Even Hollywood A-listers such as Bruce Willis have a couple of acting credentials they wish would drop off the public’s radar. Except, the Golden Raspberry committee is always on the lookout for terrible productions. One such is a blowback to the past – “Hudson Hawk,” about a cat burglar who seems more concerned about his looks and who becomes embroiled with a criminal gang and the CIA.
At the 12th Golden Raspberries, “Hudson Hawk” received awards for the Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. The screenplay was none other than courtesy of the acting lead, Willis.
“Holmes & Watson”
Any film aiming to be roughly based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan’s Doyle that stars Will Ferrell and his partner-in-crime, John O’Reilly, is bound to raise eyebrows. And “Holmes & Watson” does that, but we can’t be sure that Doyle – what’s left of his almost 100-year-old corpse – wasn’t rolling in his grave after seeing this one.
Needless to say, “Holmes & Watson” cleaned up at the Golden Raspberries, winning the awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director for 2018. Even the box office figures show audiences weren’t too happy about their favorite detective being made a laughingstock.
“Star Trek: The Final Frontier”
Sadly, we cannot say that this was the ‘final’ film in the “Star Trek” franchise. Fortunately, the 1991 installment managed to rescue the franchise, but not after “The Final Frontier” had done some real damage two years earlier. At the 10th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, it won Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Actor. To add to the burn, it also received a nomination for Worst Picture of the Decade.
Staunch Trekkies can only sigh a breath of relief that there were much more terrible contenders for Worst Picture of the Decade, but that was a close shave.
“Cool as Ice”
Truthfully, we did not have high expectations for this one. The main reason for our doubts in the first place is that the main role was played by Vanilla Ice. Now, Ice – if we can refer to him by this name – whose claim to fame was creating (or better sampling music), never made a decent musician or rapper.
A coming-to-age story about Ice playing a wannabe rapper giving a rude awakening to a sleepy American town did not set the bar high, but it failed to impress audiences even then as it was nominated for seven Golden Razzies.
For its decorated cast, this film certainly did not shine through – except unless you mean at the 13th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony. What is interesting is that the movie is set during the Second World War, but it fails to deliver a convincing storyline. And when we say fails, we mean seriously fails.
For the year 1992, the film tied with “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot,” winning three awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Melanie Griffith won the award for “Shining Through” and “A Stranger Among Us” and Worst Director.