8 Times Michael Bay Said F*ck You To Horror Fans

THAT'S meant to be Freddy Krueger?!

Founded in 2001 by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, Platinum Dunes€™ remit was simple: low budget horror remakes from no-name directors with backgrounds similar to Bay. The more uniform the product, the greater the chance of predicting its success. Horror had provided a dependable revenue stream for New Line (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Miramax (Scream) and Dark Castle (House On Haunted Hill), and with a commercials director at the helm, the resulting pictures, beginning with Marcus Nispel€™s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), looked like Mini-Me versions of Bay€™s movies. It was the perfect formula and it paid off in spades, with Chainsaw raking in over $100m on a $9m budget. It also proved what Bay€™s harshest critics had been saying all along: he had the instincts of a marketer, not a filmmaker, and was more interested in profits than quality pictures. More recently, Bay has moved away from remakes and focused on developing €˜original€™ material such as Ouija (2014), which one critic called €œbland, safe horror for those who like their scares nonexistent.€ The film has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest score of any Platinum Dunes release. For horror fans, Michael Bay is less the bogeyman than the filmmaker with the anti-Midas touch. Everything he touches, original or otherwise, becomes a coiled and steaming mess.
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Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'

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