At this point, we have talked at length about the fact that the horror genre is surging at the moment. Movies like Get Out are showing the prestige that scary movies can generate, and audiences are responding well to more classical horror outings like IT. In simple terms: it's a good time to be a horror fan right now.
Of course, that's not always the case. The horror genre has churned out some stinkers over the years, and we're here to discuss some of the worst horror movies that give the genre a bad name. Specifically, we're not here to talk about the so-bad-it's-good dumpster fires that have become Halloween classics. We're talking about the films that attempt to do something serious and interesting with the genre, and ultimately fail. To kick things off, let's get started with one of the most unsettling films in Eli Roth's filmography.
The cabin in the woods trope has become a fan-favorite element of the horror genre over the years. Films like Evil Dead and the appropriately-titled Cabin in the Woods have proven what directors can do with that simple premise. Then there's a film like Eli Roth's Cabin Fever, which mostly squanders the classic premise in favor of a disgusting and incoherent narrative.
Cabin Fever focuses on a group of college students on vacation in a remote forest lodge. However, their trip goes south when they find themselves exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria that slowly begins to eat away at their bodies. It's a well-worn concept in the horror genre, but Cabin Fever is so weird and tonally off-balance that it ultimately results in a stomach-churning romp that's far more miss than hit when all is said and done. Nevertheless, the film has achieved a small cult following -- even if Netflix users apparently have a hard time finishing it.
It was bound to happen eventually. With all of the iconic horror movies that have been remade over the course of the last few years, someone was bound to take on Tobe Hooper's beloved Poltergeist. Alas, the film debuted to a lukewarm response from critics when it hit theaters back in 2015, and while it made its budget back and turned a profit, it ultimately came and went with little fanfare.
At the end of the day, the 2015 take on Poltergeist will likely go down in history as one of the many horror remakes that merely never needed to exist in the first place. The film uses most of the same narrative tentpoles as the original film, and like so many other remakes of a similar ilk, it does not do much else beyond throwing a fresh coat of paint on an already great horror movie that has achieved classic status among horror fans.