Friday, November 03, 2006

IMDB worst movies analysis

I love looking through IMDB's Bottom 100 list. The list ranks the worst films of all time, as rated by IMDB users. One has to take these things for what they are. If one's favourite film should happen to fall on this list, it doesn't mean you should stop liking it. It simply means most other people didn't dig it. Deal with it.

There is a certain joy in seeing a movie you hate listed as one of the worst of all time.

I notice a trend in these films. They all fall into one or more of these categories:

The Sequel No-one Asked for
Best Examples: The Police Academy Series, Mannequin: On the Move, Son of the Mask

The first film does ok, so why not make a Sequel? Don't make a sequel if you have no story. Simple. Got that? Good.

The Vehicle
Best Examples: From Justin to Kelly, In the Mix, Glitter

Got a hot/popular/rising star? Slap them into a movie where the only reason to see the film is to watch them thrash about and chew on the sets for an hour and a half, then watch it tank.

The Poorly Executed Children's Film
Best Examples: SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The NeverEnding Story III, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain . Note: these are also all un-wanted sequels.

Films for children should be viewed a little differently than other films, but a bad film is a bad film. The ones on the IMDB list are horrific.

The Schlock Horror Debacle
Best Examples: Manos: The Hands of Fate, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark

Horror is another genre with its own set of standards, but some films don't even meet those.


Thinking about dropping Chamillionaire into a wacky follow-up to 1999's My Favourite Martian? Stop. Think. Use your head.

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