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Old 11-16-2017, 09:20 PM   #16
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About the time the first Star Trek movie came out, there was a potboiler named Starcrash, which should be mentioned in this thread.

My roommates and I read the review in the paper, which said is was awful, so we went to see it expecting it to be awful (and it was; you could the strings that the models were suspended from in the flying scenes and the rockets' exhaust came out and then floated upwards) . . . .

We were laughing and having a grand old time. Everyone else was giving us dirty looks and wondering just why we were having so much fun.

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Old 11-17-2017, 03:59 AM   #17
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There are only a few movies that I have actually walked out of. One of them was, Terms of Endearment. Never mind that all of the cast are fine, experienced actors I simply couldn't buy-in to the story, and suddenly I felt that I was looking at actors who were reciting lines ... not the fictional characters they sought to portray. I don't fault the actors for this: I fault the screenwriter and maybe the original author.

One movie that I still like because it is so damned awful while it takes itself so damned seriously is Hotel Hell, the movie from 1980. ("Uh huh, the 'O' of 'HELLO' on the motel sign was sort-of burned out ... get it?") This is one of those "make a gagging sound-effect in the back of your throat, for two solid hours" movies that were so popular at the time. People get their voice-boxes ripped out of them (for some reason never quite explained), and buried up-to-their-necks in the garden (ditto). Then, of course, near the climax of the movie, someone hitches a cable to the back of his truck and runs it (off-screen gore ...) through the aforesaid garden. You get the idea. But anyway, the basic problem was that it got so absurd that I started laughing, and once I started laughing at this oh-so self-important oh-so-awful movie I just couldn't stop.

"Huh? No, I'm not a sicko. Of course I can baby-sit your kids ..."
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Roger Ebert loved Motel Hell for the same reasons you didn't like it:

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/motel-hell-1980
sundialsvcs, I must say (and this not being sarcastic either) you give a bloody good intro to the point were, I kinda wanna see it now...

...just to see crap it is, of course... :laughing:

Is it on DVD?
 
Old 11-17-2017, 04:14 AM   #18
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I won't name the ones which were worst. I don't want to bring them any attention or cause anyone to see something the can't unsee. They rather ruined my interest in movies. One was so bad that I now vet movies in advance, even at film clubs, rather than take a chance.

Two that were awful in different ways but can still be mentioned were Eraserhead and Terminator 3. The latter was so much like a feature-length campaign ad that I would have walked out if I didn't have to climb past lots of people. The day after I saw it Arnold announced his candidacy. Eraserhead was in contrast very well-made but deeply disturbing. Ended up seeing it twice unfortunately.

A lot of sequels have been quite poor in general. Highlander and Matrix had poor sequels like Terminator.

There have also been a few that have been removed from the VCR after the first 10 or 15 minutes back in the day. But enough time has passed that you'd have to hunt hard to find them.
 
Old 11-17-2017, 07:07 AM   #19
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Anything by Quentin Tarantino
Braveheart {because of its multitude of historical inaccuracies)
 
Old 11-17-2017, 10:40 AM   #20
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Pacific Rim.
 
Old 11-18-2017, 04:37 AM   #21
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small problem:
the really worst films, i haven't even finished watching.
or, i tend to look at some trailers before i download a film, and decide to not even bother.

of those i did watch, there's a certain type of "we need to save the world from evil [insert your deepest fear], and the US military is also involved" type of films (i should say movies i guess) like Independence Day etc.
lots of utterly boring "Action"...

also, Jurassic everything. why was this ever succesful? i tried 2 or 3 times, each time i was so bored i had to switch it off again. deleted.

most recent:
Stargate Atlantis - a long show with many seasons. but even during watching the double-length pilot for S01 i already felt like this is the n-th regurgitation of any ol' formerly succesful sci-fi series. a sub-standard episode from season 12 or so, that's how it felt.
tried one more episode, gave up.

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Old 11-18-2017, 04:38 AM   #22
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btw, some folks might enjoy this youtube series.
 
Old 11-18-2017, 07:46 AM   #23
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btw, some folks might enjoy this youtube series.
Ah, yes, Cinema Sins is funny.
I like Music Video Sins also.
 
Old 11-18-2017, 09:14 AM   #24
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I like how my wife answers me on things like this.

I ask, " Why are you watching that? "

She answers, " It is mindless . "
 
Old 11-18-2017, 11:53 AM   #25
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Iron Man. I really can't empathize with Tony Stark at all. Sometimes super heroes become too fantastic, they exit the realm of being a person for a while, but Iron Man never escapes always being awesome. I know the kids dig the suit, but as an adult I see little in the person inside of it. Maybe that's the tragedy? I don't know.

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"Natural born killers", the only movie i ever walked out on, what a piece of dross!
The best part of that movie is when the credits roll, and that alone isn't worth the time. I wish I had the will to walk away from movies like that without feeling that maybe I'll miss the good part where it starts to turn around (which never happens).
 
Old 11-18-2017, 12:02 PM   #26
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For me it was "The Phantom Menace". Loved all of the earlier and recent Star Wars movies but this one and the 2 following it were simply bad: wooden acting, just couldn't like them.
 
Old 11-18-2017, 12:27 PM   #27
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Sometimes I can't watch things that some people consider classics: North by Northwest and The Bourne Identity, for example. Braveheart I refuse to watch. As Marion Bradley once wrote, I like fantasy and I like history, but I also like people who know the difference. Of course, some technically bad films are great fun: Glen or Glenda!
 
Old 11-18-2017, 12:55 PM   #28
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@BrianL: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/11/18
 
Old 11-19-2017, 03:15 AM   #29
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I like how my wife answers me on things like this.
I ask, " Why are you watching that? "
She answers, " It is mindless . "
exactly!
but really bad movies go beyond that so far that one cannot enjoy the mindlessness anymore.

i remembered one more:
Everything Wrong With 2012
the link starts with those ridiculous never-ending car (and other transportation) escape scenes.
i enjoyed the cinemasins youtube video much more than the film itself!


PS:
sorry for mixing up British, American and maybe some other English all the time. I'm a foreigner, i'm allowed to do that.

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Old 11-20-2017, 07:38 AM   #30
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Thought of two more:
The US remake of "Get Carter".
The US remake of "The Wicker Man".
 
  


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