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Worst film you've ever seen
Ghosts on Mars

 7:38 pm on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

I like to rent science fiction video films. My girlfriend thinks I'm a total geek but I can't help it. Usually they are quite decent, sometimes even good, but last night I think hit an all time low. I should have known when the intro music was hard rock guitar. About 90 minutes later I realized that I had had my life time doze of marsian colonists turned into satanist worshipers wildly swinging home made axes, mysterious gas clouds carrying the ancient real marsians and taking over the humans by entering through the ear? To top it off, this total lack of a story was accompanied by loud heavy metal music troughout the film....In fact, the only consolation was seeing Pam Grier in a new outfit ;)

What is the worst film you've ever seen?



 3:45 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

on the other hand - i jsut saw movie Donnie Darko... has anyone seen it?

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One of the worst movies I've seen (and no one I've ever mentioned this to agrees with me) was 'Rushmore.' Ugh ugh ugh.

Chalk me up as one more disagreement. Cult classic for a reason... it's hilarious, though certainly not for everyone.

'A Knight's Tale' comes in at a close second.

This is the one I've resigned myself to being an outcast with... Most everyone I speak to hated it, but I laughed long and hard when I saw this one in the theaters.

New addition to the list for me:

Death To Smoochy.

Rented it last night, and it joined the very short list of movies I couldn't even watch all the way through.

I *love* both Robin Williams and Ed Norton, but I don't know what Danny DeVito was thinking with this one.


 9:24 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>Lord of the Rings....

>>...bad predictable formula plot (5mins into it, you knew the whole story),...

Gotta Agree,

The most overhyped movie ever made - ever!

5 mins into the book you DO NOT know the whole plot.

Yes the scenery is good, yes visually and costume wise it is very good but what about the story? characters? script? All extremely poor. Didnt even stay true to the book!

Citizen Kane - What a pile of &^$*, possible the most over rated film ever - I almost fell asleep watcing this.


 10:35 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ghost - drivel

Most "action" films with glover or Bruce Willis or Stallone or Schewernegger whatever his name is - pointless

Dead Poets society - left wing liberal claptrap

90% of those that win an Academy Award for Best Picture or nominated. - You are almost assured that you will fall asleep

Some movies however are so bad they are good.. and sometimes made to be:

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
(Something?) from Outer Space
Any Star Trek Movie (I never ever "got it")
Reefer Madness and any number of the marijuana/lsd scare films of the 1950s


 10:54 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

LoTR- I have to agree- it was a travesty. I've read all three books three or four times- first time when I was a little nipper (well, 13)... I knew when I walked into the movie that it wouldn't live up to the way I saw it in my head but I had no idea that it was going to be that bad. What a waste! And the next two are going to be just as bad- I'll still go and see them though- what a sucker!


 10:59 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have never found anyone else who shares my sentiments but I thought Gladiator was terrible.

Add me to your list. In my mind it was almost as unwatchable as The Matrix.

But then I find myself in a very small minority of people who thing The Matrix is one of the most stupid movies ever made. I mean, come on guys: computers so stupid that they need to use humans a batteries. Who wrote that script? Bill Gates?


 12:35 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Most "action" films with glover or Bruce Willis or Stallone or Schewernegger whatever his name is - pointless

For the most part I share your sentiments with the Stallone, Van Damme, Steven Segal, and Swarzenegger testosterone fests but...

As for Glover and Willis, I must disagree. They've both been in their share of horrible films, but they both have a number of outstanding ones to their credit as well...

Bruce Willis:

Pulp Fiction
12 Monkeys
Four Rooms
The Player

Danny Glover:

The Royal Tenenbaums
The Color Purple

(Something?) from Outer Space

That would be... Plan 9 From Outer Space. Brought to you by the infamous Ed Wood. ;)

90% of those that win an Academy Award for Best Picture or nominated. - You are almost assured that you will fall asleep

My short list of Best Picture winners that, whether you like 'em or not, could hardly put anyone to sleep:

The Silence of the Lambs
Godfather II
American Beauty
The Bridge On The River Kwai
The Sting
The Deer Hunter
Midnight Cowboy

And of course, while it didn't win Best Picture... it did walk with 6 other Oscars:

Star Wars :)


 12:42 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok Dante! Illd hand it to you for those Willis films and the glover non action films. There are some good ones there. The Player was excellent.

As far as your best films that also won academy awards, I see your point. Some good ones do slip through all the political correct voting system that generally results in mediocre middle-of-the-road stuff. I also notice that these are generally older films, before the whole voting system became so much of a hollywood insider popularity contest. There have been some great hollywood movies for sure, but they are very overrated compared to the European offerings that are often ignored and generally have much more depth.

Disclaimer: All people should ignore my preferences. I havent had time to watch movies for about 10 years, and those i see are usually on an airplane...

Thanks for reminding about that wonderful Plan 9 movie. Now if you could only identify those ones i couldnt remember on the "Best" thread. Ive noted down your ist post.. you sound like you have the same sort of preferences as me, and if i ever get to watch movies without a meal tray in front of me with tinny headphones on a bumpy plane, I will remember them!

Funny you mentioned Star Wars. Nobody else belives me except my partner at the time, but that really did physically put me to sleep! Had been working very hard for that week and as soon as i saw that plush seat I just went all drowsy after 10 mins and woke up 10 minutes before the end, looking at people who were laughing and pointing at me...


 1:34 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, I must be out of step... I thought LOTR did a good job of converting the book to film - I came expecting the worst, and was surprised at how closely the characters and setting matched what my mind had created from the books. No mean feat for a complete fantasy film. As far as knowing what was going to happen 5 minutes in, I assumed that everyone knew what was going to happen before they arrived in the theater. There are actually people who never read the books? ;)

I rather liked Gladiator, too, and Independence Day was fairly watchable if you turned your brain off. Thanks for the warning on Ghosts of Mars, I was thinking about renting it...


 2:37 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been a fan of lord of the rings for almost 30 years and have read the books 32 times. The film did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the books, and anyone who does not agree has either not read them or didn't understand. There is also an extended version due to come out on video shortly which even includes the scenes that were not included - my understanding is the extended version has just about everything.

Richard Lowe


 3:01 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>anyone who does not agree has either not read them or didn't understand

Well I guess I did'nt understand the books then, only read LOTR twice. :P

The film failed hopelessy to capture the essence of the books which is why I found it such a dissapointment.

Just cos the characters and scenery match the book pretty well doesnt mean anything unless the story and script AND directing are of the same qaulity.


 3:17 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Book/movie conversions are often pretty dicey. Last year had two reasonably faithful adaptations, Harry Potter and LOTR, both of which seemed to appeal to loyal readers as well as new fans. That's tough to do, IMO, as readers almost always want every detail of the book included (e.g., all the people who couldn't imagine why the movie left out Tom Bombadil), while moviegoers expect a couple of hours of fast-paced entertainment. Occasionally someone gets the great idea to turn a book into a mini-series, allowing a lot more detail, but often the result is a plodding series that only a true fan could love.

Going way back to Dune - that movie was relatively faithful to the book, which probably made it incomprehensible to the average guy who stumbled into the theater...


 3:18 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ditto. I guess I just didn't understand either...

I've loved those books for a long time and they were the first books that got me really excited about reading. I remember looking at them and saying "phew- they're really big!". A couple of weeks later I had finished them after abandoning my social life completely.

The films, on the other hand, were just a waste of time. All the characters and locations were there but there was none of the atmosphere and excitement which made the books so special. Thats not a problem for me, I didn't ever think the films could live up to the books anyway, so I really am not that bothered about that so much. But I do think that the attempt to convey the wonder of the book on film should have been half decent- it wasn't. It was boring with a capital B and I really wish they hadn't bothered. Just because you can wow people with special effects doesn't mean that its a good movie.


 3:37 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)


my sentiments exactly! I was actually glad when I heard the were cutting the scene with Tom B!

I dragged my wife along expecting an engrossing adventure - like the book. Instead all I got was a special effects extravanza and a poor script.

nonprof webguy

 5:19 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Plan 9 from Outer Space is without question the absolute worst movie I've ever seen, but it's become a classic that's worth sitting through once just for the experience; I often forget movies completely, but I still remember a lot of this one years after seeing it. It could be a lesson in why the person who oversees continuity has such an important job in making a movie.

A more recent dog of a movie: The Island of Dr. Moreau. Just awful; made no sense at all. The one thing that makes it interesting, however, is the truly bizarre performance by Marlon Brando, which is worth the cost of a rental.

Then there are the movies that are so bad they fun to watch -- well, at least watch once. Has anybody seen Nice Girls Don't Explode? How about Assault of the Killer Bimbos? The latter is notable for having one of the longest "deaths" of any movie I've seen. Like a monster in a horror movie (or the dog in The Omen) who just doesn't die no matter how many bullets are pumped into it, a normal human goes through this for at least 10 minutes. There's also Amazon Women on the Moon, which is a spoof of these sorts of bad movies with lots of unrelated skits, from those wonderful folks who brought you Kentucky Fried Movie, that yet ends up being terrible itself.

Well, thanks for helping me waste some time this morning!


 5:57 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I can't beleive nobody mentioned "Buffalo '66", which is what you get when you take a great (though un-original) idea and then film it while (allegedly) high on amphetamines.

"What's this? Is this a shifting car? Do I have to shift gears? My car is a Luxury car: Cadillac Eldorado, that's my car. It shifts itself, it shifts itself. Luxury car, do you understand? I don't have to shift it. LUXURY CAR!"

Every scene in the film is like that, where the main character goes off on some wierd self-indulgent tirade. It's amusing if you watch movies while consuming cheap beer. It's Ed Wood-esque in its execution, except the scenes are consistent with regards to time continuance (no day/night/day in the same scene).

The worst film I have EVER seen has to be Life Flight. There's 5 storys about people who have accidents from various activities, and then the principal characters end up doing something that "The Good Lord" doesn't want them to, and end up in the Hospital. There is an interesting Altman/Tarantino type plot twist that is executed horribly, making you groan. (Life Flight was made in 1987.)

[Hot rodders in the shop working on a hot rod]
"I think I'm going to go all out and advance the cam 14 degrees."
"Isn't going past 9 asking for trouble?"
"Only if you're scared"
"The Good Lord doesn't want you to go past 9 degrees adv-."
"The Good Lord isn't racing tomorrow. I am."
[they go to stock footage of a hot rod blowing up at the drag strip, and the driver getting life flighted to the hospital.]


 6:09 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

As far as bad, odd movies that are very entertaining check out American Movie. It is a documentary about a indie film maker trying to get his movie made. He is a drunk white trash rocker guy and his friends and family are hilarious. I watched it last week and thought it was great. Uncle Bill is the most memorable character in the film.


 6:31 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ghost of mars was one of the few movies id seen where i yanked it out of my dvd before it was even over with.

Sad part is, i made my girlfriend rent it cuz it had ice-t in it, and i liked most other movies ice-t was in.

this one was stinkaroo, tho.


 6:53 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

I almost forgot:

ET (horrible movie)
Contact (Boring)
2010 (Silly)
Spiderman (Really boring)
Godfather III (I and II were the best, III was stupid)

Richard Lowe


 10:17 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

I forgot to mention this.

Some would call this blasphemy, but I hated Titanic.

One detail that bothers me the most: The Dime that Kate Winslet gives DiCaprio is a Roosevelt Dime. Roosevelt wouldn't have even been president for another 20 years when Titanic went down, much less have his head on currency.


 10:57 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

(sure sure, it wasn't meant to be historical, but if you're gonna change history, why not at least make it more interesting than reality?)

the matrix
not so much because it sucked (it may not have without kanotact reeves) but because the concept had everything it needed to truly be an epic film, they could have made it amazing, instead they made it crap. kinda like windows.

ill think of more later im sure


 10:58 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

weisinator, I think watching Titanic was 3 of the worst hours of my life.


 11:19 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

There are so many.

Fear and loatheing in Las Veagas (saw 30 mins in the service and left it sucked)
Arnold movies
Van damme movies
Stalone moves
Best in show
Any movie where by in the first 10 minutes the movie can be over with the use of a shotgun. Mainly horror movies.


 11:31 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone who saw "Roadie" in the late 70's must agree that it is the worst movie ever made.


 3:15 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Fear and loatheing in Las Veagas (saw 30 mins in the service and left it sucked)

bah, Fear and Loathing is one of those big idea stories. Hunter S was rather brilliantly portrayed by johnny depp (who does rather well in messed up roles, anyone see dead man?) - all in all it's a disturbing movie, but necessary.. much like a clockwork orange.

but again, much like a clockwork orange, many people dismiss out of hand as self indulgent and pointless (or perhaps that if it had a point, it shouldn't need to be made with images of violence or depravity... but that's the filmmakers choice.)

anyway, that was remarkably off topic.

suckiest movie ever: Urban Legends II the final cut.

it was actually filmed at my university while I went there, my old residence room is in it... but that doesn't stop it from being one of the biggest piles of cinematic crap to ever pass by my eyes.


 4:23 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

What bothered me about The Matrix:

"We made an exact replica of this computer, but we have no way of finding the backdoor. Help us Neo-One Kenobi, you're our only hope."

I refuse to watch the sequels when they come out.

Another Stinker: The Fast and The Furious. The only cool part of that movie was the special effects during the first race. Apart from that, there's no reason to watch.


 4:44 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

But they didnt make an exact replica of the matrix only a very, very, very small simulation.

The sequels are not really sequels but 2nd and 3rd installments. Like star wars or Lord of the Rings (only a lot better than LOTR :P)


 6:14 pm on Nov 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

One of the worst films I've ever seen is "Orgy Of The Dead." That movie is so bad that it's good. The acting (what little there is of it) totally sucks, the special effects are really bad, and there is very little plot to it. Despite that, my friends and I love to watch it just to make fun of it.

But hands down, the worst movies that I've ever seen were Seven and Legends Of The Fall.


 11:21 pm on Nov 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

Besides sci-fi I love comedies, so I'll throw in a movie from that genre:
Little Nicky
Man was that terrible and lame. Maybe two funny lines line in the whole thing. And it's not like I don't like stupid comedy sometimes, I mean I enjoyed Blazing Saddles for example.


 6:18 pm on Nov 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Talos, the mummy.
Came out about the same time The Mummy did and I knew more than one who mistook the two and... well...
Loved The Mummy, but hated the second part.


 8:11 pm on Nov 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

I hated Pearl Harbor, way too much love for a war movie. After awhile I started to fast forward as soon as that woman's face filled the screen and was able to watch that movie in 70 minutes.

However, the movie I would least like to see again is............ Gone with the Wind.
I cannot believe people actually like that movie, it is a long tedious love story which is interrupted by the Civil War. Man I hate that flick, I would rather shave my head with a cheese grater while chewing on tinfoil than watch that thing again.


 1:09 am on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Changing Lanes - really bad. Unfortunately I was in a plane so I could not leave :)

Pearl Harbor did suck

Any movie with Keanu Reeves - he has to be one of the worst actors ever.

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