While traveling these days usually means hunting for a decently priced hotel room or Airbnb option while trying to find day spas or touristy attractions for you to spend your money on, the age-old tradition of simply huffing it up a mountain or through an overgrown hiking trail are almost lost on our digital generation.
However, when you really think about it, not only is hiking a much healthier and cheaper way to travel, but it also shows you a part of a country that you would otherwise never see if you only hang around in cities. We spend so much time in urbanized environments these days, that just getting away from it all for a few hours even can be hugely beneficial to your mind, body, and soul. So here are our top three hiking trails of 2019.
Tour Du Mont Blanc – Italy, France, and Switzerland
This amazingly scenic hike actually traverses three international borders and follows the lines of France, Switzerland, and Italy in what is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. The air here is so fresh, that breathing it in is a joy unto itself. While the weather can be pretty cold during winter, the summer months make for ideal hiking weather. You will definitely enjoy this hike!
Dosewallips To Lake Quinault – Washington
This is a great hike for winter or summer months and is a little more easy-going than the previous one. This trek is ideal for those who are new to the world of hiking and want to take things a little slow. The area is incredibly peaceful and scenic and the forestry will have you enjoying the silence all the way throughout your journey. A definite must!
Long Range Traverse – Newfoundland
This is one the greenest hikes you can do which is great for those of us looking to really get away from it all for a little while. It’s another hike that works well in both winter or summer, but we’d recommend summer months as sometimes snowfall can make the trail dangerously cold. However, it’s a pretty well-walked trail so you shouldn’t ever find yourself in any real trouble without help. Definitely a beautiful trail that’s worth trying if you’re looking for a stunning and affordable getaway.
Horror movies often divide an audience – either you love them or hate them! For some reason, celebrities continue to appear in bad ones, which arguably condemns the movie to be terrible from the get-go. Here are some examples.
Justin Long – Jeepers Creepers
Receiving 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, the 2001 horror has an original plot, but apparently that wasn’t enough to turn this flick into a fan-favorite.
Even so, Justin Long “stars” in the movie, though his character runs into a sticky end. But no matter, because Long makes another appearance in Jeepers Creepers 2!
Paris Hilton – House of Wax
Paris Hilton, you remember her right? Famous for…well, moving on. She’s now a businesswoman, model, singer, DJ, and media personality. Hilton was Padalecki’s co-star in House of Wax, which makes its second appearance on this list.
You could also consider Hilton an actress, though she didn’t exactly set the screen alight in House of Wax, and in fact meets a sticky end herself. To be fair though, considering the shoddy acting throughout, there’s plenty of blame to go around for just how bad the movie is.
Amy Adams – Psycho Beach Party
American actress Amy Adams has racked up plenty of awards over her stellar career, including two Golden Globes, and nominations for six Academy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards. She also starred in Man of Steel, American Hustle and Justice League.
She also played in Psycho Beach Party, a 2000 horror-comedy about a Malibu surfer girl with a dissociative identity disorder that happens to murder other beachgoers. It only racked up $268,117 at the box office.
Mark Wahlberg – The Happening
Mark Wahlberg has had quite an interesting and diverse life. From spending time in prison for assault to modeling and performing in a boy band, Wahlberg has always been in the headlines.
He’s also played in countless movies – some good (The Departed, Lone Survivor), some…not so good. One of those not so good movies is The Happening, a movie about how earth plants start to develop a deadly neurotoxin that causes humans to end things. Seriously.
Kate Mara – Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
37-year-old Kate Mara has starred in several good movies, most notably her breakthrough role in House of Cards, which earned plenty of critical praise before her shocking departure in season two.
But, littered among her good roles in movies is the putrid stench of the horror slasher Urband Legends: Bloody Mary. To be fair, her role in the movie was as classroom girl #1, so we’ll let her off the hook.
Catherine Zeta-Jones – The Haunting
Welsh actress Zeta-Jones, now 50, has some impressive titles and awards on her resume. She had her breakthrough role in The Mask of Zorro (1998), and also starred in Entrapment (1999), Chicago (2002) – where she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Entrapment (1999).
But early in her career she starred in The Haunting, a supernatural horror film about a haunted mansion. It was critically annihilated upon its release, with most critics citing its weak screenplay, overuse of horror clichés, and overdone CGI effects.
Jensen Ackles – My Bloody Valentine 3D
Another actor who starred in Supernatural, Ackles also featured in Dawson’s Creek and Smallville, two successful shows that ran for multiple seasons.
Unfortunately, Ackles also has to list the stupidly named My Bloody Valentine 3D on his IMDB page, where he plays the main character Tom Hanniger. The movie received an audience score of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, so 3D isn’t always better than a classic 2D film.
Jennifer Lawrence – House at the End of the Street
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most famous actresses in the world today – the films she has acted in have grossed over $6 billion worldwide! She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and of course, was the star of The Hunger Games trilogy.
Yet in the midst of her rising star, she agreed to perform in House at the End of the Street, a psychological thriller about a mother and her teenage daughter who move to a new neighborhood that was the site of a gruesome incident. Despite the film being a commercial success, it received mainly negative reviews from critics.
Chloe Grace Moretz – Carrie (2013)
Moretz began acting as a child and was cast in several horror films including The Amityville Horror (2005) and The Eye (2008). She’s arguably best known for her role as Hit-Girl in the movie Kick-Ass and sequel Kick-Ass 2.
She starred in the 2013 supernatural horror Carrie, a movie about a shy girl who uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effects after being a victim of a cruel prank at her senior prom. The film received mixed reviews, though grossed $85 million at the box office.
Ethan Hawke – The Purge
Undoubtedly one of the greatest names in the movie industry, Hawke is also an acclaimed actor, writer, musician and director. He made his breakthrough in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society. Hawke has been nominated twice for both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Hawke also starred in the 2013 action horror The Purge, which portrays a dystopian America where, for one night each year, all crime is legal. Despite mixed reviews, the film grossed $89 million against a $3 million budget – so perhaps not that much of a flop after all.
Zooey Deschanel – The Happening
You probably best know Deschanel for her starring role as Jess in the American sitcom New Girl, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. Also a talented singer, Deschanel is best known for her deadpan roles in comedy films.
Which is why it’s somewhat odd she was cast alongside Wahlberg in The Happening, a horror movie about killer plants that turn folks manic. For reference, critics gave the movie just 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. Seriously, it’s that bad.
Robert De Niro – Hide and Seek
De Niro is an icon in cinema, with two Academy Awards to his name – not to mention receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
De Niro’s first appearance in a movie came all the way back in 1965, but he continues to make movies to this day. One such movie he’d probably like to forget, however, is the 2005 horror Hide and Seek, which Rotten Tomatoes labeled, “derivative, illogical and somewhat silly”.
Elizabeth Olsen – Silent House
Before starring in the Avengers series as Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlett Witch), Elizabeth Olsen (sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who starred in the sitcom Full House), would star in the psychological horror Silent House.
The plot – which is allegedly based on an incident that occurred in a village in Uruguay in the 1940s – focuses on a young woman who is terrorized in her family vacation home while cleaning the property with her father and uncle. The film received less than stellar reviews, but by no means is the worst on this list.
Renee Zellweger – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
You wouldn’t really expect to see Renee Zellweger in a horror flick, yet here we are. Another two-time Oscar winner, Zellweger has starred in movies including Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Cold Mountain.
She also got her first breakthrough role playing Jenny in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre – no, not that one – the sequel, The Next Generation. Why they had to make another movie after the first was an instant classic, we don’t know. But let’s just say it should have stayed that way.
Camilla Belle – When a Stranger Calls
You probably don’t know who Camilla Belle is, and that’s ok. The Brazilian-American actress is also a director and producer, and her biggest role to date has been as Evolet in 10,000 B.C.
She also played the lead role in the 2006 psychological thriller-horror When a Stranger Calls, a movie that was universally panned by critics upon its release.
Jared Padalecki – House of Wax
Jared Tristan Padalecki (full name) is arguably best known for playing the role of Sam Winchester in the TV series Supernatural. Dedicated fans of Sam might have spotted him appearing on Gilmore Girls in the early 2000s.
He was also in the truly abysmal House of Wax and Cry Wolf (both made in the same year, both awful), as well as the slightly above average Friday the 13th in 2009.
Jennifer Aniston – Leprechaun
Before Friends, before Bruce Almighty and Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers – there was Leprechaun.
Yes my friends, Jennifer Aniston, one of the most recognizable people on the planet, got her start in the 1993 horror-comedy Leprechaun – a movie about a vengeful leprechaun who believes a family has stolen his pot of gold. It was unanimously ridiculed by critics, but nonetheless six sequels were made! Thankfully Aniston didn’t play in any of them.
Rosamund Pike – The Devil You Know
English actress Rosamund Pike is arguably best known for her roles in Gone Girl (2014) and A Private War (2018), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe for Best Actress respectively.
Clearly a talented actress, Pike also has to list The Devil You Know on her filmography, a movie that few people know about, and the ones that do are quick to criticize.
Ryan Reynolds – The Amityville Horror (2005)
Canadian actor and producer Ryan Reynolds has played in a litany of movies, including Blade: Trinity (2004), Deadpool (2016), and 6 Underground (2019). He’s primarily known for playing comedic roles, but just like the other celebrities on this list, he had to do a right of passage with a stint in horror.
Reynolds starred in the 2005 horror The Amityville Horror, based on the novel The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson and is a remake of the 1979 film from the same name. The film received negative reviews, with critics calling it derivative to the original.
Leighton Meester – The Roommate
American actress, singer, songwriter and model Meester is best known for her starring role of Blair Waldorf in the series Gossip Girl. In addition to playing minor roles in a handful of films in the mid-2000s, she’s modeled for brands including Jimmy Choo and Herbal Essences.
In the 2011 psychological thriller, Meester plays Rebecca, a college freshman who becomes obsessed with her new roommate. The movie holds a 4% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which tells you everything you need to know about it.
Beyonce Knowles – Obsessed
There’s a reason why music stars stick to music – even if you’re as big a star as Beyonce is. With the exception of Justin Timberlake and perhaps a few others, musicians haven’t found much success as actors.
Though Beyonce would go on to turn heads through her roles in Dreamgirls and Cadillac Records, her performance in the 2009 psychological thriller Obsessed wasn’t the best (to put it kindly), and the film received mostly negative reviews.
Matthew McConaughey – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Alright, alright, alright – it’s time for Mr. McConaughey to make his appearance! The Texan star made his name in mostly romantic comedies in the early 2000s, before moving on to more dramatic roles, including the role of Ron Woodroof in The Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
McConaughey’s fourth film was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel – in which he played the villain – but fortunately for everyone, his career only rose from there.
Mila Kunis – American Psycho II: All American Girl
Fans of Family Guy will recognize Mila Kunis as the voice behind Peter Griffin’s daughter Meg, a role she has played since 1999. Her breakout role came in 2008 in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and she received further acclaim for her role in the 2010 psychological thriller Black Swan.
She also starred in the fantastically terrible American Psycho II: All American Girl, a film so bad that Kunis would later speak out against plans to make another sequel. “Please — somebody stop this,” she said. “Write a petition.”
Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body
The American actress, singer and model shot to fame after playing a supporting role in the 2004 classic (and it is a classic) Mean Girls. She then went on to gain lead roles in Mamma Mia!, Solstice (another horror film) and Les Miserables.
In 2009 she starred in the black comedy Jennifer’s Body, a movie about a demonically possessed high school girl who takes the lives of her male classmates. Negative reviews labeled the movie as “fail[ing] to be either funny or scary enough to satisfy.”
Brad Pitt – Cutting Class
Another legendary actor, Pitt won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He’s also played critically-acclaimed roles in multiple movies including 12 Monkeys, Seven, and Fight Club.
One of Pitt’s earlier films is the black comedy Cutting Class, which received generally negative reviews and holds a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Madelaine Petsch – Polaroid
Look up Madelaine Petsch on Wikipedia and her introduction will read: “American actress and YouTuber. She is known for portraying Cheryl Blossom on The CW television series Riverdale and Marissa in F the Prom.”
You’ll have to do some digging to find out she was in the flop Polaroid, which was filmed in 2017 but only released in the States in 2019.
Demi Moore – Parasite (1982)
While no longer a “leading lady” of Hollywood, Moore was a bonafide star in the 90s, with starring roles in Ghost, A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal and Disclosure.
Moore starred in the 3-D science fiction horror Parasite, with critics calling it a poorly written B-movie with unconvincing special effects.
Paul Rudd – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Today, Paul Rudd is most recognizable for his role as Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But he’s had roles in some pretty great movies throughout his career, including Clueless, Romeo + Juliet, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. He also had a supporting role in Friends for a few seasons!
Rudd also starred in the aforementioned Halloween, but unlike his other hit movies, this one was a bit of a flop.
Tara Reid – Sharknado
You probably know Tara Reid from her roles in the American Pie series, cult classics as they are. Outside of that, Reid has forged a career from appearances in several movies, as well as a staring role in Sharknado.
What is Sharknado? Only the stuff of legends. It’s a made-for-television sci-fi disaster film about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in Los Angeles. This movie was so wonderfully awful, they decided to make five sequels. Reid starred in all of them.
Drew Barrymore – Scream
Are we sure we can consider Scream a flop? After all, the 1996 horror slasher earned $173 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing slasher film until the release of Halloween (2018).
In fact, the movie has earned cult status and has been credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 90s. So credit Barrymore for her role in that!
George Clooney – Return to Horror High
Ah yes, even the legends of cinema have some skeletons in their acting closet. Everyone has to start somewhere! For the Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter, that skeleton is Return to Horror High.
Two years after starring as Ace in ER, Clooney found himself playing Oliver in Return to Horror High, a comedy slasher film about a production crew who begin to disappear while shooting a movie based on an unsolved killing spree that occurred in a high school.
Charlize Theron – Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Theron, a South African and American actress and producer, is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. She has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of criminal Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).
Theron’s first role was as an extra in the truly terrible Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. The title should tell you everything you need to know about it.
Megan Fox – Jennifer’s Body
Seyfried’s co-star and the antagonist of Jennifer’s Body is Megan Fox. Fox became an overnight star following her role in the blockbuster action film Transformers (2007), and reprised her role in the 2008 sequel.
The following year Fox starred in the aforementioned Jennifer’s Body. Though the movie initially received negative reviews, in the wake of the Me Too movement the perception has shifted and the film is now appreciated as a feminist horror film.
Gerard Butler – Tale of the Mummy
Butler, despite an excellent performance as Erik, The Phantom in Joel Schumacher’s 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera, shot to fame as King Leonidas in 300 (2007).
In his early career, he had several supporting roles, including as Burke in Tale of the Mummy.
Lucy Hale – Fear Island
Lucy Hale is one of the more unknown names on this list, and is best known for her role as Aria Montgomery in the television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017).
She played a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian mystery-thriller Fear Island, a film about five students who are hunted by a stranger on, well, an island. It isn’t good.
Kelly Rowland – Freddy vs. Jason
The second member of Destiny’s Child to make this list, Rowland is a talented singer, but understandably hasn’t reached the same heights as an actress.
Her filmography is mostly appearances on TV series, including American Soul and Empire. She did star in Freddy vs Jason, the highest-grossing film in both the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series. But it received mostly average reviews on release.
Taraji P. Henson – No Good Deed
Taraji Henson made her breakthrough in Baby Boy in 2001. She also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
She’s also had an extensive television career, starring as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire. She also starred in the 2014 psychological thriller No Good Deed, which, despite negative critical reception, was a box office success.
Isabelle Fuhrman – Orphan
Fuhrman is one of the few actresses on this list who’s best known for the flop movie they appear in.
In Fuhrman’s case, that movie is Orphan, a psychological horror about a couple who adopt a mysterious nine-year-old girl after the passing of their unborn child. The movie received mixed reviews.
Abigail Breslin – Haunter
You probably recognize the American actress from her roles in Signs and Little Miss Sunshine, the latter of which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2013 she starred in the supernatural horror Haunter, which has received a 54% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sophie Turner – Another Me
The English actress is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the hit series Game of Thrones, but also won accolades for her performance as a young Jean Grey in the X-Men series from 2016-2019.
She made her feature film debut in the 2013 psychological thriller drama Another Me. Sadly for her, it only received a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes – though that hasn’t exactly hampered her career.
Julianne Moore – 6 Souls
Moore, who Time magazine named as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in 2015, is one of the most prolific actresses in the world. She’s won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globes.
But sticking out like a rotten apple in her library of good movies is the horror-thriller 6 Souls, with Rotten Tomatoes aptly describing her involvement as such: “The most mind-bending aspect of 6 Souls is Julianne Moore’s participation, the overqualified star wasted on a goofy horror premise that generates more guffaws than scares.”
Halle Berry – Gothika
Halle Berry rose to fame in the late nineties into the early 2000s, starring in films including The Flintstones, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Monster’s Ball, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress (still the only woman of color to win the award).
She also starred in Gothika, a supernatural psychological horror thriller that, to be honest, really freaked me out. Most viewers and critics didn’t agree with me, however, citing the ‘preposterous plot’ of the movie.
Idris Elba – No Good Deed
Actor, writer, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ – what can’t Idris Elba do? He’s had a number of high profile roles, including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Elba is also Henson’s co-star in No Good Deed, and while the pair perform well together, it’s not enough to save the movie’s bad plot.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Halloween H20
The American actor has been in movies from a young age, including Angels in the Outfield and 10 Things I Hate About You. He has since starred in some massive Hollywood blockbusters, including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper.
Gordon-Levitt’s eighth film was Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which was released to mixed reviews. Gordon-Levitt played a supporting character who meets a dire end fairly early on.
Octavia Spencer – Halloween II
Octavia Spencer is an actress, author, and producer. She is one of two women of color to have received three Oscar nominations. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2011 move The Help.
Early in her career Spencer had a role as an extra in Halloween II, which is a good thing considering how poorly the movie was received.
Keke Palmer – Animal
Palmer is an American actress, singer, and television personality. She hasn’t had any major roles in big movies, but gained recognition for her roles in Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), The Longshots (2008), and Shrink (2009).
She starred in the 2014 horror Animal, a movie about a group of friends that are terrorized by a bloodthirsty beast. As you probably guessed, the movie didn’t go down well with critics.
Ruth Negga – Isolation
Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish actress who is best known for her multiple TV projects, though she won multiple awards and was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving.
In 2005 she starred in the Irish horror Isolation, a movie about a struggling farmer who is offered a huge sum in return for allowing DNA experiments on one of his cows. Despite that dodgy premise, the film did fairly well – but not great.
Reese Witherspoon – Fear
Witherspoon is another massive name in the film and media industry, finding success as an actress, singer, producer and entrepreneur. She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, winning Best Actress.
Witherspoon starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in one of her earlier films, Fear – a 1996 psychological thriller about the teenage daughter of a wealthy family who starts to date a mysterious young man.
Laura Dern – Grizzly II
Another Academy Award winner, Dern started acting in the 1980s and rose to fame after starring in Jurassic Park. Her performance in Marriage Story won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Early in her career, Dern played in Grizzly II – Revenge, a movie about a giant grizzly bear who attacks a concert after reacting to the sounds of other bears being slaughtered by poachers. Don’t mess with bears.
Blake Lively – Simon Says
Lively got her break starring as Serena van der Woodsen in the television series Gossip Girl, and has gone on to star in multiple movies including The Town, Savages and The Shallows.
In 2006, in her fourth movie, Lively played the character Jenny in Simon Says, a slasher film that almost no-one knows about because it’s just that bad.