Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bad Horror Movies

Everyone has those guilty little pleasures. Sometimes these guilty pleasures turn into full on real pleasures. And sometimes, they become something that turn into things you love and aren’t even embarrassed to admit to.
Horror movies started out this way for me. I’d watch a “Freddy” or “Jason” movie on TBS or one of those cable movie channels, badly edited without all the gore. This was my warm up. As I got older I started renting these movies or watching them at friends houses. We knew they were bad movies, they rarely scared us, but there was something comical about our approach to horror movies. If you take a bad horror movie, for example Killer Clowns From Outer Space, and you watch it as a comedy, a whole new wonderful world opens up to you. The villains become funnier than Will Ferrell and you start to root for them. You enjoy watching people getting killed for the ridiculous ways they die. It’s got nothing to do with a hidden desire to murder cheerleaders, and it definitely has nothing to do with a secret bloodlust, I just like to see shitty actors die. There are occasionally horror movies that come out that make me terrified and are actually very good, and these are great as well, but nothing compares to watching bad actors, bad costumes and bad special effects come together for a bloody good time.

A short list of some of the best/worst horror movies:

Jason X (Take a shot everytime he kills someone)
Freddy Vs. Jason
Killer Clowns from Outer Space >
Toolbox Murders
Final Destination 2
Dead Alive
A short list of my personal favorite, actually good/scary horror movies:
Ju-On (The Japanese version)
Behind the Mask
The Orphanage
Shaun of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead (remake)

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