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100 worst horror movies of all time, according to critics

  • #40. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

    Metascore: 17

    Director: Tom Six

    Year: 2011

    A follow up to the ludicrous cult hit “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” this repulsive sequel aims to outdo its predecessor in every possible regard. It follows a man who watches the original movie on DVD, and then tries to make a human centipede that's 12-people-long. The result is an hour and a half of epically bad taste.


     

  • #39. Bless the Child

    Metascore: 17

    Director: Chuck Russell

    Year: 2000

    Based on a novel, this uninspired horror film centers on a supernaturally gifted young girl named Cody. After Cody is kidnapped by a satanic cult, her adoptive aunt (Kim Basinger) teams up with a detective (Jimmy Smits) in order to track her down. Movie critic Lisa Schwarzbaum called “Bless the Child” an “abysmally stupid drama.”


     

  • #38. ClownTown

    Metascore: 16

    Director: Tom Nagel

    Year: 2016

    A violent gang of killer clowns stalks a group of friends in this low-rent horror flick. While deadly clowns are a common staple in the horror genre, their presence here fails to whip up even the slightest chill. It's then no wonder that Variety critic Dennis Harvey claimed the film was “arguably less scary than ‘Big Top Pee-Wee.'”


     

  • #37. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

    Metascore: 16

    Director: Danny Steinmann

    Year: 1985

    In this lame-brained installment, Jason Voorhees returns from the dead once again to terrorize a group of mentally disturbed teenagers at a halfway house. Or is the real culprit Tommy Jarvis, who once killed Jason Voorhees and has been in mental institutions ever since? All answers will be revealed after copious amounts of cheesy acting, senseless nudity, and explicit gore.

  • #36. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

    Metascore: 16

    Director: Michael J. Bassett

    Year: 2012

    Coming at viewers in 3D was this 2012 video game adaptation, which follows up on a previous film. Wasting a fairly talented cast, the movie suffers from clunky writing and bad pacing, among other problems. Movie critic Nathan Rabin described the film as “stiff, episodic, and disjointed.”  


     

  • #35. FeardotCom

    Metascore: 16

    Director: William Malone

    Year: 2002

    One among numerous horror films to incorporate the internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this movies centers on a deadly website called feardotcom(.com). As a detective (Stephen Dorff) investigates the matter, he soon realizes that the only way to solve the case is to visit the site himself. One critic called it the “cinematic equivalent of spam in your e-mail inbox.”


     

  • #34. Urban Legends: Final Cut

    Metascore: 16

    Director: John Ottman

    Year: 2000

    The popularity of the “Scream” franchise kicked off a slew of similar fare, including 1995's “Urban Legends” and this 2000 sequel. Set on a college campus, it follows a film school student as she and her crew fall victim to an elusive killer. The urban legends theme provides a backdrop for what ultimately amounts to a generic slasher pic.


     

  • #33. Lost Souls

    Metascore: 16

    Director: Janusz Kaminski

    Year: 2000

    Winona Ryder headlines this anemic thriller, in which her character must prevent the devil from taking human form. To accomplish her goal, she must convince an atheist journalist (Ben Chaplin) that he's been chosen as the next antichrist. The film resorts to so many ludicrous plot points that it “evokes unintentional laughs,” according to one reviewer.

  • #32. Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

    Metascore: 15

    Directors: James Cameron, Miller Drake, Ovidio G. Assonitis

    Year: 1982

    The debut feature from acclaimed director James Cameron is his worst by a wide margin. Awash with B-movie tropes, it sees swarms of mutant piranhas descending on an island resort. To be fair, Cameron was fired mid-shoot over creative differences.


     

  • #31. Eloise

    Metascore: 15

    Director: Robert Legato

    Year: 2017

    Breaking into an abandoned insane asylum turns deadly for four friends in this 2017 horror movie. A premise ripe for cheap thrills gets undercut by poor production value and botched execution. The movie received a mere 15% rating on Metacritic, and the rare 0% over on Rotten Tomatoes.  


     

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