Here are my picks for the WORST HORROR MOVIES OF 2016.
While these first two films didn’t make my TOP 5 List, they still deserve honorable mentions: the literary snooze PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, and the Naomi Watts misfire SHUT IN, a badly written film that wastes a fine performance by Watts.
And now for the TOP 5:
5.THE CONJURING 2 – Coming in at #5 it’s the dreadful sequel THE CONJURING 2. I liked the original THE CONJURING (2013) a lot, but this redundant sequel, in spite of the return of director James Wan and actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, is a dud. The dialogue here is particularly bad. Adds nothing new to the original.
4. THE DARKNESS- Another pointless demonic possession movie. It’s interesting to note that several of my picks for worst horror movies were demonic possession movies, while none of my picks for best horror movies were about demons and hauntings. That’s no accident.
This one tells a silly story about a demon that haunts a family after they visit the Grand Canyon. For a movie called THE DARKNESS, this one is photographed in lots of bright sunshine. Go figure. Stars Kevin Bacon as a dad with fairly young children, and he’s a bit long in the tooth to pull off that type of role successfully.
3. THE FOREST (CKF) – This weak horror movie wastes a real place- Japan’s suicide forest- in a poorly written story about an American woman searching Japan’s suicide forest for her missing sister. Don’t bother joining her on the search.
2. BLAIR WITCH – Another dreadful sequel, this time to the classic THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999). Offers nothing new and sheds no light whatsoever on the mysterious events which occurred in the first movie. A complete waste of time.
And now, without anymore fanfare, my pick for the WORST HORROR MOVIE OF 2016. The envelope please. And the winner—er, loser, is:
1 INCARNATE- Yup,my pick for the WORST HORROR MOVIE of 2016 is INCARNATE, a hopelessly bad demonic possession movie starring Aaron Eckhart as a demon hunter who enters people’s minds and battles the demons in their dream worlds. Sort of like a good guy Freddy Krueger, only without the wit.
Pretty much nothing works in this clinker.
And there you have it, my picks for the WORST HORROR MOVIES OF 2016.
Here’s hoping there are better horror films on the horizon in 2017.
Thanks for reading!
Books by Michael Arruda:
TIME FRAME, science fiction novel by Michael Arruda.
IN THE SPOOKLIGHT, movie review collection by Michael Arruda.
FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR, short story collection by Michael Arruda.