Ranked: The Worst Movies of the Past 30 Years

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Ranked: The Worst Movies of the Past 30 Years Newsweek

London Fields. Action Point. The Happytime Murders. If you saw any of these flops in the cinemas in 2018, you may still be shuddering in horror at the memory. But these recent bombs have nothing on some of the worst of the past three decades.

Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we've created a hall of shame for movies made from 1988 onwards, to find out which is the biggest stinker of the last 30 years.

There are a few directors who seem to really, really want to grasp directorial infamy. Five of the movies in our 50 worst are the works of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the director-screenwriter duo responsible for such parody movie gems as Scary Movie, Date Movie and Epic Movie.

Despite regularly getting under five percent approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, the pair continues to make films—perhaps due to Scary Movie 's incredible $278m gross on its $19m budget in 2000. Fans of terrible movies will be delighted to hear they have an upcoming project in the works—a parody of Liam Neeson's Taken franchise, which they've renamed Who The F#@k Took My Daughter?

Uwe Boll, a German director who made a name for himself with the schlock horror flicks House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark, also has multiple entries on the list. Following a careers-worth of bad reviews and a failed attempt to get funding on Kickstarter in 2015, Boll posted a series of rants online blasting the indifferent public: "I have enough money to play golf 'til I'm dead," he said, "so goodbye Hollywood". He retired from filmmaking shortly afterward.

Sometimes a terrible film is followed by an equally terrible sequel. Baby Geniuses, the 1999 comedy starring Kathleen Turner and Kim Cattrall, was matched in awfulness by only one film: its follow-up Baby Geniuses 2, with which it ties in sixth place on our list.

Whether you love to hate-watch movies that are so bad they're good, or simply want to know which to avoid, look no further—here are the worst-reviewed films of the last three decades.

01 Delta Farce
50. Delta Farce (2007). Total score: 26.1%. IMDb users: 3.5. Metacritic: 17. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.6. Directed by: C.B. Harding. Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls. Plot summary: Three bumbling Army reservists bound for Iraq are accidentally dropped at Mexican village besieged by hostile forces.What the critics said: "Like Paths Of Glory, Apocalypse Now, and Platoon, Delta Farce is a difficult, harrowing work offering little relief or humor. Unlike those movies, though, Delta Farce is supposed to be funny." Steven Hyden, AV Club. Lions Gate Films
02 The Avengers
=48. The Avengers (1998). Total score: 26.0%. IMDb users: 3.7. Metacritic: 12. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.9. Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery. Plot summary: Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.What the critics said: "So horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name." David Bianculli, New York Daily News. Warner Bros.
03 Pinocchio
=48. Pinocchio (2002). Total score: 26.0%. IMDb users: 4.3. Metacritic: 11. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.4. Directed by: Roberto Benigni. Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Giuffrè. Plot summary: Despite guidance from the Blue Fairy and the love of his father, a wooden puppet's curious spirit leads him into one wild adventure after another.What the critics said: "While Benigni (who stars and co-wrote) seems to be having a wonderful time, he might be alone in that." Marilyn Moss, Hollywood Reporter. Miramax
04 Kings Ransom
=46. King's Ransom (2005). Total score: 25.7%. IMDb users: 4.2. Metacritic: 11. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.4. Directed by: Jeffrey W. Byrd. Starring: Anthony Anderson, Kellita Smith, Jay Mohr. Plot summary: Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.What the critics said: "Somewhere in a pitch meeting someone must have piped up: 'I know. We'll have a guy named 'King' and he gets kidnapped, see? So there's a 'ransom'! King's Ransom, get it? After that, I've got nothing.'" Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times. Warner Bros.
05 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
=46. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002). Total score: 25.7%. IMDb users: 3.8. Metacritic: 12. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.7. Directed by: Ron Underwood. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jay Mohr, Randy Quaid. Plot summary: In the future, a man struggles to keep his lunar nightclub out of the hands of the mafia.What the critics said: "Pluto sat on the shelf for more than a year while Warner Bros. tried to inject some life into it. You might as well try to revive a stuffed moose." David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer. Warner Bros.
06 The Mangler
=44. The Mangler (1995). Total score: 25.3%. IMDb users: 4.1. Metacritic: 8. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.7. Directed by: Tobe Hooper. Starring: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor. Plot summary: A laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon, causing it to develop homicidal tendencies.What the critics said: "One of the silliest, most laughable climaxes in horror history." Steve Newton, Georgia Straight. New Line Cinema
07 Cabin Fever
=44. Cabin Fever (2016). Total score: 25.3%. IMDb users: 3.7. Metacritic: 14. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.5. Directed by: Travis Zariwny. Starring: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis. Plot summary: While visiting their getaway cabin, five friends succumb to a flesh-eating disease.What the critics said: "Scene for scene, line for line, gag for gag, it's basically the same movie. And the original was no masterpiece to begin with." A.A. Dowd, AV Club. Pelican Point Media
08 Feardotcom
43. Feardotcom (2002). Total score: 25.0%. IMDb users: 3.3. Metacritic: 16. Rotten Tomatoes: 2.6. Directed by: William Malone. Starring: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea. Plot summary: A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.What the critics said: "The cinematic equivalent of spam in your e-mail inbox." Claudia Puig, USA Today.Warner Bros.