The 20 Worst Special Effects That Ruined The Movie
Cinema has a special kind of magic, one that’s best served by a gifted, visionary filmmaker and even stronger when said filmmaker teams up with an equally talented visual effects maestro. It’s Steven Spielberg and Ray Winston joining forces to bring dinosaurs back to life in the wondrous Jurassic Park, or John Landis and Rick Baker physically transforming an average guy into a monster in An American Werewolf in London.
However, bad special effects and terrible CGI afflict many films, from blockbusters to b-movies. That earlier statement about cinema being magical? In these cases, a better word would be “painful,” or even “comical.” These are the 20 worst special effects in movie history.
20. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
The “Special” Effect: It’s difficult to pick a winner from the fourth Indy movie, what with its crap CGI ants, crap CGI gophers and crap CGI aliens, but for our money, the worst bit has to be Shia LaBeouf swinging through the trees with some crap CGI monkeys. Yeesh.
Why So Terrible? The monkeys look fake, the forest looks fake, and the whole thing looks like the sort of novelty photography you might take part in at a theme park. A low point in a film full of them.
The “Special” Effect: In fairness to Spielberg and Lucas, at least their CGI simians look more convincing than the kitchen-trashing pranksters encountered in Jumanji.
Why So Terrible? Not only is the CGI awful, it’s also completely unnecessary. Surely it wouldn’t have required much training to get some real monkeys to make a bit of a mess?
The “Special” Effect: A wrecked cruise ship precipitates a host of passengers diving overboard in the hope of rescue. What they find instead is a hungry, prehistoric mega-shark. Bummer…
Why So Terrible? The shark itself is less convincing that the holographic Jaws in Back To The Future pt. 2. He is big, though…
17. Saturn 3
The “Special” Effect: Harvey Keitel journey’s through the rings of Saturn in this truly dismal sci-fi flick originally conceived by the Oscar-winning John Barry. Safe to say, it’s not his finest work.
Why So Terrible? The rocks that make up the planets rings can clearly be seen to be resting on a pane of glass. Good grief…