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The Worst CGI Horror Movies

Updated September 11, 2019 504 votes 57 voters 1.1k views19 items

List RulesVote up the movies that lost their fright factor because of CGI.

We live in a digital age where it’s simply much cheaper and more practical for a movie studio to use CGI. Not every use of computer-generated imagery is bad, but the worst CGI moments in horror movies are cringeworthy and completely absurd at the same time. Which films are the biggest culprits? Here are the worst CGI effects in horror films.

Horror films are meant to be scary. If a movie’s effects are so bad that the audience is laughing, then it goes against the whole entire concept of horror. Scare fans went crazy in 2003 at the prospect of seeing two of the genre’s biggest baddies Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees square off in Freddy vs. Jason. The excitement turned into disappointment largely due to one horrific CGI scene which featured Freddy Krueger as a weed-puffing caterpillar.

Is Caterpillar Freddy the most offensive of the CGI scenes used in scary movie history? Or do one of these other culprits take the prize for the worst CGI effects in horror films? Make your voice heard and vote up all the horror movies worst computer-generated effects.   

  • Jaws 3-D1
    30
    8

    Jaws 3-D

    Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byJoe Alves

    Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis...  more
  • Deep Blue Sea2
    29
    8

    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL...  more
  • The Haunting3
    23
    8

    The Haunting

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson

    Released1999

    Directed byJan de Bont

    The Haunting is a 1999 remake of the 1963 horror film of the same name. Both films are based...  more
  • Anaconda4
    26
    13

    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

    Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice...  more
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street5
    24
    17

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton

    Released2010

    Directed bySamuel Bayer

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 American slasher film directed by Samuel Bayer and written...  more
  • The Ring Two6
    19
    13

    The Ring Two

    Naomi Watts, Emily VanCamp

    Released2005

    Directed byHideo Nakata

    The Ring Two is a 2005 American psychological horror film, and a sequel to the 2002 film The...  more
  • It: Chapter Two7
    9
    4

    It: Chapter Two

    Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

    It: Chapter Two is a 2019 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986...  more
  • I Am Legend8
    13
    11

    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by...  more
  • The Thing9
    17
    17

    The Thing

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

    The Thing is a 2011 science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and...  more
  • Wishmaster10
    13
    13

    Wishmaster

    Tony Todd, Verne Troyer

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Kurtzman

    Wishmaster is a 1997 American horror film directed by Robert Kurtzman. It was executive...  more
  • The Gravedancers11
    8
    6

    The Gravedancers

    Josie Maran, Dominic Purcell

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Mendez

    The Gravedancers is a 2006 American horror film. It was chosen as one of the 8 Films To Die...  more
  • Freddy vs. Jason12
    21
    25

    Freddy vs. Jason

    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland

    Released2003

    Directed byRonny Yu

    Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher action fantasy film directed by Ronny Yu. The film...  more
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark13
    9
    9

    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

    Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce

    Released2010

    Directed byTroy Nixey

    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a 2010 American dark fantasy horror film written by Matthew...  more
  • Ghosts of Mars14
    5
    9

    Ghosts of Mars

    Ice Cube, Jason Statham

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a 2001 American science fiction action horror film...  more
  • The Host15
    7
    13

    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's...  more
  • Mama16
    9
    15

    Mama

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Released2013

    Directed byAndres Muschietti

    Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and...  more
  • Event Horizon17
    6
    13

    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was...  more
  • Blade18
    6
    13

    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen...  more
  • Blade II19
    2
    13

    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics...  more