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.
Any of the Superman movies.
The Stonehenge in “This Is Spinal Tap” was also bogus.
For me, the 1997 re-release of Star Wars had some pretty nasty (and ruinous) CGI. I consider it the worst effects ever, since it ruined a perfectly good movie.
This isn’t a special effect but in the remake of Pearl Harbor made about ten years ago you could see the Arizona memorial in the background of some scenes. Some of the harbor shots ad modern destroyers and frigates in them.
Seriously, I saw a “spaghetti western” once (Don’t remember the name) where they had a couple huge saguaro cactii props in it that they would move from scene to scene. The wind was blowing and these things were blowing and bending in the wind. LOL! Funny stuff.
Tron, the original, was the worst special effects. the entire movie.
Still watched it a couple of times.
Japanese Godzilla movies special effects sucked, but I love to watch them all the same.
PJ, the worst special effects are always those flashing lights on dashboards and pseudo-instrument panels in all the Star Trek Wars movies, since the Melies Bros. until today, including all your Kubrickian Lucasian “masterpieces”.
Surely the collection of plastic rocks that appeared in numerous Star Trek episodes bears mention. That the same rocks were found on so many planets was just hilarious.
The best special effects EVER in a movie was in that cinematic masterpiece “Leprechaun II”!!! (one of the greatest movies of all time - if you are in the advanced levels of intoxication)
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