If you see enough movies, this list is much easier to compile than the "best of" list. Bad movies stand out like a sore thumb. I am not talking about the "so bad they're good" sort of bad movies, but the "so bad they scar your brain" type of bad movies. Movies that you would rather stick hot pokers in your eyes than watch again. Still, I feel compelled to share some of these movies with you.
The one thing I do not want to do is convince you not to see any of these films if you are interested in seeing them or stop you if you already had plans on seeing them. I do not regret any of the films I have seen, good or bad. You see, every film will add to your experience, give you more to think about, more to write about, and an added dimension that will inform your tastes. It is much more than just a bad movie.
Now, if you have seen these films, you probably already know what I am talking about.
1. The Informers. This is a shallow film about shallow characters with a proposed purpose of indicting the shallow cultural excess of Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Instead it falls victim to that which it seeks to attack, becoming a shallow exercise with nothing to offer. Somewhere along the way it lost its way: it's a film in search of a purpose. This disturbing lack of content leaves the audience adrift in a sea of emptiness, desperately looking for a life preserver and finding nothing. It is rare that I will openly despise a film, but I do this one. Still, if you think you are up to it, give it a shot. Perhaps you will see something I do not.
2. The Collector. From the team behind the last few Saw films comes this exercise in tedium. It has a decent gore level, but it does not make up for the nonsense wrapped around it. It plays out as if it were compiled from traps that did not make the cut for Saw. Some masked guy with wacky eyes goes to a home, tortures whoever happens to be there, and for some unknown reason sets up traps around the rest of the house. Our "hero" stumbles in and proceeds to trip every one of them. None of the motivations make sense, the characters are bad, and it is a waste of gore.