Loosely based on the very popular 1974 Saturday morning low-tech kid show, “Land of the Lost” lost out to the original. The movie was made with a $100 million budget in a world of CGI, but it only proved that money and technology couldn’t prevent a flop.
“Land of the Lost” garnered seven Golden Razzies, including one for the worst remake. What was supposed to be a parody of the original turned out to be a farce of epic proportions. The actors didn’t even try to act, and the adult humor made the former kid show unfit for kids. Will Farrell clinched Worst Actor, and Brad Silberling took Worst Director.
The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown’s mystery-suspense thriller was on the New York Times bestseller list for an eternity, and it has sold well over 80 million copies. So, of course, Columbia got the rights for “The Da Vinci Code” and made it into a movie.
What happened? How could a massive hit book adaptation directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks go wrong? “The Da Vinci Code” is a complex story with complicated plot lines, any effort to screen it is going to strive, but not portray, the full narrative. The movie ended up being a disappointment.
Before we start, “Street Fighter” is a video game. Stay with us. The game featured martial-arts-style street combat; it came out in 1987. The movie of the same name stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, and it was a box office success grossing well over double its budget.
But critics didn't like it. “Street Fighter” was panned across the board. It was called a bomb and boring. The martial arts segments were badly edited, and the film lacked engaging characters and sustained action. It was both campy and uninspired.
Steel is a DC Comics character, an alter-ego of Henry Irons, who is a vigilante genius superhero. “Steel” stars Shaquille O’Neal as the superhero. How Warner Bros. and Kenneth Johnson (“The Bionic Woman” and “The Incredible Hulk”) thought this film would fly is beyond confusing.
Numbers don’t lie. Shaq’s performance netted a minuscule $1.7 million at the box office. The budget for “Steel” was about $16 million, so that is over $14 million they won’t get back. Even a kid knows that Shaq can’t act, but he did do all his own stunts as a 7’-plus stuntman was nowhere to be found.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Based on the massively popular "Mortal Kombat" video game title (sigh), “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” is a fantasy martial arts movie, the second in the franchise.
What makes it terrible is that it doesn’t have much of a plot. Special effects look low budget, glaring in an action-packed movie. So, it’s not a surprise that Rotten Tomatoes gave it an abysmal 2%. Even the creators hated it. In 2012, Ed Boon and John Tobias, co-creator of the "Mortal Kombat" game, admitted that this film is the worst product of their game’s tie-ins.