ByShawn Allard, writer at
Batman Fanatic, Movie lover/Maker, and I like food.
Shawn Allard

There are a lot of film genres. From fantasy to western, whatever you're into it's probably a film genre. But one of the most infamous genres is horror. We all know of the horror genre, love it or hate it, it is one of the most famous genres. But recently, it has been very... well... bad. Most horror films are just cheesy, cliche, are just straight up annoying. Why is that? Why are they not very successful? What can fix it? All great questions little voice in my head, let's look into that and see what we can do to fix the genre of horror movies!

Let's look at some disliked horror films:

  • Paranormal Activity 2-6 (Average IMDB rating 5.1/10)
  • Child's Play 2-6 (Average IMDB rating 5.2/10)
  • The Human Centipede Series (Average IMDB rating 3.7/10)

Those are just a few examples. There are a lot, like Hellraiser 2-9, or Saw 4-7, but I think three examples in enough to work with. Let's break these movies down really quick.

Paranormal Activity 2-6

Here are a couple reviews to see what people thought about the movies:

"This demon is more like a lousy roommate, turning the lights on, leaving the cabinets open and making loud noises in the kitchen while everybody's trying to sleep."- Sean Burns- Paranormal Activity 2 (Rotten Tomatoes)

"There really just aren't any scares to be had here. Even people who normally find themselves scared at the smallest "boo" will find themselves drifting off less than halfway through the film."- Jeff Beck - Paranormal Activity 3 (Rotten Tomatoes)

These movies about demons, are "found footage", has jump scares, long periods of unneeded pauses or non plot related dialog. These movies are all R rated, has no nudity, and no gore. This movie is known as corny, cliche, and at sometimes boring.

Child's Play 2-6

Here are a couple reviews to see what people thought about the movies:

"Too much effort went towards giving Chucky life in this film, while other things like the writing, acting, and direction were left for dead." - Steve Newton - Child's Play 2 (rotten Tomatoes)

"How my wife and I wound up seeing this abomination with two friends as a result of a few sellouts on other choices, is the real crime! It is one the cheapest, silliest and dumbest films ever created. The makers of the film should be arrested." - SamJ. - Seed Of Chucky - (Metacritic)

These movies are about a serial killer possessed a doll and taking out families from the inside. Not jump-scare oriented, it's a slasher film with cheesy animation and meh acting. The whole series has a R rating, for nudity, blood and gore, and cursing. These movies have been refereed to as silly, stupid, to comedic for a horror, and just plan bad.

Human Centipede Series

Here are a couple reviews to see what people thought about the movies:

"Centipede is disgusting, but don't hate it because it's gross; hate it because it's bad." - Chris Hewitt - Human Centipede (First Sequence)

"Nasty and over the top, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) feels like a horror movie that hates horror fans." - Todd Gilchrist - The Human Centipede ll (Full Sequence)

These movies are about a crazy many kidnapping people and sewing one persons end to a different persons other end (this is just gross to write about). Not jump scare oriented, it relies on the shock factor given the grotesque plot. The whole series has an R rating for gore, nudity, and profanity. This movie has been to referred to as gross, unnecessary, horrible, and bad.

Bringing It All Together

So, there is a lot to hate. Here is quick list of common complaints:

  • Jump-scares
  • Boring
  • Found footage
  • Corny/cliche/etc.
  • Nudity
  • Gore
  • R rating


That was a lot. As we can see, there is so much that really could use a tune up. So to everyone out there that makes horror movies, I hope you read this and learn something. You guys are so close, but yet so far.

So what do you think? Does the horror genre need saving, or is it fine the way it is? Let us know in the comments below!


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