50 Worst Movie Adaptations

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    • Sandrine

      Oct 5th 2011, 8:49

      Spot on with Thunderbirds. It's the only film I've ever walked out of, it was absolutely terrible with no redeeming features.

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    • QuietLife

      Oct 5th 2011, 9:18

      Fifty quid says Dalidab likes every one of these.

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    • shasmo

      Oct 5th 2011, 10:01

      i agree with most of the choices dukes of hazzard was ok an worst adaptation spiderman 3

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    • alexr

      Oct 5th 2011, 10:02

      Looking at this list, Daredevil and Fantastic Four weren't THAT bad...Seriously, were both of these movies worse than Battlefield Earth?

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    • Toursiveu

      Oct 5th 2011, 10:57

      Let's be fair with The Punisher... The Lundgren version is better than the Thomas Jane / Travolta version. That isn't saying much but both films are inferior to Punisher - War Zone.

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    • shasmo

      Oct 5th 2011, 11:19

      the thomas jane version was spot on but for john "i ruin most things im in" travolta

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    • piffle

      Oct 5th 2011, 11:32

      I'm confused... didn't you guys remove an article recently because you felt its negative tone was contrary to your ethos of celebrating movies (or something to that effect)? Some of these movies are beyond terrible, but being fair others are just dull or disappointing. Daredevil, as an example, was a bit poor, not awful, had some nice elements (I'm looking at you Colin Farrell you big magic ham) and doesn't really belong in the same list as Max Payne or Howard the Duck. You did forget Dungeons and Dragons though...

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    • JDogg1982

      Oct 5th 2011, 11:35

      Here... where's Fred: the Movie and all the Twilight films so far??

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    • cleanbreak

      Oct 5th 2011, 12:50

      Where's I am Legend?

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Oct 5th 2011, 13:02

      Seconded for I Am Legend. One of my favorite books RUINED!! No, they arnt super strong leaping through the air CG demon things, they are vampires!!!

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    • MikeyRix

      Oct 5th 2011, 13:39

      Wow. I...was surprised at how many films on here I had seen and actually liked (one of which I rewatched recently, not naming. You at the back, I'm not naming!) Although "The Time Traveller's Wife"...yeah. All the quirkiness and character idiosyncracies were shaved from the film adap as well, which is inherently wiping any identity from it. Addtionally, when I saw this, having seen Eric Bana in "Star Trek" a few months previously, I couldn't quite take him seriously :/

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    • DanRose

      Oct 5th 2011, 14:27

      Total Film... when are you going to sort out the scrolling on this website. Every time!! Its so infuriating especially with these 40 or 50 pages long features... It's been mentioned a few times on here now...

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    • euanmcgrath

      Oct 5th 2011, 15:01

      I saw some of that Thunderbirds film on TV... f*****g awful. It's supposed to be about the Thunderbirds?? not a load of bratty kids t**tting about..

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    • arielnano

      Oct 5th 2011, 16:07

      I agree with the scrolling too. I don't have fast internet so it's frustrating. It should be simpler to navigate across the lists like a slideshow or something. But seriously. Fantastic 4 wasn't THAT BAD. I actually liked that one. But I did not enjoy the second one. Although, I was young when I first saw it.

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    • Murphy0806

      Oct 5th 2011, 20:58

      You can't call a film good just because it's faithful to the source material. You just can't. Look at Jaws, The Shining, Jurassic Park, major changes were made to the plots and they were actually better than the books. Also maybe more than those, by the third instalment of the Bourne Trilogy they'd pretty much discarded the plot of the novels and they were still great. What works in the source material wont necessarily work on screen. Oh and Street Fighter was utter s**te, I remember seeing it in the cinema and i hated it then, and i was 12. Watch the animated film, much better

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 6th 2011, 0:00

      Did you just compare super mario bros to f*****g BLADE RUNNER? I'm actually contemplating coming to wakefield and beating you to death with your own oversized spherical skull.

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    • abberline

      Oct 6th 2011, 0:33

      @dalidab jeez dude ,i dont even know any of you and already i think writerdaves taste in films is better than yours.theirs no way it could be worse :-)

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    • Mings

      Oct 6th 2011, 1:17

      Dalidab. Dali. Dalster. Dalidabster. Dalidab. Listen. No-one is suggesting that you are not entitled to opine about such vintage contributions to celluloid as Lost in Space or Tekken but like any guilty pleasure it is often best to either keep it to yourself or admit that you know it is bad but that you don't care. Simply put, do not attempt to justify a movie that you know you shouldn't like but do by comparing it with what is obviously a superior movie. Think of it this way: I love pork scratchings, even though I know they are cack and made of pig scrotum. I do not apologize for this. However, I do not justify this pork lust by comparing them to a roast pork lunch with all the trimmings either.

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 6th 2011, 1:49

      What do you mean 'if I think your opinions on all the films you have mention are c**p'? 99.9% of everything you write on these pages isn't just c**p, it's complete and utter garbage, boiled in s**t, eaten, redigested and then vomited out through your prolapsed anus onto your computer keyboard and onto our screens where we have to wade through reams of your rambling sexual fantasies about immature boys. I really do apologize if I haven't been clear, I think your opinions on film are some of the dumbest, most vapid sentences I've ever had the misfortune to see. It's said that monkeys could write shakespeare- they're streets ahead of you.

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 6th 2011, 1:51

      Of course I may have been wrong, and by asking me to 'give you a slamming' you may have been attempting to chat me up. In which case I must politely decline, as I'm sadly not attracted to fat balding round pedophiles and I have also long since passed the point of puberty and so am definitely too old for you.

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    • StevePotter

      Oct 6th 2011, 6:16

      Yeah, Prince Caspian p****d me off to no end. But no Black Cauldron or Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Not only were they unfaithful to the book, they were also contemptible pieces of c**p. BUT, that's not to say you NEED to be faithful to the book; however, if you make changes, make the story BETTER. Take for example, Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. VASTLY different from the book, but I think it was also significantly better and more meaningful. No denying Victor Hugo was a talented man (Les Miserables is, in my opinion, the greatest story ever told), but I think his stories lend themselves better to adaptation. Also, the musical format of both Les Mis and Hunchback allowed characters to express emotions in three minutes when it took Hugo fifty pages. (That said, any version of Les Mis that keeps SPOILERS Javert or Jean Valjean alive misses the point of their characters and ruins the beauty of the story).

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    • QuietLife

      Oct 6th 2011, 9:02

      Haha! Enjoying the Super Mario Bros. movie should be punishable by death.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 6th 2011, 10:06

      Ah it's good to see some of our newer members have had the pleasure of meeting the Total Film website's resident bellend.......Dalidab! I haven't even bothered reading any of what the nonce has written above but i'm willing to bet my mortgage on the fact that it's either the twisted ramblings of a future sex offender prisoner OR some of the most pointless and unintellectual movie comments most of us have ever had the displeasure of reading in our lives!?

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    • FBJDeevoy

      Oct 6th 2011, 11:05

      man!!! You got issues writerdave, but funny ones. Bravo, do please carry on....but still.... Leave Dalidab alone,I just posted one of his comments on my facebook wall. Proper mental it was. He is my new fave commentator.

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    • FBJDeevoy

      Oct 6th 2011, 11:05

      man!!! You got issues writerdave, but funny ones. Bravo, do please carry on....but still.... Leave Dalidab alone,I just posted one of his comments on my facebook wall. Proper mental it was. He is my new fave commentator.

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 6th 2011, 12:21

      Actually I don't think my opinions and tastes in films are superior to everybody else's, just yours ;) FBJ I recommend looking Dalidab up on twitter, it's hilarious.

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    • kman1958

      Oct 6th 2011, 14:03

      I cannot believe that nobody has mentioned the travesty that is "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"- I actually PAID and STOOD in line fro that film- as a nod of affection to Jay Ward's classic cartoon. Oh Robert de Niro, what were you thinking???? The most wrong-headed horrible adaptation EVER!!

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 6th 2011, 14:11

      Dalidab = nonce!

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    • FBMHall

      Oct 6th 2011, 17:27

      It's funny how many films have Nic Cage in them

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    • Murphy0806

      Oct 6th 2011, 18:33

      Dalidab. You call people bullies and evil but not so long ago you threatened to cut my balls of and burn them.

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    • bundyse

      Oct 6th 2011, 21:45

      What about Gulliver's Travels. or did no one see this Jack Black pile of c**p

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    • Toph80

      Oct 7th 2011, 1:03

      LOVED Scooby Doo and Howard the Duck. Really enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha even though they changed one character from a Japanese man to an American General and altered the character of Nobo. They RUINED Inspector Gadget for me, I mean the Claw was never ever seen, well his face never was. And have to say I preffered the BBC's adaption of Prince Caspian that they did in the 80's.

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    • FBSGray

      Oct 7th 2011, 1:41

      Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy adaptation was risible Judge Dredd - Stallone as Dredd was always going to fail

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    • StevePotter

      Oct 7th 2011, 3:43

      Most of the stuff for the new Hitchhiker's film was actually written by Adams himself.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 7th 2011, 9:41

      Dalidab sux cox and dix!

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 7th 2011, 12:22

      Well I'm sure he does, as he's gay... I can't stand the guy but that was a rubbish insult.

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    • FranJester

      Oct 7th 2011, 13:58

      I hate to admit it but there are a few films on this list i actually enjoyed! Most of them i didn't but there were a few i didn't feel were that terrible! And to be fair to the Scooby Doo movie i thought the casting was perfect!

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    • FranJester

      Oct 7th 2011, 14:01

      @StevePotter, to be fair the Tim Burton adaptation of charlie and the chocolate factory was actually closer to the book than the original version!

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 7th 2011, 15:08

      Ah sorry mate - is 'writerdave87 sux cox and dix' better??

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    • gquinn81

      Oct 7th 2011, 17:53

      I'm new to all this but I have to say, there are some quality insults flying around. @writerdave87. Vomited out through your prolasped anus? Quality insult, absolute quality!

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    • StevePotter

      Oct 7th 2011, 18:34

      @FranJester: Can you explain that to me? I've heard that argument before, but I never got it. Willy Wonka's character is destroyed, the flashbacks ruin it... I don't quite get how it's closer to the book, and that's one of my favorite books of all time!

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    • IrisChamberlain

      Oct 11th 2011, 7:10

      Totally into where you're going with this, and your opinions are right on the money Josh, but I'm on page ten of fifty, and the format for how you presented it is just about killing me. There's not enough content per page to justify uploading another every fifteen seconds, or however long it takes to read the captions. I'm not on a slow connection either, but with all the ads and widgets loading every time...I'm just saying next time you want to present this much info a single page or maybe ten films per over five pages might be a little more user friendly. But if I turn it into a drinking game it's not so bad...

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    • FranJester

      Nov 15th 2011, 15:10

      @StevePotter well, with the exception of the flashbacks and the weird back story they gave to willy wonka, the rest was closer to the book. Just to name a few, The oompa loompa songs were the same ones in the book, the bit with vveruca salt was squirrels in the book and not the geese that were in the original movie, his dad was still in it and worked at a toothpate factory, the bit where you see all the kids walk out at the end was in the book. Just details like this were more accurate to the books portrayal! I actually am a fan of both the films but the remake did have more elements that were true to the book!

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    • SurprisePanda

      Jul 10th 2012, 8:35

      Where's Eragon? Not even counting the bajillion times they massacred the plot: they failed with character development, the conversation was lousy, the battles were cheap ripoffs of the lord of the rings, and the costumes were laughable (almost embarrasing). Fans of the books were outraged and the casual viewers that I know have seen it forgot they ever saw it! It's not like the movie was under the radar either, it made 23 million on the first weekend.

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    • zoeharvey

      Aug 24th 2012, 4:17

      Ella Enchanted should be on here!! I thought it would at least be in the top three. I am surprised. That movie is a literal BUTCHER of the book that I loved when I was a kid.

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    • azazadeh

      Aug 24th 2012, 21:59

      Harry Potter should be there!

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    • arthurconquest

      Nov 3rd 2012, 4:45

      Do TV adaptations count? SkyOne's Going Postal makes all of these look like Citizen Kane. Seriously, the screenwriter didn't even read the book. It is OBJECTIVELY the worst adaptation ever made, and I am normally very lenient about this.

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 17th 2012, 12:58

      Also, how 'bout "Shutter Island"? It was a great film, but a terrible book adaptation. Stripped away every element that made the book gripping and turned it into a run-o'-the-mill psych-thriller. Not to mention the complete underwhelmingness of the big reveal, which, even though I'd worked it out from the trailer, still made me gasp in literary form. Gah.

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    • damthor

      Nov 17th 2012, 12:59

      I agree with Thunderbirds as number 1. If anything, the original show was about two things... Peril and Destruction. Both of which are severely lacking. And of course making kids the stars of the show and the have characters we love sit round doing nothing is beyond ridiculous.

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    • TheLastRide

      Nov 17th 2012, 14:08

      Da Vinci Code and Max Payne were not bad adaptations! there are far worse out there. Even though i hate to admit it, but Dragonball Evolution should be on that list

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    • gitaohinisigita

      Nov 17th 2012, 15:25

      uh wait. Why Dragonball Evolution not in this list????? I can't believe you forgot that...

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    • seepeejay

      Nov 17th 2012, 18:09

      More than a few of these featured the other day in a list of franchises that finished too soon.

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    • thedanieljson

      Nov 17th 2012, 18:32

      Excellent list, but what about one of the worst films of the past decade - The Last Airbender?

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    • NerdTronJJ

      Nov 18th 2012, 6:30

      The fact that NONE of the twilight films are on this list has made it null and void in my opinion

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    • Lalox

      Nov 18th 2012, 18:35

      Where the hell is Dragon Ball Evolution? This awful "movie" should be in the first place!

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    • Dazman1975

      Nov 19th 2012, 12:32

      im surprised Queen of the dammed isnt on here! now that was a pile of s**te!

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    • DanRose

      Nov 19th 2012, 13:55

      this is over a year old? what gives TF? Re-hashing old stuff? There is a year of movies that potentially has been missed

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    • bendawncross

      Oct 24th 2013, 21:39

      What about The Last Airbender? It sucked out everything that made the show so awesome.

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    • robertwoldt

      Mar 28th 2014, 0:36

      I would definitely replace Pokemon 3 with The Last Airbender. Pokemon 3 is the best out of all of the franchise's films, while The Last Airbender is the embodiment of every bad film ever made, and is the adaption of a wonderful show to boot. I would give it number 1 on a list of my own, but not even a mention here? I'll just leave with a quote from that film: "This time we show the fire nation that we believe in our beliefs as much as they believe in theirs."

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    • leowalker

      Apr 5th 2014, 12:20

      Can I just ask, how the hell did Pokemon 3 get to be on this list (what's bad about the animation, may I just ask>), and yet The Last Airbender wasn't even mentioned? It's SOOOO much worse than Thunderbirds as an adaptation, and I'm willing to admit that Thunderbirds was a travesty to basically everything! And how did Dragonball Evolution not even get mentioned?! Actually, scratch that, WHERE IS BATTLEFIELD EARTH?! This list is completely invalid to me >___>

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    • iangrace

      May 12th 2014, 19:11

      How DARE you trash on Pokemon the Third Movie?! That was one of the first animated films I ever saw. And, correct me if wrong but "The animation; it’s absolutely dire. Like, our kids could draw better." Really? That's the style it was in 2001. Plus, Entei. Nuff said. Sorry if I sound like a butthurt Pokefan. Oh, by the way, Dragonball evolution does suck, anyone can agree.

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