10 Best Guilty Pleasure Horror Movies You Probably Missed

Don't sleep on these so-bad-they're-good classics.

Thirteen Ghosts
Warner Bros.

As much as we all love watching great movies, there's nothing quite like indulging in a guilty pleasure - a film that you know in your heart of hearts isn't good by any conventional metric, but it's got that special something that allows you to enjoy it regardless.

Perhaps it's got a charming cast, killer atmosphere, some awesome action or, in the case of the horror genre, some legitimately sick gore.

Whatever the reason, you'll find yourself coming back to these films time and time again no matter their terrible reviews and general tawdriness. There's no accounting for taste, right?

And while many guilty pleasures are well-known, what about those secret horror movie indulgences that aren't so widely spoken about?

These 10 horror movies all fit the guilty pleasure descriptor perfectly - they're incredibly rough around the edges where writing, direction, and acting are concerned, but they're also fearlessly committed to their concept, no matter how ridiculous it might seem.

If you're ever in need of an absurd palate cleanser between "classier" movies, look no further than these 10 unsung classics of so-bad-it's-good cinema...

10. Thirteen Ghosts

Thirteen Ghosts
Warner Bros.

One of just two films directed by visual effects art director Steve Beck - the other being the similarly trashy Ghost Ship released the very next year - Thirteen Ghosts is about as early 2000s as horror movies get.

A remake of William Castle's not-particularly-great 1960 movie of the same name, Thirteen Ghosts - or as it was predictably stylised at the time, Thir13en Ghosts - offers up a glossy, high-tech retelling of the original haunted house story.

Though basically just an impetus to execute a series of increasingly ridiculous set-pieces - the lawyer getting split in two is an easy highlight - the critically panned film has nevertheless built something of a cult following over the last 20 years.

Even critics who despised Thirteen Ghosts have generally praised the evocative production design and impressive practical ghost effects, and while the exposition-sodden script often undermines the fun, the bonkers sensory assault on offer ensures this is far more than just another self-consciously edgy horror film from the turn of the century.


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