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10 Horror Movies From 2016 You Should Avoid

We love a good horror film and often recommend them for our Friday Night Picks, but they sure seem to be hard to find these days. With the year not even over yet, we’ve already got enough poorly-made scary movies to make a list. Here are 10 horror movies from 2016 you should avoid.

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The Boy (2016)

DIRECTOR: William Brent Bell     STARS: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans
This is one of the bigger budget movies on the list, unfortunately the budget didn't help one bit. The idea of a possessed doll has been done and done and The Boy doesn't bring anything new to the table. Add to that that the ending is eye-roll worthy and you'll be shaking your head as the credits roll. Our review will help explain.

The Darkness (2016)

DIRECTOR: Greg McLean     STARS: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell
Seeing as Kevin Bacon stars in The Darkness, it should be really good. Especially considering some of the great movies that he's been pumping out lately, like Cop Car and Black Mass. Regardless, he definitely missed the mark here. This horror movie about angered Native American demons is incredibly hokey and poorly developed. Skip it. Or read our review.

The Other Side of the Door (2016)

DIRECTOR: Johannes Roberts     STARS: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto
The Other Side of the Door has all the same problems as The Darkness. It relies on one big name actor (Sarah Wayne Callies), throws in a bunch of cheap scares and then tries to pull together a finale with enough (poorly done) special effects to put a trailer together. There's nothing new or innovative. If you waste your time watching this one you'll forget it soon afterwards. Our review tries to help.

Cabin Fever (2016)

DIRECTOR: Johannes Roberts     STARS: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto  
This remake of the 2002 version of the same name offers nothing new and is completely unnecessary. Whereas Eli Roth's original version was a great debut for the then unknown director, with it's black humour and heaps of gore, the remake feels tired and uninspired. Also, the acting is really terrible here. If you haven't seen it, watch the original and leave it at that.

Holidays (2016)

DIRECTOR: Anthology     STARS: Harley Quinn Smith, Lorenza Izzo
This horror anthology is a confusing jumble of stories that each have something that is mildly interesting but none of the stories ever reach their potential. As anthologies go, you can do much better (watch Trick r' Treat instead). We review Holidays here.

They're Watching (2016)

DIRECTOR: Jay Lender, Micah Wright     STARS: Mia Faith, Kris Lemche
A TV film crew goes to film a reality show about purchasing a new home and they get more than they bargained for. This movie has some of the most poorly done special effects of the list. The end of the movie is more farce than horror and the final scene is laughable. That being said, it may have actually been intentional but the fact that I'm not sure just goes to show how bad it is. Check out the review.

Pandemic (2016)

DIRECTOR: John Suits     STARS: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen
Another point-of-view film, Pandemic is about the zombie apocalypse. While this film isn't the worst on the list, the constantly changing perspectives make it hard to follow what's going on and the shots are a little too dark most of the time, which doesn't help with clarity. The characters aren't particularly likeable either so this one doesn't have too much going for it.

The Horde (2016)

DIRECTOR: Jared Cohn     STARS: Costas Mandylor, Matthew Willig
This is the worst one of the bunch (which is saying a lot). The story follows a high school teacher, her boyfriend and a group of photography students (all played by actors who all seem to be in their late twenties or early thirties) who go camping and are subsequently attacked by a horde of mutant cannibals. The acting is the most glaringly awful part of this film but the script, as you can likely tell from the description, didn't give the actors very much to work with.

Night Fare (2015)

DIRECTOR: Julien Seri     STARS: Jonathan Howard, Jonathan Demurger
Now this technically shouldn't be in the list because it was released in 2015 but I just watched it recently and was so disappointed by it that I just had to include it here. Night Fare is about two friends who blow off their cabbie when it's time to pay their fare. Unluckily for them, this cabbie isn't one to be blown off. Sounds good, right? Wrong. The first act is so promising but I can honestly say that the ending takes a major turn for the worst and it becomes just plain ridiculous.
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  1. Matt September 17, 2016