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    The best bad horror movies

    October is a great time to enjoy spooky festivities such as Halloween parties, pumpkin patches and curling up with a good horror movie. However, one of my favorite sub-genres of horror are movies that are so bad, they’re actually good. So without further ado, here is a list of my favorite bad horror movies.

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    *Warning* This article contains spoilers.

    Scream 3 (2000)

    I un-ironically love this film so much that I almost feel bad for putting it in this category, but this is the worst film in the “Scream” franchise. Its redeeming qualities are that the director, Wes Craven, is a master of parody and the whole concept of having a “Stab” movie within the “Scream” franchise is just genius.

    I also love and hate this film for having such a ridiculous reveal of the killer, Sydney Prescott’s brother, Roman. This is insane to begin with, considering Prescott doesn’t know she has a brother, let alone that he was the reason her mother was killed so many years ago. I also want to add that I love the way “Scream 3” brings back my favorite film nerd in the series, Randy, who is also the best character in the franchise.

    Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

    What more could you ask from a horror crossover? Two iconic murderers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees join forces to kill as many victims as possible, but end up competing against each other in a battle instead. This union of two great icons of ’80s horror combined with making the film as extra as possible ensures this film’s spot on the list.

    Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

    When this movie came out on Netflix earlier this year, I was excited to see a beautiful art horror film with an amazing cast, which included Jake Gyllenhaal and modern horror icon Toni Collette. I was, however, disappointed upon viewing because I had absolutely no idea where it was going.

    I think this film would be good to watch in a group setting when you aren’t really paying attention. I will say that although it’s really sad to see Collette in such a flop of a movie, I can still appreciate her effort and still know that she is capable of much more. I want to thank “Velvet Buzzsaw” for being the hot mess horror film of the year.

    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

    This is a quintessential ’90s horror film. Everything about this movie is cheesy, but so entertaining. The film takes place a year after the events of the first movie and follows Julie (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) in the Bahamas after she and her roommate win a vacation from a radio contest. I think the greatest death scene in this film is when the stereotypical ’90s stoner character, played by Jack Black, is killed by having his hand cut off and is then immediately impaled.

    Troll 2 (1990)

    I don’t know what else to say about this movie aside from it is probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life, period. This film really needs no introduction other than the groundbreaking 6% rating it has on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s grown a cult following as well, and rightly so, as there are so many bad lines in this movie. Most notably: “What are you going to do to me daddy?” and “They’re eating her! And then they’re going to eat me! Oh my God!” This film is truly “The Room” of all horror movies.

    Danielle Kessler can be reached at [email protected] or @reserv0irpups on Twitter.

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    Danielle Kessler
    Danielle Kessler, A/E Editor
    Danielle has been part of the Arts and Entertainment team for three semesters and has really fallen in love with the craft of entertainment-style writing. A Journalism-News major minoring in cinema studies, she’s always had an interest in film. Her favorite movie is “Almost Famous” from which she learned to be “honest and unmerciful” in her writing. She enjoys writing reviews of movies, plays, musicals and drag shows as well as watching movies and tweeting in her spare time.

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