ByCharlie Ridgely, writer at
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Charlie Ridgely

Some movies only get better with age. When we sit and watch films like Jurassic Park or Halloween, we love seeing how an older movie can still move us today. Time can really add to the charm of a great movie, but that isn't always the case. For some films, time can really be their enemy. What was once thought of as a big hit, or an instant classic, can really show it's true colors once a few years pass. Let's look at five of these horror films didn't age quite as well as they'd hoped.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Three Jason slashers in three years can really burn a series out. This wasn't the case, however, as audiences still flocked into theaters to see the film. This movie also became a vital addition to the franchise as it was the first to feature Jason's famous mask. While important, Part III is remembered by most as the start of the Friday downfall. Jason may have been as lethal as ever, but it was almost as if the writers just gave up. The characters became more than cheesy, and the dialogue seemed as though it had been picked up from an after school special. What was a box office hit in 1982 turned out to be a bottom-of-the-barrell sequel 33 years later.

Signs (2002)

Let's be real, those aliens scared all of us when we first saw Signs. That scene when the alien walks across the TV screen at the birthday party had all of us jumping in our seats. Unfortunately, that scene remains one of the only decent parts of the film. This was in a time when Mel Gibson wasn't crazy and M. Night only made hit movies. Soon after, we were proven very wrong.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

This movie had all the big stars of the 90's. Freddy Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ryan Phillipe headlined this blockbuster horror franchise, and teenagers couldn't get enough. Every student in high schools across American was afraid of what their friends were capable of, and afraid of what would happen if they were caught in a lie. Once the star power wore off, everyone realized how terrible this movie truly was. We were able to see how terribly delivered all of the lines were, and how stupid the premise actually was. Many of us were curious as to how we were ever scared of this movie to begin with.

The Grudge (2004)

Sorry Sarah Michelle, you made the list twice. It's not me, it's definitely you. While this adaption of a Japanese classic initially shocked most audiences, it became stale very quickly. While that terrible throat noise made by the creature was scary at first, it's now a noise many use as a terrible joke. Even though this film's acting didn't do much for itself, the rise of the Scary Movie franchise certainly didn't help either.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

This movie was terrifying when it was released in 1999. In a time when there was no such thing as found footage, a movie that looked homemade was all audiences needed to be scared out of their minds. A couple of young filmmakers being hunted by an urban legend was the closest any of us had ever come to real terror. Watching it nowadays, nothing really seems to affect us. No one is bothered by a few twigs twisted into different shapes, and we all laugh at the "surprise" ending in the corner of that house. While this film changed horror forever, it's much harder to sit through now that Paranormal Activity has been around.


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