As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad. But sometimes the reverse also holds true. Horror is a genre that gets a lot of criticism for its subpar acting, ludicrous storylines, and over-the-top gore and violence. Any one of these things can lessen a viewer’s opinion about a horror film. But when every single component is bad, sometimes the movie end up being a hilarious disaster that’s more fun to mock than an actual horror movie.
Here is Screen Rant’s list of 11 Horror Movies So Bad They’re Funny.
Troll 2 (1990)
Proudly deemed “the best worst movie,” Troll 2 is one of the most entertaining horror films of all time – simply because of its stupidity. In the movie, a family travels to the town of Nilbog (“goblin” spelled backwards), where a group of vegetarian goblins try to transform them into plants so they can eat them. It really just doesn’t get much more ludicrous than that.
Perhaps the most problematic part of the film is that there are actually no trolls – the villains are in fact goblins. Distributors were unconvinced that a movie named “Goblin” would perform well, so they decided to market it as a sequel to the 1986 film Troll. Problem is that Troll 2 has no connection to its predecessor… nor does it have any trolls. But that’s just one problem of many. From the horrible goblin costumes, to one victim’s pathetic cry of “Ohhhhhhhhh myyyyy Gooooooooooddddd!” when he realizes that he is about to be eaten by goblins, to the climax in which Joshua saves the day by eating a double-decker baloney sandwich, Troll 2 is so bad it’s legendary.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Stephen King is typically known for writing masterful pieces of horror. But he branched out to comedy when he wrote and directed Maximum Overdrive, a tale of machines coming to life and assaulting humans after Earth passes through the tail of a comet.
The premise sounds like the makings of a scary movie – but the scenes are so ridiculous that it’s just plain hilarious. In the beginning of the film, a man (played by King) tries to withdraw money from an ATM, but it repeatedly calls him an “asshole.” In another scene, a vending machine kills a Little League coach by firing soda point blank to his groin and then his head. In the next sequence, a kid is flattened by a steam roller, but it’s hard to feel scared or even sad with AC/DC blaring in the background. Stephen King once admitted during an interview that he was “coked out of his mind” when making the movie, which is not so hard to believe if you have ever watched it!
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
If you have a coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), then Killer Klowns From Outer Space might actually scare you. The rest of the movie-going population will find this one of the most absurd, funny horror movies they have ever seen. The premise is this: a race of aliens (who look like evil clowns) arrive on Earth in a circus-shaped tent to feed on the blood of humans. They capture their prey by shooting them with ray guns that turn them into a cocoon of cotton candy.
Killer Klowns has a huge cult following, thanks to its dark humor and the creative ways in which it kills its characters. For example, in one scene, the clowns lure a victim by putting on a puppet show; in another scene, they attack a main character from the trashcan and toilet bowl of her bathroom. The only really creepy scene is the one where a clown lures a little girl away from her family in a fast food restaurant – that one for sure tries to play on viewers’ fear of clowns.
Don’t Be Scared (2006)
No Limit founder and New Orleans rapper Master P tried to make a horror movie about a serial killer preying on unsuspecting college students. What he ended up doing was making one of the worst horror movies of all time … ok, maybe one of the worst movies of all time. Luckily for moviegoers, the nonsense only lasts for 45 minutes.
Master P tried to bank on the popularity of teen slasher films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but Don’t be Scared is so flawed it’s a wonder how it ever got green-lighted (or it would be a wonder if it wasn’t produced by P’s Holly Hood Productions). First, the audience is supposed to believe that 36-year-old Master P is a college student. This would almost be forgivable if Master P didn’t mumble haphazardly through all of his lines. Then at one point in the movie there is 30-second appearance of a ghost of a little girl. She has nothing to do with the killings – she just says two lines and then disappears. Huh?
The best scene is when a girl is killed by being locked in a shower. There’s no one in the shower with her and the water isn’t poisonous – she just dies from it somehow. Again, huh? To top off the ridiculousness, the audience can’t even hear the dialogue in some scenes because it’s drowned out by blaring hip-hop music.
House of the Dead (2003)
Based on a video game of the same name, House of the Dead is about a group of college students who are attacked by a group of zombies when attending a rave on a remote island. When a member of the group is killed, the rest of the group bans together to exact revenge on the living dead. Somehow, everyone in the group knows martial arts and how to fire guns with endless amounts of ammunition.
The film is directed by the infamous Uwe Boll, who is insistent on making one crappy movie after another. With such horrible acting, writing, and graphics (some of the fighting scenes were taken straight from the video game), it’s hard to believe that Boll was trying to make a legit scary movie. The film has all the standard horror clichés: false scares, naked women, and gore. But it’s so perverse and ludicrous that it’s not remotely scary. Instead, it’s a comedy of errors that defies any standard of logic.
Jason X (2001)
How do writers make an old slasher tale interesting again? Send the killer to space – duh! In Jason X, our favorite killer in a hockey mask is kidnapped by the government and cryogenically frozen. Then 445 years later, some young space travelers take his body on board their spaceship and wake him up. Viewers are left asking themselves a familiar question: “Why is everyone in horror movies so freaking stupid?”
The plot is so over-the-top it’s actually pretty entertaining, thanks to its wink-and-nod approach to horror. For example, there’s a scene near the end of the film where the people on the spaceship create a holographic Crystal Lake to fool Jason. The humor of the death scenes derives from the ridiculous ways in which Jason kills his victims, along with director Jim Isaac’s approach of making the characters interesting, but not so much so that viewers actually care when they die.
Jaws 3-D (1983)
In the third installment of the Jaws franchise, the great white shark follows a group of water skiers into Sea World where it’s held in captivity. Disaster strikes when the mother shark arrives at Sea World searching for her offspring with a vengeance. It’s up to the staff and a pair of friendly dolphins to battle “big mama” and save the day.
Many people consider Jaws 3-D the most terrible of the franchise due to its preposterous storyline and utterly cheesy dialogue. But those things are what make it hilarious to watch. How can you not laugh when Dennis Quaid’s character has a nervous breakdown and tries to warn people about “big mama,” but just comes off as a mumbling idiot? Or how about the scene where the crocodile-hunter guy battles the shark but accidentally falls into his mount like a dumbass? Perhaps the most humorous part of the film is that a 3-D version was never put on home video, so for the past 30 years, audiences have been left viewing images that don’t make sense – like the fish head in the opening credits.
Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)
In the fifth Leprechaun film, three rappers, Postmaster P. (Anthony Montgomery), Stray Bullet (Rashaana Nall), and Butch (Red Grant) try to raise money to buy music equipment. After a powerful music producer, Mack Daddy (Ice-T), doesn’t hook up the rappers as promised, they break into his studio and steal his gold, jewelry, flute, and a medallion from an ugly statue. The latter item was a mistake, as the statue transforms into the leprechaun who immediately goes on a hell bent killing spree trying to get his magic flute back.
Yes, the movie is probably one of the most stupid things you’ll ever watch – and it’s actually pretty racist in the way it portrays its black characters. But the writing is so bad, it’s so, so good. Throughout the movie, the Leprechaun spouts clichéd African American vernacular like “da bomb,” “homie,” and “OG.” He also has some pretty classic rhymes throughout like, “Look at all these glittering goods. I got more loot than Tiger Woods.” And keeping true to “hood form,” there are various scenes in which the characters smoke weed, including the Lep.
Birdemic: Shock & Terror (2010)
It’s hard being in love when birds are wreaking havoc and killing people around you. In this self-proclaimed “romantic horror film,” Rod (Alan Bagh) and Nathalie (Whitney Moore) find love, while birds attack gas stations and cars because they are pissed about global warming. After being oblivious to all of the destruction going on around them for a good portion of the movie, Rod and Nathalie join forces with a few other survivors to try and escape the birds.
Director James Nguyen claims that Birdemic pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The truth is that there’s not one good thing about the movie – it’s preposterous. But that’s what makes it so funny. The acting is horrible – most people have probably seen better in a high school play; the birds are so poorly rendered they look like clip art; and the writing is so bad it makes Leprechaun 5 look like a piece of poetry – hey, at least the writers made the Leprechaun rhyme. The best part of Birdemic is the ending when a group of doves chase away the birds, and Rod and Nathalie watch them fly off into the sunset. How romantic!
The Wicker Man (2006)
Nicolas Cage is often criticized for his dopey acting, but The Wicker Man takes the prize for the most absurd. In the film, policeman Edward Malus (Nicholas Cage) tries to save his daughter Rowan (Erika Shaye Gair) from being sacrificed by a bunch of pagans who rely on the production of honey to survive on their island. Little does Malus know that the women only sacrifice men to The Wicker Man, which leads to his fatal demise.
Thanks to Cage and the horrible writing, The Wicker Man brims with unintentional comedy. In one scene, Malus punches a random pagan in the face – which wouldn’t be so funny if he wasn’t dressed up in a bear costume while doing it. Even funnier is the way in which Cage delivers several lines in the film. For example, after Malus finds a burned doll, he repeatedly shouts to his ex Willow (Kate Beahan), “How did it get burned?” Even better, is the line at the end when Malus is captured by the pagans. He shouts “Murder, murder…killing me won’t bring back your god damn honey.” It’s no wonder that scenes from this this film have become a huge source of memes for the past nine years.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)
You almost can’t fault Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 for being so bad. The producers gave director Lee Harry no money to make the film, and instead told him to re-edit the footage from the first film and play it off as a sequel. Harry refused to do that, and shot as much of the film as he could on no budget, and then use scenes from the first film as flashbacks – brilliant!
Also brilliant was casting Eric Freeman as killer Ricky, who is the brother of the killer in the first film. His character is a total meathead, and the over-the-top acting makes for some of the most hilarious moments in slasher film history. One of the most epic scenes of the film is when Ricky kills his neighbor when he’s taking out the trash. Ricky insanely proclaims, “Garbage day!”, and then shoots his neighbor. When his neighbor falls to the ground, Ricky laughs, twirls the gun, and blows on the barrel. Doesn’t get much classier than that!
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