RiffTrax conducted a poll, asking people to submit their choices for the worst movies of the 1990s. Many were voted on, most were well-deserving of their place on the Pedestals of Ignominy, but I might disagree with the placement of several of them.
Here are the Top 5 “winners”:
1. Batman and Robin
2. Battlefield: Earth
3. Super Mario Brothers
4. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Now, I’ve seen 4 out of these 5 movies, and I definitely think Battlefield: Earth deserves the Number 1 spot. I still have mental scars from seeing that in the theater, and the friend who talked me into seeing it with him might actually still have a bruise on his shoulder.
I don’t know that I would have put Phantom Menace in my own personal Top 20 Worst, simply because if you edit out the midichlorians, and the pod racing, and Jar-Jar, it’s actually an interesting study into the Machiavellian machinations of Palpatine, and how he selects his next student decades before he knows he’ll need one. Then again, that cuts the movie down to about 45 minutes, and not even Shakespeare could add 90 more minutes of padding and not have some of it suck.
Check out their full list, which also include links to the MP3s of the ones they’ve riffed in the past. It’s well worth the trip down memory lane, because it reminds us that even the bad movies can be so much worse!