8 of the Worst Films Ever Made

It may seem strange, but there are film fans who have a kind of soft spot for really bad films. And we mean, REALLY BAD. We've all groaned at movies that have laid on the drama too thick, have pretended to be something they're not or have tried so hard to be taken seriously they wind up being unintentionally funny. Here's our list of what we think are the 8 worst films ever made, and in our honest opinion, these howlers have no redeeming qualities at all. So, brace yourselves. This isn't going to be pretty.

#1 Mortal Combat: Annihilitation (1997)

Okay, so the original wasn't exactly a classic, but fans could at least say it was a guilty pleasure. Annihilation, however, is true B-movie material and should seriously have gone straight to video. Denounced by Mortal Kombat co-creator, Ed Boon, the video game adaptation has the dubious honour of being one of the worst reviewed films of all time. Terrible acting, boring scripts and fight scenes that made us yawn, anyone who saw it wished it would just end. But one good thing did come out of this debacle; the studio at least cancelled the sequel.

#2 The Last Airbender (2010)

It was inevitable that M. Night Shyamalan would make a strong appearance here, and you'll be forgiven if you expected to find 'After Earth' (2013) on this list. It was a mighty close call. But have you subjected yourself to this insanity? If you ever wanted to see a human explode with rage, ask an Avatar fan about this adaptation of the beloved TV show. Very few critics or fans have been able to find anything good about this disaster. The movie is ripe with racially mismatched characters, badly pronounced character names and a convoluted plot which proves not all animated material can be turned into a live action film.

#3 King Kong Lives (1986)

The remake in 1976 might have been a box office hit but this sequel fell short on every level. How could a film about King Kong be so boring? The plot centres on a team of scientists who have been keeping the giant ape alive while he's in a coma caused by falling off the Twin Towers. They provide Kong with an artificial heart and a blood transfusion from a female Kong to save his life. It's not meant to be a comedy, but it's certainly laughable—for all the wrong reasons. Even the 1933 black & white original had better special effects than this shoddy mess.

#4 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

Let's face it, we live in a world where Hollywood can turn any product into a film. And while it sometimes works, (The Lego Movie, 2014) sometimes it just doesn't, (Battleship, 2012). And sometimes you have to ask yourself just how drunk or desperate the studio execs must have been when they gave the green light to go ahead and make a film like Garbage Pail Kids. Originally a brilliant and popular trading card series parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, the adaption into film turned them into nightmare creatures. Packed with awful effects that make them near to unwatchable, and gags so gross even kids didn't think they were funny, this films negative cult status is hard to follow.

#5 Left Behind (2014)

To all of you who went to watch this without realising it was a film about Christians going to heaven, and instead were expecting to see an action packed Nicolas Cage apocalyptic thriller, we hope you demanded the return of the entrance fee. Luckily, not many people saw this film anyway. So, for the millions who have never even heard of it, Left Behind is supposed to be a film about how bad things get when The Rapture arrives. And of course, all the non-believers get, well, left behind. Except that audiences didn't actually get to see the end of the world. Instead, they got 110 minutes of confused people panicking, and a very subdued Nicolas Cage.

#6 Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

Fans of the original Highlander hate this sequel so much that the filmmakers have tried multiple times over the years to recut it. And that's what you can call a major apology. The film contains so many continuity errors, no logical connection to its predecessor, and numerous truly awkward comedic moments featuring Sean Connery, that it's easy to forget the film is actually a sci-fi action thriller about immortals chasing each other through time. The director himself walked out of the premiere after just 15 minutes.

#7 Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

In a world with Sharknadoes and Mutant Piranahs, this film somehow manages to be the most ridiculous underwater monster movie ever. But then, it was the 80's and this fourth Jaws sequel was the one that finally killed off the franchise for good. Basically, the film asks the question that was on nobody's lips; do sharks hold grudges? We're supposed to believe that the shark wants to take revenge on the Brody family for killing the original Jaws, and swims from New York to the Bahamas looking mechanical and boring the entire trip. Makes you kind of wonder how on earth they talked Michael Caine into taking the lead role, doesn't it?

#8 Alone in the Dark (2005)

Uwe Boll is well known for his video game adaptations, and he has built himself a reputation for directing some of the worst films of all time. Most of his productions end up as box office and critical disasters. He also doesn't care what anyone thinks. Alone in the Dark stars Christian Slater as the hero who uses special powers to chase demonic creatures who were once worshipped by a now extinct civilization. And if you think that sounds epically bad, you'd be right.

 

So, that's our choice for the worst 8 films that have ever sulked, sneaked and crawled their way across a cinema screen. Let us know if you agree or disagree, and tell us if you think we've left something out. Thanks and till next time, happy viewing!

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