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Mistakes from the 100 worst movies of all time

  • #80. Piranha 3DD (2012)

    - Director: John Gulager
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - 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.

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

    - Director: Sidney J. Furie
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - 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.

  • #78. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

    - Director: John R. Leonetti
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - 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.

  • #77. The Wicker Man (2006)

    - Director: Neil LaBute
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - 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.

  • #76. The Room (2003)

    - Director: Tommy Wiseau
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - 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.

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  • #75. Delta Farce (2007)

    - Director: C.B. Harding
    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - 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.

  • #74. 2001: A Space Travesty (2000)

    - Director: Allan A. Goldstein
    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Metascore: data not available
    - 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.

  • #73. The Hungover Games (2014)

    - Director: Josh Stolberg
    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 85 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 108 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 3.6
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 103 min

    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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