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The films listed here have achieved notably negative reception as being called one of the worst films ever made. The films have either been cited by a combination of reputable sources as the worst movie of the year, or been on such a source's list of the worst movies of all time. Examples of such sources include Roger Ebert's list of most hated films, Rotten Tomatoes, the Internet Movie Database's "Bottom 100" list, and the Golden Raspberry Award ("Razzies").

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B-movies

Although B-movies are produced on low budgets that often compromise their quality, and thus have a reputation as being "bad" in comparison to A-list films, some of the films from this genre have become known for being markedly worse than others, sometimes being referred to as Z-movies.

Some B-movies have become cult classics, partly as a result of their peculiarities. Fans of low-budget cult films often use the phrase "so bad it's good" to describe movies that are so poorly made that they become an entertaining "comedy of errors". Unlike more mundane bad films, these films develop an ardent fan following who love them because of their poor quality, because normally, the bevy of errors (technical or artistic) or wildly contrived plots are unlikely to be seen elsewhere.

Glen or Glenda (1953)

Released in 1953, Glen or Glenda began a string of bad B-movies created by Ed Wood.

A semi-autobiographical quasi-documentary about transvestism, starring and directed by Ed Wood. After a nightmarish dream sequence, Glen undergoes psychotherapy to help cure his affliction. Béla Lugosi appears in this film, as he did in several other Wood films toward the end of his career. Many of Wood's fans and critic Leonard Maltin insist that this was far worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space; Maltin considers it "possibly the worst movie ever made".[1] In his book Cult Movies 3, Danny Peary suggests that this is actually a radical, if ineptly made, film that presents a far more personal story than is contained in films by more well-respected auteurs.[2] This film was included in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3]

Robot Monster (1953)

A science fiction film, originally shot and exhibited in 3D, featuring an actor dressed in a gorilla suit and what looks almost like a diving helmet. The film, produced and directed by Phil Tucker, is listed in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time among "The Baddest of the B's." It is also featured in The Book of Lists 10 worst movie list, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, and in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3] The Golden Turkey Awards confers its main character the title of "Most Ridiculous Monster in Screen History" and, listing its director Phil Tucker among the runners-up to "Worst Director of All Time" (the winner being Ed Wood), states that "What made Robot Monster ineffably worse than any other low-budget sci-fi epic was its bizarre artistic pretension". Noted film composer Elmer Bernstein wrote the score for this film. It was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000,[4] and was fondly remembered by author Stephen King who quotes, and agrees with, a review in Castle of Frankenstein magazine ("certainly among the finest terrible movies ever made", "one of the most laughable poverty row quickies").[5]

A film from 1957 about a bird, "as big as a battleship," the film was panned by critics.

The Giant Claw (1957)

A monster movie about a giant bird "...as big as a battleship" starring Jeff Morrow as a pilot. The Giant Claw has gone down in history as one of the worst movies ever made, with some referring it as "The Citizen Kane of bad B-movies",[6][7][8] mainly because of its terrible special effects. The bird in particular is considered one of history's worst movie monsters, being an unconvincing marionette puppet with a very odd face. The film is riddled with stock footage, making continuity a serious issue. Jeff Morrow, the star of the film, went to a screening of the movie; the audience laughed and sneered when they saw the ridiculous bird monster, and reportedly Morrow walked home drunk.[9][10] This was the only "worst B-movie" to be distributed by a major motion picture studio,[citation needed] which featured it on a double bill with The Night the World Exploded.

Plan 9 from Outer Space was hailed by The Golden Turkey Awards as the "Worst Film Ever."

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Ed Wood's Plan 9 was labeled the "Worst Film Ever" by The Golden Turkey Awards. This movie marked the final appearance of Béla Lugosi. Wood idolized Lugosi, and before Lugosi's death, he shot a small amount of test footage of Lugosi. This was then placed in the movie and repeated several times. Following Lugosi's death, the character was then played by Tom Mason, the chiropractor of Wood's wife at the time, who played his scenes holding the character's cape in front of his face. Wood was apparently undeterred by the numerous physical differences – such as height and build – that distinguished Mason from Lugosi; e.g., that Mason was nearly bald while Lugosi retained a full head of hair until his death. Years later, video distributors such as Avenue One DVD began to make light of this, adding such blurbs as "Almost Starring Bela Lugosi" to the cover art. Shot in 1956, due to difficulty in finding a distributor the film was not released until 1959. It has played at the New Orleans Worst Film Festival and was included in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3] In 1994, Tim Burton directed Ed Wood, which includes some material about the trials and tribulations of making Plan 9.

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

A film by Coleman Francis shot silently with added narration. It features a seminude prologue (which implies necrophilia) completely unrelated to the rest of the film, and a scientist turning into a monster played by Tor Johnson. Leonard Maltin's TV and Movie Guide calls it "one of the worst films ever made".[11] Bill Warren said "It may very well be the worst non-porno science fiction movie ever made."[12] It remains on the IMDb's Bottom 100 movie list,[13] and was also featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Eegah (1962)

A low-budget shocker, featuring Richard Kiel as a prehistoric caveman emerging in mid-1960s California and finding love with another teenager. Arch Hall, Jr. performs musical numbers, with lyrics widely considered to be terrible. The film's notoriety was enhanced as a result of being featured on episodes of Canned Film Festival and Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was one of the films listed in Michael Medved's book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It was also included in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made,[3] and remains on the IMDb's Bottom 100 movie list.[13]

The Creeping Terror (1964)

Directed by Arthur J. Nelson (who also stars in the film under the pseudonym Vic Savage), the film is memorable for its use of some bargain-basement effects: stock footage of a rocket launch played in reverse to depict the landing of an alien spacecraft, and what appears to be shag carpet draped over several actors shambling about at a snail's pace, thus bringing the monstrous "creeping terror" to the screen. Due to having had most of its dialogue lost, the movie also employs a technique that has come to be synonymous with Z-movie horror: voiceover narration explaining to the audience the dialogue being silently enacted onscreen. The movie was lampooned in September 1994 in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It remains on the IMDb's Bottom 100 movie list,[13] and appeared in the 2004 documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

This holiday staple was the creation of Nicholas Webster. When Martian children get to see Santa Claus only on TV, their parents decide to abduct Santa to make them happy. Like many others in this category, it is still in the IMDb's worst 100,[13] and has been featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000.[14] The film is cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of Lists, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, and in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3] It is also known for starring a very young Pia Zadora. Cinematic Titanic released a production of the movie in November 2008.

Monster A Go-Go (1965)

A Herschell Gordon Lewis film, Monster was begun as Terror at Halfday by Bill Rebane, who would later go on to make The Giant Spider Invasion; the film was left incomplete, only to be purchased by Lewis, who reportedly needed a second film to release on a double bill, and who shot some additional footage. The picture consists mostly of men sitting around drinking coffee and talking; the ending consists of a long speech by the narrator informing us that "there was no monster." It is in the Top 10 on the IMDb Bottom 100, and at one time held the #1 spot.[13] All Movie Guide calls the film a "surreal anti-masterpiece".[15] It was also featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and is officially the worst movie they have ever seen.[16]

Manos: The Hands of Fate has an opening nine-minute sequence in which nothing much happens but endless driving through the countryside, due to the opening credits being left out.[17]

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

A low-budget horror film made by El Paso fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, about a family on vacation that stumbles upon an isolated house inhabited by a polygamous cult. Among its most notorious flaws, besides poor production qualities, is an opening sequence with little dialogue in which the family drives through the countryside for several minutes looking for their hotel, a sequence meant to have contained opening credits. Also, a teenage couple is seen making out on the side of the highway over the entire course of the film (day and night) without any given reason or connection with the plot. John Reynolds, who played the character Torgo, supposedly a satyr, wore a rigging for his legs that made his performance extremely awkward. The film gained cult popularity by being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.[18] It also has an 8% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[19] and the one positive review linked on Rotten Tomatoes is for its Mystery Science Theater appearance, rather than the film itself (which the reviewer, Mike Bracken, calls "unwatchable").[20] It is in the Top 10 on the IMDb Bottom 100,[13] where at one time it held the #1 spot, and is also in the Top 10 of the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic.[21]

Hobgoblins (1987)

This film by Rick Sloane was made famous after it debuted on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is on the IMDb's Bottom 100 list,[13] and at its lowest rating, it repeatedly made number two, second only to Gigli. MST3K writer Paul Chaplin later commented on Hobgoblins, saying, “It shoots right to the top of the list of the worst movies we’ve ever done." Greg Muskewitz at Efilmcritic.com called it "Jim Henson's worst nightmare."[22] It is also one of the few films considered the worst of all time to have spawned a sequel—Hobgoblins 2, made twenty years after the original.

Troll 2 (1990)

Notable in part for not featuring any trolls (the antagonists are goblins from the town of Nilbog, which is goblin spelled backwards), and for not having anything to do with Troll. Not only one of the "least scary horror movies ever", according to Yahoo! Movies, but "by pretty much any measure... one of the worst films ever made".[23] Director Claudio Fragasso used the pseudonym Drago Floyd, although he still believes to this day that the movie is good. Despite the script being written in awkward language (Fragasso, along with most of the crew, is Italian and spoke English only as a second language), Fragasso insisted the American actors deliver the lines as written. The goblins in the movie are little people wearing burlap sacks and latex masks. Campy acting, confusing plot twists, and unintentional homosexual innuendos have contributed to give the movie a cult status comparable to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie's child star, Michael Stephenson, made a documentary about the movie titled Best Worst Movie, released to critical success in 2009. Troll 2 remains on the IMDb bottom 100.[13] Michael J. Nelson produced an audio commentary track for the movie for Rifftrax.

Poorly executed adaptations

Many directors adapt a story from another medium such as a book, play, or game into a film, with varying results. Factors resulting in poor performance include:

  • retaining little to no elements of the source material, which makes it an adaptation in name and characters only
  • lack of original material
  • bad acting and poor writing and/or direction
  • different tone to the source material
  • the source material was poorly received in the first place

Howard the Duck (1986)

The six actors who played in the duck suit in Howard the Duck won a Razzie Award for Worst New Star, as Howard's appearance was considered unconvincing.[24][25]

This film is loosely based on the Marvel Comics character, which was created by Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik, and stars Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. The film retains only two central characters: the eponymous duck and Beverly Switzler, and makes no effort to have them look or behave similarly to their counterparts from the comics. In his Movie Guide, Leonard Maltin calls the film a "hopeless mess of a movie".[26] The film was also among Siskel and Ebert's picks for the "Worst Films of 1986".[citation needed] The film was adapted by Willard Huyck and his wife Gloria Katz and directed by Huyck, with no input from Gerber, who "was hoping against hope that the [movie's] script and the movie itself weren't as bad as [he] thought they were or, at least, that they wouldn't be received as badly as [he] thought they would [be]," citing that many films he hated were at least successful.[citation needed] Huyck and Katz were once considered "luminaries"[27]. The film was considered so bad, that it was soon dubbed "Howard the Turkey".[28] The film won four Razzies - Worst Picture, New Star, Visual Effects, and Screenplay,[29] and was included in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3] It is also in the Top 10 of the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com.[30]

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Battlefield Earth was universally panned by critics and moviegoers in 2000. In response to all the negative publicity the film generated, Entertainment Weekly published a spoof poster quoting the film's bad reviews[31]
Catwoman was cited as the worst superhero movie and won four Razzies.

Based on the first half of L. Ron Hubbard's thousand-page novel of the same name and starring John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, and Barry Pepper, this film had the third-worst 3,000-plus-theater opening weekend up to that time. It was criticized for its poor script, hammy acting by Travolta, overuse of Dutch angles, laughable dialogue, and several plot inconsistencies. More than one reviewer called the film "Travolting".[32] Rob Vaux called the film a "crime against celluloid".[33] Roger Ebert predicted that the film "for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies."[34] It is also on his "most hated" list.[35] The film has a 2% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[36] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] It won seven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Screen Couple (John Travolta and "anyone on the screen with him").[38] In 2005, an eighth Razzie (for Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years) was awarded to the film,[39] and in 2010 the film won a ninth Razzie at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade".[40] The movie also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list,[42] and remains on the IMDb bottom 100.[13] It is #1 on both the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] and the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com.[30] Maxim magazine printed, "Even Quentin Tarantino couldn't revive Travolta's career after this movie."

House of the Dead (2003)

Directed by Uwe Boll, the film is an adaptation of the 1996 Sega arcade game of the same name, and was notorious for using footage from the videogame in the movie. Both critics and fans of the genre widely rejected the film. The movie is on the Bottom 100 list at the Internet Movie Database,[13] and is #2 on the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic.[21] It also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] is in the Top Ten on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list,[42] and holds a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[43] Said one reviewer on the site: "If you want to see what a cinematic piece of dog barf looks like, go see House of the Dead, otherwise do yourself a favour and play the video game, it’s far more entertaining."[44] Despite negative reviews, it spawned a direct-to-video sequel in 2006, House of the Dead 2, which was also panned by critics. In 2009, Time listed the film on their list of top ten worst video games movies.[45]

Catwoman (2004)

Based on the DC Comics character and starring Halle Berry, the film retains next to nothing of the Batman antagonist and the source material. In the movie, Catwoman has actual superpowers, which she lacks in the comics. The lycra catsuit was replaced with slashed leather pants, a bra, and a mask, which also acts as a hat, and she leaps from rooftop to rooftop in stiletto heels. As the movie character differs so widely from her comic book source, the character, as portrayed in this film, has been cited as "Catwoman In Name Only".[46] It has a 9% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[47] and was declared "arguably the worst superhero film ever made" by the Orlando Sentinel. The Village Voice summed up reviews of the film under the title "Me-Ouch."[48] The movie was the winner of four Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director (Pitof), and Worst Screenplay.[49] Berry arrived at the ceremony to accept her Razzie in person (with her Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball in hand), saying: "First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie . . . It was just what my career needed."[50] It is in the Top 10 of the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] and is on Roger Ebert's "most hated" list.[35]

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Loosely based on a series of video games by Infogrames and directed by Uwe Boll, critics from Variety, The Village Voice and various Internet movie sites panned this film for a multitude of reasons, including poor script and production values, overuse of slow-motion and quick cuts to optimize the gory content, almost no connection to the game, and bad acting. One review said the movie was "so poorly built, so horribly acted and so sloppily stitched together that it's not even at the straight-to-DVD level."[51] The movie has received a 1% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[52] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] Critic Rob Vaux states that this movie is so bad that "the other practitioners of cinematic drivel can rest a little easier now; they can walk in the daylight with their heads held high, a smile on their lips and a song in their hearts. It's okay, they'll tell themselves. I didn't make Alone in the Dark."[53] Screenwriter Blair Erickson wrote about his experience dealing with Boll and his original script, which was closer to the actual game itself, and Boll's script change demands on the comedy website Something Awful.[54] The movie remains on the IMDb bottom 100,[13] is in the Top 10 on the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42] It also received two 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations for Worst Director (Uwe Boll) and Worst Actress (Tara Reid), and won three 2005 Stinkers Awards, for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Special Effects.[55] In 2009, Peter Hartlaub, the San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic, named it the worst film of the decade. [56]

Star vehicles

Some films listed here starred A-list actors or high-profile celebrities who critics felt were either badly miscast, paired or grouped with other stars with whom they did not share viable chemistry, or cast in an otherwise poorly made film that relied entirely on their star power.

Even the legendary John Wayne was not immune to a box office bomb. The Conqueror was both a critical and financial failure. In the years to come, it also became controversial for being filmed downwind of a nuclear test facility, which reportedly resulted in the cancer deaths of several cast and crew members.[57]

The Conqueror (1956)

A Howard Hughes-funded box-office bomb featuring John Wayne as Genghis Khan and the redheaded Susan Hayward as a Tartar princess. The movie was filmed near St. George, Utah, downwind from a nuclear testing range in Nevada, and is often blamed for the cancer deaths of many of the cast and crew, including Hayward, Wayne, Agnes Moorehead,[58] Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz, and director Dick Powell. The film appears in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time and made the 10-worst list in The Book of Lists. Hughes thought the movie was so bad that he bought up every copy (which cost him about $12 million), and he refused to distribute the film until 1974, when Paramount reached a deal with him. This was the last film that Hughes produced.

Inchon (1982)

This war movie, directed by Terence Young and starring Laurence Olivier as General Douglas MacArthur, was meant to be a depiction of the Battle of Incheon during the Korean War. Producer Mitsuharu Ishii was a senior member of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church, whose leader, Sun Myung Moon, claimed he had the film made to show MacArthur's spirituality and connection to God and the Japanese people.[59] The movie ran theatrically in the United States for only a few weeks and lost millions. The film's eventual production cost of $46 million resulted in a $5 million box office gross, and the New York Times review written by Vincent Canby calls the movie "the most expensive B-movie ever."[60] Every conceivable kind of problem plagued production, including labor issues, the U.S. military withdrawing support due to the film's Unification Church connection, weather and natural disasters, customs difficulties, expensive directorial blunders, and the original director (Andrew McLaglen) quitting before the start of production. The film also contains a number of visible mistakes, including actors depicting Korean War-era reporters being dressed in late-1970s clothing and haircuts.

Olivier's performance was roundly panned and he was awarded the 1982 Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actor.[61] He later admitted he had only taken the role for a seven-figure payday. David Janssen was listed as a co-star in the film and paid handsomely, but all his scenes were cut from the final version (Inchon premiered two years after Janssen's death). The film itself took the 1982 Razzies for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay, and Young's direction earned him a tie for Worst Director of 1982. To date, Inchon has never been released on home video in the United States.

The Postman (1997)

Two years after the controversial Waterworld, Kevin Costner involved himself in another post-apocalyptic film. This time, it was an adaptation of the novel by David Brin. Like Waterworld, it was widely panned by critics but was even more of a financial failure - the $80 million film made only $18 million at the North American box office.[62] Siskel & Ebert gave The Postman "Two Thumbs Down", with Siskel calling it "Dances with Myself" (in reference to Costner's Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves) while referring to the ending sequence where a bronze statue of The Postman is unveiled.[63] James Berardinelli of Reelviews called the film "dumb and riddled with gaping holes of logic, and the dialogue sounds like it was penned by a hack writer."[64] The film is ranked at 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.[65] The Postman took home five Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Original Song for its entire film score. It won an award for every category in which it was nominated - the first (and only) time this has occurred in Razzie history.[66]

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998)

Sort of a self-parody, this movie portrays the making of a movie considered extremely horrendous by its director (Eric Idle). Since his name is Alan Smithee, taking his name off the credits is a logical impossibility, and he destroys all copies of the movie. Also starring Jackie Chan, Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, and Oscar-nominated actors Ryan O'Neal and Sylvester Stallone, this film was widely panned by critics upon its release. It won five Razzies, including Worst Picture. With an estimated budget of $10 million, Burn Hollywood Burn only grossed approximately $45,000, making it a tremendous box office flop. Roger Ebert gave the film a zero out of four stars, calling it a "spectacularly bad film — incompetent, unfunny, ill-conceived, badly executed, lamely written, and acted by people who look trapped in the headlights."[67] It is also on his "most hated" list.[35] In the documentary Directed by Alan Smithee, director Arthur Hiller stated he had his credit replaced with the pseudonym Alan Smithee because he was so appalled with the botched final cut by the film's producers.[68] It was written by Joe Eszterhas and at one point in the movie a character comments that the film-within-the-film was "worse than Showgirls", which was also written by Eszterhas.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

This action movie, starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, was universally panned by critics, earning a rare zero percent rating (with 105 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes, where it remains as the worst critically reviewed film on the site.[37][69] Critics variously described the film as "A picture for idiots", "Boring to an amazing degree", "A fine achievement in stupidity and dullness", "Dreadful", "[Giving] new meaning to the word incoherent", and "bad on just about every level". One critic suggested an alternate title as "Simplistic: Bullets Vs. Humans."[70] Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post wrote, "You could run this film backward, soundtrack included, and it would make no less sense."[71] Roger Ebert called the movie "a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence",[72] and included it on his list of "most hated" movies.[35]

Gigli (2003)

A Martin Brest movie featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, with appearances by Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, many declared Gigli to be the worst movie of 2003. Originally a black comedy with no romantic subplot, the producers demanded script rewrites throughout filming, hoping to cash in on the Lopez-Affleck romance that was big news in celebrity-watching publications of the time such as Us and People. This film only grossed $6 million, making it one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. The movie is in the Top 10 of the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] and was included in Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years,[37] where it has a 6% rating.[73] It was also the winner of seven Razzies (including 2005's Worst "Comedy" of Our First 25 Years),[49] and in 2010 the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade".[40] Martin Brest has not directed a film since.

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

The thriller-mystery film starring Lindsay Lohan received almost universally negative reviews, and Richard Roeper ranked it #1 on his list of the Worst Films of 2007. Lohan's hyped "first sex scene" does not include any visible nudity. She also failed to promote the film after one of her infamous arrests. The film earned nine Razzie nominations at the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards, and set new records by winning eight of its nine nominations, including Worst Picture (beating previous record holders Showgirls and Battlefield Earth).[74] It was also the first to receive the Worst Excuse for a Horror Film award. Lohan took home three awards for her dual role as twins: two for Worst Actress and one for Worst Screen Couple, even though her two characters shared less than 30 seconds of screentime.[74] In 2010, the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade".[40] The film has an 8% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[75] and appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films.[41] Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter commented that "enduring this ponderous, convoluted thriller is pure torture," and wondered what Lindsay Lohan was thinking when she accepted the role.[76]

The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)

Starring Paris Hilton, this was the first full-length feature film directed by Tom Putnam. It was a box office bomb, with first-day earnings of only $9,000,[77] and its opening weekend earning $27,696 in 111 theaters in the United States, averaging $249 per theater [78], and received extremely negative reviews from critics. Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers gave the film a half-star rating, only because "it takes guts (or gross dim-wittedness) [for Hilton] to appear on screen again after House of Wax".[79] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 5% of critics gave the film positive reviews,[80] and it was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] The consensus of those reviews was that "The Hottie and the Nottie is a crass, predictable, and ineptly staged gross-out comedy that serves little purpose beyond existing as another monument to Paris Hilton's vanity." Hilton won the Razzie for Worst Actress, making it her second Golden Raspberry Award. The film was also awarded Worst Screen Couple (Paris Hilton and "either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore"), and was nominated in three additional categories: Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.[81] It remains on the Bottom 100 list at the Internet Movie Database,[13] is in the Top Ten on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42]

Bad crossover

Sometimes, stars in other fields, such as music or sports, will attempt to parlay their existing fame into a movie career. If this works well enough, the star can have a dual career in both fields, or move on exclusively to a film career. Other times, this turns out to have been a mistake and they often stop after the first try.

Kazaam (1996)

A 1996 comedy that stars professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal as the title character, a genie. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from almost every critic. It holds a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.[82] The movie also has a 2.4/10 rating by the users of the Internet Movie Database, placing it on the IMDb bottom 100.[13] The New York Times give it a 1/10, and it said "Memo to Shaquille O'Neal: Don't give up your night job."[83] The film Scary Movie also makes fun of the negative reception for Kazaam. When Drew (Carmen Electra) is asked "What is your favorite horror movie?" she answers Kazaam. After being told that Kazaam is not a horror movie, Drew answers, "Well, you haven't seen Shaq act."

Glitter (2001)

A $22 million musical that nearly destroyed the career of pop sensation Mariah Carey. The film is on the Internet Movie Database's 100 worst films of all time,[13] and in the Top 10 of the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com.[30] It is rated at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes,[84] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] It also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42] Glitter received five nominations at the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards, with Carey winning the award for Worst Actress. Aside from being universally panned by critics, it also failed at the box office, earning only $5,271,666 worldwide.[85] Because of this, 20th Century Fox opted not to release the film on DVD; instead, they surrendered the rights to Columbia Pictures, which distributed the film outside the U.S. In addition, the accompanying soundtrack CD became the weakest-selling album in Carey's career, prompting Virgin Records/EMI to sever their ties with her.

From Justin to Kelly (2003)

Starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini (the winner and runner-up, respectively, from the first season of American Idol), the movie was a box office bomb, grossing only $5 million. It is on IMDB's Bottom 100 list,[13] and has an 8% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[86] Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review, "How bad is From Justin to Kelly? Set in Miami during spring break, it's like Grease: The Next Generation acted out by the food-court staff at SeaWorld."[87]

Some theater chains threatened not to screen the movie at all when distributor 20th Century Fox announced plans to rush it to VHS and DVD a mere six weeks after its opening weekend, but Fox ultimately relented and pushed the release date back a number of months. After the opening-weekend flop, Fox reinstated the original release schedule. The choreography was considered so bad that a special "Governor's Award" was created as an excuse to present the film with a Razzie. In addition, it won the Golden Raspberry Award in 2005 for "Worst 'Musical' of Our First 25 Years." The film is in the Top 10 of the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42]

Bad comedy

Leonard Part 6 (1987)

This 1987 parody of spy movies was directed by Paul Weiland, and starred Bill Cosby. After the film was released, Cosby was so disappointed with it that he publicly advised people to not waste their money to see it.[88] Cosby attributed most of the movie's problems to first-time director Weiland, whom he felt was too young and inexperienced, although Cosby himself was producer and writer of the story. At the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards, the movie won for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Cosby), and Worst Screenplay (Jonathan Reynolds and Cosby). It was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Director. Cosby accepted his three Razzies on The Late Show, and arranged for the Fox network to reproduce the Razzies in 24 carat gold and Italian marble, at a cost of $27,500.[89] The movie also earned a nomination in the Worst "Comedy" of Our First 25 Years category at the 2005 Razzies. It remains on the IMDb's Bottom 100 movie list,[13] has a 9% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[90] and appeared in the 2004 DVD documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.[3]

Underground Comedy Movie (1999)

A comedy based on a cable access show from 1988. Director and lead actor Vince Offer constructed the film out of a series of tasteless, lowbrow skits (including Gena Lee Nolin loudly using the restroom and a superhero named "Dickman", who dresses in a giant penis costume and defeats his enemies by squirting them with semen). In 1999, Offer filed a suit against 20th Century Fox and the co-directors of There's Something About Mary, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, claiming that 14 scenes in Mary were stolen from his film. The Farrellys released this statement: "We've never heard of him, we've never heard of his movie, and it's all a bunch of baloney."[91] In a review in The Village Voice, Rob Davis called the film a "listless, laughless attempt" and "lunkheaded and amateurish", and stated that it was "for masochists only."[92] Likewise, Lawrence Van Gelder of the New York Times referred to it as a "wretched film" and stated that "'The Underground Comedy Movie' stands as a monument to ineptitude and self-delusion".[93] Rod Dreher of the New York Post said it "may be the least amusing comedy ever made".[94] Offer stated in 2004 that "almost 100,000" DVDs of the film had been sold[95]. It remains on the IMDb bottom 100.[13]

The Adventures of Pluto Nash cost $110 million to produce and market, but earned only $7.1 million at the box office.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

A comedy film starring Tom Green, who also wrote and directed it. CNN's Paul Clinton called it "quite simply the worst movie ever released by a major studio in Hollywood history" and listed the running time as "86 awful minutes."[96] Roger Ebert gave the film a rating of 0/4 stars. Ebert considered the movie to be so bad, that it "doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels" (in response to it not scraping, being, or being below the "bottom of the barrel") and noting it would more likely become a milestone for neosurrealism before it is even considered funny.[97] It is also on his "most hated" list.[35] However, Ebert amended his critiques in his review of Stealing Harvard, saying "it was at least an ambitious movie, a go-for-broke attempt to accomplish something", and Ebert also believed that Tom Green does possibly have good work in him, that may eventually make a "movie worth seeing."[98] The film was nominated for 8 awards at the 2001 Razzies, and won for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst On-Screen Couple. Tom Green accepted his awards in person, even traveling to the show in a white Cadillac, and brought his own red carpet to the presentation. In his acceptance speech, Green declared, "I want to say I didn't deserve this any more than anyone else here... dear God, I want to say that. I don't think it would be true, though."[99] In 2010, the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade".[40] The film also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films.[41] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club has defended this film, claiming he watched it in 'open-mouthed admiration', and calling it a "secret success".[100]

Written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie was a disaster of its own, being hailed by many as the worst movie of 2008 and nominated for six Razzies.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

Starring Eddie Murphy as the owner of a lunar nightclub, investigating who was behind the arson that destroyed his club, the film is considered to be one of the worst box-office flops of all time, grossing only around $7.1 million on its reported $100 million budget.[101] The film has a 6% rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[102] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] Eddie Murphy even poked fun at himself in an interview with Barbara Walters, by saying: "I know two or three people that liked this movie." It is on the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com,[30] and Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films.[41] It was also nominated for 5 Razzies at the 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Eddie Murphy), Worst Director (Ron Underwood), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple (Eddie Murphy and himself cloned).

From Phil Traill, All About Steve was hailed the worst movie of 2009, as well as a comparison to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by some critics.

Disaster Movie (2008)

The most recent in a line of spoof films directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Disaster Movie was panned by practically every critic who saw it. All of the films directed by Friedberg and Seltzer received virtually no praise from critics, and were lambasted for their crude, offensive demeanor, tired and repetitive gags, and habit of just mindlessly referencing other movies in attempt to satirize them. However, Disaster Movie is usually considered the worst of them, and remains high up on the Internet Movie Database's 100 worst films of all time, once ranking at number one.[13] Its score at Rotten Tomatoes is among the lowest at 2%,[103] and placed it in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] It also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is #1 on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42] The film received six nominations at the 2009 Golden Raspberry Awards, along with its predecessor Meet The Spartans, and was also rated as the worst movie of 2008 by The Times.[104] Even Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, virtually the only critic to enjoy prior installments Date Movie and Epic Movie, was not quite favorable in his review, stating "the comedy rarely seems more than a hasty patchwork of cheap-shot allusions."[105]

All About Steve (2009)

A film starring Sandra Bullock, All About Steve was almost universally panned by critics. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said that "the grimly unfunny comedy All About Steve might just be the worst movie on Sandra Bullock’s resume."[106] Kyle Smith of the New York Post said that this film "is a deeply unpleasant, bottomless well of cringe induction. It may be the worst Bullock movie I've seen, and I've seen Speed 2: Cruise Control."[107] Rotten Tomatoes reported that only 6% of critics gave the film positive reviews,[108] and four of those critics picked it as the worst film of 2009.[109] The consensus of those reviews was that "All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her." According to another review aggregator, Metacritic, the film has received an average score of 17%,[110] placing it within Metacritic's list of the top 100 all-time lowest-scoring films.[41] The movie was nominated for five Razzies at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Director (Phil Traill), and Worst Screenplay,[111] winning for Worst Actress (Sandra Bullock), and Worst Screen Couple (Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper).

Exploitation

Filmmakers sometimes try to overuse content considered taboo or shocking by the general populace as a means to draw in curious film-goers (see shock value). When executed poorly, this method can backfire. These films are commonly cult classics, however, as the overdone scenes of nudity, death, violence, and gore are often so poorly executed that they become more humorous than shocking.

Myra Breckinridge (1970)

The 1970 film based on the book of the same name by Gore Vidal and starring Raquel Welch, Mae West, and Farrah Fawcett provoked controversy due to scenes that seemed a bit questionable for the time period. It also started with an X rating but then had to be cut down to an R. Some stars from the 1940s and 1950s were also shocked to see footage from their films seen as sexual in-jokes, even some, like Loretta Young, suing them to remove the footage. There were also conflicts between Raquel Welch and Mae West on the set. Critics have panned the film, with Time Magazine saying "Myra Breckinridge is about as funny as a child molester. It is an insult to intelligence, an affront to sensibility and an abomination to the eye."[112] The film is also cited in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. Gore Vidal has disowned the film, calling it "an awful joke",[113] and blamed the movie for a decade-long drought in the sale of the original book.[114]

Showgirls (1995)

Showgirls became the highest grossing NC-17 movie of all time, let alone one of the worst movies of 1995.

A large amount of hype was put behind promoting the sex and nudity in this NC-17 film, but the results were critically derided.[115] Most of the hype revolved around the film's star, Elizabeth Berkley, who only two years before had been one of the stars of the teenage sitcom Saved by the Bell (in which she played a young feminist). The film won seven of the thirteen Razzie Awards for which it was nominated. The film also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is in the Top 10 of the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com.[30] It almost ruined the career of the writer, Joe Eszterhas, who has had difficulty living down the embarrassment. The film, however, has garnered a cult following over the years. The edited R-rated version removes much of the gratuitous nudity and replaces it with story elements which attempt to make the plot understandable. TBS broadcast the film on television in their prime time schedule, but added digitally animated solid black underwear to hide breasts and genitalia. It is now regularly broadcast by VH1 as part of their Movies That Rock series.

Striptease (1996)

Much like Showgirls, Striptease - starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds and directed by Andrew Bergman - relied heavily on sex and nudity. And just like Showgirls, it was heavily panned by critics. Leonard Maltin gave the film no stars, saying that it was too depressing, and "Not funny enough, or dramatic enough, or sexy enough, or bad enough, to qualify as entertainment in any category." Also, in what is considered as bad taste, Rumer Willis (Moore's real-life daughter who also plays the onscreen daughter) was required to see her mother strip in front of her.[116] Striptease won six Razzies out of seven nominations at the 17th Golden Raspberry Awards. In addition, Moore was recognized as Worst Actress not only for Striptease, but also for The Juror. Despite the negative reviews, the film was a financial success, earning $113,309,743 (more than twice its $50 million budget) worldwide.[117]

Sequels, prequels, remakes and clones

Often, an attempt is made to capitalize on the popularity of a successful film by making a sequel[118] (or prequel), writing a new script loosely based on the ideas of the old one, or if the film is old enough, remaking the movie altogether.[119] Sometimes these films do not live up to their predecessor. Some factors resulting in poor performance are:[120]

  • different continuity which makes a film a sequel in name only
  • budgetary constraints
  • the film may not feature the stars associated with the original
  • the film may not be made by the same producers, directors, writers and editors
  • the target audience's lack of interest in furthering the story of the predecessor
  • declining actors attempting to reprise roles from the height of their career for which they are no longer suited
  • a perceived attempt to capitalize on a popular concept with little or no original material
  • the original was poorly received in the first place

While they are usually considered inferior to the original, others end up being poorly done movies in and of themselves and sometimes taint the film they were meant to emulate or continue.

Mac and Me (1988)

The film is about a young boy in a wheelchair, who meets and befriends an alien who has crash landed on earth. The decision to make the film was based on the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (the title itself, Mac and Me, comes from the working title for E.T.E.T. and Me.[121]) and it served as little more than a vehicle to promote Coca-Cola and McDonald's.[122] One scene in the film is a large, impromptu dance-off with the main character MAC the alien (dressed in a teddy bear costume), a football team, Ronald McDonald, and various other people inside and outside of a McDonald's restaurant. The film's cast list states "and Ronald McDonald as Himself." Mac and Me has a rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes,[121] and Leonard Maltin referred to it as "more like a TV commercial than a movie".[122] Scott Weinberg of eFilmcritic.com called it "Quite possibly one of the worst movies of the past 435 years"[121] and Marjorie Baumgarten of the Austin Chronicle called it a "shameless E.T. knockoff".[121] The film was nominated for four Razzie Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay and won two trophies, Worst Director for Stewart Raffill (tied with Blake Edwards for Sunset) and Worst New Star for Ronald McDonald in a small cameo.

Batman and Robin (1997)

The fourth film in the Warner Bros. series of Batman films, this film has been criticized due to a weak script, campy performances by George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell, and a ridiculous plot. Roger Ebert also criticized the toyetic approach, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's portrayal of Mr. Freeze, which included numerous "ice" puns and one-liner jokes.[123] Although somewhat financially successful (it made $238 million worldwide), this film is to date, the least commercially successful of the series. Due to the overwhelming negative reception, production on a fifth film entitled Batman Triumphant was canceled[citation needed], plans to release a second animated film theatrically were changed to direct-to-video, and the series was eventually rebooted in 2005 with Batman Begins, which ignored the four previous films. Batman & Robin is widely considered to be one of the worst superhero films of all time.[124] In an article for MSN Movies, David Fear called it the "worst superhero film",[125] and Maxim goes a step further by declaring it the worst movie ever made.[citation needed] It was nominated for 11 Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, winning one for Alicia Silverstone as Worst Supporting Actress. The film is also on the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic,[21] the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com,[30] and is #1 on Moviefone's list of the Worst Movie Sequels of All Time.[126] It currently has a rating of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.[127]

Swept Away (2002)

Starring Madonna, Adriano Giannini, and Bruce Greenwood, the film is a remake of the 1974 Italian film of the same name, which is a beloved classic in the eyes of many critics of European films.[citation needed] The movie was a box office disaster, having a budget of $10 million but grossing $598,645 in the United States.[128] It was shown only on 196 screens for two weeks, dropping down to 59 in the final third week of release.[129] In Italy it grossed €71,575 and in Spain €105,371 from 174 screens.[130] It is in the Top 10 of the 100 worst movies list at DigitalDreamDoor.com.[30] The film was included in Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years,[37] where it has a 5% rating.[131] It was also awarded five awards at the 2002 Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actress (for Madonna), Worst Screen Couple (for Madonna and Giannini), Worst Remake or Sequel, and Worst Director (for Guy Ritchie). In addition, the film was nominated for Worst Screenplay (by Ritchie), and Giannini for Worst Actor. The film holds the distinction of being the first film to win both Worst Picture and Worst Remake or Sequel. However, in his otherwise negative review of the film, Slant Magazine critic Ed Gonzalez said: "Madonna gives her best performance since Abel Ferrara had her beaten to a pulp in his Dangerous Game."[132] Madonna won the Worst Supporting Actress award that same year (for her performance in Die Another Day), and in 2010 the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade".[40]

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

A sequel to the 1999 film Baby Geniuses, it was a box office flop, grossing only $9,000,000 of its $20,000,000 budget. The movie earned a 0% rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes,[133] where it was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] One such critic remarked, "Superbabies has no redeeming qualities."[134] The film is in the top ten of the Bottom 100 movie list at the Internet Movie Database,[13] appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films,[41] and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.[42] The film was also nominated for four Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor (for Jon Voight), and Worst Screenplay.

Son of the Mask (2005)

Sequel to The Mask, this critically panned movie has Jamie Kennedy finding the mask of Loki, and then conceiving an infant born "son of the mask". The movie was criticized mainly for being another sequel without Jim Carrey, and having horrid special effects. It bombed at the box office, making just $17 million, about $102 million short of the original. The movie remains on the IMDb Bottom 100,[13] and is in the Top 10 of the Bottom 200 movie list at Everyone's a Critic.[21] It also has a dismal 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[135] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] In his review on At The Movies, Richard Roeper stated "In the five years I've been co-hosting this show, this is the closest I've ever come to walking out halfway through the film, and now that I look back on the experience, I wish I had."[136] Lou Lumerick of the New York Post said "Parents who let their kids see this stinker should be brought up on abuse charges; so should the movie ratings board that let this suggestive mess slip by with a PG rating."[137] It was the most nominated film at the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards, winning for Worst Remake or Sequel, and won several 2005 Stinkers Awards, including Worst Actor (Jamie Kennedy), Worst Sequel, and Worst Couple (Kennedy and anyone forced to co-star with him).[55]

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

The $70 million sequel to the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct featured a return performance by Sharon Stone, but was plagued by delays involving legal and financial disputes with Stone and the producers[citation needed]. When the film was finally released to the public on March 31, 2006, it was a commercial failure, and universally panned by critics[citation needed]. It earned a mere $3.2 million dollars in its opening weekend,[138] and just $39 million worldwide. Ebert and Roeper gave Basic Instinct 2 "Two Thumbs Down", however Roger Ebert commented that Stone does a good job playing such a trashy character.[139] Kyle Smith of the New York Post commented, "At this point, there are inflatable toys that are livelier than Stone, but how can you tell the difference? Basic Instinct 2 is not an erotic thriller. It's taxidermy."[140] The film is ranked at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes,[141] and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the last 10 years.[37] At the 27th Golden Raspberry Awards, the film won four Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Prequel or Sequel and Worst Screenplay (where it was "subtitled" as "Basically, It Stinks, Too").[142]

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