I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down to write this article that there wasn’t a larger pool of bad October movies from which to choose. Let’s all take a moment and thank the powers that be for my sanity remaining intact for just a little longer (probably just until next month when the cycle repeats itself).
Still, I along with the rest of The MovieBabble staff had our share of hardships. We all took one for the team at one point or another by seeing these films.
These are the worst movies of October 2018:
Venom is a straight-forward, bland superhero origin tale that should have fallen flat on its face. (In fact, many people would claim that it did just that). This movie is not good, but it has a few key elements that make it incredibly watchable. Step aside, Citizen Kane, give me Tom Hardy jumping into a water tank and eating a live lobster every day of the week!
There’s a fine line for bad movies that make them endlessly fun. Venom somehow manages to thread the needle to become one of the better good-bad films of the last few years.
I’m still in shock that this movie got Michelle Williams — Oscar-nominated actress and one of the best actresses of her generation — to say “I’m sorry about Venom.” There must have been a solid amount of zeros on that check!
*To read the site’s full review of Venom, please click here.
Ah, another pointless horror film from Netflix.
I have to give Netflix a lot of credit for the amount of solid horror content in October. From The Haunting of Hill House to Apostle to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, they put in a serious effort for the spooky season. But Malevolent does not fit alongside these other ventures.
Let’s look at that title. ‘Malevolent’? Seriously? That’s like naming your horror film ‘Evil’ … or ‘Bad’. Malevolent is about as generic as its title, resorting to your typical horror tropes.
*To read the site’s full review of Malevolent, please click here.
#1: London Fields
The production history of London Fields is far more interesting than the movie itself. The film was pulled from the Toronto Film Festival back in 2015 after director Matthew Cullen filed a lawsuit against the film’s producers, claiming that they failed to pay him and took away his right to have final cut on the film. The producers naturally countersued, even filing a second lawsuit against Amber Heard for failing to meet the the provisions in her contract. Heard then countersued herself, noting that the producers violated a nudity clause in her contract by using a body double to add more nudity into the film. Yikes.
As for the film itself, it’s incredibly icky, especially with Heard’s interactions with Johnny Depp’s eccentric character. (Knowing what we know now about their past relationship makes it even worse). The thumbnail for the film’s red band trailer tells you everything you need to know:
C’mon, London Fields. Do better.
*To read the site’s full review of London Fields, please click here.
In Case You (Or I) Missed It
You know the drill. Here’s a few more films that didn’t exactly light the world on fire:
Many were wondering (myself included) if Gerard Butler was ever going to get back to his former self. Well, I’m really only referring to his turn as King Leonidas in 300 which, if I’m being honest, hasn’t exactly aged well. But still! Butler adds a heavy dose of self-unaware, macho bravura that we all need in movies. Although I fancy myself a cinephile that enjoys high art with rich subtext and timely messages, I also love to see abnormally masculine men shit talk each other and see who can flex the hardest at the camera.
I thought Den of Thieves might have been the start of the return to schlocky greatness for Butler, but maybe I’ll have to wait just a little longer after Hunter Killer.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Normally sequels up the ante with a bigger budget and scope. Sony, however, went in the other direction by slashing the budget of Goosebumps 2 and removing some of its calling cards; most notably Jack Black as a main character.
It’s only been a few weeks since this movie came to theaters and everyone has already forgotten about it.
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