!!! Dont watch Julia X rofl... I just expext nice triller or some kind of horror, but it was so boring and stupid at all movie they runned and hurt each others, all characters were CRAZY, one man who meets with girls on the internet, who captured them and at the end murdered them, and two sisters who are haters and killers who finds that kind of man to play and tortured him... so it was some kind of boring there's must be something good, not only mad people. I almost felt asleep at the last 30 minutes... usually I am scared to death on thrillers or horrors.
Dolls gets no love! I suppose it's a little more fantasy than it is horror, and by horror standards it's not very scary... it's pretty damn upbeat for a movie where most of the characters die. People assume it's a Child's Play ripoff but it actually came along before Chucky.
I guess I like it so much because it's got an unexpected element of wonder/adventure that goes along surprisingly well with all the bloody doll murder. Plus the little girl protagonist is a boss.
I don't really think Cabin in the Woods was all that over-rated, I personally really loved the way it de-constructed the whole genre of horror, but still managed to be a great film. Although, I gotta admit that the ending was pretty dumb..
I mainly think it's overrated due to all of the positive feedback it received. Many critics and horror fans loved it and seemed to think it was one of the best horror films in recent years. I thought it was enjoyable up until the ending, but I didn't think it was THAT great. There are plenty of other horror films in recent years that are better than Cabin, in my opinion, that don't get nearly the same amount of attention as this movie did. If it hadn't received so many positive reviews and given me high expectations, I may not feel that it's overrated. I don't think it's bad just way too over hyped.
That's just how I see it though. Everyone is entitled to have their own opinion.
I think the reason people love it so much is because its something fresh and it does something different with the genre that people haven't really seen before. Also, forgive me but you've kinda confused me a bit. You think it's overrated because it's gotten too many positive reviews? Isn't that just the definition of something thats overrated?
Yes, you're right, that is the definition of overrated. But, I was kind of referring to the fact that it got so many positive reviews that it received mainstream success. There are many independent and artsy films critics praise, but I wouldn't consider them "overrated" because they may not have had mainstream success.
So, not everything that gets positive reviews and/or critical acclaim is necessarily "overrated" in my opinion.
For example, I hated the movie Let the Right One In and it's critically acclaimed and fans love it too, but it's not mainstream (at least before the American remake it wasn't) enough that I'd consider it "overrated", despite all of the positive reviews. I hope that makes more sense now. :/ It was my own fault for not explaining myself better.
I don't like it for the simple fact that the people who are praising the movie keep talking about it, and I've seen the movie brought up over and over again on "best of" videos and lists.
I'm not purposely looking for these comments or reviews either, they happen to pop up in the comment section of certain movie reviewers I watch or websites I go to. There are other movies that get positive reviews or praise that are later forgotten about and not brought up very often. This movie is not one of those.
You can't tell me that when you don't like something and it's almost being thrown in your face at how good it is, that it doesn't get annoying?
I said, I don't like the fact that the fans of the movie keep spewing out their opinions about it in situations where it doesn't necessarily belong. The coverage (maintstream attention) is what is annoying me the most. It's overhyped really.
I stated in the original post that I did enjoy the movie until the ending. It's not that I hated the movie, but often fans not being able to stop talking about something, drives me to dislike things.
Anything that receives too much attention and is overhyped, usually becomes overrated. It's just a matter of personal opinion if someone thinks it was worth the hype and attention. In my opinion, this film didn't deserve this much attention. It was good, not great. The movie was flawed with the ending and had crappy cgi effects at times and the fans are almost ignoring the flaws.
I'm not saying I want other people to agree with me. I am just personally sick and tired of hearing and seeing comments and coverage of this movie when I'm not even looking for it. There are other movies in my opinion worthy of more attention than this one.
If you like the movie, great. I thought it was okay and was let down from the all of the hype. It's an opinion, everyone has them.
I think Paranormal Activity is NOT SCARY at all and I don't know why it's very overrated. Speaking of similar genre, I'd like to recommend Noroi : The Curse (japanese). It's a horror documenter movie like PA and Blair Witch but it's much more scarier (to me). And it's underrated. But this movie might not appeal some people, especially people who like jump scares and cheesy shocking-violence because this movie is very slow and athmospheric. I really like the ending.
I heard about Noroi: The Curse quite a while ago and I'm a pretty big fan of asian horror. I have been meaning to check it out but I just never got around to it. It definitely sounds like something I might enjoy though.
Thank you for the site recommendation! Sounds cool, I will definitely check it out.
For movies with great endings, the first one that popped in my head was [rec]. That movie is pretty tense throughout, but the ending to that movie was even better in my opinion. Also, I'd have to say The Orphanage, The Innocents, and Eyes Without a Face. I guess it depends on what people's definition of "scary" is though. The last 3 movies are more of the slow, atmospheric type of horror which generally creeps me out more.
I have to admit, out of EVERY horror movie I've watched, the one that I really loved was Plague Town! I think it was beautifully made, despite some obvious "I'll just go out in a dark forest in the middle of nowhere and put myself at risk of being murdered in order to find someone" moments. I honestly believe it deserves A LOT more credit than it gets, but sadly it seems very rare to come across someone who knows of the movie. I still remember the night I watched it, I was about 10 or so, and it was actually the very first real horror movie I watched, it was playing on the channel Chiller, it was around 3:00am or so and I was downstairs, alone in the dark, watching it by myself XD The sad thing is, since it was my first horror movie- I expected other movies of the horror genre to be just as good, since I had nothing to compare it to back then, but after years of watching other movies, and rewatching Plague Town, only now do I realize how great it really was. I liked the fact that it was obvious they didn't put way too much effort in the setting of the movie, but somehow that made it all the more unsettling. I've always hated the movies that made the "horror" too easy to find, like they just dumped a gallon of blood onto the floor and assumed that it would translate as "scary" to everyone who watches it, because it isn't genuine fear when things are obvious, but they also have to be careful not to make those scenes too spontaneous, otherwise it's just surprising, not really frightening, and you can't savor it either. I'd recommend Plague Town to everyone, it's actually really great ^_^
I'm honestly surprised to see this one mentioned. As you stated, it's rare that people know of this movie. I have actually seen the movie and I'll definitely agree you on certain points. It's genuinely pretty creepy at parts! However, the thing about it that turned me off a bit was the acting. Some of the actors were fine, but a couple of them were really not that good in my opinion. With that being said, it is definitely worth a watch though and it's better than a lot of the theatrical horror films in recent years.
My favorite horror movie is Poltergeist. It is unique in that no one in the movie actually dies. But that’s not why I like it. I just think it’s a brilliant film. Although technologically speaking, it may not live up to some younger people’s standards, as it was shot on film and no computer graphics are used.
Well all the special effects were actually special. Lots of problem solving skills were involved. A revolving room was created for the scene where she walks on the ceiling. Strobe lights and an aquarium of water were used to create the atmosphere for the closet scene. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Which is why it is so great.
I think it depends on who it is though and what age group we're talking about. I'm only 20, but I started watching horror movies at a young age and I remember watching the classics with my dad. I know there are plenty of people around my age that don't appreciate them and I think it's unfortunate. They would rather watch Saw or one of the more recent Hollywood horror films. I remember having a discussion in class once about the shower scene in Psycho and a few people had never seen the movie before and yet claimed the movie was cheesy. Personally, I think the classics have better effects than some of the cgi effects used today.
Really? I wasn't really interested in Cabin in the Woods when I first saw the trailers for it. Then, after it had been out in theaters for a while, I kept hearing all of these positive reviews from both critics and fans about how it's a movie that horror fans would eat up. So, I ended up seeing it as a rental later on. I didn't hate it, but I didn't understand why it got so much hype in the U.S when it was released.
Yeah, it was a welcome change. Looking back, the 1990s was a pretty good decade for horror movies. Post-2000 movies have bee declining in quality- although The Woman in Black (2012) was absolutely terrifying.
Yeah, I definitely agree. I thought the Woman in Black was really good, especially compared to a lot of the other Hollywood horror movies in recent years. It could have done with a few less jumps scares though. I guess those are in every modern horror film though.
There was another recent mainstream horror movie (2008) called "The Strangers" that was incredibly scary for me (disregard the "based on true events"). The Mist was also terrifying, with a cruel downer ending (worse than Stephen King's original story).
I wasn't bothered by the jump scares in The Woman in Black; they were used well in the film (making it a lot scarier). But I think the scariest parts are when the woman just appears out of the darkness, or you see a faint outline of her face (or a shadow). Holy shit. Then the sound & music just amplifies the terror.
I saw The Strangers and The Mist too. I wasn't really a fan of the strangers, but I did really like The Mist until the ending. :/ I haven't read Stephen King's story so I don't how the original story ends.
I agree about her appearing out of the darkness, those moments were definitely the creepiest part of the movie to me. I didn't really mind the jump scares that much, but I think it could have worked just as well without so many. That's just me being picky though.
Overrated; Movies that utilize special effects and shock tactics.
Underrated; The classic rubber mask, fake blood and a good, honest SCREAM! AHHHHHH!
I love horror movies-- but I like a movie that plays into the psychological aspect and not the whole boogyman jumping out at you in the dark. Some movies I think are wonderfully manipulative are Gaslight (A classic movie that paved the way for psychological thrillers), Funny Games (I have seen the English one but not the German version although I'm told they are exactly the same shot for shot), The Woman and High Tension (A french indie movie)
The Woman was very... visceral in it's emotional impact. The dynamics between the characters before she arrives and afterwards is eerie.
Gaslight has Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury in it. Ms. Lansbury got an academy award for the movie. The movie can drag in places but you have to pay attention to it in order to understand it. The movie coined the term 'Gaslighting'
I intentionally stayed away from the Paranormal Activity sequels.
I agree that foreign horror is underrated. I like both The Devil's Backbone and Shutter. Unfortunately, Hollywood has remade almost every successful asian horror film and turned them all into crap. The only one that was actually good, in my opinion, was The Ring. I hated the remakes of Shutter and The Eye. The Grudge and The Uninvited were okay, but not as good as the originals.