It seems that for every good horror film released in this millennium, there are about five less than stellar ones to accompany it. We focused on the best horror films of the 2000s and with that I knew I had to try and think of the other films that didn't hit the same mark of excellence. They are out there. It's just a matter of looking.
So what makes these films so bad? Well, a majority of modern horror attempts have been rather campy or just plain stupid. They might have had a bad concept accentuated with bad action and bad dialogue or they might have a great concept destroyed by the same elements. With the rise in CGI and the seemingly lost art of practical effects, a lot of these films have effects that make the film even worse than it could be simply because the effects are as bad as the rest of it.
I must stress that this list does not include horror remakes, reboots, or Americanized adaptations of foreign films. Despite how horrible they all have been you wont find them on here. If you want to see my list of the worst horror remakes, you can read all about them here. Although this contains no adaptations of previous films, it does contain novel and video game adaptations. If you're upset by how short this list is, let that be an awakening to the alarming decrease in original ideas.
10. Silent Hill (2006)
It's no secret that the Silent Hill video games are amazing. The games were said to be the scariest ever released at the time, and many were excited when we learned we would finally get a film adaptation. Between bad CGI, an awkward plot, and weird dialogue, Silent Hill didn't really have a smooth transition to the big screen. Add in a sequel that was even worse and you have one big failed franchise on your hands.
9. Ghost Ship (2002)
Part of me doesn't even know how to describe this movie. The basic premise of a sea crew finding an abandoned, haunted ship floating at sea could have been great. Another victim of bad dialogue and effects, Ghost Ship just doesn't hold the attention or raise the stakes like it could have. It is one thing to stand out, but you don't want to stand out for being this bad.
8. Darkness Falls (2003)
I was never quite sure what Darkness Falls was trying to capitalize on, but it was just another one that fell flat on its face for me. In the height of early to mid-2000s gore, this one tried to take a more psychological route and failed at being both suspenseful and scary.
7. Dreamcatcher (2003)
Stephen King adaptations are definitely a hit or miss type thing. While King has had great films adapted from his work, Dreamcatcher isn't one of them. The effects are bad, the dialogue is comical at times, and the story just doesn't translate from the original text. It's still a bit disappointing.
6. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
The Saw franchise ran for seven films before being wrapped up with this 2010 atrocity. Considered by most fans to be a mockery of the original concept and downright stupid, Saw 3D brought in storylines that originated as fan fiction years before and contained traps that were irrelevant, too complicated, and obviously just done to exaggerate the 3D. Not just the worst of the Saw franchise, but one of the worst we've seen since the year 2000.
5. Basically Every M. Night Shyamalan Movie (2000 - present)
Face it, the only decent film we got from M. Night was The Sixth Sense in 1999. Just about every film since then has been predictable, lacking ambition, cheesy, and just downright terrible. The only one really worth watching is Unbreakable and even that isn't enough to save his career. I don't know how studios keep funding this guy's projects because he's been box office poison for well over a decade.
4. Queen of the Damned (2002)
Queen of the Damned had every opportunity to be great. Serving as sort of a spin-off of Interview with the Vampire, this film featured the late Aaliyah in the title role as queen of the vampires. She was awesome and really fit the character, but turning Lestat into a rock musician and allowing the story to be twisted in ways that made no sense doomed this film. It's really a shame, but at least the soundtrack was awesome.
3. House of the Dead (2003)
Oh man, where do I begin. This low-budget film adaptation of the popular arcade game, House of the Dead, is just as bad as it sounds like it would be. Often considered one of the worst horror films ever made, this adaptation has every element for a horror failure. The dialogue is horrible, the characters lack humanity, the effects are bad, and there's practically no plot. If you watch it as more of a horror parody you might enjoy it, but it's not even worth trying to take seriously.
2. Feardotcom (2002)
Feardotcom stormed onto the scene with the rising popularity of the internet. Sites like Myspace and Vampire Freaks were raging in popularity and the concept of a website that would kill you sounded pretty awesome, right? Well, the concept was cool. It seems that the primary issue with 2000s horror is execution. This was one that certainly had great potential, but it just wasn't executed properly.
1. Resident Evil franchise (2002 - present)
Before you jump onto the comments section and trash me for weeks about putting Resident Evil at #1, actually sit down and think about this franchise as a whole. Another franchise based on a video game series, this collection of films is one that I believe rose to popularity simply because of the zombie craze that swept through pop culture. The visual effects are quite terrible and the concept strayed from the games. We all know the Umbrella Corp. cosplays look awesome and Alice is pretty cool, but that doesn't mean the Resident Evil franchise is good. I've never been a fan of them, especially after it became blatantly obvious that they were including kill shots and destruction just to appeal in 3D.
The Purge (2013), Jason X (2001), Halloween II (2009), I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Whiteout (2009), Jennifer's Body (2009), Donkey Punch (2008), Catacombs (2007), The Messengers (2007), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Vacancy (2007), Warm Bodies (2013)