Like to know what people think are bad fx movies and why. First my rules for bad movies are fairly simple.
1] Not enough money to properly finish effect or film
2] Prospero's dune buggy law. If a dune buggy is used in a film eventually the hero will either pursue or be pursued by the enemy/monster using a dune buggy. Or use it to drive wildly across the desert to give the audience a cheap action scene.Most of the time the film willl be bad. So here is my list
1] Dark Rising-Bring Your Battle Axe.-Sadly a Canadian film where a WWE wrestler is probably the best actor of the cast. A horror film where they ran out of money before the monster was created. Also scene at the end of film where spy/ninja like characters appear for no reason. They were part of originally plot line and dropped due to script/budget constraints but director decided to leave them in. @-)
Only saving grace to this turkey is song by the band Johnny Hollow on the soundtrack
2] The Curse of Tutankhamun. Casper Van Diem with his simpering smirk woodenly acts as hero through film. Seths's army looks like rejects from flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz. Shot as India for Egypt and looks like India. Line in film where actress talks about advanced architecture of ancient civilization and you can tell she had hard time saying line as set is made of one flat slab upon 2 upright slabs.
3] Sands of Time-Dune buggy chase See Prospero's law 2 above. Bad monster effects. Roger Rabbit knockoff as cartoon hieroglyphs fight the hero
4]Allan Quartermain and the Temple of skulls. Low budget but colour corrected although slightly too much to the green end of things. Movie mixed eras as had a victoria era steam engine arrive at a station with a modern day coke machine. Director said they did not have enough money to do it one way or the other and hoped audience wouldn't notice. Could have at least spent the money to matte it out. Mostly shot in South Africa unfortunately not all costumes arrived for actors at start of shoot. Very bad effects compositing work in climatic scene. Also magical head ripper thingy appears in cave where hero and enemy are battling along with a bright shiny new piece of chain with no explanations on how either got there.
5] Army of the Dead-Curse of the Ananazi Dune buggies-See Prospero's law 2 above. More of a bad movie than bad effects. Nice strut by skeleton warrior after killing one archeologist. Plot flaw-Fleeing the skeleton warriors our "heros' say they don't have much gas left in their truck but after the climatic battle that night at an abandoned radio transmitter station they drive cheeerily off in the morning sunshine. Where did they get the gas out in the desert?
6] The Mummy Lives. Tony Curtiss at his campy best as the High priest of Zoth cursed for violating a priestess and is mummified to protect Zoth's tomb for eternity. Part shot as California for Egypt. Best line in the film, "The tongue is the best and the worst thing in the world." Worst error. An asp startles the heroine's horse. sound fx used is for a rattlesnake.
7] Sound's of Thunder. CG vehicles look like previz work from Blade Runner.CG dinosaurs and creatures look okay in ancient jungle scene but not so much in modern day. Same with all the vines and greenery. This aint Jurassic Park. More like a bad version of Dinosaurs mixed with StargateSGI. Just wanted the dinosaurs to eat everyone so movie would end.
There you have it. Feel free to add your own.