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.
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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998)
It’s a bad movie about making a bad movie, how could have been anything other than…bad? Grossing only $52,850 it was a commercial catastrophe and will certainly be remembered as one of the worst films ever.
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”.
Featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck one would think you couldn’t go too wrong. Not so. Gigli was pretty close to being the biggest box office bomb ever, costing $54 million to produce and bringing in only $6 million.
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.
Disaster Movie (2008)
Living up to its title, Disaster Movie is the latest bomb coming to us from the creators of Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Scary Movie. William Goss of Cinematical was even quoted as calling it a “disaster first, and movie…barely.”
At Long Last Love (1975)
At Long Last Love has been recognized as one of the worst achievements in Hollywood history and as possibly the worst movie-musical ever. Director Peter Bogdanovich even ended up sending a press release to newspapers around the nation apologizing for it after embarrassing amount of negative publicity.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)
Intended to be a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds, Birdemic was labeled by the Village Voice as “one more in the pantheon of beloved trash-terpieces”. The film only cost $10,000 to produce and it was glaring obvious throughout.
Starring Halle Berry, the Catwoman script was re-written no less than 28 times by 28 different screen writers and the movie has gone down as one of the worst superhero films ever.
Mac and Me (1988)
With one critic calling it “Quite possibly one of the worst movies of the past 435 years” Mac and Me was essentially one long shameless McDonalds commercial/ET rip-off with credits at the end. It even starred Ronald McDonald himself, although he did end up winning a Razzie Award for Worst New Star.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
Produced and directed by an insurance salesman, this laughably bad “horror” film was riddled with countless flaws. From terrible camera angles to an awful story line, this movie has managed to gain a cult following especially after being featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Receiving a 1% rating on Rotten Tomatos, some people have noted that Alone in the Dark makes every other worst-movie-ever look pretty decent by comparison. It’s just never a good idea to make a movie based on a video game, especially a bad one.
Batman and Robin (1997)
Found near the top of almost every “worst movie” list in existence, Batman and Robin has become synonymous with bad movie making. According to the New Yorker “the only thing that lends the movie cohesion is the fact that everyone involved came up with their worst performances ever.”
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
We’re not sure who thought taking the fantasy warriors of the first film and turning them into space aliens for the second was a good idea, but on Rotten Tomatoes Highlander II has an epic rating of 0% and has even been described as “awesome in its level of badness”.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Based around the L. Ron Hubbard novel and starring John Travolta, the movie wasn’t only awful but it was also steeped in fraud and criticism. From its association with Scientology to financial fraud by its production company, Battlefield Earth took home the Worst Film of the Decade award at the 30th Golden Raspberries.
The Room (2003)
Considered by many to be the worst movie of all time, director Tommy Wiseau tried defending it by claiming the flaws were intentional. Although no one bought his rhetoric they did buy the movie and since 2003 The Room has garnered a cult following.