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The Worst Horror Movies of All Time

We’re scraping the bottom of the cauldron for this one, freaky folks. Here lies a group of wretched movies with the lowest Tomatometers of all time – with a minimum of 20 reviews – now rising and shambling into our guide to the worst horror movies ever made.

No movie listed here achieved higher than 9% on the Tomatometer. As you might expect, the list features an inordinate number are remakes, the biggest offenders including The Fog, Jacob’s Ladder, Flatliners, and Martyrs. Same goes for sequels, as Jason, Jaws, the living dead, and an American werewolf make their appearances. And then there’s movies that will never even get a sniff of a chance for a sequel, like Sandra Bullock’s Premonition, the Daniel Craig clunker Dream House, or the eerily and aptly-titled The Disappointments Room.

Nothing but trouble coming up on in the worst, lowest-rated horror movies of all time!

#49

Martyrs (2015)
9%

#49
Adjusted Score: 9704%
Critics Consensus: Martyrs flays off everything that gave the original its icy horrific beauty, leaving us an empty, pointless remake.
Synopsis: With help from a friend (Bailey Noble), a tormented woman (Troian Bellisario) tracks down the family that imprisoned and tortured... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

#48

Species II (1998)
9%

#48
Adjusted Score: 10460%
Critics Consensus: Clumsily exploitative and sloppily assembled, Species II fails to clear the rather low bar set by its less-than-stellar predecessor.
Synopsis: A half-alien female (Natasha Henstridge) escapes from a government compound to search for the half-alien male who has been raping... [More]
Directed By: Peter Medak

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 12291%
Critics Consensus: More likely to induce boredom than quicken the pulse, Brahms: The Boy II is chiefly scary for the way it undermines the effectiveness of its above-average predecessor.
Synopsis: Terror strikes when a boy discovers a doll that appears to be eerily human.... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#46

See No Evil (2006)
9%

#46
Adjusted Score: 9504%
Critics Consensus: See No Evil is packed with cliches from countless other teen slasher films, making for a predictable, scare-free waste of time.
Synopsis: A reclusive maniac (Kane) terrorizes a group of young petty criminals who have arrived to clean up a rotting hotel... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Dark

#45

Shutter (2008)
9%

#45
Adjusted Score: 11154%
Critics Consensus: Being a remake of a Thai horror film instead of Japanese doesn't prevent Shutter from being another lame Asian horror remake.
Synopsis: Following a terrible accident in Japan, a newlywed photographer (Joshua Jackson) and his wife (Rachael Taylor) see ghostly images in... [More]
Directed By: Masayuki Ochiai

#44

Captivity (2007)
9%

#44
Adjusted Score: 10341%
Critics Consensus: Lacking scares or psychological insight, Captivity is a distasteful entry in the 'torture porn' subgenre.
Synopsis: Drugged and abducted, a supermodel and her male companion try to escape from a psychopath's chamber of horrors.... [More]
Directed By: Roland Joffé

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 12180%
Critics Consensus: This teen horror movie brings nothing new to an already exhausted genre. And it's bad. Really bad.
Synopsis: A film student's (Jennifer Morrison) crew fights a killer on the set.... [More]
Directed By: John Ottman

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 11084%
Critics Consensus: When a Stranger Calls ranks among the more misguided remakes in horror history, offering little more than a rote, largely fright-free update to the original.
Synopsis: A sadistic stranger (Tommy Flanagan) subjects a teenage baby-sitter (Camilla Belle) to an increasingly threatening round of phone calls.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#41

Darkness Falls (2003)
9%

#41
Adjusted Score: 13041%
Critics Consensus: A derivative movie where the scares are few and things don't make much sense.
Synopsis: The spirit of a woman who was lynched more than 150 years earlier haunts residents (Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie) of... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman

#40
Adjusted Score: 9680%
Critics Consensus: Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.
Synopsis: Hockey-masked slasher Jason (Kane Hodder) follows a Crystal Lake teen (Jensen Daggett) and her friends on a cruise to New... [More]
Directed By: Rob Hedden

#39

The Order (2003)
8%

#39
Adjusted Score: 9310%
Critics Consensus: A religious thriller that's more lethargic and silly than thrilling.
Synopsis: A priest (Heath Ledger) meets an immortal (Benno Fürmann) who can offer absolution to confessors by swallowing their sins.... [More]
Directed By: Brian Helgeland

#38

Slender Man (2018)
8%

#38
Adjusted Score: 10515%
Critics Consensus: Slender Man might be thin, but he's positively robust compared to the flimsy assortment of scares generated by the would-be chiller that bears his name.
Synopsis: Terror strikes when four teenage girls in a small town perform a ritual to debunk the lore of a tall,... [More]
Directed By: Sylvain White

#37

Lost Souls (2000)
8%

#37
Adjusted Score: 10477%
Critics Consensus: Though Kaminski's film is visually stylish, Lost Souls is just another derivative entry in the Apocalypse genre, with lackluster direction, unengaging characters, and no scares.
Synopsis: A Roman Catholic schoolteacher (Winona Ryder) discovers that Satan intends to be incarnated into the body of an atheistic journalist... [More]
Directed By: Janusz Kaminski

#36
Adjusted Score: 12959%
Critics Consensus: Fantasy Island tries to show audiences the dark side of wish fulfillment, but mainly serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of exhuming long-dead franchises.
Synopsis: The enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his guests come true at a luxurious tropical resort. But when... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

#35

Rings (2017)
8%

#35
Adjusted Score: 12047%
Critics Consensus: Rings may offer ardent fans of the franchise a few threadbare thrills, but for everyone else, it may feel like an endless loop of muddled mythology and rehashed plot points.
Synopsis: A young woman (Matilda Lutz) makes a horrifying discovery after her boyfriend (Alex Roe) investigates a story about a mysterious... [More]

#34

The Reaping (2007)
8%

#34
Adjusted Score: 12740%
Critics Consensus: It may feature such accomplished actors as Hilary Swank and Stephen Rea, but The Reaping also boasts the apropos tagline "What hath God wrought?" It's schlocky, spiritually shallow, and scare-free.
Synopsis: A former Christian missionary (Hilary Swank) who now debunks religious phenomena encounters biblical plagues in a small town.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#33

Premonition (2007)
8%

#33
Adjusted Score: 12982%
Critics Consensus: Overdosing on flashbacks, and more portentous than profound, the overly obtuse Premonition weakly echoes such twisty classics as Memento, The Sixth Sense, and Groundhog Day.
Synopsis: A woman (Sandra Bullock) battles time and destiny to save her family after experiencing a precognitive vision of her husband's... [More]
Directed By: Mennan Yapo

#32
Adjusted Score: 7372%
Critics Consensus: Markedly inferior to its cult classic predecessor in every way, An American Werewolf in Paris is felled by the silver bullets of clumsy storytelling and chintzy special effects.
Synopsis: A U.S. tourist (Tom Everett Scott) saves a Parisian (Julie Delpy) from suicide, pursues her and gradually discovers her dark... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Waller

#31

The Forsaken (2001)
7%

#31
Adjusted Score: 8519%
Critics Consensus: It's all been done before, and done better.
Synopsis: Three young people (Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr, Izabella Miko) try to kill a band of murderous vampires in the Arizona... [More]
Directed By: J.S. Cardone

#30
Adjusted Score: 10252%
Critics Consensus: Boring, predictable, and bereft of thrills or chills, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is exactly the kind of rehash that gives horror sequels a bad name.
Synopsis: A killer with a hook returns to stalk a young woman (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her friends at a tropical... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#29

Prom Night (2008)
7%

#29
Adjusted Score: 9201%
Critics Consensus: A dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher film, this Prom Night fails to be memorable.
Synopsis: A deadly madman terrorizes a teen (Brittany Snow) and her friends at their senior prom.... [More]
Directed By: Nelson McCormick

#28

White Noise (2005)
7%

#28
Adjusted Score: 12325%
Critics Consensus: While there are some built-in scares, the movie is muddled and unsatisfying.
Synopsis: An architect (Michael Keaton) believes his dead wife (Chandra West) is using electronic devices to communicate with him.... [More]
Directed By: Geoffrey Sax

#27

Dream House (2011)
6%

#27
Adjusted Score: 7756%
Critics Consensus: Dream House is punishingly slow, stuffy, and way too obvious to be scary.
Synopsis: A publisher (Daniel Craig) and his wife (Rachel Weisz) discover that their beautiful new home was once the scene of... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#26

Ouija (2014)
6%

#26
Adjusted Score: 8717%
Critics Consensus: Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO.
Synopsis: Teens (Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith) unwittingly awaken a dark power when they use an antique Ouija board to... [More]
Directed By: Stiles White

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 8558%
Critics Consensus: The Devil Inside is a cheap, choppy unscary mess, featuring one of the worst endings in recent memory.
Synopsis: A woman (Fernanda Andrade) recruits two young exorcists to help her determine whether her mother, who murdered three people, is... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#24

Troll 2 (1992)
5%

#24
Adjusted Score: 5061%
Critics Consensus: Oh my god.
Synopsis: The spirit of his deceased grandfather warns Joshua that the town his family is traveling to is populated by goblins,... [More]
Directed By: Drago Floyd

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 13468%
Critics Consensus: There's nothing good in Nothing But Trouble, a grotesque comedy that is more likely to make audiences ill than make them laugh.
Synopsis: Four trendy New Yorkers face a crazed judge (Dan Aykroyd) and other horrors in the village of Valkenvania.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Aykroyd

#22

Jacob's Ladder (2019)
4%

#22
Adjusted Score: 4326%
Critics Consensus: A needless remake that quickly loses sight of the themes that elevated the original, this is a Jacob's Ladder that leads straight to nowhere.
Synopsis: After losing his brother in combat, Jacob Singer returns home from Afghanistan -- only to be pulled into a mind-twisting... [More]
Directed By: David M. Rosenthal

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 4202%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teenagers discover a terrible secret when they break into the home of a mortician (Dennis Quaid) whose wife died two... [More]
Directed By: Martin Guigui

#20

Mary (2019)
4%

#20
Adjusted Score: 3562%
Critics Consensus: Misguided from stem to stern, Mary wastes the talents of an outstanding cast -- and makes a soggy mess of its supernatural horror story.
Synopsis: A family sailing in isolated waters discovers the ship they bought holds terrifying secrets.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Goi

#19

6 Souls (2010)
4%

#19
Adjusted Score: 3444%
Critics Consensus: The most mind-bending aspect of 6 Souls is Julianne Moore's participation, the overqualified star wasted on a goofy horror premise that generates more guffaws than scares.
Synopsis: Dr. Cara Harding, a skeptical psychiatrist, is introduced to a patient who consistently assumes the personalities of murder victims. Cara's... [More]

#18

Soul Survivors (2001)
4%

#18
Adjusted Score: 5366%
Critics Consensus: Soul Survivors' stock characters and utter lack of suspense gives viewers little reason to attempt deciphering the confusing plot.
Synopsis: A college student (Melissa Sagemiller) looks for help from her friends (Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley) after having visions of her... [More]
Directed By: Steve Carpenter

#17

Darkness (2002)
4%

#17
Adjusted Score: 4016%
Critics Consensus: Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.
Synopsis: Strange occurrences plague a teen (Anna Paquin) and her family (Lena Olin, Iain Glen) after they move into a house... [More]
Directed By: Jaume Balagueró

#16

The Fog (2005)
4%

#16
Adjusted Score: 5959%
Critics Consensus: The Fog is a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense or originality.
Synopsis: Residents (Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair) of a seaside community fall prey to malevolent entities hidden within the thick... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Wainwright

#15

Flatliners (2017)
4%

#15
Adjusted Score: 6049%
Critics Consensus: Flatliners falls flat as a horror movie and fails to improve upon its source material, rendering this reboot dead on arrival.
Synopsis: Five medical students trigger near-death experiences to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life.... [More]
Directed By: Niels Arden Oplev

#14

Godsend (2004)
4%

#14
Adjusted Score: 8347%
Critics Consensus: A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.
Synopsis: A scientist (Robert De Niro) clones a couple's (Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) dead son, but the boy behaves strangely after... [More]
Directed By: Nick Hamm

#13

The Darkness (2016)
3%

#13
Adjusted Score: 2756%
Critics Consensus: The Darkness clumsily relies on an assortment of genre tropes, leaving only the decidedly non-frightening ghost of superior horror films in its wake.
Synopsis: A supernatural force terrorizes a couple (Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell) and their two children after the young son brings home... [More]
Directed By: Greg McLean

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 4356%
Critics Consensus: A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs.
Synopsis: Party-bound young people (Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso) encounter bloodthirsty zombies on an island.... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#11

The Apparition (2012)
3%

#11
Adjusted Score: 5105%
Critics Consensus: The Apparition fails to offer anything original, isn't particularly scary, and offers so little in the way of dramatic momentum that it's more likely to put you to sleep than thrill you.
Synopsis: A paranormal researcher (Tom Felton) must save a couple (Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan) from a malevolent entity that feeds on... [More]
Directed By: Todd Lincoln

#10

FeardotCom (2002)
3%

#10
Adjusted Score: 4962%
Critics Consensus: As frustrating as a 404 error, Fear Dot Com is a stylish, incoherent, and often nasty mess with few scares.
Synopsis: A detective (Stephen Dorff) searches for a madman (Stephen Rea) who runs a Web site that features torture, murder and... [More]
Directed By: William Malone

#9

Bless the Child (2000)
3%

#9
Adjusted Score: 6459%
Critics Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.
Synopsis: A nurse (Kim Basinger) learns her 6-year-old niece possesses special powers that evil people wish to harness.... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell

#8
Adjusted Score: 2959%
Critics Consensus: The Haunting of Molly Hartley is a rather lifeless horror endeavor, with a pedestrian plot and few scares.
Synopsis: On the eve of her 18th birthday, a traumatized student (Haley Bennett) learns the truth about her devilish destiny.... [More]
Directed By: Mickey Liddell

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 5201%
Critics Consensus: Inept on almost every level, Alone in the Dark may not work as a thriller, but it's good for some head-slapping, incredulous laughter.
Synopsis: A paranormal investigator (Christian Slater), an anthropologist (Tara Reid) and a team of agents battle deadly monsters.... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#6
Adjusted Score: 1095%
Critics Consensus: Zero brains.
Synopsis: A boy (Michael Kenworthy) and his friends free something evil from a canister fallen off an Army truck.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Wiederhorn

#5

Homecoming (2009)
0%

#5
Critics Consensus: A lazy collection of obsession thriller clichés, Homecoming will leave viewers wishing they'd opted for a lopsided football game and some awkward dancing instead.
Synopsis: A jealous woman (Mischa Barton) plots revenge after her former beau (Matt Long) returns to their hometown with a pretty... [More]
Directed By: Morgan J. Freeman

#4
Adjusted Score: 343%
Critics Consensus: The Disappointments Room lives down to its title with a thrill-free thriller that presumably left its stars filled with regret - and threatens to do the same for audiences.
Synopsis: Haunted by terrifying visions and dreams, an architect (Kate Beckinsale) discovers the dark history of her new home after unlocking... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#3

Cabin Fever (2016)
0%

#3
Adjusted Score: 498%
Critics Consensus: No need for a quarantine -- enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious.
Synopsis: Fresh out of college, five friends (Nadine Crocker, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis) face the horrors of a flesh-eating virus while... [More]
Directed By: Travis Z

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 5309%
Critics Consensus: Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws 4 - The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.
Synopsis: A huge white shark harasses a New England widow (Lorraine Gary) and her marine-biologist son (Lance Guest) in the Bahamas.... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#1

One Missed Call (2008)
0%

#1
Adjusted Score: 2870%
Critics Consensus: One of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake sweepstakes, One Missed Call is undone by bland performances and shopworn shocks.
Synopsis: A young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) and a detective (Ed Burns) try to unravel the mystery of cell-phone calls that broadcast... [More]
Directed By: Éric Valette

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