The Worst Halloween Movies Of All Time
Halloween is full of possibilities. It can be a frightening and haunting occasion full of creepy costumes and shocking terrors. However, it can also be a holiday full of merriment and joy where people young and old can dress up as their favorite characters and go treat-or-treating for delicious snacks and candies. The popular but controversial holiday is celebrated across the globe. It has become such a massive occasion that Hollywood has had more than its share of movies that depict Halloween.
While films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween are some of the most beloved Halloween movies, many others don’t even begin to do the holiday justice. Here are the worst Halloween-themed flicks of all time.
15. Trick or Treat
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
In 1986, someone thought it was wise to thrust Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne into a Halloween flick, which resulted in the metal horror comedy, Trick or Treat. Family Ties’ Marc Price plays a teenager who is obsessed with heavy metal. One day the teen decides to play his Sammi Curr record in the opposite direction, which is obviously a terrible idea, and he inadvertently unleashes a deadly curse.
Soon the teen realizes there is more to life than just rock and roll. Sadly, Trick or Treat is way too convoluted for a simple life lesson.
Next: A movie involving an evil witch and some gingerbread.
14. The Gingerdead Man
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%
We have to give The Gingerdead Man some merit for its delightful plot. The film follows an insane witch who revives her son from the dead. Unfortunately, her son happens to be an evil killer. She brings him back as a giant psychopathic gingerbread man whose only focus is on killing the girl who had him executed.
Besides the ghastly one-liners, we also can’t get over the fact that the witch literally mixes her son’s ashes into a gingerbread dough. It’s honestly preposterous.
Next: A lackluster family Halloween film.
13. Spooky Buddies
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%
In the ’90s and early 2000s, we had family Halloween films like Don’t Look Under the Bed and Hocus Pocus. Generation Z can’t even get that. 2011’s Spooky Buddies evidently wanted parents to pull out their hair. The family flick follows a group of dogs called Buddies. Pip, Zelda, Rodney, and Skip, must stop Warwick the Warlock (Harland Wiliams) and save the world from his terrible antics.
We love dogs just as much as the next person and the dogs in this film are rather adorable, but unless you are literally aged two or under, Spooky Buddies is just unbearable. For kids who are growing up in the midst of ever-expanding technologies, they can’t be expected to deal with talking dogs whose lips don’t even move.
Next: A film about a dog and a creepy neighbor
12. The Dog Who Saved Halloween
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%
We thought we’d left AirBud back in the ’90s, but apparently, we were wrong. We’re not sure why Hollywood despises children so much but if The Dog Who Saved Halloween is any indication, then they certainly don’t hold kiddos in high regard. The film follows a talking dog (Joey Lawrence) who encounters a haunted house, a creepy neighbor (Lance Henriksen), and an evil canine (Mayim Bialik).
The narrative is both dry and borderline sexist, and you’re better off popping in an old VHS of Casper to suit your Halloween needs.
Next: Possibly the worst clown movie ever.
11. The Clown Murders
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%
The Clown Murders started off on the wrong foot by coming out the same year as John Carpenter’s Halloween. The narrative also just reeks of misogyny. The film follows a group of friends who kidnap one of their ex-girlfriend’s who has married a wealthy man.
As one can expect, things get out of hand quickly. Even John Candy couldn’t save this mess.
Next: A movie that really is wacko
- Rotten Tomatoes score: unavailable
We all know that spoof films are either genius or they are abysmal. Unfortunately, there seems to be no in between. Before the Scary Movie franchize, director Greydon Clark decided to give us a Halloween parody movie called Wacko. The movie follows high-school students and a policeman (Joe Don Baker) who await Halloween and the so-called Lawn Mower Killer.
The movie might seem straightforward enough aside from the absurd notion of the lawn-mowing maniac, but that’s as good as it gets. Mary, the film’s protagonist is still being haunting 13 years after her sister’s death. She continually seems little law mowers everywhere which is honestly more hilarious than sad. They really could have picked a better weapon.
Next: It’s certainly not your mama’s ‘Halloween’
9. Halloween Night
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%
The premise of Halloween Night is straightforward enough. It involves a crazed man who escapes from an insane asylum and heads to his old family home. When he arrives, he discovers that there is a Halloween party in full swing. Unfortunately, the film gets worse from there. Though it debuted in 2006, the special effects and cinematography are so poorly done that it looks like something out of the ’70s.
It’s also pretty sad that the plot is a rip off of the entire Halloween franchise. Only this time instead of a terrifying Mike Myers, or even Ghostface, we’re subjected to a killer whose face looks more absurd than scary. It legit looks like its melting.
Next: An awful parody horror film.
8. Stan Helsing
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%
Hollywood loves to cash in on a good thing which is why Stan Helsing happened. The film debuted in 2009 and centers around a video store worker named Stan Helsing, his ex-girlfriend, best buddy, and an exotic dancer. The group winds up in a town that’s cursed by the biggest monsters in movie history including, Freddy, Jason, Pinhead, Leatherface, Chucky, and Michael Myers.
Mostly the film was just a waste with terrible jokes and plot points that fell flat.
Next: A movie that tried to get all your favorite monsters together
7. The Pumpkin Karver
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%
The Pumpkin Karver proves that practical jokes are always a bad idea. The movie follows Alec (David J. Wright), who decides to dress up as a masked killer and scare his girlfriend, Lynn (Amy Weber). Sadly Lynn’s brother takes the joke seriously and stabs Alec to death.
A year later the siblings find themselves on the run from a familiar mass murderer. It’s the same old story that we’ve seen a hundred times before. Also, pumpkin heads aren’t exactly terrifying.
Next: Nicolas Cage in a horror movie
6. The Wicker Man
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%
In The Wicker Man, Nicolas Cage plays a detective who travels to a secluded island to search for a girl who has gone missing. Once he arrives, he discovers the island’s residents have some genuinely sinister rituals and beliefs.
The Wicker Man is a Halloween movie remake that should have never occurred that involved Cage dressing up like a bear and punching a nun. The best thing the film can offer is some costume inspiration.
Next: Another day, another pumpkin head.
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%
Back in 1995, Steve Latshaw gave us Jack-O and the Halloween film genre has never recovered. The premise of the film isn’t bad, after all, who doesn’t love jack-o-lanterns. Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there. The plot follows a resurrected wizard with a pumpkin head (yes we are just as confused as you are) who is awakened and seeks vengeance for his death by hunting down his killer’s ancestors.
Besides the puzzling plot, director Latshaw chose to put his son, Ryan Latshaw in the lead role. Sadly, the teen couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. Jack-O is one of the most notoriously terrible horror films of all times.
Next: The worst of the ‘Halloween’ franchise
4. Halloween: Resurrection
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%
We love almost everything about the Halloween franchize, but 2002’s Halloween Resurrection is simply abysmal. The film is so dated that not even two decades later, it’s laughable to watch. In the movie, Laure Strobe (Jamie Lee Curtis) is thrust in the middle of a reality show.
Someone thought it was a good idea to place contestants in Mike Myers’ old house with cameras all around them. Of course, on cue, the serial killer comes out of retirement to kill them all. There’s even a scene with rapper Busta Rhymes kung-fu kicking Mike out of a window. It was abysmal.
Next: A movie full of Martians and robots
3. Spaced Invaders
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%
1990’s Spaced Invaders should have at least been interesting, but it couldn’t even bother to live up to its plot. The narrative follows green Martians who land in Illinois on Halloween because they believe they are supposed to invade the earth. That’s where the interesting aspects of the narrative end. Instead, they befriend two humans and use their space technology to fight off a killer robot.
There are one hundred better invasion movies than this.
Next: A troll flick without a troll
2. Troll 2
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%
Troll 2 is a movie without a single troll, so that tells you just how good it is. The film follows Joshua (Michael Stephenson) who doesn’t want to go on vacation with his family to the town of Nilbog because he fears that goblins are running amuck in the town. His parents ignore him of course until they encounter the evil creatures for themselves.
Did we mention that there are goblins but no trolls? Also, Nilbog is “Goblin” spelled backward.
Next: A disgrace to Jim Carrey.
1. Son of the Mask
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%
There is perhaps no other Halloween-themed film or sequel worse than the cringe-worthy Son of the Mask. It’s honestly a disgrace to Jim Carrey’s incredible work and good name. The movie follows Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy), a cartoonist who is living a peaceful life with his family in suburbia. Things take a turn when the family dog uncovers a mysterious mask.
The movie is a disaster, Kennedy just doesn’t have Carey’s comedic, and his antics in the mask are just disturbing and annoying. If you can find it in your heart to still appreciate Halloween after this Halloween -themed film then you are a better person than us.