What makes a truly awful horror movie? The directors of our list of the 25 worst horror flicks of all time might be able to give us some guidance. We've seen enough truly bad ones to know 'em when we see 'em (and, just to clarify, we only considered movies that had theatrical releases -- because if we included straight-to-dvd stinkers, we'd be here all month), but we'll let you read through our countdown to see if you agree.

Here are 25 of the worst horror prequels, remakes and so called originals ... if you find any of these playing on your flat-scream TV, you know to turn the channel immediately. There are no treats here -- the only thing scary about these movies is how terrible they are. You've been warned. What makes a truly awful horror movie? The directors of our list of the 25 worst horror flicks of all time might be able to give us some guidance. We've seen enough truly bad ones to know 'em when we see 'em (and, just to clarify, we only considered movies that had theatrical releases -- because if we included straight-to-dvd stinkers, we'd be here all month), but we'll let you read through our countdown to see if you agree.

Here are 25 of the worst horror prequels, remakes and so called originals ... if you find any of these playing on your flat-scream TV, you know to turn the channel immediately. There are no treats here -- the only thing scary about these movies is how terrible they are. You've been warned. -- By Ed Tahaney




25. 'Gothika' (2003)
Halle Berry wakes to find herself possessed by a not-so-friendly blonde ghost in the insane asylum where she works. Oh, and she tries to remember why she axed her husband -- when she really should have axed her agent for allowing her to star in this howler. Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz also star; apparently, Downey Jr. accidentally broke Berry's arm during a scene, and the movie production was delayed for two months. They should have stopped there.



24. 'An American Werewolf in Paris' (1997)
The looney heart's club band of a sequel that was made at least a decade too late. Why didn't the producers just get Rob Zombie to direct a prequel/remake of the John Landis original? That would easily be far superior to this howler. Better yet, why not make 'An American Werewolf in Barcelona' and get Woody Allen to direct? Things do not get hairy enough in this hokey horror flick starring Julie Delpy.



23. 'Leprechaun' (1993)
Kiss my Blarney Stone! 'Return of the Jedi''s Warick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok, stars as the little man looking for his stolen gold. Jennifer Aniston (boy, can she really pick 'em) also stars in this not-scary fairy tale set in South Dakota -- really. It's duller than a St. Patrick's Day parade without green beer. An unlucky 93 minutes of your life that will leave you screaming "I want me money back!"



22. 'FearDotCom' (2002)
We pity the fools who logged on to this 'Ring' rip-off. Instead of a creepy video tape there's a killer website -- get it? Suckers die 48 hours after visiting the site online. You'll wish a deadly computer virus on the filmmakers if you manage to sit through this flick. Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea stars as the torturing doc -- now that's really tragic.



21. 'I Spit on Your Grave' (1978)
It's the unpleasant tale of a woman, played by Camile Keaton, who seeks revenge after being gang-raped, repeatedly, by five men. She eventually -- and vilely -- kills them all. We want to be clear: We don't have a problem with revenge flicks per se, it's the perversion and sadism of this one to which we object. Film critic Roger Ebert described it as "a vile bag of garbage," and who can disagree?





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