In our previous post, we looked at the 6 best films of all time. This time round, we are going to look at the 5 worst films of all time. It’s however important to point out that some of these films actually ended up being quite popular because they were so lousy but somehow provided some awkward entertainment value.
#No 5 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie, was the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series, and has been ranked among the worst superhero films of all time. Part of the reason the film was a disaster was its low budget which made all the effects appear cheap when audiences at this time had already become accustomed to much sleeker and high-quality visuals.
#No 4 Xanadu
Xanadu, a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film that was written by Richard Danus and Marc Reid and directed by Robert Greenwald was expected to be among the top films at the box office at the time. However, upon a closer look at the film, it turned out to be a pretty dumb movie as the director attempted to capture all the cool and hip things of the 80’s in the film, and it ended up looking ludicrous yet somewhat entertaining.
#No 3 Birdemic: Shock and Terror
Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a 2010 American independently produced romantic horror film that was written, directed and produced by James Nguyen and partly based onAlfred Hitchcock’s 1963 hit film The Birds. The main reason Birdemic was awful is the fact that the director used poor quality graphics which made the scenes so unconvincing, and it actually appeared comical to see the actors appear as though they were not on the same physical space with the apparent killer birds that were after them.
#No 2 Plan 9 from Outer Space
Plan 9 from Outer Space, a 1959 American independently produced black and white science fiction film that was written, produced, directed and edited by Ed Wood definitely earns its spot as one of the worst films ever made. This cheaply produced film with sets that were obviously created using cardboards, shower curtains, and UFO’s fashioned from pie plates was an epitome of incompetence and should be used by budding directors as a “how you shouldn’t produce a film guide.”
#No 1 The Room
The Room, a 2003 American drama film written, directed, produced and starred by Tommy Wiseau, tops our list as the worst movie of all time because of its embarrassing display of poor writing, directing and acting. Every single bit of this film is agonizingly awful. This definitely tops the list of “how not to produce a film.”
As a film director, it’s important to be aware that movies are not just for entertainment value, they also need to be well written, directed and acted. That is the difference between directing award-winning films and directing mediocre films receiving acclaim because of being so bad.