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Mistakes from the 100 worst movies of all time

  • #80. The Fog (2005)

    Directed by Rupert Wainwright

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 33,437
    - Metascore: 27
    - Runtime: 100 min

    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.

  • #79. Jaws 3-D (1983)

    Directed by Joe Alves

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 36,432
    - Metascore: 27
    - Runtime: 99 min

    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.

  • #78. Piranha 3DD (2012)

    Directed by John Gulager

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 37,670
    - Metascore: 24
    - Runtime: 83 min

    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.

  • #77. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

    Directed by Sidney J. Furie

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 40,074
    - Metascore: 24
    - Runtime: 90 min

    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.

  • #76. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

    Directed by John R. Leonetti

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 43,467
    - Metascore: 11
    - Runtime: 95 min

    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.

  • #75. The Wicker Man (2006)

    Directed by Neil LaBute

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 61,155
    - Metascore: 36
    - Runtime: 102 min

    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.

  • #74. The Room (2003)

    Directed by Tommy Wiseau

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 74,139
    - Metascore: 9
    - Runtime: 99 min

    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.

  • #73. Batman & Robin (1997)

    Directed by Joel Schumacher

    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Votes: 221,102
    - Metascore: 28
    - Runtime: 125 min

    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.

  • #72. Delta Farce (2007)

    Directed by C.B. Harding

    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Votes: 10,340
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 90 min

    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.

  • #71. 2001: A Space Travesty (2000)

    Directed by Allan A. Goldstein

    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Votes: 10,976
    - Metascore: null
    - Runtime: 99 min

    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.

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