2018 is shaping up to be quite the year as more interesting movies are churned out by movie houses. Different movie themes ranging from action/thrillers to horror as well as Superheroes, animation and biblical themes have so far swarmed the movie world.
A number of movie producers including steven Spielberg (Ready Player One), Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs), and up-and-coming sci-fi director Alex Garland (Annihilation) all have new releases dropping in the next 12 months.
However, for every film worth getting excited about, there’s another that you have every reason to dread watching. the fact is you simply won’t be able to avoid a number of these movies, while you just may have missed some of the others mentioned here.
From sequels and reboots that nobody asked for to biblical B-movies and poorly-timed horrors, re are a number of movies that will most likely be the worst you can make time for in 2018.
The faith-based production company behind the God’s Not Dead trilogy are the ones behind this all-new biblical blockbuster this year, bringing the tale of Samson to the big screen. Pure Flix has been making inroads in the Christian movie market over the past few years, and they owe this largely to the success of their family-friendly home streaming service.
While the God’s Not Dead films didn’t require much in the way of visual effects, Samson relies on visual effects to tell its story and the lack of funding is quite visible given its substandard computer generated imaging (CGI).
According to the Bible, the Hebrew strongman slew 1,000 Philistines and fought a lion with his bare hands, all of which is included in the trailer.
Unfortunately, the visual effects on display in these important moments seem pretty jaded and makes it look like the movies was put together using a number of deleted scenes from past movies. The props were also a little odd, as Billy Zane wearing what appears to be a toy crown makes the outlook even grimmer.
While it’s now considered a classic of children’s literature, British author Beatrix Potter actually had trouble getting The Tale of Peter Rabbit published when she wrote and illustrated it in the late 1800’s, most likely because of her gender.
After self-publishing 250 copies of the book, it went on to become a viral sensation that caught the attention of Walt Disney who wanted to turn it into a feature film, though she rejected his overtures.
With Sony pictures picking it up for production, the trailer seems to show something that Potter wont have loved.
The book seems to have been turned into a twerking party animal. Peter (voiced by The Late Late Show host James Corden) was always mischievous in the books, but the interpretation of the character in this movie is less cuddly critter and more arrogant frat boy. Judging by the early reaction to the trailer, this movie is set to be yet another miss for Sony.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Like the majority of Adam Sandler movies, 2012’s Hotel Transylvania went down pretty badly with the critics, as it only managed to score 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. As expected, reviews for the 2014 sequel didn’t fare much better.
This makes us wonder why a third instalment was made. The first two films were made for around $85 million each, yet they’ve pulled in staggering amounts ($358 million and $473 million, respectively) at the worldwide box office.
When hackers hit Sony in 2014, they leaked emails that confirmed Sandler and the studio had fallen out over Hotel Transylvania 2, with the star apparently wrestling control of the project away from director Genndry Tartakovsky.
Despite this scandal, Sandler, Tartakovsky and Sony all came back together for a third Hotel Transylvania, apparently putting financial gain over professional pride. The controversy might not do much to make thus movie any worse than critics already predict.
Fifty Shades Freed
A lot of people who have read the books mock the terrible dialogue littered throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey novels over the internet and it is actually pretty hard to argue against the haters when you actually sit down to read these books.
To be fair to author E.L. James, she spotted a gap in the market and plugged it. A big-screen adaptation seemed inevitable after the success of the raunchy trilogy (it’s now sold over 100 million copies), and many hoped that the kinks in the books would be ironed out in the process, but that is yet to happen.
Critics have said the movie is lacking enough chemistry, heat, or narrative friction to satisfy the audience. The limp Fifty Shades Darker wants to be kinky but only serves as its own form of punishment.
The reaction to the trailer Fifty Shades Freed suggests that and so far after its release points to the fact that many of the people paying to see the film will be doing so to laugh at it. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson must be just as eager to put this to bed as the rest of us.