The 100 Worst Thrillers in Movie History

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The 100 Worst Thrillers in Movie History

There’s a yang for every yin, and a true turkey for every cinematic masterpiece (or several). The thriller genre is no exception, with its fair share of flops, disasters, and misfires. While a good thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with suspenseful plot twists and tangible human conflict, a bad one can plod along in a sea of mystery and bad acting. Of course, every now and then, a schlocky thriller will gain a cult following among trash movie fans, but for the most part, these notoriously bad films are just plain bad.

In honor of Hollywood flops, Stacker has compiled a list of the worst thrillers ever made. We used a Stacker score, which is a weighted index that is evenly split between IMDb and Metacritic ratings, to decide our rankings. The film had to be classified as a thriller on IMDb, have at least 2,500 user votes, and a Metascore to be eligible. Lower Metascores were used to break ties, and higher vote counts were used to break even further ties.

On this list, you’ll find everything from misguided sequels to shoddy adaptations, as well as promising ideas that got into the wrong hands and bad ideas that should’ve never been made in the first place. Some titles will likely surprise you, particularly if you don’t consider them thrillers in the traditional sense, but if it’s good enough for IMDb to tag it as a thriller (along with a low rating), we’ll include it.

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‘Dark Crimes’ is a film about a group of people who commit (2016)

Alexandros Avranas is the director.

Score for the stacker: 38.6

Metascore: 24

IMDb user rating: 4.7

Runtime: 92 minutes

Jim Carrey absolutely commits to the role of hard-boiled Detective Tadek in this morbid thriller. Unfortunately, the film’s dull execution and misogynistic themes leave the actor high and dry. Based on a 2008 New Yorker article, Dark Crimes sends Tadek into the criminal underworld as he searches for a killer.

‘Captivity’ (2007)

Director: Roland Joffé

Score for the stacker: 38.6

Metascore: 24

IMDb user rating: 4.7

Runtime: 96 minutes

A woman finds herself trapped in a kidnapper’s cellar,. This is a brief summary.

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