August 20, 2020
13 of the Worst Horror Movies From the Last Decade

The most disturbing thing about these ten worst horror movies here is that they exist in the first place. Whether through a lapse in judgment, pure laziness, or total cluelessness, these pictures bombed big time. After seeing these movies we, as well as Rotten Tomatoes critics and their reviews, have A LOT to say about them. So, let’s see what we consider to be the worst horror movies of the last decade! Stay around, as we also selected three of the worst horror movies that 2020 cursed us with until now!

Worst Horror Movies of the Decade: A Note

Horror is very subjective and can often be polarizing among fans and critics. This list is purely for entertainment and isn’t a “worst horror movies of ALL TIME” list. Instead, it’s a feature on just some of the many horror movies released between 2009 and 2019 that were criminally awful and some of the worst horror movies we at Geek For The Win have ever seen.

For the sake of correctness, at the end of this article, you will also find a couple of horror movies of 2020. However, since 2020 is a horror movie in and out of itself and it is not over yet, we will not delve into many details. We will just tell you what to avoid in case you are looking for some scary movie to watch this summer.

10. Demonic (2015)

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What It's About

When John (Dustin Milligan), a reluctant twenty-something, is dragged along on a ghost hunting trip with his girlfriend and her paranormal investigator team, all hell breaks loose. After hosting a seance in an abandoned house rumored to be a place of cult activity and demonic possession, violence and death sweep the house. John, the sole survivor of the house’s wrath, is taken into custody by the police and a psychologist who try to understand what happened that night.

Our Thoughts

One of James Wan’s early films, Demonic was lost, forgotten even, for over three years after its quiet release. It is, in a word, moronic. Taking every haunted house trope it possibly can and relying on a storytelling technique that sloppily cuts from past to present, Demonic is a senseless wannabe scream-fest. It is so bad, you cannot even place it on a list of “best worst horror movies,” like you could do with classics like Troll 2, The Mangler, or The Langoliers. We know we presented you with some of the worst books ever written, but this movie surpasses everything you imagine in terms of poor storytelling.

This movie is populated by a gang of too stupid to live characters who we feel absolutely nothing towards. Even the “twist” ending can’t breathe life into this dead on arrival disappointment. Can we hurl this back into the lost movie void and forget about it again?

9. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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What It's About

In 1973, a widowed social worker named Anna (Linda Cardellini) attempted to rescue two children from their troubled and emotionally unstable mother. She did not realize that said mother was trying to protect her children from La Llorona, a phantom woman in white who murdered both of her children hundreds of years earlier. La Llorona soon sets her sights on stealing Anna’s children.

Our Thoughts

With such a rich, storied history to build on, one flavored by decades of retellings in various Latin American countries, it seemed like the La Llorona movie would be a supernatural slam dunk in theaters. Accounts of the La Llorona or the Weeping Woman legend go as far back as the Aztec empire, and the vengeful mother ghost is still talked about today.

So, yeah, we’re a little salty at just how disappointing La Llorona was. Aside from Cardellini’s strong performance, the rest of the characters are one-dimensional, the ambiance weak, and the narrative pacing inconsistently fluctuates between hasty and brutally slow. A (failed) Conjuring universe cash grab, the only thing worth weeping about in La Llorona is what an immense missed opportunity it is.

8. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

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What It's About

When a gaggle of WWII schoolchildren are sent to live in Eel Marsh House, an isolated estate with a history during the London Blitz, a dangerous specter targets them. The woman in black. Along with planting frightening visions of death into the main character, Eve’s (Phoebe Fox) head, the vengeful ghostly inhabitant is back to her old child-murdering tricks.

Our Thoughts

If you’ve seen the significantly better Woman in Black film, you can strike this insipid sequel off your to-watch list. Angel of Death’s plot is an uninspired, lukewarm rehash of the first movie. The motives behind the woman in black’s killings are underwhelming and predictable. Moreover, the stilted performances leave much to be desired.

7. The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)

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What It's About

When a disfigured corpse, the remains of a violent exorcism that claimed the life of the titular possessed girl Hannah (Kirby Johnson), arrives at a city hospital morgue in the dead of night, the consequences for Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), an ex-cop just out of rehab, are dire. Locked in the basement with the disturbing body, Megan is tormented by the demonic, resurrected Hannah Grace.

Our Thoughts

The Possession of Hannah Grace is yet another movie that relies heavily on making the main character experience frequent, repetitive, strange premonitions and visions to push its plot along. Even though there’s a screaming demon girl, The Possession of Hannah Grace manages to be exceedingly tedious. Combined with the “troubled character locked in a scary place alone at night” trope, poorly written plot, and heavy-handed dark and murky filming that makes much of the movie borderline unwatchable, The Possession of Hannah Grace is a bust.

6. The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2018)

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What It's About

A fictionalized horror-thriller, The Haunting of Sharon Tate follows the famous actress (a real woman) in her final days before Charles Manson murders her. Hammered by a barrage of nightmares and premonitions of her own death, Sharon (Hilary Duff) grows increasingly paranoid. Afraid to set foot outside of her house, Sharon makes herself an easy target for serial-killer turned supernatural villain Charles Manson (Ben Mellish).

Our Thoughts

There’s a vast difference between being fascinated by true crime versus gleefully reveling in it like the victims are no more than fictional characters in an entertaining story. The exploitative and disrespectful The Haunting of Sharon Tate is firmly in the latter camp of reveling and it leaves a bad, bad, bad, taste. Let it sink in that Manson is portrayed as a supernatural villain. And Sharon is just another dead girl. Along with its gratuitous use of blood and gore, flimsy script, and by-the-books adherence to horror movie cliches, critics have also labeled the film as “schlock horror,” “contrived,” and “inept.”

5. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (2018)

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What It's About

On a trip to Mexico, Olivia (Lucy Hale) and her six college friends encounter a mysterious man named Carter who invites them to join him in a boozy game of Truth or Dare. Camped out in the spooky ruins of a mission’s church, the playful game quickly turns sinister when Carter reveals a demon is behind it all. The friends are forced to give each other increasingly disturbing “dares,” lest they die a painful death.

Our Thoughts

Choked with disposable characters, foolish plot devices (ugh, death by sex, anyone?) and the most uninteresting “teen” drama (these characters hardly feel like adults in their 20s), Truth or Dare brings nothing novel to the “contagious” curses horror trope. It’s the special effects, though, that take the cake. When the demon possesses the friends, their facial features outlandishly stretch and twist. Their widely contorted smiles? They look like an attempt at photoshopping a Momo meme for a Creepypasta gone hilariously wrong.

4. Shut In (2016)

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What It's About

A recently widowed child psychologist, Mary (Naomi Watts) frets over the recent disappearance of one of her young patients while she’s snowed into her New England home. With only her paralyzed and relatively non-responsive teen stepson, Steven (Charlie Heaton) with her, she witnesses shadows, spooks, and everything else listed in the Making A Haunted House Movie For Dummies handbook.

Our Thoughts

With its lather-rinse-repeat sensibilities and reliance on tired cliches, Shut In is one of the absolute worst horror movies on our list. One giant (and exhaustive) lesson in repetition, Shut In spends far too much time on “scary” dream sequences and yawn-worthy info-dumpy Skype sessions between Mary and her skeptical friend than any actual horror. Worst of all, though, is the big reveal in the final act. It’s one of the most absurdly desperate cop-outs to end a horror movie.

3. The Amityville Murders (2018)

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What It's About

True story–Ron “Butch” DeFeo Jr. (John Robinson) slaughtered his entire family in cold blood in the middle of the night on November 13, 1974. Butch insisted a demonic presence overcame him and a series of evil voices made him do it. The Amityville Murders begins before that fatal night, featuring Butch’s three-week-long spiral into madness and his eventual murder spree.

Our Thoughts

The Amityville Murders is an unambitious and derivative fictionalized account of the infamous murders. It brings not a single new thing to a story that’s been told throughout the media in over 20 films and countless books, television shows, and podcasts. In the words of one critic, the movie is “wheezy and utterly incompetent” and another as “an attempt to cash in on a real tragedy.” With distractingly low budget animation, green screens, and a garbled attempt to include as many of the Amityville headline news stories as possible, The Amityville Murders manages to be both bloated and empty.

2. ATM (2012)

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What It's About

After their office Christmas party, three co-workers drive to an ATM in the middle of the night, where they end up being trapped in the bank’s vestibule by a faceless man. The bloodthirsty hooded man cuts the power and heat, leaving the trio exposed to the darkness and subzero temperatures, while he waits outside for them to try and escape.

Our Thoughts

Easily one of the worst of the worst horror movies ever, let alone just here on our list, ATM is lazy, senseless storytelling at its finest. Blasted with crater-sized plot holes and an infuriating lack of logic — the man, who by any other name is a rando, wants to kill them why? The trio parked fifty feet away from the bank in a vacant parking lot because?– ATM is unforgivably, shamefully awful. This movie doesn’t need to, and hell, shouldn’t exist.

1. The Disappointments Room (2016)

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What It's About

A grieving architect, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) moves into a fortress-like, and obviously haunted, North Carolina estate with her young son and husband. The house, unsurprisingly, has a history of tragedy, madness, and murder. Upon researching the house and the strange goings-on around, her nightmares and dark forces target Dana pushing her to the brink of insanity.

Our Thoughts

The title gives away the spirit, or, er, spiritlessness, of this half-hearted haunted house film. This botched attempt at horror has the notoriety of earning a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it shows. The Disappointments Room is a disappointing, messily filmed bore that gorges itself on a predictable, thankless, cliche-ridden plot, and contains a cast of painfully dull, anemic characters.

Worst Horror Movies of 2020 (So Far)

As we promised, we will offer you a handful of worst horror movies of 2020, just so you know what to avoid! When we are mostly spending our free time at home and already binged-watched the popular shows, series, and movies of the past years, sometimes, watching a horror movie is not a crazy idea. After all, if not for getting a genuine scare, we watch them for some thrill.

Well, the next three movies on this list are so bad, you cannot categorize them as best worst horror movies of the year. We feel that the rest of 2020 movies (or real-world events for that matter) will turn out to be fierce competitors. So let’s begin!

Brahms: The Boy II

Starring Katie Holmes, Christopher Convery, and Owain Yeoman among others, this movie skipped the critics preview screening altogether, probably because they knew it was dumb and dull, although you will hear words like “lazy” and “lackluster” in connection to it and in comparison to the first movie. For your information, this… sequel… has a 9% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 4.6 rating on IMDB. Let’s see just one viewer opinion regarding this movie: “A middle of the road effort that is neither really a sequel or prequel but a spinoff that suffers from tropes, but overall is serviceable because of atmosphere.” Critics, obviously, had a far harder time letting this one pass.

Fantasy Island

From the house that made some of the most entertaining and altogether best horror movies of late (including Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day) comes a movie with so poor critical reception that is staggering. While the idea was alright and the development strategy more than decent, Fantasy Island is one of the worst horror movies made this year. One IMDB reviewer said the movie was “Campy, funny and with the worst meaningless plot twist I’ve ever seen.” Campy it is. Funny? Not so much. The public and critics agree with the lazy plot twist and overall awfulness of this movie. Fantasy Island scored 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and a meager 4.9 rating on IMDB.

The Turning

This movie has a 3.8 rating on IMDB and 12% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so you can easily understand why it is one of the worst horror movies of the decade and probably of 2020 as well. We wouldn’t hold our breath, however. Anyway, The Turning describes itself as a “modern take on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.” To quote a movie goer that was there on the opening night, this movie was “Not scary, nonsensical, and not enough to be worth the price of admission.” Add the infuriating ending that made people boo in the cinema and critics wondering “WTF was that?” and you understand why you should avoid this movie, even if the cast tried its best and the soundtrack is not half bad.

Worst Horror Movies Of the Decade: Conclusion

These ten horror movies from the last ten years are hands down some of the worst horror movies we (and critics) have had the misfortune of watching. Add the three worst horror movies of 2020 we managed to see for research purposes and you might understand why we have a bitter taste in our mouths. Many of us here also feel genuinely frightened whenever we hear about yet another horror movie about to bless the screens in the immediate future.

For this reason, whenever we want a truly good thrill, suspense, some horror, and some hands-down engagement with the scary environment, we go back to playing some of the best horror board games ever made. We fully recommend you do too. Instead of wasting your time with nerve-shattering, intelligence-insulting worst horror movies, you can have a fun horror-themed night with your friends and family.

But how about you? Do you agree or disagree with any of these selections? What films would you put on a list of the worst horror movies of 2009 to 2019? Have you seen any of the films we listed as 2020’s worst horror movies? How did you feel about them? Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @thebadgerbabe_ or @geekforthewin.

Victoria Tomis

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Hiya, my name is Vicky and I’m your friendly neighborhood Marvel-loving, Studio Ghibli-obsessed, Queer Potterhead.

I may be in my mid-twenties but I’ve been an enthusiastic Potterhead for over a decade. I can’t go a day without firing off at least half a dozen Harry Potter references and have a small museum of Potter and Wizarding World merch… one with FAR too many Funkos.

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