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What Were the WORST Special Effects Ever Seen in a Movie?
self | July 13, 2012 | PJ-Comix

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.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
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The lightweight Stonehenge rock special effect is my nominee for incredibly lame movie special effect but perhaps you would like to list yours.
1 posted on 07/13/2012 7:05:00 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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Plan 9


2 posted on 07/13/2012 7:06:28 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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3 posted on 07/13/2012 7:07:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Any of the Superman movies.


4 posted on 07/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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The Stonehenge in “This Is Spinal Tap” was also bogus.


5 posted on 07/13/2012 7:08:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help reduce voter fraud in America! If you see something, say something!)
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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.


6 posted on 07/13/2012 7:09:46 PM PDT by Adams (Fight on!)
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Bela Lugosi wrestling with the latex octopus in “Bride of the Monster.”
7 posted on 07/13/2012 7:09:46 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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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.


8 posted on 07/13/2012 7:09:54 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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9 posted on 07/13/2012 7:11:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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10 posted on 07/13/2012 7:12:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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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.


11 posted on 07/13/2012 7:12:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help reduce voter fraud in America! If you see something, say something!)
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Tron, the original, was the worst special effects. the entire movie.

Still watched it a couple of times.


12 posted on 07/13/2012 7:12:48 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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13 posted on 07/13/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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Japanese Godzilla movies special effects sucked, but I love to watch them all the same.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 7:14:39 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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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”.


15 posted on 07/13/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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This was very bad.
16 posted on 07/13/2012 7:15:55 PM PDT by Krankor
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17 posted on 07/13/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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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.


18 posted on 07/13/2012 7:16:49 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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Killers From Space (1954)

Ping-Pong Ball eyes from Killers from Space

19 posted on 07/13/2012 7:17:00 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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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)


20 posted on 07/13/2012 7:17:10 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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21 posted on 07/13/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Dino-gator fights Giant Lizard in Teenage Caveman


22 posted on 07/13/2012 7:18:06 PM PDT by garjog
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Wow, I thought that was universally heralded as an improvement. Sure beat the original where the ships in space were semi-opaque.


23 posted on 07/13/2012 7:18:22 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: BenLurkin

IIRC, that is the Attack of the 50 foot woman, no?


24 posted on 07/13/2012 7:18:29 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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True dat


25 posted on 07/13/2012 7:18:29 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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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.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 7:19:03 PM PDT by Roccus
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRct_nTop30&feature=related


27 posted on 07/13/2012 7:19:03 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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28 posted on 07/13/2012 7:19:55 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Vendome
I liked that movie.

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.

29 posted on 07/13/2012 7:20:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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When Godzilla jumps you are thinking, ok who’s the kid in the Godzilla suit.


30 posted on 07/13/2012 7:21:26 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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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.


31 posted on 07/13/2012 7:21:43 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil)
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfm3_BMinhg


32 posted on 07/13/2012 7:21:55 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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33 posted on 07/13/2012 7:23:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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I have several times seen airplane contrails in the sky in movies set in the old West.


34 posted on 07/13/2012 7:23:33 PM PDT by yarddog
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I would rather watch Turkish Superman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVM9sADdT0&;


35 posted on 07/13/2012 7:24:14 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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36 posted on 07/13/2012 7:24:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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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.


37 posted on 07/13/2012 7:24:49 PM PDT by Revel
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MST3000 has a boatload of them. “The Crawling Eye” comes to mind.


38 posted on 07/13/2012 7:25:19 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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What Were the WORST Special Effects Ever Seen in a Movie?

It's still ongoing, the longest horror movie in American history, and they never have gotten the special effect right...


39 posted on 07/13/2012 7:25:31 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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Agreed. It was over the top. People shown dying by the thousands before our eyes and 2012 played it for laughs.


40 posted on 07/13/2012 7:25:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Not a special effect but at the end of the King Kong remake....Kong falls off the Empire State building, craters the ground and still retains his form....no blood , no guts, no broken bones poking out....

In real life he would look like a junebug on a windshield at 100 miles an hour ....


41 posted on 07/13/2012 7:26:29 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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Many times in Swamp People, I have seen them take aim with one gun and then they shoot with a totally different gun. Obviously splice two different incidents together.

Also once they were stranded until they could fix the boat motor. No one mentioned why they didn’t just ride in the boat with the camera.


42 posted on 07/13/2012 7:29:03 PM PDT by yarddog
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I've been making low-budget short films for years and yes, most of our effects are cheaply done. I consider it part of the charm!

Here are some shots from our latest, "Evel Knievel on Skull Island: The Rescue of Ann Darrow":

Here is a shot of the "vampire cut in half" scene from CHARLIE CHAN IN TRANSYLVANIA:

Here is a shot from "The Mummy In the Maze":

And finally, some cheesy effects from our movie "Attack of the 50 Foot Ghoul":


43 posted on 07/13/2012 7:31:08 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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IMHO, it’s pretty hard to beat an iguana with prosthetic makeup...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_x6qZEvX4k


45 posted on 07/13/2012 7:31:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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And now for the best!


46 posted on 07/13/2012 7:31:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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Although not a movie, and not really special effects, I remember watching the old Dark Shadows re-runs-—specifically a scene in which Barnabas Collins was drinking a glass of “blood”. Problem was, the blood was thick and orangey and left pulp on the side of the glass-—it was tomato juice, LOL.

In another episode, a character was running through the woods....he brushed against a tree and the tree rocked back and forth.


47 posted on 07/13/2012 7:31:49 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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48 posted on 07/13/2012 7:32:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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The bird thing in “The Giant Claw.” It was “as big as a battleship” but otherwise didn’t inspire much terror.


49 posted on 07/13/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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I saw an, ahh, “adult” movie while in college years ago. It was set in the 18th century. The two “stars” walked into a bedroom equipped with light switches, electrical outlets and radiators.


50 posted on 07/13/2012 7:33:34 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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