Of all the horror subgenres, these are the slasher movies that often cover the full spectrum of quality with each new entry. Typically, the first few entries will offer something unique and innovative that attracts a fan base who can’t get enough of their favorite icons. For example, Freddy’s ability to kill in his dreams mixed with his iconic design led him to become a pleasant killer with a huge following. However, with each innovation, these franchises often fly too close to the sun, and one or more entrances will collapse, critically.
This article will cover some of the most iconic slasher franchises and the worst entries they contain. While this doesn’t cover every slasher franchise that has been released, it does touch on the most famous names in the business. As each entry is revealed, the question will arise as to whether any of these lower-rated films deserve the hate they’ve had for so long.
Scream 3 – 40%
at Wes Craven scream 3 follows Sidney, Dewey and Gale once again as their paths cross in the wake of the murders of numerous characters linked to the horror franchise’s latest installment in the universe Stab. In the Global Trilogy, the film feels like a logical conclusion to all three films with Sidney’s past coming to haunt her, but as the film maintains its meta approach, scream 3 always falls back on the same tropes felt in the previous entries. The film isn’t inherently poor, but it suffers from franchise fatigue without offering anything new.
Child’s Play 3 – 23%
Unlike the two previous sections, Child’s Play 3 separates by proposing a time jump. In previous entries, Andy Barclay is a child caught in heart-wrenching situations, while Chucky the killer doll does everything in his power to take over Andy’s body and live like a human. In the third installment, Andy is now a teenager and acts to the point of being sent to a military academy to mature. The setting should serve as a twisted coming-of-age story where Andy confronts his tormentor and saves another child from Chucky, but rather than focusing on its new themes, the film instead relies on the same concepts that worked in previous movies. As a result, fans and critics alike felt that she offered nothing new to the series, leading her to lie dormant until Bride of Chucky.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) – 15 percent
The 2010 Freddy the reboot was an ambitious entry into the series as it tried to reimagine the iconic character of Freddy. By the time the series reaches the point of a remake, Freddy is best known as an ironic hangman of the Elm Street children; However, the goal of the 2010 remake is to bring the horror back to the character that made it famous in the ’80s. In doing so, critics felt that the film had failed to develop its characters in a memorable way. and removed the mystery of Freddy’s character by wrapping the film with much of his story. Ultimately, the movie doesn’t lack for spectacle, but it does require some much-needed substance.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – 14%
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was an attempt to bring the franchise back to its roots by exploring the origins of Leatherface and the Hewitts. However, in doing so, the film creates an environment that focuses solely on torture and violence. While the original followed similar beats, the film’s atmosphere and overt lack of gore helped it stand out. Unfortunately, in this film’s case, the violence overshadows the plot, leaving critics to question its narrative value. Sadly, it’s also one of the least memorable, leaving the film in a state of limbo where it’s barely loved or remembered by fans and critics.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan – 12%
After the original film, the Friday 13 the franchise has gradually dwindled as the series cared less about the story and more about the creative killings. No example shows it better than Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan. While the title assumes Jason will be unleashed in the Big Apple, most of the film features the killer wearing a hockey mask terrorizing teens on a cruise. In the end, the film barely shows Jason in New York City, and his overall history suffers. Most critics felt the film lacked substance, but fans of the franchise will still find the same qualities that make other films so entertaining. Ultimately, Jason takes Manhattan never meets the expectations that its title teases.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers – 9%
Halloween: the curse of Michael Myers was the sixth entry in the franchise and aimed to explain why Michael still seems to have supernatural abilities. However, the explanation given only serves to dampen the character’s otherwise terrifying and mysterious aura. By the time audiences reach the film, the franchise has already played out a lot of slasher elements that made the previous installments so popular. To stand out, The Curse of Michael Myers tries to use shock tactics to wow his audience. Sadly, at this point in history the shocking moments have turned out to be anything but. Ultimately, critics felt the film was uninspired, and audiences felt similar because it wouldn’t be for nearly a decade before Michael had another success with the remake. from 2007.
Hellraiser: Hellseeker – 0%
None of the franchises on this list had more misread entries than the Hellraiser series, but even with so many entries, each movie keeps trying to improve on the last. Hellraiser: Hellseeker, while the lowest, is also the most unique as it sees the franchise’s last original daughter, Ashley Laurence, reprise the role of Kirsty Cotton. The film follows her husband, caught in a torture situation directed by Doug Bradley’s Pinhead, and it takes an unexpected twist. Sadly, even with a unique premise, critics felt the film, from story to production, still lacked cinematic-quality visuals and story.
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