With 2016 coming to an end this week, I've compiled a list of what was to me the WORST Films of 2016. Full disclosure, I have not seen every film released this calendar year. I did however see A LOT. Enough so that I was able to make this list with little to no trouble.
So without further ado, let's get into my Top 10 WORST Films of 2016.
10. Warcraft (Duncan Jones)
Not much can be said about this movie in my opinion. I was mildly looking forward to this movie purely based on the fact that Duncan Jones was at the helm. Director of films like Moon and Source Code, I had some slight hope that he could deliver a B grade Lord of the Rings type movie in the world of Azeroth. And he sorta succeeded. Luckily my issues with the film aren't linked to his directing. Ultimately this movie is just really forgettable with no real stakes or characters that we really care for. I am hard pressed to believe we're going to be getting a sequel to this. In the realm of video game movies, this is definitely the most tolerable.
9. 31 (Rob Zombie)
I am a HUGE horror fan. All various sub genres included. I'm no stranger to the torture porn category either. Which is what had me VERY excited for Rob Zombie's latest flick. It had been in development for quite sometime, and the idea of a 'fucked up survive or die torture game' with crazed carnies got me even more hyped. Oddly enough, the movie I wanted it to be was scarier than the finished product. Maybe I'm just desensitized. But nothing really in '31' surprised me or repulsed me in the way I was hoping it would. Yes there was a really cool scene with a sex doll and a disorienting scene with strobe lights, but in the end they focused on certain villainous characters FAR too long and by the time the credits hit I had already checked out.
8. Ghostbusters (Paul Feig)
I didn't want this. I don't think anyone really wanted this. But here it is. I went in and gave it the benefit of the doubt. Yes I laughed. Yes there were moments that were fun. But the over abundance of CGI, horribly misguided and utterly embarrassing cameos and over reliance on paying homage to the original left a sour taste in my mouth.
7. Suicide Squad (David Ayer)
I've learned my lesson now. NEVER get your hopes up for a DC film again. I say that because Suicide Squad was one of my most anticipated films of this year. Not only that but EVERY SINGLE trailer they released I thought was dynamite! Aspects of this film are VERY good. Harley Quinn and Deadshot were fantastic. I even liked Letos Joker. But you can't tell me with a straight face that this movie isn't contrived, horribly edited, and the result of DC as a studio being 100% reactionary. Meaning the film that this was going to be was scraped due to bad reactions to BvS earlier this year and that made them rethink Suicide Squad. Thus giving us this horribly unbalanced hodgepodge of a comic book movie. My expectations for Wonder Woman now are starting to steadily decline. Please prove me wrong Patty Jenkins. Also 'Gotham City Sirens'?! FUCK NO!
6. SiREN (Gregg Bishop)
I'm willing to bet you probably don't even know what this is. This film is the feature length adaptation to Amateur Night, the first segment in the horror anthology film V/H/S. That short followed a group of frat guys looking for a good night out with some ladies. When one of the boys unwillingly brings back to their motel a girl that is more than meets the eye, shit quickly hits the fan. I was a HUGE fan of that segment in V/H/S, so much so that I was very interested in seeing what they could do with it as a feature. As it turns out I wish I would've just let this mythology stay a mystery. The acting is utterly atrocious, the editing and directing is mildly professional at best, and the film overall is just frustrating as hell. Yes there's some fucked up imagery in the film, but that's not enough to warrant a viewing. I want my time back.
5. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Hot damn if this isn't a gorgeous ass movie then I don't know what is. Sadly the dazzling and hypnotic imagery and pulsating score by Cliff Martinez is not enough to save someone from this bizarrely frustrating and boring film. Nicolas Winding Refn continues to be the most self indulgent director in Hollywood. I LOVED his film Drive but Only God Forgives really disappointed me. I was hoping The Neon Demon would turn things around for me but I was so wrong. NWR continues to plunge viewers into his warped mind by subjecting us to an incoherent, obscure, baffling, and self masturbatory film. Refn thinks he's a better director than he really is and The Neon Demon further cements that truth. It's an objectively terrible film that is as misguided and lost as Refn's sense of directing.
4. Independence Day: Resurgence (Roland Emmerich)
Bigger is certainly NOT better. It made me actually sad to see Jeff Goldblum wasting his time in this film. He's bang out great in this like he is in everything but I could see through those eyes of his that there is pain within. It's a painfully long, unnecessary orgy of CGI that shits on the original in the process. I guess we have a third film to look forward to now.... yay.
3. The Purge: Election Year (James DeMonaco)
I have an abusive relationship with these Purge films. I so desperately want them to be good. I LOVE the idea as goofy as it is. The first film was a let down of epic proportions, the sequel was step in the right direction and my favorite in the franchise, and this third one... was not even a movie. I should mention I wasn't in the right frame of mind when seeing this (thinking that'd help the experience, it didn't). The performances are laughably awful aside from Grillo who is doing his best with what's been given to him. The editing is sloppy and it felt like a direct to DVD Purge film. Oddly enough it was even directed by the same guy who did the other two?! How does it go from mediocre, to great, to GOD AWFUL!? What the hell happened? Oh and I left at the last 10 minutes cause I just didn't give a shit so there's that too.
2. Zoolander 2 (Ben Stiller)
I was stupidly excited for this movie. I REALLY wanted it to succeed. The star power is great and the original is one of my all time favorite comedies. But if there's one thing Dumb and Dumber Too confirmed for me, it's that long belated sequels to classic comedies do NOT work. Especially when half your jokes are cameos that feel way too forced and when your basic plot structure is that of the original just not nearly as good. Zoolander 2 is a stupid waste of time that is an embarrassing credit all these actors portfolios of work. They should be ashamed.
1. The Greasy Strangler (Jim Hosking)
This shit is right up my alley. I was very much looking forward to this film after it was showcased at Fantastic Fest this year here in Austin. Unfortunately nothing could've prepared me for how painfully stupid and idiotic this movie was. Much like horror, I love ALL types of comedy. From gross out humor, to deadpan black comedy, to slapstick. I love Napoleon Dynamite, Tim and Eric, Eric Andre Show, Monty Python, The Hangover, etc etc. Most things can make me laugh. This film looked like Tim and Eric and Napoleon Dynamite on crack and for that I was so in. Make no mistake, this movie is 100% annoying, stupid, abhorrent, lazy, confusing, convoluted, and easily the biggest waste of time and energy of 2016 in film. I could not give less shits about this movie. And if you dug this movie... cool, I just think your opinion is objectively wrong. There is almost nothing redeemable about this... this thing.
So there it is folks, my Top 10 WORST Films of 2016. What did ya think? Have you seen any of these? What was your worst film of 2016? Comment below and let me know!