By Jay Hunter – As the year draws to a close, our staff start to countdown their top 10 best and worst movies of the year, which will culminate in the official Jump Scare top 10 by the end of December. Lastly is owner of Jump Scare, Jay Hunter, as he lists his worst movies of 2016.
10. Independence Day: Resurgence
Admittedly, Resurgence is cinema spectacle on a grand scale. However, unlike it’s predecessor, the alien invasion sequel lacks both tongue-in-cheek winks to it’s audience or enough sentimental vigour to support it’s apocalyptic stakes.
Goat is neither an enjoyable nor thought-provoking watch. Self indulgent and first world dilemma’s dilute it’s potentially scintillating story. Ultimately coming off as little more than “dude-bro” torture porn.
Littered with characters as likeable as getting your hand repeatedly crushed in a car door and performances to match, 31 delivers all the Zombie cliches you’ve come to expect without any of the conviction. The fan-backed movie fails to deliver any of the promises it’s patrons were promised, resulting in Zombie’s absolute worst outing to date.
7. Gods of Egypt
A stain on cinema. Next.
Erratic and bizarrely paced. Run-and-tell kinetic exposition turns the third entry in Dan Brown’s trilogy into an erratic labyrinthine mess.
5. Suicide Squad
A disgraceful entry in the DCEU. Uneven directing drags an albeit talented cast of actors through a messy picture, boasting unmotivated characters in a cookie-cutter scenario we’ve seen a million times before. Quite how an Oscar-winning performer could produce the worst on screen Joker of all time is an achievement within itself.
4. Knight of Cups
Terrence Malick produces a narratively lacklustre story about how hard it is to be rich and famous. Nauseating cinematography from the exquisite Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant, Gravity, Birdman) is frankly bafflingly hedonistic.
3. Zoolander 2
The type of movie that proves film-criticisim is in fact, work. More celebrity cameos than gags, if you’re looking for the best way to kill yourself, climb up Zoolander’s No 2 narcism and jump down to it’s IQ level.
A truly disappointing end to Noel Clarke’s ‘hood‘ trilogy. Only cut-throat editing proves to be last bastion between it’s audience falling into a boredom induced-coma. Naked women little more than room decorations in a movie that sends out all the wrong messages of how breaking the law is the only way to get by in South London.
1. Blair Witch
An offensively bad movie that would still be stupid if it were twice as smart. Revelling in everything wrong with the horror genre like an explosion that went off in a jump scare factory, Blair Witch is filled with unbelievable characters, moronic sound-design and gimmicky marketing. A really disappointing entry in Adam Wingard’s filmography after the criminally underrated, You’re Next.
Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments below and check my best picks of the year – here