20 Unscary Horror Movies, Starting With Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)
Phantoms' (1998): The 1998 film adaptation of Dean Kootz's novel, starring Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan, tells the story of the small town of Snowfield, Colorado, plagued by an underground entity known only as the Ancient Enemy. Visiting Lisa Pailey (McGowan) and local law enforcement officers work together to fight the mysterious force and restore peace and wellbeing to the city. Though "Phantoms", directed by Joe Chappelle, provides cheap thrills with some unexpected jumping fears, its convoluted plot and poor special effects job warrant more laughter than screaming.
Mirrors (2008) Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" follows former NYPD official Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland), who became the night watchman of an abandoned department store as he tries to decipher the demonic background of his new job and protect his loved ones. While “Mirrors” is an eerie narrative idea, it was stumbled on itself with an overcomplicated plot, botched dialogue, and unnecessarily graphic images - all of which leads to an unsatisfactory ghost.
Secret Window (2004): David Koepp's "Secret Window" is more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, and revolves around the recently divorced writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) and his quest for a perfect ending to his upcoming novel. When an unknown man named John Shooter (John Turturro) accuses Rainey of plagiarism, Rainey begins to recall the violent reality of his actions. "Secret Window", more confusing than haunting, not only paints a bad picture for people with mental illness, but also leaves the audience with an immobile, unclear ending.
Cursed “(2005): A film that fits Halloween. Christina Ricci and Jessie Eisenberg play the lead roles in "Cursed" and come from the prolific slasher film director Wes Craven. Victims of an initially unknown infection, siblings Ellie and Jimmy Meyers find out their werewolf skills as they search for the origins of the epidemic-conscious horror parody.
House of Wax (2005): Even Paris Hilton couldn't make House of Wax fabulous. In the 2005 film, a group of college students on their way to the big game at the grace of strangers are stranded miles from the nearest town of Ambrose, where the main attraction is the abandoned Trudy's House of Wax. While exploring the small town's museum, the group discovers a disturbing truth behind the seemingly perfect wax figures that forces them to find a way out. A lackluster and accidentally comedic remake of the 1953 original, House of Wax is a nice addition to the slasher genre.
Urban Legend ”(1998): In“ Urban Legend ”with Jared Leto and Alicia Witt, age-old superstitions and myths are brought together and presented in an unoriginal slasher format. Pendleton University student Natalie Simon tries to investigate a series of murders inspired by her urban legends that affect her friends and loved ones before becoming the killer's next victim. Almost two years after “Scream”, “Urban Legend” debuts and doesn't bring anything original or particularly frightening to liven up its lifeless and clichéd plot.
Maximum Overdrive '(1986): In a horror film with Emilio Estevez that turned into a dark comedy, “Maximum Overdrive” shows why Stephen King has not made a horror film since 1986. Set in a small town in North Carolina, the film explores the chaos that ensues when everyday household machines, from lawnmowers to large-rigged trucks, seek murderous revenge on humanity. While the juxtaposition of King's terrible mind and his direction as a Campy film may be the only shocking aspect of the film, the effort to enjoy “Maximum Overdrive” as a comedy rather than a horror film is well worth it in the end.
Leprechaun '(1993): An evil goblin, played by Warwick Davis, stops at nothing to find the last piece of his gold in "Leprechaun". The film's stars, including a young Jennifer Anniston, did their best considering what to work with - a flat plot topped off with even more boring writing. Whether it's Davis' leprechaun mask or the ridiculous one-liners, "Leprechaun" doesn't have a terrible bone in its existence.
Anaconda (1997): When a team of documentary filmmakers and a snake hunter encounter a giant man-eating snake in the Amazon forest, things get a little twisted. With an all-star roster that includes Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez, and Ice Cube, the 1997 adventure-horror visual relies too heavily on its absurd, low-quality CGI villain to induce a sense of fear.
Wolf (1994): What do you get when you combine a job demotion, love triangle and werewolves? A creepy experience starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfieffer who takes themselves too seriously to thrive as a horror film. Although “Wolf” shows impressive horror make-up, its subliminal dialogue about human nature makes the audience think, not scream.
The Wolfman (2010): Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins star in a lousy, CGI-saturated remake of a 1941 horror classic. After the grim homecoming of a Shakespearean actor who turned brutally violent, The Wolfman enables Del Toro to deliver nuanced performances both as a monster and as the victim of a supernatural family curse. However, not even the actor's skills could compensate for the poor CGI job.
The Wicker Man (2006): Police officer Edward Malus, played by Nicholas Cage, finds himself on an eerie, dystopian island when the search for his ex-fiancée's daughter takes a nasty turn. The 2006 version of the 1973 film of the same name thrives on horror tropes like pentagrams, crows, and disembodied laughter, but stumbles upon itself with its utterly scattered but ridiculous ending.
The Nun (2018): American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga examines an unholy Romanian monastery joining the latest in the Conjuring franchise. Similar to the other films in the "Conjuring" universe, "The Nun" seems to build its slow narrative around the abundance of jumping fears and not bring anything new or unexpected to the table.
Truth Or Dare ”(2018): College students, played by Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, find themselves in the hands of a bloodthirsty demon after playing a game of truth or dare in an abandoned church in Tijuana. With a largely predictable storyline and old fear gimmicks, this Blumhouse film dared not go beyond the typical techniques of cheap horror films.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010): In Paranormal Activity 2, a sequel and prequel, Brian Boland and Katie Featherson star in another found footage horror film. This time it documents a family's efforts to protect their boy from demonic forces. The second movie in the franchise doesn't go beyond the shadow of its predecessor and evokes exactly the same feelings of fear and tension as the first.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) “(2009): A retired German surgeon, played by Dieter Laser, kidnaps tourists in order to realize his insane fantasy of connecting several people. The overly grotesque image, full of visceral images of torn and poorly sewn flesh, wriggles like a strip that keeps the viewer awake at night but successfully disrupts the human psyche.
Slender Man “(2018): With Julia Goldani Telles and Joey King, the film adaptation of the urban legend of the video game is the lowest-rated film on the list. While writer David Birke's efforts to put a cohesive narrative behind the 2012 computer game are appreciated, the overall product, despite its star power, offers unoriginal scare tactics and a boring storytelling format.
The Sixth Sense '(1999): Bruce Willis as child psychologist Malcom Crowe tries to please his client Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, who can see the deceased walking among the living. The 1999 film offers viewers an original narrative with the signature twist of M. Night Shyamalan, but brings with it more emotional engagement and thinking than is necessary for work that is relaxing and shocking.
The Happening “(2008): Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel try to escape the vengeful forces of nature that are exterminating humanity with toxins born in the air. The thriller has a flat and uneven plot, as it also unsuccessfully and yet comedically armed trees and plants in a potentially poignant eco-thriller.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001): After the death of his uncle as a ghost hunter, the widower Aruther Kriticos (played by Tony Shalhoub) inherits his uncle's property, a large glass house in which 12 captured ghosts also live. Whether it's the goofy dialogue or the goofy looking ghosts, "Thir13en Ghosts" offers a nonsensical experience that no amount of star power, smog, or flashing lights can save.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2000: After the widespread popularity of "The Blair Witch Project," a group of PhD students, played by Jeffrey Donovan and Erica Leerhsen, visits the eerie city of Burkittsville, Maryland, in the hope of finding the Blair Witch for too experience themselves. "Book of Shadows", which falls in the shadow of its incomparable predecessor, is not original in format and narrative, but tries to compensate for this by predictably borrowing elements from the first part of the franchise.
Psycho (1998): Some might say that imitation is the best form of flattery, but this horror movie feels more like a low-quality copy and paste of the 1960 original. Vince Vaughn, who stars as Norman Bates, goes out of his way to reveal the annoying delivery builder demonstrated by Anthony Perkins, which further spoils the mediocre remake.
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