salem
    Event Horizon
    Donnie Darko

  • Daverat

    If a movie really sucks but makes me laugh I can forgive it because it was at lease entertaining like The Devil Inside. Even Paranormal activity I can forgive because the last ten to twenty minutes more than made up for the unwatchable rest of the movie.
    Here are a few that I could not even find to be funny
    Event Horizon
    In The Mouth of Madness
    The Blair Witch Project
    All Scream movies
    All sequels and remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Conjuring
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
    Cabin Fever
    Hostel 1 & 2
    Saw 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Let Me In
    Haunting in Connecticut
    Trick ‘r Treat
    The remakes of Friday the 13th & Nightmare On Elmstreet

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
    American Mary
    Paranormal Activity
    I hated all of them.

  • justafanatic

    First of all I wanted to say this is my first post and the first time I’ve seen this website. I’m amazed at the relative civility on this board and it’s kind of nice to see. Anyway, I am not a fan of any of the Saw movies or the Paranormal Activity movies. Oh and Rob Zombie movies suck.

  • justafanatic

    I think that the people that hated The Blair Witch Project are probably younger than, say, 25. If you watched it for the first time, as I just showed it to my son, it’s not that scary in the year 2014. But in 1999 I saw one of the very first screenings in a theater, and it scared the crap out of the audience, and me. That movie broke ground (and obviously some didn’t appreciate the genre of movies it spawned) but it was really shocking for its time.

  • Evan3

    It would definitely, absolutely and 100% be American Psycho. The performances are over the top, the plot is goofy and then it commits the cardinal sin (SPOILERS) of being all a dream in the end (i.e., a big waste of time). I will never ever understand the adoration for this film and actually consider it amongst the worst I have ever seen.


    Poltergeist and the exorcism .. I really can’t get how they can be set between the most terrifying movies ever , NOT SCARY AT ALL .

  • Kirkio

    Halloween – I love the original, and Halloween 3 was tacky but great (and my favourite of the series), I wish the series would’ve followed the original idea of ‘a different scary story for each sequel’ instead of becoming another boring repetitive slasher

    Friday the 13th – I know it’s a classic but I’ve just never really taken to it, again maybe it’s just the slasher thing

    The Omen – I’ve never seen the appeal in any of the Omen films, there’s only so much you can get out of spooky demon children

    Paranormal Activity – I LOVED the first film when it was still a festival film, it was fresh and ended brilliantly… then some tosser decided that it’d be a good idea to change the ending and rehash the same character repeatedly. Don’t get me wrong, they’re fun films to see in the cinema with friends for the jumps, but the story has gotten so farfetched and I die inside every time Katie appears and snaps yet another person’s neck. It’s bloody boring, let it die already!

  • Lincoln Hawk

    This is an article for kids who think their opinion matters. Some of the classics that were named will be remembered long after you’re gone and what will you be remembered for? Passive aggressive compliments on a horror website?

  • ethanwinn

    The only two that come to mind that a majority of people really liked and I disliked (recently)

    -house of the devil

    I’ll probably think of more as soon as I hit POST COMMENT

  • KILLjoy23

    The only one movie that I hate so f’ing much is Paranormal Activity. Those movies are so lame as hell…and by the way Tom Atkins is the shit in Night of the Creeps.=)

  • InMetalWeTrust

    I’m really rather overjoyed that there are other horror fans out there besides me that also didn’t like Insidious or Paranormal Activity 🙂

  • Misfit69

    Repo! The Genetic Opera. Saw praise everywhere for this steaming pile.

  • MajickMayhem

    I’m just tired of every other genre flick claiming to be “The scariest one yet”. I have yet to encounter a film that genuinely gives me the chills. Except maybe Pet Semetary, but I’m sure that was just Zelda. Insidious and Paranormal Activity were both a little cheesy coup for my tastes. I did enjoy The Conjuring, aside from a jump scare or two I just didn’t find myself overly creeped out afterwards. Meh, maybe I’ve got issues.

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