Before I start this, I want to make it clear what this list is. These are my 5 most hated films, not the 5 worst films ever made. Hate is a strong emotion, that’s the mirror opposite of love. There are a lot of really really bad films out there, but I don’t hate them. There are so many horror films that shouldn’t exist that I’ve sat through, but don’t hate. These 5 are films that annoyed me to the point that I can rant about them at any point. One of them I haven’t seen in 9 years, but thinking about it still winds me up. I also know that for at least 3 of these films, there are a lot of people who love them and that’s completely fine. I don’t mean to offend anyone, these are just films that I’ve had a very strongly negative reaction to.
I also have an honourable mention, The Tree of Life by Terrance Malick. This was my first Malick film and I really didn’t like it. I’ve long said that this is the worst film I’ve ever seen, it’s way too long, overly pretentious and worst of all it’s boring. The reason why it isn’t sitting at the number 1 spot on this list is because I’ve only watched it once, 10 years ago, when it first came out. I’ve since watched other Malick films and enjoyed them. I want to rewatch it, maybe now that I’m an adult and have more patience I will enjoy it, or maybe it will retake the top spot on this list. It’s something I’m planning on revisiting soon.
Number 5 – Wrong Turn 4,5 and 6
Yes, I’m putting all 3 of these films at number 5. They are beyond awful, I almost swore instead of writing beyond there. Just terrible borderline porn films with absolutely no redeeming qualities. I sat through these because my mum recommended them and I thought it would make a good Franchise Catch Up post. The first three were quite good, the first one is a decent horror, the second a campy good time and the third was pretty good. Then the fourth one started and within ten minutes I wanted to switch it off, it’s just crap, and the two further sequels were just as bad. These films are a crime against humanity because people could accidentally watch them. They are a waste of time, and should have never been made in the first place. I hate them and I will never sit through them again. I was genuinely angry watching them. Thankfully the seventh one redeemed the entire series and was actually the best of the lot. Watch the first one and then the seventh if you have to watch any.
Number 4 – Monster Hunter
Another film that I watched this year. I did mention in a recent post that before 2021 I only had three films I hated. This is a pure mess of a film. It’s so boring and badly made. The acting is atrocious, the film plods along with nothing exciting happening at all. The action looks dreadful and cheap. There is one moment about 80% through where it looks like it’s going to pick up with strange characters and a setting that isn’t just a desert, and then it goes straight back to crap. It’s almost as if they were teasing that it could have been good. It also has several fake-out endings where you think the credits are going to roll and then more action. I almost shouted at the screen at one point, if I was at home I would have done. I can’t believe it exists and I can’t believe it’s made by the same guy that made most of the Resident Evil films. It teases a sequel and I would rather remove my nails with a sharp piece of wood than see it, that’s if it gets made. The director, actually said this was a passion project. The only way I could believe that is if he hated the game series so much that he wanted to make something that is impossible to enjoy. I’ve read good reviews for this film, including 5 star reviews, but I can’t understand how anyone can find any enjoyment in it. It’s just so long and boring.
Number 3 – The Dark Knight Rises
Following up The Dark Knight was going to be difficult, almost impossible. I waited for the third film in Nolan’s trilogy patiently, reading every piece of news and rumours about it from 2008 to 2012. There was no way it could live up, and it really doesn’t. Instead, it’s a bloated piece of trash that I really wished didn’t exist. It takes itself way too seriously but is filled with plot holes and Bane is just annoying. It took me a long time to forgive Tom Hardy after this, I would avoid things that he was in purely because I hated Bane so much. Bane isn’t a good Batman villain in the comics, and there are so many other options that haven’t been used in films.
My biggest problems with this one come from its length, the ending (which I won’t spoil but it’s crap) and the parts where Bruce Wayne is in the prison pit halfway around the world, but manages to get back to Gotham, save the day, with no money or shoes. There are other moments, that I’m sure are well documented online, that deal with the minor plot issues, the way time skips at points or where did Bane get the bikes from? There is too much in this film and I was so disappointed. After watching it again that Christmas when it came out on DVD, I thought the same. It’s just not a good film in the slightest. I put this so high on the list because this was the first thing I saw in the cinema that left me feeling so disappointed. It’s such a sour end to the trilogy and I really wish it hadn’t been made. That ending, I really don’t want to spoil anything because I know there would be people who haven’t seen it, but it’s just so bad. How this got better reviews than Batman V Superman, I don’t understand. I’d rather watch Batman Forever than this again.
Number 2 – A Quiet Place
Here’s where I’m going to start really annoying people. I wanted to see this film so much when it first came out. The premise sounded great, the trailers looked excellent and then the film was released. I was invested straight away and then they take the toy out of the kid’s hands and leave it on the side with the batteries next to it. Why would they do that? They don’t realise he’s going to put two and two together? How have they survived that long when they are so stupid to do something like that. It completely took me out of the film, and I couldn’t get back into it. The parents were just so dumb that I couldn’t believe any of what I was seeing.
What is the purpose of the nail in the stairs? Outside of letting Emily Blunt stand on it? What does it add to the structure? None of the other steps have a nail that’s pointed upwards on it, only that one. Why didn’t she notice it when her bag got snagged? It’s a very well made film in a lot of places, but there is no way the characters survived past day 1 and that’s why I hated it. I know if you think too much about almost anything, you can pull it apart, but I wasn’t trying to.
The second one is a lot better and I did enjoy it, but thinking back to the first one just annoys me. I hated it from the first scene to the end. Why does John Krasinski sacrifice himself? Why didn’t he throw something to attract the monster, it just makes no sense.
Number 1 – IT: Chapter Two
And here we are at my most hated film ever. I want to say that I loved the first IT, it captured the tone of the book and splitting the children’s and adult’s stories into two films is a great idea. The first film is great and the second is just awful. It’s way too long, to the point that it feels like an ordeal to get through it all in one sitting. There isn’t one scary moment, because any time something scary starts to happen there’s a one liner joke or something stupid happens. The jokes aren’t funny at all. They are dreadful.
Each character gets their own moment where something happens to them when they are alone, it feels like episodes that build up tension then a joke spoils it all so nothing’s scary and nothing happens. There are way too many flashbacks that it makes the first film feel pointless. Why didn’t they just make a three hour film with the first film as the flashbacks, like in the book, if they were going to rely on them so much. I felt that after the success of the first one, that this one felt smug. I was rolling my eyes so much and grumbling all the way through. IT is a fantastic book and the first film is great. The second really lets it down. It’s sad, but the TV mini-series is better.
Why do they make a point of saying, with a cameo from Stephen King himself, that the bike, Silver can outrun the devil if the bike doesn’t actually ever do it. The final scene from the book is the bike outrunning the ‘devil’, and they removed it from the film and replaced it with letters from Stan who committed suicide when he learns that IT has come back, to explain why he commits suicide. Why would they replace the ending if they could only come up with over-sentimental rubbish.
So there’s that! My top 5 most hated films, and a few rants out of my system that I’ve held in for a long time. I’m sure there will be a lot of disagreements and I look forward to any comments. I have tried to explain as much as possible why I hated the films and I don’t want to detract from anyone that likes or loves them. The top 3 are all high budget and very well made films, they just didn’t click with me. If they clicked with you, then great. It’s all subjective in the end.
For the most part I don’t like talking about the negatives in things. The good should be celebrated and the bad should be quietly forgotten. It’s not like someone sets out to make a bad film. As I spent ten weeks on my top 50, I thought it was only fair to spend 1 week with my most hated. This will be the only negative list I do on here, because why waste time talking about the bad when I can celebrate the things I love, and hopefully share it to some new people. Next week, to celebrate the release of No Time to Die, I’m going to be ranking the Daniel Craig films. By that point, I will have seen No Time to Die, I wonder if my rankings will change.
Thanks for reading and until next time,