10 Worst Horror Films Ever

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Since the beginning of human history, art has existed to try and communicate some kind of shared experience. The most visceral and cutting of these experiences are primal emotions. Whether fear, humor, or sadness, art covers the entire sphere of human emotions. Fear is the most powerful of all these emotions, with people looking for a safe outlet for their thrills since the cinema was invented. This would explain why horror is consistently one of the most popular genres at the box office. 

However, not every horror film can be the all-out fright fest that we want it to be. Today, we’ll examine some of the worst horror films ever made. We’ll be scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel. So strap in as we dig these films up just to bury them all over again!

1. Alone in the Dark (2005)

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If the title card ‘Directed by Uwe Boll’ appears before a horror film, you know you’re in trouble, and Alone in the Dark is no exception. It is one of the most painfully inept films ever made, utterly bereft of scares or anything that one could call entertainment. On top of being a terrible horror film, the film fails as an adaptation of the Atari-published video game series of the same name. The most praise one can give the movie is that it eventually ends.

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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A remake of Wes Craven’s eternal 1984 horror classic, this putrid-looking pile of dreck follows the original beat-for-beat, wasting no time on expending what one would consider an original idea. It takes the pop-horror tone of the original and strips it of frights or fun, making Freddy Kreuger a child molester in a bid to try to make him ‘scary’ again. Yuck.

3. The Gingerdead Man (2005)

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While the late-period work of film mogul Charles Band’s Full Moon Features is generally lackluster to begin with, his 2005 film The Gingerdead Man marks a new low for the studio. The film follows the formula of Child’s Play, substituting the iconic Chucky doll for a terrible-looking gingerbread man puppet. It’s not even worth it for a cheap laugh. Avoid at all costs. 

4. Hobgoblins (1988)

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Oh, what is there to say about Hobgoblins? A bald-faced rip-off of Joe Dante’s classic, Gremlins, this VHS classic from trash merchant Rick Sloane focuses on a security guard who unleashes a group of wish-granting hobgoblins that kill anyone who takes them up on a wish. It’s not the hardest watch in the world—especially when compared to some of the other films on this list—but Gremlins looks like Citizen Kane compared to this hunk of junk.

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5. Offerings (1989)

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Falling in a wave of post-Halloween slashers, this regional horror film follows a young man who begins murdering those who bullied him and leaving their body parts for the one girl who was kind to him. Though mostly competent, the film’s lack of thrills and overall amateur quality is what lands it here on this list. It’s weird enough for one viewing, but it won’t win any awards soon.

6. The Haunting (1999) 

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Jan de Bont’s large-budget remake of Robert Wise’s 1963 film—an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House—is an absolute slog of a picture. Loaded with a stacked cast that clearly doesn’t want to be there—with Owen Wilson giving a particularly checked-out performance—and stuffed to the gills with shoddy CGI, this is one horror remake that should have stayed dead and buried.

7. Men (2022)

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28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland seems like he should be a good fit for a claustrophobic horror film about the slow destruction of a woman’s mental psyche as the residents of a small town in the English countryside terrorize her. However, you’d be mistaken, as the film quickly devolves into a tedious slog of broken metaphors and endless shots of Jessie Buckley roaming aimlessly through the woods. What a snooze-fest!

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8. Rings (2017)

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This reboot of The Ring franchise is what one would expect from an entry in a dormant franchise: a lazy, convoluted rehash of the first two films accentuated by an annoying need to scare the audience with the cheapest jump-scares imaginable. It is an absolute waste of time from beginning to end.

9. The Forest (2016) 

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This January program is not only one of the most tepid horror films to be released in recent memory but is also one of the most disrespectful films in recent memory. The film centers all of its action in the forests of Aokigahara, a popular Japanese destination for people looking to die by suicide. The film uses this sacred, admittedly tragic, stretch of land as a jump-scare delivery machine, making the proceedings all the more disrespectful as we couldn’t even manage to get a good movie out of it.

10. The Fog (2005)

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The first mistake this remake makes happens before the film even begins. It’s a remake of not only one of John Carpenter’s best films but also one of the most iconic horror films ever made. This seems pretty self-explanatory to me. The remake is so terrible that its director was never allowed to make another movie.

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