Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Discussion of the Week - Let Downs

Ya know when you're super excited about a movie, either because it's been hyped up a bunch or it just plain looks awesome to you, only to be incredibly let down and dissapointed once you actually watch it? It happens all too often for me (but thankfully didn't with Trick 'r Treat or Grace!) and i'm sure you guys can relate on that. So....

What are some of the most dissapointing horror movies of all time, to you personally?

A few come to mind off the top of my head (and i'm not gonna bash Rob Zombie's Halloween AGAIN, although it is probably my personal most dissapointing flick ever), with the most recent one being the one that made me think of this topic for this week's discussion....

The Hills Run Red - Again, I didn't hate the movie and I found it much better than most of the horror movies out there, but it was way overhyped and totally didn't live up to the expectations I had for it. If I hadn't been so much a part of the buzz and so excited about seeing it, I probably would've enjoyed its mediocrity a lot more.

Mirrors - After the awesomeness of High Tension and Hills Have Eyes, I literally could not wait to see Alexandre Aja's next movie - and this is what I got. I still find it hard to believe that the same dude who made those previously mentioned films even made this piece of crap. What happened?!

Diary of the Dead - It doesn't get much more dissapointing than this. George Romero making a new zombie movie, what could possibly go wrong? Hell, I even dug Land of the Dead and I felt if that was the worst Romero had to offer when it came to the undead, like so many felt it was, than he could keep making zombie movies his whole life and i'd keep on eating them up. But then Diary came along. I love ya George, but Diary of the Dead is one of the worst zombie movies i've ever seen. From Night, to Dawn, to Day, to THIS!? Really?!

Black Christmas (2006) - It's not even that I expected this movie to be good, I just wanted it to be fun. The original is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and I almost always enjoy Christmas horror movies, no matter how bad they are, but this one wasn't even enjoyable for me in the least. Easily the most dissapointing remake of all time. Billy is fucking YELLOW?!

Jeepers Creepers - This one's a little bit different in that I wasn't excited about the movie before seeing it and then let down - I was excited about the movie throughout the first half and then completely let down by what came in the second half. I still love the earlier parts of this movie and it had so much potential, but it all just went down the crapper and got real ridiculous real fast. I guess I can at least take comfort in the fact that I don't have to feel bad about liking a movie made by a child molester. Then again, I did dig Clownhouse....

Jason Takes Manhattan - So there I was, a kid at the video store, gazing at the VHS that promised me Jason Voorhees running around killing folks in NYC. Cool enough of a promise for anyone but all the more cool to me in that New York is my home state. I get home, pop it in, and Jason is nowhere near the city until the final few moments of the film! What the fuck! Talk about not only dissapointing, but misleading as well. I think we all eventually deserve a true Voorhees in Manhattan flick, even if it's a damn fan film.

And that's about all I can think of at the moment. Leave a comment and let me know your personal picks for most dissapointing horror flicks of all time!

36 comments:

Sauceman said...

Hills run red!? Go F yourself! Im going with 28 Days Later...which may generate heat...but quite frankly i thought it sucked...oh and Zombieland

Cat said...

I actually LOVED Rob Zombie's Halloween, but that's just me.. I also hated The Hills Have Eyes remake..

Umm.. White Noise sucked.. The Eye.. I usually block out movies I don't like haha, so they're not coming to me. Oh! Saw! Hostel! So disappointing..

Mike Snoonian said...

Land of the Dead was a massive letdown. We were geeked out for that movie, and about fifty of us met up, decked out head to toe in zombie gear to shamble past Fenway Park and down Landsdowne st (all the college night clubs are on that street) before heading into the movie.

Freddy vs Jason

Despite hating his music, I had high hopes for House of 1,000 Corpses, too bad it was simply TCM with livelier colors (though it holds up watching it again, and probably reeks of studio interference)

Also, the second half of The Strangers. The furst 40 minutes are uber-tense, but as soon as the three kids reveal themselves, the rest of the movie devolves into your standard run, hide and make illogical decisions slasher flick.

Mike Snoonian said...

Oh, and Dead Birds was supposed to be the scariest movie ever. Not so much.

Evil Dead Junkie said...

You nailed it with Diary Of The Dead. I'm the kind of Romero fan who can find something nice to say about Bruiser and that movie made me want to hit someone. Hard.

Evil Dead Junkie said...

Oh and while we're at it how about every single Tobe Hooper movie ever made that doesn't have the words Texas, Chain Saw, or Massacre in the title.

Bjornabo said...

I have to go with the remake of "The Wicker Man".

The original is one of the best movies ever, and it had a great atmosphere.

The remake had nothing, except the worst performance of a leading actor EVER.

Two other movies I was really looking forward to was "The Cave" (Wich people told me were better than Descent!!), Dreamcatcher and (just as you said Johnny) Mirrors. All three movies were so disapointing I almost turned them of halvway through.

I do not completely agree with you on "Black Xmas" though. I think it was kind of good. I mean, it wasn`t a relovutionary horrormovie, but it was a totaly ok teen-slasher. (I do not "love" the original like you do eihter, so that might have something to do about it).

Wings said...

Zombie's "Halloween", without a doubt. Was so excited for that flick and so disappointed after seeing it.

Also was intrigued by "Funny Games" and didn't like it at all by the end.

"Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus" screamed awesome cheesiness and ended up being boring claptrap.

And lately anything that starts with "Clive Barker... "

The Warfreak said...

Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead. Land was a better movie, but more of a letdown because of the expectations. Diary sucked, but wasn't as much of a letdown.

Cins said...

TOTALLY agree with you on both Jeepers Creepers and Diary of the Dead. BIG let downs, both of them.
My big one though was 30 Days of Night. I loved the book and while the action scenes were good in the film they tweaked the story a little too much for my liking. Instead of a really unique vampire story we got a typical horror film. The vampire were good but the movie itself felt totally soulless...no pun intended... I'm still annoyed that they had Eben and Stella separated instead of happily married like they were in the book. I felt it cheapened the characters.

Zach said...

Well, Mirrors is definitely right up there on my list along with Diary of the Dead, but I think the most disappointing to me was The House By The Cemetery by Fulci. I said before in a post that I thought he was overrated and I had watched 7 Doors of Death and Zombi before watching "House" and was thoroughly disappointed with it.

That being said, "House" still has some entertaining moments to it, but nowhere near the others.

2vs8 said...

riding the fence, i love some of these cause of the cheeeezzzzeeee.

horror is not the same, with pg-ratings... bring back the r-ratings...

sorry to hear your thoughts on "the hills run red", i had higher hopes...

Jay Amabile said...

Jeepers Creppers was actually good...it was the sequel that sucked ass! lol. I'm 150% with you on Jason Takes Manhattan. It was awful. I only saw it once when it came out and I refused to EVER watch it again! I enjoyed the first RZ Halloween, the second one...not so much.

Jay Amabile said...

How about a post on horror films that we thought would suck but turned out to be AWESOME! lol. That's a hands down WISHMASTER BLITZ!!! Every Wishmaster movie for me. I haven't seen Zombieland yet but I hear that one was great. Jack Brooks Monster Slayer kicked ass too.

Mike Snoonian - you really didn't like Freddy vs Jason? I thought it was a great return to the way we loved both characters in the '80s.

Monkeymanbob said...

I enjoyed Diary, but Land, after such a long wait was a huge disappointment.
The Prom Night remake was so bad I've actually made a vow to dish out chinese wrist burns to anyone I meet who was involved in the movie.
Zombie's Halloween was just dull.
But my biggest regret recenlty has been Fermats Room which was touted as the thinking man's Saw, and instead was just a bit of a snore!

misspedwards said...

My man and I just watched Hills Run Red and were definitely left wanting more...and unfortunately thats how its been for a lot of horror movies we have seen lately...(including the ones you mentioned)

(We are trying to find a copy of Trick R Treat! Its sold out everywhere!)

I dont see how you can have this list without Mr Jingles. As much as I hate to count it as a legitimate movie...Blockbuster still has it on its shelves, so its still on my shit list.

Quanthor said...

Definitely "H1", I was extremely excited and it was terrible.

Likewise with the 'Friday the 13th' remake, that was a fucking joke along with 'Jason X' although I didn't have high hopes for that one.

'The Mist' is one I heard tremendously positive things about but what I saw was over the top often corny psycho-drama, weak CG designed monsters and the most implausible stupid ending ever.

'Dollman vs. Demonic Toys' was one I rented when I was younger that I thought looked kick ass but the film was so dreadfully uneventful.

White Goodman said...

I'm going to have to say Resident Evil: Extinction. I didn't really expect it to be good per se, but I was stoked about seeing a bunch of zombies running around a desolate, deserted Las Vegas (a town I LOATHE after living there for 12 years). But much like Jason Takes Manhattan, RE:E's Las Vegas action only shows up in the last 1/4 of the film, and lasts a whopping 15 minutes at most. What a crock of shit. I mean the entire ad campaign surrounding that movie featured the Las Vegas aspect of the film. Ridiculous. Besides, the movie just sucked anyways.

Isaac said...

i am going to go with black Christmas. i was really exited to watch that one, and it was dissapointing. did nothing for me.
also the shining. when i watched it i found it soooooooooo boring. (now as i look back i see what a good movie it actually was, and i would like to watch it again)

what happens to me alot, is that a trailer portrays a film a certain way, and when you watch the film it isnt that way at all, and it is sometimes slightly dissapointing even if the movie is kick apples.
this happened to me with silent hill. but the movie is great.
it doesnt only happen with horror films though.

Johnny said...

Cat - Still can't grasp the idea of any horror fan not liking the Hills Have Eyes remake!

Evil Dead Junkie - Kinda have to agree with ya on that comment but I am a fan of Toolbox murders.

Wings - Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus! Great choice. What a misleading letdown of a film!

Zach - The thing with Fulci is is that his movies aren't that great - they just have awesome scenes of gore. Take those scenes out and the movies are boring as can be.

Jay - Maybe that'll be next week's discussion! And yes, Freddy vs Jason rocks!

Quanthor - I love The Mist and I love the ending. The CGI is kinda bad at times but if you watch it in black and white, it's a lot less noticeable.

Misspedwards - I've seen Mr. Jingles! Awful! And I too see it at Blockbuster everytime I go in!

Isaac - Well the thing is that trailers oftentimes have all the best scenes in a movie so it looks awesome but then you realize those were the only good 3 or 4 moments in the movie and on top of that, you've already seen them. Good trailer does not equal good movie, and bad trailer does not always equal bad movie either.

stephisdead said...

Saw. I remember seeing it opening night and getting extremely pissed off at the standing ovation it got. It was just...bad. I still don't get the appeal.

Dorian Gray said...

OK, I'm kinda late to the party, but I had to put in my two cents, so here goes: I absolutely HATED 'Black X-Mas' because like you Johnny, I love the original and the remake was a ridiculous piece of crap! I was actually pissed off after I finished watching it.
'High Tension' was a letdown for me as well, due in part to the twist and also the fact that most of the plot seemed cribbed from Dean Koontz' "Intensity" (an awesome book I might add). Actually "Intensity" got the TV-movie treatment but that was a letdown too because everything was toned down and there were some unnecessary characters thrown in for no good reason.

Cat said...

It was so disturbing.. Like, for a while I wondered if perhaps it was me not liking horror movies anymore. I wanted to cry for the family in hills have eyes. like, I didn't even pay attention to the fun horror movie after they set the dad on fire..

Emily said...

As a kid, Jason Takes Manhattan pissed me off but today, it's my favorite of the series. I know, I know. It's down there with V as the worst actual film, but I just love the absolute ridiculousness of those last 20 minues in "New York." The kids get off the boat and are immediately robbed, shot up with heroin, and near raped because NEW YORKERS ARE BAD. Jason stomps through a diner and the waitress moans "Eh, it's New Yawk." Nobody does anything on the subway because New Yorkers are APATHETIC AND HAVE SEEN IT ALL. It's just soooooo stereotypical and clearly made by people who've never stepped foot in the city that it's wonderful.

Plus, head punch!!!

Johnny said...

Dorian - I hate the twist in High Tension too and wish it didn't go down like that but I love everything that came before it so much that i've learned to forgive it.

Cat - It was indeed disturbing but horror's supposed to be disturbing!

Emily - Can't deny the awesomeness of the actual Jason in the city moments, I just wish the whole movie was stuff like that!

shu said...

I completely agree with you on Jeepers Creepers! I really enjoyed the beginning of the film until the creature was revealed and exploited. They showed it way too much and it sucked. The beginning had me hooked.

I enjoyed the bathtub scene in Mirrors where Amy Smart gets it, but that was about it.

Cat said...

Johnny, of course horror is supposed to be disturbing! But I'm not supposed to want to cry during it...

Johnny said...

Well ya gotta at least say that that's a testament to the power of the film! When i'm that disturbed by a movie that i'm moved to tears, which has happened maybe once in my lifetime, I consider that an amazing feat pulled off by the filmmaker. But maybe that's just me....

Cat said...

Totally know what you mean, Johnny, but that's what made me not like it. Oh and probably the fact that some creature of doom was yelling out at the screen because she'd already seen it.. I hate that..

But Hills Have Eyes is not a movie I own for that very reason.. Of course, I also don't own a copy of the Exorcist, and I think that movie is too good.. it just scares the bejesus out of me, and gives me nightmares. I'm such a chickenshit haha.

Sith Hunter said...

I have to go back a ways to find the biggest my biggest horror letdown of all time.

I didn't see my first Elm St movie until I was 8 and ended up watching them in a bit of an erratic order. I saw the first one, then Dream Warriors, then Dream Master, and then I got the chance to see Freddy's Revenge....

Do I even need to go on from here? Going from 3 to 4 was a bit of a letdown but then to go back to 2 was downright horrifying for all the wrong reasons.

Carl (ILHM) said...

Ohhh man there are some great entries here, glad I waited so I could read everyones responses!

There have always been tons of let downs in the past, but for my money, and this is going to be a stretch so hear me out, the biggest let down was FEAST 2 and 3.

Sure, FEAST wasnt the greatest film, but I thought it was pretty damn amazing and off the wall. What it did show was potential, and fuck if that potential wasnt completely pissed away and squandered in the sequels. While we all have that inkling of hope that a remake will be good, we know it likely wont, so I cant claim many remakes to be let downs, but in my top ten list of disappointing sequels, the FEAST films strike #1 with a bullet.

B-Movie Becky said...

Wow! Lots of disappointed commenters out there! Haha.

Here are a few of my personal ones:
House of 1000 Corpses
Diary of the Dead
Grace
Most of After Dark's 8 Films to Die For Stuff
Too many episodes of Masters of Horror
House on Sorority Row

Some of these films I still like, but was just disappointed in. "I'm not mad at you, just disappointed."

Johnny said...

Carl, I only saw Feast once a few years back and I didn't care for it at all. Never bothered with any of the sequels either.

Sweet One said...

For me it would be Carnosaur. I loved the book by Harry Adam Knight. But the movie had the fakest, most rubbery dinos ever! They just weren't alive.

Guess said...

I think I'm probably the only person to say this but I hated the Descent at the start of the film I felt excited from all the positive feedback but as the movie dragged on I started to hate all of the characters and wish they would die. Which happened but... I still felt betrayed. It wasn't a bad movie but it wasn't that good as people said. MAJOR LETDOWN

Eric Flapjack Ashley said...

The Ring Two.

I actually liked the original RINGU and US remake, and I was pumped for the sequel because RINGU 2 was a very bleak sequel. But THE RING TWO was a huge disappointment from the get-go and took a boring, Johnny Explainer role to the mythology - the same one that plagued and bogged down the US version of THE GRUDGE 2. RING TWO was boring, talky and was only successful in killing off a promising franchise.