Here’s a look at my picks for the Top 5 Worst Horror Movies of 2017.
And if you’ve read my Top 10 Worst Movies list, you already know what they are since five of my Top 10 Worst Movies were horror movies. Anyway, here’s the list:
5 THE DARK TOWER
This fantasy thriller based on the epic eight novel series by Stephen King is anything but epic. First of all, it’s a prequel. We meet a boy named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who’s haunted by recurring bad dreams in which he sees a Gunslinger (Idris Elba) battling a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) over the fate of the world. Jake eventually enters their world and joins the fight against the Man in Black.
For a movie based on an eight book series by Stephen King, the story it tells is about as skeletal as you can get. The film skimps on details and characterizations, and as a result it’s not very satisfying. It’s also not visually impressive. Both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are fine in their roles, but they’re not enough to save this movie, which is not awful. It’s just so sparse it’s inconsequential.
4 47 METERS DOWN
In general, I like movies about sharks, even though most of them have been pretty bad. 47 METERS DOWN joins the list of lousy shark movies. Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are vacationing in Mexico, enjoying the beaches and basically getting away from it all. They meet a couple of fun-loving young men who convince them to take the shark cage tour under water. Lisa and Kate go underwater together in the shark cage, which I thought strange since they’re on a date and it would have made more sense for each of them to go underwater with their respective dates. Anyway, the line holding the cage breaks and they fall to the ocean floor, which is 47 meters down and infested with hungry sharks.
Sounds like an exciting movie, but strangely it is not. The whole thing is all rather flat, thanks to some uninspiring direction by Johannes Roberts. The CGI created sharks don’t help. They don’t look real. I also never felt the fear that these women should have felt. They might have been stuck in an elevator for all I knew, rather than in a shark cage. Their emotions were never that intense.
Considering its plot, this one is surprisingly dull throughout.
RINGS was so incredibly dull and boring that it was really difficult to sit through this one. The biggest offender? The storytelling. The screenplay by three writers, David Loucka, Jacob Estes, and Akiva Goldsman really struggles to tell a story. The movie gets off to such a disjointed start it’s laughable.
Director F. Javier Gutierrez goes through the motions. No memorable images or scares to be found. Don’t bother with this one. It’s a complete waste of time.
2 THE MUMMY
A disaster from start to finish, I can only hope this becomes a lost film. With THE MUMMY, Universal launched their “Dark Universe” series, an attempt to reimagine their monster movies of yesteryear as a sort of Marvel superhero spinoff. This is a huge mistake. Someone needs to shut this concept down yesterday. The idea of re-booting these classic Universal monster movies as superhero action flicks is an insult to the original films. If you are going to remake them, they need to be remade as horror movies, plain and simple.
The story is a complete mess and features Egyptian artifacts stolen by crusader knights, a secret spy organization run by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), a dashing treasure hunter named Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and oh yes, there is a mummy, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). This movie is so bad that not even the prospect of a female mummy can save it.
Things get so bad Tom Cruise’s character is actually refered to as a “young man.” Cruise’s presence here doesn’t do the movie any favors. Not that it would have saved this movie, but a younger more dynamic actor would have made things a bit better. And poor Russell Crowe is forced to utter the worst lines in the movie as Dr. Jekyll. His voice-over narration at the end of the film is so bad it sounds like an off-the-cuff ad lib about good vs. evil. He gets to say such nonsense as “which side will win— we just don’t know. He might be a hero. He might be evil.” This might be a real script. And as the Mummy, Ahmanet, Sofia Boutella just isn’t given enough to do to have any relevant impact.
Here’s hoping THE MUMMY is lights out for the Dark Universe.
1 THE BYE BYE MAN
While 2017 was a great year for horror movies, it didn’t start out that way. Back in January we had to endure THE BYE BYE MAN. It’s hard to believe that any movie in 2017 could be worse than THE MUMMY, but unbelievably, there was one: THE BYE BYE MAN.
First of all, what an awful title! Sounds like a children’s book. THE BYE BYE MAN has all the things that make a dreadful horror movie: bad acting, uninspired direction, and a weak script. There are some awkward shots by director Stacy Title, almost amateurish, during some scenes of dialogue, where the camera jumps from one character’s face to the other and often lingers there. During key moments of the movie, the audience was laughing. Not a good sign. The script by Jonathen Penner was dull and redundant. The characters were also weak, and I wasn’t interested in any of them.
THE BYE BYE MAN is a forgettable horror movie, and it’s my pick for the worst horror movie of the year.
And that wraps things up here for today.
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Sometimes the worst ones seem like they emanate from a bottomless pit…I applaud you for going in!