10 Movies That Are Pure Torture
Basic Instinct 2
Basic Instinct 2 (2006). Sharon Stone showed even more flesh in "Basic Instinct 2" than she did in the original that made her a star. But without a script or a plot, and with Ms. Stone a few years older, the buzz was quite different. The movie tanked, and we haven't seen much of Stone on the silver screen since. So, not all bad!
Battlefield Earth (2000). Five years after John Travolta's ode to Scientology had the third worse weekend opening in 3,000 theaters ever, it was still receiving "worst film" awards. The Golded Raspberries, which names its worst movies every year, gave it a lifetime achievement award in 2005 for being The Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years.
Catwoman (2004). Halle Berry followed up her Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball" with the lead role in the worst superhero movie ever made. She turned up at the Golden Raspberry Awards personally, and gave the following heartfelt spech: "First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of sh**, god-awful movie... It was just what my career needed."
Gigli (2003). So bad and unfunny, in one scene, Lopez's character refers to a certain sex act as "turkey time." This movie still makes us want to hurl, six years later, perhaps the true measure of cinematic torture.
From Justin to Kelly
From Justin to Kelly (2003). The winner and runner-up of "American Idol's" first season starred in this slapped together romantic musical comedy, foisted on an unsuspecting public who thought everything "Idol" must be gold. This was not gold. It was a different, brown substance.
The Postman (1997). Kevin Costner's post-apocalyptic follow-up to the post-apocalyptic stinker "Waterworld" was so self-involved, that at the end of the movie, he one-ups the Academy Awards and presents himself with a bronze statue. In the movie. Seriously.
Stop or My Mom Will Shoot
Stop or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). Sylvester Stallone and a "Golden Girl," who plays his meddling mom, fight crime. Stallone himself said it best: "Maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen."
Striptease (1996). Once you get past seeing Demi Moore's newly surgically enhanced breastal region, there is absolutely nothing interesting about this weirdly vacant film. So how did it make $100 million? Demi showed off her store-bought assets repeatedly, and with great fanfare. That's how.
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004). That Superbabies 1 got a sequel is enough to make your brain explode. Listening to Scott Baio (Happy Days, Charles in Charge) do the lead baby voice, and watching former "Midnight Cowboy" legend Jon Voigt play the bad guy to a bunch of babies, is enough to turn you into a quivering mass of gelatinous mush.
Waterworld (1995). Kevin Costner has the dubious distinction of having two films in our bottom 10. "Waterworld" cost $800 gazillion to make, made about $4, and was universally ridiculed upon its release. (Costner was following up his "Dances With Wolves" Oscar sweep, and was in his "biggest a**hole in Hollywood" phase.) Costner won Worst Actor, and Dennis Hopper won Worst Supporting actor, for their contributions to this horrific ode to Costner's 1990s ego.