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Who do you think is the worst film director of all time?

Asked by ragingloli (47273points) July 18th, 2015

Try to say why. Also name 1 redeeming feature.

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Pachy's avatar

Edward D. Wood Jr. has to be pretty high on the list. All you need do is watch “Plan 9 from Outer Space” to see why he was such an awful director. Albeit a highly determined one.

Redeeming feature: He directed “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” a guilty pleasure on anyone’s bad films list. And he loved to cross-dress.

See the 1994 biopic Ed Wood starring Johnny Depp if you want to know more about this fascinating guy. It’s a pretty good film.

syz's avatar

M. Night Shyamalan. The Sixth Sense was a fluke.

Pachy's avatar

Tottally agree, @syz !!

elbanditoroso's avatar

I don’t think this a fair question. Any directory who has made more than one or two films will have some dogs and some successes.

Hitchock, who I thought was mostly a great director, had a couple of really bad films as well.

Berserker's avatar

Maybe Uwe Boll. Now I know what you’re thinking, I’m only saying that because he is reputed to be bad. But no. I have actually seen many of his movies. As a video game fan, I’m aware that most game movies are usually crap. Thing is, no matter how crap most are, you can see there is an attempt, an effort, a feel to the movoe that tells you the director at least tried.

Uwe tries a…different approach. He doesn’t even care how he makes the movie, he doesn’t even try to capture any essence from the game he’s making a movie of. Just the characters, who are fighting something. Watching his movies is basically like watching live action clips of video games. Ever seen House of the Dead? Christ, when the action scenes pop up, you actually just see action clips from the game itself. That’s terrible! Most zombie movies are pretty bad, (the more crappy they are, the better I like them, too) but when it’s boring me, there’s a problem. I’m not picky with zombie flicks.

In a way though…Uwe Boll kind of works. I mean, it’s fuckin video games we’re talking about here, most aren’t complicated. Maybe the reason why many game movies fail is because they try too hard. Uwe just doesen’t try. His movies are the equivalent of skipping a horror story just to see all the gore. Now I say he’s bad, because while most game movies suck, his approach still doesn’t work. But that’s not to say I don’t enjoy most of his movies. And I love Zombie Massacre. Although for the sake of technicality, he didn’t actually direct this one. I don’t know if that’s a redeeming factor though, because I love bad movies. Surely, not everyone does, though.

And yes, I’m aware not ALL his movies are game based.

marinelife's avatar

Pachy beat me to it. I was going to say Edward Wood.

talljasperman's avatar

William Shatner from Star Trek five. He looks good while kissing green women.

rockfan's avatar

Definitely George Lucas. The first Star Wars is kind of a cheesy movie, while Empire Strikes Back is an amazing sequel, with great writing and depth…and a movie Lucas didn’t write or direct. And the prequels are just painful to watch, Lucas is piss poor at directing actors, and his writing is even worse. American Graffiti is his best film in my opinion, the movie feels so natural and laidback.

weeveeship's avatar

I’m not a big fan of Michael Bay. There is too much over-the-top action in his movies. Too many explosion scenes spoil a movie for me.

The redeeming feature is that his movies lack depth so even children could understand them.

ragingloli's avatar

Just to clarify, by “redeeming feature”, I mean actual redeeming features, not backhanded criticisms.

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