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100 Worst Horror Films of All Time

  • 100 Worst Horror Films of All Time

    In the difficult economics of 2010s Hollywood (where superhero movies and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seem the only safe bets to make money) one genre has risen as the place to take a chance: horror. Relatively cheap to make—while still best experienced in a theater—horror has become one of the only places to tell stories without capes and tights. No one has shepherded the genre better than Jason Blum, creator of Blumhouse Productions, who standardized the low-budget model/high return model that has given us Paranormal Activity, Split, and the truly incredible Get Out.

    Horror can be great—it can expose social ills and collective moral rot. It also can be fun and frightening and refreshingly low-stakes. But, as these 100 movies prove, when directors don’t stick the landing, it can be something else entirely. These films, helmed by everyone from James Cameron to Uwe Boll, and starring greats like Richard Burton and Marlon Brando (along with many, many Tara Reid appearances), are just plain bad.

    What follows is The Stacker’s list of the 100 Worst Horror Films of All Time, which we calculated using a combination of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, while excluding films with less than 5,000 IMDb votes. (Note: the films must be tagged “horror” for consideration). Be afraid, be very afraid...

  • #100. See No Evil

    Stacker Score: 38.10

    IMDb Rating: 5.1

    Tomatometer: 8%

    Year released: 2006

    The first release by WWE Films, See No Evil follows a group of delinquent teens sent to clean up an abandoned hotel—that just so happens to be the hideout of hook-handed murderer Jacob Goodnight. The villain is played by professional wrestler and all-around frightening human Kane, but the Undertaker’s brother deserved better for his acting debut—a film is never going to work with a killer named Goodnight. It would be four years until Kane realized his acting potential, portraying Tanker Lutz in MacGruber.

  • #99. Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero

    Stacker Score: 38.00

    IMDb Rating: 4.4

    Tomatometer: 24%

    Year released: 2014

    In a prequel that not many were clamoring for, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero tells the story of the moment the titular virus first breaks out. Porter (played by Sean Astin) is a prisoner being held by a group of scientists attempting to create a vaccine; when a group of friends on a bachelor party boat ride stumble across the lab, shenanigans ensue. Sean Astin works a lot, but hopefully his fantastic portrayal of Bob in season two of Stranger Things will mean he never has to do a horror prequel again.

  • #98. Darkness Falls

    Stacker Score: 38.00

    IMDb Rating: 5.0

    Tomatometer: 10%

    Year released: 2003

    The wonderfully insane Darkness Falls attempts to tell the origin story of the Tooth Fairy, and then imagines that she’s a murderous spirit out for revenge. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), the horror film pits the evil fairy against a man (Chaney Kley) who was wrongfully accused of murdering his mother. But of course, the evil sprite is the real killer. In case you were wondering what kind of film this is, the town is named Darkness Falls.

  • #97. The Darkest Hour

    Stacker Score: 37.90

    IMDb Rating: 4.9

    Tomatometer: 12%

    Year released: 2011

     At this year’s Academy Awards, Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour may win him Best Actor. But The Darkest Hour is most certainly not that film. Director Chris Gorak’s movie tells the story of two software designers, their two love interests, and their shady partner, all of whom may be the last survivors after an alien attack on the power grid. Emile Hirsch stars as one of the software designers/alien survivalists who happens to be in Moscow for a deal gone wrong. The title refers to both the moment for humanity and the fact that without power, things go dark!

  • #96. An American Werewolf in Paris

    Stacker Score: 37.80

    IMDb Rating: 5.1

    Tomatometer: 7%

    Year released: 1997

    The follow-up to the 1981 cult classic An American Werewolf in London, the 1997 film misses the fun of the first offering. The makeup effects of its predecessor was done by one of the all-time greats, Rick Baker (Men in Black and Thriller)—the second relied on terrible late-90s CGI.

  • #95. Poltergeist III

    Stacker Score: 37.60

    IMDb Rating: 4.6

    Tomatometer: 18%

    Year released: 1988

    The first Poltergeist was a cultural event—when it hit theaters, it gave an entire generation nightmares. After a somewhat successful sequel, the screenwriters left before the third film—and it shows. Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) is sent to Chicago to live in a highrise with her aunt and uncle, but, lo and behold, Reverend Henry Kane manages to haunt her there as well. The film was a box office and critical flop—but after 27 years in purgatory the Poltergeist franchise rebooted in 2015.  

  • #94. Graveyard Shift

    Stacker Score: 37.50

    IMDb Rating: 4.8

    Tomatometer: 13%

    Year released: 1990

    Based on a Stephen King short story, Graveyard Shift takes us to a dilapidated mill with a rat problem—and a “mysterious death” problem. John Hall (David Andrews) is sent down to deal with the infestation in the basement, but ends up finding a maze of tunnels that leads to a horrifying secret. Its tagline, “Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time….he pushes you over,” set this film up to fail. The first and last feature film directed by Ralph S. Singleton, Graveyard Shift was never going to be in the same ballpark as a Stanley Kubrick classic.  

  • #93. The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Stacker Score: 37.40

    IMDb Rating: 4.4

    Tomatometer: 22%

    Year released: 1996

    This remake of the 1977 Burt Lancaster original is one of the most infamous production disasters in Hollywood’s history. Director Richard Stanley fought with the studio from the beginning and had endless issues with its original star, Bruce Willis, his even more difficult replacement Val Kilmer, and his biggest ally, Marlon Brando, who was regularly absent. The film itself was a disastrous flop, but it did lead to a wonderful behind-the-scenes documentary called Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau.

  • #92. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    Stacker Score: 37.30

    IMDb Rating: 4.3

    Tomatometer: 24%

    Year released: 1993

    The ninth installment in Friday the 13th franchise is about as bad as you’d expect the ninth installment in any franchise to be (except Fast and the Furious, which has broken every rule of franchises). This time, after Jason Voorhees’s body is destroyed by FBI agents at Camp Crystal Lake, his evil spirit starts jumping from host to host. This was sold as the final Friday the 13th film, but eight years later, Jason was back. In Hollywood, a profitable franchise is like a horror film villain—it’s impossible to kill.  

  • #91. Silent Hill: Revelation

    Stacker Score: 37.10

    IMDb Rating: 5.0

    Tomatometer: 7%

    Year released: 2012

    Based on the video game Silent Hill 3, the movie’s titular revelation refers to teenager Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) learning on her 18th birthday that her identity is a lie. This film was panned by critics and despised by fans, but it did feature performances from Game of Thrones favorites Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark)—perhaps this film would be better received if it was presented as an alternate reality horror spin-off of the HBO series.

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