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Horror Movies: Overrated and Underrated

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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a huge horror movie fan that will watch just about any horror movie given the chance. There are many that I've seen that I feel are a bit overrated due to the hype and/or critical acclaim that they receive. Also, I have come across some that I never heard much about that seem to be often overlooked.

Keep in mind, this is all based on opinion and something that can be considered "overrated" doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. For example, I think Nightmare on Elm Street is overrated, but I recognize the impact it has had on the genre and I still enjoy the movie to an extent. However, I really don't think the movie holds up that well (at least for me) and personally I never found Freddy Krueger scary. I always found him a bit laughable, even as a kid watching the movie for the first time.

With that being said, here are some of my picks:

Overrated:
The entire Saw franchise (I enjoy the first one...that's it. I don't really see much of a point to the sequels.)

Nightmare on Elm Street (I explained this above.)

Friday the 13th (I enjoy this movie a lot, but it's not original and gets too much credit by genre fans.)

Paranormal Activity (There was way too much hype surrounding this movie and I left the theater so disappointed. I felt like it was an extended episode of Ghost Hunters, not to mention I found the characters very unlikable.)

Insidious (I think this movie takes a turn for the worse at the end, but I enjoyed the first half.)

The Cabin in the Woods (Again, I enjoyed this until the ending. Also, I feel like this movie wouldn't hold up well with repeated viewings.)

Underrated:
Carnival of Souls (I'm talking about the original movie. I actually never even heard of this movie until I bought a dvd set of classic horror films. I liked the title and watched the movie really late at night with no idea of what it was about and really enjoyed it. It's a bit unsettling, especially late at night alone.)

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (This movie was pretty much made for fans of the Slasher genre. It's paying homage to the classics, but I honestly thought it did this in a more respectful way than Scream did. I felt Scream was poking fun at it as opposed to paying homage. Therefore, I enjoyed this one a lot more.)

Black Christmas (Again I'm talking about the original. This movie is a classic to genre fans, but to more casual audiences, not so much. John Carpenter's Halloween is well known by everyone, but this movie came first and even inspired Halloween a bit. Halloween is my favorite horror film, but this one is just as good, with a less memorable villain in my opinion.)

Tourist Trap (Has anyone seen the House of Wax remake with Paris Hilton? I think that remake had a lot more inspiration from this movie than the Vincent Price House of Wax film. However, this movie is a bit more interesting than the House of Wax remake and doesn't get the same amount of attention as that or the Vincent Price one.)

What are your choices? List them below and try and explain a bit, I want to know what others think. :)
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TheBoyIAm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
!!! Dont watch Julia X :D 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 :D 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.
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Underrated: Peeping Tom and Changeling (not the Jolie film)

Overrated: Paranormal Activity series
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doodlemancy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
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. :lol: 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.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I have seen that movie and if I remember correctly, it was a pretty fun watch. It's definitely one people don't bring up often. :)
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TheLamadude Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
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..
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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TheLamadude Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
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?
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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TheLamadude Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
So you don't like Cabin in the Woods because it got lots of positive reviews as well as mainstream success?
But if it wasn't mainstream you wouldn't hate it so much?

I'm sorry, but I don't really follow your train of thought :/
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
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TheLamadude Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
So, simply put...

You don't like Cabin in the Woods because it was critically and commercially successful, and that kinda bums you out because you didn't like it and want people to agree with your point of view?

Mmmmkay.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, that's not really what I said.

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.
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :)
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You might want to check out Snowblood Apple's website. They have some informations on J-extreme cinema / horror movie shopping. Unless you wanna :ahoy:-ed copy, then it should be everywhere on the net.

By the way, any good recommendations on (really) scary horror movies--with great endings? (I'm actually starting a thread about this)
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Overrated:
Saw franchise.

Underrated:
Sleepy Hollow, The Prophecy trilogy.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely agree with Sleepy Hollow; I love that movie! I haven't seen The Prophecy Trilogy though.
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monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You should definitely watch the Prophecy.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will definitely try and get a chance to see it sometime! :)
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monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
;)
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kawaiigurl342 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
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 ^_^
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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kawaiigurl342 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I agree that some of the acting was just plain bad, but I enjoyed it nonetheless ^_^
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was still a pretty enjoyable movie. I have seen worse acting in horror films too. :XD:
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
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.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poltergeist was fantastic. The special effects were good, CG or not.
John Carpenter's "The Thing" had no CG but its special effects were still lauded because it made the scary parts stand out.
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I agree. "The Thing" is The THING!
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
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.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, I think Poltergeist is a great film as well! I see your point though about younger audiences may not liking it, but they are missing out on a classic.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I think it’s harder for them to appreciate it, because of the advancements in special effects. At the time, in 1982, we found it quite frightening.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched Cabin when it was out. Never heard anyone speak about it again. I'd be willing guess that actually underrates it.

If you want something really scary, watch the dead baby and cold turkey scenes from Trainspotting.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because attaching Joss Whedon to anything makes his fanboys fangasm and stroke off to it. Explains how Summer Glau ever got work.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"In the Mouth of Madness" doesn't even get HALF the recognition it deserves for a great, Lovecraftian horror film. The plot looks a bit simple, but as the movie goes on, it's far more unsettling.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd actually agree with you on that. I'm not the biggest fan of the movie, but it is certainly interesting and different.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I forgot to reply to this.

And yes, the woman coming out of the dark scared the hell out of me every time, and I admit that I was afraid of the dark for a while after I saw the movie.

Yeah, I have no problem saying The Woman in Black was one of the scariest (recent) horror movies.
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LadyCanis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
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)
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen The Woman yet and I'm not familiar with Gaslight. Sounds very interesting though and I'll try and check it out.

I liked High Tension and I loved Funny Games. I have only seen the German version of Funny Games though, but I've heard both versions are pretty much the same too.
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LadyCanis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
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'
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
. I saw Paranormal Activity 4 in the theatre this year and it was so, SO boring. Just terrible.
Foreign horror films are completely under-rated.

The Devil's Backbone from Spain; under-rated. One of the creepiest films ever.

I also think the original Shutter from Thailand was underrated. Hollywood remade it and crappified it, as it does when it tries to cash in on most asian horror.
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I intentionally stayed away from the Paranormal Activity sequels. :XD:

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.
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The best version of the Grudge, I think, is the original TV-cinema version. Very. Very scary back then. Now it's not too scary because I know what happened. =p
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ResurrectionDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen the tv version, but I have heard it's good. I'll have to check it out sometime. :)
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
omg the remake of The Eye was sooooo sooooo bad D8.

I wanted to throw a shoe at the screen lol. I agree, they didn't fuck up the Grudge.

..and I'm so glad I didnt have to pay for Paranormal Activity 4. It was a free viewing. I would have cried if I had wasted money on that lol.
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