11 Horror Movies That Aren't Scary At All
Still worth to watch, though - if only for some laughs
1. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Landing at number one is Ed Wood's magnum opus, Plan 9 from Outer Space. Touted as the worst movie ever made, this cinematic debacle boasts an army of zombies and aliens who are, unfortunately, less scary than they are...confusing. The plot, loosely about an alien plot to prevent humans from creating a universe-destroying weapon, veers wildly off course, inviting more chuckles than shrieks.
Wood's enthusiastic embrace of low-budget aesthetics, bizarre dialogue, and the casting of a visibly unwell Bela Lugosi only add to the 'so bad it's good' appeal. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 67%, this cult classic remains a delightful testament to Hollywood's golden age of B-movies.
2. The Happening (2008)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening intended to terrify audiences with an apocalyptic event triggered by...plants. Yes, you heard it right! The green folks decided they had enough and released a neurotoxin causing people to commit suicide. While the premise is unique, the execution, marked by Mark Wahlberg's bizarrely subdued performance and dialogue as wooden as the menacing trees, ends up being unintentionally hilarious rather than horrifying. Critics seem to agree, as it holds a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
3. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Birdemic: Shock and Terror aimed for Hitchcockian horror but fell a little short. Well, a lot short, really. This low-budget disaster about homicidal birds terrorizing a small town is known for its charmingly awful CGI, monotone acting, and a soundtrack that could make a death metal band wince. The film's production became the stuff of legend, with director James Nguyen reportedly halting traffic to film without permits and using coat hangers as props. Unsurprisingly, the movie hovers at a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. Troll 2 (1990)
The movie Troll 2, a sequel in name only, tells the eerie tale of a family terrorized by vegetarian goblins. Despite its title, there are no trolls in the movie, but we do get a corn-on-the-cob love scene, a woman turning into plant goo, and a bologna sandwich used as a weapon. To top it all off, it was filmed with a mostly Italian crew who spoke little English, leading to some lost-in-translation moments on set. With a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's more of a comedy of errors than a horror flick.
5. The Wicker Man (2006)
The 2006 remake of The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage, swapped the original's eerie subtlety for over-the-top absurdity. Cage, investigating a missing girl on an island full of oddball women, delivers a performance filled with wild-eyed frenzy and meme-able moments, including the infamous not the bees scene. Behind the scenes, it was reported that Cage and director Neil LaBute had disagreements over the movie's tone, which might explain its schizophrenic feel. It stands at a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
In Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth installment of the Jaws franchise, the shark has seemingly developed a personal vendetta against the Brody family. It follows the family from Amity Island to the Bahamas in a plot that's more laughable than logical. It features a roaring shark, a psychic connection with Ellen Brody, and an ending that defies the laws of physics. The film was rushed into production and released within six months, which shows.
7. House of the Dead (2003)
Directed by infamous Uwe Boll, House of the Dead is a cinematic adaptation of a popular video game which didn't exactly inspire terror. The film, about a group of party-goers stranded on an island full of zombies, is notorious for its painfully wooden acting, clunky dialogue, and action sequences more akin to a music video than a horror film.
Boll even decided to incorporate actual video game footage into the movie, a decision which, although creative, doesn't exactly aid in maintaining the suspension of disbelief. Rotten Tomatoes ranks it at a miserly 3% on the Tomatometer.
8. The Gingerdead Man (2005)
The Gingerdead Man, starring Gary Busey as a killer cookie, is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. The premise sees a murderer's ashes mixed into a gingerbread spice mix, resulting in a killer pastry. Though it was intended to be a horror comedy, the film errs too far on the side of absurdity to elicit genuine scares. Even the cast couldn't keep a straight face, with reports of continual corpsing on set. It's no shocker that this film holds a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and that's primarily for the laughs.
9. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
Manos: The Hands of Fate is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Originally a bet by fertilizer salesman Harold P. Warren to prove that making a horror film wasn't difficult, Manos proved, conclusively, that it was. With a nonsensical plot about a family stumbling upon a pagan cult, an almost entirely silent villain, and editing that would make a film student wince, it's more a study in how not to make a movie than a horror flick. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, gifting it a 21% rating.
10. Leprechaun (1993)
Leprechaun, featuring a young Jennifer Aniston, is a horror film that manages to make its villain, an evil Leprechaun hunting for his gold, more comical than creepy. The film's silly one-liners, ridiculous death scenes, and the Leprechaun's obsession with shoe cleanliness undercut any genuine horror. The cast and crew weren't immune to the hilarity either, with reports of frequent laughter on set. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 23%, it's more likely to induce giggles than gasps of terror.
11. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
Rounding off our list is Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, a film about a demonic bed that consumes anyone who lays on it. The film's oddly leisurely pacing, bizarre storyline, and the fact that the villain is a piece of furniture make it hard to take seriously. Its production was also a nightmare, with the film not seeing a legitimate release until 2003, some 26 years after it was made. The movie is another low scorer on Rotten Tomatoes with a 50% rating, but it has garnered a cult following for its sheer weirdness.