Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8 a.m.
Any fan of horror and science-fiction films has watched plenty of movies where the special effects were lacking and the monster was ridiculous. In some cases that’s OK, because the movie is so cheesy it’s still enjoyable in that Mystery Science Theater 3000 kind of way, or because other aspects of the film were good enough to cover its bad special effects. These movies, on the other hand, might have been better if the filmmakers had spent more time on their monster(s). For this, it felt fair to limit the selections to movies that had a decent-sized budget, and were aimed at a large mainstream audience at the time of their release.
10. I Am Legend (2007)
Will Smith was lauded for his performance in this version of a highly regarded Richard Matheson story. Unfortunately, some of the film’s effectiveness was drained away by the jarringly awful-looking CGI zombie creatures Smith is pitted against. Shame, because those digitally generated monsters derail an otherwise promising film.
9. Night of the Lepus (1972)
Starring DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. McCoy on the original Star Trek, this film is about giant carnivorous rabbits. It came out in 1972, during a time where “nature gone wild” horror movies were exploiting people’s fears of ecological disasters. There’s a lot of bad happening in Night of the Lepus, but it’s mostly fun if you don’t take it seriously. Unfortunately, it misses its mark as a horror film, because no one making it seemed to understand that rabbits… well… they aren’t scary. The oversized bunnies in this…
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