You’ve already seen the movies and shows that everyone loves: “Wonder Woman,” “It,” “Stranger Things,” but what about the ones you’re not sure of? If you’re thinking about giving something a look, but just can’t bring yourself to do it because it has a low score, we hope this list will give you some helpful guidance. These days, there is a lot of bad out there, and risking it can mean an hour, even two hours, that you can never get back. At Void, we don’t take that sort of stuff lightly.
Here are a few IMDb ratings we think deserve another look:
1. Man Vs. (5.5)
“Man Vs.” falls under the same category as many others in this list — movies or shows that are definitely not incredible, but just not as bad the IMDb number suggests. While this movie fails in the areas of special effects and meaningful dialogue, it is actually pretty entertaining in its effective use of tension. The film follows an aspiring wildlife TV personality as he solo-braves the woods of northern Ontario. What he doesn’t know is that he’s unwittingly treading the territory of something completely unnatural and we slowly learn more about this through a series of clever plot points.
Although this one won’t blow your mind, it’s definitely worth an hour or so of your time. Also, with Halloween season coming up, it’s the perfect time to discover some new spooks. “Man Vs.” is available on Netflix.
2. Dimension 404 (avg. 6.5)
Narrated by the great Mark Hamill, Hulu’s original series “Dimension 404” has been tragically underrated and overlooked. The series is basically a comedic “Twilight Zone” and crafted for a specific audience, but anyone can find some enjoyment in the show’s unique storylines and memorable characters. Even though every episode isn’t necessarily a golden nugget like in Rod Serling’s classic anthology, a few of them are actually very well conceived. “Bob” and “Cinethrax” were both excellent episodes, but neither of them managed to make it above 7 out of 10. “Cinethrax” is even down in the 5s, and that was my favorite one out of the whole series.
“Dimension 404” streams on Hulu. We think it’s worth your couch time, and we know how sacred that is.
3. Monster Hunt (Zhuō Yāo Jì) (6.2)
“Monster Hunt” is definitely weird, but weird isn’t always bad, and this is especially true here. In China, “Monster Hunt” actually broke box office records, making it the highest grossing movie of all-time over there. Being foreign, though, the movie still slipped under the mainstream radar here in the U.S. While it is sort of a kids movie, some parts can be grim and unsettling compared to what children’s movies are like here, so it’s had difficulty finding its audience. At the heart of this movie, despite its quirks, is a surprisingly interesting plot and very keen attention to important issues. In addition to this, it’s also a fun watch and pretty hilarious in parts, too.
“Monster Hunt” is available on Netflix.
4. The Void (5.8)
“The Void” is one of those movies that I always wanted to see, but no one was making it. A good storyline, awesome creature effects, and intriguing backstory make this movie an emotional and horrific experience. “The Void” has good examples of both dramatic and cosmic horror elements, which will make any fan of Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft drool from their seat.
The effects are probably the very best part of “The Void,” and one of the main things that drew me to it. Much like “The Thing,” the creatures we encounter in this movie are so incredible and strange that we’re left in a state of shock.
The movie does have some faults, like any other on this list. The acting isn’t perfect, but it’s not all bad either. Also, like many others on this list, the ending isn’t completely satisfying, but the good surrounding all of this make this movie an easy 8.5 in my book.
“The Void” streams on Netflix.
5. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (4.7)
If you’re a sequel to a legendary horror movie and don’t feature its infamous villain, you are bound to be hated for both of these reasons. This is more than true for the third follow-up to John Carpenter’s most popular film, “Halloween.” If you set aside your expectations when going into this movie, though, you may be pleasantly surprised. “Season of the Witch” excels in its death scenes, decent plot, surprisingly good acting performances and special effects. While the occasional cheesy dialogue or awkward segue can be damaging, it’s worth getting past. Also, that creepy “Silver Shamrock” mask commercial has stuck with me for years. Seriously, check this one out.
6. mother! (6.8)
Although the score isn’t all that low, “mother!” is worth being on this list due to the amount of people who have hated it for unfair reasons. Also, spending that $10 at the theater means you’re risking even more than just the time.
“mother!” suffered from something similar to “Season of the Witch,” and that is the expectations of the audience not meeting what the film delivers. Moviegoers expected a mystery thriller filled with twists, turns and revelation, but director Darren Aronofsky gave them a mystical fantasy-allegory with no true relation to reality that the trailer teases. The final scenes of the movie can be very disturbing, too. The cashier who sold me my ticket told me that, due to these scenes, no refunds would be offered after the showing.
“mother!” is a thought-provoking and engaging movie, though, filled with excellent performances from Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games,” “American Hustle”). In addition to an important story to tell, this move offers some gorgeous cinematography and composition, as well as a style of camera distance that draws audience attention in a frightfully strong way, but can also detract from the experience.
“mother!” is in theaters, for now.
7. Honeymoon (5.7)
Slow-burn horrors have been losing popularity to the increasing number of jump-scare movies like “Sinister” and the like. I loved “Sinister,” it scared my pants off, but something with more suspended terror can have a special effect that you just don’t get when there’s a piano crashing every time someone opens a mirror. I believe “Honeymoon” received a less-than-phenomenal score on IMDb because it took a while for the spooks to come, but damn did they deliver at the end. Despite the compelling plot line, the lack of consistent scares can be a turnoff, but that doesn’t make a movie bad.
Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones,” “Morgan”) and Harry Treadaway (“The Lone Ranger,” “Control”) give some great performances, and their characters show interesting sides of themselves as time progresses.
“Honeymoon” is available on Netflix.