Big budget movies should have the most cutting-edge CGI. So why does it sometimes look atrocious? One minute we’re watching a summer blockbuster, the next minute it looks like a Grand Theft Auto cutscene. Here are eight examples of the most hilariously bad special effects in big budget movies.
1. Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II
IT’S A BABY. Why does everything have to be CGI? Get a real baby! The baby isn’t doing anything, it could just be a baby. Instead it looks like a spooky ghost baby whose face is sorta floating above its body. Ugh, it’s a nightmare.
2. Star Wars Special Editions
In 2004, George Lucas decided that CGI was so awesome, he needed to stick it in his old movies. The worst part is the song in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. There’s a musical number with horrifying singing aliens, one of which has lipstick and I guess is supposed to be a “hot” ugly alien? The singers mug for the goddamn camera. They’re looking right in the freaking camera. Why is this happening?
3. The Polar Express
The Polar Express is an animated movie so I’m not sure if this counts but DEAR GOD the animation in this movie is creepy. All the characters have dead eyes. The kids look like Christmas demons.
4. Green Lantern
It was a pretty tragic mistake to make Hal’s suit all CGI. There’s just no way to make that look not goofy as hell. It makes it look like Ryan Reynolds’ head is floating around disembodied, which isn’t ideal.
5. The Ring 2
Wow, the CGI artists on The Ring 2 didn’t know what deer are supposed to look like. There had to have been a better way to do this scene. This is a great example of a movie that should have asked, “Wait, how did we do effects before CGI was invented?” and done that instead.
6. The Matrix Reloaded
About halfway through the Agent Smith fight scene, the CGI gets all rubbery and fakey and starts looking a bit like the Star Wars: Episode II Yoda fight scene. You might be tempted to dismiss it as just old movie probs, but the CGI is worse than the original Matrix movie, which was made four years earlier for half the money.
7. King Kong
King Kong has some amazing effects… and then just one horrible scene. Why is the running with the dinosaurs moment so terrible? Putting real people and fake dinosaurs running together was a tragic mistake. The people were so clearly green screened in. Yes it was 2005, but the rest of the movie looks outstanding. They probably could have spent a little more time on this part.
8. Die Another Day
Possibly the most classic piece of early 2000s expensive, terrible CGI sees James Bond go glacier surfing. Nothing looks real in any way, as he’s basically floating. This is one of the goofiest moments in “CGI trying desperately to look cool and failing” history.
What terrible CGI in big budget movies do you remember? Tweet at me and let me know @erikaheidewald!