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Top 10 Worst Movies ever
Published on 5/17/2006
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966): where are the credits?!
This is a no-budget horror film made by an El Paso, Texas fertilizer salesman. It is famous for having an opening nine-minute sequence in which nothing happens but endless driving through the countryside, due to someone forgetting to add in the credits!.
The film gained cult popularity by being featured on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television show. It was the #1 movie on the IMDb Bottom 100 for a long time since the list was first created. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino owns a rare 35 mm copy of the film, and has stated that it is his favorite "comedy."
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1956): almost starring Bela Lugosi
The film is introduced and narrated by television psychic The Amazing Criswell, and involves aliens who attempt to conquer the Earth by resurrecting corpses from a cemetery. The aliens have divined that the human race will soon develop the ultimate weapon: a "solaranite bomb" (or "solarbonite") that can "explode the particles of sunlight" and ultimately destroy the universe. They have attempted eight times to persuade humanity not to build the bomb, but find themselves unable to even get humanity's attention. "Plan 9", their plan to resurrect the dead, is their final, desperate attempt. Unbelievably, this is all claimed to be based on sworn testimony, even though Criswell says it takes place in the future.
Produced and directed by Ed Wood, the movie is widely regarded as a leading candidate for the title of "worst movie ever made", the film is infamous for "almost starring" Bela Lugosi, since the scenes featuring Lugosi were not shot with this film in mind at all.
Anus Magillicutty (2003): the anti-movie that anti-matters
The film focuses on the character Anus, who is obsessed with alcohol and sex. The story involves Anus' efforts to hide a dead body. Eventually, however, Anus also has a run-in with Satan. As Anus explains to his brother, "Remember that contract we had with Satan? To make us beautiful? ...I think he's come to collect."
In late 2005 and early 2006, it ranked number 1 on the Internet Movie Database bottom 100 list, meaning that it received the lowest scores among people evaluating films in the site's extensive database. A critic from the State Press Magazine considers this to be the worst film ever, although the film was actually marketed that way, with the State Press quote appearing on the poster. Anus Magillicutty was directed by Morey Fineburgh, and although written by Abraham Fineburgh, there was allegedly no real screenplay.
Gigli (2003): The end of Bennyfer
Originally a very dark comedy with no romantic subplot, the producers demanded script rewrites throughout filming. Some reviewers dubbed the film "The ultimate turkey of all time", referring to Lopez's character's sex talk to Affleck's character inviting him to commit an act of oral sex: "It's turkey time." "What?" "Gobble, gobble."
The Times newspaper gave the movie the rating below their lowest possible score of 0 stars, the only movie to recieve this score. This film is also said to have been a factor in the break-up of the engagement between its two stars. Winner of 7 Razzies (including 2005's Worst "Comedy" of Our First 25 Years). In addition Ben Affleck mocked the film on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.
Monster A Go Go (1965): No continuity, incomprehensible non-ending
The plot concerns an American astronaut who mysteriously disappears from his spacecraft as it parachutes to Earth. The vanished astronaut is apparently replaced by and/or turned into a large, radioactive, humanoid monster. A team of scientists and military men attempt to capture the monster--and at one point succeed, only to have him escape again (however, both the capture and the escape are never shown, with only the narrator revealing this to us).
Monster A Go-Go has an unusual, perhaps even unique, production history. Director Bill Rebane ran out of money while making the film. Lewis, who needed a second film to show with his own feature, Moonshine Mountain, bought the film, added a few extra scenes and some dialogue, and then released it, creating an odd, disjointed film with little continuity. The film is infamous among those who have seen it for its incomprehensible "non-ending."
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002): even the game was better
Starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, the film was universally panned by critics and is believed to have no redeeming features (not even the comedy value normally associated with bad films). It is often listed among the worst movies ever made. Financially, the film was a box office failure, grossing just over $14 million compared to its $70 million budget. Liu and Banderas play opposing secret agents who are supposedly enemies, but rather than fighting each other they end up teaming up to take down the megalomaniacal director of the NSA.
A Game Boy Advance first-person shooter, Ecks vs. Sever, was based on a very old version of the movie's script and, storywise, is almost nothing like the film. It was released before the movie. A version after the movie's release, considered a sequel to the game but which followed the movie, was considered an impressive technological feat on the GBA and was much better accepted than the movie itself.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964): martians kidnap Santa Claus
Momar ("Mom Martian") and Kimar ("King Martian") are worried that their martian children are watching too much Earth television, most notably station KIDD's interview with Santa Claus in his workshop at the North Pole. So Martian leaders decide to kidnap Santa Claus from Earth and bring him to Mars to make toys for the children of their planet.
Famous in the "so bad it's good"-category, it has been featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and holds a spot in IMDb's worst 100. Also cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of Lists, The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, and the 2004 DVD documentary, The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made. Features an early screen appearance by 1980s film icon Pia Zadora. The Canadian TV channel "Space: The Imagination Station" airs this bomb every Christmas as a salute to bad sci-fi.
From Justin to Kelly (2003): From Theater To Video
The movie features Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, the winner and runner-up of the first series of American Idol, respectively. Texan singing waitress Kelly Taylor (played by Clarkson) meets Pennsylvania college student Justin Bell (played by Guarini), they fall for each other, and then spend the rest of the movie trying to get together.
The critics began mercilessly deriding the movie upon news of its making, and the movie was the box office bomb they predicted despite its association with the popular television show. In an interesting twist, theater chains threatened not to show it at all when distributor 20th Century Fox—anticipating a theatrical flop. On the Internet Movie Database website the film is currently the worst movie ever made. Other listing systems also rate it among the worst movies ever made. Craig Kilborn gave it a short and devastating review one day after its release, with the words: "Here's the movie: From Justin To Kelly. Here's my review: From Theater To Video". The film's choreography was considered so bad that a special Golden Raspberry "Governor's Award" was created just so From Justin to Kelly could win it.
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997): directed by Alan Smithee
In the film, an editor by the name of Alan Smithee (played by Eric Idle) has been allowed to direct Trio, a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jackie Chan. However, the studio recuts the film, and when Smithee sees the results (which he describes as being "worse than Showgirls") and realises that he cannot use a pseudonym (because the only one allowed is "Alan Smithee") he steals the film and goes on the run, threatening to burn it.
The film was written (and produced, though he wasn't credited for it) by Joe Eszterhas, and directed by Arthur Hiller. However, Hiller objected to the way Eszterhas recut the film. So, as a result, in one of Hollywood's greatest ironies, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn is officially directed by Alan Smithee. The movie was regarded as one of the worst films of all time, and managed to win five awards (including Worst Picture) at the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards. The film grossed $45,000, which, accounting for inflation, is less than Plan 9 from Outer Space made during its release.
Batman & Robin (1997): or how Batman became gay
The fourth installment of the Warner Bros. franchise that began with 1989's Batman and the lowest-grossing of the film series. This film is often billed as the worst superhero movie of all time, even to the point that star George Clooney said he would refund people's money if they stopped him on the street and said they had paid to see it.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, Clooney claims he played Batman gay. The director Joel Schumacher also reputedly admits to not being proud of this film (to the point where he flat-out apologizes for the film, according to his commentary on the 2005 Special Edition DVD set), despite earlier statements to the contrary.
Batman & Robin earned the nickname "Batman on Ice" for a scene in which the titular heroes both inexplicably have retractable skate blades hidden inside their boots. The film was mocked for the poor script, over-extending the campy attitude of the previous installment Batman Forever, the poor casting of other "big-name" stars Uma Thurman and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the addition of a poorly portrayed Batgirl, played by Alicia Silverstone. Likely due to the film's poor reception, no more Batman movies were made for nearly eight years.
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