“Worst” is a strong word often used in extreme exaggeration. When we talk about the worst movies in cinematic history, though, we don’t take the word lightly. Like the first time you got dumped or lost your first dog, these movies truly earn the title of “the worst.”
1. Scary Movie 4 (2006)
While any of the post-Scary Movie 3 parody films (like Superhero Movie) would fit in well on this list, Scary Movie 4 has a unique distinction. This was the film where a once-beloved series of horror film parodies sold out, exchanging raunchy but clever humor for fart jokes reproduced en masse.
2. Gotti (2018)
It’s easy to forget now, but fans of mob movies were pretty pumped about the release of Gotti in 2018. In an era saturated by an endless flow of Spider-Man, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Travolta playing the Teflon Don was a welcomed change of pace.
And yet, word of the movie’s disjointed direction, over-the-top acting, and utter lack of suspense caused the film to take a long sleep with the fishes. This movie truly was like Teflon because viewers walked into the theater and walked out not long after, like grease sliding off a Teflon coating.
3. Old (2021)
Whenever you watch an M. Night Shyamalan movie, you must leave concepts like reality, common sense, and logic at the theater door. That said, critics of Old did not take issue with the premise of a beach where visitors age rapidly and cannot leave once they have entered. The acting, or lack thereof, made the movie Old get old fast.
As has become a common gripe for those who spend their time, money, or both watching a Shyamalan film, viewers also thought the ending felt like a lazy, juvenile cop-out inconsistent with the film’s premise.
4. Ultraviolet (2006)
Milla Jovovich has made plenty of action flicks that headed straight to the Wal-Mart bargain bin, but Ultraviolet may be the worst. One viewer felt like the movie was burning their eyes, and a bystander recalls that viewer getting out of their theater seat, audibly cursing the film, and leaving the theater.
The film is set in 2078 following a global “pandemic of vampirism,” which makes sense because this movie straight-up sucks.
5. Brahms: The Boy 2 (2020)
Critics give a pretty wide berth to the churn of B-grade horror flicks, knowing that they should temper their expectations before watching. So, the fact that Brahms: The Boy 2 earned a sub-5 IMDb rating speaks to how unscary the movie is.
The movie centers around a life-like doll that…well, you’ve seen Chucky, right? You can probably guess the rest.
6. Troll 2 (1990)
Who watched Troll in the 1980s and thought a follow-up would be a good idea? The original movie about a wicked troll king searching for a mystical ring that will transform him into a human was critically panned. Still, it outperformed its budget and had a cameo from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Troll 2 copy-pasted the original plot, recycled the prosthetics from the original, cut all inklings of fun out of the script, and subjected viewers (who deserve some blame, too) to one of the most disturbing cinematic experiences imaginable.
The cinematic embodiment of a bad trip, Troll 2, makes it feel like the writers and directors were, for lack of a better term, trolling.
7. Halloween Ends (2022)
About 30 minutes into Halloween Ends, you just have to accept that this is a comedy film, not a horror film. If you view it through that lens, the questionable acting, insane coincidences, and absurd ending make Halloween Ends tolerable.
The problem is, most people didn’t buy a ticket for Halloween Ends expecting a comedy. The best part about this movie is that it eventually ends.
8. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
A movie is rarely so bad that it falls beneath the “so bad it’s good” threshold into unwatchable territory. Birdemic: Shock and Terror lacks the redeeming qualities of similarly absurd films like Sharknado, as its 1.7 IMDb rating suggests.
That tier of universal hatred is reserved for the likes of Brendan Schaub’s “comedy” special You’d Be Surprised, which has a 1.5 score on IMDb. This movie about mutated birds wreaking havoc on Californians is so bad that it’s not good.
9. FeardotCom (2002)
The late 90s and early 2000s were fruitful periods for slasher flicks, with The Ring and Saw leading the pack of smash-hits with twisted premises. FeardotCom, on the other hand, garnered the vitriol of audiences and critics alike, who rejected the planning and execution of a movie centered around a fatal website.
Even if it was some sort of heavily-veiled analogy about the internet’s potential to ruin lives, FeardotCom missed the mark.
10. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
If the books reached Harry Potter levels of popularity, surely there is some sort of substance within that will translate well to the silver screen, right? Nope! For many, watching Fifty Shades of Grey felt like being tied up and whipped, not in a good way.
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