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Welcome to Round 2 of the FilmVerse Summer 2012 Theatre of Shame! Last week, 64 really terrible movies competed in 16 polls for the worst of various kinds of movies. Tonight, we learn the”winners” that will now face/off in pairs to be narrowed down to 8 examples of awful cinema for Round 3 on Monday, September 3.
It must have been tough for people to choose which film directed by Michael Bay was the worst, as all four entries were fairly neck-to-neck until finally Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took the lead and won with 44% of the votes with 2nd place Pearl Harbor falling behind to 31%. Next week, it will go against Freddy Got Fingered, considered the worst movie directed by a celebrity (if you consider Tom Green a celebrity) with a whopping 67% of the total. No other film came even close.
For actors, the love (or hate) was spread fairly evenly among movies starring Nicholas Cage, though The Wicker Man finally pulled ahead of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at 45% to the flaming skull’s 33%. However, there was no doubt as to what movie starring Adam Sandler readers hated the most–Jack and Jill, garnering 77% (the highest percentage of the entire contest)! Let’s see if it can do a repeat performance against The Wicker Man for Round 2.
It was a mixed bag with the family films, perhaps due to many people being unfamiliar with some of these entries. For children’s movies that feature a mixture of live action and CGI, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties squeaked ahead of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle with 42%, while Titanic: The Legend Goes On (not to be confused with 2nd place The Legend of Titanic, not that it matters since both are terrible) sailed ahead with 36%.
It seems that the consensus is that there are some awful third and fourth films in series. With 30%, Smokey and the Bandit barely held its title against Bad News Bears Go to Japan, which came out of nowhere at the last minute. Meanwhile, Batman & Robin beat down Bruce the Shark by pulling ahead of Jaws: The Revenge with a surprise 48%. Can Buford T. Justice duke it out with the Dynamic Duo?
Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho was voted as the most unnecessary remake with 40%, though the other three entries came in a near three-way tie for 2nd place. For a while, it looked like The Dukes of Hazzard was going to be named the worst adaptation of a TV series, but right at the end, Sex and the City 2 outraced it with 38% to the Duke boys’ 25%. But can the shallow sex-crazed women from New York survive Norman Bates’s butcher knife when they compete as the worst ripoff?
Some movies seem like they were intentionally made to be bad, such as spoofs and certain cult classics. With the spoof movies, Disaster Movie proved to be a true disaster, receiving 68% of the votes. Cult classics battled it out, but The Room pulled ahead and ended up earning 46%, with Troll 2 and Manos: Hands of Fate tying in 2nd place. It will be interesting if Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece of trash will be considered worse than Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s attempt at humor.
The two genres to square off for this competition are musical and found footage flicks. Grease 2 greased its rivals with 60%, though voters struggled with which movie featuring the found footage trope was the most terrible. Project X and Apollo 18 battled for the title, but Project X won out with 38% while the astronauts had a problem of only getting 26%. The Devil Inside and George Romero’s Diary of the Dead tied in third place at 18% each.
Finally, we have movies that go ‘splody with disaster movies (not counting Disaster Movie) and big budget bombs. Killer trees were considered more awful than the center of the Earth stopping spinning as The Happening ended up with exactly half of the votes. All four movies that bombed despite having massive amounts of money spent to produce them were tough for readers to choose. It looked like John Carter was going to take home the prize, but Kevin Costner with gills surged slightly ahead. Waterworld has 32%, 2% more than the man on Mars. But is flooding the world worse than what M. Night Shyalaman did to the human race?
Now it’s time to vote for Round 2. Results will be announced next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. Have fun!
FILMMAKER VS ACTOR
FAMILY FILM VS SEQUEL
RIPOFF VS MAYBE INTENTIONALLY BAD MOVIE
GENRE VS SPLOIDY
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- FilmVerse Summer ’12 Theatre of Shame – Round 1 (FilmVerse)
- Awfully Great Films – Manos: The Hands of Fate (mrmovietimes.com)
- Film: Inventory: “It’s like Jaws but…”: 14 great films that inspired regrettable trends (avclub.com)
- The Room (mrmovietimes.com)