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Mistakes from the 100 worst movies of all time

  • #30. Troll 2 (1990)

    - Director: Claudio Fragasso
    - IMDb user rating: 2.9
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 95 min

    “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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.9
    - Metascore: 18
    - Runtime: 95 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.8
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 97 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.8
    - Metascore: 32
    - Runtime: 110 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.8
    - Metascore: 11
    - Runtime: 83 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.8
    - Metascore: 9
    - Runtime: 87 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.7
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 81 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.7
    - Metascore: 5
    - Runtime: 102 min

    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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.6
    - Metascore: 6
    - Runtime: 97 min

    “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
    - IMDb user rating: 2.5
    - Metascore: 18
    - Runtime: 121 min

    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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