We could say that Willard Huyck’s “Howard the Duck” pioneered the superhero genre as it played around with the concept of a superhero comedy. Except for one thing, the superhero is a duck from Duckworld. Considering the graphics available in 1986, unsurprisingly, it won the Golden Razzie for Worst Visual Effects.
It was not only its effects that let it down but its storyline, earning it the Golden Razzie for Worst Screenplay, Worst Picture. Huyck may not have had all his ducks in a row, but he escaped the Worst Director Award.
“The Hottie and the Nottie”
No list of cinematic failures would be complete without “The Hottie and the Nottie.” Clearly, this production was “the Nottie” as it walked away with three Golden Razzies, including Worst Actress and Worst Onscreen Couple. Honestly, expectations were not high for this film. And it is still considered one of the worst film productions to date.
The only mystery is how it did not win the Gold Razzie for Worst Picture and Worst Director. That means there are worse films out there and bigger cinematic failures. Seriously, the bar must be really low if that is the case.
“The Lonely Lady”
A familiar name of the Golden Raspberry Awards is Pia Zadora, and to help the actress along, we have “The Lonely Lady.” Since the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, this film has gone down as one of the worst in history. Currently, the film enjoys a rating of 3.1 on IMDB and an audience score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
At the Golden Raspberries, it was nominated for an astounding 11 awards and managed to win six of them. At least, Zadora took it in her stride, saying, “I would have hated to be nominated and not won” (Waters, 1986).
“The Love Guru”
No one really takes Mike Myers or Jessica Alba seriously. Since the “Austin Powers” franchise, Myers is associated with crude humor that makes use of obvious puns and inappropriate innuendos. Whereas “Austin Powers” is bad, “The Love Guru” takes these usual traits to another level, including naming a character Jacques "Le Coq" Grandé.
With its lewd storyline and inability to even subtly make a crass joke, the film won the Golden Razzie for Worst Screenplay, Worst Picture, and Worst Actor (of course, Myers). Even talented actor Ben Kingsley appeared in the film and earned a nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.
“Under the Cherry Moon”
Certainly, the title of this film promises you a compelling and tender love story. The fact that it is also a musical does not put audience members off. I mean, “La La Land” and “Grease” have both combined the romantic and musical genres. Except when you hear that the main actor is none other than a musician, Prince.
Not only is the musician the actor, but the director too. And Prince is where things go wrong for “Under the Cherry Moon.” The film walked away with five Golden Razzies tied with “Howard’s Duck” in 1986.