90s | 80s

10 Horror Movies That Tried To Be Scary, And Failed Miserably

Making movies is hard, and making an effective horror movie is especially so. For every classic the genre puts out like The Exorcist or Halloween, you get plenty of non-scary schlock like Basket Case or about a billion Saw movies. In particular, these 10 movies were anything but scary; most of them are actually pretty hilarious.

Nightmare On Elm St. 2: Freddy's Revenge

The immediate followup to one of the most classic horror movies of all time is... less than great. Fun fact: the movie is considered to be full of references to repressed homosexuality.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

The fourth (yes, fourth) Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie turns Leatherface into a cross-dresser in terrible masks, and happens to star both Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey before they were famous.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2

A sequel to a horror movie that already wasn't great, this one has some pretty unintentionally funny moments, like the infamous "garbage day" scene.

The movies just get even more hilariously bad from here...

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Often considered the worst movie of all time, director Ed Wood's crowning achievement is absolutely worth a watch, if only to laugh your ass off.

Troll 2

A movie so amazingly terrible there's even a documentary about it called The Best Worst Movie, which you should also watch.

Child's Play

Let's get real for a second here; Chucky is only scary if you watch this movie when you're like, 8. Otherwise, watching a grown woman fight off a tiny doll is just hilarious.

The Manitou

Screen legend Tony Curtis stars in this movie that tries to be socially conscious by focusing on Native Americans driven from their land, but it ends up just being kind of boring.

Manos: The Hands of Fate

A "horror" movie so infamously dull it made for one of the best Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes of all time, this public domain crapshow is worth your time if only to see how not to make a movie.

Urban Legend

It wants to be Scream so badly, and it fails in every way that movie succeeded.

Jason X

This kinda feels like cheating because, come on, the people who made this knew EXACTLY how stupid Jason going into space and fighting a sex android who's been turned into a super soldier is. This is one you should absolutely watch.

What's the least-scary horror movie you've ever seen?