50 Worst Movie Special Effects

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    • Bandit1

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:19

      Nice list. Good to see "Die Another Day" here. It looks so cheap...and also the scene right before that, when Bond drops over the ice cliff with that snowmobile/-jet...looked like stop-motion from the 70's. About "Star Wars"...I thought it's funny when Han steps on Jabbas tail..especially if you know the background story about it (Jabba was first meant to be human, that's why in this formarly deleted scene Han can walk around Jabba...). Some movies I think don't belong here, like: "Mega Shark...", "Megalodon", "Sharktopus" and "Anaconda 3". They were obviously shot on small budgets (Asylum anyone??) and I wouldn't expect greatness from these kind of productions. Also some 70's/80's movies like "Jaws" or "Total Recall" can't be compared to nowadays FX...at that time people were stunned by that kind of FX. Very much agreed though on "Mission To Mars" and "The Mummy Returns". But like I said...fun list...wouldn't mind to see 50 more.

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    • thedanieljson

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:05

      The cats in Let the Right One In... Yes yes yes. In the book (yes it's one of THOSE comments) it's a truly terrifying sequence, she beats the cats off her, tears their fur, falls on them, breaking their bones and killing them as they claw into and bite her face... In the film it's sadly just hilarious and unconvincing.

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    • FBCGlavey

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:17

      I think it's a little unfair to include the likes of Hulk, Jar Jar, and The Polar Express. All 3 made huge contributions to growing ideas in cinema. They're not perfect but were templates for greater effects yet to come. Superman IV however....

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    • MikeyRix

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:14

      Where in the name of ar$e was the alien from "Alien 3"? Okay, that was a terrible film anyway, but the alien in that was so painfully, blindingly obviously CGI'd it hurt to watch it. Oh, also, did you know it practically galloped like a horse? Ugh.

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:18

      I have more love for miniatures and animatronics - they seem to have a timeless quality even if they look cheap by modern standards. However, from the list it is clear overuse of CGI is the real culprit. I think you should also include Superman Returns where Singer chose to use CGI for close-ups!!! Was Routh taking a bathroom break?

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    • oakeys1

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:19

      Fair play, some of those are shockers! Surprised about the end sequence from The Abyss though; it's not bad enough to appear on this list, surely? How come The Golden Compass isn't mentioned? The bulk of the vfx in that are bloody awful! Actually, how about the three Spiderman movies!? I'm sure there's a lot more aside from those that a far worse - and of bigger budgets - than those in your list. Lets get another 50, but they have to be from 1990 onwards.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:23

      Fantastic article, definitely let's do 50 more please. Some ideas: the clearly cg neo in a couple of matrix reloaded set pieces, mortal combat annihilation final battle, lawnmower man, final monster in house on haunted hill remake (completely wrecks an actually decent scary movie), oliver reed posthumously added scenes in gladiator, personally i hate cg two face's face in dark knight, men in black 2 (a lot of it, especially lara flynn boyle's tentacles), back of quirrel's head in HP1, claws in wolverine, evil young jeff bridges in tron legacy, frost blob at end of blade, spawn final battle in hell, futterwackin... il think of more.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:27

      Any of the Aliens from "Cuckewn" (the beat the daft filters) looked like the filler effect put in until the real one could be done. Looked way worse than, for example, the 'ghost' effects even from Return of the Jedi. Would have liked a mention for any rear projection sequence where the driver does nothing and the out of focus background of a clearly different place spins around wildly. Any Bond film for example. Extremely geeky shoutout to the Hong Kong action film 'Prodigal Son'. First sequence, they couldnt even be bothered to freeze frame for the voiceover, just instructed 20 people to stand still with success ranging from partial to laughable. Not a special effect but still.

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    • joef1

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:09

      No Lord of the Rings? Those films are so dated.

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    • FBDSouthwould

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:36

      With 50 places how the hell can you leave out Dick Jones falling from the window at the end of RoboCop. That looked frikkin' stupid even then.

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    • FBHDimitrov

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:46

      Number 38. Hulk is played by Eric Bana not Mar Rufallo.

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    • FBTBastion

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:47

      Gotta say, I thought the whole point of the look of the Alien/human hybrid in Alien Resurrection was to look pathetic. It was supposed to make us feel bad when Ripley had to kill it.

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    • RichardParry

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:50

      No Attack the Block? Black blob creatures that look like they haven't been coloured in with neon teeth? Ouch.

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    • JamieTSB

      Jun 6th 2012, 13:01

      I'm not convinced at the validity of some of the criticisms, as a lot of these effects were done a long time ago, and our appreciation of CGI has become a lot more sophisticated. At the time many of the effects were state of the art, and it is only the passage of time that has shown up the weaknesses.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jun 6th 2012, 13:05

      @joef1 You take that back! >:( jk jk, validity and entitlement of own opinion blah blah. But seriously, how can you say that?! :L

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    • Lagedor

      Jun 6th 2012, 14:40

      never mind vfx. dat ruddy casa de mi padre ad is doin' my t**s!

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    • FBVAtkins

      Jun 6th 2012, 15:17

      To be honest, a lot of these seem like kind of pointless inclusions, at least throw in films which got a cinematic release. What about the horrific chase sequence from the beginning of Lockout?

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    • gwales

      Jun 6th 2012, 16:22

      @FBHDimitrov - that's right. I'm saying how poor he looks in comparison to Ruffalo's version.

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    • FBCSillitoe

      Jun 6th 2012, 16:28

      The Lawnmower Man should be number 1 without question! Not even on the list!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 6th 2012, 16:55

      A timing to lay into a Ray Bradbury pic...

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    • thedanieljson

      Jun 6th 2012, 16:55

      @RichardParry the aliens in Attack the Block are fantastic! In my opinion anyway. They were scary and original. Joe Cornish said that he wanted to create a creature that could be drawn, and it made the creatures far more striking than say, the Alien out of Super 8 - spectacular and complicated to create it may have been, but there was nothing special about it.

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    • DanRose

      Jun 6th 2012, 17:37

      No mention of the atrocious surfing in Escape from New York. Not only is the scene embarrassing the effects are some of the worst ever seen on the big screen. Surprised you missed it.

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    • craigisdead

      Jun 6th 2012, 19:24

      The Thing 2011. All of it. I've seen the glorious model work created for the film online, that they coated it entirely in substandard CGI is insulting.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 6th 2012, 19:27

      King Kong (2005) The crew running away from dinosaurs looked less convincing than an episode of 'Knightmare'.

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    • Buffy1008

      Jun 6th 2012, 19:34

      First thing I thought when I read the title was: mummy returns Scorpion King!!

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    • 69dude

      Jun 6th 2012, 19:37

      One glaring omission that you will kick yourself you forgot. Dee Wallace`s werewolf at the end of the Howling.

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    • FBCThompso94

      Jun 6th 2012, 19:47

      The megazord in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie haha. Also agree with the people who said the alien from Alien3 and Wolverine's claws in Origins, which manage to look worse than they did in the previous 3 films.

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    • marc96

      Jun 6th 2012, 20:10

      mr hyde in league of extraordinary gentlemen is awful & the monster hyde fights near the end .. oh & voldermort on the back of the guys head in philosophers stone was terrible

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 6th 2012, 21:38

      With the clear exception of maybe 6 films, this list is a tad unfair and inaccurate, Matrix reloaded? The Sixth day? wolverine? (Claws in front of mirror scene...holy s**t) as for hulk, im pretty sure the effects were better than that of incredible hulk...forget the shorts your clutching at straws! and ya cant slag off movies like 40 yrs old! Next list please?

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    • Toursiveu

      Jun 6th 2012, 21:42

      Recent most unconvincing SFX ? The talking werewolf in Red Riding Hood!

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    • FBSChandler

      Jun 7th 2012, 13:53

      I don't think I get the point of the list. It arbitrarily picks on some old special effects (which were ground breaking at the time) but look dated now. It arbitrarily picks on some direct to video releases for having horrible effects (when all movies of that market have terrible effects). It arbitrarily picks some blockbusters which even for their time had sloppy effects (usually CGI). It arbitrarily picks Plan 9 From Outer Space when every sci-fi movie from the era had hokey effects. Why not pick one of these categories and have a more exhaustive list (with fewer than 50) rather than comparing apples to oranges in the special effects realm?

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    • MadMatt

      Jun 7th 2012, 16:44

      I agree with a lot of these, but the inclusion of Rob Bottin's masterful animatronics from Total Recall at number 16 is completely wrong and insulting. That's a brilliant sequence in a film packed full of them.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 7th 2012, 17:43

      Walking Statue of Liberty in Ghostbusters 2. Just no.

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    • Dalekbuster523

      Jun 7th 2012, 19:05

      There's nothing wrong with special effects in Scooby Doo,Harry Potter and the Philsopher's stone,King Kong and The Polar Express. They all look believable enough to me. The only bad special effect I can think of in any movie is the Jaws hologram in Back to the future part 2. I mean,I like Back to the future but that scene just looks so fake,especially when you look at a photo of it on Internet.

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    • Agent69

      Jun 8th 2012, 0:27

      Titanic? Nothing about Titanic effects is bad. And Alien 4 - you may not have liked the design, but effects were good.

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    • 99problems

      Jun 8th 2012, 9:11

      I would have perhaps included lord of the rings the 2 towers where the ents attack isenguard you can tell everything is so painfully miniature. Couldn't agree more about the star wars band though, worst idea ever...

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    • FBSHarrigan

      Jun 8th 2012, 19:04

      When you finally see the monster in the terrible movie Boogeyman. It is one of the dumbest monsters ever and is defeated by a guy destroying his childhood toys. It implodes into a horrendous vortex of horrendous effects. A poor movie like this deserved nothing better. http://www.videodetective.com/movies/boogeyman/101834

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    • moviemichael

      Jun 11th 2012, 6:12

      Good list that is posted here! I definitely have to agree with The Mummy Returns and it's funny that it is #1 on the list. When I first saw the movie, I was really disappointed with the Scorpion King. I'm sure my sister still remembers my face when I looked at her like "Really?" For a movie with a budget like that and success, they could've of executed a better idea. I can't believe it was all CG including The Rock's face.

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    • stucoles2

      Jun 11th 2012, 11:42

      Dear George Wales Did Future publishing actually pay you for this 'editorial' ? Or are you on work experience?

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    • Kubrick1979

      Jun 11th 2012, 14:49

      Very good and very funny list here. The captions are a howl. Good stuff!

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    • BackToFutureFan

      Jun 11th 2012, 17:07

      I agree with most of these but you missed the awful CGI Arnie in Terminator4!! That should've made at least the top 20!!

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    • spartacus533

      Jun 12th 2012, 11:00

      How can you disdainfully compare the monkeys in Jumanji to the monkeys in Indy 4....there's 13 years and $80 million in budget separating these films!

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    • Brainstick

      Jun 12th 2012, 19:08

      The shot from '300' isn't solely CGI, they used a puppet.

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    • Demortu

      Jun 15th 2012, 11:18

      Guy Pearce makeup in Prometheus. For shame.

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    • bencobra

      Jun 15th 2012, 16:27

      Although Ang Lee's Hulk film is rather s**t the Hulk actually looks quite good. It is better than the CGI Hulk in the Norton version.

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