Now, as you may have noticed, I have a fair few different opinions on horror, and some do differ from what the mass think. I have a feeling that most of this list will differ too... This is my list of the most overrated horror films ever...
Starting with a very well known 'classic' of a horror film, but one that I absolutely hate with a passion, Blair Witch Project. Anyone who ever talks to me or asked me about this film, straight away regrets it, because I rant and moan a lot about this film.
I hated it. I really really hated it when I watched it and still hate it. Some classic films grow on you, but nope, not this one. Some you can also see how they are a classic, even if you don't like them, this one I don't even feel that way about it. I, for one, feel the best thing about this movie is the build up for it and the way it was pushed and advertised, that was smart as anything. Making people think it was all real, so much so that you're nearly done for murder, bravo. But that is the only good thing about, the making of it.
Along the same lines as The Blair Witch Project, another film I hated, but that everyone seemed to love/pee themselves to, is Paranormal Activity. I sat down one Saturday night with the parents and we decided pull our socks up and finally watch what was described as one of the scariest movies ever... Even my mum didn't jump until the last second. It was disappointing to say the least, not my mum not jumping, the film...
Being told it was one of the scariest things ever, and then being made to wait for the entire film before anything remotely tense or scary to happen... Nooo.
It tried to make up tension throughout it, but that is all it did, make it up, it didn't work, found myself just waiting for things to happen and hating the characters. Who didn't?! You deserve a demon if you decide to egg it on and summon it. I hated this, the third is a lot better. If you want to watch one, go for three, I promise.
Now the next one is always a surprise to people, I hated Insidious. Hated it. I have given it numerous chances and everytime I just find myself twiddiling my thumbs, wishing I had chosen something else to watch. I just cannot get into it, and I don't know why, I can't really pick anything out about the film that is so hateable and bad, the story is good, the characters aren't horrendous, I like Patrick Wilson, but I just don't get on with this film.
I find that also really sad because of it is actually really well done and scary, such as the smiling people, I really do find them scary, but they are not enough to save the film I am afraid.
Leading on from Insidious, a film that I hate for reasons I don't know, is The Conjuring, again, another film I just don't like and can't get into for reasons unknown. I should like this film, I really should, I loved the TV show of The Enfield Haunting, and I love all the stories about Ed and Lorraine Warren, but nope. This film is a little different to the others though, some of it, I did actually like. I actually liked around the first half of it, and then somewhere around the middle, it turns to pot. Again, for reasons I do not know, everytime it happens too. I have yet to see the second one, so fingers crossed.
My next choice is one of my most hated films of all time, yet, everyone seems to love it. The Babadook. Do not even get me started on this carcrash of a film, I hated this with an absolute passion, and it annoys me too. It annoys me, well the characters do but I shall get onto that, it annoys me because it could have been so good, and so scary and it wasn't. Parts were, I grant that, the monster itself is scary and not something you'd want to see at night, and the news broadcast - do not even get me started on how creepy that is. The news broadcast is the scariest part of this film, the smile the mum gives out the window, will literally always be etched in my brain - I don't even know how it is possible to pull that creepy a face. And as I said, the monster is something you wouldn't want to bump into either.
So, "why do you hate this film?" I hear you ask, well, I hate it because it had so must potential that it just did not use, it could have been so scary, tapping into fears of the dark and monsters that we all have. I feel bad saying this, because people have worked so hard to get here, but my hate for the characters out did the scariness.
That's not saying anything on the acting, I used to act and it is one kick in the butt, so nothing bad said about that, more so the annoyance of the characters. And by annoyance, I mean I hated the characters, hated, could not stand them. The mum not so much, she was in way bearable, I didn't like her but compared to her child, she was my favourite person. And that is saying something.
The child is the worst person in the world, I know he is meant to be dealing with grief, but he is still an annoying little, hateable shit. He just screams, and screams and screams. If he doesn't get his way, he screams, if someone is not looking, he screams, if he is not getting attention, he screams. He is a bit like Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, but somehow worse. Enough said. I hated the kid. I am not a kid fan normally, but he really made me want to not have kids... I feel he is the main reason I hate this film, I actually can't watch it without wanting to chop my ears off...
So, there you have it, the movies that I find are really really overrated and mostly a load of bollocks. Most are ones that everyone loves, surprisingly... Whoops.