The Best and Worst of Horror Films Set in Las Vegas

The Best and Worst of Horror Films Set in Las Vegas

Posted on 30/03/13 - by Admin, Admin Features

Las Vegas has often been used as a backdrop for numerous film genres, not the least of which include horror movies.

As it turns out, horror movies filmed in Sin City have turned out to be quite a gamble with some paying off huge and others coming up craps. 

The Good

Fright Night (2011 Remake)

The 2011 remake of the 1985 horror classic Fright Night was set in Las Vegas with Anton Yelchin playing Charley Brewster and Doctor Who's David Tennant playing Peter Vincent. 

This time Vincent is a magician who happens to be an expert on vampires. The story goes along the lines of the original with a vampire moving in next door to Charlie.

While fans of the original did not find the remake quite as entertaining, it still received favorable reviews with many thinking it had a clever mix of horror and comedy. 

Resident Evil: Extinction

The third movie in the Resident Evil franchise saw Alice (Milla Jovovich) battle a series of clones that the Umbrella Corporation created in hopes of replicating her powers. 

Parts of the film were based on Las Vegas (although filmed in Mexico) and the filmmakers did a fantastic job of making a post-apocalyptic Vegas in stunning detail. 

Fans worldwide loved the film as it grossed $147 million, which was the largest grossing film of the franchise up until that point.

Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution both surpassed that total.

The Bad

Vegas Vampires

Vegas Vampires was a film that had the misfortune of being developed five years before Twilight made vampires cool again. That might explain why Tommy "Tiny" Lister was cast in the lead role.

Don't know who he is? He's the bad guy in No Holds Barred.  Lister plays a Vegas cop who is trying to take out a vampire king named Q. (No, John de Lancie is not in this film.)

The film is set in Vegas and is loosely based on a video game.

Unfortunately, poor acting and an even worse script remind us why vampires now have to sparkle to get our attention.

Leprechaun 3

Leprechaun 3 was a film that you knew was going to be lacking when it was the first film of the franchise to go directly to video. 

This time, Warwick Davis' character is running around Las Vegas trying to get his lucky charms while terrorizing anyone who touches his pot of gold.

Kudos to David DuBos for a setting befitting the character, but the storyline was what made the film franchise more of a comedic horror franchise. 

Warwick Davis apparently is one of the only ones who really liked the film as it was among his favorites to make. Critics were not as enamored with the film, however. 

It's the worst-rated film of the franchise, which is quite the feat when you realize Leprechaun in the Hood and Leprechaun in Space came after this film.

Should Have Stayed in Vegas

Las Vegas Serial Killer

Anytime you see Ray Dennis Steckler's name attached to a film you know it's going to be bad, but Las Vegas Serial Killer takes bad to another level.

The film is actually a sequel to the 1979 film The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher.

Jonathan Glick is the crazed maniac that is released from prison after only a six-year sentence and heads out to Las Vegas to go on a killing spree.

Much of the dialogue was dubbed over in post-production like many spaghetti westerns did in the 1960s. Many of the scenes are excessively long with little impact on the plot. 

Yes, there is a plot to this film, but most won't make it far enough into this film to figure that out.

The acting is poor and the script could have been better improvised by a high school drama department. 

It's not surprising that some consider this one of the worst horror films in history. In this case, what is filmed in Vegas should be buried in the desert.