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Are These Popular Horror Movies Overrated?


I think it has been well established here on this blog (or at least this October!) that I love horror movies. If I’m watching any movie, there’s at least 50% chance it’s going to be a horror movie (there is honestly never a bad time to watch a horror movie!). But as much as I love horror movies, there are so many out there that I’m not the biggest fan of of. Whether it’s the type of horror genre (and there are so many out there! Supernatural/ghosts, sci-fi, body horror, psychological horror, slasher, creature features, zombie, vampire, werewolf, comedy horror, etc.) I’m not into, or it may just be the movie itself. I personally love supernatural horror and psychological horror, with a smattering of some other in between, but that doesn’t mean I love every single supernatural and psychological thriller out there. In fact, I find a lot of horror movies overrated. Especially some of the popular ones (gasp!).

Now, don’t hate me, but I’ve put together a list of some of the most overrated (in my opinion!) horror movies I’ve seen. This doesn’t mean that I don’t think they’re good movies (well, some on this list are), but I just don’t think they’re as great as a lot of people say they are (again, just my opinion!). Whether they were marketed the wrong way or were just given too much hype, here are a few movies that I thought weren’t as great as people made them out to be.

My apologies in advance if I’m going after your favorite horror movie! These are just my own opinions, and if you love these movies, don’t let my silly ol’ thoughts on them stop you from watching them! Also:

*Warning! Spoilers Ahead!*

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Artisan Entertainment
I feel like this one is a bit obvious. While it was ground-breaking for its time, and for the found footage horror genre, The Blair Witch Project had so much promise and was scary in the beginning in its initial watching, by the end it just crashed and burned. You get the sense of dread from its student filmmakers, but none of the payoff at the end. While very low-budget, you still wanted to have some intense ending, whether it was clear one or not. And the end was not clear, and definitely not intense. Though I did love that imagery of the branch figures hanging everywhere, it was the eeriest part of the entire movie. But the props being the scariest part of the movie? A bit sad.

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Universal Pictures
I really wanted to like this movie. I really, really did. A woman gets cursed by an old woman and tries incredibly hard to do whatever it takes to break this awful curse that in a few days will send her straight to hell. It seemed like a big budget B-horror movie and pretty fun, but instead of taking on its campiness, it took itself way too seriously. Instead of rooting for the main character and her desperate attempts to shake the curse, I kind of found myself rooting for this old lady. I mean, she gets denied a loan from this little blonde woman trying to be all tough all because she wants a promotion and this old lady really needs this time extension on her loan and blondie can’t be lenient just this one time? If I had the power to curse someone, it would definitely be on someone like the protagonist (if that's what you want to call her!). Karma can hit you and sometimes karma comes with a curse. Keep that in mind the next time you’re a bit rude to someone.

Also, she totally got dragged to hell at the end. Kind of satisfying, honestly.

Orphan (2009)

Warner Bros.
I loved the premise of this movie and was super into it when I first watched it. A family adopts a seemingly cute and somewhat foreign sounding little girl (did we ever determine which country she was from?), but it turns out Esther isn’t as sweet as she appears, especially to the other kids in the family. What seems like it’s going to be a take off of The Bad Seed or The Good Son, it turns into a crazy mess of a woman pretending to be a little girl in order to get with the dad and off the other family members. Yes, you read that right. Talk about looking younger than you actually are. It’s an insane twist and one that is too out there to work- at least for me. If nothing else, she should have gotten into the acting biz and made her living playing younger roles and cashing in that way! What’s the point of seducing the dad and killing the family when you can possibly play a cute kid on a sitcom and earn coin that way? (Meh, she’d probably join Scientology and just get crazier. It’s a lose-lose situation here.)

It Comes At Night (2017)

A24
This movie was...interesting? And by interesting I mean disappointing. A family in the middle of nowhere is sheltered from an unnatural but unnamed horror that is happening out there in the world, but their safe and secure life is upended when another family comes looking for safety themselves. After taking them in, paranoia overcomes the father of the family and suspicions fill the entire household, ending in something even more horrific than they could ever encounter out in the real world. Like a lot of these movies, I loved the premise of it, and while I love psychological horror movie, this one was a bit too ambiguous for me to follow and empathize with the characters. It was almost like a weird morality tale plus a mix of the insanity of The Shining (all work and what not) mixed into one and it didn’t work. At all. At least not for me. Plus, I barely remember any of it, and that doesn't bode well for any kind of movie you watch!

The Ring (2002)

Dreamworks Distribution 
You guys remember this one? I remember when this movie came out and everyone was talking about it. Everyone was terrified of watching the movie and then hearing their phone ring afterwards. The movie scared me a bit, but after thinking about it and rewatching it years later, it just makes me shake my head. A videotape that curses you to die in seven days after watching it via phone call? Sigh. While it did introduce a lot of the western world to Japanese horror (because it was, of course, a remake), I've heard a lot of people say the original Japanese version way better (I think they say that about most American remakes anyway!). But we can all admit that Samara and her dark, wet hanging hair crawling out of a well and a TV is total horror icon. She deserved better than this movie!

The Babadook (2014)

IFC Midnight
“If it’s in a word or in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Okay, if there was one movie I was excited for back in the day, it was The Babadook. I couldn’t find anywhere that was playing it near me, so my boyfriend at the time pre-ordered it on DVD for my birthday and when it finally arrived, we both were eager to hear what all the (good) fuss was about. But by the end, we were...confused. Not scared or freaked out, just really confused. Was this a horror movie? It had all the elements. A grieving mother. A weird kid obsessed with homemade weaponry. A kid’s book with a malicious main character that kept showing up and starts influencing the mother. Is this really a malevolent creature or is it all in the woman’s (and child's) head(s)? It wasn’t until I rewatched the movie a bit later (post breakup, so I had some thoughts of my own that weren’t influenced by anyone else, ahem), that I realized that while it was marketed as plain horror, it was a straight up psychological film posing as a horror movie. And not only that, it was a great metaphor for grief and acceptance. So on a deeper level, it was actually quite brilliant and I ended up really liking it when I thought of it that way. But horror? No. Not at all.

Though we can ALL agree that The Babadook rhymes are scary as hell. They still send a bit of a shiver down my spine when I think about or hear them!

Hereditary (2018)

A24
Oh boy. This one. This movie. I know we all heard those great reviews about Hereditary. I really wanted to see it in theaters, but in the end, I’m glad I didn’t. I honestly don’t get why this movie was so popular and considered scary. It was just bizarre! From the miniature making (that can be a career?? Making miniatures based on your life and people actually buy them?? I guess art really is subjective), to the convenient nut allergy and premeditated yet accidental beheading (yes, you read that right), then to the sudden paranormal events, and then to the coven, I was just not expecting any of that. And it didn’t scare me. It worried me. What was all of this? I remember just watching it at home with my dad and looking at it at the end and saying at the end, “I didn’t like it.” Plain and simple. My father, however, was more concerned that after his sister was just accidentally yet not accidentally beheaded, the brother drove off and my dad kept saying “he left the scene of the crime! That’s against the law!” Hereditary was like a weird art house horror movie that I wasn’t supposed to get, because I’m not an art house person. Which made me sad, because I feel like horror should be for everyone, not just a certain elite demographic. Very disappointing. Sigh.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Paramount Pictures
Please don’t despise me for saying this: this movie was pretty overrated. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, real life couple and now onscreen couple? Brilliant. A movie about creatures who attack you if you make noise so you have to stay quiet at all times and pretty much sound proof your house? Cool premise, but sort of like Bird Box, but trying to cut out another sense. But the overall story? Meh. Also, the family dynamic was a bit messed up. Just because they had to be quiet most of the time doesn’t mean the father and eldest daughter couldn’t have talked (quietly) about the son’s death at the beginning of the movie before the father *SPOILER* sacrifices himself at the end to save them. Communication in any relationship, whether it’s familial or romantic is key, people!

Also, did the mother and father run out of birth control that was at the drug store they frequented in town? Because having a baby (aka the noisiest creatures in all of the animal kingdom) when monsters who are attracted to sound are hunting you at all times is possibly the dumbest decision they could make. Seriously. Though Emily Blunt was a total boss when she was in the bathtub, trying to be quiet while she was in labor and a monster was lurking in the house. But seriously, this could have been avoided if they had just picked up a prophylactic pack or two. Just sayin’.

Poltergeist (1982)

MGM/UA Entertainment Company
“They’re heeeere.” I know, I know. This movie is considered a classic. Who am I to be judging a classic? But I guess I still kind of am. I’m sorry! But this movie was all over the place. If you’ve read anything about poltergeists, you know that they don’t make clowns come alive, nor trees, nor drag little girls into a television and keep her in another dimension. While disturbing AND scary upon watching it, (I mean, the guy pulling the skin off of his face and the crawling meat with the maggots popping out of it? Urgh!) it was just a hot mess of anything that could and would freak you out. Plus, we all know now that building anything on top of an ancient burial ground, let alone a moved Native American one, is very disrespectful. Back when the movie was released, I think this was news to everyone. Plus, the skeletons they used at the end were actual real human skeletons. Apparently, they were cheaper to acquire than prop skeletons. The 80’s were a wild time, man.

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Ta-daa! That was my list of what I thought were some of the most overrated horror movies ever. But this was just one weird girl’s opinion! I know some of you probably thought some (or all!) of the movies on my favorite horror movies to watch for Halloween were overrated (read my latest here!), so I want to know what you thought of this list. Did you agree or disagree with what I thought of these movies? Let me know in the comments! (But please be nice. We're all horror fans and are allowed to have our own opinions!)

Stay Weird,
Emily


28 comments on "Are These Popular Horror Movies Overrated?"
  1. I like your list! I actually agree with most of it. Especially A Quiet Place. I was really annoyed that the dad was so good with his technical skills but couldn't build/find a place with better soundproofing. Maybe stick more foam or egg cartons on the wall? Or build a hut near the waterfall maybe? And I totally agree on the pregnancy!

    I remember laughing a lot when I watch Drag Me To Hell though. I thought the director purposely made it serious so the humor stands out even more. It's definitely a horror comedy for me.
    Your career recommendation for that orphan made me laugh. :p

    By the way, the Ring (Jap version) was all the rage in Asia! I think it was the way they styled the ghost with her rusty-hinges movement that was "new" and creepy back then. Ironically, I find Sadako (Jap Samara)'s backstory creepier than the movie itself - it was so sad! I don't know why I'm telling you about the Jap version. :p

    I also want to comment on that beheading accident. It really bugged me that the brother just went to his room after accidentally killing his sister. Really bugged me. I know he's in shock but that's still really wrong to me. Otherwise, I think it was well-shot. Also, I enjoyed looking at the miniatures. :p I didn't like the ending though.

    Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Hi Julie! Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! I was worried people might be offended by the list, by so far, not really! Phew! ;)

      I'm with you on A Quiet Place! Building their place near the waterfall would have been brilliant! And I thought they could have maybe thought of better signals to communicate with their neighbors besides the fires. Oh well. If only they'd ask us for our opinion we could have made the movie better! (In our opinion, anyway!)

      I think I maybe missed the horror comedy in Drag Me To Hell. Maybe I wanted it to be something different than it was! I should probably try to watch it again and see if my opinion has changed. Haha, and thank you! I think Esther could have had a much better career path than being "adopted." Such a weird concept for a movie!

      I still haven't seen the Japanese version of the Ring so I was more than happy to hear about it from you! :) I've been meaning to watch it though! Samara's backstory was so sad. And I didn't know the way she moved was a new thing back then! Horror movies now have definitely been influenced by her jarring movements. I feel like I see every ghost in a horror movie moving that way!

      That bugged me too in Hereditary! I guess he was in shock too, but still! It was a well done movie, but I guess I just didn't get it overall...? I did like the miniatures too, but I always thought if I made miniatures based on MY life, they would be so boring no one would want to buy them, lol!

      Thank you so much for your amazing comment and reading my post!! You made my day!! <3

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  2. Great post! I haven't seen a few of these but I've heard of all of them. It's disappointing to hear 'A Quiet Place' fell flat for you as it sounds like such a great story. I did enjoy Bird Box. The Blair Witch Project, was funny,🤣 not particularly scary. But I appreciate what they did with a limited budget. I hated Orphan! The plot was ridiculous. The Ring I enjoyed if only for my mum's reaction when we watched it - she jumps at every little thing.
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    1. Thanks for reading my post, Kim! Let me know if you end up watching A Quiet Place and if you liked it or not. Maybe my hopes were too high, but I thought Bird Box did the whole thing much better! The Blair Witch Project was good for what it was, at the time. And you're right, for a limited budget, they did a great job with it, all in all. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that about Orphan! Haha, that's so funny! I do the same thing with my mom and horror movies. I showed her the Conjuring and we actually had to stop it at one point because she got too scared. Our poor moms! ;)

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  3. I've just watched 8 Friday the 13th films back-to-back, before stumbling upon this post. Not surprised the slasher series isn't on here. I love these kinds of classics, but they really are a bit tongue in cheek, especially with there "acting" ha ha ha

    I've watched most of the movies you've talked about, and even though it might be a cliché to say, the Japanese version of the ring is far better, and most American white washes versions of Asian horror films tend to suck hard. Although, I thought the US version of the ring wasn't that bad, especially when compared to their other poor attempts at Asian remakes, like Old Boy.

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    1. Hi! Oh wow, all 8? I think I've only just seen the first one! I've never been one to be into too many slashers (though I've seen a few of the classics), so that's why I didn't include any, you're right. Though the "acting" in it can be fun! ;)

      I've heard that too, and I've been meaning to watch the Japanese version of it! I've always heard that the originals are (usually) better. I never did see either version of Old Boy, but I heard the original is great and goes HARD. So it's on my list of things to watch!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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  4. SOme of these I haven't seen but the one I definitely found overrated was The Blair Witch Project! I love Poltergeist as I watched it as a child, haha and I think The QUiet Place was mostly good (I was disappointed about the monsters). I really like your rundown and I think I'm going to have to rewatch a few now!

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    1. Hi Molly! I know Poltergeist is a favorite for a lot of people, but maybe because I didn't grow up with it, I'm a bit more judgey of it- though it did scare me when I first watched it!! The monsters in A Quiet Place were disappointing, I agree. I kind of like it when you never really quite see the monsters, that way you're always in suspense and then you're never disappointed when you actually see them. Thank you! I had a lot of fun writing the post and it's made me want to rewatch a few of these things on the list and see if my opinion on any of them has changed at all! :)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! It really means a lot to me!

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  5. Great post! The only ones I've watched are The Ring (when it was a thing) and A Quiet Place. I find horrors so difficult as I hate jump scares and my imagination runs wild, but I enjoyed the concept of A Quiet Place (although I agree with your critique). You're a braver lady than me and I loved reading your thoughts on it all! Are you going to watch that new Eli?

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Kim! And thank you for reading it even though you're not the biggest fan of horror! I don't think I'm too brave, haha. Horror movies are kind of like my rollercoasters! (And I hate rollercoastesr, lol) I did end up watching Eli! I had some mixed feelings about it though and a lot of questions too! Did you end up watching it??

      Thank you for reading and commenting!!! <3

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  6. Drag me to hell literally still gives me anxiety when I'm in train stations hahaha it's literally all I can think about. I agree with the Blair witch project and with orphan too x

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    1. OMG, I totally know what you mean! Despite not liking the movie, I did like the ending though, it was so unexpected and terrifying!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

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  7. Aw I actually really liked A Quiet Place. A lot of horror movies are overrated as they just simply don't hold up well over time. My 11 year old watches some with me from the 80s and she thinks they're all lame & not scary at all.

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    1. I didn't think The Quiet Place was bad, I guess maybe my hopes were just too high? That's a really good point though! There are only a few horror movies from the 60's that I think still hold up, the rest just seem so tame. Haha, I bet! Some of the horror movies from the 80's are pretty silly now, but maybe in the future our horror movies will be so scary, the ones we think are terrifying will seem like kids movies! :P

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I really appreciated it! :)

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  8. I think they are. There's only three I really like on this list.

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    1. I'm glad you agree! Which three did you like? I now kind of want to rewatch some of these and see if my opinions have changed! You never know :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  9. I remember the marketing for The Orphan and it being such a big deal (not sure why, never saw it and I was 15) then searching online for someone to spoil it cause I wanted to know so bad but refused to watch it (again, I was such a wimp.) Good to know I didn't miss much lol.

    It's sad but I've only ever seen spoofs or skits of these movies (like the Scary Movies.)

    But any way, even though I never watched any, I can definitely agree just based on how many people love them and the hype ☺

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    1. I remember that too! That's why I was so desperate to see the movie! Only to be disappointed by the ending. Pssh! And no, you did not miss a thing! If anything, you're better off for NOT seeing it! ;)

      That's not sad! If you don't like scary movies, that only makes sense that's how you see them! That's how I feel sometimes if I see a reference for a movie on The Simpsons and I have no idea what it is but everyone else gets it because it's from some classic movie I've never seen. Oh well!

      Haha, thank you! I know some people will most likely disagree with me on my choices, but they're just my horror movie opinions. Thank you for reading despite not liking horror. You're a trooper!! <3

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  10. I personally love some of the older classics like the Blair Witch Project, The Babadook and Poltergeist. My favourite old school horror has to be Amtyville! You've picked some great ones, I'm sending you so much love for Halloween! 💜

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    1. Hi Alisha! Oooh the Amityville Horror is a good one! I remember reading the book and getting really freaked out and stopping every so often to look over my shoulder, haha. Aww thank you! I'm sending lots of Halloween love to you too! Also, I loved your list of Halloween movies and tv shows that you posted!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

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  11. I feel like sometimes we get caught up in the buzz and build something up only to be disappointed. While it doesn't necessarily mean the movie itself is a disappointment per say, it simply falls short of the expectations that we have set for it. That was the case for a few movies on this list for me. For example, A Quiet Place - I loved the concept and heard SO many people talking about it before I actually saw it. Everyone built it up SO much in my mind that it had a pretty big bar to live up to, and in reality it fell short...

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    1. Hi Britt! That's definitely how I feel sometimes! I think that happens a lot to me about movies. I'm a little afraid to see Joker just because I've heard such good (and mixed) things about it. But this happens to me all the time for horror movies, since I'm such a big fan. I really felt that way about A Quiet Place. Maybe if it hadn't had so much hype, I would have enjoyed it more. But oh well.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Britt! It means a lot to me :)

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  12. From your list I just watch Ring, but enjoy reading kyour post. It is very interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I know not everyone is such a big horror fan as myself, so it's totally understandable that you've just seen The Ring. It's a hard movie to avoid! It was so popular!

      Thanks for commenting and reading!

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  13. I can't watch horror films but I love reading about them and knowing the plots haha! However, I have watched a little bit of drag me to hell and i wasn't that impressed. Orphan sounds like it would be good, pretty unique too. Even hearing the word 'Poltergeist' freaks me out haha! x

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    1. Hi Shar! I totally get what you mean! Sometimes when something is so scary you'd rather just get the info than actually watch it. That's how some of my friends and family are and I just end up explaining the horror movie to them instead of them even seeing it! I didn't like Drag Me to Hell at all, so I'm glad it wasn't just me! If you do end up seeing Orphan, let me know what you think of it :) Haha, same here! So creepy!!

      Thanks for your lovely comment and thank you for reading my post!!

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  14. I don’t get how people can watch scary films without hiding behind pillows or being so scared and jumping at every little noise haha. Xxx

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    1. Hi Lauren! Haha, you and my sister must be one and the same! She refuses to watch any scary movie unless she has a blanket to hide under. And then I have to narrate everything that happens because she can't see! I'm just an oddball who loves to get my thrills this way, haha. Thank you so much for reading and your fun comment!

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