Speed 2 – Cruise Control (1997)
Although the original could be considered a near perfect action movie, the sequel almost seemed like it was deliberately created to flop. For starters, why would you have a movie called Speed take place on a cruise ship? Six knots is not very fast. As Anthony Lane said, “Where, pray, is the speed? I can bicycle faster than this ship. I know people who can swim faster. If things carry on like this, we can look forward to Speed 3 taking place on the back of a pony.”
Troll 2 (1990)
Not only was this movie terrible, it didn’t even have any trolls! Italian director Claudio Fragasso barely spoke any English when he wrote the script with his wife, and yet insisted that the actors deliver their lines word for word as written. To this day, however, he still defends the movie as a masterpiece and to his credit Troll 2 has developed a cult following.
Based on the novel North: The Tale of a 9-Year-Old Boy Who Becomes a Free Agent and Travels the World in Search of the Perfect Parents by Alan Zweibel, this film as been labeled as “one of the hardest movies to watch from start to finish” by critics and has been derided for its portrayal of various ethnic stereotypes.North has an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Meant to depict the battle of Inchon during the Korean War, this film failed miserably. Between the producer turning out to be a member of the Japanese Unification Church (the controversial organization headed by Sun Myung Moon), the U.S. military pulling its backing from the film (partially due to the Unification Church connection), and almost every other conceivable problem during production, the film was doomed from the get go.
The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
There’s really not much more to know once you’ve seen the title – giant spiders come to Earth and kill people. One interesting piece of trivia: the final spider boss was actually a volkswagen covered in fur with people holding the legs out the windows. Some have said it’s worth watching just for that.
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998)
The story line centers around Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin as they stop to look for a toilet while on a road trip. Thinking they are in a shopping mall, it turns out to be a biosphere housing a team of scientists that are voluntarily locked in for a year. With a score of only 1 out of a possible 100 on Metacritic Bio-Dome is tied for being the worst rated film on the site.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Just about the only redeeming thing in the entire movie is a plane getting eaten by a shark. A big, rubbery, fake looking shark. Roger Ebert summed up the popular sentiment when he called Jaws: The Revenge “not simply a bad movie, but a stupid and incompetent one”.
From Justin to Kelly (2003)
Starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, even the actors themselves have turned their backs on the film, which is understandable considering it was part of their contractual obligation to American Idol. You know a movie is bad though when it wins 7 Razzies and on top of that prompts the creation of a new one.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
This movie was so bad that it actually got pulled from circulation. Intended to be a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids it has been severely criticized for its tasteless humor, especially considering that its audience was supposed to be young children. One New York Times critic was even quoted as saying the film is “too repulsive for children or adults of any age” and is “enough to make you believe in strict and faraway boarding schools.”
Heaven’s Gate (1980)
The insanely expensive to produce western that was based on the Johnson County War in 1880 Wyoming, Heaven’s Gate singlehandedly ended the career of director Michael Cimino and brought down independent film studio United Artists. Many critics claim that not only was it terrible, it was also the most wasteful movie ever.
Soul Plane (2004)
Parodies of parodies are never good ideas (see #11) but Soul Plane dives right in and goes for the urban spoof of the classic comedy Airplane. With a severe drought of humor, however, Empire Magazine was even quoted as saying, “Snoop Dogg’s stoner pilot comes close to funny. Well, he’s in the same postcode at least. Well, the same country. If that country is Russia.”
Mommie Dearest (1981)
This famously bad film was the first to take all the Razzies at the Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Actress. To date Mommie Dearest has still received what many consider to the be the nastiest reviews of any movie ever.