There are few things worse than a bad movie, but a bad
horror movie may be up there. There’s nothing worse than popping a new genre
effort on Netflix and expecting hours of tension and terror only to be rewarded
with a flat and uninspired tale which is both un-scary and uninteresting enough
to mean it can’t even qualify for “so bad it’s good” status worthy of Mystery Science
As bad as a terrible horror movie is, even worse are
those rare awful horrors which contain in their DNA the gem of an original and
clever idea, only for its potential to be lost in an unoriginal and un-involving
final product. Whether they’re ghost stories free from chills, slashers with no
terrifying chases or inspired kills, or genre hybrids which failed to live up
to their promise, these are the horrors which featured great conceits—only to
waste them on substandard finished products.
This list is a testament to how wrong a great idea can
go between concept and eventual messy execution—not to mention a run-down of great
premises which still deserve another, better film of their own.