Announcing: The Worst Movie Golden Bracket

By Hampus Eckerman: The Golden Turkey Awards. The Golden Raspberry Award. Awards given to the worst of the worst movies. So this will be The Worst Movie Golden Bracket.

This is about chosing the worst movie ever made. A bad movie is not a boring movie. It is a movie that creates feelings. Astonishment that the movie could ever be made. Fascination over who could create it. Anger over those who participated in it. Enthusiasm over the brilliance needed to make something so bad.

A truly bad movie is the kind where you continue to watch in the same way as at an oncoming train crash.

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The bracket is done in the same way as previous movie brackets. These are the steps of the nomination phase before the brackets begin.

STEP 1: Nomination Phase

I have created a short list of movies considered to be the worst ever made. In the comment section, you will write movies you think should be added to the list. Also write if you want to nominate a movie already listed.

STEP 2: The Finalizing Phase

I will compile all movies mentioned in a separate post. There you will have the possibility to add your nominations to the movies listed (and only those listed at this stage).

STEP 3: The Final List

I will count all nominations and decide which movies has made into the brackets. The list will be published in a separate post. And after that the brackets will begin.

So without much ado, here is my list of truly bad movies.

  • At Long Last Love (1975)
  • Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • The Black Gestapo (1975)
  • Catwoman (2004)
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
  • Eegah (1962)
  • Empire of the Ants (1976)
  • Frankenstein Island (1981)
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
  • The Giant Claw (1957)
  • The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
  • Glen or Glenda (1953)
  • Heaven’s Gate (1980)
  • Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
  • The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)
  • Ishtar (1987)
  • Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
  • Leonard Part 6 (1987)
  • Maniac (1934)
  • Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
  • Monster a Go-Go! (1965)
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
  • Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
  • Reefer Madness (1936)
  • Reptilicus (1961)
  • Robot Monster (1953)
  • The Room (2003)
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
  • Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973)
  • Showgirls (1995)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
  • The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
  • They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1968)
  • The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
  • Troll 2 (1990)
  • The Food of the Gods (1976)
  • The Wicker Man (2006)

What movies can you add?

106 thoughts on “Announcing: The Worst Movie Golden Bracket

  1. Rev Bob, I remember that clip! I don’t remember the movie; I blame traumatic amnesia…. but I remember the clip!

  2. Taking Earth. Started to watch this just the other night. Mindbogglingly bad. A South African ripoff of I Am Number Four, but with ridiculously slow pacing, horrible actors, and a sound track that makes matters worse by putting, for example, a heroic march with a shot of two guys…walking. Just…walking. I couldn’t even watch any more of it.

    Satan’s Cheerleaders. Yvonne De Carlo couldn’t save this garbage, which at one point has the cheerleaders beat the evil couple in Satan’s favor because they put rhythm and verve and other cheerleadery things into their chants of “audi praecus meus, Satanas.” When her hellhounds, Lucifer and Diablo (I swear!), turn on her, De Carlo’s character says “Satan, why hast thou forsaken me?!” It’s really downright offensive, to Pagans, to Christians, and probably to most Satanists.

    Yongary, Monster from the Deep.
    A South Korean ripoff of Godzilla, with even crappier FX, actors out of nightmare, and an almost mindbogglingly nonsensical plot. For example, why does the hero go up into space in a capsule (“Capsule! Capsule!” is an oft-repeated line here) to figure out why an earthquake’s epicenter is moving? Also, Chekhov’s Gun here is…an itch ray. Yes, spoiler alert, they kill the monster by making him scratch himself to death.

  3. Adding:
    Independence Day. Cliché after cliché, stupid writing, stupid acting, and did I mention the clichés? At one point, seeing it for the first time, I leaned over to my companion and said “in the next scene his buddy will get killed.” Sure enough, in the next scene…how did I know? Because his buddy talked in the previous scene about marrying his girl and settling down. He didn’t say “I’m gonna buy me a little farm,” but he might as well have.

    It would have been a B movie in 1948 except for the special effects. Still a piece of crap in my unimpressed-by-special-effects opinion.


    A Knight’s Tale
    Manos, the Hands of Fate
    The Phantom Menace (didn’t even watch the other two prequels)
    Teenagers from Outer Space (where they use the same skeleton over and over to show the effect of the alien death ray, and you can see the bolts holding it together in some shots)
    Zardoz “Meditate on this at second level! Ooowee ooowee ooowee!”

  4. Btw Hampus – if you’d like any assistance with the admin bits and bobs (collation, clips-finding, etc) I am, for a change, actually around to do so. 🙂 Just give me a heads-up and I’ll do my best.

  5. Thank you! I will be sure to tell you if there is something I need. For now, I think I can manage.

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