10 Worst Horror Movies of all Time

December 6, 2013

10. Resident Evil


“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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.