“A Haunted House 2” and the Worst Movies of 2014

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Wayans, “Oz” Cartoon Top Worst Movies of 2014.

by Matt Marshall

2014 was a fantastic year for cinema. For the most part that is. Like every year, there’s always a handful of films that you just want to brush away immediately after a review. Then you realize it’s late December or early January. You have revisit these films one more time (just one more time) for an annual “worst-of” list.

This isn’t a definitive list of what to avoid from 2014. Fortunately, I missed a few of those panned turkeys like The Legend of Hercules, Saving Christmas and Left Behind. But out of the 100+ movies, I saw in 2014, stay away from these ten films at all costs.

Dishonorable Mentions: Lucy, Ouija, The Purge: Anarchy, Earth to Echo, Horrible Bosses 2

 

10. Annabelle

 

2013’s The Conjuring shocked audiences (myself included) as a clever horror throwback. So what harm is there in making a spinoff based on the creepy Annabelle doll? Plenty. Annabelle throws everything The Conjuring accomplished under the bus with cheap jump scares and a story that never takes off. But what exactly did we expect from the director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation?

09. Into the Storm

 

Into the Storm is a disaster of recent disaster films. Like many other films to follow on this list, Into the Storm leaves audiences with a nauesous shaky cam experience. Visuals are fun to look at, but the action is ridiculously plotted.  Even Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead’s Lori Grimes) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) can’t save this film.

08. Sex Tape

 

If you ever wanted to know all the iPad can do for you, then watch Sex Tape. The actual homemade porno is the least of this film’s offenses. Sex Tape is nothing short of being a 90-minute commercial for the Apple device. Ironicaly enough, Sony (Apple’s competitor) is the brainchild behind this Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz comedy. FULL REVIEW

07. No Good Deed

 

It’s a shame seeing Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson lower themselves to be in No Good Deed. This home invasion thriller lacks any momentum to hold up for its brief 80-minute run time. Full of cliches, forced plotting and downright dumb characters, No Good Deed is definitely a struggle to get through.

06. The Pyramid

 

The Pyramid is the most recent film on this list. But seriously, who remembers this disaster a month since its release? Half the time The Pyramid tries its hand at being a found footage film. Other times, it’s utterly clueless in its direction and cinematography. At least the last 20 minutes are worth a few good chuckles when a CGI dog starts chasing around the survivors.

05. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

 

There was a time when Parnormal Activity was actually revelant. The same can’t be said about Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Going the spinoff route, Marked Ones forces itself into the franchise with yet another twist. Answers from the previous four films haven’t even been tackled yet. Bring on the demon’s endgame much sooner than later.

04. I, Frankenstein

 

After The Dark Knight in 2008, I was hoping Aaron Eckhart would respark his career. Rabbit Hole and Olympus Has Fallen nudged it in the right direction. Then came I, Frankenstein. For anyone still waiting on a  real Frankenstein movie, I, Frankenstein is definitely not it. Instead, we get a souless CGI war between gargoyles and demons. Eckhart, Miranda Otto and Bill Nighy are terribly wasted.

03. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

 

The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a classic. Even Oz the Great and Powerful is tolerable with its shortcomings. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, however just killed the spirit of L. Frank Baum’s magical world. It’s a surprise to see how Oz even made it to theaters. Oz is perfect fodder for the direct-to-video circuit. Even that’s being generous with its forgettable new cast of characters and songs. FULL REVIEW

02. God’s Not Dead

 

God’s Not Dead could care less if you’re religious or not. Like Sex Tape, it’s a cheap plug for the Newsboys single “God’s Not Dead.” Out of all 2014’s faith-based films, God’s Not Dead is the biggest disaster. That’s saying something after watching silly rock monsters in Noah and a forgettable parting of the Red Sea in Exodus. God’s Not Dead even makes the acting and plotting on the Hallmark Channel look halfway decent.

01. A Haunted House 2

 

A Haunted House 2 is without a doubt the worst movie of 2014. Disgusting, racist and unfunny can’t even begin to describe Marlon Wayans’ recent failure at comedy. A Haunted House 2 brings nothing to the table that Scary Movie or any of those parody films haven’t already done. He’s even turned the creepy Annabelle doll into a kinky perv. It’s pretty sad when a chicken gives the best peformance of the film. Ditch any ideas of A Haunted House 3. FULL REVIEW

 

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