Horror Movie Actors Who Dissed Their Own Movies
Every actor who works regularly has appeared in a film that either didn't perform well or that they didn't like working on. In most cases, actors just move on to their next gig, but the following actors who hated their horror movies were so put off by the experience that they didn't have any problems letting the whole world know about it.
A lot of today's A-list actors started their careers in the horror business. Jamie Lee Curtis made a big splash with slashers, as did George Clooney and Rooney Mara. What else do they have in common, you ask? They all dissed the horror movies they worked on.
Some of these actors have genuine bones to pick with their horror film legacy, while others have more questionable comments about their well-known genre films. It's up to you to say which film is worth the diss.
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If you haven't seen Jaws: The Revenge, that's okay, because its star, Michael Caine, hasn't either. The actor has a contentious relationship with the film: He was on set with the big, mean shark in 1986 when he should have been collecting his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, but he definitely loved the paycheck that he received.
Caine actually touched on his feelings towards his time in the Jaws franchise in his 1992 autobiography:
I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.
Aside from building a new house, Caine reportedly took the job because he was able to bring his family along and give them a Caribbean holiday. Who could say no to an offer like that?
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While making the press rounds for Cloud Atlas in 2012, Berry didn't call out her killer shark movie Dark Tide by name, but she did make a reference to a "sh*t movie" where she met her husband Olivier Martinez. In an appearance on Chelsea Lately, the Gothika star explained that actors never know how a movie is going to turn out and that they rarely think they're starring in a "bad" movie. She said:
You don't expect it to be as bad as it is sometimes. Then it comes out, and you think, "F*ck. That's what I did?"
But hey, at least she found love in Shark Alley - and isn't that what everyone strives for?
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You have to see I Know Who Killed Me. Is it good? No. Is it incredibly campy and fun to watch? Absolutely. The film stars Lindsay Lohan as a young woman who is kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer, and then there's some kind of twist about her having a twin, or maybe she was the twin, and she also has prosthetic limbs? It's kind of like The Parent Trap but harder to follow and with zero British accents.
Lohan didn't trash the movie when it was released in 2007, but while she was in rehab in 2013, she responded to one fan on Twitter who said that they watched the film twice in one night with this simple diss: "Two times too many!"
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M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening has been derided as one of the more disappointing films of the director's career. The film follows Elliot Moore, a Philadelphia high school teacher, as he tries to keep his wife safe during a global crisis in which plants spread a neurotoxin that causes humans to commit suicide.
Mark Wahlberg plays Moore in the film and has admitted he had no idea what was happening in The Happening - he just took the role because he was tired of playing tough guys:
The Happening. F*ck it. It is what it is. F*cking trees, man. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.
Shyamalan responded to Wahlberg's criticism of the film in 2019 during the press cycle for Glass, and he took the whole thing in stride, saying:
Since that would be the only case of [an actor criticizing one of his films] - no. But really, no. It’s totally his call. However he wants to interpret it.
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Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't like horror movies - she scares easily and would rather not deal with that kind of stress in her downtime, thank you very much. However, she does like starring in horror movies, especially horror movies that make boffo box office like a few of her Halloween films have.
Throughout her career, the alpha scream queen has starred in some of the most influential horror movies ever, as well as a few clunkers. While speaking about why she returned to the Halloween franchise in 2018, she managed to get in a dig at Virus, the sci-fi/horror mashup about an evil interstellar creature that turns people into cyborgs:
[Halloween] is still terrifying in its simplicity. Jason Blum has enthusiasm like a virus, and a good virus, not the piece of sh*t Virus I made in the '90s.
This wasn't the first time Curtis dragged Virus through the muck. In an interview with IGN from 2003, Curtis referred to the '90s B-movie as an all-timer:
Virus is so bad that it's shocking... That would be the all-time piece of sh*t... It's just dreadful... That's the only good reason to be in bad movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say, "Ahhhh, I've got the best one. I'm bringing Virus."
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Today, George Clooney is known as one of the suavest actors of a generation. He's made a career out of scene-stealing roles in films by directors like the Coen brothers and Steven Soderberg, and he was Batman, after all. The guy has a talent for picking excellent roles, but that wasn't always the case.
In the 1980s, Clooney was just another struggling actor who took whatever role he could get his hands on as long as it paid. While speaking at the 2012 Oscar roundtable for Newsweek, he was open about the fact that things can be rough for an actor who needs money. You might just take a role in the sequel of one of the most schlocky B-movies ever made. He explained:
As an actor, all bets are off if you need money. I've done really [crappy] movies or [crappy] jobs when I was broke, and people go, "Why did you do Return of the Killer Tomatoes?" Because I got the job!