50 Horror Movies With the Worst Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes

Horror films are notoriously hard to crack. A genre saturated with cliches, from isolated cabins to flesh-eating zombies, many movies were better not to have seen the light of day.

Rotten Tomatoes is a convenient tool to check which films were received particularly poorly. The aggregation review site encourages fans to rate every movie on their "Tomatometer" scale. A consistent score of 75 percent or above warrants a "certified fresh" seal of approval, while total turkeys are rated "rotten".

Below, is a roundup of the worst remakes, low-budget flicks, and cheesy thrills, as rated on Rotten Tomatoes.

50. The Happening (2008)

A mysterious toxin sweeps America that causes people to attempt suicide. According to Rotten Tomatoes, this thrilling premise didn't quite deliver, with critics branding the movie "incoherent and unconvincing trifle."

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Actor Mark Wahlberg and director M. Night Shyamalan attend the " The Happening" photocall in 2008. (Photo by Anita Bugge/WireImage)

49. Nine Lives (2002)

A British horror film that's most memorable for starring Paris Hilton. Nine friends who attended an upper-class university together are trapped in a blizzard at a manor-house in Scotland. They open a haunted book and their lives are suddenly in jeopardy.

47. Troll 2 (1990)

Joshua (Michael Stephenson) and his family must ward off evil goblins on vacation in the small town on Nilbog. The film holds an approval rating of 5 percent based on 21 reviews on Rotton Tomatoes.

46. Orgy of the Dead (1965)

With no real storyline, this erotic horror sees half-naked ghouls dance without any dialogue. For a whole 70 minutes.

45. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Also known as "Jaws 4", this gory horror does not have the same prestige as Steven Spielberg's 1975 original. The community of Amity is terrorised again by a shark that wants to avenge her predecessor.

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People try to swim away from the shark in a scene from the film 'Jaws: The Revenge', 1987. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

44. Creepshow 3 (2006)

A grand total of zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this sequel in the horror anthology Creep Show is a certified flop.

43. The Disappointments Room (2016)

A family relocate from bustling Brooklyn to a creaky manor in the countryside. It's not long before the dark history of the previous 19th century owners comes back to haunt them.

42. House of the Dead (2003)

A rave turns sour when a group of college students are hunted by bloodthirsty zombies.

41. The Mangler (1995)

Inspired by a Stephen King story, a laundry machine is possessed by a homicidal demon from Hell. Take a look at these 15 better movies based on King's work.

40. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

This remake of the 1999 hit film was not received generously. Directed by Joe Berlinger, the supernatural won the Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel".

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Actors at the premiere of Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2 in Hollywood in 2000. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

39. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

An older entry on the list, a former Soviet scientist is the victim of a nuclear explosion and roams the Nevada desert as a beast.

38. Monster a Go-Go! (1965)

After astronaut Frank Douglas (Henry Hite) disappears in his spacecraft, it is believed he has transformed into a murderous monster.

37. Ouija (2014)

Laine tries to console herself following the death of her best friend, Debbie. She unearths an ouija board and attempts to make contact, but instead starts a dialogue with a spirit called DZ.

36. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

Just as it sounds, a town in Wisconsin gets overrun with deadly spiders. It's up to NASA scientists Dr. Vance (Steve Brodie) and Dr. Jenny Langer (Barbara Hale) to rescue humanity.

35. Homecoming (2009)

An independent horror about a jealous woman who discovers her ex-boyfriend is dating someone new. Another 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this film was panned by critics.

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Director Morgan J. Freeman attends the "Homecoming" premiere at the MGM Screening Room in 2009. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

34. Mary (2019)

Despite an all-star cast involving Emily Mortimer and Gary Oldman this film's plot was slated by critics. A family looking to start a new life set sail on a boat that holds dark and mysterious secrets.

33. One Missed Call (2008)

Imagine if you could receive voicemails from your future self that detailed the exact date, time and details of your death. Chilling in theory, this horror only received 0 percent on the Tomatometer.

32. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Despite there being eight films in this horror franchise, all share similarly dire reviews. Every St. Patrick's Day all Leprechaun movies are streamed on SYFY.

31. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)

As if the title wasn't catchy enough, this film has a similarly complicated plot involving a stripper, a fortune teller and an evil zombie.

30. Flatliners (2017)

Five medical students push the boundaries of science by stopping their hearts for short bursts of time, in order to provoke a near-death experience.

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Actors Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and James Norton arrive at the premiere of 'Flatliners' in 2017. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

29. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)

The clue's in the title here. A four-poster bed consumes lovers after a failed seduction attempt many years prior.

28. Feardotcom (2002)

Victims die in horrific and mysterious ways, all exactly 48 hours after logging on to feardot.com. Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus brands the film: "As frustrating as a 404 error."

27. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

The third installment in the Halloween film series follows a madman who's planning a Celtic-inspired mass murder.

26. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)

On the eve of her 18th birthday, a girl learns the harrowing truth about her devilish heritage.

25. Zombie Strippers! (2008)

A zombie epidemic takes hold in a strip club in Nebraska in this horror-comedy.

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Jenna Jameson at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Zombie Strippers" in 2008. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

24. Cabin Fever (2016)

Five friends staying in a cabin are invaded by a flesh-eating virus, in a rehash of this well-worn horror trope.

23. Godsend (2003)

A couple attempt to play God when they make a clone of their deceased son. But their lives start to go downhill when their new child reaches his 8th birthday.

22. Zombie Nation (2004)

Women rise from the dead to take revenge on a murderous cop in director Ulli Lommel's independent horror.

21. Darkness (2004)

Another take on the haunted house trope, Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus concludes: "Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess."

20. Hood of Horror (2006)

The Hound of Hell (Snoop Dogg) guides audiences through four politically charged tales of Black horror. The hip-hop horror was not received well, amassing only 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Jonathan Mchugh and Tim Sullivan, producers and Jacob Hair, writer at "Snoop Dog's Hood of Horror" screening (Photo by Jordin Althaus/WireImage)

19. Blood Diner (1987)

An unpalatable addition, a pair of cannibalistic brothers murder young women to use their body parts in food at their dilapidated restaurant.

18. Hobgoblins (1988)

The burden falls on a young security guard to track down escaped minuscule creatures in this low-budget horror.

17. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

A road trip goes horribly wrong when a family takes a wrong turn in Texas. They find themselves at the heart of a polygamous pagan cult that is searching for human sacrifices.

16. Dr. Giggles (1992)

In this slasher film starring Larry Drake, a psychopath who believes he's a doctor becomes obsessed with a teenager with a heart condition.

15. Alone in the Dark (2005)

The story of a supernatural detective gets a grand total of 1 percent on the Tomatometer, and is branded "inept on almost every level," by the critics consensus.

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Tara Reid during "Alone in the Dark" New York City Premiere. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

14. Bless the Child (2000)

A Satanic cult abducts a young girl in the hopes of exploiting her supernatural powers.

13. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

A flock of mutated birds swarms a small town in California in this horror romance.

12. Jason X (2001)

Set in a post-Armageddon future, this science-fiction slasher features a cryogenically frozen man who is revived on a boat with deadly consequences.

11. The Fog (2005)

The ghosts of a shipwrecked crew of sailors come back a century later to haunt a town in coastal Oregan.

10. House of Wax (2005)

A gang of teens are stranded in a wax museum and risk becoming the next exhibit if they do not escape.

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Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki and Elisha Cuthbert at "House of Wax" London Photocall (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

9. The Darkness (2016)

Whilst on a vacation in the Grand Canyon a family accidentally disturbs a supernatural entity.

8. The Creeping Terror (1964)

An amorphous alien arrives in Lake Tahoe and is intent on feasting on unfortunate locals.

7. Robot Monster (1953)

This American black-and-white 3D science-fiction film was made on an estimated budget of $16,000. It features a "Ro-Man" that attempts to annihilate the human race, but instead falls in love with a beautiful woman.

6. The Apparition (2012)

Three college students accidentally summon a supernatural entity in a parapsychology experiment. The American-German supernatural horror film features Harry Potter star Tom Felton.

5. Prom Night (2008)

Donna (Brittany Snow) is at senior prom when a psychopathic killer from her past storms in.

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Actor Kelly Blatz, actress Brittany Snow, actor Collins Pennie and actress Jessica Stroup attend the Prom Night Release Party with Cast and Crew in 2008. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

4. Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

Three kids pick up a container that emits a deadly green vapor that happens to attract murderous Zombies.

3. Martyrs (2015)

Another failed remake, Rotten Tomatoes critic consensus reads: "Martyrs flays off everything that gave the original its icy horrific beauty, leaving us an empty, pointless remake."

2. 6 Souls (2010)

A forensic psychiatrist has to think quickly when she discovers that almost all of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims.

1. The Devil Inside (2012)

Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) enlists the help of two exorcists to establish whether her mother is possessed or mentally insane.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the supernatural horror features "one of the worst endings in recent memory."

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A woman walks past what appears to be blood dripping from the wall for a movie promo at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles.