They can’t all be winners, as the saying goes, and that’s as true with HBO Max’s film library as it is anywhere else. On the plus side, a number of the streaming platform’s worst movies are still better than the standard cinematic swill. Indeed, the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake from 2010 looks like a near-masterpiece when compared to some of the bottom-rung titles you might find on Tubi. (Here are 24 movie remakes that are better than the original available to stream.)
Speaking of Freddy Krueger, he’s played by original actor Robert Englund in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare,” which also ranks among the worst films on HBO Max. It’s joined by “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday,” a similarly low-ranking installment of a long-running horror franchise. Of course, if you ask the average genre fan, both titles offer their own unique tier of guilty pleasures.
While bad horror might deliver unintentional laughs, bad comedy often delivers no laughs at all. Nevertheless, viewers can hopefully find some redemptive qualities in the Kevin James vehicle “The Zookeeper” or the blockbuster sequel “City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold.” These are some of the worst movies on HBO Max perhaps, but things could be far worse. Trust us.
To determine the worst movies to watch on HBO Max this April, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of audience scores and Tomatometer scores on Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as of April 2022, weighting all ratings equally. We considered only movies with at least 5,000 audience votes on either IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, and ruled out documentaries. (Data on streaming availability, current as of this month, comes from the streaming guide Reelgood, and directorial credits are from IMDb.)
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