I went and had myself a double feature of TSPDT since one of these movies is insanely short. In a stunning turn of events one of these movies happens to be the worst movie I’ve seen all year. Which one is it, you ask? Read on and find out!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Starting off with #992, the Christmas/Halloween classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen this movie, but I’m going to call this my second watch. Apparently the first time I watched it I gave it a 6/10 for some unknown reason. So did this one end up being my most hated movie of the whole year? No. I cranked that rating up because this is a lot better than a 6.
The claymation is fantastically amazing and with that alone it deserves a spot on the list. The amount of time and dedication it takes to put something like this together just blows my mind. It’s incredibly well done and doesn’t feel for one minute like I’m watching a 25 year old movie. The creep factor in this movie is at an all time high. You know how much I love horror movies and this one even creeps me out. Everything is so perfectly dark and grotesque. I’m surprised this movie’s rated PG and is considered a “Family” movie because if I saw this as a kid I’d probably be scarred for life.
While being a family movie, it’s also a musical and quite a good one at that. From “This is Halloween” to “What’s This”, the songs are catchy and will get stuck in your head for days. They’re creepy and really create the perfect atmosphere.
If I had to say anything negative, I’d probably say that the story could drag a little at times. It kept my attention the whole time, but I was tempted to be distracted in the middle. Not to say it isn’t original or interesting, but there was something to it that I can’t put my finger on. The movie doesn’t follow one character exactly and that might be my problem. I like to have someone to relate to and be able to follow and this movie jumped between Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie… and basically everyone who had their own song too much.
Overall though, it’s a great movie that completely deserves to be on the list. You’d probably be better served watching this during Halloween to get the full effect, but even as a March watch it worked. Like I said, I cranked the rating up on this one from a 6, but without a central character for me to follow I couldn’t go too high.
Verdict: 7.5/10 This is not the worst, this is not the worst. Not the worst! Not the worst! Not the worst! Not the worst!
Unsere Afrikareise (1966)
You guys seem like a smart crowd so I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that this was the worst movie I’ve watched all year. Yes, #991 Unsere Afrikareise was the worst 14 minutes of movie watching I’ve endured in 2018. It’s an experimental short film about white people visiting Africa and filming villagers killing animals and showing closeups of their nipples. If that sounds too harsh or possibly enticing to you, you can find this little “gem” on YouTube and see for yourself.
This has to be on the list for historical reasons because if I randomly watched it on YouTube without knowing anything about it I wouldn’t say it was one of the best 1000 movies ever made… not by a long shot. I had to read the back story after I watched it because I was so confused, and from what I read it’s on the list mostly because it pioneered some editing and sound techniques. The director spent years putting this film together, so I feel like a hypocrite for bashing it while praising The Nightmare Before Christmas for the same effort. Honestly though, I just don’t understand this movie or what it was trying to be.
I feel bad for calling it the worst movie I’ve seen all year, but it just was. It’s definitely experimental and doesn’t follow any real narrative. It’s true meaning is whatever you give it. It can be an amazing film if you want it to be, or a waste of time if you don’t.
Verdict: 4/10 I didn’t…