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100 worst horror movies of all time, according to critics

  • #90. Godsend

    Metascore: 24

    Director: Nick Hamm

    Year: 2004

    In this 2004 flop, a couple (Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn) agrees to have their dead son cloned in hopes of recapturing what they lost. A bizarre doctor with potentially ulterior motives oversees the procedure, played by Robert De Niro. As the young boy ages and begins to exhibit strange tendencies, the couple wonders if they've made a terrible mistake.  


  • #89. Hollow Man

    Metascore: 24

    Director: Paul Verhoeven

    Year: 2000

    Taking cues from H.G. Wells' novel “The Invisible Man,” this sci-fi thriller follows a scientist (Kevin Bacon) as he gains the powers of invisibility. Unfortunately, side effects may include insanity, stalker issues, and homicidal impulses. Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven later said it was the only movie of his that he couldn't defend, and that's coming from the man who made “Showgirls.”


  • #87. Make a Wish (tie)

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Sharon Ferranti

    Year: 2002

    Injecting an extra dose of camp into the “camp horror” genre is this obscure dud, in which a group of women heads into the wilderness for a birthday celebration. When it turns out a deadly fugitive is on the loose, the women must put their romantic entanglements on hold while squaring off against a common enemy. According to New York Times critic Dave Kehr, the film's shoddy execution is “almost enough to make ‘Friday the 13th' look like a masterpiece.”


  • #87. Temple (tie)

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Michael Barrett

    Year: 2017

    Critics and audiences alike agree that this 2017 movie is about as bad as modern horror can get. In the film, three American tourists head deep into the jungle of Japan, where they encounter an ancient temple and the deadly spirits therein. Reportedly intended as an homage to Japanese horror, the film “fails to provide any real scares,” according to Los Angeles Times critic Kimber Myers.


  • #86. Pay the Ghost

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Uli Edel

    Year: 2015

    After his son goes missing during a Halloween carnival, Professor Mike Lawford (Nicolas Cage) sees ghostly apparitions and receives cryptic messages. Determined to get to the truth of the matter, Lawford and his estranged wife embark on a quest to find their son once and for all. Somewhere along the way, a ghost presumably gets paid. Hopefully Cage did too, as this clunker has cash grab written all over it.


  • #84. Yoga Hosers (tie)

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Kevin Smith

    Year: 2016

    Kevin Smith's directing career hit a low point with this 2016 effort, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and actress Lily-Rose Depp in the lead roles. Set in Canada, the movie follows two yoga-loving main characters as they do battle against an evil entity. Should the girls fail, their upcoming party plans will totally fall apart.


  • #84. Underworld: Blood Wars (tie)

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Anna Foerster

    Year: 2016

    The latest “Underworld” installment is also the worst, according to the majority of critics. It sees Kate Beckinsale reprise her role as a vampire death dealer named Selene. Facing enemies on all sides, Selene must finally put an end to the war between the Lycans and Vampires.


  • #83. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Tommy Wirkola

    Year: 2013

    Putting an unnecessary twist on a classic fairy tale, this 2013 horror-fantasy flick stars Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel. Having developed a knack for bounty hunting, the duo tracks down a child-abducting witch named Muriel (Famke Janssen). New York Post critic Lou Lumenick might have said it best when he called the film “an exceedingly dull and stillborn attempt to update the Brothers Grimm.”  


  • #82. Bats

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Louis Morneau

    Year: 1999

    Genetically altered bats are terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town, and only a bat expert (Dina Meyer) and local sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips) can stop them in this reviled sci-fi thriller. One critic suggested that the “visual jolts may please horror buffs.” If the movie's paltry IMDb rating is anything to go by, that critic was wrong.


  • #81. Darkness Falls

    Metascore: 23

    Director: Jonathan Liebesman

    Year: 2003

    It was only a matter of time before a deadly tooth fairy showed up in the horror genre, and that time was 2003. To be fair, the tooth fairy in “Darkness Falls” is actually an ancient evil spirit in disguise. Nevertheless, critics and audiences weren't exactly impressed.