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The Top Ten Worst Horror Movies of All Time

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Horribly Bad Horror Movies

Some movies are so bad that they make you want to leave the movie theater, grab the remote and switch channels, or fling that DVD against the wall. They have bad lighting, horrible acting, cliched plots, and low budget special effects. They repulse us by their mediocrity.

The problem with these movies is that they are not bad enough. A truly horrible horror movie is a work of art, a paragon of imperfection, an entity. Its sum is greater than its contrived plot and pathetic acting. A horribly bad horror movie is so bad it's good. In fact, so bad its great.

This is the definitive list of the top ten worst horror movies of all time.

Bad B Movies

The tenant in room 7 is very small and very mad.

The tenant in room 7 is very small and very mad.

1. Basket Case

In Basket Case, a baby is born with a parasitic twin. A small, evil parasitic twin the size of a basketball. It grows out of the boy's shoulder. The boys parents decide to save the "normal" twin by having the parasitic twin surgically removed.

The ugly lump of flesh is removed and thrown into the garbage. And the other twin grows up to be a normal young man. A normal young man that keeps his parasitic twin brother in a picnic basket that is!

Through a plot device which is never fully explained, the parasitic twin survived. Despite being little more than a lump of flesh with two mishapen arms, no legs, and no torso, the creature not only survived but was kept by his brother in a picnic basket. Apparently no one in the household noticed his little pet or the fact that the young man was eating enough for two, as he snuck food into his room in order to feed his twin.

Fast forward a few years and now the twins are all grown up. And like all siamese twins separated at birth, in which one twin was brutally removed from the other and thrown into the garbage to die, they dream of nothing else than revenge against the surgical team that separated them.

And so the young man journeys into the city with a picnic basket, to track down the nurses and doctors that performed the operation. He lugs the basket with him (hence the name Basket Case - get it?) all over town as he finds first one nurse and then another. Then the little brother pops out and despite having no legs is surprisingly agile and pretty handy with a knife.

Murderous mayhem ensues.



2. Frankenhooker

"She's hot. She's Sexy. And she's sutured to please." When a mad scientist loses his girlfriend to a freak lawn mower accident he decides that the best way to get a new girlfriend is to chop up some prostitutes and make a new one out of spare parts. Stupid mysogynistic trash masquerading as a horror comedy.

Italian Horror Movies

Italian Horror Movies

3. Cannibal Ferox (a.k.a Make Them Die Slowly)

The subtitle of this movie is "make them die slowly" and the movie certainly lives up to its name. The mindless plot involves some Americans captured by cannibals in the Amazon. There is not much plot except a series of mutilations, eye removals, and gory torture.

Some might call this movie a cult classic for its harsh, cynical portrayal of gore and violence. I call it a messy blood bath of boring horror cliches. For some reason - perhaps the producers had too much money - the movie was actually shot on location in Brazil and in New York. The New York scenes involve a largely unrelated subplot in which a police detective searches for a drug dealer. The artlessly thrown together plots and bad acting elevate this lousy movie to the level of horribly bad.

Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

4. Eaten Alive

This is yet another Italian horror movie with a cannibal theme. Americans venture into the jungle where they encounter cannibals. Eating ensues.

Erotic Nights of the Living Dead

Erotic Nights of the Living Dead

5. Erotic Nights of the Living Dead (1979)

A sleazy zombie cheesefest with horrible dubbing of English over the original Italian dialogue. The mouths are out of synch with the sound which adds to the fun.

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A classic in the Euro-Horror zombie genre. Gratuitous sex and horrible acting. So bad its almost good.

A Night to Dismember

A Night to Dismember

6. A Night to Dismember

A female murderer is released from an insane assylum, suposedly cured. Then the body count begins. The film is dreadful on almost every level: the sound is awful (where are the foley artists when you need them?), the cinematography is lousy, the plot and acting are D-grade. The whole mess doesn't make sense, so the director added a narrator that valiantly tries to make sense of the movie and explain the plot to you. The movie must be seen in order to appreciate just how brilliantly awful it is.

In a "making of" feature that comes with the DVD, the director explains that the original master print of the movie was actually damaged in a fire and so they cobbled the remains together into this movie which may explain the gaping plot holes, but not how anyone could produce a movie like this. Truly one of the most horribly bad movies out there.

A Half Human Killer Ape - Notice the Great Makeup

A Half Human Killer Ape - Notice the Great Makeup

7. Night of the Bloody Apes

It's the night of the Bloody Apes - well, actually, only one bloody ape. And he's not really all ape, either.

You see, it seems that a mad scientist had a son with a heart defect. So he gives his son a heart from an ape, which naturally turns his meek, weakling son into a ferocious, murdering, sex crazed monkey man. What else would you expect? :)

Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical

8. Cannibal! The Musical

This is yet another cannibal horror movie to make the Top Ten List of Horribly Bad Horror Movies.

You may think that the title says it all. But no, there's more.

The movie tells the fictionalized story of Alfred Packer, a real life 1890s pioneer who got lost in the Colorado wilderness and ended up eating his fellow expedition menbers. The story shifts incongruously from schmaltzy musical numbers to gory scenes of human hors d'oeuvres. One reviewer described the movie as "The Musical is Oklahoma meets Bloodsucking Freaks."

The Gingerdread Man

The Gingerdread Man

9. Gingerdread Man

The ashes from an excuted killer are mixed into some cookie dough and naturally the killer comes back as a huge knife wielding murdering Gingerbread Man. Awesome schlock, made even "better" by the fact that Gary Busey plays the part of the Gingerbread Man. Just try to picture it. The horror, the horror.

10. Santa's Slay

It seems that truly bad horror movies always try to be clever by using an obvious pun in their title. For example: Gingerdread Man, or the awful Santa's Slay, about a murderous Santa Claus.

What's even funnier is that the killer Santa is played by talented actor and former wrestling star Bill Goldberg. Need I say more?

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Edin Cosovic on January 07, 2018:

Where's Ax 'Em (1992)?

Robert Sacchi on October 02, 2016:

It seems your top 10 choices are all wonderfully dreadful.

Robert P (author) from Canada on October 02, 2012:

Sometimes movies are horrific just because of the acting!

Jim from Winnipeg, Canada on October 01, 2012:

I am not sure if it is a horror movie, but this movie falls into this category.

Dead Heat -

Treat Williams

Joe Piscopo


Exorcast on June 14, 2012:

In all honesty Basket Case & Frankenhooker are fantastic films. They are on a bad level yes, but not on the level of a worst film list. Also, Cannibal Ferox is regarded by many to be one of the greatest cannibal films ever made, only behind Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust and I have a soft spot for Eaten Alive. To each their own of course, but there are far worse films to choose from.

Robert P (author) from Canada on April 27, 2012:

I have fond memories of watching that movie with my girlfriend at the time.

toogawnjawn on April 26, 2012:

I recall in the vhs era that it was ironic that basket case was one of the most popular movies that people rented even though it was in the 99 cent rental section.

GARVITA on April 24, 2012:

According to the stories,I don't think that these r the worst stories. But no problem all have different point of view.

Robert P (author) from Canada on April 15, 2012:

@Mike, you my friend have a strange idea of what makes a good movie. I suppose you think that the one about the zombie turkey should have one an oscar. LOL

Mike on April 14, 2012:

One of the worst lists I have ever seen as lots of the movies are excellent well made films.

Raevyn14 from Tecumseh, Oklahoma on March 07, 2012:

I'm kinda glad I haven't seen any of these movies

Robert P (author) from Canada on February 08, 2012:

You're making this up - I hope.

Russ on February 08, 2012:

How about "Buttcrack" say his name 3 times, and he comes out of his grave and comes and sits on your face to kill you.

Mike on December 07, 2011:

Return of the killer tomatoes lol

Adam on October 25, 2011:

I would agree that some of these moves are the worst horror movies of all time. However, Cannibal The Musical is not only a cult classic, it’s history. The movie is about Alfred Packer, a prospector and several other people that become hopelessly lost in the Colorado wilderness. Packer is accused of murder and cannibalism when he is the only one to reach civilization. The movie is also one of the first works by Colorado loving Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Creators of South Park. I found a bunch more “interesting” horror movies at They have a ton of TV shows and movies to stream online or download to my DVR. DISHOnline is included with service from my employer, DISH Network. I didn’t know Gary Busey made a B horror movie, especially something like “Gingerdred Man”. I can’t imagine what went through his head while making that movie.

Corsair on September 20, 2011:

The worst horror movie I have ever seen was "Death Bed the Bed that Eats".

GamerAngel on September 19, 2011:

Street Trash was pretty funny and dumb at the same thing.

Keith Abt from The Garden State on June 21, 2011:

"Frankenhooker" was a crap movie but the design of the VHS video box was genius. When you pushed a button on the front of the box a voice would say "WANNA DATE?" We used to stand there in the aisle of the video store pushing that button again and again. Haha.

ali on March 07, 2011:

hi all

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on February 16, 2011:

I never even heard of these movies you mentioned. I just know that most of the movies today are crap. However the actors make millions!!!! Go figure...

Matthew I Crawford from Greeley, Colorado on January 18, 2011:

Glad to be able to say that I missed all of those. It may not be to your awful standerds, but the worst horror movie that came to my mind was "Chopping Mall". Nice hub.

Rae Landa on January 16, 2011:

the human centipede.....worst movie ever.

TilenHrovatic on January 03, 2011:

What about "Teeth"? This movie is realy terrible!

Robert P (author) from Canada on December 02, 2010:

@Perko - I actually haven't seen Maximum Overdrive, but then I tend to avoid all Steven King movies. Just can't stand them.

Perko on December 02, 2010:

You didn't put in Maximum Overdrive??? The movie of Stephen King's 'Trucks' Im not sure if its supposed to be scary coz I laughed during the whole film lol

Lady Liberty from These United States, Texas on November 15, 2010:

Pretty bad when the Michael Jackson video "Thriller" is better than a horror flick.

Roll Fizzlebeef on November 03, 2010:

Terrible list. As Anna explained, Cannibal the Musical was supposed to be bad. The others I have seen (Cannibal Ferox, Santa's Slay, and one or two others) are exploitation films and/or B-grade horror. They're intended to be bad. I'm about to watch Gingerdead now.

You want terrible? Try...

Monster A-Go Go

"Manos" The Hands of Fate

PLan 9 From Outer Space

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on October 12, 2010:

Cannibal the Musical is supposed to be bad. What do you expect from the guys who make South Park? LOL! I saw this after I did my own hub on bad horror movies. I have heard of a few of these, but haven't seen them all.

roshell on September 22, 2010:

cant forget d movie wherein a creature rides a motorcycle

TILArmySean. on July 29, 2010:

You forgot Mr. Jingles. WORST HORROR MOVIE EVER. I couldve made a better one by myself.

David 470 from Pennsylvania, United States on July 26, 2010:

I noticed that some low budget horror movies can have original stories, but either the acting is bad,effects or something else is bad.

If they could somehow turn some good ideas into bigger budgets and orchestrate them better.

This does not go for all low budget horrors, but some have good concepts its just there drowned out by everything else being bad.

Nice hub. I heard of some of these movies before, but never seen them.

welshbard from Western NC on June 28, 2010:

The sad part is, they all found funding to produce all this crap.

MrMidNight on April 29, 2010:

Your commentary of low budget B movies are amusing, let me ask you did you ever see a film called maniac nurses. I have been looking for a copy for quite some time.

Glimmer515 from Never Never Land on April 09, 2010:

You got to put ThanksKilling on this list, possibly the worst made horror film ive ever scene. Just type that title in on youtube and see what I mean

Nathan on February 05, 2010:

Cannibal is NOT a horror movie. If you had actually watched it, it is quite clearly meant to be a comedy, despite the several excessively gory scenes at the end (which are played for laughs anyway) Also I found it terribly entertaining.

Robert P (author) from Canada on February 04, 2010:

Basilisk, I agree that Basket Case was fun. Not sure that all of the laughs were intended however.

basilisk from Southern California on February 04, 2010:

Well, at least "Basket Case" is fun!

Chantelle Ellis on January 26, 2010:

there good films

ipodmovies on January 05, 2010:

Freddy vs Jason

Greg on December 14, 2009:

Cannibal The Musical is a comedy, it doesn't even try to be scary. It's a movie the creators of South Park did in film school. It's pretty damn hysterical.

Josie Cotton is a goddess on October 28, 2009:

Where can I find this other list? It does sound more accurate.

I do agree with some things on this list though; 'Cannibal Ferox' is terrible (and not in the good way).

Don't think 'Cannibal: The Musical' should be on this list as it is really more of a straight comedy (and a damn funny one) with horror elements then an actual horror film, but a lot of people disagree with me on that.

FrankieG on October 26, 2009:

I saw a "Top Ten Worst Horror Movies" list on another website, and it listed movies such as Jason X, and the remakes of Halloween and Psycho (how can any movie with Vince Vaughn, William H. Macy, and Julianne Moore be on a "Ten Worse" list?)

Apparently, the writer of THAT list would think that films like Basket Case and Frankenhooker are better. He probably hasn't seen many horror movies. I thought of the Troll films as candidates for a "worse horror movie" list but he didn't include those (almost every actor is so bad it looks like the director used family members or friends). Friday the 13th Part 4 is pretty bad, as is Halloween 3, but those weren't on his list either. He should have called his list "Ten Horror Films I Didn't Like".

Again, thanks for your objectivity and an honest list.

bloodnlatex on September 25, 2009:

This is a great list of horrible movies. The sad thing is that I've seen most of them. Bad Taste is another English attempt at a bad cannibal movie. It's more of a horror-comedy, but I think it was made as just a horror movie.

Great job on the obscure titles.

torimari from Pennsylvania on September 23, 2009:

You forgot Killyjoy! Haha, Gingerdead man looks's really hard to make such a list being that there are so many crappy horror films. Nice job. :)

Anon on August 16, 2009:

It's gingerdead man not gingerdread man.

christine almaraz from colorado springs on August 05, 2009:

Motel Hell was a pretty stupid horror film.

Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on February 24, 2009:

You forgot one of the greatest - er, uh, - worst horror movies of all time: "Zontar the Thing from Venus." It's dated but decidedly awful. FEED ME!!!

kimback08 from Barbourville, KY on January 31, 2009:

you should check out "Redneck Zombies." classic.

KEVO on December 21, 2008:

I guess nobodys seen Mr. Jiggles That shit sucks so bad!!!!

Robert P (author) from Canada on July 31, 2008:

Hi Maylinda - one of our local stations shows Indian movies once in a while, but I have never seen an Indian horror movie. Sounds interesting.

Robert P (author) from Canada on July 31, 2008:

Hi Adam B. -- Thanks for letting me know about Monsturd. I have not seen that one. But the name alone tells me that it must be great.

Adam B on July 25, 2008:

Ummmm, I can't believe you actually watched some of those movies. What would make you think they would be actually worth a viewing? I actually own Basket Case I must admit, and although it does suck..there is some sort of warm spot in my heart for it.

Here are some that can also go on the list: Alone in the Dark, Monsturd, C.H.U.D, Tooth & Nail 9Just saw it last night and am going to block it out of my memory like a childhood rape) and Ghost Ship.

Maylinda Arons on July 11, 2008:

"Eating ensues." Genius.

You should watch Indian movies. Horror or not, some of them are so BRILLIANTLY bad I've watched them twenty times just to soak in the pain and the hilarity! This is my kinda list.

EricC from Sacramento on July 09, 2008:

Wow, I really can't disagree with any of your choices. I love Italian horror films but have have never enjoyed the Italian cannibal sub-genre.

dinamars from France on February 25, 2008:

you know what our national TV in Indonesia is recently playing imported horror movies many times which I think is no longer a trend in USA, such as Anaconda, Jurassic Park, Allien 1,2,3; Jaws 1,2,3; and other oldies; which then makes me saying, "Stop it! I've had it all enough!" :D

DJ Funktual from One Nation Under a Groove on February 25, 2008:

NOW THAT IS MY KINDA HUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   You are great at these little subgenre pieces quotations!  

I can't wait to see Night of the Bloody Apes now! I love the photo!

I am a huge fan dude!   Another golfball so charming and helpful I have never met.

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