10 Worst Horror Movies of all Time

December 6, 2013

10. Resident Evil

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“Resident Evil” began life as a direct adaptation of the classic horror video game, originally released for the Sony PlayStation in the late 1990s. The game was already incredibly cinematic with its dark visuals and broody storytelling.

By the time the game eventually transitioned into a film, however, almost everything about it had been changed with the exception of the title and the names of certain characters.

What was once a burgeoning horror franchise with great potential was turned into a generic, by-the-numbers horror/action hybrid that is about as scary as something that airs on the Disney Channel on a Saturday afternoon.

9. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead

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George A. Romero is the horror maestro who invented the concept of zombies with his 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead.”

The film spawned one incredibly successful sequel (“Dawn of the Dead,” which was eventually remade) and one less successful sequel (“Day of the Dead”).

After taking most of the 1990s off from the world of horror, Romero returned in the 2000s with a series of awful zombie movies that were incredible disappointments.

“Diary of the Dead” is a found footage horror movie that takes place on the first night of a zombie outbreak that stars unlikable characters and features cheap scares that are far below a master of the craft.

8. Exorcist: The Beginning

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“Exorcist: The Beginning” started off as a psychological horror film in line with the original classic. Paul Schraeder of “Taxi Driver” fame directed it.

After the studio decided they were unhappy with his direction, they took a mulligan on the film and hired the genius behind classics like “Cutthroat Island” to turn it into a more generic experience filled with nothing more than blood and gore.

Not only was the re-do of the film atrocious but Schraeder’s original, which was eventually released on DVD, also proved to be a colossal disappointment. They are especially disappointing considering that the 1970s classic is still one of the scariest movies of all time.

7. Jason X

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“Jason X” is one of the more recent entries in the original “Friday the 13th ” saga of films.

After main antagonist Jason Vorhees spent decades terrorizing campers at Crystal Lake and later Manhattanites, he stalked the only logical domain he had left – outer space.

Not only is “Jason X” a laughably bad horror film, but it also holds the distinction of being a downright bad science fiction film as well.

When movies like “Jason X” combine genres and don’t commit completely to either one, the only thing that gets accomplished is making essentially two bad movies at the same time.

6. Troll 2

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“Troll 2” is a film so bad that it spawned a very successful documentary called “Best Worst Movie” about its cult following. “Troll 2” started life as a generic horror movie featuring the most laughably bad makeup and acting of all time.

In an effort to capitalize on the success of the first “Troll” film, the name was quickly changed to indicate that it was a sequel – even though it didn’t have anything to do with the original film.

“Troll 2” has been referred to as the “Citizen Kane of Bad Horror Movies,” which is a reputation that it has more than earned in its own right.

5. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

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“The Blair Witch Project” was one of the most wholly original and terrifying horror movies released during the last 25 years in American cinemas.

When filmmakers wanted to quickly capitalize on its success and rush out a sequel, they hired documentarian Joe Berlinger to make something completely different from the original.

Instead of a found footage horror film, “Book of Shadows” chronicles the lives of kids obsessed with the first movie. Thanks to studio interference, the finished product is as nonsensical as it is scary.

Which is to say, it makes no sense and wouldn’t frighten even the most skittish of your friends in any way.

4. Alien Versus Predator

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“Alien Versus Predator” has the distinction of ruining not one but two separate film franchises at the same time.

After the skull of a xenomorph appeared on the Predator ship at the end of “Predator 2,” a movie combining the two movie monsters seemed inevitable.

The end result, put together after decades of false starts, features none of the cerebral horror present in the “Alien” films and none of the bold, striking action that the “Predator” franchise was known for.

Instead, it is a generic horror/thriller/action hybrid that could bore even the most die-hard fans of both monsters to tears.

3. Alien Resurrection

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“Alien Resurrection” holds the distinction of bringing the classic “Alien” franchise to a grinding halt for a period of 15 years, until the release of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” in 2012.

Legend (and the DVD special features) has it that the director, originally from France, saw the movie as his opportunity to make a big Hollywood summer blockbuster.

If there was one thing that made the original “Alien” successful, it wasn’t the fact that it was filled with wall-to-wall explosions and machine gun fire.

Not even a script from comic book hero Joss Whedon could save the mess that “Alien Resurrection” eventually became.

2.The Happening

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“The Happening” was a film from a person who used to be a master of the horror genre in his own right – M. Night Shyamalan.

Instead of making a second cerebral movie like his masterpiece “The Sixth Sense,” the director made a film about the human race’s abuse of the environment in arguably the dumbest way possible – by making a horror movie where plants rise up and try to kill everyone through the release of toxic gasses, which spontaneously causes them all to commit suicide.

A film with a twist so dumb it will make your head spin, coupled by a hilarious performance by Mark Wahlberg as a high school science teacher, work together to make “The Happening” roughly as scary as a bag of rocks.

1. Hobgoblins

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“Hobgoblins” was a rip-off film that was released in the wake of the success of Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s “Gremlins” during the 1980s.

When you don’t have the budget that Spielberg can afford and put about 1/1000th  of the effort into the finished product, you arrive at something as cheap and laughable as “Hobgoblins.”

Not only is the film not scary, but also it is actually so unintentionally funny that it became one of the only horror films featured on the Comedy Central/Sci-Fi Channel classic television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

The only way you can see the film is by catching reruns of the MST3K episode.

56 Comments

  1. Sammy Lane

    December 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hobgoblins??PLEASE tell me they made a sequel titled THE SPIDERMEN!Ha!

  2. InTheNotTooDistantFuture...

    December 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    1. Hobgoblins is available on DVD from Amazon. MST3K is not the only way to watch it – though it is the only worthwhile way.

    2. MST3K featured loads of horror movies! (Admittedly none of them were scary but that was kinda the point.) Have you ever even seen MST3K? If not… Drop what you are doing and start now.

  3. GrandLarsenE

    December 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    They forgot about “The Others”, with Nicole Kidman. I don’t know if that one qualifies as a horror flick, but it was definitely supposed to be scary. I spent the entire movie wondering when the scary parts were going to come, and when they didn’t, I realized that it was the unscariest scary movie ever.

    • foxyfifty

      April 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Is that the one where her kids cannot be in the sunlight? I could not get through that movie, I found something more interesting to do.

  4. scorpio vandouglas

    December 15, 2013 at 4:35 am

    this is a horrible list that has no thought put into it. dawn of the dead as number one? this is hardly a horror movie… and no shining?

    • Dave Lanson

      May 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Almost any horror film made by the Syfy Channel qualifies as so bad it’s funny. They even know they’re making crap.

  5. J.R. LeMar

    December 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I liked “The Happening”

  6. James Christmas

    December 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Most of the Howling sequels, ditto Amityville, Rob Zombie Halloween, Frogs, The Fields (Cloris Leachman saved that film)…

    • michael

      May 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      “Frogs,” now there’s an all-but-forgotten stinker.

      • jimdevo2000

        May 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        Best part of that film was the movie poster.

    • Werther's Goodbye

      May 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Frogs? How has this gone under my radar?

  7. mauibabe

    January 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The happening was awful I remember being excited to see it and was like are you kidding me!

  8. Fang

    February 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I don’t know about you guys but though the movie may not have been as good as the game.. it was still a bad ass movie.. But I mean come on, really? Ya’ll should’ve known movies are NEVER as good as the video games. I have yet to see it been done..

  9. Teresa Lynn Mayes

    February 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    The exorcist and the changling. The shining also. There were a few more that could’ve replaced the other ones they chose.

    • Howard Turner

      March 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      the Jack Nicholson version of The Shining is as scary as movies get. but the remake was as bad as they get.

  10. Autist

    February 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I haven’t seen “Exorcist: The Beginning” but it’s hard to believe that it’s worse than “Exorcist II: The Heretic”. Also, “Troll 2” is hilarious.

    • timmyelliot

      April 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I agree I was surprised to see Exorcist: The Beginning, instead of Exorcist Heretic.

  11. Reality Check

    March 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Taco

  12. Dave Anderson

    April 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    If these are your choices for the worst of ALL TIME, then you haven’t seen very many horror movies.

    • AL

      May 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      I agree. I’ve seen quite a few that are so unbelievably bad that they make some of these seem like Oscar winners by comparison!

    • Frank Szabo

      May 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      No kidding – what about “Bubba Ho-Tep”?

      That may, however, have to be called a comedy rather than horror.

      • Sick Boy

        May 28, 2014 at 3:43 am

        You apparently missed the point of Bubba Hotep. It seems like you grasped it, then lost it immediately, given you mentioned it was a comedy. It’s a Comedy/Horror film, starring Bruce Campbell. It’s obvious from that description that it’s going to be campy Horror, given it’s hero is an Elvis Impersonator who thinks he’s really Elvis, played by Ash from Evil Dead.

        • jeffunde

          August 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          And Ozzie Davis as the black JFK!

  13. foxyfifty

    April 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Being an Aliens fan, I cannot agree about AVP. The Alien franchise (and Predators) to me is more Sci-Fi, not Horror. Although I could not sleep after seeing the First Alien. Alien Resurrection I have watched numerous times. That “baby” is one freaky looking alien.
    Blair Witch Project is a joke. Kids running around in the dark scaring themselves stupid. I didn’t even watch it….my exBF did and I could hear it from the other room.
    Did not sound like I was missing much.

    One that should have been mentioned is “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
    Part 2….or the Sequel That Made No Sense and Should Never Have Been Made.

    • jimdevo2000

      May 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Shouldn’t comment on any movie you haven’t seen. Blair Witch was original and if you got it, it was quite scary. Some people didn’t get it but they at least watched it.

      • foxyfifty

        May 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        I tried to watch it. It was just too ridiculous for me. Hearing it from the other room was more than enough. My ex-BF watched it and was annoyed with it from beginning to end.

        • jimdevo2000

          May 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

          OK well at least you tried. I’m guessing you felt the same about ‘paranormal activity’?

          • Sick Boy

            May 28, 2014 at 4:05 am

            PA was garbage compared to it IMO. To each his own though.

          • jimdevo2000

            May 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm

            I actually considered it to be one of the most frightening films ever since it seemed like reality compared to most horror films which are dumb. But like you said to each his own.

    • michael

      May 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      My wife thought “Blair Witch” was scary. I really wanted to think so but it didn’t have any scares at all, to me. You don’t have to do a bloody Gialo to make good horror (The Ring was pretty effective with no gore at all), but you have to have SOME pay-off other than a, what was it, a severed ear? The horse’s head scene in “The Godfather,” or the toilet-flushing scene in Gene Hackman’s “The Conversation,” were scarier than that.

      • Sick Boy

        May 28, 2014 at 4:05 am

        Meh. Despite my name, gore isn’t needed at all, and is sometimes far less effective, many times devolving into nothing more than torture-porn, a la Hostel. I’m with you on liking my gore, again, look at the name I chose, but I love Psychological Horror/Thrillers just as much. For me, the gore doesn’t always have to be fitting, if it’s meant to be campy, or is a Genre film, but it makes it better, and is sometimes necessary for certain films and the tone they’re shooting for.

      • jeffunde

        August 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        What made the Blair Witch movie scary for me, was the fact, you did not see the witch, which is just as scary!

    • Sick Boy

      May 28, 2014 at 3:58 am

      I watched Blair Witch in theaters, before Google, and I was a Freshman in highschool. Me and a friend knew nothing about it aside from the very mysterious trailers, and given it was the first “Found footage” Horror film, it was extremely effective in a dark theater, and it added weight to the film. Given it’s budget, the fact that it was indie before indie was a thing, etc. it’s fucking amazing, aside from being a good Horror alone. Alien is a Sci-Fi/Horror, Aliens is Sci-Fi/Action film at it’s finest. Given the pedigree, along with the comics, AVP was terrible. It was far from Worst-of-All-Time status, but it is far from great as well. I can totally agree on ISKWYDLS, and would say the entire franchise, if it were not for the fact that both SMG and Jennifer Love Hewitt were both in it, and it came out at a time surrounded by good memories, a few while watching it and the other unintentionally campy/hilariously bad horror films of the late 90’s.

  14. Otto Baron

    April 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    “Exorcist: the Beginning” is worse than “Robot Monster”? Worse than “Exorcist 2” which was so laughed at by audiences that they changed the ending during it’s initial release? There are far worse films, than any on this list.

  15. etgh

    April 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Where is french masterpiece ZOMBIE LAKE???

    • 18235

      May 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      the masterpiece that some people claim is a jess franco movie while others claim it was directed by jean rollin; cant even get the credits right on that Nazis in a swamp with underwater footage seemingly shot in a swimming pool movie.

  16. evilahole2

    April 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    short list is short and could easily include most 80s horror titles

  17. Jen Engel

    May 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    They have obviously never seen “Vampires on Bikini Beach”. I liked most of these movies!

  18. Christopher Pavkovich

    May 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Most of these are not supposed to be in the horror genre.

  19. stupid horror movie fan

    May 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I think the worst but funniest horror movie is Leprachaun “In the Hood”. It is so freakin funny! He just kills thugs “in the hood”. Also Ponochio’s Revenge is another great one if you are looking for something to laugh at. My hubby and I got drunk and watched it. Never laughed so hard in my life! haha

    • Dave Lanson

      May 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Almost any of the “Leprechaun” after the first one can easily make anyone’s classically bad list. “Leprechaun in Space” also stands out for pure awfulness.

  20. Brewman

    May 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    What?
    No, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

    That has to be on the top of the list somewhere
    along with all the other PG-13 Horror garbage that Hollywood produces.

    • michael

      May 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Yeah, but you could argue the film is a comedy or a satire, not horror.

  21. michael

    May 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    The Blair Witch Project, “most terrifying film in the last 25 years?” Really? Maybe, if you’re really afraid of forests and whiny college kids. Well, no big problem with “Hobgoblins,” a jaw-droppingly bad flick that made good grist for MST3K, but the film was probably meant to be a comedy, not horror. Really, there’s a bazillion flicks that are worse than those on this list. Some would be considered great horror films by some and incredibly awful by others (“Human Centipede” for instance, with plot holes so big you have to try not to notice them). That’s the nature of horror. “Alien Resurrection” failed to many fans because there’s not one likeable character to root for in the whole film, including Ripley. But still, the production values and creature effects in that film were far, far too good for the flick to be a worst-ever. Worse than, say, “Monsters a GO-GO,” or a lot of Roger Corman’s early films, or anything at all made by Ed Wood? I don’t think so.

    • 18235

      May 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      “worse” can sometimes be synonymous with “unwatchable”—roger corman and ed wood movies, if only cause of the casts and set design, can be more watchable than most modern horror movies.

      • jimdevo2000

        May 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        I agree. There is such a thing as ‘so bad its good’. This is the case with Roger Corman and Ed Wood. Many of these listed are just ‘so bad its awful’.

  22. Brendon Bonner

    May 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    In the horror genre there are always stinkers. House of the dead was worse than Resident Evil. I personally enjoyed the Resident Evil movies and if these above listed movies are the “worst”, try watching some f the Netflix horror movies.

  23. tommy bone

    May 17, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Shoot, Alien Resurrection was bad arse.

    • Rob

      May 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Very creepy and, surprisingly, sad.

  24. Gordon Klock

    May 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

    As others have pointed out, this reviewer has NO IDEA the mountain of ‘bad’ horror movies,(some fun, some boring, many weird) that have been made over the years, in fact I doubt anyone could catalog them all.

  25. Lou Bator

    May 22, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Has no one ever seen: “Manos: The Hands of Fate”? I have seen it a couple of times and it is truly terrible. It is widely recognized to be one of the worst films ever made. It is definitely worth seeing.

  26. oyeevay

    May 26, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Come on! Why didn’t “The Gate” make it on here??

  27. TheMadHatter

    May 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    As with all of these ‘best 10 movies’ or ‘worst 10 movies’ of a genre, they’re pointless. Everybody has their own personal lists. The only good thing about these lists is that it opens the floor for people to discuss their personal choices. There are so many more horrors that are far worse than the films in this list, most of them low budget by wannabe directors/writers. I certainly wouldn’t put Resident Evil on the list for a start as it has a 6.7 rating on IMDb from over 162,000 users.

    • oafling

      May 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      IMDB? It’s useful SOMETIMES, however it seems like a lot of their ratings are weirdly high on some movies because many of their posting users are 17 year old kids in Finland.

      • TheMadHatter

        May 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Haha…. yeah, I do see your point. IMDb was previously a better resource but you can’t trust it as much now, especially for mainstream films aimed at the younger audiences. I actually liked Resident Evil though. Perhaps it’s because I played the game so I could relate to it as I also enjoyed the Phantom Menace after playing the game too, which most people didn’t enjoy. I was just surprised to see Resident Evil in the top ten, regardless of the IMDb rating.

  28. M4

    May 31, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

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