Jason says: Hey, freaks! Spencer Blohm is back again with another guest post about terrible horror movies. If you've ever read this blog before, then you know how much I love me some craptastic cinema. You can find Spencer's other guest post about Ed Gein here. If you haven't watched the flicks he mentions, you should grab a beer and check 'em out. Hilarity ensues. Here's Spencer:
The 5 Worst Horror Movies
Horror films are supposed to be scary, but there are some that can only make you laugh. There's a fine line between scary and silly, which can be easily crossed with bad acting, predictable plots, badly crafted monsters, and more. Each of these following films boast at least one of these extreme flaws, making our top 5 list of worst horror movies:
1. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is a 2003 horror film written and directed by Steven Ayromlooi. It's the sixth sequel of the Leprechaun series, and portrays a Leprechaun looking for his stolen gold. He hunts and kills the thieves, a group of youths who were using the gold to grant wishes, until he is able to reclaim the pot of gold.
The film has a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Entertainment Weekly also named it the third worst sequel in its "25 Worst Sequels Ever Made" article.
2. Plan 9 From Outer Space
Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 science fiction thriller film written and directed by Ed Wood. The plot of the film consists of extraterrestrials attempting to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that they fear would destroy the entire universe. The aliens decide to implement "Plan 9," the aim of which is to resurrect the Earth's dead bodies. The resurrected bodies are (unsurprisingly) zombie-like characters who cause chaos.
The film played on television until 1980 (and is still available on Amazon streaming), when authors Michael Medved and Harry Medved dubbed Plan 9 from Outer Space the "worst movie ever made". Ed Wood was also awarded the Medved's' Golden Turkey Award for worst director ever.
3. House Of The Dead
House of the Dead is a 2003 film based on the 1996 light gun Sega arcade game. The film was directed by Uwe Boll and features Erica Durance in one of her earliest acting roles, before she became known as Smallville's Lois Lane. The film begins with two college students,Simon (Tyron Leitso) and Greg (Will Sanderson), who plan to attend a rave on an island. They take a boat there and meet up with three girls: Alicia (Ona Grauer), Karma (Enuka Okuma) and Cynthia (Sonya Salomaa). Out of the five kids, only two end up surviving and returning home.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 41st in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 4%. IGN Movies claims it was a limited budget film with a cast of actors that were not well known. Time also listed the film on their 2009 list of "Top Ten Worst Video Games Movies."
4. Troll 2
Troll 2 is a 1990 horror film directed by Claudio Fragasso and starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie McFarland, Deborah Reed and Jason Wright. Initially, it was named Goblins, but the United States distributors felt the film would not succeed as a standalone film. They renamed it Troll 2 as a marketing technique, giving viewers the impression it was a sequel to the 1986 film Troll. However, the two films have no connection whatsoever and there are zero trolls in Troll 2. The film is actually about a family chased by vegetarian goblins who want to change them into plants and then eat them.
The script was written by Fragasso and his wife. Neither spoke fluent English, and the filming crew was an unfortunate mix of Italian-speakers, which led to many miscommunications. The film's cast consisted of all American actors, but many did not have any acting experience whatsoever. It also didn't help that the goblins' costumes were burlap clothes stuffed with foam rubber, and only one of them had a moveable mouth on its latex mask. Troll 2 has a rating of 6% on Rotten Tomatoes and was also rated as the worst film of all time by IMDB.com. The film is so infamous that a documentary, called Best Worst Movie (which is available on Direct TV), was created to explain the origins and hilarity of the cult classic from the perspective of its former child star, Michael Stephenson.
5. The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man is a 2006 remake of the 1973 British cult classic of the same name, written and directed by Neil LaBute. It is also somewhat based on parts of David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a police officer named Edward Malus who is told by his ex-fiancée, Willow Woodward, that their daughter Rowan has disappeared. Edward travels to the island where Rowan was last seen, and has dealings with the neo-pagan people of the island
The Wicker Man received an overwhelming amount of negative reviews from film critics due to its bad screenwriting, poor acting, and unintentional humor. The film was deemed horrible enough to win Raspberry Award nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay, Worst Remake and Worst On-Screen Couple/
From bad acting and directing to simply being funny instead of scary, these horror films were given bad reviews for a multitude reasons. If you're into laughing at scary movies, then these may suit your taste. However, they wouldn't be the best choices if you’re truly looking to be frightened.