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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 (2016)
9%

#49
Adjusted Score: 9.417%
Critics Consensus: Martyrs flays off everything that gave the original its icy horrific beauty, leaving us an empty, pointless remake.
Synopsis: Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful... [More]

#48

Species II (1998)
9%

#48
Adjusted Score: 10.125%
Critics Consensus: Clumsily exploitative and sloppily assembled, Species II fails to clear the rather low bar set by its less-than-stellar predecessor.
Synopsis: In the science-fiction thriller Species (1995), Natasha Hentsridge appeared as the beautiful but deadly Sil, a human-alien DNA combo. In... [More]
Directed By: Peter Medak

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 10.949%
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: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#46

See No Evil (2006)
9%

#46
Adjusted Score: 10.263%
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 ragtag group of juvenile delinquents assigned the task of cleaning up an abandoned hotel find out just how deadly... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Dark

#45

Shutter (2008)
9%

#45
Adjusted Score: 10.812%
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: A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may... [More]
Directed By: Masayuki Ochiai

#44

Captivity (2007)
9%

#44
Adjusted Score: 10.981%
Critics Consensus: Lacking scares or psychological insight, Captivity is a distasteful entry in the 'torture porn' subgenre.
Synopsis: Vatel director Roland Joffé teams with screenwriters Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura to adapt an original story by Cohen concerning... [More]
Directed By: Roland Joffé

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 10.46%
Critics Consensus: This teen horror movie brings nothing new to an already exhausted genre. And it's bad. Really bad.
Synopsis: Tall tales turn into chilling reality in this sequel to the 1998 horror hit Urban Legend. Amy Mayfield (Jenny Morrison)... [More]
Directed By: John Ottman

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 11.629%
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: While babysitting, a high school student is terrorized by a stranger who calls her, asking "have you checked the children... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#41

Darkness Falls (2003)
9%

#41
Adjusted Score: 12.359%
Critics Consensus: A derivative movie where the scares are few and things don't make much sense.
Synopsis: As a young boy, Kyle Walsh claims to have accidentally woken up out of his sleep, just in time to... [More]

#40
Adjusted Score: 9.267%
Critics Consensus: Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.
Synopsis: The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear... [More]
Directed By: Rob Hedden, Rob Heddon

#39

The Order (2003)
8%

#39
Adjusted Score: 9.012%
Critics Consensus: A religious thriller that's more lethargic and silly than thrilling.
Synopsis: For centuries a secret Order has existed within the Church. Following a series of unexplained murders, renegade priest Father Alex... [More]
Directed By: Brian Helgeland

#38

Slender Man (2018)
8%

#38
Adjusted Score: 10.662%
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: In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt... [More]
Directed By: Sylvain White

#37

Lost Souls (2000)
8%

#37
Adjusted Score: 10.794%
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 modern thriller in which faith battles reason, Ryder plays a young woman who becomes aware of a conspiracy to... [More]
Directed By: Janusz Kaminski

#36

Fantasy Island (2020)
7%

#36
Adjusted Score: 11.635%
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: In Blumhouse's new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

#35

Rings (2017)
8%

#35
Adjusted Score: 12.189%
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 new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores... [More]
Directed By: F. Javier Gutiérrez

#34

The Reaping (2007)
8%

#34
Adjusted Score: 12.122%
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, who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, has since become a world renowned... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#33

Premonition (2007)
8%

#33
Adjusted Score: 13.23%
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: When Linda Hanson is told that her husband Jim has been killed in a car crash, she is shocked to... [More]
Directed By: Mennan Yapo

#32
Adjusted Score: 8.079%
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: Anthony Waller (Mute Witness) wrote and directed this horror comedy follow-up to An American Werewolf in London (1981) with the... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Waller

#31

The Forsaken (2001)
7%

#31
Adjusted Score: 8.082%
Critics Consensus: It's all been done before, and done better.
Synopsis: Genre writer/director J.S. Cardone crafts his own history of the vampire legend in this teen horror outing that takes place... [More]
Directed By: J.S. Cardone

#30
Adjusted Score: 9.671%
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: Julie James hasn't been the same since last summer. Still harboring guilt over her role in the death of fisherman... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#29

Prom Night (2008)
7%

#29
Adjusted Score: 8.854%
Critics Consensus: A dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher film, this Prom Night fails to be memorable.
Synopsis: Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has... [More]
Directed By: Nelson McCormick

#28

White Noise (2005)
7%

#28
Adjusted Score: 11.777%
Critics Consensus: While there are some built-in scares, the movie is muddled and unsatisfying.
Synopsis: Successful architect Jonathan Rivers' peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna. Jonathan is... [More]
Directed By: Geoffrey Sax

#27

Dream House (2011)
6%

#27
Adjusted Score: 8.149%
Critics Consensus: Dream House is punishingly slow, stuffy, and way too obvious to be scary.
Synopsis: Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz),... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#26

Ouija (2014)
6%

#26
Adjusted Score: 8.88%
Critics Consensus: Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO.
Synopsis: In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an... [More]
Directed By: Stiles White

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 8.767%
Critics Consensus: The Devil Inside is a cheap, choppy unscary mess, featuring one of the worst endings in recent memory.
Synopsis: In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three... [More]
Directed By: William Brent Bell

#24

Troll 2 (1990)
5%

#24
Adjusted Score: 5.754%
Critics Consensus: Oh my God.
Synopsis: In this ultra-cheapo Italian knock-off a little boy tries to warn his family and friends that the evil trolls his... [More]
Directed By: Drake Floyd, Drago Floyd

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 5.923%
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: Actor Dan Aykroyd made his directorial debut with this bizarre comic fantasy. Financier Chris Thorne (Chevy Chase) hopes to impress... [More]
Directed By: Dan Aykroyd

#22

Jacob's Ladder (2019)
4%

#22
Adjusted Score: 4.078%
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 the death of his brother in Afghanistan, Jacob Singer is finally getting his life back together. He has a... [More]
Directed By: David M. Rosenthal

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 4.005%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Beneath the Darkness, Ely Vaughn (Quaid) is a pillar of the community in tiny Smithville, Texas. The town's mortician,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Guigui

#20

Mary (2019)
4%

#20
Adjusted Score: 4.265%
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: David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Goi

#19

6 Souls (2013)
4%

#19
Adjusted Score: 4.213%
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: After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding's (Julianne Moore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her... [More]

#18

Soul Survivors (2000)
4%

#18
Adjusted Score: 5.001%
Critics Consensus: Soul Survivors' stock characters and utter lack of suspense gives viewers little reason to attempt deciphering the confusing plot.
Synopsis: College freshman Cassandra, also known as "Cassie", steps into a nightmare of otherworldly visitations after surviving a devastating car accident.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Carpenter

#17

Darkness (2004)
4%

#17
Adjusted Score: 4.816%
Critics Consensus: Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.
Synopsis: Three weeks ago, just before the lunar eclipse, American teenager Regina and her family moved into a charming old house... [More]
Directed By: Jaume Balagueró

#16

The Fog (2005)
4%

#16
Adjusted Score: 5.696%
Critics Consensus: The Fog is a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense or originality.
Synopsis: A thick fog enshrouds a coastal town. The fog is reminiscent of one 100 years earlier that wrecked a ship... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Wainwright

#15

Flatliners (2017)
4%

#15
Adjusted Score: 6.49%
Critics Consensus: Flatliners falls flat as a horror movie and fails to improve upon its source material, rendering this reboot dead on arrival.
Synopsis: In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life,... [More]
Directed By: Niels Arden Oplev

#14

Godsend (2003)
4%

#14
Adjusted Score: 7.66%
Critics Consensus: A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.
Synopsis: Paul and Jessie Duncan have lost their beloved eight year-old son Adam in a tragic accident. As they are arranging... [More]
Directed By: Nick Hamm

#13

The Darkness (2016)
3%

#13
Adjusted Score: 3.417%
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: As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys... [More]
Directed By: Greg McLean

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 4.045%
Critics Consensus: A grungy, disjointed, mostly brainless mess of a film, House of the Dead is nonetheless loaded with unintentional laughs.
Synopsis: A group of unsuspecting teens stumble upon the living dead in an old house. When one of them dies during... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#11

The Apparition (2012)
3%

#11
Adjusted Score: 4.595%
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: When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they... [More]
Directed By: Todd Lincoln

#10

Feardotcom (2002)
3%

#10
Adjusted Score: 5.36%
Critics Consensus: As frustrating as a 404 error, Fear Dot Com is a stylish, incoherent, and often nasty mess with few scares.
Synopsis: Terror is lurking online in this thriller directed by William Malone, who also helmed the 1999 remake of House on... [More]
Directed By: William Malone

#9

Bless the Child (2000)
3%

#9
Adjusted Score: 6.627%
Critics Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.
Synopsis: In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell

#8
Adjusted Score: 2.747%
Critics Consensus: The Haunting of Molly Hartley is a rather lifeless horror endeavor, with a pedestrian plot and few scares.
Synopsis: Go and Broken Hearts Club producer Mickey Liddell makes his feature directorial debut with this suspense thriller about a high-school... [More]
Directed By: Mickey Liddell

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 4.737%
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: Edward Carnby is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#6
Adjusted Score: 0.749%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Those deadly cans of poisonous gas that turn corpses into carnivorous zombies are back in this sequel to the 1985... [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 former small-town golden boy returns to his hometown with his new girlfriend, only to find that his onetime high-school... [More]
Directed By: Morgan J. Freeman

#4
Adjusted Score: 0.073%
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: In this psychological thriller from the director of Eagle Eye and Disturbia, Dana and David move from Brooklyn to a... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#3

Cabin Fever (2016)
0%

#3
Adjusted Score: 0.202%
Critics Consensus: No need for a quarantine -- enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious.
Synopsis: The story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the... [More]
Directed By: Travis Zariwny, Eli Roth

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 2.561%
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: Lorraine Gary stars as Ellen Brody, the widow of the police chief played by Roy Scheider in the first two... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#1

One Missed Call (2008)
0%

#1
Adjusted Score: 2.451%
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: Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns star in director Eric Valette's remake of Takashi Miike's frightful tale about a cell-phone call... [More]
Directed By: Eric Valette

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