Total Recall: 3D Horror Films

With Texas Chainsaw 3D hitting theaters, we look at some memorable fright fests screened in three dimensions.

My Bloody Valentine 3-D

57%

Plenty of people dislike Valentine's Day, but the pickaxe-wielding antagonist of 1981's My Bloody Valentine took things to the next level -- and his gorily irrational hatred of our annual celebration of love made the movie a natural fit for the cheapie horror reboot/remake craze of the aughts, leading to 2009's enthusiastically brutal My Bloody Valentine 3D. The storyline was essentially the same -- small mining town finds itself under attack from a crazed psychopath -- but the improved visuals may have given the new-look Valentine a critical boost with scribes like Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times, who credited it with blending "cutting-edge technology and old-school prosthetics to produce something both familiar and alien: gore you can believe in."

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My Soul to Take

9%

Wes Craven's legacy as a horror movie maven is beyond compare, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been responsible for his share of clunkers -- and 2010's My Soul to Take, which found him emerging from a lengthy hiatus to write and direct his first horror film since 1994, is one of the most bitter critical and commercial disappointments of his career. Nonetheless, a few scribes found a dash of redemption in this 3D slasher, which follows the slightly convoluted saga of a killer whose multiple personalities are somehow transported into the souls of premature babies on the night of his murder; as Simon Abrams put it for Slant Magazine, "That Craven is earnestly trying to make an on-the-level, snark-free horror flick signals a welcome sea change in his career."

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Night of the Living Dead 3D

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Rather loosely adapted from George Romero's 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead 3D was made without official permission or participation from anyone involved with the original -- and although it did add a third special-effects dimension, that wasn't enough for filmgoers, who mostly ignored it, or for the critics who greeted this chapter in the ongoing zombie franchise with almost unanimous disdain. One exception was Luke Y. Thompson of the L.A. Weekly, who enthused, "As a 3-D zombie flick on the big screen, it offers something new and fun: Zombies, breasts and copious joint-passing coming right out of the screen."

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Parasite

11%

A career footnote for Demi Moore, who nabbed her role here just as she was starting out on General Hospital, as well as for slumming effects wizard Stan Winston, the little-seen Parasite helped kick off the early 1980s 3D revival with a breathtakingly silly sci-fi/horror hybrid about a dystopian future (set in 1992!) in which a scientist (Robert Glaudini) unwittingly cultivates a gross parasitic worm with a taste for the human stomach. While it's become a minor cult favorite in certain circles -- Film4 calls it "somewhat of a classic, admittedly for all the wrong reasons" -- most critics had no use whatsoever for Parasite, with Time Out's Geoff Andrew describing it by writing, "Uninspired actors intone a banal script, reduced by clumsy pacing to a minimum of suspense."

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Piranha 3-D

73%

1972's Joe Dante-directed Piranha is one of the more critically respected entries in the creature feature genre, so when word got out that Alexandre Aja would be restarting the franchise -- in 3D, no less -- the reaction from many film fans was somewhat less than positive. Happily, 2010's Piranha 3D turned out to be that rare exploitation flick whose cheerful embrace of cheese yielded surprisingly entertaining results, largely thanks to a wildly eclectic cast that included Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Jerry O'Connell, and (as Hollywood's most unlikely sheriff since Suzanne Somers) Elisabeth Shue. Cheerfully shameless in its pursuit of over-the-top gore and gratuitous nudity, it earned thumbs up from critics like Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, who enthused, "It's hard to imagine how scenes of mass dismemberment set during a wet T-shirt contest could be staged any better."

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Saw 3D

9%

An annual Halloween tradition for the better part of a decade, the Saw series finally made the jump to 3D with its final (for now) installment, 2010's Saw 3D. While it would probably be a stretch to say that many Saw fans really felt the franchise was crying out for an added dimension -- or, that after six previous chapters, that the markedly grisly series truly needed to continue -- the saga concluded with another 92 minutes of death and dismemberment that made the audience feel like it was truly part of the picture. (Hooray?) Perhaps looking forward to the sagging box office fortunes that seem to have put a stop to the series, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir sighed, "I'm grateful that I (presumably) never have to see any more of these ever again."

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Take a look through the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don't forget to check out the reviews for Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Finally, here's the trailer for Robot Monster, one of the most terrifying 3D fright fests ever:

Comments

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

there are a lot of bad movies that intentionally misuse the 3D technology
I was baffled hearing Clash of the Titans added it in post yeesh
half the time though the filmmakers use it relatively well: Journey 1 and 2, Avatar, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Piranha 3D and some others

Jan 2 - 05:08 PM

Ian DiLorenzo

Ian DiLorenzo

"Jackass 3"; "Tin Tin" and the most recent "DREDD" 3D are my three favorite films that have used 3D to the very best. Though these may not be horror films, they are films that offered the best experience in 3D.

Jan 2 - 05:33 PM

Scott Dolan

Scott Dolan

You have GOT to see Pirhana 3D. not 3DD, they just made a 2nd one, keep in mind!

Jan 7 - 09:48 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Most of the time, animated and motion capture films look better in 3D due to how much easier it is to do the effects through a computer though films like "The Avengers" and "Avatar" have used great 3D effects.

Jan 2 - 05:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Avengers had very mediocre 3D. It had pop-out, but no depth because it was converted, and not shot in 3D. Prometheus, while a so-so movie, has fantastic 3D.

But yes, CGI films looks great since they were made on a computer, making it easy to go back into it and create an alternate angle for a simulated "shot in 3D" experience.

Jan 2 - 08:01 PM

Steven Hoover

Steven Hoover

Avengers was post production 3D. Wouldn't Qualify that at all.

Jan 6 - 10:45 AM

Ian DiLorenzo

Ian DiLorenzo

"Jackass 3"; "Tin Tin" and the most recent "DREDD" 3D are my three favorite films that have used 3D to the very best. Though these may not be horror films, they are films that offered the best experience in 3D.

Jan 2 - 05:33 PM

Scott Dolan

Scott Dolan

You have GOT to see Pirhana 3D. not 3DD, they just made a 2nd one, keep in mind!

Jan 7 - 09:48 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Most of the time, animated and motion capture films look better in 3D due to how much easier it is to do the effects through a computer though films like "The Avengers" and "Avatar" have used great 3D effects.

Jan 2 - 05:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Avengers had very mediocre 3D. It had pop-out, but no depth because it was converted, and not shot in 3D. Prometheus, while a so-so movie, has fantastic 3D.

But yes, CGI films looks great since they were made on a computer, making it easy to go back into it and create an alternate angle for a simulated "shot in 3D" experience.

Jan 2 - 08:01 PM

Steven Hoover

Steven Hoover

Avengers was post production 3D. Wouldn't Qualify that at all.

Jan 6 - 10:45 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Ha, 98% of these movies were rotten.

Jan 2 - 05:38 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

3D actually works, as proven by Coraline, when the film is shot that way rather than converted.
Otherwise, films like The Lion King go from 91% to whatever score it has now.

Jan 2 - 05:45 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Actually, Lion King 3D looks amazing. The score now is 89, so one more negative review has been added. But, there were also plenty of recent ones praising the 3D tech and giving the film fresh ratings.

It really is surprising how good a 20 year cartoon can look when converted to 3D.

Jan 2 - 07:57 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Who gives the fucking Lion King a bad review? C'mon really you got to be a stony piece of shit not to like the Lion King.

Jan 3 - 04:16 AM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

The possibility might lie in either someone who was obsessed with Shakespeare (especially Hamlet) or Armond White, when he was still allowed here though.

Jan 3 - 11:24 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Finding Nemo was at 97% but 3D boost it up to 99%.

Jan 2 - 08:12 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

1. It's Pixar 2. It's not a film like The Lion King, it's CGI, which gives the 3D purpose.

Jan 2 - 09:39 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Both movies are pretty fair when it comes to 3D re-release. Finding Nemo and The Lion King are both favorites among many people.

Jan 3 - 11:08 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Great list, Jeff! I'm super-cynical when it comes to 3D, as most of them are really a complete rip-off, even TOY STORY 3; loved the movie, hated the extra dimension. To me, 3D has only worked as a gimmick, nothing more, but apparently filmmakers like Cameron and Jackson think there is actually technical value there...bullshit! JACKASS 3D and the remake of PIRANHA are actually the only films released in the past few years where I liked how the 3D was utilized...as nothing more than a dimensional gag. That being said, I've seen FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 in 3D and I always laugh when they stick cannabis in the camera. "Hey, don't deprive the driver's up front here...(passes joint in 3D)...YEAH!" I'd rather pay to see 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in 420D than anything in 3D.

Jan 2 - 06:46 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I think it seriously added to Avatar as well. It's hard for me to watch that film on Blu-Ray and not say that the theatrical 3D release didn't add tons to the film.

Jan 2 - 06:58 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Gotta say it: I actually asked for my money back after DANCES WITH SMURFS.

Jan 2 - 07:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'll grant you the plot wasn't particularly innovative, but this is one of those movie's that I thought was capable of getting by on visual style alone. Basically it was the movie Immortals wanted to be.

Jan 2 - 07:08 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Some people are overly critical of Avatar rather than just enjoying what it was - a big budget no-brainer action flick. And for what it wanted to be, it succeeded very well I thought.

Jan 3 - 05:04 AM

Geoffrey Shauger

Geoffrey Shauger

DANCES WITH SMURFS....HAHAH! You're so clever!!! How original!!! Oh man!! You should seriously pursue a career as a movie reviewing comedian.

HAHAHAHAH!! What a comedic genius.

Jan 3 - 07:35 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Asking your money back right after the film was over is not supposed to be how it works- it's supposed to be during or even before the film is had started! And I'm sure they're worst films to see in theatres than "Avatar" otherwise you'd wouldn't be planning on seeing the second and third!

Jan 3 - 12:35 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Highly doubting he asked for his money back after Avatar.

Jan 3 - 01:46 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Seriously, Infernal, I did. I actually found it offensive how many sources Cameron pillaged to put together his script (and you know exactly what they are without me having to list them, right?). To me, the story and screenplay come first, not a bunch of "oooh, ahhh" visuals. I saw DANCES WITH WOLVES when I was 10 years old in the theater and it was where I discovered film as an art-form. No fucking 3D, just a 3 hour epic commanded by its story and characters. Too much of the script for AVATAR was retarded and juvenile that it literally took me out of this beautiful, yet entirely artificial world. So, you guys can say whatever you want: AVATAR is the most overrated pile of crap to hit screens since TOP GUN (which was nothing more than a shameful, commercialized rip-off of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN courtesy of producer Don Simpson--and I served in the Navy for 8 years, I know!).

Jan 4 - 05:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Now that I know where you're coming from, and speaking for myself, after I had learned that Avatar was from "Dances With..." and "Fern Gulley", I thought "Dances..." was way too slow and that I couldn't bear to watch another minute of it so I decided to watch something else and "Fern Gulley" just sucked. But it kind of makes me wonder though why you hated this film as opposed to other films that directors verbally admitted other films as their sources such as "Seven Samurai" influenced many films including Sturges "The Magnificent Seven", "A Fistful of Dollars" was a direct remake from Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"- not that you would know that either and Lucas admitted that his inspiration to make "Star Wars" was from "The Hidden Fortress"! I'm just saying that because it's a similar movie you had seen before from your childhood is not really an acceptable reason to say that the film is no good- it is an understandable psychological reason, but let's say if you hadn't seen "Dances With Wolves" at all and just saw "Avatar" first then you would've liked the film, am I correct on this notion!

Jan 4 - 12:15 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Apples and oranges, Dave, don't you dare try to convince me I would have enjoyed AVATAR in another setting or situation...fuck AVATAR and fuck all the bullshit sequels coming to multiplexes.

Jan 4 - 12:21 PM

Dave J

Dave J

No, my examples are not apples and oranges! When director Akira Kurosawa found out about "A Fistful Of Dollars"- Kurosawa sued the company and he won a percentage of the profits, ironically though "A Fistful.." made more money than any of Kurosawa films combined during that particular time! The only difference between the two films are that one has a Western setting and the other one is of cours is a samurai picture. "Star Wars" is a space movie and "The Hidden Fortress" is a samurai film both have the exact same idea- Lucas verbally stated that without "The Hidden Fortress"( a film Lucas saw in film school) Star Wars would not have been made, "Avatar" has a space setting and "Dances with Wolves" is clearly a Western. It's not hard to understand this! And because you saw "Dances With..." during your childhood years in your opinion should be a sufficient reason to not like Avatar at all as opposed to other films since films has been around since the early 1900's is still not a reason that a film is not good!

Go to "google" and type down successful remakes because they're alot which includes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Let Me In" from "Let The Right One In", and not to mention Alfred Hitchcock remade his own film "The Man Who Knew too Much" using the exact same title! You clearly don't have a legitimate reason why Avatar is a bad film- just an understandable one!

Jan 4 - 02:40 PM

Johan Ilagan

Johan Ilagan

umm...where's final destination 5?

Jan 2 - 06:53 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

No need to talk about both the 4th AND 5th films in that series.

Jan 2 - 07:04 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

PLENTY of reasons. I'll give two: 5 was a much, much better movie, and it was shot in 3D, as opposed to being converted, as the 4th was. In short, the 3D in 5 is fantastic, whereas it was mediocre in 4.

Jan 2 - 07:59 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Sorry never saw them, although your argument at least justifies why FD5 should have been covered instead of FD4. This list didn't necessarily need 2 films from the same series that's all.

Jan 3 - 12:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

In the $2 bin at Wal-Mart where it belongs hopefully. :)

Jan 2 - 07:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I think it seriously added to Avatar as well. It's hard for me to watch that film on Blu-Ray and not say that the theatrical 3D release didn't add tons to the film.

Jan 2 - 06:58 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Gotta say it: I actually asked for my money back after DANCES WITH SMURFS.

Jan 2 - 07:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'll grant you the plot wasn't particularly innovative, but this is one of those movie's that I thought was capable of getting by on visual style alone. Basically it was the movie Immortals wanted to be.

Jan 2 - 07:08 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Some people are overly critical of Avatar rather than just enjoying what it was - a big budget no-brainer action flick. And for what it wanted to be, it succeeded very well I thought.

Jan 3 - 05:04 AM

Geoffrey Shauger

Geoffrey Shauger

DANCES WITH SMURFS....HAHAH! You're so clever!!! How original!!! Oh man!! You should seriously pursue a career as a movie reviewing comedian.

HAHAHAHAH!! What a comedic genius.

Jan 3 - 07:35 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Asking your money back right after the film was over is not supposed to be how it works- it's supposed to be during or even before the film is had started! And I'm sure they're worst films to see in theatres than "Avatar" otherwise you'd wouldn't be planning on seeing the second and third!

Jan 3 - 12:35 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Highly doubting he asked for his money back after Avatar.

Jan 3 - 01:46 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Seriously, Infernal, I did. I actually found it offensive how many sources Cameron pillaged to put together his script (and you know exactly what they are without me having to list them, right?). To me, the story and screenplay come first, not a bunch of "oooh, ahhh" visuals. I saw DANCES WITH WOLVES when I was 10 years old in the theater and it was where I discovered film as an art-form. No fucking 3D, just a 3 hour epic commanded by its story and characters. Too much of the script for AVATAR was retarded and juvenile that it literally took me out of this beautiful, yet entirely artificial world. So, you guys can say whatever you want: AVATAR is the most overrated pile of crap to hit screens since TOP GUN (which was nothing more than a shameful, commercialized rip-off of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN courtesy of producer Don Simpson--and I served in the Navy for 8 years, I know!).

Jan 4 - 05:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Now that I know where you're coming from, and speaking for myself, after I had learned that Avatar was from "Dances With..." and "Fern Gulley", I thought "Dances..." was way too slow and that I couldn't bear to watch another minute of it so I decided to watch something else and "Fern Gulley" just sucked. But it kind of makes me wonder though why you hated this film as opposed to other films that directors verbally admitted other films as their sources such as "Seven Samurai" influenced many films including Sturges "The Magnificent Seven", "A Fistful of Dollars" was a direct remake from Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"- not that you would know that either and Lucas admitted that his inspiration to make "Star Wars" was from "The Hidden Fortress"! I'm just saying that because it's a similar movie you had seen before from your childhood is not really an acceptable reason to say that the film is no good- it is an understandable psychological reason, but let's say if you hadn't seen "Dances With Wolves" at all and just saw "Avatar" first then you would've liked the film, am I correct on this notion!

Jan 4 - 12:15 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Apples and oranges, Dave, don't you dare try to convince me I would have enjoyed AVATAR in another setting or situation...fuck AVATAR and fuck all the bullshit sequels coming to multiplexes.

Jan 4 - 12:21 PM

Dave J

Dave J

No, my examples are not apples and oranges! When director Akira Kurosawa found out about "A Fistful Of Dollars"- Kurosawa sued the company and he won a percentage of the profits, ironically though "A Fistful.." made more money than any of Kurosawa films combined during that particular time! The only difference between the two films are that one has a Western setting and the other one is of cours is a samurai picture. "Star Wars" is a space movie and "The Hidden Fortress" is a samurai film both have the exact same idea- Lucas verbally stated that without "The Hidden Fortress"( a film Lucas saw in film school) Star Wars would not have been made, "Avatar" has a space setting and "Dances with Wolves" is clearly a Western. It's not hard to understand this! And because you saw "Dances With..." during your childhood years in your opinion should be a sufficient reason to not like Avatar at all as opposed to other films since films has been around since the early 1900's is still not a reason that a film is not good!

Go to "google" and type down successful remakes because they're alot which includes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Let Me In" from "Let The Right One In", and not to mention Alfred Hitchcock remade his own film "The Man Who Knew too Much" using the exact same title! You clearly don't have a legitimate reason why Avatar is a bad film- just an understandable one!

Jan 4 - 02:40 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Gotta say it: I actually asked for my money back after DANCES WITH SMURFS.

Jan 2 - 07:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'll grant you the plot wasn't particularly innovative, but this is one of those movie's that I thought was capable of getting by on visual style alone. Basically it was the movie Immortals wanted to be.

Jan 2 - 07:08 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Some people are overly critical of Avatar rather than just enjoying what it was - a big budget no-brainer action flick. And for what it wanted to be, it succeeded very well I thought.

Jan 3 - 05:04 AM

Geoffrey Shauger

Geoffrey Shauger

DANCES WITH SMURFS....HAHAH! You're so clever!!! How original!!! Oh man!! You should seriously pursue a career as a movie reviewing comedian.

HAHAHAHAH!! What a comedic genius.

Jan 3 - 07:35 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Asking your money back right after the film was over is not supposed to be how it works- it's supposed to be during or even before the film is had started! And I'm sure they're worst films to see in theatres than "Avatar" otherwise you'd wouldn't be planning on seeing the second and third!

Jan 3 - 12:35 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Highly doubting he asked for his money back after Avatar.

Jan 3 - 01:46 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Seriously, Infernal, I did. I actually found it offensive how many sources Cameron pillaged to put together his script (and you know exactly what they are without me having to list them, right?). To me, the story and screenplay come first, not a bunch of "oooh, ahhh" visuals. I saw DANCES WITH WOLVES when I was 10 years old in the theater and it was where I discovered film as an art-form. No fucking 3D, just a 3 hour epic commanded by its story and characters. Too much of the script for AVATAR was retarded and juvenile that it literally took me out of this beautiful, yet entirely artificial world. So, you guys can say whatever you want: AVATAR is the most overrated pile of crap to hit screens since TOP GUN (which was nothing more than a shameful, commercialized rip-off of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN courtesy of producer Don Simpson--and I served in the Navy for 8 years, I know!).

Jan 4 - 05:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Now that I know where you're coming from, and speaking for myself, after I had learned that Avatar was from "Dances With..." and "Fern Gulley", I thought "Dances..." was way too slow and that I couldn't bear to watch another minute of it so I decided to watch something else and "Fern Gulley" just sucked. But it kind of makes me wonder though why you hated this film as opposed to other films that directors verbally admitted other films as their sources such as "Seven Samurai" influenced many films including Sturges "The Magnificent Seven", "A Fistful of Dollars" was a direct remake from Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"- not that you would know that either and Lucas admitted that his inspiration to make "Star Wars" was from "The Hidden Fortress"! I'm just saying that because it's a similar movie you had seen before from your childhood is not really an acceptable reason to say that the film is no good- it is an understandable psychological reason, but let's say if you hadn't seen "Dances With Wolves" at all and just saw "Avatar" first then you would've liked the film, am I correct on this notion!

Jan 4 - 12:15 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Apples and oranges, Dave, don't you dare try to convince me I would have enjoyed AVATAR in another setting or situation...fuck AVATAR and fuck all the bullshit sequels coming to multiplexes.

Jan 4 - 12:21 PM

Dave J

Dave J

No, my examples are not apples and oranges! When director Akira Kurosawa found out about "A Fistful Of Dollars"- Kurosawa sued the company and he won a percentage of the profits, ironically though "A Fistful.." made more money than any of Kurosawa films combined during that particular time! The only difference between the two films are that one has a Western setting and the other one is of cours is a samurai picture. "Star Wars" is a space movie and "The Hidden Fortress" is a samurai film both have the exact same idea- Lucas verbally stated that without "The Hidden Fortress"( a film Lucas saw in film school) Star Wars would not have been made, "Avatar" has a space setting and "Dances with Wolves" is clearly a Western. It's not hard to understand this! And because you saw "Dances With..." during your childhood years in your opinion should be a sufficient reason to not like Avatar at all as opposed to other films since films has been around since the early 1900's is still not a reason that a film is not good!

Go to "google" and type down successful remakes because they're alot which includes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Let Me In" from "Let The Right One In", and not to mention Alfred Hitchcock remade his own film "The Man Who Knew too Much" using the exact same title! You clearly don't have a legitimate reason why Avatar is a bad film- just an understandable one!

Jan 4 - 02:40 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

No need to talk about both the 4th AND 5th films in that series.

Jan 2 - 07:04 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

PLENTY of reasons. I'll give two: 5 was a much, much better movie, and it was shot in 3D, as opposed to being converted, as the 4th was. In short, the 3D in 5 is fantastic, whereas it was mediocre in 4.

Jan 2 - 07:59 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Sorry never saw them, although your argument at least justifies why FD5 should have been covered instead of FD4. This list didn't necessarily need 2 films from the same series that's all.

Jan 3 - 12:00 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Texas Chainsaw 3D looks like an unintentional comedy. I can already picture a chainsaw being forcefully placed on the screen being directed straight towards the audience.

Anyways, Friday the 13th 3D was a joke. ALL of the F13th movies are a joke; & they just get worse, formulaic & laughable with every sequel.

Jan 2 - 07:06 PM

Joshua Gratton

Joshua Gratton

Critics hate slasher films. No surprise that the third entry was blasted too, since it's not even one of the better ones. But F13 1-7 are good movies in the genre. It comes down to whether you like sub-genre, and if you do, you should like F13.

Jan 2 - 10:20 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

"Critics hate slasher films"

RT & it's critics (at least the majority of them) practically worship the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

F13 1-7 are good? What are you smoking? They all get worse, & so high on formulaic. I dare say that Bay's pornographic re-imaging of that franchise was the only decent one if them.

Jan 3 - 12:00 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The Museum of Modern Art doesn't lie. "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a work of art, gruesome art, but art nonetheless. "F13" is worse than "Halloween", which was worse than "Psycho", etc. Critics don't hate "F13" because it's a slasher film, but because it's the infinite regress of slasher films.

Jan 3 - 07:39 AM

Joshua Gratton

Joshua Gratton

Michael Bay's remake was devoid of soul and more predictable than all of the previous eleven combined. Btw, one praised slasher doesn't equate to critics liking slashers in general.

F13, as the series carries on, is a regress of slashers, I agree. But so is the genre in itself for the past 25 years. The original Friday the 13th is a mood piece, and in my eyes far more effective than the likes of Halloween. But I don't discredit your opinions. It's just that slasher films have to be looked at in a different way than they are. Text is not the end all be all of good film.

Jan 3 - 04:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Text"? The problem isn't dialogue. All classic horror has to have suspence, atmosphere and mood. The slasher adds "gore" FX, and certainly the best F13's feature the work of Tom Savini. But only the first one is a decent film. It really is downhill after that. And George, there was no porn in Bay's version (and he only produced it anyway), and it suuuucked. Real really bad. At least TCM 2 from '87 had a sense of humor, something missing entirely from the recent films. The original TCM is a titan in the annals of horror. Nearly 40 years later, and there's still nothing like it.

Jan 3 - 06:46 PM

Joshua Gratton

Joshua Gratton

By text I don't mean dialogue. I mean plot and what average movie-goers qualify as "being a movie". Slashers usually follow the typical formula of a sole human(-like) killer offing characters one by one, often related to a group. What slasher films as a whole contain, complementing one another, are the changes in social dynamics once a factor has been removed from the equation. It's an interesting sub-genre because for each lead up to a kill, there is focus given to one minor person despite leads or final girls/boys at the end. Slashers study the loss and taking of life, showcase dealing with the outcome, and are often pretty empowering for women since their boyfriends are the ones tossed aside, leaving them to prove that they are top dog. Usually.

TCM 2 '86 does have a sense of humor. As do a few others from the golden age like Slumber Party Massacre, Cheerleader Camp, and so forth. I personally find they work best when they're being serious yet cheese creeps its way in without winking at the audience. But saying that the slasher simply adds "gore" is silly. It can be a part of it, but it shouldn't be the only focus, and I don't see that it is. Prom Night, Final Exam, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, The Funhouse and so on are examples where gore does not come into play for the most part. When it does sure, sometimes there is excess, but I'll tell you right: if all you did was cut people up graphically with no care about timing, victim choice, or how mood of the picture is created, you're not going to gather many fans.

I'll agree that the first is the peak before the downhill. However I strongly believe that Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have their merits too. There's one way to view Eraserhead that will be taken as crap, and another as a success. The same goes for a general slasher such as Night School, The Prowler or The House on Sorority Row. I enjoy slashers because they have a strength in comparison to their brothers.

Jan 3 - 08:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I still tend to judge slashers, and horror in general, based on the ability to sustain palpable tension through the film. I'm not entirely convinced about the social dynamics of the "10 Little Indian" elimination, and I'd say that these decisions are primarially based on moral failings (characters using drugs or having sex are far more likely to get bumped off than "innocent" ones). But I won't say you're wrong in your assessment, and I admire and applaud you for articulating it so well.

Jan 4 - 07:25 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

In the $2 bin at Wal-Mart where it belongs hopefully. :)

Jan 2 - 07:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'll grant you the plot wasn't particularly innovative, but this is one of those movie's that I thought was capable of getting by on visual style alone. Basically it was the movie Immortals wanted to be.

Jan 2 - 07:08 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Reading through this list... ugh. The only decent movie here is Piranha, and even then, it was converted to 3D and is quite shitty. It's like looking at those children books, the ones that pop out into two-dimensional layers.

Final Destination 5 used it well, as well as Prometheus, even though the latter is not necessarily a horror. Come to think of it, neither is the Final Destination series, which is more of a black comedy. So, yeah. Horrors in 3D are pathetic.

Jan 2 - 07:52 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Oh, come on, HOUSE OF WAX and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON are both fine films for the era. Actually, I do prefer the original version of WAX from 1932: MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (100% RT Score, woohoo!). That being said, I'm surprised Jeff didn't say a word about THE BLACK LAGOON, Gary Ross' update from Universal supposed to be released this year.

Jan 2 - 08:15 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, I mean... sure. But, come on, you wanna drag 80 year old movies into this? Creature from the Black Lagoon looks decent enough in 3D, but there's still a shit lot of cross-talk and ghosting to be found. The original House of Wax's 3D is nothing but a cheap gimmick that barely works, and I'm about 80% sure that Mystery... was not ever released in 3D. It was on the same disc as 1953's House of Wax - and that was the first ever 3D horror (which explains why it's so shitty).

Jan 2 - 10:42 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

That's just one of several reasons why I prefer MYSTERY: no 3D and historically fascinating because of its early 2-strip Technicolor process. Forgive me, I mean they are fine films even when you watch them without the 3D gimmick. (That Paddleball Man, sheesh...)

Jan 2 - 11:53 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

The ever-so nihilistic Watcher speaks. MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D is freaky as is PIRANHA 3D . . . in the former, the Killer could have been behind any row of trees -- the experience was incredible. Especially my walk back to the car after the movie let-out around midnight.

Jan 3 - 04:27 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Gordon.... Gordon, Gordon, Gordon... When are you going to start paying attention? I wasn't speaking about the quality of Piranha as a film, only the 3D. If you weren't doing so much coke you'd have noticed this.

Though now that you bring it up, Piranha was painfully mediocre with shitty 3D, and Valentine absolutely sucked in both departments.

Jan 3 - 09:36 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Actually, Lion King 3D looks amazing. The score now is 89, so one more negative review has been added. But, there were also plenty of recent ones praising the 3D tech and giving the film fresh ratings.

It really is surprising how good a 20 year cartoon can look when converted to 3D.

Jan 2 - 07:57 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Who gives the fucking Lion King a bad review? C'mon really you got to be a stony piece of shit not to like the Lion King.

Jan 3 - 04:16 AM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

The possibility might lie in either someone who was obsessed with Shakespeare (especially Hamlet) or Armond White, when he was still allowed here though.

Jan 3 - 11:24 AM

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