Oof! Theodore Rex is painfully bad. Whoopi Goldberg tried to back out of the movie, but the producers forced her to do it with threats of legal action.
Oh yeah, it’s astoundingly bad by every metric, and Beutel wrote, directed and produced the film, so it’s pretty much squarely on his shoulders. I have no idea how it got greenlit in the first place.
I haven’t seen all the movies referenced, so I had to go with what I know. And the director of Rollergator gets my vote. Such an awful, awful film. I would never watch it again, riffed or not.
So, Joe Estevez and the purple alligator puppet don’t save this one for you?
I’ve gotta go with Coleman Francis…
(I think I might be misunderstanding the question but over all I’d say he’s got the worst films…)
Some of these I’m not really sure I can understand, like George Lucas ( I get the prequels have there problems, but that doesn’t necisarily mean every movie he’s made is bad…) Kubrick has some of the most admired films ever made, albiet he was very difficult to work with… And Piranha II was literally James Cameron’s first time directing…He later went on to do stuff like Titanic, T2, Avatar…movies that, regardless of how critics feel about them lacking any sort of substance, still are enjoyable films…
I think you do understand the question. The nominations were from the Top Ten Worst Directors thread. Everyone didn’t have the same criteria, but I think the list represents those who posted.
Re the Cameron thing, it is a little like calling Spielberg ‘the Columbo director’ because that was his first major directing job (the first episode of Columbo).
or you could say John Williams was a horrible composer because he did the Score for Daddy-o…
I agree. The poster mentioned Avatar, but Piranha II is on his resume.
I like the score to Daddy-O.
Gotta go with Coleman. There’s a fine line between bad and unwatchably bad, and I’ve never seen Coleman anywhere but on the Unwatchable side of the line.
Not even a little tiny bit.
And I’ll go right out and say it: I am charmed by James Nguyen. No, his movies are not “good” by any definition, but he’s so dang sincere about them. He’s a man who loves Hitchcock and was inspired to try to do what he did. He also apparently knows a thing or two about technology sales. He puts so much of himself into what he does. I can watch his movies sans riffing.
Greydon Clark thanks his lucky stars that there are at least 20 other bozos worse than him.
Going with the darkest of horses: Will Zens.
I mean, there’s no such thing as a bad john williams score
I have long maintained that John Williams is the key difference between Star Wars and Starcrash.
As the person who nominated them, allow me to explain.
Both Kubrick and Cameron are, according to people who have worked with them, absolutely insufferable people to work with. Kubrick notably abused Shelley Winters on The Shining to the point that her hair started to fall out, and I won’t even discuss how he treated people on the set of Spartacus (God knows he won’t since he’s disavowed the film entirely). Cameron isn’t much better.
Yes, both men have made some of the best classic films in Hollywood’s film library, but they’re both utter a-holes on set. (Also, my personal opinion on Avatar is that it’s Pocahontas in space with giant Smurfs, so I don’t include it as one of Cameron’s GOOD films, but that’s a personal opinion.) As the initial question didn’t clarify what was meant by “worst” director, I took that to mean it could include directors who mistreat their actors and crew as well, and Kubrick and Cameron are the most notable names in that respect. Hope that explains it!
As for the Avatar thing, I didn’t say it was Good, I guess what I was trying to say was that given it was financially successful, people definitely liked it…
And I did mention Kubrick being difficult to work with…
If we didn’t have it limited to directors who only directed one movie, I’d probably give it to Stephen King on Maximum Overdrive…
Mainly because he was coked out of his mind when he was directing it… Also someone lost an Eyeball…
I mean it wasn’t abusive like Kubrick, but I mean still…
Well if we are ranking directors by what they did behind the scenes, there’s also John Landis, whose negligence got Vic Morrow and two children killed during his segment for Twilight Zone: The Movie.
But I’ll always love The Blues Brothers.