Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me

Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me

If you’re still coping with the fact that the weekly Golden Raspberry articles have caught up to current day, never fear.  We’re going to ease you off your Razzie addiction with a few more days of the Best Worst Picture Bracket Game.  Today’s match-up is between a torture porn movie and a movie that is just plain torture.

We had a big contest yesterday.  Two of the best “so bad they are good” movies faced off in the first pairing of our final four.  The winner was Mommie Dearest with just over 55% of the votes.  I’ll admit, I thought Showgirls was a favorite to take it all, so I am mildly surprised to see Elizabeth Berkley and company knocked out before the finals.

Best Worst Picture

Today, we’re picking a movie to face off with Mommie Dearest in the finals.  Both Battlefield Earth and I Know Who Killed Me were record-breaking Razzie winners in their day.  Somehow, John Travolta’s career survived his vanity project.  He continued getting lead roles in mainstream Hollywood movies for about a decade after he donned his alien drag.

Lindsay Lohan wasn’t so lucky.  She was reduced to Playboy pictorials, costars with a background in porn and Charlie Sheen.  The movie could have been called I Know Who Killed My Career.

Neither of these movies is well-liked, but both are off-the-wall bonkers.  Which one do you want to see advance to the final round?

Posted on June 23, 2016, in Awards, bracket game, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. To my mind, the top 4 participants in this bracket are Showgirls, Mommie Dearest, Battlefield Earth, and Wild Wild West. Any final featuring two of those movies seems pretty legit to me.

    So obviously I voted for Battlefield Earth here. The combination of goofy sic-fi starring respected actors and loopy modern pseudo-religion is just too juicy to pass on.

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  2. I’m a bit surprised that Showgirls didn’t make it to the end. Assuming Battlefield Earth wins this round, we will have arguably the most watchable film in Razzie history competing against arguably the worst the Razzies has to offer. No matter how this winds up, I do like how the final matchup turned out.

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  3. After nine months, one of my biggest take aways from this Razzie series is: I think I need to see Battlefield Earth.

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    • If you like howling at unbelievably bad movies, yeah, check out Battlefield Earth. It’s hysterically funny. Funnier still if you know a bit about Scientology and can recognize the attempts at indoctrination. Here’s the thing, L. Ron Hubbard was a lunatic. A stark raving madman. This movie reflects that. For example, Hubbard hated psychology. He had attempted to put forward Scientology as a breakthrough in the field and psychologists scoffed. So Hubbard calls the alien race that seeks to enslave humanity “psychlos”. That’s the level of sophistication we’re dealing with.

      A friend of mine had a party at which we played a Battlefield Earth drinking game. Any time Travolta says “rat brain”, “man animal” or cackles, everyone drinks. It was brutal.

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      • Wow, that sounds like a wild party! I’m a big fan of the classic TV show Frasier, matter of fact I’m currently binge watching it on Netflix and am heading into season 6. These episodes are just breezing by. Anyway, virtually every living Cheers cast member made at least one appearance on Frasier during its 11 year run except for just one: Kirstey Alley. And the reason is, Kirstey Alley is a Scientologist and as you mentioned Scientology looks down upon psychologists – of which Dr. Frasier Crane is one. Such a shame that Alley’s coo-coo cult kept her from joining in on the fun.

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        • After the Battlefield Earth drinking game, Mindy was loaded. She could barely make her way to the car after the movie.

          Kidding aside, Scientology ruins lives. Try to leave the cult, and they will make your life a living nightmare. It takes nothing for them to have some cult members stalk you both in real life and social media. I am always a bit fearful about criticizing them frankly. I do not want to get on their radar, because once you do they will come at you endlessly.

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      • Well, since I majored in Psychology in college, that would make me in opposition of Scientology anyway, although in high school I did briefly own a copy of “Dianetics” before passing it off to a friend (that same friend who would be all about that Cameron Diaz screenshot). I don’t know, I’ll take my chances with psychology over science fiction.

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        • I don’t know how much you know about Scientology but science fiction is an accurate description. Their secret teachings involve an alien despot named Xenu. No shit that is really what they believe in.

          I also majored in Psychology. That would get us termed Suppressive People or SPs for short. Nicole Kidman’s father was a psychologist which made the leaders of Scientology very distrustful of her. Eventually they labeled her an SP and turned her husband and kids against her. That’s the kind of shit these people do.

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        • I don’t know much about Scientology really, but I mentioned before that “Dianetics” seemed like a convoluted and condescending self-help book to me (what was up with the diagrams?). Oh, Suppressive People? Didn’t the cruise Cruise ramble on about something like that when speaking of Brooke Shields postpartum depression (a subject he shouldn’t speak of anyway, since he’s a guy, or a male alien at least)?

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        • If you watch that video he did for the Medal of Valor or whatever the Scientologists called it, Cruise talks euphorically aboug his dream to live in a world with SPs like you and me.

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        • To live in a world of SP’s? Why would he want that, if he’s against psychotherapy? If one adds it up, the man makes no sense.

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        • No he doesn’t. He had his issues before Scientology. But they scrambled his brains. At this point, the leaders of the “church” have so much intel on Cruise and Travolta that they couldn’t leave if they wanted to. They are basically being blackmailed.

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        • Well, I guess they have to live with their decision to join their “Church”. Jeez, at least in the Catholic and Mormon church, you can be ex-communicated. Doesn’t seem that Scientology is all about the free will.

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        • I don’t want to put myself out there as some kind of expert, but research for WTHH has lead me to read up on Scientology here and there. So I know just enough to be dangerous. Not as dangerous as cult leader David_Miscavige, but I know enough to know who that is and what he has been accused of. Former members have accused Miscavige of all manner of abuse. But those within the Church vehemently deny the charges. Miscavige’s wife hasn’t been seen by anyone outside the church in over a decade and is presumed missing. Representatives for Scientology claim she is working for the church which is likely true. They have their own labor camps which are run like third world prisons. That’s probably where Miscavige banished his wife, but we may never know for sure. HBO did a documentary a couple years ago based on the book Going Clear which features several former members speaking out against Scientology. If you are interested, I’d recommend checking out the book or the movie.

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        • I have to check out the book or film sometime then. I still remember the Scientology case from a decade ago that happened in Western New York, in which a mentally ill son wasn’t properly treated dues to the rules of the “Church”, and ended up killing his parents. This organization sure does seem bulletproof nowadays, so something like that is dismissed as an isolated incident.

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        • It’s called a church but it’s moreso a cult. What boggles my mind is how Scientology has ever become as successful as it has when you consider that L. Ron Hubbard, creator of Scientology, was a science fiction writer (hence Battlefield Earth). Why would anyone want to join a “church” created by a sci-fi writer, or think that a sci-fi writer has all the answers to life? Again, it just boggles my mind that people out there fell for it.

          Once you’ve advanced far enough into Scientology you learn that an intergalactic warlord named Xenu exiled many of his people to here on Earth and had them slaughtered, but took measures to make sure their souls would remain trapped on Earth, and we have insecurities because these ancient alien souls are trapped in our bodies and only Scientology can help you get past that.

          How could anybody keep a straight face when being told this?? It’s ludicrious, but just to play devil’s advocate lets say it were true: how could it be that nobody else ever figured that out except L. Ron Hubbard, a guy who made a living as as sci-fi writer and just happens to be offering a sci-fi like story explaining our insecurities and flaws?

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        • That’s a really good question: how could so many people buy what L. Ron Hubbard, the sci-fi author, was selling (and some people give those who are Trekkies are hard time)? That’s like if a creator of the Transformers told everyone that Transformers are real, and there’s really a Cybertron in which they all live. Yeah, I think of it as more of a cult than a religion myself.
          What I see here is a garden variety sci-fi writer designing his own theology, and somehow it has legions of followers and has become influential. In theory I see little difference between what Scientology stands for and what that Marshall Applewhite guy had going on with the tragic Heaven’s Gate cult, other than one is more mainstream and the other eventually collapsed under the weight of its theories like deadly pyramid scheme.

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        • The only reason Scientology is a church is so they can avoid paying taxes. That was L Ron Hubbard’s motivation for founding the organization, but he was never taken seriously during his lifetime. His successor, David Miscavige, started suing individual IRS agents until they finally caved and gave Scientology tax exempt status. That has shielded the church and Miscavige from the government and allowed them to commit all manner of atrocities. They are untouchable now.

          As you mentioned, you don’t hear the story of Xenu until you are deep, deep into the organization. In order to rise in the church, you have to pay for classes. They are extremely expensive. So by the time you find out you have been a part of a group that believes in aliens, you’ve spent several years and a veritable fortune. By that point, you’re invested. You drank the Kool Aid. It’s too late to back out. And you know good an well what will happen if you do. The church won’t stop hassling you, your family or your friends. They will set out to ruin you. So even if you don’t believe it, odds are you’ll play along.

          Also, bear in mind that most of these people entering into Scientology are probably going to be vulnerable to this sort of thing.

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  4. I had to go with “Battlefield Earth”; it really isn’t a film that is hard to forget, albeit for the wrong reasons. But hey, but all the wrong reasons is is the name of the game in these cases!

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