Not every movie can do wonders in terms of a critical reception but some movies take a step further as if it was best that they never got made in the first place. Let’s take a look back at the 15 worst movies of 2018:
15. Slender Man
Based on the supernatural character from Creepypasta forums, the faceless creature known as the Slender Man was quite the internet icon nearly a decade ago so it made no sense to have his feature film made in the recent times.
Though fingers are pointed at Slender Man’s fading popularity for the movie’s spot in the list, it cannot be denied that the substandard plot and poor acting also deserve a fair share of the blame.
It was quite a difficult task to make a movie about a Spider-Man villain without featuring the superhero himself but fans were eager to give Venom a chance. As expected, the movie fell short of the amazing cinematic experience it could have been.
From its uneven pacing to the horrible storyline, Venom is an utter mess! Though leading star Tom Hardy is the saving grace of the movie, its downfall was inevitable when the actor revealed before the release that his favorite scenes were cut.
13. A Wrinkle in Time
Not even Hollywood A-listers Oprah Winfrey nor Reese Witherspoon could save A Wrinkle in Time from being a total wreck. With Hollywood experiencing the trend of space movies as of late due to the enormous success of Interstellar and Gravity, Walt Disney Pictures jumped on the bandwagon.
Based on the science fantasy novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is a far cry from an epic space adventure one would expect from Walt Disney Pictures and is one of the most forgettable movies released by the studio.
12. The 15:17 to Paris
There is no question about Clint Eastwood’s status as one of the most brilliant directors of all time but even the great ones experience a misstep once in a while and that is exactly where The 15:17 to Paris comes in.
Revolving around the Thalys train attack that occurred in 2015, the movie could have been an amazing heroic tale but does not even come close. Casting the real-life heroes of the horrific incident Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler as themselves in the movie did not aid the matters as well since their acting inexperience was clear as daylight.
The story of a stray animal befriending a human child has been told and retold countless times in Hollywood but this film provides the tale with a minor tweak – the dog is a robotic one artificially created by the military.
Following an experiment that went awry, the dog hides in a desert until it is discovered by aspiring motocross racer, Miles Hill. The movie was not only less than stellar but also a major box office disappointment.
10. Future World
Though he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor at the beginning of the year for his enigmatic role of Tommy Wiseau, James Franco has been a subject of quite unimpressive projects ever since.
One of them was science fiction western flick Future World. Despite having Franco sharing the screen with big names such as Lucy Liu, Milla Jovovich and Snoop Dogg, the movie received an abysmal 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. Death Wish
In production since 2006, one might wonder that after all this time, the final product would be a mind-blowing one. Even before the release, the hype behind Death Wish was indeed high as Sylvester Stallone and Joe Carnahan were once attached as directors whereas Liam Neeson, Benicio Del Toro, Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Matt Damon were among the finalists to be chosen for the leading role.
After the finalization of Eli Roth as director and Bruce Willis as the leading star, Death Wish turned out to be a second-rate vigilante action thriller that does not give the audience any ample reason to sit through the whole movie.
8. Show Dogs
Movies about talking dogs befriending humans have hugely been frowned upon by critics over the years but are always guaranteed to perform well at the box office due to alluring young audiences.
Earning nearly $40 million at the box office but mercilessly destroyed by critics, it is definitely safe to assume that Show Dogs was a definite ploy for a quick buck instead of a sincere effort.
7. Robin Hood
With all honesty, the abundant live-action movies on Robin Hood deserve a nail to the coffin. Hardly any of them have received a favorable response by critics and all of them frail in comparison to the iconic Disney animated movie.
The movie was a disservice to the legend of Robin Hood and despite its mega-budget of $100 million, it was a shallow spectacle and a lesson for Hollywood that the moviegoers are fed up with recurring tales.
Just when it seemed that two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta would finally make a triumphant comeback with Gotti, he miserably failed to resonate with the fans and critics alike.
Based on the life of John Gotti, the notorious crime boss virtually ruled New York City with an iron fist and seemed like a perfect subject for an outstanding crime movie. Sadly, his translation into the silver screen was a travesty.
5. The Happytime Murders
Buddy cop movies are guaranteed to make the viewers laugh yet The Happytime Murders flawlessly manages to do the exact opposite. The painfully unfunny movie starring Mellissa McCarthy alongside a detective puppet does nothing to uplift the mood of the viewers.
Heavily relying on black comedy clichés and unamusing puppet characters, The Happytime Murders is a downright wretched movie that is solidified by its horrendous underperformance at the box office.
4. Fifty Shades Freed
As one of the movies that were bound to enter the list, Fifty Shades Freed seems like a pale imitation of its predecessors. Despite being the final installment of the trilogy, the movie failed to learn from past mistakes and showed no signs of any improvement.
The weak plot and repetitive erotic content hardly manage to keep the movie afloat and though it performed extraordinarily well at the box office, Fifty Shades Freed thankfully serves as the final nail to the coffin of an outrageous franchise.
3. Holmes Watson
Expectations were high when it was announced that comedy duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly would be teaming up once again for Holmes & Watson. However, the final result was the furthest thing from a hilarious movie.
The ill-fated movie has secured a solid place in history for being one of the worst comedy movies ever made. The poor script and outdated jokes made the audiences walk out of theatres and the critics tore the movie to shreds. Additionally, the test screenings for Holmes & Watson were so terrible that Netflix turned down their offer to buy it.
2. Truth or Dare
Utilizing the popular game of ‘truth or dare’ as an essential element in a horror movie does not translate into a critical success. If anything, Truth or Dare basically capitalizes on the fame of Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars and Tyler Posey of Teen Wolf as the script begs to be improved.
The senseless movie revolves around a group of college friends who compete in a friendly game of truth or dare while on a trip to Mexico. If the participants do not follow through the game, they meet their untimely demise. The unoriginal plot is as foolish as it sounds and earns the movie a rightful place on the list.
1. I Feel Pretty
Accused of body shaming and ripping off 1945 movie The Enchanted Cottage, I Feel Pretty generated a firestorm of controversy right after the release of its trailer. Though the movie promises to convince the audience to accept their physical outlooks, I Feel Pretty completely misses the mark.
Though the performance of standup comedian Amy Schumer was critically praised, she seems out-of-place as the leading star of an otherwise horrible movie. As the unconvincing storyline and dull jokes are too palpable to ignore, I Feel Pretty could not be saved from its impending doom.
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