8 laughable ‘horror’ movies to watch for Halloween

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Living Arts Editor

Watching horror movies is a go-to way to celebrate Halloween, especially for those too easily spooked to visit a haunted house or break out a Ouija board. The desire to binge-watch Halloween classics is even greater this year, as going out during COVID-19 is a bit too scary, even for the spooky holiday. But what is there to watch if you’re not a fan of scary movies or slasher films? 

Worry not—This is a scaredy-cat safe space. 

Here are eight horror movies that are so bad, the only thing that will scare you is the fact that they were even released. 

1. Drag me to Hell (2009)

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Christine Brown, a loan officer, is cursed by an elderly client and must find a way to reverse the curse before she is damned to an eternity in hell. The scariest part of this movie is the $30 million budget they had only to have a scene where an old lady gnaws on Christine’s face in an attack and a talking demon goat curses her out. 

Streaming on Hulu, Sling, and Prime Video.

 

 

2. Leprechaun (1993) or any of the other seven films in this franchise. 

Leprechaun, starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston, follows Tory and her family’s renovation of their fixer-upper home as an evil Leprechaun lurks around searching for his pot of gold while wreaking havoc on their lives. The dialogue is almost as grotesque as the special effects and makeup jobs. One could argue that you’re lucky if you haven’t seen this movie or any of its many sequels. .

Streaming on Hulu, HBO Max, and Prime Video.

 

 

3. Rubber (2010)

Robert, a psychokinetic tire, discovers his powers in the California desert. He discovers that not only can he move things with his “mind”, but he can destroy them. As time goes on, Robert graduates from destroying objects to killing people nearby. The film begins with an audience being brought to the desert to observe the tire and his killing spree. 

Streaming on Sling and Prime Video. 

 

 

4. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)

Tammy, a high school student played by Denise Richards, finds out that Michael, her late boyfriend played by Paul Walker, had his brain implanted into an animatronic T-Rex. The newly conscious T-Rex takes his revenge on all of his high school bullies. 

Streaming on Hulu, Prime Video and Shudder. 

 

 

5. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

A young couple, whose love story distracts us from the warning signs of a global catastrophe, try their best to survive an apocalyptic attack of murderous birds. They use resourceful tactics to fight off these killer birds like guns, and even better, coat hangers.

Streaming on Tubi and Prime Video.

 

 

 

6. The Gingerdead Man (2005)

After serial killer Millard Findlemeyer is executed, his witch mother helps reincarnate him into a gingerbread man to seek revenge on Sarah, a witness whose life he spared, and the bakery she works at. Similar to Leprechaun, any movie in this franchise (yes, franchise) is just as laughably bad as this first installment. 

Streaming on Tubi and Prime Video. 

 

 

7. Troll 2 (1986)

The Waits family moves to a town called Nilbog, which spells goblin backwards (haha, so clever). They come to find that this town is actually populated by vegetarian goblins that are disguised as humans who want to turn the family into plants to be their next meal. This “sequel” has nothing to do with the first Troll movie, so you can just jump right in.  

Streaming on Hulu and Prime Video. 

 

 

8. Sharknado (2013)

When a hurricane hits the California coast, sharks are brought to shore with the storm. Fin (how original, I know) and his friends must defend themselves and the people of Santa Monica from sharks. The movie, originally made for TV, became a cult favorite and five sequels soon followed with celebrity cameos, including Mark Cuban from Shark Tank in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Streaming on Prime Video. 

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