Mike’s Scary Movie Challenge: Are We There Yet?

The thing I’ve learned about challenges like this is that they’re a lot of fun until they become a chore.

It’s great to have an excuse to watch a ton of movies I’ve never seen before, but it can be easy to lose momentum when they movies you’re watching are really shitty.

And boy are there some stinkers on this list.

Fatigue definitely started setting in at this point, but I didn’t make it this far to give up early.

#18 The Faculty (October 21st — Amazon Prime)

Remember when I said there were some stinkers on this list?

Well luckily The Faculty falls under the “So Bad It’s Good” category.

This cheesy horror flick is essentially The Breakfast Club if all the kids became friends while fighting off a hoard of aliens.

It’s incredibly tacky and campy at times, but I actually had a lot of fun watching Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood murder a young Jon Stewart.

Man I miss the 90's…

#19 The Woman In Black (October 21st — Amazon Prime)

This movie probably would have been a lot more successful if it was called Harry Potter And The Woman In Black, but that’s just my two cents.

This is actually one of the bright spots on this list as it creates a very spooky atmosphere with very little dialogue.

That being said, it definitely drags a bit at times and the ending was pretty unsatisfying.

#20 Dark Skies (October 22nd — Netflix)

For some reason this alien movie is filled with almost every haunted house cliche there is.

There’s the creepy kid cranking out creepy drawings, there’s lots of furniture being rearranged in the middle of the night, and you already know there birds flying into the windows.

Seriously, just take the plot of any haunted house movie and replace the ghost with aliens and you’ve got Dark Skies.

#21 Mama (October 22nd — Amazon)

Bad CGI and terrible kid actors are two things that can easily derail any horror movie.

This is not one of those movies.

The kids absolutely steal the show in Mama (sorry Jessica Chastain) and the terrifying CGI ghost gets a ton of screen time, which is pretty rare with most horror flicks.

This is easily one of the best and one of the scariest movies I’ve watched for this challenge so far, and I loved every minute of it.

#22 The ABCs Of Death (October 23rd — Netflix)

If you don’t know about The ABCs Of Death, it’s actually a pretty cool idea.

26 different horror directors each made a short film that corresponds to a letter in the alphabet and they had total freedom to do whatever they wanted with it.

Unfortunately this ended up being a pretty big disappointment as there were only 3 segments that I actually really liked (N, P, and Q), and that’s not great considering there’s 26 in total.

And just in case you’re wondering just how bad some of the clips are, F literally stands for “Fart” and one segment has a woman being killed by her own poop.

So yeah.

#23 They’re Watching (October 23rd — Netflix)

I fucking hated this movie, and that’s coming from someone who loves found footage flicks.

The characters are insufferable, the scares are nonexistent, and the end is a crappy CGI gore fest that would almost be funny if it didn’t drag on for so long.

There were so many points where I considered turning this movie it’s not even funny.

Whatever you do, do not watch this movie.

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