First things first I want to explain why I’ve decided to give number 1 it’s own post. Those of you who know me probably already know what number 1 is going to be. And as I said at the beginning of the list nothing on this list not even the last entrees were even close from beating what’s at number one. Usually it’s close in most other years but not 2021. The main reason I’m giving number one it’s own post is because of how terrible, how ignorant, and down right disgusting plus ableist the movie is (by that you should know what it is) and I don’t think a segment is enough to explain how bad it is. I would be completely slacking off and not addressing a huge issue that still goes on in the film industry if I just slapped it at the end of the list. Plus I want dissect the movie as much as possible to explain how and why it’s one of the worst and most disgusting movies ever made.
With that explained we are at the bottom of the barrel, the movies I consider to be the absolute worst to come out of 2021, I will say that this was the easiest worst list I’ve ever put together. I moved maybe one or two movies around but even then it was a slight change. With that said let’s do this.
25. American Refugee – The third and final Blumhouse and EPIX collaboration of 2021 on the list, I was debating if The Deep House was going to American Refugee spot but I decided against that for one major reason. With The Deep House at least there were some decent shots and idea that could have worked, American Refugee doesn’t even try with it’s own idea and instead plays a very bad horror thriller. Plus the script was quite honestly one of the worst I hard last year.
24. Locked Down – Hey remember when this released? This was the other Doug Liman movie that came out last year, Locked Down is a prime example of how NOT to do a movie about COVID-19. Outside of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway the rest of the movie is complete and total garbage. The film itself for whatever reason is also really ugly, the style they went for just did not work here at all and the writing feels completely soulless. Halfway through the movie it completely switches genres and becomes a heist movie…it makes little to no sense at all.
23. Injustice – I’m honestly not sure how you mess up an animated adaption of Injustice but here we are I guess. Injustice feels like a clipshow of scenes taken out of context and put together as a movie, which will definitely confuse people who are unfamiliar with Injustice. The tone of the movie switching from being incredibly dark to a Saturday morning cartoon is very awkward and destroys a lot of what would be very tense moments or impactful scenes. It’s just such a huge disappointment, this is something that could have been absolutely incredible but instead ends up being one of the worst movies of 2021.
22. Shook – I love Internet based horror films, but this was just a complete a misfire. It has a very strange fascination with dead dogs which it uses for shock value. I still have no idea what the writers were going for here, I mean yes influencers do get stalked however this movie did a very piss poor job of showing or telling that. Spree did a far better job of showing and telling the problems with Social Media. Shook just felt like a movie that used internet themes but didn’t showcase anything interesting at all, plus it doesn’t help the acting is horrendous.
21. The End Of Us – Another movie about COVID-19 that was made by Buzzfeed Studios….that’s a recipe for disaster and sure it enough the movie is horrible. The humor is pretty much the same type of humor Buzzfeed puts into their videos, the same annoying “look at this It’s relatable” type humor. In fact that’s what the movie tries to push, for the viewer to somehow feel like this movie is relatable. Only that doesn’t work because this movie comes off as very fake, like it just came out of a bubble gum commercial. The writing is beyond awful it’s single handily some of the worst of 2021, I have nothing else on this one.
20. Space Jam: A New Legacy – You know what I’m just going to post my review here, because I said it best there and I really don’t have anything else new or interesting to say except this is one giant product placement. And that this is the type of filmmaking I absolutely despise. Enjoy my review of it I did back when it came out! Look I’m not going to act like the first movie is some sort of masterpiece, in fact I’m not even a fan of the first movie It was one of those movies where I liked it as a kid but now it’s really not good. However the first movie at least tried (Michael Jordan was horrendous however) the same can’t be said for Space Jam: A New Legacy. So to start off if you spent time on Twitter and saw the number of cameos in the movie…it’s just as painful as they look. Each and every single one of them feels forced, the cameos in question is pretty much anything that Warner Bros owns from Rick And Morty, Mad Max Fury Road, Superman, Austin Powers and several others heck during the basketball game you can see numerous characters like The Iron Giant, The Flintstones, Batman villains, the Clockwork Orange crew (yes Alex and his gang are for whatever reason there) and a ton of others. I feel like my friend said it best about this movie “this is the equivalent of a rich kid coming into show and tell and instead of showing one item he or she decides to show like 50 items.” This is the type of filmmaking that I consider not filmmaking, it’s nothing but a million dollar studio looking down at the audience and saying “look how much IPs we own!!” The worst part about it is none of these cameos do anything for the story at all, they are all just there without any rhyme or reason. The only thing I can say I liked in this huge mess was the animation, I thought it was actually well done and gave the characters the energy they usually have. There were one or two jokes that were okay but the rest of the jokes didn’t land at all, I know I say “this movie was not funny” quite often but trust me when I say that a majority of these jokes were horrendous. During the first act of the movie they already use a Big Chungus meme which completely comes out of nowhere, let’s get to the acting, writing and story. The acting is complete garbage LeBron James’s performance was quite awful, it feels like he’s not trying at all, with no energy or effort put into it at all. On the other hand Don Cheadle gives a “it’s so bad it’s hilarious” type performance he truly looks like he’s having a blast which is something refreshing to see, the writing and story are both terrible and a complete total mess. Random plots just happen for no other reason which brings me back to the cameos, you can feel the desperation in the writing when it comes to the cameos to the point where it’s embarrassing. Did I forget to mention that it’s 2 hours long? A huge giant commercial for HBO Max and the rest of Warner Bros IPs, with horrendous pacing that feels like you are sitting through a 4 hour commercial on loop.
19. Red Notice – One of the most soulless and manufactured action movies in recent memory, between the chemistry from Ryan Reynolds, The Rock and Gal Gadot plus the incredibly poor pacing it’s excruciating to sit through. It’s everything you have seen in a action movie done 20x worse. Not much else to say here.
18. Cinderella – The movie that united all sides of Twitter to absolutely destroy this movie and rightfully so. I was considering putting this in the top 10 but it managed to get beaten. The several problems with Cinderella include, James Corden, the CGI Mice looking like a very early PS2 game, the movie feeling very cheaply made, the writing being absolutely horrendous and worst of all the jokes. As I said in my review if I have to hear James Corden joke about how proud he is of his “front tail” ever again I’m going to quit reviewing movies
Finally we are at the movies I gave my lowest rating, the “disgrace to cinema” rating! Which in most other years I gave a lot more movies that rating in a year, in 2021 I only gave 17 movies that rating. Which is both kind of shocking yet amazing probably because 2021 was just a fantastic year for film but we will get to that later this month! Let’s dive in and finish this.
17. The Reckoning – Neil Marshall use to be a director I looked forward to when he was releasing films, unfortunately that all changed when Hellboy (2019) happened and then soon after The Reckoning. The Reckoning is a horrendous movie that often forgets what it’s set out to do, the “burn the witch” genre has been done to death numerous times and here it combines every last cliche in the book, what seals this movie’s fate is the garbage writing. A lot of the writing makes little to no sense and it keeps having to remind the audience about simple plot devices that we are already fully aware of, the acting is just as terrible with little to no direction and every single one of the actors and actresses failing to bring any sort of energy in their roles.
16. Safer At Home – Another movie about COVID-19, this time it tries to be Host (2020) but completely fails at doing that. It takes place on a Zoom call which worked for Host due to fantastic acting and writing, this is not the cast for Safer At Home. Poor acting, poor writing and all the characters feeling like the same really drags this movie down.
15. Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City – I did a review for this one a few weeks ago, so I really don’t have any new thoughts about this one so I’m just going to post my review and move on. Resident Evil and live action movies have never been good friends, the Paul W.S. Anderson Resident Evil movies were trying to go for something completely different rather than follow the video game franchise which I guess is okay except they weren’t good. Then the announcement of a more faithful adaptation to the franchise was said and I got my hopes up, the problem? It’s directed by Johannes Roberts director of the two 47 Meters Down movies, The Other Side Of The Door and The Strangers Prey At Night (which I actually thought was okay.) The movie itself feels like it was made for TV and someone saw a few cutscenes of the first games online and decided to make a movie. The biggest issue with this movie was that it tried to tackled both the first game and the second one, Resident Evil is not the type of franchise where you can just skim through it and hope for the best. There’s so much detail, character growth and important moments that are completely missing because of this. The acting is dreadful and the portrayals of each of the characters are incredibly awful, it’s definitely not the actors fault it’s mainly due to how incredibly lazy and just downright awful the script is. For a movie that’s 1 hour and 47 minutes long this feels like an eternity, it’s not fun, it’s not interesting, the atmosphere is all over the place and doesn’t feel like Resident Evil at the slightest. The movie does show a few big moments from the games, however they aren’t done well at all as I said before it feels like they just watched some cutscenes online and decided to make the movie. It doesn’t explore much context behind the moments or any development, it’s truly one of the laziest ways to go about making an adaption that’s claiming to be more faithful to the franchise.
14. The House Next Door: Meet The Blacks 2 – Yes because there was such a high demand for Meet The Blacks to get a sequel, I don’t even know what to say about this one. At least the first movie knew what it was a parody of, this one just throws anything at a wall while making little to no sense at all. I honestly couldn’t tell you what exactly happens in this movie because the story itself is just very poorly written.
13. The Kissing Booth 3 – The fact the Kissing Booth actually became a trilogy is just absolutely maddening, this movie somehow manages to be even worse than the last one. A lot of this movie comes down to being melodramatic about almost anything that happens in the movie, the writing is absolutely garbage with very little substance at all. The characters aren’t given any proper character development or don’t feel like actual people. The most positive thing I can say is that it’s the last of these movies.
12. Aileen Wuornos: American Boogywoman – Ah Daniel Farrands always making it at so far on these lists, while this movie isn’t as bad as the other movie Farrands came out with in 2021. It’s still horribly acted, written and directed. Peyton List is horribly miscast and the movie has this failed high school film project type feel to it.
11. Ted Bundy: American Boogyman – What I just said about Aileen Wuornos; American Boogywoman can be applied here. They are the exact same movie but the plots are about different serial killers, Farrands directing style is still ugly and continues to prove why he’s one of the worst directors working today.
10. Home Sweet Home Alone – This movie has some of the worst writing I heard in 2021, the movie is an embarrassing attempt to cash in on a popular name. The jokes feel dated as a handful of them are memes, the acting is horrendous and the movie itself feels like a giant waste of time.
9. Diana: The Musical – How is this even real?
8. Behind The Sightings – This is another case of the history of a movie being far more interesting than the movie itself. Making a found footage movie based on the Clown Sightings of 2016 is a really interesting idea that definitely had tons of potential. Unfortunately Behind The Sightings completely falls flat on every single level to deliver, right from the beginning the acting is already at a huge low point it feels like nobody tried. It doesn’t get any better at all either, the writing is a huge mess filled with annoying characters and tries way too hard to be scary by using endless amount of jumpscares that you can see coming miles away. What’s even worse is the pacing, it’s amazing that this is a 81 minute movie but feels like an eternity. It’s dreadfully put together so many scenes that feel unnecessary, the last act of the movie is nothing but screaming that tries way too hard.
7. Separation – Marriage Story if it were a garbage horror movie, William Grant Bell continues to prove how he’s one of the worst and most uninteresting horror directors working today. Separation is a disastrous mess, right from the beginning you feel the cheapness of this movie, it feels like something that should have went straight to DVD but this actually got a theater release. The acting, writing and the direction are all terrible, which is expected at this point from Bell but with this movie I would argue it’s even worse. Everyone involved either sounds bored as hell or isn’t even trying, there are some interesting ideas somewhere in this movie that I definitely thought this movie was going to do something with. But that doesn’t happen unfortunately.
6. Karen – Yeah I got nothing, I truly got nothing. The title of the movie and the plot really speaks for itself, the movie isn’t subtle at the slightest between the music and the garbage writing. It’s nothing more than horrible horrible exploitation of racial discrimination that’s seen on a daily basis.
5. Night Of The Animated Dead – it’s basically a poorly done animated version of Night Of The Living Dead, the only main difference is more blood but that really doesn’t matter here, this is nothing more than to cash in on a popular name. Hoping to sucker people into watching it.
4. He’s All That – I’m very tired of studios or companies trying to insert influencers into movies who clearly can’t act. It’s been proven time and time again that this doesn’t work, Even if you take Addison Rae out of the movie it would still feel like a soulless remake to She’s All That. There’s nothing in this movie that works at the slightest, having Rachel Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard in the movie was nice but they weren’t anywhere near enough to save this movie.
3. After We Fell – Congratulations the After series this is the first time since the movie series even started that these movies haven’t been the worst film of the year (After being the worst of 2019) and (After We Collided being the worst of 2020) but make no mistake this one is still really bad. This one is basically a bunch of laughably bad sex scenes and arguments and it goes on and on till the movie ends. After We Fell also feels the most like a fanfiction of the 3 movies, oh yeah and the line “sexy popeye” is used…
2. Run Hide Fight – Ah yes the movie Dailywire picked up the rights to, I’m going to post my review here because I have nothing more to say. It’s a horrendous movie that pretty much says “school shootings aren’t that bad!” There are several huge flaws that are just flat out embarrassing, first off the editing is atrocious. It almost feels like it wasn’t made by a human, or you know someone didn’t bother to look over the editing and just called it a day. The editing also makes the pacing very awkward at times, you can go from one scene with two people talking to all of a sudden a shooting with no real build up. The movie portrays school shootings in a very distasteful way, not to mention almost of the scenes in this movie would never happen during a school shooting. It uses a very serious topic that is still going on today in America and tries to play it off as “see school shootings aren’t so bad if you defend yourself!” The acting and writing are both just horrible, I know Isabel May is trying to give it her all. But not even she can really save it, the writing feels like a first draft to a school play. It has absolutely no substance to it at all, it doesn’t try to bring up any other solution other then “throw guns at the problem” plus the characters just feel incredibly unrealistic. There’s this one scene where Isabel May is trying to warn one of the teachers who’s teaching a class through a window that there’s a school shooting. The teacher flat out doesn’t listen and close the blinds…I’m sorry but that would never happen, the fact they try to pass this scene off as realistic is really disgusting to me. If you take out all the clear “let’s make this to dunk on the other side” points it would still fall flat, what your left with is a horrendous Die Hard clone. I truly believe there is better ways of talking about school shootings film, this just isn’t it at all. In fact this is a prime example of what NOT to do.
And that’s all for now! Next time I talk about number one and why in my opinion is one of the worst movies ever made.