I came across this list of the 100 worst movies ever made and thought it would make an interesting discussion. There are some real doozies that are not on that list, like Eyes Wide Shut, a movie that makes you want to slip into a hot bath and slit your wrists. And I have no idea how Xanadu only manages to make #74; that’s a top ten bad movie for sure.
This list is of major movies, not independent B movies of the type that Mystery Science Theater 3000 typically made fun of. There’s no Plan 9 From Outer Space on there. Everyone knows that’s a bad movie. And it doesn’t include straight-to-video clunkers. This list is for movies with studio funding, movies that the people who made them actually thought were good. The #1 bad movie? Battlefield Earth with John Travolta. In fact, Travolta has three movies in the top 100 (so does Madonna, which is all the more amazing since she’s only done maybe a dozen movies in her life).
Showgirls is #2 and deservedly so. It was appalling in every imaginable way. And if you haven’t seen Nothing But Trouble, don’t do it without someone there to keep you from injuring yourself. Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, John Candy and Demi Moore in a movie so thoroughly bad that it will make you want to gouge your eyes out with a plastic spork. Speaking of Aykroyd, I really have no idea how Doctor Detroit isn’t on this list.
And some of them, while terrible movies, are worth watching for some particular reason. Like Striptease, for example, has one redeeming quality. And no, it isn’t seeing Demi Moore naked. It’s seeing Burt Reynolds in boxer shorts and cowboy boots, covered head to toe in vaseline. His over-the-top performance as a dumb, sleazy congressman is worth the loss of brain cells that will result from watching the movie.
One thing that jumps out are the lack of movies starring Saturday Night Live alumni. You could make a top 100 worst movies starring only SNL alumni, for crying out loud. How do you make a list of the worst movies and not have any movies with Adam Sandler or Chris Farley in them? Not possible. Farley made nothing but terrible movies. And while Sandler’s done a few decent ones, you can’t possibly leave out Jack and Jill. For that matter, how do the Wayans brothers and Tyler Perry not hold at least half a dozen of the top spots?
There are a lot of movies on the list that are sequels, the worst of which has to be Caddyshack 2. And incidentally, I think Congress should pass a law requiring that all movie sequels including “: Electric Boogaloo” in the title.
Okay, your turn.