Skip to comments.What Were the WORST Special Effects Ever Seen in a Movie?
Posted on 07/13/2012 7:04:50 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
Let's start out with the recognition of perhaps the WORST special effect ever seen in a movie was the flaming paper plate on a line passing itself off as a flying saucer in "Plan Nine From Outer Space." However, I recently saw a movie that might have had a special effect just as lame.
It was "Knights of the Round Table," starring Robert Taylor as Lancelot. Anyway, Lancelot, along with King Arthur and some allies were at a meeting at Stonehenge. The bad guys (Modred) suddenly decided to attack the Arthur crew. So Lancelot saves the day by pushing one of the Stonehenge rocks over to prevent the bad guys from getting to them while they made their escape. What made the scene especially ridiculous was that Lancelot really didn't even put much of an effort into shoving over that Stonehenge rock. And when the Stonehenge rock hit the ground, it was with the gentle thud of styrofoam rather than a crash of several tons worth of rock. Oh, and how could Stonehenge manage to stand all these years since from we saw in the movie just a 60 mph wind would have knocked those Stonehenge rocks to the ground?
I wonder if Robert Taylor or any of the other actors at the time objected to participating in such an incredibly lame special effect.
Wow, I thought that was universally heralded as an improvement. Sure beat the original where the ships in space were semi-opaque.
IIRC, that is the Attack of the 50 foot woman, no?
My friends and I would look for the Aurora and Revell models in those old Japanese monster flicks. Cries of “I got that one” would echo through the Elmwood Theater.
that was how I learned how computers work.
Lots of tiny people in electric suits running around inside that mysterious box they put on my desk.
When Godzilla jumps you are thinking, ok who’s the kid in the Godzilla suit.
A movie made in the ‘60s by Shepperton Studios was about a Hercules-type super-hero. In one scene, he jumped across a gorge in a cavern. It was about 25 feet across, and they spliced two shots together. He actually dipped down in the middle and then magically bounced up in mid air to finish the jump. Everyone in the theater laughed.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
I have several times seen airplane contrails in the sky in movies set in the old West.
I would rather watch Turkish Superman
The 2012 movie where the car is running through the streets with the buildings falling and the street caving in. It is beyond fake looking.
MST3000 has a boatload of them. “The Crawling Eye” comes to mind.
It's still ongoing, the longest horror movie in American history, and they never have gotten the special effect right...
Agreed. It was over the top. People shown dying by the thousands before our eyes and 2012 played it for laughs.
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