Netflix is pretty awesome for any movie fan, regardless of what genre you happen to favour. From Requiem for a Dream to Bride Wars, the streaming service pretty much has it all. However, like every goldmine, it is not always that easy to strike gold…
I am a keen horror fan, and I will often watch a film purely based on the fact that it is of the horror genre. As a result of my unfussy and relaxed approach to new viewing, I have certainly seen my fair share of truly dreadful horror films. And today, with great pleasure, I’ll share with you the 5 worst horror films on Netflix.
Finders Keepers is a creepy doll film with a shockingly un-creepy doll.
The undeniably irritating Jaime Pressly plays Alyson; a newly separated mother who relocates with daughter Claire. Claire is quick to discover creepy doll ‘Lilly’ and it’s not long till the pair are inseparable and people start to get murdered.
The worst thing about this film is the doll. I don’t know who is responsible, but whoever okayed the design seriously did not have the film’s best interest at heart.
Shy and mentally unwell Vivian enters her first year of college following a suicide attempt.
She is befriended by a group of popular students with whom she shares a dorm. With the help of her new friends, she is transformed into a different girl; confident and attractive.
There’s continuous emphasis throughout the film on the prior resident of Vivian’s dorm room, who mysteriously went missing, This is a bland, occult type horror with poor acting, and an even poorer script.
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
This is an unoriginal slasher film about a copycat killer and a girl who becomes obsessed with learning the truth. The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a meta sequel to The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976).
Jami and her boyfriend attend the annual showing of the titular original and, after they leave mid-way through, are attacked in a secluded area. Jami gets away, but this is the start of numerous murders paying homage to the original film. Decent acting with good murder scenes, but this film is let down by a slow-paced storyline with too many coincidences.
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
Ethan Peck plays Thomas Kaiser, a painter plagued by dreams of a sleeping girl he is unable to wake.
Early in the film, Thomas receives a phone call informing him he has inherited his uncle’s property ‘Kaiser Gardens’. A family curse is unveiled, and Thomas must go on an adventure to break the curse and awaken ‘sleeping beauty’.
India Eisley plays our heroine, and puts on a hilarious ‘British’ accent. In addition, she is also dressed as what seems to be a 2009 Myspace kid who had been allowed to experiment with her mother’s makeup.
Skip to 22 mins into the film for a laugh, otherwise I suggest giving this a miss.
Two women on a Mediterranean holiday take a trip to an old military facility located on a nearby island with some friends.
Despite being prewarned that the island is “drenched in blood”, the friends go anyway, and upon arrival they discover an ancient mermaid who lures in and dines on men.
The special effects and CGI make the mermaid look a bit tacky. I actually liked the plotline a lot, but overall it was pretty dull and I wouldn’t watch it again.
By Seema Chohan
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