spooky moviesby rulerofsquid | created - 30 Jan 2014 | updated - 09 Feb 2014 | Public
movies weve seen that suck or dont
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1. Autopsy (2008)
R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young woman tries to find her injured boyfriend in a bizzare and dangerous hospital.
R: Some of the most messed up and inventive body horror I've ever witnessed in a horror film since Carpenter's The Thing. Otherwise mediocre in practically every other respect, and doused with enough torture to make me cringe, I'd suggest giving it a watch if you like seeing the creative things filmmakers can do with guts & gore. A: Worth watching just for the few scenes of crazy good body horror. The rest of the movie, while mediocre and not particularly new or exciting, pulled it off alright and wasn't too painful to go through. Overall a pretty good movie IMO.
2. The Depraved (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Thriller
Anxious to explore the mysterious hidden world under metropolitan Berlin, an international group of four urban explorers hires a local guide, Kris, who leads them into the maze of escape ... See full summary »
R: Not particularly exciting. Standard fare slasher film, but the subject matter (urban exploration) is particularly enticing to me and A. Unless you're really in the mood to watch something about UrbEx without fantasy elements, skip this one and watch The Descent or Grave Encounters. A: I had high hopes for this movie considering its alternate title (Urban Explorer) but it failed for me. It was honestly more boring than scary. The Tunnel Movie focuses on nearly the same subject (urban exploration of tunnels under the city) but pulls it off significantly better even though it is itself a little cheesy.
3. Mum & Dad (2008)
Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream ... See full summary »
R: I'm not particularly into torture films, save for maybe the Saw franchise which I will insist is far more good old suspense on the gore-heavy side. Mum & Dad doesn't hesitate with the torture porn. It doesn't pull out all the stops like American Mary or Hostel, but the titular characters are reminiscent of Kathy Bates in Misery or the mad scientist dude in Human Centipede. A: This movie made me cringe more than once! The torture is incredibly disturbing and not something i'd recommend watching on a full stomach ;--0. I had to force myself not to press the pause button, but it was worth it. Not too many movies can pull off this sort of torture well.
4. V/H/S (2012)
R | 116 min | Horror, Thriller
When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard | Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman
Votes: 49,551 | Gross: $0.10M
R: I have a complicated relationship with this duo of films. Playing with the already-tired found footage genre, but doing so in a way that creates a definitive mythology and aesthetic unique to this particular series. IMO, they're best watched together. This installment is far less creative but in the process more believable and consistently accurate to the medium (VHS tapes, that is).
5. V/H/S/2 (2013)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
Votes: 30,822 | Gross: $0.02M
R: See my commentary on V/H/S 1 for my thoughts on the series. This one's creepier for me because of the variance of subject matter and the creativity put into the camera media. The zombie vignette is weak as hell but the mechanical eye, alien invasion, and mass suicide scenes are excellently crafted, if a bit hokey. Overall, it's incredibly fun to watch.
6. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 171,360 | Gross: $26.02M
R: The rare "consistently good film but scarier in Act 1 than the remainder of the movie." The monster design is alright, but the crushing claustrophobia toward the middle of the film is certainly the part that got to me the most. A: One of those movies that could be great if not for a poorly executed ending. What started out as a movie that legitimately made me start to feel uneasy ended up trying way too hard.
7. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
R | 92 min | Horror
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.
Votes: 63,201 | Gross: $0.18M
R: Say what you want about this movie. Literally anything, I don't care. This movie is brilliant in all its goofiness. The standard our-car-broke-down-lets-check-out-this-spooky-house format, and a completely disgusting premise executed at a startlingly low budget. I have nothing but a begrudging respect for this ridiculous and admittedly occasionally erotic work of art meets trainwreck. A: Its awful. So awful it's great. R pretty much said it all, to be honest. Despite how disgusting it is, it's got that well-pulled-off-low-budget charm.
8. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
Not Rated | 91 min | Horror
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Votes: 29,841 | Gross: $0.12M
R: I'm not sure what this movie is about--twelve innocent bystanders' transformation into a disgusting monster inspired by the first installment acting as a meta film within a film, or filmmaker Tom Six's transformation into a Tommy Wiseau figure of legend. Tell this man whatever you want, he is insanely serious about this laughingstock of a film series. I think I'm more afraid of Six than the film itself, but it's at least memorable.
9. Session 9 (2001)
R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
Votes: 47,292 | Gross: $0.38M
R: Like The Descent, the film's main source of suspense and ambiance is in the first couple acts, leaving the third act a tangled mess. Without spoiling anything, I'm not even quite sure what this movie was ultimately about. There was some twist ending to be sure, but whether it was psychosis or the supernatural or what beats me. Call me simpleminded but the attempt at depth or whatever ruined a very eerie first half of a movie.
10. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.
R: South Korean Horror. Beats me. What the heck even HAPPENED in this movie. ???????? A: ??????????????????
11. Slither (2006)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
Votes: 66,303 | Gross: $7.77M
R: Literally Do Not Talk To Me About This Film, Do Not Mention This Film, Do Not Use The Word Slither Around Me. A: The alien pregnancy was not as hot as it sounded :--(
12. The Tunnel (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
R: Honestly the fact that I don't remember this movie at all is testament to how I probably felt about it. I'm literally drawing a blank about EVERYTHING that occurred in this movie. A: Another urban explorer movie, and another movie that is good until the monster comes around. Not a great movie but not awful either.
13. Bijitâ Q (2001 Video)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.
R: Traditional Miike surrealism, with a crushing heaviness and obscurity to it equal to the likes of Eraserhead, Tetsuo the Iron Man, or Begotten. It's a visceral portrait of violence, sex, family, and a mix of all of the above (yes, incest is what the referance). Opaque and difficult to watch at times, Visitor Q is almost better viewed as a series of disturbing vignettes of a not-so-average family. A: I didnt know someone could produce that much breast milk in such a short time
14. Grave Encounters (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.
R: An incredibly fun found footage film that turns the genre over on its head. Already done by the 2010 film House of Bones, sure, but superior in practically every way. The protagonists are the disillusioned creators of a "Ghost Hunters" esque television show, not too different from the guy in 1408 but with cameras instead of books. Jump scares and House of Leaves inspiration abound, it's a complete party in the form of a tribute to the entire horror canon.
15. Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
Not Rated | 95 min | Horror
A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film.
R: An inferior version of the first installment, but nonetheless pretty fun. This time we break the fourth wall and observe the abandoned asylum as a group of raucous college kids who decide to follow the footsteps of the very real GE 1. Far more outlandish in its low-budget special effects and admittedly forced mythology, it's still an enjoyable flick if you're not looking for anything serious.
16. The Fourth Kind (2009)
PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.
Votes: 66,964 | Gross: $25.46M
R: I confuse this one with Dark Skies because ultimately they're both dull revivals of the gray alien terror of the Cold War era. Unlike Dark Skies, this one is a mockumentary take on a supposedly true story a la The Poughkeepsie Tapes or the 2005 series A Haunting. Where it falls flat though is the sheer dullness of it all. Overdone horror tropes + an attempt at documentary style realism = recipe for disaster. Disheartening considering how much I love aliens.
17. American Mary (2012)
R | 103 min | Drama, Horror
The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.
R: A bit too torture-porn for my tastes, but it's nonetheless an endlessly creative movie. Without spoiling it: seedy strip joints, reconstructive surgery to become a real-life Betty Boop, I Spit On Your Grave except with Xtreme Body Modification as punishment, lots of gory torture glamor. A: I liked this movie but i'm kind of into amputation soooo
18. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 351,513 | Gross: $137.40M
R: *GROANS AUDIBLY DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE IS NOBODY IN HEARING RANGE* A: I don't even remember this one
19. Home Movie (II) (2008)
R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.
R: Terrifying. What sets this apart from any other found footage film about a suburban family struck with untimely disaster? Not much tbqh, but the eerie feeling throughout and the foreshadowing leading up to the final few seconds pay off and WILL haunt your nightmares.
20. Carrie (2013)
R | 100 min | Drama, Horror
A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Votes: 117,712 | Gross: $35.27M
R: Unlike most remakes, this one. Can't really be compared to the original? Both very average films in their own respects, they both suffer from being incorrectly marketed as horror films. They're both coming-of-age/sci-fi movies. But I guess blood and Stephen King make it classify as horror? Whatever :? This breathes life into the dated original and, I guess, makes it more relate-able to this generation, and I won't condemn the film for that.
21. Spiral (2000)
90 min | Drama, Horror
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.
R: Ok, do yourself a favor. Read the manga by Junji Ito first. It'll be far more satisfying as I see this film as a sort of supplemental material to those whose horror craving wasn't sated by Ito's twisted terrors. Lovely greenish tinted cinematography and endearingly Y2K special effects, it's the most you could expect from Uzumaki put onto the screen. I just wish the scar chapter was included, and that the hair chapter got more screentime.
22. Absentia (I) (2011)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.
R: The way I see this is a group of filmmakers found a creepy tunnel and rolled with it. "Hey guys let's make a movie." I could be way off the mark but that's how it plays out. More or less aimless with a confusing plot and acting that leaves much to be desired but hey. Check out this cool tunnel.
23. Nailbiter (2013)
R | 82 min | Horror
The Maguire family is forced to take sudden refuge in a seemingly abandoned storm cellar from a deadly tornado.
R: Misled by the title and poster into thinking I'd be watching something Jeepers Creepers style, maybe even with some campy Creepshow elements, I wandered into this mess. Don't judge a book by its cover, kids. As big an advocate as I am for low-budget films that at least TRIED, this was. Just painfully uninspired. A forgettable monster. A forgettable plot. Skip it.
24. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 132,862 | Gross: $40.46M
R: BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. One of my favorite movies of all time. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vomit as Jeff Goldblum loses his ear and all of his fingernails. You will repeatedly ask yourself: Why?? And your subconscious will answer: Because.
25. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 648,391 | Gross: $0.19M
R: Not truly a "horror film," but I'd say Frank and the copious tributes to the likes of Evil Dead are enough to categorize it as one. I think I've seen this movie more than 30 times. It's beautiful. The cinematography, the script, the acting, the mythology, everything. This movie is so. Good. Also: Smurfs, and their dubious sexuality.
R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.
Votes: 40,714 | Gross: $49.37M
R: Elm Street 3, IMO, is when the series starts going downhill, and incidentally part 3 of what many see as its sister series, Friday the 13th, is where it starts going uphill. Probably an unpopular opinion? I don't care. Freddie's backstory coming to light and the very creative death scenes are its saving grace. The rest? Well. "I'm the wizard master!" Put that next to a villain who's being forced into the roles of intimidating monster/sympathetic poltergeist/comedic murderer and comes out none of the above, and you've got (SLASHER SOUND) a nightmare.
27. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.
Votes: 33,405 | Gross: $22.17M
R: As campy as its previous installment, I guess it at least owns up to that fact? Freddie, unfunny as ever, murders teenagers with some nebulous connection to Parts I and IV in the coolest ways imaginable. Subtract the gore-fest and you've got something unbelievably goofy and not in a good way. That's basically the formula for this whole series.
28. Detention (2011)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.
R: The scariest part of this movie is the fact that Dane Cook managed to squeeze one or two laughs out of me. I still have nightmares. This movie is like Jennifer's Body in many respects--just not as incredible. It's very funny at times, the time loop is neat, and the cast is about as likable as a Breakfast Club-Goes-Scary Movie as you can get, but it falls apart in Act 3 (a lot like John Dies at the End come to think of it)
29. The Ruins (2008)
R | 90 min | Horror
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.
Votes: 63,175 | Gross: $17.43M
R: VINES UNDER THEIR SKIN VINES UNDER THEIR SKIN DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP A: nnnOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
30. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.
Votes: 53,885 | Gross: $55.39M
31. The House of the Devil (2009)
R | 95 min | Horror
In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.
Votes: 33,971 | Gross: $0.10M