Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Worst Five Wednesday: Wes Craven

I am not a big fan of Wes Craven. Even though he is considered a master of horror I feel that he has only made four good horror movies in his forty year career, so I felt that it was only fair to start the new "Five Worst".

5. Scream 3 (2000) I do not like the Scream series. I thought they took a good idea and instead of being subtle with it, they beat you over the head with it. The series plays more like a parody than an actual horror movie, but Scream 3 is by far the worst one. Everything in this movie is below average, from the writing to the direction. This is a movie that defines "going thru the motions".

4. People Under the Stairs (1990) Fans love this movie because it is a satire on Republicans and Reaganomics and while that may be true, it doesn't hide the fact that this is a bad movie. There are no scares to speak of and I could care less what happens to the good guys. Chalk this one up as an ambitious failure.

3. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) This was supposed to be Eddie Murphy's comeback movie, but failed with audiences and critics. While the movie has some laughs, the horror aspect of the movie is handled very poorly. This movie came out a year before Scream hit big and has been all but forgotten.

2. Hills Have Eyes Part II, The (1987) This started out as a proper, but movie politics stopped that and what we are left with is an utter mess. The movie is told mostly in flashbacks, but the flashbacks are to the first movie. But you have to give credit to a movie where the dog even gets a flashback.

1. Cursed (2004) Another movie where movie politics played a factor in the movie we are left with, Cursed really is cursed. Craven has said that the movie would have been ok if the studio didn't edit it down more to get a PG-13 rating. I'm sorry Wes, but no amount of footage edited back into this movie could save it. They could have edited in a bunch of werewolf stuff from other movies and this movie still would have been one of the worst horror movies of the last ten years.

The first "Five Worst" in the can. Join me next Wednesday for another installment.

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