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FilmSnobbery’s 25 Worst Films Ever Made

FilmSnobbery’s 25 Worst Films Ever Made
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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, FilmSnobbery decided to serve up another type of turkey: in this case, the cinematic variety, with a seasonal celebration of the worst films of all time. And in a survey of 100 filmmakers, critics, historians and performers, the choice for the worst film of all time went to Tommy Wiseau’s utterly astonishing 2003 production “The Room.”

“In the history of motion pictures, there is nothing like Tommy Wiseau’s anti-classic,” declared Phil Hall, managing editor at FilmSnobbery.com and author of the books “The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time” and “In Search in Lost Films.” “From the visceral ineptitude of the acting to the utter incoherence of the screenplay to a lethal assault of bizarre imagery ranging from framed spoons hanging on the wall to a football game played in tuxedos to Wiseau’s brilliantly ridiculous on-screen persona, ‘The Room’ takes the cake and the whole bakery, too!”

For the Top 25 Worst Films of All Time, the FilmSnobbery survey came up with these delicious turkeys:

1. “The Room” (2003)
2. “Battlefield Earth” (2000)
3. “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” (2010)
4. “Swept Away” (2002 – the Madonna remake)
5. “Manos: The Hands of Fate” (1966)
6. “Troll 2” (1990)
7. “Howard the Duck” (1986)
8. “Catwoman” (2004)
9. “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959)
10. “Sausage Party” (2016)
11. “The Phynx” (1970)
12. “Gigli” (2003)
13. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
14. “The Conqueror” (1956)
15. “A Walk in the Clouds” (1995)
16. “Sssssss” (1973)
17. “Robot Monster” (1953)
18. “Blood Freak” (1972)
19. “Seven Years in Tibet” (1997)
20. “Renaldo and Clara” (1978)
21. “Club Paradise” (1988)
22. “Freddy Got Fingered” (2001)
23. “Superman IV: Quest for Peace” (1987)
24. “Titanic” (1997)
25. “Texas Night Train” (2001)

(Do you agree with the survey’s results? Feel free to offer your opinions on this always entertaining subject!)

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Phil Hall Phil Hall has enjoyed a three-decade career in the film industry as a journalist, critic, publicist, distributor, festival programmer and actor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wired, American Movie Classics Magazine and Film Threat. He is the author of seven books, including "The History of Independent Cinema," "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time" and "In Search of Lost Films."

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  1. Didn’t notice anything I strongly disagreed with, but shouldn’t reach a final verdict on some I haven’t seen. If Renaldo and Clara as an example of a major artist out of his medium, what about Maidstone? And surely any list of this kind is incomplete without Ishtar and Desparate Characters? (Incidentally the original Swept Away is among Lina Wertmuller’s worst films.)

  2. The fact that movie 43 or any of Neil Breen’s movies aren’t on here makes this list totally invalid. What’s even worse is that instead of having those on the list, there’s some movies that don’t deserve to be on here at all. I don’t like the Titanic at all, but one of the worst movies ever? Please. I don’t use this argument too often because it’s very condescending and assuming, but if Titanic is one of the worst things you’ve seen, you need some catching up to do.

    And Blair Witch is far from being a bad film. Some of these are overtly sentimental, but does that mean they’re absolute garbage? Try Norm of the North or Superbabies on for size.

  3. So are we judging just on quality of the film-making or whether you liked it or not? I only ask a few or the films on that list are indeed terrible, but a lot of fun to watch (Birdemic, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Troll 2, Blood Freak). As distinct from movies that are just painful to watch (A Walk in the Clouds, Catwoman, Seven Years in Tibet). You seem to be implying the former. I still maintain The Last Airbender is both an awfully made film and painful to watch (so are a lot of adapted movies or many M. Night movies in general for that matter), and gets bonus points for costing so much money to make.

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