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The list isn´t in any particular order, and it is NOT complete. Note: In case you are wondering why some hated titles (Like for example, The Problem Solverz) weren´t included on this list, is because I haven´t seem them yet.
Anyway, like I said before the list is not complete and probably would be subject to changes in the future.
Lights Out (2013)
Sometimes less is more
For me, "Lights Out" was the most disappointing horror film of 2016. I found it terribly dull, with clichéd characters, predictable jump-scares and a repetitive plot that felt way too stretched in the worst possible manner...Honestly, I wish I had seen the short film which inspired that movie before, because it was much better in every single aspect.
I guess that the brevity of the short helped a lot to avoid everything that made the movie so bad (Like the flat and clichéd characters, the bad dialogue, the boring exposition, the pointless filler scenes and the cringe worthy resolution) but the truth is that "Lights Out" worked much better as a short film, going directly to the point in a quite effective way. And the final jump-scare that closes this short film was honestly far better done than anything from the feature-length version, which just feels redundant and unnecessary by comparison.
Llamas with Hats (2009)
A short, but sweet ride
I like the way this short web series turned out: It started as a fun and wacky dark comedy in a similar way to some Adult Swim series, but eventually starts to develop its own story arc.
I appreciate the creator decided to finish the series on its own terms instead of stretching it indefinitely: This could have been like "Happy Tree Friends" with same joke repeated over and over in each episode, but instead of that the tale of Carl the murderous Llama and his friend Paul gets an unexpected turn which concludes in a tragic (And yet satisfying) manner. And considering the number of animated shows from television that tend to overstay their welcome until they become a shadow of their former self, knowing when it's the proper time to wrap up things is a quality worth of recognition.
Clarence: Straight Illin (2015)
"Clarence" is a mixed bag for me. I'm not a fan of the series, but I think it has some funny and clever moments and I enjoy watching it from time to time.
That being said, this episode was awful.
It started in an average manner but eventually it turns into something quite gross and awkward (And also not in a way that it could be considered remotely funny at all), feeling almost as if it was something from the "Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon" I personally didn't enjoy this episode at all, and I think it could be easily considered the lowest point of the whole series.
If this had been my introduction to Clarence, I think I would have avoided seeing this show permanently.
Stop motion and horror
A neat mixture of stop-motion animation and live-action by Robert Morgan (Director of horror shorts such as "The Cat with Hands" and the beautifully grotesque "Bobby Yeah")
Like in most of his previous work, "Invocation" is quite impressive on the visual level, with some quite impressive visceral imagery which almost feel as something from a David Cronenberg film, with horrifying yet at the same time mesmerizing results: Honestly, very few filmmakers would be able to turn a simple teddy bear into something as nightmarish as the creature from this short film.
Turbo meets Saw
A group of snails is accidentally brought to a house. In their attempt to escape from that place, the snails die one by one, always in a cruel and violent manner.
With the plot synopsis like that, one would expect this animated short to be something completely nasty and unpleasant, but the plot of "Escargore" has a quite lighthearted feeling from beginning to end, focusing in the humor rather than in shock value. It also helps that the CGI animation is quite appealing and well done, with adorably looking characters that one would expect to see in a children's film.
And honestly, I found this to be far more enjoyable and endearing than DreamWorks' "Turbo".
Tuck Me In (2014)
An OK 1 minute short
"Tuck Me In" is a decent one minute horror short.
It's effectively creepy and it has a more than proper atmosphere, but at the same time, I got the feeling that the premise had the potential to be something a bit more complex than just a spooky clip. And while it's true that "brevity is the soul of wit", in my humble opinion the plot would have been benefited with a longer duration.
But then again, it seems that this short is an adaptation of tale that was published on an internet thread about horror stories written in one or two sentences, so I guess its extremely condensed length and ambiguous ending is part of the charm.
Losing My Religion (1991)
The best R.E.M. video and one of the best works of Tarsem Singh
This is one of my favorite music videos of all time, along with Madonna's "Bedtime Story" and "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, both directed by Mark Romanek. And while those two videos are fairly impressive even today, "Losing My Religion" predates both, being quite ahead of its time.
Say what you want about Tarsem Singh movies, but one simply can't deny that even his most forgettable work have at least some memorable and beautifully done imagery (Hey, while I don't like "The Cell" or "Immortals" that much, at least I will have to admit that both movies look great) This music video isn't the exception: Apparently Singh wanted this video to be "melodramatic and very dreamlike" and the final result is quite dreamlike indeed, with an excellent use of many different religious motifs, while also taking some visual influence from classical art and foreign cinema.
I'm not sure if "Losing My Religion" is the best R.E.M. song (It is one my favorites, that's for sure) but this is definitely their best music video, and also it is one the best things Tarsem Singh has ever done on his entire filmic career.
"Beauty is a curse on the world."
Of all the TV shows created by Ryan Murphy, this was the most interesting one in my opinion.
Despite the extremely cynical and bitter nature of the show (This is the kind of series where if anything could go wrong, it will go wrong in the worst imaginable way) it also managed to be a solid work of entertainment, tackling many controversial issues in a non- condescending and unpredictable way.
For me, the highest point of the series was the mystery of the Carver during the second and third season of the series (Which for me, it always will be far more thrilling and unsettling than anything from any season of "American Horror Story"). After the identity of this character was finally revealed, the series started to run out of steam and I stopped watching it, but those first 3 seasons were still a memorable experience anyway.
A magnificent prologue
An impressive short by Richard Williams (Director of the 1971 animated short version of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Thief and the Cobbler")
Visually speaking, "Prologue" is simply breathtaking, having some of the most gorgeous animation I have seen in the recent years, with an outstanding level of realism and intensity.
Even when some viewers could see this as an exercise of "style over substance", the style in question is so wonderfully done that it is more than enough to justify its viewing.
A short like this couldn't be done with CGI. It simply wouldn't be the same, and certainly, it wouldn't have the same artistic merit.
"Prologue" deserved a better reception, in my opinion. I guess the violent and overall dark tone of the plot (This isn't a lighthearted, "feel-good" short like the ones made by Disney or Pixar) in't exactly everyone's cup of tea, but I will never be able to understand why this only has a 6.3 score on IMDb while a completely unremarkable short like "Kiwi!" has 8.2.
I'm At a Loss for Words
This is definitely an unforgettable series, but for all the wrong reasons. It's absolutely atrocious in every possible way, but like a train wreck, it's hard to look away.
"Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series" is the animated adaptation of the online comic of the same name (Which honestly I found to be quite dull and boring) involving the misadventures of two gamer friends and the girlfriend of one of them.
Like in said comic, the main character 8named Ethan) is unlikeable cretin that would make look Peter Griffin as the nicest cartoon character ever created. It would be almost impossible to imagine a more obnoxious character than him.
The other characters are bland and forgettable at best (Besides, the awfulness of Ethan completely overshadows them)
The animation is dreadful. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that Newgrounds animations done by teenagers show more effort and dedication than this (And are also more enjoyable to watch)
The voices are awful and poorly recorded.
The jokes and cultural references are cringeworthy beyond belief. Honestly, the only genuine laugh I got from this were because some blatantly awful animation mistake, and the ninth episode of this series was the worst episode of any show (animated or live action) I have watched in my life. And to think a show like this (somehow) managed to get more than one season.
There are bad shows, and there are terrible shows. But "Ctrl+Alt+Del" belongs to a whole new level of awfulness.