Boisv wrote:The Exorcist and Suspiria are anything but overrated.
You don't think they're underrated do you?
I would say that they deserve the praise that they get. They've both been treated pretty fairly, so I don't consider them overrated or underrated. They deserve to be regarded as two of the greatest horror movies ever made. The Exorcist in particular is an important piece of Cinematic history. One could argue that Suspiria deserves more recognition in the US, simply because it's generally unknown outside of horror or cinema fans, but I think the reasons for its partial obscurity are obvious. It's a VERY Italian film.
Looking at the rest of the list, I'll give my two cents:
Cannibal Holocaust - I was actually happy to see this on the list, because when I saw it I wasn't shocked one bit. Granted, I saw it in the last decade and not the 70s, but no matter. The original Texas Chainsaw and Salo blew my mind. Cannibal Holocaust bored me. However, that is just my subjective opinion. Cannibal held its own as one of the most gruesome movies ever made for three decades, and that's pretty impressive.
Donnie Darko - Sure. I've always felt that this movie was trying to be way more profound than it really is. I found it to be pretty pretentious. This came out when I was in college and there was a period where every party I went to had a room full of hipsters staring blankly into this movie. Ehh. It's not a terrible movie, but IMO it's not the great one people make it out to be.
TCM (2003) - Huh? I've always found this film to be generally regarded as a really entertaining remake with high production value and slick visuals. And that's what it is. It's a stark contrast to the gritty, documentary feel of the original, and I feel the remake was more valid due to it being tackled with a new approach. It's a good film. I'm reluctant to call it overrated because I never hear anyone calling it more than that, just a good film. Do people think it's really great?
Paranormal Activity 3 - Again, are there people really raving about this movie? I know people like it, but overrated? I was disappointed that five KEY scenes from the trailer didn't make it into the movie, and it's my least favorite of the series. But I still don't see why it's overrated. It's generally ok, and overall people seem to find it... generally ok.
The Omen - I wholeheartedly agree with this one. The Omen is a good movie, but it isn't anywhere near the finely crated Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. Gregory Peck gave us the worst performance of his career, and some scenes are dreadfully cheesy. Again, I like this movie, but it is generally regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made. It isn't.
The Amityville Horror - ditto
Hostel - Yes, I find this to be overrated. It's such a simple, easy, cheap concept. That alone doesn't ruin a movie, but the execution was just as simple, easy, and cheap. I was never a big fan. Saw isn't anything amazing, but I felt Saw did what Hostel was trying to do, but better.
RZ's Halloween II - How can a movie be overrated when virtually NO ONE likes it? This movie is hated by nearly everyone on the planet.