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100 worst horror movies of all time, according to critics

  • #20. Murder-Set-Pieces (tie)

    Metascore: 13

    Director: Nick Palumbo

    Year: 2004

    Chronicling the exploits of a homicidal fashion photographer, this gruesome splatter pic takes its protagonist on a Las Vegas killing spree. Heavy on disturbing imagery, but light on substance, the movie ultimately comes off as a race to the blood-soaked bottom. One critic described it as “nothing more than a gory, bloodsoaked snuff film, reveling in its own shock value.”


  • #19. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Metascore: 13

    Director: John Carl Buechler

    Year: 1988

    Another “Friday the 13th” installment invariably means another bad horror film, and “Part VII” duly abides. This time around, a telekinetic girl accidentally frees Jason Voorhees from the bottom of a lake and then sets out to stop him. The film was reportedly stripped of its best and bloodiest scenes while trying to avoid an “X” rating, meaning a marginally better version might be out there somewhere.


  • #18. Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras

    Metascore: 12

    Directors: Karl DeMolay, Mike Lyddon, Will Frank

    Year: 2001

    With a title like “Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras,” it's safe to say this cheesy horror movie wasn't exactly striving for critical approval. Still, being called “unwatchably bad” or “amateurish and incoherent” probably stung a little. As one might have guessed, the film features a zombie wreaking havoc in New Orleans.


  • #17. Jersey Shore Massacre

    Metascore: 12

    Director: Paul Tarnopol

    Year: 2014

    It might sound like sadistic wish fulfillment in the making, but “Jersey Shore Massacre” had most people simply wishing they'd never sat down to watch it. Blending comedy and horror to cloying effect, the movie puts a group of meatheads and divas in the path of a deranged killer. Original “Jersey Shore” cast member Jenni 'JWoww' Farley produced.  


  • #16. Nothing Left to Fear

    Metascore: 12

    Director: Anthony Leonardi III

    Year: 2013

    The only thing left to fear in this religious-themed turkey is that it won't end soon enough. Inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, the film opens with a woman (Anne Heche) and her family seeking a new life in a new home. As a series of horrific occurrences mount, the family discovers that the gates of hell are about to blow wide open.


  • #14. Fading of the Cries (tie)

    Metascore: 11

    Director: Brian A. Metcalf

    Year: 2008

    When evil manifests itself in a small town, a young man and his powerful sword become mankind's only hope. So goes this completely negligible horror fantasy from 2008. More than critical of the film, a number of reviewers were baffled as to how it got made in the first place.  


  • #14. The Final Project (tie)

    Metascore: 11

    Director: Taylor Ri'chard

    Year: 2016

    Found footage horror is back and worse than ever in “The Final Project.” It takes place on an abandoned plantation, where six students cross paths with an evil spirit. One critic called it “slipshod in every way,” and most audience members agree.


  • #13. Scary Movie 5

    Metascore: 11

    Director: Malcolm D. Lee

    Year: 2013

    The “Scary Movie” franchise went out on a low note with this fifth installment. Similar to “A Haunted House” from the same year, this one satirizes the found footage genre while taking its biggest cues from “Paranormal Activity.” Franchise mainstay Anna Faris is no longer in the picture, nor is any semblance of good taste.  


  • #12. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

    Metascore: 10

    Director: Joe Chappelle

    Year: 1995

    Set six years after its predecessor, the sixth “Halloween” film sees the return of serial killer Michael Myers. Joined by a crazy cult, Michael visits Haddonfield in hopes of finding his niece and her unborn child. Critic Stephen Holden claimed it was “easily the most inept episode of the 'Halloween' series.”


  • #11. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

    Metascore: 9

    Director: John De Bello

    Year: 1978

    Mutant tomatoes embark on a killing spree in this purposefully campy send-up of classic B-movies. Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film would ultimately gain a cult following and even spawn a mini franchise. Included among the sequels was “Return of the Killer Tomatoes!” starring George Clooney in one of his earliest film roles.