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Popular Horror Movies That Got Way More Attention Than They Deserved

List RulesVote up the movies that are best left forgotten.

We are currently living in a golden age for horror movies. There are tons of quality horror movies coming out every year, and an influx of new voices in the genre are driving the trend. Movies like It are now regularly breaking box office records, so it doesn't seem like the horror hype is losing steam anytime soon. 

Among all of these amazing films are movies that are not so great. Some of the biggest horror hits of the last few decades have aged fairly poorly by today's standards, and it's difficult to understand why they were so popular at all. Were they just beneficiaries of our insatiable love for horror movies, or were they decent films that suffered from poor execution? Some of the most popular horror movies aren't really that good, but there is a reason they got so much positive attention. 

  • 5
    738 VOTES

    Eli Roth's story about young travelers being abducted in Europe doesn't have a lot going for it other than volatile action, which was the main selling point when Hostel was released. The film certainly showcases Roth's twisted imagination, and it succeeded at the box office likely due to quality marketing. The film made over $80 million worldwide on a budget of less than $5 million, and it spawned several profitable sequels, as well.

    The film was advertised as the kind of movie most people wouldn't be able to sit through unless they had an iron stomach, so there was a sort of morbid curiosity surrounding it. People went into theaters expecting to have their minds blown by the intensity of the narrative, but often left feeling let down that the movie wasn't as extreme as they had been led to believe.

    • Actors: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova, Jana Kaderabkova
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Eli Roth
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  • What could have been a definitive action/horror franchise has turned into something of a disappointment. When the first Resident Evil came out, it seemed likely that Milla Jovovich (who plays Alice) would become a well-known action star. Instead, the series floundered through five additional installments before being put down 14 years later. 

    Resident Evil seemed like one of those franchises that would never end, no matter how schlocky the movies got. These films focus on action over fear, which meant there was never really much narrative tension after the first installment. No matter what ridiculous scenario Alice ends up in, she always blasts her way out. 

    • Actors: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter
    • Released: 2002 - Present
    • Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson, Russell Mulcahy, Alexander Witt
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    628 VOTES

    Happy Death Day mixes horror, sci-fi, and dark comedy elements that don't always mesh well together, which makes it difficult to know exactly what you're supposed to be feeling. It's not always clear whether you should be trembling in fear or laughing at the absurdity of the narrative. 

    This film also breaks some of it's own internal logic, especially with the conclusion. While the concept is interesting, it's basically Groundhog Day with a slasher twist. The lack of consistency with the time loop rules is probably the biggest thing holding this movie back from being a truly great horror film. Even with these issues, however, the film managed to make $125 million on a $4.8 million budget and spawned the sequel Happy Death Day 2U

    • Actors: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Christopher B. Landon
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    376 VOTES

    Haute Tension, known as High Tension in the US, is a French psychological horror film from the mind of Alexandre Aja. This is one of Aja's earlier films, and it helped kick off his career. His next film would be the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and he would go on to direct numerous horror films including Horns and Crawl

    High Tension is an interesting movie, and it's almost a really great film. The problem is the ending, in which it is revealed that the hero was actually the bad guy all along. The reveal pretty much negates everything that happens in the film, as it turns out that most of what happened was just a hallucination. Few stories outside of Fight Club have managed to pull off this twist without making audiences feel as if they've wasted their time. 

    • Actors: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Alexandre Aja
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