20th century movies that will make you cringe
When the rise of classical cinema began in the early 1900s, the world took notice. And while we think no Hollywood director has ever set out to make a terrible movie, most critics will tell you that there are 20th century movies that might make you think twice.
Hollywood has always been blessed with talent, with legends like Sean Connery, George Clooney, Christopher Reeve, Sandra Bullock and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are all incredibly talented at what they do.
However, these actors have something else in common besides their legendary status. They’ve all been in movies so dastardly that they could make you get up, throw your popcorn, and walk out of the theater in the middle of the movie.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
“Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” is arguably one of the worst films ever made. The film, which stars the legendary Christopher Reeve, is based on a classic comic book. And audiences expected the producers to do it, especially since it was the last film in the franchise.
Unfortunately, not only were they disappointed, but they were left more confused than when he entered the theater. The script for the film did not appear to have a clear plot. It was a scary ending for Christopher Reeve as Superman.
Turning a classic video game into a movie was never going to be easy. There has never really been a good film adaptation of a video game. However, this film had the potential to change that and start a new trend in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, he failed to convince audiences, from the fight sequences to the dialogues. The film was just a long, winding mess. Some critics have suggested that the film tries too hard to mimic the video game and is bitterly disappointing.
Speed 2: Cruise control
This movie probably should have been renamed to something more appropriate. The movie is meant to be about speed, but all audiences are treated to the depressingly slow sequel to a classic action movie.
The first Speed was packed with tingling action to get your heart racing. And somehow, everyone involved in the film managed to turn a solid plot into a depressingly slow second film. If you’re going to make a movie called “Speed 2” the least you can do is make the boats go a little faster.
If you liked the “Jaws” franchise, you probably shouldn’t watch this movie. This film had the potential to become a box office success. And he had everything a director would need to make one. But “Jaws: The Revenge” is undoubtedly a really terrible movie.
Michael De Guzman gave the audience a disappointing script and an obviously fake great white shark that you could see in black and white. “Jaws: The Revenge” is “not just a bad movie, but a stupid, incompetent movie,” according to film critic Roger Ebert.
Plan 9 of outer space
Unlike some of the movies we’ve talked about before, no one expected this movie to break box office records. However, the film’s use of archival footage, dialogue, and terrible special effects may seem entertaining to some.
“Plan 9 From Outer Space” is a box office paradox. You can either think of it as a brilliantly terrible movie, or you can just think of it as a hopelessly terrible movie. One of its redeeming features is that the film has the potential to make you feel warm and cozy.
Highlander 2: The Quickening
There’s a reason people say some movies should never be made into sequels. The original Highlander movie wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but people didn’t hate it. Either way, making it a sequel wasn’t Russell Mulcahy’s best move.
“Highlander 2: The Quickening” is a cinematic disaster. It is simply impossible to sit down and understand what is going on. The immortals in the film aren’t actually immortals, and Highlander wasn’t actually from the Highlands. The film strayed completely from the original narrative of the first film.
The gate of paradise
Michael Cimino is responsible for bringing “Heaven’s Gate” to life. The movie was supposed to be a western, but when people saw Jeff Bridges throw up on roller skates, they knew they were going to take a long drive, and that is exactly what this movie was about.
“Heaven’s Gate” is notoriously difficult to cross. In fact, at the premiere of the film, most of the guests refused to drink champagne during the viewing, claiming that they “hated” the film. The film was a complete and utter disaster on every level.
Raise the Titanic
“Raise The Titanic” was directed by Jerry James, and it was given an expensive budget to allow him to produce a great movie. However, when the film premiered at the box office, it was a complete and utter flop.
Some critics have even said that it would have been cheaper to raise the Real Titanic instead of making this movie. Others claimed the film was boring and unimaginative. To this day, no one knows how Jameson managed to mess up such a big budget.
Batman and robin
“Batman and Robin” was originally meant to be a classic. Director Joel Schumacher teamed up with George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and everyone expected them to create magic. Instead, they created something that no one expected.
The movie turned out to be a complete flop. The script was terrible at best, and the infamous “Batnipples” costume made the film go from horrible to completely and completely cranky. The movie almost killed the entire Batman franchise before it started.
When it was first announced that “Pulp Fiction” star John Travolta would be part of the sci-fi film “Battlefield Earth”, audiences were eagerly waiting. The film was based on the work of Rob Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
However, what was supposed to be a classic sci-fi movie turned out to be a poor imitation of “Star Trek”. The horrific alien costumes, ridiculous storyline, and poor choice of characters all worked against the film. “Battlefield Earth” is now considered one of the worst movies of all time, and it almost ended John Travolta’s career.
Most of the actors in these films continued to redeem themselves. However, the films themselves will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. This shows that no matter the talent of the actors or the budget; any movie can quickly flop.