There is a Wikipedia page dedicated to the worst movies of all time. Check it out here. This is a short sampling of some of the movies:
- “Manos” The Hands of Fate (1966)
- A low-budget horror film made by El Paso fertilizer salesman Hal Warren. The film gained cult popularity by being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It has held the #1 movie on the IMDb Bottom 100 repeatedly. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino owns a rare 35 mm copy of the film, and has stated that it is his favorite “comedy”. It also has a 10% rating at Rotten Tomatoes , and the one positive review linked on Rotten Tomatoes is for its Mystery Science Theater appearance rather than the film itself (which the reviewer, Mike Bracken, calls “unwatchable”).
- Monster A Go-Go (1965)
- A Herschell Gordon Lewis-directed film, Monster was begun as Terror at Halfday by Bill Rebane, who would later go on to make The Giant Spider Invasion (another infamous bomb); the film was left incomplete, only to be purchased by Lewis, who reportedly needed a second film to release on a double bill, and who shot some additional footage. The picture consists mostly of men sitting around drinking coffee and talking; the ending consists of a long speech by the narrator informing us that “there was no monster.” Allmovie.com calls the film a “surreal anti-masterpiece”. At one time it held the #1 spot on the IMDb Bottom 100. Also featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Plan 9 from Outer Space (1956)
- Space was officially labeled the “Worst Film Ever” by the Golden Turkey Awards, as well as earning two Razzies (one for Worst Director Ever and one for Worst Movie Ever). This movie marked the final appearance of Bela Lugosi. Wood idolized Lugosi, and before Lugosi’s death, he shot several minutes of Lugosi extemporizing. This was then placed in the movie (and repeated several times). Lugosi’s character was then played by Tom Mason, the chiropractor of Wood’s wife at the time, who played his scenes holding the cape in front of his face. Wood was apparently undeterred by the numerous other physical differences—such as height and build—that distinguished Mason from Lugosi; i.e., that Mason was nearly bald while Lugosi retained a full head of hair until his death (Years later, one video distributor made light of this, adding the blurb “Almost Starring Bela Lugosi” on the tape box). Due to difficulty in finding a willing distributor, the film was not released until 1959. The film has played almost annually at the New Orleans Worst Film Festival. Also included in the 2004 DVD documentary, The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made. Plan 9 was also mocked by Jerry Seinfeld on his show in the episode The Chinese Restaurant by saying “…this isn’t like plans one through eight. This is plan nine; this is the one that worked! The worst movie ever made!”
- Robot Monster (1953)
- An Ed Wood-style science fiction film, originally shot and exhibited in 3D, featuring an actor dressed in a gorilla suit and what looks almost like a diving helmet. The film is listed in Michael Sauter’s book The Worst Movies of All Time among “The Baddest of the B’s”. It is also featured in The Book of Lists‘ 10 worst movie list, The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, and the 2004 DVD documentary, The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made. It was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was a childhood favorite of horror author Stephen King .
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