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100 worst horror movies of all time, according to critics

  • #29. House of the Dead (tie)

    Metascore: 15

    Director: Uwe Boll

    Year: 2003

    Uwe Boll returns to the list with another dreadful video game adaptation. In “House of the Dead,” college students flee from hordes of zombies on a mysterious island. It would be years before Boll retired, after audiences gave him the title of “world's worst director.”

  • #29. Jaws: The Revenge (tie)

    Metascore: 15

    Director: Joseph Sargent

    Year: 1987

    It would take a feat of strength to top the awfulness of 1983's “Jaws 3-D,” but this fourth installment was up to the task. True to its name, the film finds the infamous great white shark targeting Chief Brody's family in pursuit of revenge. Legendary critic Roger Ebert wrote that this is “not simply a bad movie, but also a stupid and incompetent one.”


  • #28. Darkness

    Metascore: 15

    Director: Jaume Balagueró

    Year: 2004

    Bringing nothing new to the haunted house premise, this 2004 horror film follows a girl (Anna Paquin) and her family to an old house in the Spanish countryside. It's here that they come across an ancient evil lurking within the walls, which has been patiently waiting for them to arrive. In the words of critic Nathan Rabin, “It's not even bad enough to be any fun.”


  • #27. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Metascore: 15

    Director: Joe Berlinger

    Year: 2000

    The first “Blair Witch Project” reinvented the possibilities of the horror genre, which only made this 2000 sequel that much more disappointing. Eschewing the found footage approach in favor of traditional cinematography, the movie sends a group of Blair Witch enthusiasts deep into the woods. What follows is generic horror of the lowest order.


  • #26. Condemned

    Metascore: 14

    Director: Eli Morgan Gesner

    Year: 2015

    Blending elements of comedy and gore to lackluster effect, this 2015 horror film follows a spoiled rich girl as she moves into a condemned apartment building. After her fellow squatters drink from a toxic water supply, they become zombie-like killers. Critic Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter dubbed it as “one of the most egregiously awful horror films in recent memory.”


  • #25. The Offering

    Metascore: 14

    Director: Kelvin Tong

    Year: 2016

    Movie producers apparently never tire of ripping off movies like “The Exorcist” or “The Ring.” Enter “The Offering” (also known as “The Faith of Anna Waters”), in which a young girl travels to Singapore and crosses paths with a demonic entity.


  • #24. Cabin Fever

    Metascore: 14

    Director: Travis Zariwny

    Year: 2016

    By updating Eli Roth's semi-derivative cult classic for no good reason, this gruesome horror comedy comes off as all the more contrived. In the film, five friends encounter a flesh-eating disease while staying in a woodsy cabin. It's more or less exactly like the original, but with worse acting.  


  • #23. Evidence

    Metascore: 14

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Year: 2013

    Using the recordings left behind during a massacre, two detectives try to figure out exactly what happened and who was responsible. The idea sounds promising enough, but the film itself is little more than a sloppy take on the found footage genre. Capping the action off is a “stupendously idiotic ending,” according to New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis.  


  • #22. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    Metascore: 14

    Director: Rob Hedden

    Year: 1989

    Here's a horror movie that's exactly as stupid as it sounds. It sees Jason Voorhees taking a near-literal slice out of the Big Apple, one victim at a time. An early poster with Jason slashing through the “I Love NY” logo was withdrawn after the city's tourist bureau threatened to sue, and that's the most interesting thing about this film.


  • #20. Armed Response (tie)

    Metascore: 13

    Director: John Stockwell

    Year: 2017

    Actor Wesley Snipes' glory days were far behind him when he starred in this 2017 dud, which was coproduced by WWE Studios. In the film, Snipes and his team of military operatives square off against a deadly enemy inside a high-tech compound. Rife with bad acting and clunky dialogue, “Armed Response” is so inadequate and campy that it just might be worth watching.