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I'm still not thrilled with it.
I recently picked Risen 2: Dark Waters back up after putting it on a back burner. What? Dark Souls and its sequel are more enthralling games. Mostly, this has to do with their combat systems, and the fact that they aren't stupidly designed like Risen 2's.
Okay, I'll admit that it is a bold move. The game eschews the original's battle system, which consists of blocking ad nauseam until an opening presents itself, whereupon you cut loose a flurry of combos until your opponent expires or recovers. Although this sounds like a trite system, it works for the Risen and leads to some pretty decent, simple fights.
Not like official worst, but more like least favorite.
Disclaimer: These are based on my opinion and are not official or canonical in anyway. It's not like I'm a professor of bad horror movies at some university or a major contributor to the genre, so it would be awfully arrogant of me to seriously call these "the worst."
The way I see it, there are three kinds of bad horror movies:
1) Good-Bad: Films that are so bad they're great. Rawhead Rex and Troll 2 are a prime examples of this.
2) "Cute" Bad: Horror movies everyone considers to be the worst and definitely are bad, but are don't hold a candle to the most abysmal entries. Pretty much any bad horror movie can go here. No, I don't feel Seed People and Contamination .7 are the worst horror movies around. You be trippin'.
What little there was...
I think I can keep this one pretty short and sweet.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4)- As I mentioned before, I polished this one off. I've considered rebooting my file and taking on the two bosses I missed, but I probably won't get around to that any time soon. Getting to the two tigers in the third DLC quest line is irritating, especially since it took me nearly 30 minutes to navigate that stupid tundra just to die within moments starting the fight with those damn cats.
With some double header suggestions
Six more movies to gab about, but this time I'm going to suggest some extra films for "double header" horror/B-movie nights. I miss doing those...
Yes, more than remakes.
It's frickin' CG deer.
This is not a plague, per se. At least not yet... However, I have yet to see a horror movie make good use deer in any way, shape, or form*. I understand that using live deer would be tricky and animatronics are too expensive, but good lord do CG deer just look awful. Like, "you really couldn't have just written this scene out of the movie?" awful. They always movie in a jerky, cartoony sort of manner that absolutely kills tension.
Two flicks that come to mind: I Am Legend and The Ring 2. Both films use CG deer, both deer scenes are cringeworthy (less so in the case of the former), and both movies would have been better off without them.
Dogs, more zombies, an alligator, and Mark Duplass.
Zombies, aliens, nightmares, ants, and rednecks.
It's October. I like horror movies. I think you see where I'm going with this...