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15 Awfully Bad Horror Movies You Have To See To Believe

By Edited Nov 15, 2013 5 4

If you haven't seen these yet, save your money.

They're worse than you think.

Most moviegoers want to be scared to hell and back.  They don't go to see a horror movie because it’s bad, but there are a few select fans of the genre that are willing to see certain films that are so awful, they’re actually good.

It’s hard to predict with any certainty which bad films eventually turn into cult favorites, but once they do, they really take on a life of their own and often make a lot of money in the secondary market (DVD’s, etc.). That may be why so many independent filmmakers draw such deep inspiration from the most awful horror moives.

No matter the reason you’re choosing to watch some of these dreadful horror films, keep in mind that many of them can still scare, shock and disturb.  You may find yourself laughing more than you expect.

15 Horror Movies So Bad They’re Good

15- Hell of the Living Dead (1980): This film, also known

Hell of the Living Dead
as Night of the Zombies,is a complete rip off of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead but goes in such a different direction that you’re quick to forgive it. If you’re looking for a serious zombie picture, then look elsewhere as this movie seems to be made up completely of cheese. The perfect film to call “an awfully bad horror movie.”

14- Black Sheep (2006): If taglines are any indication, you'll want to avoid this awfully bad horror movie. With lines like “There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand… and they’re pissed off!” and “The sheep on this farm have turned to the baaaaaad side.” it’s a wonder it made any money at all. There are a few moments in it that made me chuckle, however.

13- Day of the Dead (2008): It seems that some idiots in a suit got together and decided they wanted to make a picture and take a leak on George Romero’s legacy at the same time.
They decided the best way to do this was to remake Day of the Dead. I’ve got news for you, Steve Miner; no amount of fecal material you excrete from your bowels will ever darken the legacy of Romero’s zombie movies. Mena Suvari as a Marine, really?

12- Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006): It's been said that puns are the lamest of jokes; meant for the simple-minded.  With that in mind, the title of this one gives you advance notice.  In case that's not enough, I'll go ahead give you fair warning that this film is not only awfully bad, but it is also sickening, filthy, juvenile and very graphic. I was tempted into putting this one in a category all on its own due to its vile content. You may love it, but that's going deep on a level not fit for public discussion.

11- The Rob Zombie Halloween Remakes (2007, 2009): Rob Zombie should have stuck to his music. But he just had to go messing around with Jason Myers and the Halloween lineage, and now it's a mess.  As scary movies go, this one's truly awfully bad.

ThanksKilling

10- ThanksKilling (2009): What can make a better movie than a psychotic foul-mouthed turkey killing off a bunch of kids during Thanksgiving break? Maybe they should have done their homework.

9- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977): Despite having a catchy title, this film is not great, but it’s probably not the worst horror film you will ever see. People are tempted to watch this classic because of the totally crazy and bizarre storyline which is a viable reason in itself. A stretch of the imagination.

ROTLD Necropolis

8- Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005): I recently saw this, Part 4 of the ROTLD series on late night cable and silently wondered to myself 'how in the hell can you fall so far down in quality from the previous three films?' Don’t get me wrong, it is still watchable, but only because it's hard to believe how bad it is.

This would be great played at a Halloween party as some sort of gag. Part 5 (Rave to the Grave) was made in the exact same year and is even worse.  A little more planning between films would have been proper.  It's unfortunate, too, because Return of the Living Dead was known as one of the greatest zombie movies.

The Corpse Grinders

7- The Corpse Grinders (1971): A cat food company decides to start using a cheaper source of meat which makes the cats that eat it crave human flesh. This movie had a great deal of potential if it hadn’t been for the bad acting and directing.  'B' movie written all over it.

6- Repossessed (1990): There is a reason that most parodies fail and that reason is that most are just not that funny. Add to the fact that you try and parody one of the most beloved horror films in existence and you’ve got a recipe for trouble. Not even the great Leslie Nielsen could help this one.

5- I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave (2001): This movie fails on so many levels that it is truly sad. One of my biggest pet peeves besides lack of story, lack
of acting, poor sound and eating of dung is that the title is apparently used to trick people into believing this has something to do with the movie I Spit On Your Grave, which it does not. I would recommend that one over this one and that’s saying a lot.

Troll 2

4- Troll 2 (1990): Hard to believe they would even attempt a sequel, but here it is.  When you have dialogue about hemorrhoids and sausage combined with erotic scenes involving women and corn cobs, you know you’ve got an awfully bad horror movie on your hands. No wonder there are so many drinking games associated with this one.

3- The Wicker Man (2006): Some movie producers are better at creating great trailers than they are movies. It seems as though no one involved about making a quality film. Maybe Nicolas Cage needed the money. I’d be curious if the director ever showed the cast and crew any sequences as it was being made.  Almost the worst of the bunch.

House of the Dead

2- End of Days (1999): I remember seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger on a TV morning talk show trying to compare his acting performance in Kindergarten Cop with his performance in this absolute turd of a movie. You could see the host trying to keep a polite smile on her face. She had obviously been shown the trailers, which for her (and most of us) was enough. I’ve tried watching it 4 times and just can't endure.

1- House of the Dead (2003): If you are a big fan of people shooting zombies with virtually no storyline whatsoever then this is the perfect movie for you. It's not clear where the story begins or ends, or where it tries to go for that matter.  Steer clear of this, the most awfully bad horror movie ever made.

Honorable Mentions

• The Gingerbread Man (2005): Yes, cookies can kill you.
• Monsturd (2003): Number 2 takes on a whole new meaning.
• Jack Frost (1997): You can use a hair dryer as a weapon!
• The Food of the Gods (1976): Small animals are now big ones.

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15 Horror Movies So Bad They're Good

15- Hell of the Living Dead (1980): This film, also known 

Hell of the Living Dead
as Night of the Zombies, is a complete rip off of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead but goes in such a different direction that you’re quick to forgive it. If you’re looking for a serious zombie picture, then look elsewhere as this movie seems to be made up completely of cheese. The perfect film to call “an awfully bad horror movie.”

14- Black Sheep (2006): If taglines are any indication, you'll want to avoid this awfully bad horror movie. With lines like “There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand… and they’re pissed off!” and “The sheep on this farm have turned to the baaaaaad side.” it’s a wonder it made any money at all. There are a few moments in it that made me chuckle, however.

13- Day of the Dead (2008): It seems that some idiots in a suit got together and decided they wanted to make a picture and take a leak on George Romero’s legacy at the same time[2].
They decided the best way to do this was to remake Day of the Dead. I’ve got news for you, Steve Miner; no amount of fecal material you excrete from your bowels will ever darken the legacy of Romero’s zombie movies. Mena Suvari as a Marine, really?

12- Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006): It's been said that puns are the lamest of jokes; meant for the simple-minded.  With that in mind, the title of this one gives you advance notice.  In case that's not enough, I'll go ahead give you fair warning that this film is not only awfully bad, but it is also sickening, filthy, juvenile and very graphic. I was tempted into putting this one in a category all on its own due to its vile content. You may love it, but that's going deep on a level not fit for public discussion.

11- The Rob Zombie Halloween Remakes (2007, 2009): Rob Zombie should have stuck to his music. But he just had to go messing around with Jason Myers and the Halloween lineage, and now it's a mess[1].  As scary movies go, this one's truly awfully bad.


ThanksKilling
10- ThanksKilling (2009): What can make a better movie than a psychotic foul-mouthed turkey killing off a bunch of kids during Thanksgiving break? Maybe they should have done their homework.

9- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977): Despite having a catchy title, this film is not great, but it’s probably not the worst horror film you will ever see. People are tempted to watch this classic because of the totally crazy and bizarre storyline which is a viable reason in itself. A stretch of the imagination.

ROTLD Necropolis

8- Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005): I recently saw this, Part 4 of the ROTLD series on late night cable and silently wondered to myself 'how in the hell can you fall so far down in quality from the previous three films?' Don’t get me wrong, it is still watchable, but only because it's hard to believe how bad it is.

This would be great played at a Halloween party as some sort of gag. Part 5 (Rave to the Grave) was made in the exact same year and is even worse.  A little more planning between films would have been proper.  It's unfortunate, too, because Return of the Living Dead was known as one of the greatest zombie movies.

The Corpse Grinders

7- The Corpse Grinders (1971): A cat food company decides to start using a cheaper source of meat which makes the cats that eat it crave human flesh. This movie had a great deal of potential if it hadn’t been for the bad acting and directing.  'B' movie written all over it.

6- Repossessed (1990): There is a reason that most parodies fail and that reason is that most are just not that funny. Add to the fact that you try and parody one of the most beloved horror films in existence and you’ve got a recipe for trouble. Not even the great Leslie Nielsen could help this one.

The Top Five

5- I Spit on Your Corpse, I Piss on Your Grave (2001): This movie fails on so many levels that it is truly sad. One of my biggest pet peeves besides lack of story, lack
of acting, poor sound and eating of dung is that the title is apparently used to trick people into believing this has something to do with the movie I Spit On Your Grave, which it does not. I would recommend that one over this one and that’s saying a lot.

Troll 2

4- Troll 2 (1990): Hard to believe they would even attempt a sequel, but here it is.  When you have dialogue about hemorrhoids and sausage combined with erotic scenes involving women and corn cobs, you know you’ve got an awfully bad horror movie on your hands. No wonder there are so many drinking games associated with this one.

3- The Wicker Man (2006): Some movie producers are better at creating great trailers than they are movies. It seems as though no one involved about making a quality film. Maybe Nicolas Cage needed the money. I’d be curious if the director ever showed the cast and crew any sequences as it was being made.  Almost the worst of the bunch.

House of the Dead

2- End of Days (1999): I remember seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger on a TV morning talk show trying to compare his acting performance in Kindergarten Cop with his performance in this absolute turd of a movie. You could see the host trying to keep a polite smile on her face. She had obviously been shown the trailers, which for her (and most of us) was enough. I’ve tried watching it 4 times and just can't endure.

1- House of the Dead (2003): If you are a big fan of people shooting zombies with virtually no storyline whatsoever then this is the perfect movie for you. It's not clear where the story begins or ends, or where it tries to go for that matter.  Steer clear of this, the most awfully bad horror movie ever made.

Honorable Mentions

• The Gingerbread Man (2005): Yes, cookies can kill you. Who knew?!?
• Monsturd (2003): Number 2 takes on a whole new meaning.
• Jack Frost (1997): You can use a hair dryer as a weapon!
• The Food of the Gods (1976): Small animals are now big ones.

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Comments

Mar 22, 2011 8:39pm
x3xsolxdierx3x
This article needs to be a front page article...if not now, when Halloween comes around again, for sure.
Mar 23, 2011 8:56pm
CinemaslaveJoe
Good list! I thought THANKSKILLING and POULTRYGEIST were both very funny movies. Maybe I just like horror films that involve killer birds?
Oct 26, 2011 8:20pm
alwritetea
Hilarious and brilliantly written! I'll agree with you on the majority of your list, but I gotta admit Black Sheep was pretty amazing for an indie.

Happy Halloween!
Dec 2, 2012 4:51pm
vicdillinger
I have unfortunately seen "Repossessed" when it was released because, hey, it had Leslie Nielsen in it. It was only about a decade late, and wow, did it WIPE! A thumb for this article, though.
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Bibliography

  1. "Rob Zombie." IMDB. 8/04/2013 <Web >
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