The best movies create worlds with seemingly effortless magic. When a movie works, the audience doesn’t notice the elements that construct a coherent sense of time and space. They’re not thinking about lighting, camera movements, or the set, because they’re immersed in the onscreen world. Continuity is invisible. A character opens a door, and the next cut shows a continuous action as the door opens in the next space with the character’s hair and costume identical even if the two shots were filmed months apart. Good movies don’t draw attention to their production.
In contrast, the hallmarks of truly terrible films include all the ways they make their seams visible and obvious. They conspicuously draw attention to their production, and especially all the mistakes, inconsistencies, and gaffes that get in the way of continuity. Continuity gaffes include obvious mistakes in editing. Drinks at a bar are full in one shot, in the next empty, then full again. Production equipment like boom mics, camera shadows, and safety wires appear on-screen. Obvious changes in wardrobe and makeup occur from shot-to-shot. Locations don’t match and weather changes. The worst movies draw attention to the fact that they’re movies—shots of staged scenes edited together, while the best movies allow the audience to immerse themselves in a world where they forget that a camera was ever-present.
To illustrate this point, Stacker gathered data on IMDb ‘s 100 worst movies as of October 2020 and ranked them according to IMDb user votes with ties broken by vote count, #1 carrying the title for worst. Only feature, English-language films with more than 10,000 user votes were considered. For each of the worst movies in this gallery, we’ve highlighted a mistake (or several) ranging from minor to major slips.
The worst films are usually sequels, third or fourth or even seventh installments, remakes, video game adaptations, spoofs, and parodies, or offshoots of a franchise that refuses to die. Because these movies implicitly refer to the original film, they’re already up against impossible odds as they try to recapture and re-create what worked the first time. These types of films often have inferior budgets and star D-list or unknown actors. The obvious fact that these films follow a template or formula contributes to their inferiority. The audience arrives with preloaded expectations. They’re aware of patterns, templates, formulas, and clichés—so plots, stock characters, and set-ups come across as obviously constructed. Good movies encourage suspended belief, while the bad ones let it fall and splatter.
Some bad films, like Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” possess a delectable charm that comes from the unintended exposure of their flaws. However, the good-bad film is a rare treasure. Most of the ones here on our list are just plain, and painfully, awful.
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#100. ‘The Canyons’ (2013)
– Director: Paul Schrader
An erotic thriller-drama starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, The Canyons is an interesting but difficult-to-watch flop about the desperation and vapidity of Hollywood. One could argue that the entire movie is mistake of competing tones, but there’s one moment, when the camera pans over a dead woman and her pulse is clearly still visible, that stands out as a major oops.
#99. ‘Double Dragon’ (1994)
– Director: James Yukich
Robert Patrick plays the villain Koga Shuko in this cheesy action film based on a video game. In an extended fight scene in a decrepit theater, Shuko rips through the same painted backdrop twice. There’s also a bit where a broom handle comes off in a fight, but there’s a quick shot of the broom handle back on before the reaction shot of it off. Alyssa Milano also stars.
#98. ‘Singularity’ (2017)
– Director: Robert Kouba
A Swiss and American science-fiction film about AI taking over the world, Singularity was first shot in 2013, but wasn’t released until 2017 after additional scenes starring John Cusack had been added. Given the way it was cobbled together, it’s understandable that a handful of errors would wind up in the film’s final cut. However, the most egregious, at least for the eagle-eyed viewer, is the fact that a 100-year-old camera found by our main characters still has fresh batteries and instant-develop film.
#97. ‘Caddyshack II’ (1988)
– Director: Allan Arkush
The first Caddyshack , starring Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, was a hit despite its jocular slapstick silliness. The second entry brings back Chase but doesn’t reach the comedy highs of the first film despite trying. The whole film could be considered a gigantic goof, but in one scene with Dan Aykroyd (as a zany military man), a watermelon explodes before impact with the cause of the explosion—a skull and crossbones imprinted golf ball.
#96. ‘Furry Vengeance’ (2010)
– Director: Roger Kumble
Brendan Fraser stars in this eco-comedy about animals who take vengeance upon real-estate developers. A raccoon and ferret design slingshot weaponry that causes gigantic boulders to careen into the cars of their enemies. The visual rendering of the big rocks look obviously digitized and in other shots seem to be made from props that are light and bouncy.
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#95. ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’ (1977)
– Directors: John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg
The sequel to the runaway box office hit, The Exorcist , suffers from taking itself way too seriously. Starring Linda Blair as Regan again, this time four years older and still demonic, several scenes are set on a mirrored skyscraper rooftop. Mirror shots require intensive technical prowess, such as in the “hall of mirrors” scene in Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai . Similar visuals in this film show in one scene what appears to be the fingers of a cameraman in one of the mirrors.
#94. ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ (2008)
– Director: Raja Gosnell
Drew Barrymore voices the eponymous canine, and Piper Perabo plays the woman assigned to dog-sit. In one sequence, the chihuahua deposits dog food in her sitter’s shoes. This reveals a conspicuous mistake since the same shoes were just on feet, then off, and next, located across the room in a prime spot for the doggy prank, but at the expense of sacrificing spatial logic.
#93. ‘The Adventures of Pluto Nash’ (2002)
– Director: Ron Underwood
Eddie Murphy’s sci-fi comedy is still one of the biggest box office flops of all time. Its budget was more than $100 million and the film only grossed $4 million . When adjusted for inflation, the film lost more than $145 million . Despite the large production budget, this film set on the moon looks cheap and hokey—especially the CGI effects in a body modification scene where Murphy and co-star Rosario Dawson morph into overlarge body builders.
#92. ‘Escape Plan 2: Hades’ (2018)
– Director: Steven C. Miller
This direct-to-video sequel to the equally absurd Escape Plan , concerns another harrowing breakout from another off-the-grid slammer. The film’s slipshod aesthetic works to mask its limitations. A shaky camera, dark lighting with a blue-green tint, background mist, and blurred visuals both reveal and hide the film’s focal imprecision.
#91. ‘Holmes & Watson’ (2018)
– Director: Etan Cohen
This clunker begins with a Hannah Montana quote about love over logic, so the film’s blatant anachronisms align with its general spirit. One of its major plot points involves Queen Victoria aboard the Titanic—which took its notorious voyage over a decade after she died.
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#90. ‘The Human Centipede II’ (Full Sequence) (2011)
– Director: Tom Six
Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert called this sequel ” an affront…to human decency .” The premise, mouth-to-anus surgery of multiple humans, continues with zero cinematic artsiness to counteract the repugnance. In one scene, a victim removes a funnel from a hose and commits a likely deserved atrocity with it (involving an orifice and an insect.) Moments later, the contraption is seen assembled again in the blurry background.
#89. ‘The Avengers’ (1998)
– Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Adapted from a 1960’s television series, this movie version starred Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes as expert spies. During the opening sequence, Fiennes as John Steed places a bakery box on a doctor’s desk—in the very next shot, the box turns a different direction breaking continuity.
#88. ‘In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale’ (2007)
– Director: Uwe Boll
Director Uwe Boll, who has a doctorate in German Literature , spent $60 million on In the Name of the King , which only grossed $6 million. Boll’s films, often video game adaptations, are known for their shoddy production technique and incoherent plotting. Set in the middle ages, this one features Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta alongside Jason Statham. Reynold’s performance as a king is particularly hammy as it clashes with typecasting in scenes where he sits atop a horse, costumed in armor.
#87. ‘The Love Guru’ (2008)
– Director: Marco Schnabel
Mike Myers’s brownface performance of an Indian guru is one of many insipid attributes in this comedy. The ensemble cast features Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, and Steven Colbert. The bar fight scene is notable for two continuity gaffes. In the first, the guru and his sidekick can be seen moving apart in a long shot. The next cut goes closer on the pair and they’re still close together. In another sequence two birthday girls wallop the guru, one on each side—in subsequent shots, the girls have switched positions.
#86. ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997)
– Director: Joel Schumacher
The George Clooney Batman movie was a flop despite the star-studded effort (and the fact that Clooney’s stoic persona seemed well-suited for the role). Uma Thurman plays the villainous Poison Ivy with cartoonish glee. In a seduction scene, she suddenly sports spiked wristlets that weren’t present in a previous shot. In the same sequence, Batman succumbs to a trap and gets strung up by his legs—his cape is clearly tied to his knees to keep it from dragging on the floor.
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#85. ‘Extreme Movie’ (2008)
– Directors: Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
This direct-to-video spoof of teen sex comedies boasts ridiculous scenes such as a high school class where a variety of dildos get passed out. In a bit involving a sexual fetish for Abraham Lincoln, a boy takes his time machine back to the day Lincoln was assassinated and they have sex just before the event. The sequence uses silent film style though there were no motion pictures during Lincoln’s era. However, this point matters little in a film chock-full of preposterous nonsense.
#84. ‘Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever’ (2002)
– Director: Wych Kaosayananda
One reviewer called this action film ” a generic blur of metallic blue and fireball orange. ” Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas play special agent adversaries. In a sequence when Liu’s agent burns a bus carrying the Banderas character, the inflamed bus crushes a small car that somehow remains intact. Soon after, Banderas hops on a previously crashed and skidded motorcycle, somehow unscathed and propped up despite having been in the direct path of the burning bus.
#83. ‘Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li’ (2009)
– Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Known for his wooden delivery, actor Chris Klein gives a particularly bad performance in this franchise film based on a video game. Actor Neal McDonough also stars as the evil Bison, who performs with an off-kilter Irish accent that goes in and out.
#82. ‘The Fog’ (2005)
– Director: Rupert Wainwright
The 1980 thriller used stylized terror in its depiction of a coastal town haunted by ghosts. The 2005 update doesn’t deliver the same creepy scares and often comes across as silly when juxtaposing old-timey pirate tragedy with modern-day teens. One such flashback comes when Elizabeth (Maggie Grace) gets knocked unconscious in a car cabin after a crash. Post-flashback, she’s inexplicably alone in the center of a road with no clear indication of how she ended up there.
#81. ‘Jaws 3-D’ (1983)
– Director: Joe Alves
Dennis Quaid plays the leading man in this slow-paced follow-up to the suspenseful original from 1975. In this film’s climax (when the shark rams through the glass into an underwater control room) the creature has no movement and proceeds two-dimensionally, coming to a complete stop before the glass shatters in what appears to be an illustration. The effect may have been less bumbling when viewed in 3D.
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#80. ‘Piranha 3DD’ (2012)
– Director: John Gulager
Directed by John Gulager, of Project Greenlight fame , this aspires-to-be-campy entry into the Piranha franchise comes across as banal and dull despite efforts to shock. In a climactic scene when a pitchfork impales an eye, the actor obviously wears a visor-type headpiece pressing against his closed eye.
#79. ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ (1987)
– Director: Sidney J. Furie
This was the last film in the franchise to feature Christopher Reeve as the caped hero and it was also considered the worst, boasting bad acting, a tired script, visible harness wires, and Gene Hackman’s Lex Luther mispronouncing “nuclear.” It’s such a disaster that ” Honest Trailers” mocked the once-forgotten film in 2013 .
#78. ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’ (1997)
– Director: John R. Leonetti
Early in the film when a missile explodes, the movie uses the low-budget technique of moving the camera up and down to create a sense of shaking ground. This video game movie franchise sequel displays inglorious effects throughout—including cheap costumes and second rate sets. In one scene as Sonya (Sandra Hess) fights Mileena (Dana Hee) in the mud pit, Sonja lands on a big boulder at one point that moves under her weight.
#77. The Wicker Man (2006)
– Director: Neil LaBute
Neil LaBute’s horror film about a sinister matriarchal culture suffers from, as one review puts it, ” a comical lack of menace or peril .” Even scenery-chewing Nicolas Cage seems to dial it in. In one shot reverse shot sequence, the actor’s jacket goes from open to buttoned and then back to open as he has a slow-paced conversation with a co-star.
#76. ‘The Room’ (2003)
– Director: Tommy Wiseau
Directed by hapless auteur Tommy Wiseau, The Room , reportedly autobiographical, is considered the quintessential “good” bad movie filled with production errors, bad dialogue, and rampant inanity. The first two love scenes between Wiseau (who also stars) and his leading lady contain what is obviously the same footage. The film’s badness has a strange allure, and is the basis for James Franco’s acclaimed The Disaster Artist, that portrays the source material lovingly.
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#75. ‘Delta Farce’ (2007)
– Director: C.B. Harding
This sloppy, snoozy parody of war films aims to spoof the Iraq war. Instead, the premise foists the racist notion ” that rednecks can’t distinguish between brown-skinned people .” The plot focuses on three faux army guys who mistake Mexico (when they’re accidentally deposited there) for Iraq.
#74. ‘2001: A Space Travesty’ (2000)
– Director: Allan A. Goldstein
Leslie Nielson returns in full Airplane spoof mode in this clunky send-up of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey . The opening action scene concerns a giant fast-food mascot poised atop a tall street pole. When Nielson’s cop character crashes into the pole, a close-up shows a styrofoam-esque mock-up pole cracking. Soon the mascot crashes into the ceiling of a restaurant, despite the establishing shots that show it doesn’t have the reach to make this possible.
#73. ‘The Hungover Games’ (2014)
– Director: Josh Stolberg
A parody movie that combines the plots of The Hunger Games and The Hangover , The Hungover Games stars Sam Pancake, Tara Reid, and Caitlyn Jenner. Audiences’ biggest critique of the film is that it’s lazy, often flubbing the characters and lines it directly copied from other films.
#72. ‘Stan Helsing’ (2009)
– Director: Bo Zenga
Playing off the vampire slayer “Van Helsing,” “Stan Helsing” follows a video store clerk who takes on major movie monsters like Chuckie, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger and others in a karaoke bar showdown. Krueger slashes Helsing’s shirt, but it miraculously appears unripped after the character dons a black hat in a moment just as nonsensical as the rest of this banal and tedious comedy.
#71. ‘S. Darko’ (2009)
– Director: Chris Fisher
The time travel cult hit, Donnie Darko , made waves for its atmospheric style and heady plot twists. The straight-to-video follow-up, about Donnie’s sister, fails to live up to the original, but its many anachronisms may be overlooked since the plot concerns time. Donnie Darko ‘s director, Richard Kelly, disavows the sequel and refuses to even watch it. In one scene, a movie theater marquee lists Strange Days and 12 Monkeys , neither of which had come out when the film takes place, in July 1995. Strange Days was released October 1995; 12 Monkeys wasn’t out until January 1996.
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#70. ‘Swept Away’ (2002)
– Director: Guy Ritchie
Madonna stars in this flop directed by her then-husband Guy Ritchie. Awkward continuity cuts show up in a scene with her love interest (Adriano Giannini) that takes place in a hallway on a rocking yacht. Giannini holds a large dead fish over his shoulder. At one point, he hooks a finger in the fish’s eye, then his hand clutches the thing further back in mismatched shot and countershots.
#69. ‘The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas’ (2000)
– Director: Brian Levant
This prequel to the first live-action version depicts the courtship of the prehistoric cartoon characters Fred and Wilma. Joan Collins stars as Wilma’s socialite mom. During a dinner party, Dino splats food into Collins’ hair. She cleans what looks like slices of swiss cheese off her head only to have them reappear in subsequent shots.
#68. ‘I Know Who Killed Me’ (2007)
– Director: Chris Sivertson
Lindsay Lohan plays two mysterious characters—a tortured high schooler and a stripper—in this lurid and widely panned serial-killer film featuring amputations and nonsense. The film indulges in a bizarre and laughable motif in which the color blue appears in lighting, and as costume and prop colors, as detailed in the FanboyFlicks Bad Movie analysis .
#67. ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D’ (2005)
– Director: Robert Rodriguez
Taylor Lautner plays Sharkboy in his first major film role before he became the werewolf Jacob in the Twilight series. Critics hated Robert Rodriquez’s tale about a boy with a vivid imagination who helps super kids fight a villain. In a major sequence at the end, the school teacher (played by George Lopez) stands with a group of kids. In a long shot, there’s a bearded man, an obvious stand-in for Lopez whose character is beardless.
#66. ‘Police Academy: Mission to Moscow’ (1994)
– Director: Alan Metter
The seventh entry in the Police Academy franchise stars Ron Perlman as a Russian criminal in this hackneyed, ridiculous contrivance. In an extended car chase at the end, the sky changes from bright blue to cloudy in long, establishing shots, with a medium insert clearly shot in studio with a gray backdrop as one character leaps from the top of a vehicle to a side-car motorcycle.
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#65. ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ (2000)
– Director: Courtney Solomon
The maudlin fantasy look of the sets, costumes, and effects give this adaptation of the popular role-playing game an inescapable corniness. British Shakespearean actor Jeremy Irons gives panache to his role as a mage, but he can’t elevate this laughable clunker. The evil Damodar’s bright blue lipstick appears on and off and periodically faded throughout sequences.
#64. ‘Dance Flick’ (2009)
– Director: Damien Dante Wayans
The Wayans family collaborates in this crass and repugnant send-up of dance movies—films already known for their silliness. In one sequence, a character slides out of a dance hall on his head across several city blocks until he careens off a broken freeway. The characters in the dance hall have dramatic reaction shots, and though the venue only appears to have one open door they all witness the faraway event.
#63. ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ (2016)
– Director: Michael Tiddes
This much-maligned parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation tries to spoof material that is already supremely absurd. Actress Kali Hawk delivers lines with a pitch-perfect imitation of Dakota Johnson’s babyish and wooden inflection, making this comedy much weirder than it is funny.
#62. ‘Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World’ (2011)
– Director: Robert Rodriguez
The first Spy Kids showcased director Robert Rodriquez’s zany and playful action style. By the fourth sequel, the premise of a spy family feels tepid and cliché-ridden. In the opening breakfast sequence, the kids fight over a piece of bacon that appears and disappears from a plate throughout the scene.
#61. ‘Dragon Wars: D-War’ (2007)
– Director: Shim Hyung-rae
Dragon Wars features delightfully ridiculous CGI effects of dragons and assorted monsters wreaking havoc on Los Angeles. The scenes with the main characters are less amusing. In one bit, a reporter played by Craig Robinson sports a forehead bandage with surrounding wounds—by the next scene, directly after in sequence, the bruises are gone. In that same scene, an actress’s sweater is off one shoulder from the front, but off both when she’s filmed from behind.
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#60. ‘Spice World’ (1997)
– Director: Bob Spiers
Spice World is less a movie and more a plotless collection of spliced-together footage of the pop divas living life and singing songs. In that case, the film doesn’t necessarily require precision and little gaffes abound. In a café scene, Mel B stirs her coffee and sets down her spoon—in a match cut to a different angle the spoon is in her hand again.
#59. ‘Crossroads’ (2002)
– Director: Tamra Davis
Britney Spears (Lucy) makes her film debut in this movie about three friends who hit the road. Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning co-star. In one scene, the two friends fight on the side of a road while Lucy splays on the car hood. When she gets up to break up the fight, the editing shows her movement as incongruent as she moves off the hood with repeating motions.
#58. ‘Scary Movie 5’ (2013)
– Directors: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker
The mercifully final installment of the Scary Movie franchise starts with Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen in bed together for a bit of self-parody that falls flat. The rest of the film is just as inane and slapdash, although Molly Shannon brings wit to a spoof of Black Swan . In the same scene, an actress’s lips obviously don’t align with a throwaway line heard on the soundtrack.
#57. ‘Teen Wolf Too’ (1987)
– Director: Christopher Leitch
The boom mic’s shadow almost blends in with those of trees against a shiny van, but it’s still clearly visible above the actors in an early scene in this redux of Teen Wolf . The first film starred Michael J. Fox , and in this one, Jason Bateman plays the werewolf.
#56. ‘Mac and Me’ (1988)
– Director: Stewart Raffill
This ’80s sci-fi flick is famous for being an E.T. rip-off as well as a paragon of crass product placement—the producer struck deals with major brands including McDonald’s and Coca-Cola . The alien family is obviously comprised of actors in rubber suits—except for the stop-motion puppetry of the smallest: the E.T.-esque Mac.
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#55. ‘Feardotcom’ (2002)
– Director: William Malone
Known for its incoherent plot, Feardotcom concerns a series of murders related to a kinky website. In one continuity gaffe involving a cigarette prop, a character takes a creepy walk to his car while lighting said cigarette. He removes it from his mouth, only to have it reappear without a matching action in subsequent shots.
#54. ‘The Master of Disguise’ (2002)
– Director: Perry Andelin Blake
Critic Nathan Rabin describes the “turtle” scene in The Master of Disguise as ” a shift from spectacularly stupid slapstick silliness to something that borders on avant-garde .” This scene in Dana Carvey’s kid movie shows the Saturday Night Live alum disguised as a turtle-man hybrid. Carvey plays the scene with amphibious bravado complete with turtle sounds and a remarkable facial contortion that’s undeniably turtle-ish. Still, the sequence makes zero sense and veers from narrative logic.
#53. ‘Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd’ (2003)
– Director: Troy Miller
Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson have an uncanny resemblance to the stars in the original Dumb and Dumber , Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. This hapless prequel is set during the character’s high school years. At one point, the black-out make-up across Lloyd’s supposedly chipped front tooth is clearly visible.
#52. ‘Vampires Suck’ (2010)
– Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Vampires Suck was demolished by critics, but managed to gross $80 million worldwide —likely due to its premise as a parody of the highly spoofable Twilight series. This play-by-play send-up often fails to exceed the nonsense in the originals. It happens quickly, but in the moment when a cell phone hits Alice (Helena Barrett) in the face, the hand of the production person throwing it is briefly visible on-screen.
#51. ‘Catwoman’ (2004)
– Director: Pitof
When the eponymous Catwoman (Halle Berry) rides her motorcycle through the city, a safety helmet goes on and off her head depending on the shot. The film was panned for its silly plot and uneven style that Berry’s charisma couldn’t overcome.
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#50. ‘Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector’ (2006)
– Director: Trent Cooper
The second installment in the Larry the Cable Guy franchise, Health Inspector is riddled with continuity mistakes. Notable discrepancies include a vanishing Popeyes cup in Larry’s truck and disappearing notes on an investigation whiteboard. Unfortunately, the irreverent and often misused humor is the film’s biggest mistake.
#49. ‘Hercules in New York’ (1970)
– Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Hercules in his first film role, hilariously dubbed, leaving the actor’s famous Austrian accent laughably missing. In the first shots that introduce Hercules, he walks upstairs to see his father Zeus. An extra changes position and greenery gets added between shots. Soon after, set lights are visible in Zeus’ crystal ball.
#48. ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ (1995)
– Director: Kim Henkel
The first iteration in 1974 of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise became a horror classic set within severe family dysfunction. The fourth entry stars Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, who offers a bombastic performance as a country boy psycho. In the ending credits, McConaughey’s name is spelled wrong with an extra “n:” McConnaughey.
#47. ‘Barb Wire’ (1996)
– Director: David Hogan
Pamela Anderson (Pamela Lee in 1996) of Baywatch fame starred as Barb Wire in this cartoonish, comic book film that was panned by critics for its cliché-ridden banality. It’s filled with continuity mistakes in many of its action scenes, including one involving a refrigerator . Barb shoves a bad guy into the fridge and shoots him through the door leaving bullet holes. In the next shot, the holes disappear.
#46. ‘The Emoji Movie’ (2017)
– Director: Tony Leondis
Despite being geared to Generation Z and based in a digital milieu, this animated film contains multiple mistakes when it comes to the workings of phones and technology. The plot glosses over the basic facts of wiping phones, jailbreaking, warranties, and tech support.
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#45. ‘Jack and Jill’ (2011)
– Director: Dennis Dugan
In this woefully unfunny comedy, Adam Sandler plays two fraternal twins: Jack and his bungling sister, Jill. The film boasts several continuity gaffes including a scene set on The Price is Right game show—Jill bonks the left side of her head on the spinning wheel and in a subsequent scene holds an ice pack on the right side.
#44. ‘The NeverEnding Story III’ (1994)
– Director: Peter MacDonald
Jack Black had an early film role as one of the “Nasties” in the third installment of the fantasy classic. The movie is an awkward reworking that doesn’t live up to the wonder of the original, and is plagued by conspicuous gaffes with scale. Once Bastian’s back in Fantasia, he meets up with the giant flying dog Falkor, and a tiny gnome couple, but the relative size of the characters in relation to each other shifts from shot to shot.
#43. ‘Captain America’ (1990)
– Director: Albert Pyun
This low-budget nostalgia fest based on the comic book, but lacking all its charm, came and went without fanfare. In a montage of the Springfield Examiner newspaper, one headline misspells the town as “Sprinfield.”
#42. ‘Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star’ (2011)
– Director: Tom Brady
This movie about a hapless nerd’s dream of becoming a porn star falls miserably flat. In a scene where Bucky (Nick Swardson in a buck teeth prosthetic) eats a cookie, the large prop seems to be at least two different cookies within the scene. Christina Ricci stars as Bucky’s neighbor and friend, but she can’t elevate this grave mess.
#41. ‘The Starving Games’ (2013)
– Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
In an interview with SheKnows.com, “The Starving Games” star Cody Christian remarks that the spoof was “bringing everything out of [ The Hunger Games ] that everyone wanted to see and laugh at, but they couldn’t obviously.” However, this spoof has an odd tone since parodying the deaths of kids, despite the absurdity of the source material, comes across as particularly unfunny and off-key.
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#40. ‘Slender Man’ (2018)
– Director: Sylvain White
Panned by critics and gaining only a tepid box office return , this horror film based on an internet meme failed to provide genuine thrills or scares. The production’s largest gaffe was that it seemed to tastelessly reference a real-life tragedy inspired by the internet figure .
#39. ‘The Open House’ (2018)
– Directors: Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote
Set in a creepy McMansion that’s up for sale, this horror film failed to garner much attention. One glaring mistake involves a basement step that breaks early in the film, appears fixed mid-film, and then shows up broken again in a later scene.
#38. ‘Far Cry’ (2008)
– Director: Uwe Boll
Based on a video game, this action flick sets on a remote island where an evil scientist turns humans into mutants—their skin looks chalk white and they gain superhuman strength. In one sequence, a mutant chases the lead commando through a rusty factory. The mutant actor’s sweat clearly shows through the white make-up, most of which has rubbed off his arms.
#37. ‘Daddy Day Camp’ (2007)
– Director: Fred Savage
In this entry to the Daddy Day Care franchise, Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as a camp counselor determined to help a group of kids enjoy the great outdoors despite a rundown campsite. Critics called the film cheap and ridiculous, and one scene references World of Warcraft but gets a detail about elves and druids wrong.
#36. ‘Bratz’ (2007)
– Director: Sean McNamara
Jon Voight stars in this story about school cliques and friendships based on the Bratz line of toy dolls. In a scene set in a school lab, a character does a test tube experiment that creates fireworks rendered in sparkling CGI. Another character dubs this “the Bernoulli effect,” a real thing in science having nothing to do with fireworks.
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#35. ‘Rollerball’ (2002)
– Director: John McTiernan
This update of the 1975 sci-fi thriller stars Chris Klein as the hero forced to play dangerous exploitative roller derby in a dystopian future. In the high-speed opening scene involving low to the ground motor-ish skateboards, the wheel of a production vehicle briefly pops into frame.
#34. ‘Left Behind’ (2014)
– Director: Vic Armstrong
Set during the biblical rapture, in this nonsensical actioner Nicolas Cage plays an airline pilot forced to man a plane alone after his co-pilot gets “raptured” away. At one point, Cage’s character casually leaves the cockpit unmanned to address passengers in this film that showcases illogical depiction of aircraft, aerodynamics, and flight protocol.
#33. ‘Kazaam’ (1996)
– Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Twenty years later, one review of basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s genie film noted, ” Kazaam feels almost breathtakingly weird and, despite itself, hilarious .” Shaq’s genie also raps— the player was a one-time successful rapper. The film features the song “We Genie,” ( a hit in Brazil ) and when the mystical entity appears he speaks/raps lines like: “Who’s that sorry wannabe that disturbed my zzz’s?” and “Don’t matter how avaricious I’m the man that can grant your wishes.”
#32. ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ (1987)
– Director: Joseph Sargent
Lorraine Gary, who played Chief Brody’s wife in the first Jaws , returns in this third sequel about a vengeful shark. The film also stars Michael Caine and Mario Van Peebles in what’s widely regarded as an unnecessary addition to the franchise. The extremely fake-looking shark often growls and roars—things real sharks don’t do.
#31. ‘3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain’ (1998)
– Director: Sean McNamara
This is the fourth installment in the 3 Ninjas franchise and stars a leather-clad Loni Anderson who at one point uses a whip on co-star Hulk Hogan. The story concerns three child ninjas and their hacker buddy, who try to keep the villain (played by Anderson) from wreaking implausible havoc on an amusement park. The film includes a central control panel with which to manipulate all rides throughout the park. One knob reads “temperature control,” though characters use it for speed adjustments.
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#30. ‘Troll 2’ (1990)
– Director: Claudio Fragasso
Troll 2 is a paragon of ridiculously awful filmmaking, filled with idiotic plotting, abominable acting, and hilarious trolls that aren’t remotely scary. The film begins with grandpa reading a bedtime story about a boy named Peter—subsequent shots show he reads from Charles E. Carryl’s book Davy and the Goblin .
#29. ‘BloodRayne’ (2005)
– Director: Uwe Boll
Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, and Michelle Rodriguez star in another of Uwe Boll’s video game-inspired spectacles. This one follows a hunted vampire woman in 18th-century Romania and displays Boll’s characteristic goofy gore. In an early scene, an extra clearly sports a modern day wristwatch.
#28. ‘Steel’ (1997)
– Director: Kenneth Johnson
Shaquille O’Neal plays a superhero who wears a “steel” suit—he’s a metallurgy expert in this ridiculous action film that also stars Judd Nelson and Annabeth Gish. Shaq’s suit is especially ridiculous as it’s obviously not made of steel, but a flexible material that makes him look like an airbrushed, robo Tin Man.
#27. ‘Cats’ (2019)
– Director: Tom Hooper
Despite its star-studded cast, this 2019 adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical Cats was a critical and box-office flop. One thing that earned the film hate was its bizarre and jarring use of CGI effects. These visual effects weren’t fully finished when the movie was sent to theaters, and eagle-eyed fans spotted a host of scenes where human body parts (like Dame Judi Dench’s hand ) were left in place of feline body parts.
#26. ‘Date Movie’ (2006)
– Directors: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
This spoof of classic rom-coms starts badly and gets worse from there. Leading lady Alyson Hannigan sports body padding and dances through the streets in an opening effort to lampoon fat people. In a bit that copies Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose over a sidewalk grate, Hannigan’s body double is obvious.
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#25. ‘Meet the Spartans’ (2008)
– Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
This tepid spoof of 300 goes so far as to display a book about the source movie and then smack a character in the face with it. This parody revels in self-conscious awareness of what it’s up to in attempts to get laughs. One glaring incongruence occurs when star Carmen Electra gets abused on a massage table by her masseuse. The pummeling clearly takes place upon an inanimate dummy and thankfully not on the actress or her stunt person.
#24. ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ (1964)
– Director: Nicholas Webster
The title promises a glorious mash-up of low-budget sci-fi and Christmas hokiness. The mistakes start right from the top in credits that spell “costume” as “custume.” And the custumes are something to behold—martians wear asymmetrical, possibly duct taped, hats with handmade-looking antenna and a side handle thingy. Mystery Science Theater 3000 gave this film the proper tribute in 1991.
#23. ‘The Human Centipede III’ (Final Sequence) (2015)
– Director: Tom Six
The “final” third sequence of the Human Centipede franchise garnered a deservedly dismal domestic box office take of $16,000 . The film’s repugnance (misogyny, racism, homophobia, etc.) is matched only by its stupidity. Though the film’s central premise (mouth-to-anus surgery) gets touted as “100% medically accurate,” the “science” presented is bogus, as confirmed by medical doctors .
#22. ‘Baby Geniuses’ (1999)
– Director: Bob Clark
Look Who’s Talking , the 1989 comedy where Bruce Willis voices a baby, offered passable fun. The Baby Geniuses franchise obviously copies the same formula. The film used new-fangled CGI to create talking babies , but even with that advancement the dubbing sometimes doesn’t match and looks bizarre when CGI mouths animate on toddler actors with otherwise expressionless faces.
#21. ‘Gigli’ (2003)
– Director: Martin Brest
This notoriously terrible gangster film stars Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and Al Pacino. In one scene meant to create suspense and terror, Pacino’s tough guy shoots a patsy. The camera lingers on the victim’s brains splattered against a luxe fish tank which notably didn’t shatter despite being directly behind the dead man’s head.
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#20. ‘Dragonball Evolution’ (2009)
– Director: James Wong
This live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series stars Chow-Yun Fat as a wise mentor to the character Goku who needs to save Earth. One action sequence, when characters race along a rural road, uses the rear-screen projection of a natural landscape when the scene is clearly shot in a studio. The film was so reviled by fans that the screenwriter issued an apology .
#19. ‘Battlefield Earth’ (2000)
– Director: Roger Christian
The astoundingly awful Battlefield Earth stars both John Travolta and Forest Whitaker as “Psychlos,” creatures with enormous manes, nose accouterments, and conspicuously bulky fingers with talon-like nails. Widely panned for stylistic and narrative ineptitude, one of the film’s most conspicuous gaffes concerns the Psychlo’s hands: some have six fingers, others five, and the same character’s hands often seem to switch the number of digits from scene to scene.
#18. ‘Alone in the Dark’ (2005)
– Director: Uwe Boll
Alone in the Dark begins with a long, scrolling prologue read aloud by a narrator. Such prologues usually aren’t read aloud and convey orienting information. Instead, this one mentions disjointed elements about an ancient tribe who open a portal, the creatures from the portal who are in the dark, a government facility that shut down, as well as a different facility in a gold mine where a scientist creates “sleepers,” orphan kids or “lost souls.” In an early scene, Christian Slater, as a paranormal investigator, returns to his childhood orphanage, an outdoor location seen in long shot. At the film’s end, he escapes out a cement storm door on that orphanage’s front lawn that wasn’t there in the earlier shots.
#17. ‘Epic Movie’ (2007)
– Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Epic Movie is yet another witless parody film from the same team behind Disaster Movie and Date Movie . This one brings spoofs of Willy Wonka, Narnia, the Harry Potterverse, and other pop films and moments that aren’t technically epic. The low point comes with the Snakes on a Plane bit featuring a Samuel L. Jackson impersonator who crashes and burns.
#16. ‘Hobgoblins’ (1988)
– Director: Rick Sloane
The famously horrible rip-off of Gremlins actually got its own straight-to-video sequel thanks to its resurrection from obscurity by Mystery Science Theater 3000 . In a scene where the creatures drive a golf cart, unmoving, stuffed hobgoblins sit motionless while the vehicle rocks and a fan blows their fur from offscreen.
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#15. ‘Glitter’ (2001)
– Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Mariah Carey took home the Worst Actress Razzie Award for her role as Billie in Glitter , a film about a back-up-singer-turned superstar set in the 1980s. Despite the period setting, much of Glitter resembles the turn of the millennium in terms of costume and location. The film also features several continuity gaffes including one where Billie’s handbag switches shoulders in a dramatic scene where she slaps her boyfriend.
#14. ‘Who’s Your Caddy?’ (2007)
– Director: Don Michael Paul
Big Boi a.k.a. Antwan André Patton stars in a comedy where he sports the kind of dapper golf wear usually seen on his OutKast partner André 3000. He plays a rapper determined to gain membership to a pretentious golf club populated with snotty white people. The New York Times ‘ review of the film points out a problem with that narrative thread—as a graduate of Dartmouth, the rapper would have more experience with elite white institutions than is evident.
#13. ‘Son of the Mask’ (2005)
– Director: Lawrence Guterman
Alan Cumming plays Loki in this sequel to the Jim Carrey hit The Mask, about a new father and his mask-empowered baby. In one sequence, a menacing Loki throws a giant grenade at the father-son duo. The baby creates a shield and all are unscathed, including Loki. In the next shot, Loki’s hair and costume are mussed as if from the blast.
#12. ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ (2012)
– Director: Matthew Diamond
This grating children’s film was conceived as an ” interactive theater experience for parents and children ” but instead became one of the biggest box office flops of all time, grossing only $1 million after opening wide on 2,100 screens . Conceived as a Teletubbies -style kid’s romp, the film had a $20 million budget but still looks cheap while inexplicably featuring Cary Elwes, Toni Braxton, Jaime Pressly, and Chazz Palminteri. In Toni Braxton’s scene, a riff on Dreamgirls , she sings, “when you’re sick in bed with a nasty flu,” and despite seeming allergic to roses the set is bedecked with them.
#11. ‘From Justin to Kelly’ (2003)
– Director: Robert Iscove
Starring the winner and the runner-up from the first season of American Idol , From Justin to Kelly follows a formula that comes across cold and flat despite its beach setting and teeny-bopper frenzy. One glaring mistake occurs when Kelly orders a burger from a food truck, takes the dish, and walks away without paying. The moment stands out as awkward to any audience members who are still paying attention.
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#10. ‘House of the Dead’ (2003)
– Director: Uwe Boll
This zombie film based on a video game universe was hammered by critics for its plotless ineptitude . In one early scene, a man on a boat shoots the same zombie over and over again. The extra, costumed in a netting covered in seaweed, repeatedly dies, then appears on another part of the boat to get shot into the water yet again.
#9. ‘Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2’ (2004)
– Director: Bob Clark
Dedicated to the ridiculous, this sequel about a commando preschooler stars Jon Voight, using a thick and uneven German accent, as a villainous officer in charge of an orphanage. The plot concerns a toddler-esque action hero whose various stunt doubles obviously mismatch with the child actor’s body size.
#8. ‘Manos: The Hands of Fate’ (1966)
– Director: Harold P. Warren
This notoriously horrible movie was produced and directed by an amateur as the result of a bet , and made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000 . In an early scene, the director, who also stars, mouths the word “cut,” breaking character. The incoherent plot involves the deity Manos (“manos” is Spanish for hands), a strange cult, its “master” (wearing a cape with giant red hands on it), and also, burned, severed hands.
#7. ‘The Hottie & the Nottie’ (2008)
– Director: Tom Putnam
This Paris Hilton rom-com was actually marketed as one of the worst reviewed films of all-time when it premiered overseas . The story follows a hottie (Hilton) and her hideous friend. The hottie won’t date until the ugly woman gets a date too. The makeup on the “nottie,” to create her body-wide repulsiveness, is obviously fake and excessive.
#6. ‘Disaster Movie’ (2008)
– Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
The accidental irony of the film’s title is one of the hundreds of inanities in this spoof of the disaster film genre. It contains numerous unmatched shots and continuity errors, but one of its dumbest gaffes (perhaps intentional?) occurs when the Incredible Hulk’s jeans rip away. The giant green man quickly covers his privates, embarrassed, but not before the audience gets a clear view of undies painted green.
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#5. ‘Going Overboard’ (1989)
– Director: Valerie Breiman
In 1989, before his Saturday Night Live days, Adam Sandler starred in this terrible movie about a comedian looking to do stand-up on a cruise ship after the regular comic disappears. Sandler’s character directly addresses the camera in awkward bits that bomb. Set on an ocean liner, the film features numerous long shot inserts of the ship and bodies of water that clearly aren’t matched locations.
#4. ‘Pledge This!’ (2006)
– Directors: William Heins, Strathford Hamilton
Set at the fictional South Beach University and starring Paris Hilton as a college student, this film abounds in the implausible. It’s a sex romp comedy about what it takes to be in a hot sorority and features misogyny that rivals what’s usual for the genre. Though the plot pits beautiful women (led by Hilton’s character) against those deemed undesirable, the film goes extra low when it comes to stereotypes, featuring an Indian woman named “Poo Poo,” alongside rampant toilet humor.
#3. ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’ (2010)
– Director: James Nguyen
The most significant mistake in Birdemic , the CGI killer bird effects, also display the cult film’s greatest charm—its hapless, so-bad-it’s-good style. Reportedly made for a budget of $10,000 by an inexperienced cast and crew, the film abounds with errors in continuity and basic production mistakes across multiple categories. The killer bird effects, however, clash with the film’s rendering of reality, appearing as two-dimensional illustrations with wooden movements that hover in place over live-action footage.
#2. ‘Turks in Space’ (2006)
– Director: Kartal Tibet
The primary mistake of Turks in Space, aside from the decision to make it at all, is that it has no clear link to The Man Who Saved the World —a 1982 Turkish B movie—though billed as its sequel. The first film spliced unauthorized footage of Star Wars into its own gloriously cheesy sci-fi saga. This 2006 follow-up about the “Son” of the “Man” from the first film fails to re-create the charm of the original.
#1. ‘Saving Christmas’ (2014)
– Director: Darren Doane
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas boasts 0% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer and seems universally reviled. The film’s primary fault stems from the way its heavy-handed message (briefly, that atheism ruins Christmas) combines with uncommonly shoddy filmmaking. As the New York Times review points out, the film’s director can be overheard “tell[ing] an actor the digital camera can ‘roll all day.'”
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