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Top 10 Tuesday: Overrated Modern Horror Films

Before the death threats get sent please keep in mind labeling these films “overrated” is not considering them awful films, well most of them at least, but the hype is just annoying. When you see that some of these films top other horror films that laid the foundation for our beloved genre it reaches a point of disrespect. Maybe it’s the discontent and bitterness that comes with age, but this list is without apology. A lack of agreement is expected, but that’s why this is just purely subjective.

  1. IT: Part 1 (2017)

This was a difficult decision but it must be done. This movie was not terrible, but it seemed the money and appeal became more important than the potential this film contained. It could have been one of the best horror movies ever but fell short by dismantling the content that made the novel so great. It is still entertaining, but was the anticipation worth it? That’s your call… Hopefully part 2 will be a redeemer.

  1. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

This film just became so dated through the years. The more one descends into the horror genre it becomes more apparent that this film is not really even a horror movie. Once again, as entertaining as it can be at times with the stylish exploitation cinematic technique, humorous dialogue, and 70’s soundtrack; how many times can one watch this movie and say this is your favorite horror movie? ….Anybody?

  1. Paranormal Activity (2007)

This first viewing in theaters was fun, but it’s obvious why it makes this list. The film is the most commercial of the found-footage genre birthing a whole series of films. Are they the worst films ever made? Not really, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” was actually enjoyable because it was a different perspective on the original storyline. Let’s be honest, there is so much more out there that contributes to the genre, especially found-footage horror.

  1. The Conjuring (2013)

This film is just too polished. It’s stylish, creepy, and pays homage to classic horror with much respect, but maybe that’s why the film appears on this list. Although we do get some really frightening moments….without appropriating those classic horror techniques the film would just be another scary movie.

  1. The VVitch (2015)

The themes of this film alone are among the best to utilize along with its sinister score that made it even more haunting. Once again, a difficult decision… The VVitch was not entertaining in the sense that it was fun to watch. The seventeenth-century dialogue combined with the fact that it burned slower than a Cuban cigar made you want to just get to the end, which was one of the scariest parts of the entire film.

  1. It Follows (2014)

From the beginning, the film seemed promising. The 80’s synth soundtrack was cool, the plot set up was fresh, and some of the embodiment’s of the following entity were really creepy, but then where else can the film go? As it trails closer towards the end of the film things get really dumb especially in the final moments. The ending was a letdown and seemed reminiscent of the “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episode “The Corpse” which was honestly a lot scarier.

  1. Hostel (2005)

To some, this is the epitome of gory… until one realizes that if you want vile and nasty there are so many more movies that can achieve the overall goal of this film with better storylines and more enjoyable to watch. The film had some nasty scenes, but why watch this when you have so many video nasties out there?

  1. Saw (2004)

What a hit this film was at the time of release, but was it ever really that good? Besides Billy the puppet, which is only slightly disturbing, it was not that scary. It was just another cash prize for Hollywood to bank on horror in the early 2000’s. Everything about this movie is just overrated so let’s not waste time digging too deep into this one.

  1. Mother! (2017)

This film seemed propitious from the trailer but after viewing you discern that was just to get a ticket sale. The film was marketed as a creepy house film and that could have easily been the expectation since it was a Darren Aronofsky film (Pi was awesome). The artsy surreal approach is great and we can say it had some ruthless scenes but regardless of those scholarly interpretations, there is only one true conclusion that can be made: This is the most pretentious garbage masked as a horror film ever made!

  1. Get Out (2017)

Some of you are thinking terrible things, but keep in mind this is just an opinion… This film was good with the even blend of horror and comedy. It evokes an almost twilight zone presence because this reality was so familiar but things could not be what they seemed. The sunken place was great, as was the character development, and it was perfect social commentary for the current state of America. But here’s what a horror fan must ask themselves: Is this the most important horror film ever made? Let’s just leave it at that…

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Top 10 Tuesday: Weird Zombie Films

This Friday, Morbid Movies is set to unleash the ultimate experience in undead terror as we screen an all-new high resolution transfer of the all-time classic Night of the Living Dead, but before that happens we are going to share some straight zombie weirdness with you for this Top Ten Tuesday. Not all zombie movies are serious affairs and not all of them are straight up “people trapped amidst a siege of the undead” stories either. What follows is a list of my ten favorite weird zombie films.

Honorable Mention, Zombie in a Penguin Suit (2011)

This short film is a strangely emotional and moving affair. It’s just what it says it is, the journey of a zombie in a penguin suit. Short though it is, it should serve nicely as an aperitif to whet our appetite for what follows.

10. Fido (2006)

This movie an absolute delightful coming of age story about a boy and his zombie. The premise, a dystopian Utopia set amidst a post 1950’s apocalypse (Leave It to Beaver by way of Land of the Dead would be my elevator pitch for this one.). Light hearted but filled with biting dark humor this is definitely one to watch.

9. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

I admit it, this is not a zombie flick. It’s an amazing hodgepodge of zany, disgusting over the top gags and ideas that feature what has to be first and only use of a zombie finger as a…. well, you’ll see.

8. Zombeavers (2014)

Beavers become zombies in this madcap film which honestly is not terrible at all. Fun practical special effects and some amazing cheesy gorey gags make this a fun time.

7. Black Sheep (2006)

This is a favorite of mine. Sheep are docile and loving creatures, right? Not in this film. Practical effects by Weta help make this a unique and fun-filled film full of the zombie tropes you know and love but with a baaaaahhhh-rilliant twist.

6. Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse (2015)

I was going to include ZombieLand on this list but that seemed like very low hanging fruit. Instead I give you two films that are in the same hyperkinetic, oddball vein as that masterpiece. This is the first and gives us three friends who are trying to cling to the vestiges of better times while coming to terms with the fact that they are growing up and apart and they are smack dab in the middle of a burgeoning zombie apocalypse. Can they survive the night? Can they save the day? Check it out to find out.

5. Cooties (2014)

Elijah Wood stars as a failed writer turned summer school substitute teacher in this horror comedy. Alongside Rainn Wilson as the badass gym teacher, Wood and his fellow employees must deal with an elementary school full of zombie kids, all thanks to one. Bad. chicken tender.

4. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

A singular experience brought to us by Wes Craven. This film takes us back to the roots of the zombie legend and features Bill Pullman, some awesome dream sequences, and some insane torture techniques. A classic and worth revisiting if you haven’t seen it in a while.

3. House (1986)

Not a zombie film but I have included this because it inspired my first zombie nightmare. There are several nightmarish creatures in this film, but the dead reaching up and dragging a child, a boy my age at the time I saw it first, into the ground was what followed me into my subconscious that evening. I still remember the dream, and I still remember waking up screaming from it. I watched this one recently (I try to watch it once a year) and it held up. A fun time from the director of the Monster Squad.

2. Splinter (2008)

A singular take on the zombie genre this one is a tense film filled with interesting characters trapped in a gas station with a horrible monster trying to get in. Great special effects in this one help put it to the top on the recommendation pile.

1. Slither (2006)

This is my favorite horror movie. I love the nihilistic reality of the zombies in this one, and the throwback to Night of the Creeps that comes with the moment in the film where everyone is infected, well mostly everyone. Nathan Fillion stars in this film that really has a little bit of everything to love in it. Brought to us by the one and only James Gunn.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Horror Comedies

This week’s Top 10 takes a look at the films that manage to perfectly blend humor with horror.

I thought this would be an easy one but the order was more difficult than I expected. I’m pretty sure I left some great ones out of the final 10.

Honorable Mention, Idle Hands (1999)

“Why would we go to hell? We’re not bad, we’re not exactly good or anything, but at least we don’t go around killing people!”

This underrated late 90’s gem includes scene-stealing comedy from Seth Green.

10. The Lost Boys (1987)

“My own brother a God damned shit sucking vampire! You wait ’til mom finds out buddy!”

I wouldn’t say The Lost Boys is really a comedy at all, but it includes some very hilarious moments thanks to Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.

9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

“Oh hidy ho officer, we’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.”

Likable leads with great chemistry that leads to blood soaked laughs. How does Dale & Tucker not have a sequel yet???

8. Night of the Creeps (1986)

“Zombies, exploding heads, creepy-crawlies… and a date for the formal. This is classic, Spanky.”

Tom Atkins nails burnt out cop character of Ray Cameron perfectly while delivering some of the best one-liners in the entire movie.

7. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

“All right everybody, drop your tacos or I’ll blow your brains out.”

Lloyd Kaufman’s unintentional classic b-movie perfectly spoofs both monster and superhero movies. It’s vulgar, it’s trashy, it’s hilarious.

6. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

“Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!”

Who would have thought the funniest horror mockumentary of all-time would come from New Zealand? Well a lot of people considering it’s from the duo behind HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.

5. Dead Alive (1992)

“I see you’ve come across your uncle’s old stag films. Is this the one with the donkey and the chambermaid?”

Long before the Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson was making us laugh at zombie babies and cringe at lawnmower zombie kills.

4. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

“I don’t think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound “fine”?”

One of the biggest differences between Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 is the extra humor. And boy does it deliver in that department with the Three Stooges-esque physical slapstick comedy from Bruce Campbell.

3. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

“What? What the hell are you doing with a bunch of rabid weasels?”

One of my all-time favorite movies, the punk rock fueled unofficial sequel to Night of the Living Dead is zombie horror splattered in hilarious quotes and one-liners.

2. Young Frankenstein (1974)

“Honey, did you see I put another hamper in the bathroom? This one’s for your shirts, the other’s just for socks and poo-poo undies.”

Mel Brooks take on the Universal Monsters version of Frankenstein, of course it’s hilarious. Marty Feldman’s Igor steals this one though while breaking through the fourth wall multiple times.

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

“Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”

It may be more of a comedy with a horror setting but who cares. The first of many films for duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead is one of the (if not the) funniest of all the horror comedies.

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