10 Horror Movies from the 2000s So Bad, They're Actually Good
Hopefully, you'll get more than a few guilty chuckles and bewildered gasps out of these hidden "gems."
1. "The Gingerdead Man" (2005)
Imagine a world where a gingerbread man isn't just a cute cookie but a vengeful, pint-sized killer. That's the doughy reality of "The Gingerdead Man."
After a robbery gone wrong, the killer Millard Findlemeyer is executed. His ashes are sent to his witchy mother, who mixes them into gingerbread spice mix. This concoction finds its way into the hands of a small-town bakery, and there, the gingerbread man comes to life. The cookie, imbued with Millard's soul, seeks revenge on the girl who sent him to the electric chair.
As the body count rises, hilarity and horror ensue in equal measure, with each character meeting their fate with a side of frosting and terror.
2. "Boa vs. Python" (2004)
When you pit a giant boa constrictor against a massive python, what do you get? A reptilian rumble that's larger-than-life and twice as ridiculous.The FBI enlists the help of a scientist and his genetically engineered boa to take down a giant python that's on the loose. The snake-on-snake action is as ludicrous as it is thrilling, with both creatures defying logic and physics as they brawl through the city.
3. "Dracula 3000" (2004)
What's scarier than Dracula? Dracula... IN SPACE! And it's every bit as campy as it sounds.This sci-fi horror mashup takes place on a spaceship in the year 3000. The crew discovers a derelict vessel with a coffin containing Count Dracula himself. One by one, the crew members succumb to the vampiric menace. As the survivors try to fend off Dracula and his newfound thirst for space blood, the film delivers an interstellar spectacle that's unintentionally funny, with a gothic villain who's out of this world – literally.
4. "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon" (2002)
Ever thought regular sharks were terrifying? Well, "Shark Attack 3" decided that what we really need is a Megalodon, because bigger teeth mean bigger laughs.The coast is terrorized by a prehistoric Megalodon that seems to have missed the memo about being extinct. A treasure hunter teams up with a marine biologist to hunt down the beast. The shark's appetite is as big as the plot holes, and the special effects are so comically bad they're a genre of their own.
5. "Fear of Clowns" (2004)
"Fear of Clowns" brings a new face to terror, and it's painted with a red nose and a sinister smile.An artist with a phobia of clowns finds herself the obsession of a homicidal clown who has escaped from the asylum. As the body count climbs, the clown's macabre antics and over-the-top kills are gruesomely goofy. With each squeak of his clown shoes, the tension is undercut by the sheer absurdity of his murderous methods.
6. "House of the Dead" (2003)
A group of partygoers heads to an island rave only to find it overrun with zombies. The film tries to stitch together the frenetic energy of the arcade classic with live-action, resulting in a Frankenstein's monster of a plot. With scenes intercut with actual game footage, it's a head-scratching, gut-busting battle against the undead that takes itself just seriously enough to be hilariously entertaining.
7. "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" (2010)
Hitchcock had "The Birds". The 2000s got "Birdemic", and it's exactly what it sounds like – a cinematic shock to the system and an absolute terror to film critics.In this low-budget spectacle, a Silicon Valley software salesman and a fashion model witness the beginning of a bird apocalypse. The birds, rendered with effects that might have been cutting-edge during the Commodore 64 era, embark on a murderous rampage. Our protagonists' fight for survival is underscored by ecological lectures and romance that's as wooden as the coat hangers they wield to fend off their feathered foes.
8. "Jason X" (2001)
Jason Voorhees in space – because why not? In the tenth installment of the "Friday the 13th" series, the infamous slasher dons a spacesuit to bring his brand of terror to the final frontier.Cryogenically frozen in the early 21st century, Jason is thawed out aboard a spaceship in the 25th century. What follows is a massacre that's as ludicrous as it is bloody, complete with a face-smashing scene that's outlandishly over the top.
9. "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" (2001)
Intentionally bad and uproariously successful, this film parodies the B-movies of the '50s and '60s with a skeleton that's not just lost, but ludicrously lovable.A scientist and his wife encounter a lost alien, a mutant, and the titular Lost Skeleton, all seeking the powerful and mysterious Atmospherium. The dialogue is deliberately stilted, the effects purposefully pathetic, and the result is a parody that's as endearing as it is entertaining.
10. "Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor" (2012)
Though mostly filmed in the '90s, this sequel was shelved and then patched together with archive footage in the 2000s, "Sleepaway Camp IV" is the cinematic equivalent of a Frankenstein's camper.A survivor of the previous massacres returns to the camp to remember her past but faces her old nemesis instead. The production is a jarring patchwork of new and old footage that inadvertently creates a surreal, dream-like horror experience.