Worst Horror/Dark Cinema Films 2000-2009

by bertramsharp | created - 24 Nov 2011 | updated - 03 Aug 2012 | Public

Updated: 8/2/12

Dark Cinema is probably a better desciption of these films than horror, simply because everybody seems to be so concerned about classification and nitpicking what is and is not horror. Some of the films on this list are more traditional horror, while others fit a little more neatly into other genres. I believe a film can be a horror-comedy, action-horror, horror-drama, science fiction-horror, horror-western, etc. Many seem to think this is not possible. That is why I think that Dark Cinema is a better description. These films may be traditional horror, alien invasion, serial killer, mad scientist, ghost stories, old dark house, zombie, ghost town, supernatural powers, disturbing, sick, creature from space, nature run amock, graphic violence, revenge thriller, rape revenge thriller, dark fantasy, horror spoof, horror comedy, explorations of the dark side of life or society, virus, contagion, outbreak, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, cannibalism, demonic, satanism, witchcraft, giant creature, kaiju, some exploitation, some resurrection, vampires, werewolves, Jekyll & Hyde stories, Frankenstein stories, more descriptions to be added later, etc., etc.

I hope that helps to clear up the thinking behind this list a bit. Also, this is a list of my least favorites and simply opinion.

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1. Island of the Dead (2000 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Stranded on a deserted island, a group of people struggle to survive against a swarm of supernatural flies.

Director: Tim Southam | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Talisa Soto, Bruce Ramsay, Kent McQuaid

Votes: 761

2. Maid of Honor (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Mystery

A disturbed woman helps her dead sister's husband cope with his loss, but becomes dangerously infatuated with him along the way. When he plans to remarry, she goes to terrifying lengths to prevent the wedding going ahead.

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Linda Purl, Linden Ashby, Shannon Sturges, Bruce Dinsmore

Votes: 432

3. Vipers (2008 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A set of vipers has been taken by the scientists, when the vipers escape into the woods, they do more than just bite.

Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: Tara Reid, Jonathan Scarfe, Corbin Bernsen, Genevieve Buechner

Votes: 1,046

4. Shark Attack in the Mediterranean (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 109 min | Thriller

Devastated by the violent death of his wife, helicopter pilot Sven Hanson (Ralph Moeller, Gladiator, Scorpion King) helplessly watches as his personal life and business unravel. He finds ... See full summary »

Director: Jorgo Papavassiliou | Stars: Ralf Moeller, Julia Stinshoff, Gregor Bloéb, Katy Karrenbauer

Votes: 865

5. The Curse of Lizzie Borden (2006 Video)

82 min | Horror

Low Budget horror movie phenomenon Danielle De Luca (Queen Cobra) plays a girl who gets a job in a Lizzie Borden museum working for Mr. Moody (Mtv Singled Out's Randal Malone). Soon she ... See full summary »

Director: Ford Austin | Stars: Randal Malone, Danielle De Luca, Jed Rowen, Kerry Feirman

Votes: 123

6. Blue Demon (2004 Video)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

When sharks come from afar, searching for food find a beach for meat. A group of people must stop them before they head for the beach. Will they make it?

Director: Daniel Grodnik | Stars: Dedee Pfeiffer, Randall Batinkoff, Danny Woodburn, Josh Hammond

Votes: 886

7. Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 74 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The Mystery Inc. crew travels the globe on a transcontinental treasure hunt to solve a series of ancient riddles. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are indoctrinated by an unlikely Sword Master.

Director: Christopher Berkeley | Stars: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle

Votes: 1,360

Okay, I know it's Scooby-Doo, but this is so awful that I just had to mention it here.

8. Monster Man (2003)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

Two guys and a female hitchhiker are terrorized by a monstrous looking man driving a giant monster truck.

Director: Michael Davis | Stars: Eric Jungmann, Justin Urich, Aimee Brooks, Michael Bailey Smith

Votes: 4,064

9. Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008 Video)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Camp Manabe is where kids torment each other but people soon start turning up dead.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Vincent Pastore, Michael Gibney, Paul DeAngelo, Jonathan Tiersten

Votes: 3,148

10. Emmanuelle the Private Collection: Emmanuelle vs. Dracula (2004 TV Movie)

87 min | Horror

When a bachelorette party at Emmanuelle's house is interrupted by a mysterious loner, strange things begin to happen. The party guests start changing one by one into blood-sucking sexual ... See full summary »

Director: KLS | Stars: Natasja Vermeer, Beverly Lynne, Kelsey Heart, Molinee Green

Votes: 195

11. Hood of Horror (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

A hip hop horror anthology of three tales of terror told by the Hound of Hell that revolve around the residents of an inner-city neighborhood whose actions determine where they will go in the afterlife.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Daniella Alonso, Anson Mount, Hawthorne James

Votes: 2,577 | Gross: $0.33M

12. The Dark (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Sophie Stuckey, Abigail Stone

Votes: 9,714

13. I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

R | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

16 Metascore

A young woman who was missing reappears, but she claims to be someone else entirely.

Director: Chris Sivertson | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough, Bonnie Aarons

Votes: 24,114 | Gross: $7.50M

14. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009 Video)

R | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.

Director: Jack Perez | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Debbie Gibson, Vic Chao, Jonathan Nation

Votes: 9,691

15. Skeleton Man (2004 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A co-ed group of Special Forces agents search the wilderness for a predator type creature that has been on a killing spree.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Jackie Debatin, Eric Etebari, Jonathon Klein, Robert Miano

Votes: 1,744

16. Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001 Video)

Unrated | 56 min | Documentary, Horror

A compilation of clips from 17 classic slasher films.

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Grace Kirby, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley

Votes: 1,108

17. A Dead Calling (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror

In New York, the journalist Rachel Beckwith is attacked by a burglar and her fiancé Brian is murdered trying to defend her. Rachel returns to her hometown Fillmore to recover in the house ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Alexandra Holden, John Burke, Sid Haig, Leslie Easterbrook

Votes: 547

18. Autopsy (2008)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young woman tries to find her injured boyfriend in a bizzare and dangerous hospital.

Director: Adam Gierasch | Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Ross Kohn, Ross McCall, Ashley Schneider

Votes: 5,740

19. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

When their transfer bus crashes in a West Virginia forest, a group of convicts and a corrections officer meet a rafter who is on the run from cannibalistic hillbillies who have murdered her friends.

Director: Declan O'Brien | Stars: Tom Frederic, Janet Montgomery, Gil Kolirin, Christian Contreras

Votes: 19,460

20. Queen of the Damned (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

30 Metascore

The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, Vincent Perez

Votes: 47,548 | Gross: $30.34M

21. Legion of the Dead (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

Two guys, handsome William and his side kick Luke have just started their trip through the beautiful California desert when they're kidnapped by the notorious Psycho Mike, The Kern River ... See full summary »

Director: Olaf Ittenbach | Stars: Michael Carr, Russell Friedenberg, Kimberly Liebe, Hank Stone

Votes: 1,675

22. Hillside Cannibals (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A group of teenagers in the desert become the prey of cannibalistic inbreds who live in the nearby hillside.

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Heather Conforto, Tom Nagel, Vaz Andreas, Frank Pacheco

Votes: 755

23. Lovers Lane (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

A man who committed a series of murders thirteen years ago begins to hunt down his victims' children.

Director: Jon Steven Ward | Stars: Diedre Kilgore, Carter Roy, Brian Allemand, Jori Wanquist

Votes: 876

24. Terror Tract (2000)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

A real estate agent terrifies a couple with the grim fates of the previous owners of a house they're looking at.

Directors: Lance W. Dreesen, Clint Hutchison | Stars: John Ritter, David DeLuise, Allison Smith, Kim Correll

Votes: 1,495

25. Beneath Loch Ness (2001)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

The legendary Loch Ness Monster, terrorizes a lake in Scotland and Patrick Bergin comes out to kill it.

Director: Chuck Comisky | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Lysette Anthony, Brian Wimmer, Lysa Apostle

Votes: 1,114

26. Chupacabra Terror (2005 Video)

R | 89 min | Horror

When cryptozoologist Dr. Peña traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean island, he smuggles it aboard a cruise ship with disastrous results.

Director: John Shepphird | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Dylan Neal, Chelan Simmons, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 1,193

27. Live Feed (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror

Five young adults are about to find themselves in a fight for their lives, pitted against evil itself! While on vacation in a foreign city, one of the five makes a seemingly innocent albeit... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Nicholson | Stars: Kevan Ohtsji, Taayla Markell, Stephen Chang, Colin Foo

Votes: 1,399

28. The 8th Plague (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror

The 8th Plague is the story of a woman named Launa who is investigating the disappearance of her sister, Nikki. Nikki had gone camping in the mountain town of Halcyon Springs and never came... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Guerrero Jr. | Stars: DJ Perry, Leslie Anne Valenza, Terry Jernigan, Charles Edwin Powell

Votes: 824

29. Scrapbook (2000 Video)

Unrated | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman named Clara is captured by a serial killer named Leonard who records his "life story" by keeping a scrapbook of his many victims. In addition to adhering Polaroids, scraps of ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Stanze | Stars: Emily Haack, Tommy Biondo, Todd Tevlin, Elizabeth Hammock

Votes: 1,069

30. Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002 Video)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

This time, the Djinn unleashes his undying love for a beautiful woman in his final attempt to unleashe his brethren from hell.

Director: Chris Angel | Stars: Tara Spencer-Nairn, Michael Trucco, Jason Thompson, John Novak

Votes: 2,830

31. Trucks (1997 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi

Based on the short story by Stephen King, this tells the tale of trucks suddenly coming to life and attacking their owners.

Director: Chris Thomson | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Brenda Bakke, Aidan Devine, Roman Podhora

Votes: 2,504

32. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Life is wonderful for the people in the quiet, island town of Port Gamble....until a zombie virus outbreak!

Director: Kevin Hamedani | Stars: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson

Votes: 3,795

33. Gacy (2003 Video)

R | 88 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Model citizen, devoted father, loving husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy - a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his family house. Based on a true story.

Director: Clive Saunders | Stars: Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman, Charlie Weber

Votes: 3,301

34. Albino Farm (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror

College students exploring the Ozark Mountains for a school assignment, stumble upon a group of scary, redneck cave-dwellers.

Director: Joe Anderson | Stars: Tammin Sursok, Chris Jericho, Richard Christy, Duane Whitaker

Votes: 1,340

35. Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of teenagers, in an attempt to rescue their friend from an evil corporation, end up inadvertently releasing a horde of bloodthirsty zombies.

Director: Ellory Elkayem | Stars: Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict, John Keefe, Jana Kramer

Votes: 4,180

36. Feardotcom (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

16 Metascore

A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier

Votes: 18,079 | Gross: $13.21M

37. Leprechaun in the Hood (2000 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

When three rappers want to get even with a pimp, they accidentally unleash a leprechaun who goes on a killing rampage in the 'hood.

Director: Rob Spera | Stars: Warwick Davis, Ice-T, Anthony Montgomery, Rashaan Nall

Votes: 5,107

38. The Fallen Ones (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

An archaeologist finds the mummified remains of a giant--the offspring of a Fallen Angel and a human woman. Now he has to stop the terror he has unleashed.

Director: Kevin VanHook | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Kristen Miller, Geoffrey Lewis, Navid Negahban

Votes: 747

39. Malibu Shark Attack (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A tsunami floods Malibu and unleashes a hunting pack of deep-water prehistoric goblin sharks, targeting a group of lifeguards trapped in their half-submerged station on stilts and a team of construction workers stranded in a flooded house.

Director: David Lister | Stars: Renee Bowen, Remi Broadway, Joel Amos Byrnes, Warren Christie

Votes: 1,894

40. A Sound of Thunder (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

24 Metascore

When a scientist sent back to the prehistoric era strays off the path he causes a chain of events that alters history in disastrous ways.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, Catherine McCormack, Armin Rohde

Votes: 17,484 | Gross: $1.89M

41. The In Crowd (2000)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

14 Metascore

A mentally disturbed young woman takes a job at a posh country club and falls in with a clique of wealthy college kids where she's taken under the wing of the clique's twisted leader, who harbors some dark secrets too terrifying to tell.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Lori Heuring, Susan Ward, Matthew Settle, Nathan Bexton

Votes: 3,860 | Gross: $5.22M

42. The Scorned (2005 TV Movie)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

In a hidden beach house on the Malibu shore, a 'twenty something' couple have a 'spitting mad' lover's quarrel. The boyfriend storms out, and into the arms of their house mate. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Kubilos | Stars: Jenna Lewis, Steven Hill, Trish Schneider, Bob Guiney

Votes: 304

43. Whiteout (2009)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Horror

U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt, Columbus Short

Votes: 34,276 | Gross: $10.28M

44. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

33 Metascore

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James

Votes: 94,003 | Gross: $65.23M

45. Hollow Man (2000)

R | 112 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

24 Metascore

When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens

Votes: 110,171 | Gross: $73.21M

46. Hide and Seek (2005)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue

Votes: 75,455 | Gross: $51.10M

47. Prom Night (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

17 Metascore

Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis

Votes: 30,098 | Gross: $43.87M

48. The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2005)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

An urban family leaves city life behind for the confines of rural New England. Little do they know that their new home once belonged to the Keyes family, a clan who experienced the tragic loss of their daughter some 250 years ago.

Director: John Stimpson | Stars: Julie Delpy, Justin Theroux, Brooke Adams, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,318

49. The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)

PG-13 | 79 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Four young people spend a night in a haunted mansion.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Madison Charap, Troy Taylor, Ryan Larson, P.J. Palmer

Votes: 1,377

50. Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy must go into the underworld ruled by the Goblin King in order to stop a mortal named The Amazing Krudsky who wants power and is a threat to their pals, Fred, Velma and Daphne.

Director: Joe Sichta | Stars: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Grey DeLisle, Mindy Cohn

Votes: 1,446

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51. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.9