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Kali Krew Presents: Well, That’s… Disappointing

You’ve been waiting all month, possibly all year. It’s finally released. You go to the theatre, all a-tingle with anticipation. The lights dim, the movie starts and you’re there for a good hour or two. And after it’s over you feel the disappointment set in.

Sometimes it’s not even really the movie’s (or book’s or game’s) fault. It can be a victim of bad marketing. Sometimes it’s a victim of over-hype. And sometimes it is the movie’s fault.

This list is about those times. The times you’ve finished a movie, book, or game and felt disappointed. Felt a bit (or a lot) let down.

The Kali Krew tells you about the times it’s happened to us.

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Avengers: Endgame

Chosen by Lilyn


“Because it is apparently impossible for Hollywood to not make the white male savior thing happen. They had opportunities to do so much with that final battle and to make a statement and they still needed their rich little dweeb messiah in the end. Fucknuggets.” – Lilyn

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Chosen by Bill

“I found it boring and insufferable.” – Bill

The Blair Witch

Chosen by Gracie

“I was really looking forward to Blair Witch. I liked Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 but I was super excited to see a new found footage entry in the series and it was such a let-down. The characters were unlikable, made no sense, and what they tried to retcon just sucked.” – Gracie

Check out Gracie’s review of The Blair Witch


Chosen by Lilyn

“Because they stuck the entirety of the story in the trailer and then went and used up all their CGI money in the beginning so that by the time you got to the big fight scene at the end it looked like CGI from the 90s.” – Lilyn

The Bye Bye Man

Chosen by Lilyn

“Because what the actual fuck were they thinking making that P.O.S.?” – Lilyn

Check out V.s review of The Bye Bye Man

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Chosen by Bill

“So damn long and uninteresting – how did it keep on going book after book?” – Bill

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Guide Primer by Neal Stephenson

Chosen by Bill

“After reading Snowcrash anything would be a letdown, and this was.” – Bill

Godzilla (2014)

Chosen by Gracie

“This should have been So. Damn. Cool. And it would have been if there had been way less people and much more Godzilla. Thank goodness Godzilla: King of the Monsters fixed it.” – Gracie


Chosen by Cory

“I was fed so much hype that I put off watching it for years when my relative who never gets scared by horror movies said they couldn’t sleep with paranoia the night they watched it and was convinced it had subliminal messages in it messing with their brain. And then I watched it and it was a boring jumpscare movie with great value Freddy Krueger.” – Cory

In the Quick by Kate Hope Day

Chosen by Sam

“It had so much potential and I’d heard it compared to both Event Horizon and Jane Eyre so I was suuuuuper pumped about it. It only delivered on one of those comparisons and not in a very interesting way” – Sam

IT: Chapter Two

Chosen by Lilyn

“Watch IT: Chapter One, then watch IT: Chapter Two. If you can’t tell the serious quality difference, ridiculousness, and general fuckfoolery involved in the making of that movie. I can’t help you.” – Lilyn

Jaws: Unleashed

Chosen by Gracie

“I was hoping for an amazing round of chomping divers and smashing boats. Instead, I collected license plates as a fearsome shark.” – Gracie

The Justice League

Chosen by Bill

“Do I need to explain?” – Bill

The Last House on the Left

Chosen by Cory

“Normally I can find something in a Wes Craven movie to enjoy and there’s a level of myth around that movie but there was really nothing good in it.” – Cory

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Chosen by Gracie

“Mortal Kombat was cheesy goodness. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was none of that. How dare they do Raiden like that. And I generally like Eric Roberts.” – Gracie

Outlast II

Chosen by Cory

“The first one was so iconic and scary and then the second one really felt phoned in and lowest common denominator.” – Cory

Paranormal Activity

Chosen by Gracie

“I thought at first that this was partly a victim of over-hype but after watching it a few times I still find it tedious and boring. And I cut a lot of slack towards found footage movies.” – Gracie

The Passage

Chosen by Bill

“Totally predictable.” – Bill

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Chosen by Bill

“I’ve just never found anything by Miéville that could engage me.” – Bill

Ready Player 2 by Ernest Cline

Chosen by Shawn

“I was a defender of the first one back when it came out but this one is so far up its own ass I couldn’t handle it.” – Shawn

Check out Shawn’s review of Ready Player Two


Chosen by Sam

“It took ages for it to release in Canada and there was sooo much hype behind it, it was destined to disappoint. The concept was fine, but Hereditary did it first and did it better.” – Sam

Check out Sam’s review of Relic

The Ring Two

Chosen by Shawn

A series that went from a movie a friend wanted to walk out of due to sheer fright, to a sequel we wanted to walk out of because of sheer suck.” – Shawn

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Chosen by Bill

“Not a bad book but so disappointing after reading The Historian.” – Bill

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Chosen by Bill

“Was suppose to be the horror for people who like “literature”. Was a solid and quick DNF for being boring.” – Bill

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What have you been a disappointed by before? Or recently? Let us know down below!

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  1. I’m OK with Perdido Street Station, though I admit it’s a mess; Embassytown was better.
    In general, sequels tend to be a bit of a letdown, but we know that. V.E. Schwab’s “Vengeful,” while good, didn’t equal its predecessor, and Seanan McGuire’s “The Girl in the Green Silk Gown” went a step worse and seemed contrived. And these are authors I have generally liked. And sometimes it’s that last novel that you wish had stayed unwritten; Bram Stoker’s last, “The Lair of the White Worm,” and Iain Banks’ last, “The Hydrogen Sonata,” were attempts to go back to the well one too many times.

    • Agreed – it’s a rare case when the sequel lives up to the original. And I’d go so far as to say in a trilogy, the second book is always the worst.

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