Movies are captivating and wonderful. They have been transporting audiences away from the mundane drudge of every day life and into numerous, complex, brilliant worlds for over 100 years. From the days of the Lumiere Brothers terrifying French viewers by filming a train pulling in at a station head on, through sets more and more sophisticated and elaborate throughout the Silent Film era and as soon as sound and color were pioneered, this delivered average Joes and Janes from the boring daily grind as Technicolor worlds like ancient Sherwood Forest and Oz whisked imaginations into a frenzy.
In those days the implementation of the fantastical to become captured for the ages and wonder of us relied on exhaustive theater style backdrops and Biblical epics relied on vast amounts of extras. From this point forward came special effect, most notably the work of legendary Ray Harryhausen. His clay models began to allow mythical, fictional beasts from imagination and the page onto the silver screen. This, alongside model sets and objects threw even further fuel into imaginations. Though Harryhausen’s innovations were painstakingly grueling. His clay models had to be fashioned into each individual movement, a practice that reduced the trademark jerking motion emblematic of stop motion photography. CGI has now taken the mantle from the old guard of models and even extras! The hours of shaping clay has been swapped with an editors chair and fastidious rendering and touch ups. However, along the ages of cinematic endeavor, there have been a myriad of dreadful attempts to capture the miracle of the imagination. Some ghastly varieties and examples have marred the celluloid of film… this is not a horror movie, but read on IF YOU DARE!!
10 The Mummy Returns
An antagonist with a dreadful sting in its tail, surely? Um, hardly! The Mummy Returns was a highly anticipated sequel to the Egyptian supernatural adventure, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, released in 2001. A follow up of 1997’s epic The Mummy, the sequel was also the first major Hollywood role for WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He nudged his People’s Elbow into the cinematic world as a scorpion monster, yet the $98 million budget involved one hell of a Rock Bottom in terms of CGI!
9 Total Recall
7 The Fugitive
6 Escape from L.A.
5 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
4 Die Another Day
3 Star Trek
2 Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Here's a big budget movie straight out of the Batman DC universe and hailed by many as one of the worst movies ever made. It was arguably a movie that attempted to cash in on Halle Berry’s Oscar winning turn in Monster’s Ball… by dragging her career down the toilet! Produced for around $100 million, the movie actually made a loss, which is a dreadful blow for a big budget CGI movie, starring an Oscar winning leading lady! Yet the CGI in question was unbearably and stupidly bad, the leading lady in question was in fact animated for the majority of the movie and it was glaringly obvious too! These faux pas included a CGI spiders, cats and even a seagull with a grudge against the terrible film! As jerky and crap as Halle Berry’s movements were, it was only matched by the story itself, so this film really didn’t have nine lives!
Sources: ScreenRant.com, GamesRadar.com
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