What's the Worst Film You've Ever Seen?
Updated 8/28/99

PLEASE NOTE: This page has closed due to lack of interest. Thanks to all who sent listings of the worst films they've seen. However, for now I'll leave the page up. Please look over the titles below that have been submitted by visitors to this site. The names of the people who have submitted titles are typed in boldface.


submissions by year of release


1999

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace  While I'm no Star Wars nut, I found this movie to be too much like the first one (young princess in distress; young boy comes out of the desert to save the day with the winning shot which makes big ship blow up; old Jedi dies, passes baton to younger, brash, Jedi, etc.)  The biblical symbolism is shoved in your face, too.  (The kid has a possible immaculate conception, is born into slavery, and promises to return to free the other slaves). The desert race was a blatant rip-off of Ben Hur. (Thanks to Douglas Hugo for providing the first entry of 1999!)

Wild Wild West I sincerely hope that none of the fans of the great 1960's TV show starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin spend nine bucks to go see this thing, because it's terrible! The producers of the film missed the sexual innuendo that made the TV show a cult favorite; worse yet, the film was woefully miscast. The film began generating bad press at previews, where critics---even the shills---gave it wretched reviews. Critic Roger Ebert called it "Wild Wild Worst," and he likes everything! Worst of all, the film's star, Will Smith, didn't see the film until its premier; rumor has it that he was very displeased at how the film turned out. (BJW)

1998


The Avengers With Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. This film is one of the most recent and most disappointing entries, getting bad reviews even from the shills. (Even Time and Newsweek hated it!) (Richard Pruitt)

Lost in Space With Mimi Rogers and Matt LeBlanc. It's a good thing the movie had a gross overabundance of special effects, because they overshadow a shabby, crappy, perfectly awful, mundane, transparent-as-glass and so-predictable-that-an-infant-would-have-figured-it-out-in-5-minutes storyline. Yes, I really hated it, and I wish I would have spent my 7 bucks on anything else! (Kati Fischer-Fresa)

1997


Batman and Robin, wherein George Clooney assumes he can rocket to stardom as the Dork Knight, and Arnold Schwarzenegger does a Borscht Belt version of Mr. Freeze. (Randall Boyer)

Jackie Brown With Pam Grier and Sid Haig. (Liz Taylor)

Striptease The alleged "film" with Demi Moore hopelessly unsure about how to act in a comedy---or an any other genre, for that matter. (Randall Boyer)

Titanic With Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates. This film was widely rumored to be a flop months before its belated release. Fortunately for James Cameron, the lunchbox crowd made this movie a success; some of them went to see it 20 or more times. (Masochism knows no limits.) Cameron earned more than $100 million from this flick, so you can't say there's no money in trash. However, Linda Hamilton probably ended up with most of it. (Too Many To List!)

1996


The English Patient With Ralph Fiennes.

1995


Barb Wire With Pamela Anderson Lee. This is one of the funniest bad films I've ever seen, and well worth a look. Barb is a post-apocalyptic stripper who manages to save what is left of Canada with unbelievable violence. If you like augmented breasts and automatic weapons, this one is for you! (Brian)

Showgirls With Elizabeth Berkley. An instant cult classic and heralded as the worst film of 1995, the music for Showgirls was done by Prince and Dave Stewart (formerly of the Eurthymics). Any movie Prince scores is bound to be bad; remember Under the Cherry Moon, Purple Rain, and Batman?

1994


Forest Gump With Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Sally Field. This movie is like a cheap box of chocolates; whatever you get, you know it's going to be stale and tasteless. This was the "feel-good" hit of 1994, making moviegoers feel superior to a character who isn't THAT much dumber than they are. Nauseating. Hmmm, I wonder which significant, tragic event in American history will be exploited next by Tom Hanks? (Brian)

Il Postino Nominated for an Academy Award and widely proclaimed a masterpiece, this film garnered much sympathy since its star/writer/co-director Massimo Troisi delayed heart surgery so that he could complete this film. On the day after shooting wrapped, Troisi died of a heart attack. (Timewaste)

1992


Pet Sematary Based on Stephen King's novel. I'm not knocking the script or acting--it's just that the movie is SO relentlessly downbeat and disturbing. (Randall Boyer)

Troll II A horrific sequel to the already horrible Troll. It features horrible acting, pathetic make-up, plot, and special effects, and has absolutely nothing to recommend it. It's good for a few laughs, though. (Casey Scott)

1990


Cry-Baby With Johnny Depp, Patty Hearst, Joey Heatherton, and Polly Bergen. Although I'm a huge fan of John Waters, this movie falls flat on its face in the first five minutes and never regains composure. Even the terrific cameos in the movie can't save it, as there is essentially no plot. Fortunately, Waters redeemed himself with Serial Mom (1994) and Pecker (1998).

Predator 2 I haven't seen this movie, but the person who submitted this title assures me that it's practically unwatchable. After checking the cast listing, the movie has several interesting actors, such as Kent McCord (from TV's Adam 12), Morton Downey, Jr., and Teri Weigel (an actress whose credits include a lot of porn).

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. This film is about a NYPD cop, Harry Griswald, who is possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master. Because of this, he is 'the chosen one' who must do battle with 'the evil one'. He is also out to do good deeds and fight crime in the name of the law. But, a number of corrupt people in the community and their henchmen want him dead so that they can gain power when 'the evil one' come to take over the world. (Spookie607)

The Sheltering Sky This drama is resounding proof that even full frontal nudity of John Malkovich is not enough to save a poor script. (In fact, that little peek down south hurt its rating in my eyes.) It drones endlessly, pointlessly focusing on the travels of an estranged married couple. Unfortunately, the only half-interesting character, Port Moresby, played by Malkovich, dies of typhoid and we are left to follow his world-weary wife Kit as she wanders aimlessly. It could have been interesting to follow her internal reconciliation -- this is supposed to be some deep meaningful heavy Bertolucci piece -- but it just does not work. (Thanks to Stephanie)

1989


Ginger Ale Afternoon With Yeardley Smith (now the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons. (Jason Fare)

1988


Nightfall Supposedly based on Isaac Asimov's award-winning short story, Nightfall stars David Birney (one-time husband of Meredith Baxter) and Sean Young. The movie involves a planet where the sun constantly shines, but nightfall and destruction looms for said planet. (Thomas Atkinson)

1987


Making Mr. Right When my friend and I first heard about this film, we exclaimed, "John Malkovich as an ANDROID!?!" We were incredulous, but as we read reviews, some people actually enjoyed this film. Hmmm, we thought... might this actually be a funny flick? Ummmm.... no. Yes, it provided a few laughs at the expense of the awkward android. But overall, it just seems like an exercise in mediocre comedy. Very bad late 80's (romantic?) comedy at its worst. Contrived humor, poor researching, and really BAD hair on JM left a sour taste in my mouth. A terrible movie. Ugh. (Thanks to Stephanie)

Tough Guys Don't Dance With Ryan O'Neal, Wings Hauser (a B-movie and direct-to-video actor who is married to Linda Blair), and Isabella Rossellini. (Bill)

1985


Gymkata With gymnast Kurt Thomas. The U.S. government calls on Jonathan Cabot, the son of a former operative, to compete in the brutal "Game", so that the government can get control of a perfect spot for a "star wars" site in the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan. To win, Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA! (Spookie607)

1984


Bolero A soft-porn flick that starred Bo Derek. I sat through half of it, then walked out. It was NOT erotic, NOT funny, and NOT interesting! (Randall Boyer)

Splash With Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah. 'Nuff said. (Kati Fischer-Fresa)

1982


The Last American Virgin I thought the movie would fall into the class of the "so bad, it's good" type of comedy. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I saw for over an hour and got barely a laugh, or any other enjoyment out of the movie. The only saving grace for this movie was the appearance of Diane Franklin, a very attractive actress. To this day, this is the only movie I've walked out on, after about an hour. (Steve)

1980


Can't Stop the Music With Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, Steve Guttenberg, June Havoc, Tammy Grimes, Jack Weston, and the Village People; directed by Nancy Walker. This is another of those "So-bad-it's-good" entries. Perrine portrays a former fashion model who lives in the Village with her platonic friend, played by Steve Guttenberg. Together, they begin to put together a musical group, in the form of the Village People. (Brian)

Xanadu One of the worst major motion pictures ever made, this stars Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton John, with music by ONJ and ELO. The Electric Light Orchestra's very pleasant soundtrack can't save this turkey, which bombed in the summer of 1980. (Richard Pruitt)

1979


Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline Starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Michelle Phillips (of The Mamas and Papas), and Gert Frobe (from Goldfinger). (Richard Pruitt)

1978


The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Sequels are fertile breeding ground for bad flicks. (Kati Fischer-Fresa)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band With the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, and Steve Martin. It's just awful to hear all of those old great Beatles songs botched by talented artists. (Douglas Hugo)

The Swarm With Michael Caine, Katherine Ross, Richard Widmark, and Olivia De Havilland. (Richard Pruitt)

1975


Mitchell The cast is comprised of B-movie veterans and TV actors and use this movie to prove that's why they'll probably never get beyond this kind of tripe. Astounding as it may seem, however, Joe Don Baker is still making films. He's been in the last two James Bond films with Pierce Brosnan. (Casey Scott)

Switchblade Sisters Directed and written by Jack Hill, maker of the notorious Spider Baby. This is the absolute worst movie I have ever seen. The story line involves a female gang, and is so bad in the acting department, I had to watch the whole thing.  Never have I seen such a display of emoting by the women, whose names I did not even wnat to know.  Truly, I did watch in amazement at the absolute terrible acting. I have been an avid movie fan for all my life and I have never seen anything this bad. (Jcypwrcat)

1974


Big Bad Mama Starring Angie Dickinson and William Shatner. While this movie is indeed bad, at least it's enjoyable. (Kati Fischer-Fresa)

1973


Ghost in the Noonday Sun With Peter Sellers. Sellers portrays a character named Dick Scratcher. 'Nuff said. Dennis McHaney says that he paid 5 bucks for the tape and now wants his money back!

1972


The Assassination of Trotsky With Richard Burton, Alain Delon, and Romy Schneider. It's no surprise to see that a Richard Burton film made the worst films listing; the real shock is that his worst wasn't Exorcist II: The Heretic. Indeed, during the last 20 years of his career, Burton had many more flops than successes. (Bill)

1970


Myra Breckenridge With film critic Rex Reed (even he gave it a bad review!), John Huston, Raquel Welch, Mae West, Farrah Fawcett, and Buck Henry. I highly recommend finding a copy of this---what a howl! In a dream sequence, Rex Reed gets a sex change and becomes Raquel Welch, then goes to Hollywood to teach in her Uncle Buck's acting studio. Believe it or not, the film gets more preposterous as it goes along. Mae West, at the age of 78, portrays a talent agent who beds all her male clients. Also, there are some great cameo appearances in the film that shouldn't be missed. The videotape is out of print, but Cinemax recently ran the film. (Brian)

Torture Dungeon Starring a cast of unknowns. (Richard Pruitt)

1969


Easy Rider With Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Toni Basil, and Robert Walker, Jr. Directed by Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider also has girl-groups legend Phil Spector portraying a rich dealer. (Kati Fischer-Fresa)

Mackenna's Gold Starring Gregory Peck, Telly Savalas, Julie Newmar (Cat Woman from TV's Batman), Ted Cassidy (Lurch from TV's The Addams Family), and Lee J. Cobb. (Richard Pruitt)

1968


Astro Zombies Even though it has Tura Satana in it (ggggrrrr!), this is a loser. John Carradine is wasted, special effects are lacking, and it is obviously a Ted V. Mikels movie! The acting is atrocious, as well. (Casey Scott)

They Saved Hitler's Brain With Nestor Paiva. Parts of this film were released in 1963 as Madmen of Mandoras. This starts as a very bad spy film, and then turns into a very bad horror film. This film was reedited in 1968 with new footage inserted, making a bad film even worse. (William Armstrong)

1967


The Bubble, aka Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth One of the most boring films ever made, this was directed by Arch Oboler and stars Deborah Walley, Michael Cole from TV's Mod Squad, and character actress Virginia Gregg, whom you may remember from Adam-12 and Dragnet. (Richard Pruitt)

Valley of the Dolls With Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, Paul Burke, and Martin Milner. An unintentionally hilarious film, this big-budget picture is not to be missed. Initially, highly successful actors were cast in the film, such as Judy Garland, Tammy Grimes, Bette Davis, and Petula Clark, but all four women said "NO!" after they read the script. (Too Many to List!)

1966


Beau-Geste This film stars Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen, X. Brands, and Telly Savalas. (Bill)

1965


Manos, the Hands of Fate Starring no one, Manos was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its Comedy Central days. It's an ordeal to watch this thing, but it's still not as bad as Independence Day. (Richard Pruitt)

Monster A Go-Go  Starring no one, this film was co-written by famed low-budget horror director Herschell Gordon Lewis, who brought Bloodfeast and 2000 Maniacs to the screen. This film aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000 several seasons ago. (William Armstrong)

1964


The Creeping Terror This was made on a shoestring budget; the roles in the film were sold to anyone with a few hundred dollars to invest, and worse yet, the entire film is narrated! (Timewaste)

Gertrud This Carl T. Dreyer "classic" is one of the most boring pictures ever made. (Richard Pruitt)

Horror of Party Beach With John Scott and Alice Lyon. Director Del Tenney was noted for making bad films. (FRapis)

1959


Girls Town With Mamie Van Doren, bandleader Ray Anthony (who was Van Doren's second husband and father of her son, Perry), Mel Torme, Elinor Donahue, Paul Anka, Gloria Talbott, and Dick Contino. While Girls Town isn't the worst film in the world, the plot is pretty implausible: bad-girl Van Doren is thrown into a girls school run by a convent when she is falsely accused of murder. This film aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during season six. (Cabel D.)

Plan Nine From Outer Space Director Ed Wood's favorite film, this stars Tor Johnson and Vampira. Plan Nine was sold into a TV syndication package in 1961, just two years after its limited release, and began to slowly gain notoriety. (Timewaste)

1958


The Giant Gila Monster Many view this as a cult classic, but it's so talky and full of hicks I couldn't keep my eyes open! Don Sullivan sings in this, as well, which is another reason to shoot the TV when this comes on. The partner on the double bill, The Killer Shrews, was so much better. (Casey Scott)

1956


The Conqueror With John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, and Agnes Moorehead. Here, John Wayne dons Asian drag to play Genghis Khan. Hilarious miscasting makes the film enjoyable. Nearly everyone, save John Wayne and Howard Hughes, knew the film was bad during preproduction. When reporters questioned director Dick Powell about how Wayne looked as Genghis Khan, Powell replied, "Murderous. Just murderous!" Susan Hayward had trouble completing her scenes because she kept laughing throughout each take. Yet somehow, this became Hughes' favorite film. When The Conqueror did terrible business in its inital run, Hughes spent $12 million buying up every copy and refused to release the film to television until the mid 1970's. As the film was mostly shot in St. George, Utah, the site of nuclear testing grounds, the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout. Worse yet, after the completion of location shooting, dirt from the location was transported back to Hollywood for interior shots. Many people from the film developed forms of cancer in later years, including Dick Powell (died 1/2/63), Susan Hayward (died 1975), Agnes Moorehead (died 1974), Pedro Armendariz (committed suicide in June 1963 but was terminally ill from cancer). (Bill)

Gunslinger Roger Corman goes Western again and fails miserably. I did like it if only for the appearances of Beverly Garland and Allison Hayes, but there is nothing here that could keep any serious moviewatcher awake. MST3K viewed this years ago and I found it watchable. I bought the real thing and found they cut several parts out, probably because they were so completely boring they couldn't think of anything to say! (Casey Scott)

1954


Cat Women of the Moon Starring Sonny Tufts and Marie Windsor, this is a difficult movie to watch in its original 3-D format, because the process was done so badly. (Brian)

1937


Parnell With Clark Gabel, Myrna Loy, Billie Burke, and Edmund Gwenn. Gable stars as the uncrowned King of Ireland, who is touring America to raise money for Irish home rule. This has got to be the worst film Gable ever made, and possibly the worst film made during MGM's heyday---it was a huge financial disaster. Carole Lombard, Clark Gable's wife at the time, stated that "If Parnell was as woozy a goof as Gable portrayed him, Ireland still wouldn't be free."
FRapis:
As a former projectionist in a drive in theater;I saw many,many films that could make your collection of worst films look more like cinematic treasures. Does anyone remember Last House on The Left ? or Queen of Blood . How about , or Ghidira,The Three Headed Monster. Then there was The Green Slime. What about Wild in The Streets or Three in the Attic or Mission Mars; I could go on and on. No wonder the drive-in is dead. These types of films usually were cheap, drew a crowd of teenagers, and made tons of money at the snack bar. Something like Titanic would cost money down, and around 75-90% of the take going to the film companies.
Douglas Hugo: Leaving Las Vegas (Nicholas Cage, Elizabeth Shue).  Rented the videotape. Figured, "Hey, Cage won an Oscar, so it must be good!"  Returned the tape after the first 15 minutes and got "Happy Gilmore" instead. Time Walker (Sherri Belafonte).  Pathetic alien-mummy movie with a cheat 'to be continued" ending. Ishtar, Heaven's Gate, Superman III and IV, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Killer Shrews, and . Note:  Plan 9 From Outer Space is terrible, but I found it to be terrible in a very entertaining sort of way.  


Bad Films by Great Directors


Think your favorite director can make no bad pictures? Guess again! Aussie film buff Bill sent these titles:
Ingmar Bergman: Now About All These Women
Robert Altman: Quartet (Brian would also like to nominate Altman's Ready to Wear. Altman wasted some terrific cameo performances on a dreadful film. It's certainly no Nashville.)
Werner Herzog: Green Ant Dreaming
Nicholas Roeg: Eureka
If you're in the mood for discussions of good films check out Bill's wonderfully developed "good" film site at Ian and Bill's Refuge from Reality.

brian's personal list of worst films


Basket Case (1982) with a cast of unknowns. This thing is unwatchable; I saw this during its original release and was bored silly. Somehow, though, this one has achieved a sort of cult status as of late.

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) with Bob Hope, Cesare Danova, Phyllis Diller, and Marjorie Lord. This film, the last Bob Hope film to turn a profit, is comprised of lots of mugging at the camera and horrible line delivery, thanks to Bob Hope. Watch this if you get the chance!

Roadhouse (1989) with Patrick Swayze. Another film that's so awful it's fun. Lines such as "It's my way or the highway" would even embarrass small children. Hilarious!


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