FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre Of Shame – Round 1

Polls are now closed.  Please go to Round 2.

Few filmmakers strive to make a bad movie, yet succeed just the same.  In order to celebrate all the terrible motion pictures that have been forced upon an unsuspecting audience through the decades, FilmVerse presents its Summer 2012 edition of the Theatre of Shame.  This is a contest where you can vote on awful films from various categories to narrow down over the next several weeks the Shameful Winner (or would that be loser?).  Bear in mind that this honor does not indicate the worst film of all time, but it’s a safe bet to say that it’ll be up there (or down there?) on the list.  Here are the rules:

1) FilmVerse will nominate 4 motion pictures each in 16 categories.  Readers are to vote for what they consider the worst film in each category.  Please keep it to one vote per person for each category.

2) “Winners” of each category will move on to Round 2.  These 8 films will then be paired, bracket style, to narrow down to 4 films for Round 3, and finally 2 movies will compete in the showdown to see which will be placed as the headliner of the Theatre of Shame

3) The dates for each round is as follows:

  • Round 1 – Monday, August 20, 2012 (today, with 64 nominees)
  • Round 2 – Monday, August 27, 2012 (16 competitors)
  • Round 3 – Monday, September 3, 2012 (8 competitors)
  • Round 4 – Monday, September 10, 2012 (4 semi-finalists)
  • Round 5 – Monday, September 17 (2 finalists)
  • “Winner” announced – Tuesday, September 18, 2012

4) Nominated films may only compete in one category for each competition; however, the “winner” and all nominees may be nominated again in future competitions.

5) If your favorite bad movie is not nominated this time around, suggest it for a future competition.  Also, if you would like to see a category not represented this time, feel free to mention it in the comments.

6) Have fun!  The intent is not to mock, but to enjoy filmmaking at its worst.  Okay, perhaps a little mockery never hurt anyone…

NOTE: Round 5 was added to the schedule, as an error in the bracketing was discovered.  Also, FilmVerse seems to be having some problem with certain polls for no apparent reason.  If you see wackiness (missing formatting or disappearing polls), we apologize and suggest to check back soon.

Summer 2012 Theatre of Shame Nominees:









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11 comments on “FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre Of Shame – Round 1

  1. The Room is HORRIBLE! Everyone vote for that! I wish I could vote for that AND Troll 2!

    Whaa? John Carter is on that list? no way! haha.

    Fun polls. Look forward to the results.

    • I nearly left John Carter off because it got somewhat favorable reviews, so it most likely won’t be the winner in that category. I’ve since found another movie that would have been more appropriate–Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. That will most definitely be on my next go ’round.

  2. I only voted in some as the others I haven’t seen. Worst Michael Bay movie is a tough one as they’re all terrible!! As for the fourth in a franchise, Indiana Jones should be on there, too 🙂

    • I was wondering when someone would bring up Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I know it’s not up to par with previous installments of the Indy series, but I found it to be really enjoyable and feel it gets a really bad rap (I actually saw it three times in the theater). Even with its shortcomings, it’s nowhere near as bad as Superman IV, Jaws: The Revenge, or The Next Karate Kid. No movie is as bad as Batman & Robin.

  3. Got enough polls? But I completed them all muahahahaha 😀

  4. Worse third movie in a series was especially hard.

    And I think “John Carter” is unfairly maligned,

    • I wavered on including John Carter, but I figured I’d throw it out there and see what everyone else thought. I actually think that Waterworld is half-way a good movie, or at least it had a good concept that went off track.

  5. Some of these were EXTREMELY tough. Batman & Robin or Superman 4. The Wiz or Grease 2. ALL the Nicolas Cage movies (and there could have easily been 4 more from his vast filmography).

    Anyway, fun little idea. Is there any significance to the fact that the winner (loser?) will be determined on September 11?

    • I considered moving the day of the week that I was doing this contest to avoid September 11, but it seems to me that we can’t run away from that date. It is purely coincidental, and in no way am I implying that bad filmmakers are terrorists! Though Michael Bay does like to blow things up…

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