I’ve talked about the best, now it’s time to snap on that rubber glove and dig around the U-bend for the worst…
An American Werewolf in Paris
Also one of the most unnecessary sequels of all time. It aims to incorporate many familiar elements of the first and misfires at every turn. The most grievous offense: Replacing Rick Baker’s groundbreaking practical effects transformations with less convincing CG than your average Playstation one game.
H20 was a decent effort to wrap the series up. Pretty much ignoring Halloween 2-6, it restored Michael Myers to his original incarnation and provided an epic showdown between he and Neme-sis Laurie Strode which I found personally satisfying. Then came “Resurrection” to piss on all that good work with the worst piece of retconning ever, only to go ahead and retread the same old ground afterward. The lowest moment of this feature (and possibly any horror franchise ever) comes when the seemingly unstoppable Myers is Kung Fu kicked to death by a one liner spouting Busta Rhymes. Oh the indignity.
The Exorcist 2: The Heretic
Q, How do you follow one of the greatest horror films of all time?
A, Make the most incoherent horror film of all time.
Before and since filming, Director John Boorman (Deliverance) has made several comments betraying his contempt of the original (which he thankfully turned down the chance to direct) but he really shows it with the product he put up on screen under its name..
Lost Boys: The Tribe
They had twenty years to come up with a story and they gave us surfing vampires. Sounds like fun though right? Like something Troma might make. But it isn’t fun, at all, A quick glance at the cast should’ve served as warning enough-Tad Hilgenbrink? Angus Sutherland? Even wheeling out original Frog brother Corey Feldman fails to conjure the goodwill needed to slog through all 92 minutes. I only made it to 47.
American Psycho 2: All American Girl
I have to admit, I’ve never actually seen this, but I don’t think I really have to in order to know that it’s terrible. The fact it has absolutely nothing to do with the brilliantly funny original, or the far more disturbing, yet no less funny, source material says it all: It’s just a title tacked on to some bottom shelf straight to dvd crap in an attempt to cash in on the original’s cult success. Here Patrick Bateman is dead apparently and in place of Christian Bale’s iconic yuppie maniac we get Mila Kunis murdering her way through college, or something. No thanks.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Easily the dumbest and campest of the series with Looney Tunes style slapstick, a Wizard of Oz parody, the shameless Nintendo plug, the Johnny Depp cameo, Rosanne Barr? and a pointlessly 3D death scene for the titular character which isn’t any more definitive than the other five times we’ve already seen him die.
And it didn’t stop him coming back again anyway.
Nice touch having Alice Cooper as Freddy’s Dad though.
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3
It was a toss up between this and TCM: The Next Generation (though I haven’t seen the most recent offering, otherwise I’m sure that’d be a contender) but I give it to this largely because it’s so stupid: See Leatherface repeatedly spell “Food” on a children’s toy when it asks him to spell “clown”, see an 80 pound chainsaw somehow float in water and continue running, see a human ear get blown clean off by rifle shot and land intact on a hot stove, see Ken Foree survive a chainsaw to the head because test audiences like his character, and see set pieces from the first recreated poorly-again. Even Viggo Mortensen can’t save this.
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Much like Myers getting his ass handed to him by a cartoonish rapper, I always felt Jason got a poor sendoff in the inaccurately titled “The Final Chapter”, where he was hacked to death by ickle Corey Feldman (him again?). It was an outcome which led to a new killer (yawn) assuming Jason’s mantle with a motive similar to Pamela Voorhees’ in the original. At least we got the series’ arguable high point “Jason Lives” as a result of the backlash and the first on screen kill by Mark Venturini (Suicide from ROTLD) is unintentionally hilarious.
Check it out-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoZDSctyBE0
Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf
A movie so bad that Christopher Lee actually apologized to the original’s director (Joe Dante) for appearing in it.
Like others mentioned here this franchise had seen some low points (Bloodline, Deader) and some very low points (Hellworld) but this lifeless little effort really buried the bar. Said to have been thrown together at the last minute so that Dimension films could retain the rights to the property, It’s still no excuse.They didn’t even get Doug Bradley in.
And on his name being tenuously attached, Clive Barker offered this shining endorsement “ I want to put on record that the flick out there using the word Hellraiser IS NO FUCKING CHILD OF MINE! I have NOTHING to do with the fucking thing. If they claim it’s from the mind of Clive Barker, it’s a lie. It’s not even from my butt-hole.”
What have we learned?
- Never wait too long for a sequel, but don’t move too quickly either.
- Don’t stray too far from the original, but don’t just halfheartedly recreate bits from it.
- If you announce in the title that you’re going to kill off your monster then make it good and make it final.
- Having a subtitle isn’t always necessary.
- Just because you can make it doesn’t mean that you should.
- And if you must make it at least have the decency to leave rappers, retcons and Corey Feldman out of it.
“Red You’re Dead” Series
Wes Craven’s inspirations for the character of Freddy included the 1970s pop song “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright, a bully from his school days and a disfigured homeless man who had frightened him when he was eleven.
“When I looked down (from my bedroom window) there was a man very much like Freddy walking along the sidewalk. He must have sensed that someone was looking at him and stopped and looked right into my face. He scared the living daylights out of me, so I jumped back into the shadows. I waited and waited to hear him walk away. Finally I thought he must have gone, so I stepped back to the window. The guy was not only still looking at me but he thrust his head forward as if to say, ‘Yes, I’m still looking at you.’ The man walked towards the apartment building’s entrance. I ran through the apartment to our front door as he was walking into our building on the lower floor. I heard him starting up the stairs. My brother, who is ten years older than me, got a baseball bat and went out to the corridor but he was gone.”
Hey, thanks for the compliments. I’m really glad you enjoyed the Descent, so underrated. I’ve watched it loads, but still get cold sweats just thinking about the scene when Sarah gets stuck. You might want to check out more of Neil Marshall’s movies, They’re not all horror, but he always loves to lay the gore on thick.
That’s an excellent question, and it stirs up loads of great memories for me. I’m not sure I can pinpoint a specific book or movie that got me into horror, it’s been kind of a cumulative effect. One of my earliest memories though, one of the things that really stands out is going to my local video shops as a kid and wandering into the horror section (which was always a separate room for some reason). All those nasty, scuzzy looking 80’s vhs covers, all the Pinheads and Freddys and Evil Deads glaring at me used to freak me out and I guess it kind of became a dare to myself to go in and be surrounded by all that, see how long I could last.
That mixture of fear and repulsion, the thrill of facing it is definitely what drew me in. The diversity of the genre and its continuing evolution is what keeps me coming back.
Originally intended to be a genuine movie to follow Freddy Vs Jason, wherein the two undead killers would also have to contend with Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy along with his trusty BOOMSTICK!
Here are my thoughts on Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash…
I have to say, this comic turned out pretty good. The addition of the wisecracking Ashley J Williams took the dark humor from the preceding movie to another level, as well as the action. Certain panels will have gorehounds salivating, but probably also mourning at the thought of how this film never came about.
With very little exposition and many characters given only the sketchiest of personalities, the set pieces between the title characters take precedent over all else-which is no bad thing. You get the impression that, had it become a film, things would have been stretched out a little more. As it is the book whips along, barely pausing for breath between the slaughter.
You can tell the writers are fans and know their stuff. This is Ash as you know him, you can practically hear Bruce Campbell when you read the dialogue balloons and Freddy and Jason are both captured with the same degree of accuracy, although I personally would have preferred a darker incarnation of Freddy, as there’s only enough room for one wisecracking icon. (That said, this does follow on from Freddy Vs Jason which did feature a one liner spewing Freddy, so I’ll forgive that.)
The artwork by Jason Craig is fine stuff, slightly exaggerated caricatures and bold, well paced action sequences, that at times read very close to storyboards-once again a reminder of what a great film this could have been.
In closing, I think fans will love all the injokes and the franchise histories all join up surprisingly well, thanks largely to scenes from the unfairly maligned Jason goes to Hell.
And if we’re not ever getting a movie version then I suppose it’ll have to do.
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