Thanks to horrors like It, Get Out and Halloween being received so well financially and critically, it feels like genre has gotten a second wind in the last few years. Even though slashers and monster flicks are often viewed as inartistic schlock, that stigma has been dramatically curbed due to some truly great horrors in recent years.
Now, that's not suggesting there isn't a lot of duds as well - but even if a horror flick isn't great, we can usually see what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish. M. Night Shyamalan's Old was hilariously awful but it had some genuinely creative ideas. Critics hated Malignant but no one is going to contest it was entertaining as hell.
But there are some recent horror movies that were so abysmal, you don't understand what the filmmaker was trying to accomplish. Not only that, you don't know why the studio bothered to release them. We're not just talking about your typical drivel with bad dialogue and stereotyped characters; traits like this, although annoying, are expected. But when a film suffers from obviously dubbed ADR, unfinished effects, or a non-sensical plot, you just can't take it seriously. When errors are this egregious, it genuinely feels like these horror films were sent out to die.
10. Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula
Snowpiercer was praised for its fast-paced action and handling themes of class rebellion. However, Train to Busan arguably did it better. Not only is the commentary less ham-fisted, the action sequences are masterfully choreographed. Because zombie films have been saturated to death (no pun intended) in recent years, it was delightful to see Train to Busan deliver such a fresh take on the subgenre.
Now, no matter how good a horror film is, there's often a noticeable dip in quality when it comes to sequels. It happened with The Exorcist, it happened with The Omen, it even happened with Birdemic.
However since Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula had the same writer and director as the original, Sang-ho Yeon, it felt like the sequel couldn't be in safer hands.
But upon watching this follow-up, it's obvious Yeon used all his best ideas in its predecessor. Peninsula has so much unnecessary CGI, distracting lens flares, and cheesy slow-motion, it feels like the acclaimed director was trying to tap into his inner Michael Bay. If you were expecting a character-driven drama in the same vein as the first movie, look elsewhere.