Creepshow III (2006)
The Horror: Both Stephen King and George Romero are out, but the series continues to limp on with five more bloodless horror shorts starring nobody you’ve ever heard of…
Why So Terrible? The horror’s been replaced with jokes this time around, and pretty much the entire film is – disarmingly – set during the daytime. Sort of like a really bad soap opera with added guts.
King Kong Lives (1986)
The Horror: Linda Hamilton, what were you thinking?! King Kong lies in a coma for a decade after falling from the Twin Towers (and surviving). As he waits for a life-saving heart transplant, a giant female ape is found in the jungle…
Why So Terrible? You’ve read the plot synopsis right? How that storyline ever got out of a board room is beyond us.
The Stepfather 3: Father's Day (1992)
The Horror: Uh-oh. Crazy stepfather Keith Grant (Robert Wightman) has escaped from his mental asylum, and has had plastic surgery to change his face. Now he could be anyone…
Why So Terrible? Stepfather 3 ’s tagline is “Daddy's been working in the garden... again!” We know we're terrified...
Boogeyman II (1983)
The Horror: Six months after the events of the first Boogeyman (God forbid), Lacey (Suzanna Love) visits some friends where she attempts to get over the events of the first Boogeyman (God forbid)…
Why So Terrible? Predictable, cheesy, boring. All the best bad buzz words apply here. Not only that, but the first 25 minutes of the film are pretty much made up of clips from the first Boogey … Talk about cheating.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
The Horror: Mental patient Ricky decides to avenge his brother’s death, and hacks his way through various body parts until he confronts his sibling’s killer – Mother Superior.
Wh y So Terrible? True, it has a ‘death by umbrella’ sequence that gets a few giggles, but SNDL2 is still a ropy, badly-acted shambles that relies on extended flashbacks to the first film to beef up its running time.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
The Horror: A priest investigates the death of Regan MacNeil’s exorcist, while Regan herself begins to suspect that there’s still a demon lurking somewhere inside her.
Why So Terrible? Have you seen the hypnotism scene? So hilariously bad it actually ends up funny. Which is not what an Exorcist movie should be. Ever.
The Amityville Curse (1990)
The Horror: The original haunted Amityville house welcomes five new residents, who spend a night there and are beset by ghosts and venomous insects.
Why So Terrible? It attempts to build up an intriguing mystery. It fails. It attempts to create a portentous mood. It fails. It attempts to skip over its gaping plot holes. It fails. Conclusion? FAIL.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
The Horror: A bunch of college students head into the same woods that Josh, Mike and Heather disappeared in, intent on finding out what happened to them.
Why So Terrible? Talk about an unnecessary sequel. Not only was nobody asking for this, when it arrived it was about as scary as a newborn kitten. So bad that the proposed third Blair Witch film (by the original’s directors) was swiftly cancelled.
The Birds II: Land's End (1994)
The Horror: “Birds go berserk and turn against mankind” reads the official plot synopsis. Yes, dear readers, we’re officially in rehash territory.
Why So Terrible? With an IMDb rating of just 2.7, it’s clear there’s little love for director Rick Rosenthal’s misguided follow-up (this is the director’s second appearance on this list, what with Halloween: Resurrection ). His film’s direst offence? It’s mind-numbingly boring.
Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)
The Horror: Hooray, evil old Damien’s dead! But oh, there’s another child with scary eyes and a penchant for being around when weird accidents happen. Could young Karen be an even more evil youngling than Damo?
Why So Terrible? Uh, no, of course not. This direct-to-DVD misfire works simply as a string of set-pieces with no discernible plot.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995)
The Horror: On prom night, a group of teens get into a car crash. Seeking help, they find themselves in the family home of a certain face-wearing maniac.
Why So Terrible? Notable only for starring Renée Zellweger and a never more OTT Matthew McConaughey. As per an IMDb commenter: “Watching this movie is like having someone kick you in the head for two hours, only to find out that you have just survived the warm-up session and the worst is yet to come.”
Return Of The Living Dead: Rave To The Grave (2005)
The Horror: A college Halloween rave has an injection of cannibalism courtesy of a new drug called Z, which brings the dead back to life.
Why So Terrible? The title tells you everything you need to know about this waste of celluloid. Zombies at a rave? Pull the other (severed) one.
Saw III (2006)
The Horror: Serial killer Jigsaw puts his apprentice out in the field to carry on his work, while also kidnapping a doctor to save him from his own inevitable death.
Why So Terrible? This is the franchise’s tipping point. Whereas the first film was a tension-cranking nail biter with big ideas, by now the series just wants to invent grisly and in-yer-face demises for its characters. From here on in it’s mindless pap.
Sorority House Massacre 2 (1990)
The Horror: Five years after the original gore-soaked massacre, a group of college girls move into Hokstedter house and are about to suffer the same icky fate.
Why So Terrible? There are better places to see women in lingerie than this, and you’ll probably have more fun there than you would here.
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangmans Daughter (1999)
The Horror: A bloody delve into the bloody past, as we discover how the birth of vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium shook Mexico 100 years ago.
Why So Terrible? The film attempts something interesting by including real 19th century author Ambrose Bierce, but then does nothing with him - it doesn’t even have the guts to follow through with the twists of his tome, the title of which it stole for itself…
The Hills Have Eyes II (1985)
The Horror: The desert from the first film welcomes a group of bikers and some of the first film’s survivors, who are attacked by the remaining mutants.
Why So Terrible? Wes Craven may have proven himself reasonably adept at sequels with New Nightmare and Scream 2 , but he well and truly misses the mark with this woeful second go-around with the mutant freaks. Watch the remake instead.
Lake Placid 3 (2010)
The Horror: The terrifying crocs are back, this time working as a diabolical team and chowing down on the residents of the oh-so-ironically-named Lake Placid. Everybody roll your eyes with us.
Why So Terrible? Have you seen the above picture of the aforementioned ‘terrifying’ croc? Yeah, it’s a crock.
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil (1992)
The Horror: A quartet of teens are stalked by Father Jonas, a religious nut who punishes youngsters who transgress in the eyes of the Lord. Sex = bad. Murder = good.
Why So Terrible? A disco dancing Jamie Lee Curtis is long gone, and so is any sense of logic in this drivelsome fourth Prom , which takes itself far too seriously.
Sometimes They Come Back... For More (1998)
The Horror: Two years after the first sequel, this third Sometimes They Come Back sees an ancient evil target a psychologist in the arctic circle.
Why So Terrible? It wants to be The Thing so badly it hurts, and director Daniel Zelik Berk (who’s not directed since) doesn’t even do us the courtesy of giving us a little compensatory gore. Lame.
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)
The Horror: Illinois’ Baxter University hosts the evil Djinn, who promises to make wishes come true – and then rips your guts out as well.
Why So Terrible? Even original baddie Andrew Divoff has buggered off by this point, leaving John Novak to wear the Djinn make-up. If we wish hard enough, will this tripe cease to exist?
Witchboard III: The Possession (1995)
The Horror: Jobless stockbroker Brian (David Nerman) finds the key to success in a Ouija board, but discovers it comes at a horrible price…
Why So Terrible? An overbearing blandness makes this third Witchboard instantly forgettable – though a few moments of atrocious acting may stick in the memory, no matter how hard you try to erase them.
Anaconda III (2008)
The Horror: David Hasselhoff is dispatched to deal with two deadly Anacondas that have broken free of a test facility…
Why So Terrible? If you promise us The Hoff, we want The Hoff. Sadly, the ex- Baywatch flexer barely features in the film, meaning we’re left with crappy CGI snakes as a rubbish consolation prize.
Seed of Chucky (2004)
The Horror: Plastic serial killers Chucky and Tiffany return, and Chucky still wants to find a new body to possess. Yes, five films in. Meanwhile, the duo's cross-dressing son Glen has his own concerns.
Why So Terrible? Bride Of Chucky was great because it combined knowing self-reference with full-blooded horror. Seed screws up that balance completely and – chronically – is as unfunny as a poo on a plate.
The Fly II (1989)
The Horror: Seth Brundle’s son, Martin (Eric Stoltz), searches for a cure for his mutated genes while evading the corporation who want to continue his pa’s twisted research.
Why So Terrible? Far fewer smarts evident in this gory follow-up, which is 10 times nastier than its predecessor and far more interested in bloody encounters than inviting its audience to think.
Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
The Horror: It took them long enough to make it, but this sequel to The Lost Boys can’t hope to hold a candle to that befanged classic. A giant-jawed Corey Feldman returns as Frog, who now works as a vampire hunter.
Why So Terrible? Really, it was doomed before it got started. A blatant attempt to cash in on the vampire craze, this first sequel is content to rehash the plot beats of the first film, which just makes us want to watch that instead.
Troll 2 (1990)
The Horror: While on holiday in a small town, a family discover that goblins have disguised themselves as humans and are planning a feast – of human flesh.
Why So Terrible? Legendary as one of the worst films ever made, Troll 2 has absolutely nothing going for it – terrible acting, a plot that makes no sense, special effects that aren’t so much special as ‘special’. It's a masterclass in how not to make a film.
A Return To Salems Lot (1987)
The Horror: Anthropologist Joe (Michael Moriarty) heads to quiet town Salem’s Lot, and is recruited by the vampires there to write their bible for them.
Why So Terrible? Without a King novel to use as a blueprint, Return feels like a half-hearted reheat with nothing new to say.
The Wicker Tree (2010)
The Horror: A pseudo-sequel to The Wicker Man directed by Man ’s Robin Hardy. Tree follows two young missionaries who are invited to join the festivities in the Scottish village of Tressock. Should've stayed at home.
Why So Terrible? Hardy goes for tongue-in-cheek satire, but ends up with a defeatist mess of crude characterisation that boasts zero dramatic tension.
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
The Horror: A tale of revenge, as Peter Vincent and Charley Brewster are targeted by vampire Jerry’s sister Regine (Julie Carmen).
Why So Terrible? Dreadful monster make-up, a villain who’s not a patch on the first film’s Jerry, and basically zero story to go on. Frightful stuff.
Jack Frost 2: Revenge Of The Mutant Killer Snowman (2000)
The Horror: Not a sequel to the Michael Keaton Christmas movie, but to B-grade slasher Jack Frost . This time, the Tiler family head to the tropics to escape their frosty stalker, but Jack’s figured out how to not melt in tropical heats…
Why So Terrible? Just because the makers of Jack Frost 2 know it’s an insult to everything that’s sacred doesn’t excuse its camp idiocy. We’d rather watch the Keaton flick…
Return To Sleepaway Camp (2008)
The Horror: Camp Manabe is open again, and it isn’t long before the bodies start piling up in the usually grisly Sleepaway Camp manner.
Why So Terrible? The other Sleepaway Camp sequels weren’t exactly masterpieces, but this belated fifth entry (which ignores the events of SCII and III ) tops them all for absolute inanity. Terrible twist, too.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
The Horror: Blade falls in with some geeky, teched-up vampire hunters that include the iPod-loving Abigail (Jessica Biel) and the gym-loving Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds).
Why So Terrible? Blade’s barely in it. Ryan Reynolds is in full cheesy action hero mode. And Dracula’s a beefcake. Just don’t.
Candyman: Day Of The Dead (1999)
The Horror: Candyman’s back, this time attempting to convince his descendent Caroline McKeever (Donna D’Errico) to become a part of his legend. Or something.
Why So Terrible? A heroine who’s a former Baywatch babe? That’s just the first blunder in this straight-to-DVD threequel, which tries nothing new and is basically just a cheap rehash of the first two films.
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
The Horror: Space marines encounter a leprechaun who’s kidnapped an alien princess. Then there’s something about a mad scientist, and a whole lot of people blowing each other up.
Why So Terrible? Sure, it’s a camp classic, and one of the funniest movie titles we’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t excuse its existence.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
The Horror: Hellraiser II blew us away with its dark expansion of the Hellverse. Hellraiser III takes a big steaming dump on that progress, as a reporter tries to return Pinhead to Hell…
Why So Terrible? Hellraiser III introduced the concept of movie-specific coenobites, and the CD abomination really takes the biscuit in a sequel that seems to think it's a Nightmare On Elm Street film. Total and utter tosh.
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006)
The Horror: Why Lance Henrikson agreed to (briefly) appear in this schlocky low-budget sequel is beyond us. The plot? Pumpkinhead's summoned again to get revenge for some snivelling low-life... you know the drill.
Why So Terrible? “He threw their loved ones into a swamp. Now they want revenge... But when a demon does their dirty work, it comes at a price.” That’s the film’s overly-verbose tagline. It’s as inept as the film itself.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
The Horror: Remember Halloween H20 ? Pretty decent wasn’t it? Tied up the franchise nicely, right? Wrong. Resurrection undoes all that good work by unceremoniously offing Laurie Strode (in the worst way possible), then folding in some horrible reality TV hijinks. Unbearable.
Why So Terrible? We’ll say just this: Busta Rhymes vs Michael Myers. And now we’re going to go and cry in a corner.
Pet Semetary II (1992)
The Horror: New undead victims fall foul of the Indian cemetery. Yada yada yada, it stars Edward Furlong.
Why So Terrible? You read the bit about it starring Edward Furlong, right? That aside, this sequel goes the ‘more is more’ route, and comes a cropper because of that. Don’t waste your time.
American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)
The Horror: A college student (Mila Kunis) gets a taste for blood that might help her bag her dream job as, er, classroom assistant…
Why So Terrible? It completely and utterly ruins the mystique of the original film by branding Patrick Bateman a psycho, where the original American Psycho made us question if his murders were all just fantasy. Unforgiveable.
Critters 2 (1988)
The Horror: Brad (Scott Grimes) has grown up, but those pesky critters are back on Earth causing mischief. Thank goodness Charlie (Don Keith Opper) is still around to help…
Why So Terrible? OK, so Critters 4 is arguably as bad, but Critters 2 started the ball rolling downhill – literally in the case of a ridiculous giant critter-ball that demolishes a small town. Utter pap.
The Ring Two (2005)
The Horror: Follow-up to Gore Verbinski’s ace remake. Rachel (Naomi Watts) is still being haunted by a lank-haired girl who really needs a good bath.
Why So Terrible? Surprised at how good the original Ring remake was? The Ring Two repays your faith ten-fold by delivering something of such horror you’ll want to track down every existing copy and burn it.
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
The Horror: Trailer trash Rachel Lang (Emily Bergyl) discovers she may have psychic powers, which worries her school councillor, Sue Snell (Amy Irving).
Why So Terrible? How do you follow up Brian de Palma’s classic? By copying it almost completely but with horrendous modern ‘updates’. Nothing surprising here except for how truly terrible it really is.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
The Horror: The Freeling family have got themselves a new place to live, but something’s still haunting them.
Why So Terrible? If only this sequel had given us more of Julian Beck’s creepy Kane and less of the ethereal lovey-stuff, it wouldn’t have made it onto this list. Sadly, despite an awesome Vomit Creature set-piece, this Poltergeist shows us too much and delivers too little.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
The Horror: Fourth and final Jaws film, in which Brody’s son Sean (Mitchell Anderson), now deputy, believes a shark is targeting him and his family for revenge.
Why So Terrible? Even Michael Caine can’t save this wet fish. How can a fish get revenge? Honestly…
Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)
The Horror: We could fill half this list with Howling sequels, but this one’s particularly dreadful and responsible for the series’ descent into bargain bin hell, as a werewolf hunter goes after the queen of the lyncanthropes.
Why So Terrible? The original title was Stirba – Werewolf Bitch , which pretty much sums up the subtlety (or lack, thereof) evident in this follow-up. Where the original Howling revelled in fun puns, this one’s just a bad joke searching for a punchline.
Child's Play 3 (1991)
The Horror: Chucky heads to military school, where he hopes to get revenge on a grown-up Andy and plots to possess the body of a young child.
Why So Terrible? Ignoring its connection to the Jamie Bulger case, CP3 is still a travesty of bad filmmaking. After the brilliance of Part 2 , its inadequacies are all the more obvious – including some terrible jokes and a fitful finale. Still, seven years later we did get Bride Of Chucky…
Freddys Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
The Horror: Johnny Depp cameos, but that’s just a painful reminder of how good the franchise was back when he starred as the luckless jock.
Why So Terrible? By this point, the franchise is really living up to its name, having turned into a nightmare of bad puns, horrible deaths and dreadful over-acting.
Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
The Horror: Part four was meant to be the F13 franchise’s swan-song, but it made so much money they decided to keep going without a key element in this fifth bloodfest.
Why So Terrible? *SPOILER* Jason Voorhees isn’t even in it?! Learning nothing from sister-franchise Halloween III , which dumped Michael Myers, this is a pointless entry in the franchise which only proved how vital Jason was to its success. Sure, they had the hockey mask and the boiler suit, but without Jason inside them, we might as well be watching footage from a fancy-dress party. Luckily, Jason returned for franchise high point Part VI: Jason Lives. *END SPOILER*
AVP: Requiem (2007)
The Horror: Sixth film to star the ever-less-scary xenomorph, and second cinematic clash for the Alien and Predator. This time, they’re on Earth…
Why So Terrible? The fanboys brayed for real darkness, and they got it here – in spades. So much so, we can never actually tell what’s going on. And don’t get us started on the Predalien…
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
The Horror: Slasher follow-up to 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer , in which Julie James (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) is still being stalked by a guy with a hook.
Why So Terrible? For a start, the title doesn’t make any sense (if we’re going for accuracy, it should be called I Still Know What You Did The Summer Before Last ). Meanwhile, the film’s twists are ridiculous, and Brandy’s screaming sounds like a dying banshee.