Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth

Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth

That wasn’t really close.  Battlefield Earth annihilated I Know Who Killed Me with over 80% of the votes.  That means you’re looking at our two finalists right here.  It’s Mommie Dearest vs. Battlefield Earth for the title of Best Worst Picture.

Best Worst Picture

What do these two movies have in common?  Um, they are both based on books.  Battlefield Earth was based on the science fiction novel by Scientology founder and all around crazy person, L. Ron Hubbard.  And Mommie Dearest was the controversial memoir written by Christina Crawford about her adoptive mother and all around nutball, actress Joan Crawford.  Both movies are enjoyable only in the sense that they are unintentionally hysterical.

Beyond that, Battlefield Earth and Mommie Dearest don’t have a lot in common.  Mommie Dearest won Worst Picture at the second annual Golden Raspberry Awards.  In those early days, Razzie voters hadn’t taken to piling on to a movie to the degree that they do today.  Five wins was pretty impressive back in 1981.

By the time Battlefield Earth won worst picture in 2000, the Razzies had taken to dumping on a single movie.  With seven wins, Battlefield Earth tied the record set by Showgirls in 1995.

This is it, gang.  It’s time to decide which movie is crowned Best Worst Picture.


Posted on June 24, 2016, in Awards, Bracket Game, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Is it just me, or does Faye Dunaway look less crazy in the above picture than Forrest Whittaker with his wacko dreadlocks and outfit in Battlefield Earth?


  2. I have a soft spot for Mommie Dearest. It’s endearing in a way. I’ve decided that I’m going to rent Battlefield Earth soon just to see how bad a movie can possibly be. Or maybe I’ll rent both, and make it a fun double feature. I know I’ll enjoy at least one of them.


    • AMC or IFC (can’t remember which one) ran a Mommie Dearest marathon on Mother’s Day. They also ran The Shining on Father’s Day. Sick minds over there. Anyway, I caught most of MD and enjoyed it tremendously although I will admit, certain scenes were a little hard to watch now that I have kids. But for the most part, it’s a campy joy.

      If you check out BE, I look forward to hearing your thoughts. It’s amazingly bad. The only question is how much enjoyment you can derive from its awfulness.


      • Good question. Probably, going into it knowing that it’s howlingly bad will make a difference. At least, that sounds right to me in concept.


        • That was my experience.

          My first viewing of Battlefield Earth was an occupational hazard. I had to watch a print to make sure there weren’t any defects. You do this in an empty theater after everyone has gone home. So we didn’t even start the thing until after 1:00 am. The movie hadn’t been released yet, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. I expected it would be bad, but you just never know. It didn’t take long for me to realize that BE was far worse than I ever anticipated and I was stuck watching it until the wee hours. Not fun.

          Rewatching it later with friends, drinks and at a normal human hour was a lot more enjoyable.


      • I gotta give credit to IFC for running The Shining on Father’s Day. What a wonderfully twisted sense of humor they have! I love The Shining and could watch it anytime, so there’s that too.


        • They did a whole Stephen King marathon that day including both versions of The Shining. I had forgotten how silly the miniseries was. It’s always a pleasure to revisit the Kubrick film. I do so every few years. I try not to watch it so often that it loses its impact, but I was due for a viewing. Made for a nice Father’s Day.


  3. I am voting for the movie I am interpreting as being less competent overall on all counts and worse for the human race by nature of its very existence. I am voting for Battlefield Earth.


    • This looks like it could a close one. Currently tied up. If you’re voting for the movie that did the most harm, Battlefield Earth is the clear choice. Mommie Dearest wins on camp. I can’t decide which way to cast my vote.


  4. Voting for Battlefield Earth in this much awaited final round.


  5. It makes sense that these would be the two finalists since they are possibly the two most perennial razzie winners.


  6. “Battlefield Earth” has 56% of the vote right now. I think as bad films go, “Battlefield Earth” is worse (“Mommie Dearest” was actually given **1/2 stars in Leonard Maltin’s book). I think this matchup is the best of the bad vs. the worse of the bad, so there’s a film here for however way someone wants to vote, and I think that’s awesome.


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