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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2007

Razzies 2007

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-eighth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2007.   Two threequels, Spider-Man 3 and Shrek the Third, were the highest-grossing movies that year.  The Coen brothers won Best Director for No Country For Old Men which was also named Best Picture.  At the Razzies, La Lohan played twins and Eddie Murphy played everyone else.

lohan - i know who killed me

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie

  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • Captivity (Lionsgate)
  • Hannibal Rising
  • Hostel: Part II
  • I Know Who Killed Me

Winner: I Know Who Killed Me

It’s special category time.  Last week I talked about how the Razzies had dedicated quite a few one-off categories to movies aimed at young people.  Whether this was intentional or not (and I suspect it was unintentional) Razzie voters used these special categories to nominate movies they wouldn’t ordinarily mess around with in the regular awards.  For the most part, the Razzies don’t bother nominating family films, action movies or horror flicks.  These one-offs allowed them to take a shot or two at movies that would have otherwise been off their radar.

This year, the Razzies decided to take on horror movies.  This is exceptionally uncommon.  Most years, Worst Sequel or Prequel would be dominated with cheap horror movies.  By this point, horror reboots would probably also dominate Worst Remake or Rip-off, because remaking slasher movies had become very trendy.  Rather than see the Golden Raspberries turn into some kind of horror/action movie awards, voters typically just turned a blind eye to these kinds of movies.

So why take a detour into creepy territory this year?  Lindsay Lohan was in the process of publicly destroying her once promising career.  Mostly, this was happening in the tabloids which were filled with stories of her legal problems, wild partying and bad behavior on set.  Hollywood can be very forgiving of that kind of behavior when an actress is able to sell movie tickets.  But Lohan’s latest release, a would-be erotic thriller/torture porn horror movie, was a career-killing train wreck.

As it turns out, I Know Who Killed Me will dominate the awards this year.  So the special category isn’t so much being used to nominate a movie they otherwise would have ignored.  Instead, it’s a way to pile on a movie like never before.  While Showgirls still holds the record for the most Razzie nominations with a whopping thirteen, I Know Who Killed Me had a very respectable nine nominations and a record-breaking eight wins.   We’ve got a lot of room to discuss this turkey, so I’ll save the details regarding which record it broke for the Worst Picture Category.

For now, let’s take a look at the other nominees for Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie in 2007.  First up is Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.  This is the sequel to the first monster movie mash-up which was nominated for Worst Sequel or Remake back in 2004.  The first Alien vs. Predator movie was written and directed by auteur Paul W. S. Anderson.  Anderson is best known for writing and/or directing most of the Resident Evil movies.  In fact, in 2007 he wrote and directed the third movie in that franchise, Resident Evil: Extinction.

That left a the Alien vs. Predator sequel without a director.  Fox ended up replacing Anderson with Colin and Greg Strause.  The siblings, who collectively went by the name The Brothers Strause, were very successful special effects supervisors.  But they had never directed a movie before.  They had previously pitched the studio on an idea for a movie set in outer space which would have served as a prequel to the original Alien.  But Fox had already committed to a script set on Earth.  The brothers decided to make the movie anyway in the hopes that if it was successful Fox would allow them to use their own script for the third film.

It didn’t work out that way though.  AVP 2 became the lowest-grossing movie in either the Alien or Predator franchises once adjusted for inflation.  It wasn’t a flop, per se.  But Fox decided it was time for the sci-fi series to go their separate ways.

The horror genre at the time was largely defined by “torture porn”.  I would venture to say that Eli Roth’s 2005 horror movie, Hostel, took the subgenre into the mainstream.  And two years later, Roth’s follow-up, Hostel Part II, was among the nominees for Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie.  Like the first movie, the sequel is about a group of unsuspecting tourists who are punished for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Another entry in the genre was Captivity.  Elisha Cuthbert, who was trying to break into movies at the time but was still best known for playing Kiefer Sutherland’s annoying daughter on 24 and appearing on men’s magazine covers, played a model best known for appearing on men’s magazine covers who gets drugged, kidnapped and tortured.  In the movie, she bonds with another prisoner played by Daniel Gillies.  I haven’t seen Captivity, but I have a pretty good guess how it ends.  Potential spoilers:  I’ll bet a shiny nickel that Gillies is actually Cuthbert’s captor.

The Silence of the Lambs made Hannibal Lecter into one of the most iconic villains in movie history.  Anthony Hopkins was unforgettable in the role.  Less memorable were the follow-ups in which Hopkins reprised his star-making role.  In 2001, ten years after the original, Hopkins played Lecter again in the sequel, Hannibal.  The following year, under a ton of make-up, Hopkins played Lecter again in Red Dragon which takes place prior to Silence of the Lambs despite the fact Hopkins had clearly aged over more than a decade.

After that, it became clear that Hopkins would do well to stop tarnishing his legacy.  But there was still money to be made off of a sophisticated cannibal.  Author Thomas Harris was more or less blackmailed into writing an origin story for his famous creation.  Producer Dino De Laurentiis admitted “I say to Thomas, ‘If you don’t do Hannibal Rising, I will do it with someone else… I don’t want to lose this franchise. And the audience wants it…’ He said, ‘No. I’m sorry.’ And I said, ‘I will do it with somebody else.’ And then he said, ‘Let me think about it. I will come up with an idea.'”

After Hannibal failed to rise, the movie series ended.  But the character’s story continues to be told on the critically acclaimed TV series, Hannibal.  Apparently you just can’t keep a good cannibal down.

As you can probably guess, these weren’t necessarily the worst horror movies of the year.  There were plenty of low budget movies that quickly faded from theaters on their way to home video.  Movies like Wrong Turn 2: Dead End or Lake Dead.  Critics are rarely kind to movies in this genre, so it’s hard to know which ones are really the worst.  These were just the five worst horror movies that caught the attention of Razzie voters.

Next: Worst Screenplay and Worst Director

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Posted on April 21, 2016, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.

  1. Bad Movie Beatdown: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

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  2. I can add Next, Captivity, The Number 23 and Is It Done Yet? to movies I definitely saw in the cinema that I had completely forgotten about. Because I Said So goes into the murky limbo of ‘might have seen, have absolutely no memory’.

    I feel sorry for Jessica Alba. She isn’t the strongest actress in the world but I thought she wasn’t bad in Awake, which at least shows she tries and is or was willing to play different sorts of characters rather than turn out the same braid dead performance movie after movie.

    Also for sheer awfulness Epic Movie is by far the worst movie of the year.

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    • I know Alba has taken a lot of heat, but I think she’s come out on the other side pretty well. She’s not an A-list star any more. But she didn’t go the way of Megan Fox either. Thanks to Robert Rodriguez, she’ll probably always be able to find work.

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      • Not to mention that she has more to her life than acting these days, what with being the co-founder of a company with a net worth of over $1 billion.

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      • Why you don’t hear from Jessica Alba anymore

        http://www.looper.com/8617/dont-hear-jessica-alba-anymore/

        In the ’00s, Jessica Alba was one of the hottest (thermonuclear, really) actresses in Hollywood, both physically and professionally. She was breathtakingly gorgeous yet still relatable to a female audience. During this time, her career was at its apex, as she bagged roles in big-budget comic book flicks and rom-coms. But at the end of the aughts and into the 2010s, Alba’s film career cooled down significantly. So why don’t you hear from her that much or see her on the big screen anymore? There’s actually a bunch of really good (and lucrative) reasons why Alba isn’t taking major acting roles anymore. Nevertheless, she still has plenty of major projects going on and is a big source of inspiration for enterprising and ambitious women.

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  3. jeffthewildman

    The interesting thing is that 2007 was in some ways the one year of the 2000s I would consider a banner year cinematically. You had established talent like the Coens, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jim Mangold releasing high quality stuff. You had Ben Affleck making his directorial debut with an excellent, thought-provoking thriller. You had superb foreign films like The Diving Bell And The Butterfly and The Lives of Others.

    But man there were definitely some stinkers too. Hannibal Rising. Did we really need a friggin pop psychology reason for why Hannibal was the way he was? I didn’t think so.

    Norbit. We’ll never know for sure if that cost Murphy his Dreamgirls Oscar. But I wouldn’t be surprised. What was ridiculous was when he later tried to claim that while an Oscar for Dreamgirls would’ve looked nice on his mantle, the money was more important. Look Ed. Don’t use the paycheck excuse when you’ve been famous for three decades. If you did it for the money, don’t beat around the bush. Just say you like making shitloads of money and that’s that.

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    • Eddie Murphy didn’t make Dreamgirls for the money. He made Haunted Mansion (and just about everything else) for the money, but he made Dreamgirls for creative reasons and/or prestige.

      It’s funny looking back at a year. When you’re picking out all the movies you liked, almost any year can seem strong. But when you are looking at it from the other end, almost any year can be made to look bad. I actually think it’s pretty challenging to get a good, balances view of the year as a whole. You’re almost certainly going to forget all the forgettable crap and focus on the stand-outs. Like most years, 2007 had a lot to recommend. It also had a pretty high count of shitty movies. But since most of us didn’t watch them, who cares?

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      • Yeah, I’m with Lebeau on this one. I haven’t seen any of the movies nominated here because I have the good sense most of the time to spare myself. You can definitely make the argument that if these awful movies weren’t made then maybe some decent ones might have been financed, but in the end, if I didn’t see a movie it probably ends up having no impact on my year. Every person is going to have to rate a year on their own list of flicks. Hmmm….I wonder what the best mathematical approach to that would be? Just assigning a score to each movie you saw and then averaging that out for the year could lack balance for a year in which you didn’t see many movies.

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        • In 2007, my oldest was two. So I saw precisely two movies in theaters. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Spider-Man 3. Both were lousy. But I had a good time the following year watching some of these movies on video.

          Looking at the highest grossing movies of the year, well, it was not a good year. Ratatouille stands out as the best by far. Other than that you have The Simpsons Movie and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But you also have Transformers.

          It wasn’t a great year for prestige movies either. I like No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood. But they aren’t movies I come back to again and again. There were a lot of bad movies – I think more than usual, but there’s always a lot so who knows – but also some under-rated gems like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

          On the whole, if I’m playing Nero or Roger Ebert, I’m giving 2007 a thumbs down. But as with any year, there are redeeming movies in the mix.

          And thanks for the clean-up/edit! 😉

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        • Just a couple of things I saw after getting home. I can’t promise I got everything, because I read most of this on my phone during lunch. 🙂

          Yeah, I think judging a movie year for “everyone” with the benefit of hindsight is not quite the same as judging it for yourself based just on the movies you saw that year. Obviously I can’t always remember if I saw a movie on video right after it came out (in which case I’d assign it to its theater release date for me) or a year or two later (in which case it maybe just doesn’t count at all?)

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        • The converse of my early parenting days is that when I worked at the movie theaters, I saw so many movies I couldn’t keep them all straight. Things just got to be a blur. It’s a tough thing to judge because so much of it is subjective. If you’re selective about what movies you see, every year is a good year. If you’re not, you’re probably the kind of person who likes Transformers which more or less guarantees that every year will also be a good year. Does anyone ever get to year end and say “This was a bad year for movies?” I wonder.

          I think generally, whatever years you were discovering movies – probably high school and/or college years – are going to feel like the best years of cinema in your lifetime. Or for some, maybe it’s the movies they saw as kids. I don’t know. Nostalgia is probably more of a factor in what people consider to be “a good year for movies” than actual quality.

          For a while there, I was a few weeks ahead on these articles. That was nice because I could go back and reread them with fresh eyes and catch typos, etc. The last couple of weeks I have been struggling to make my Thursday morning deadline. There was some chance I was going to miss it this week. But crisis averted. Your help in clean-up is much appreciated!

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        • I think that’s an excellent idea. A name for that process could be Film Study (since its kind of like giving out/being given a grade in school). It would also work differently for a lot of people depending on how they use ratings (I stick with the four star system).

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      • jeffthewildman

        Yeah he made Dreamgirls for the prestige. Norbit he did for the money and when it was suggested that that may have cost him the Dreamgirls Oscar he responded with the money argument.

        In general I agree with your overall point here on how good a particular year might be. It’s largely a matter of perspective. I consider 1993 to be a pretty high quality year although part of that admittedly has to do with the fact that that was the year I first started really appreciating films on a somewhat adult level. But I also recall one time observing on an FB film group that 2011 was, from my perspective anyway, a very weak year cinematically several people immediately began to respond that I was insane.

        Agreed on the nostalgia factor Lebeau mentioned, which is also very true in music.

        The way I usually evaluate most film years is generally based on what I saw. If there was a high amount of what I saw as quality stuff released I will consider it to be pretty good.. I rank 2007 as highly as I do mainly for the films i noted previously and some others including a couple overlooked gems to use Lebaeu’s phrase (Black Snake Moan for instance). Likewise, I consider 2011 to be pretty weak because when looking at the overall releases for that year, there are only a few I could consider myself to be enthusiastic about later on (Drive, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Margin Call, The Descendants, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). A lot of the prestige ones from that year were okay (The Artist, The Help) but not ones I’d go back to and the less said about Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close the better.

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        • I loved THE ARTIST. It was my favorite movie of 2011, and some of the others you mentioned were in my top 10 as well. I also agree with you about EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE. Ugh.

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        • It’s be awhile for me, but yeah, I really like “Black Snake Moan” (hey, a Kim Richards sighting, before that reality show action).

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  4. Rob Schneider is half Asian. His mother is Japanese.

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  5. Oh, sorry,. His grandmother was Filipina.

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    • No matter what his heritage, there’s no excuse for this.

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      • Even that 1980’s song that I like, “Turning Japanese” (I think it’s a catchy tune, I really think so) wouldn’t make me chuckle at that photo. Well, I’m Italian, so at my families’ weddings we have tommy guns, fast-paced speaking, and skin grease. Ha, there’s some Adam Sandler comedy, or maybe what passed for spoofs (People gave “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon One” a hard time, but I like it. I think it has some cool moments) in this era.

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      • Bad Movie Beatdown: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

        Kicking off a season of Happy Madison reviews, Film Brain looks at a comedy about gay marriage – that’s unfortunately laced with homophobic, sexist and racist jokes… Oops. Season 5.

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  6. Personally for me good luck chuck was the first film of 2007. That film deserved way more nominations then it got.

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  7. I liked the quick write-up on Brian Robbins; so that’s what he was doing post “Head of the Class”. Hey, I see he directed 1999’s “varsity Blues” (hay hay, a Jon Voight sighting!); I kind of like it. 2001’s “hard Ball”, not so much (sorry Diane Lane & Kenau Reeves)
    Wow, i viewed “I Know Who Killed Me” and just couldn’t really get into it. I don’t think that film was a good choice for Lindsay Lohen regardless of her off-screen behavior (“Georgia Rule” is kind of a floater to if you ask me, just in a different way). I’ll say this: there’s enough Lindsey Lohen stills in this article to fill a scrapbook!
    As usual, I like the suggestions that Lebeau proposed in place of th nominations, such as “The Ex” (Jason Bateman’s character is too far past the point of unlikable for me, and the whole film feels like it’s either trying to hard or missing an ingredient) and “Because I Said So” (because there’s a lot of mediocrity there, at least from my perspective). “Hitman” disappointed me, because I thought it had potential, but overall I didn’t mind it. “Good Luck Chuck” is another Dane Cook vehicle that isn’t the greatest (yeah, good that everything worked out for Jessica Alba; I mean, I don’t think she’s THAT BAD an actress).
    I saw a little bit of “Norbit” and definitely didn’t like it (no bit of it). Usually Eddie Murphy has done well playing as multiple characters (I don’t count the Pluto Nash deal, since that was a quickie and he just looked like himself), but this time it backfired on him. That Oscar mess wasn’t pretty either. Man, was he ever so close to an Oscar, and then hosting. Seems like he may have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory there, and caused his image to take a blow.
    Well, I like that The Razzies are consistent with their targets at least, even if its at the detriment of giving some other films some grief. I guess they’re in it for the performers.

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    • I knew that Dan Schneider from Head of the Class produced a lot of shows for Nick. I didn’t realize that he got into that line of work because Robbins went there first and brought him along. Kind of interesting.

      We’ll be talking more about Murphy in future articles, so I pulled back a little bit on discussing his future collaborations with Robbins. But they were not well received.

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  8. Jessica Alba double feature reviews of Good Luck Chuck and Awake from Bad Movie Beatdown

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  9. Okay, I mentioned the song “Turning Japanese”. So,I didn’t realize Kirsten Dunst did a cover (I like song covers much more than film remakes) of this song; I like it!

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      • This is so meta inappropriate that it’s kind of okay. The original song by the Vapors is, in fact, about the face you make when you orgasm, so the multiple shots of the sort of cartoon porn that is popular in Japan in this video makes a sort of sense. The inclusion of the iconic “Japanese” musical riff was just considered ‘fun’ at the time of the original song’s release and is part of the song. I’m not sure you would be really covering “Turning Japanese” if you didn’t use it. The idea of a very famous young American actress appropriating the particular brand of school girl sexualization that is, again, very popular in Japan and dancing around the streets of Tokyo could be seen as dicy.

        The two primary things I take away from this video are:
        1) Based on the effects used on Dunst’s vocals I have to assume that she’s not much of a singer.
        2) I never would have predicted that Cosplay would become such a thing in Japan. When I lived there with my family in the late ’70s the native teenagers participated in American Halloween by dressing up in their finest suits and dresses. I’m not sure why they didn’t love the idea of actual costumes at the time, but they absolutely did not do them in my recollection.

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      • Hey, what about that blue hair (I’m pretty sure it isn’t a wig)?

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        • See, my money’s on wig. But if she died her hair blue, that’s commitment.

          Is it me or does Dunst look stoned?

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        • Hasn’t Kirsten Dunst dyed her hair a few times before though? But yeah, she might be high here, especially during that scene with what looks like three catatonic Asian girls (she also looks to me like she may lick one of their faces). Kirsten Dunst is truly that “manic pixie girl” again here.
          As for that video being directed by McG, this is probably his strength anyway, directing music videos (that and marrying Bridget Moynahan:-).

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        • Apparently McG wasn’t so strong on the marriage front. According to Wikipedia:

          He and actress Bridget Moynahan began dating in late 2010, after having met on an airplane. Subsequently, in October 2015, Moynahan married businessman Andrew Frankel.

          I haven’t followed the history of Dunst’s hair color. But like George Lucas’ beard, I am interested.

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        • Wow, I didn’t know those two broke up (goes to show you how well I was following that). Well, I still thought it was a good move on his part anyways.
          Yeah, I’m digging the beardless George Lucas; that photo was quite a sight.

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  10. Bad Movie Beatdown reviews of Evan Almighty and Epic Movie

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