Now, I try to avoid awful (or awful-sounding) movies. I can give you a whole chart of horrible books but it took me some thought to come up with even a short list of films. I can happily say I haven't seen a truly bad movie in a while.
Here we go!
The Secret of NIMH
The book is wonderful. The movie, rather sadly, tears up the science in the book and puts in all this magic and mysticism and turns the characters into stereotypes. It's horrible.
I've never read the book, but I do hope it's better than the movie. This one is just weird, mostly because of the characters (there's a female tree who tries to throttle the magician in an, er, unorthodox way, an alcoholic skeleton, and lots of monsters). I have to say, it's an interesting plot, though. Unicorn chases down Red Bull to save unicorn-kind, falls in love, chases Red Bull into sea, becomes the only unicorn to know love and regret. End of story.
Sparkly vampires are even worse onscreen. Really, what is the attraction? At least there were werewolves in New Moon . . . haven't bothered with Eclipse.
Sigh. One of Isaac Asimov's most famous books, and what happens? They throw in a character that doesn't exist, bits of the original plot, and stand the entire movie on logic that's shaky compared to Asimov's stories.
This one gets only an Honorable Mention because I didn't bother watching it (yes, I'm cheating a bit), though we did take it out of the library. I was terribly disappointed to find out what they'd done to the classic story--especially because the screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman, one of my all-time favorite authors. Come on, now! Beowulf as the father of the dragon? The king as the father of Grendel? Ack.
What about you? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? Which movies do you think are the worst ever?
-----The Golden Eagle