December 04, 2003
Movie badness is an issue Americans care deeply about

Much like Dave Barry when he did his Bad Song Survey, I was rather overwhelmed by the response to my personal Ten Worst Movies List. One link from Atrios and the hit counters go nuts. Anyway, a number of other folks contributed lists of their own, so here's a handy guide to them. Feel free to use these lists to inform your Christmas shopping.

It all started with Pete, who gave the official rules prior to giving his list. Other contributors, as best I can find them, include:

Kevin and TGirsch from Lean Left.

The Moderate Left.


The Gunther Concept, who's sat through some impressively awful films.

Eleven Day Empire.


Greg Wythe goes for the low-budget films. I don't even want to know what kind of Google search referrals he's going to get after that one hits the indexes.

Ginger Stampley.

Ted Barlow demonstrates that even highbrow intellectual group blog members can make bad cinematic choices. And is it just me, or does anyone else think Jeff Skilling must have seen Undertaker And His Pals while he was a business student?

Karin Kross.

The Talent Show.

TGirsch takes a different tack with Movies You Feel Bad About Liking But Like Anyway.

Jacob Levy. Man, Crooked Timber and the Volokh Conspiracy. Brings a little class to the joint, don't you think?

Ryan Gabbard.


Fritz Schranck.

David Raitt.

Brian Linse, who's an actual movie professional.

Amy Hemphill.


If I've overlooked yours, please let me know.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 04, 2003 to TV and movies | TrackBack

I've got one in development. Eight movies down, two to go.

Posted by: Ted Barlow on December 4, 2003 10:20 AM

Excellent! Can't wait to see it.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on December 4, 2003 10:37 AM

I'm not saying that this was a popular piece, but if I started to watch every movie mentioned in response on January 1, 2004, I would still be sitting there on March 31, 2008. ;)

Posted by: William Hughes on December 4, 2003 11:09 AM

[slaps forehead] Oh my god, the _cake_...

Posted by: julia on December 4, 2003 11:34 AM

Mine is up.

Posted by: Ted Barlow on December 4, 2003 12:46 PM

"I don't even want to know what kind of Google search referrals he's going to get after that one hits the indexes."

I can see it now: "corey feldman goat sex"

*wipes tear from eye*

Posted by: Greg Wythe on December 4, 2003 12:57 PM

1) AI - nuff said
2) High Fidelity - I really wanted to pull out fingernails to distract from the pain
3) Jawbreaker - a friend from college owes me 2 hours of my life for making this movie.
4) From Justin to Kelly - Don't ask. I lost a bet.
5) The Haunting (1999)- The most unscary movie ever made. The '63 version is great.
6) Battlefield Earth
7) Vanilla Sky - Thank fucking God he's dead.
28 Days Later - Yawn
9) Dumb and Dumber - really any Jim Carey movie
10) Matrix Revolutions - See # 7

Posted by: Hubbard on December 4, 2003 1:02 PM

I've added a slightly different spin, making a list of awful movies I actually enjoyed.

Posted by: tgirsch on December 4, 2003 1:22 PM

Clearly no one here is a Derek fan. Go rent Bolero (1984) and Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981).

The Lonely Lady (Pia Zadora, 1983) is another truly bad high budget movie.

On IMDBs 1-10 scale, these three averaged 2.766.

Posted by: Charles M on December 4, 2003 4:11 PM

Here's mine.

By the way, I'm shocked that so many people hated "Can't Stop The Music". That movie is one of my favorite "so bad it's good" picks.

Posted by: greg on December 4, 2003 4:20 PM

Hey Chuck, thanks for the inspiration!
Here's my selection:


Posted by: fritz schranck on December 5, 2003 8:50 PM