Movies can provide an extraordinary escape from reality. Sometimes, the escape leads to an extraordinarily poor production.
Illinois State University students share some of the worst movies they have witnessed.
A fourth horror installment is never an indicator of quality cinematics. Unsurprisingly, senior marketing industrial major Joyce Alfaro found that “The Last Key” did not unlock a masterpiece.
"I had high expectations because all the other 'Insidious' movies have been really good and scary," Alfaro said. "However, this one was disappointing because they tried too hard to make it funny and it was too cheesy."
Critics agree with Alfaro's reception. Though the film has grossed $164.4 million against a $10 million budget, the movie garnered 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, popular aggregate review website Metacritic scores the movie at a subpar rating of 49/100.
“Suicide Squad” is one of the decade's biggest cases of high expectations meeting low results. Obliterated by hardcore and casual viewers alike, senior business administration major Logan Spalding agrees with general sentiments.
Critical reception confirms that “Suicide Squad” needed work. The film holds a paltry 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. That rating places “Suicide Squad” in the site's 20 worst superhero films of all time.
Additionally, the film was nominated for two 2017 Raspberry Awards. Even Leto despises the final cut. He has complained in many interviews about his best work not seeing the silver screen.
Of course, hyping the movie with a song called "Purple Lamborghini" without a purple Lamborghini in the video should have raised red flags.
“The Room” is no stranger to worst movie lists. In fact, the movie is widely considered the worst of all time. The quality is so bad, that it has developed a cult following and is played on a loop by Adult Swim every year on April Fool's Day.
"Watching 'The Room' is simply a terrible experience," freshman biology major Jeff Smith said. "It feels like a parody of a movie. However, it is unfortunately an honest effort."
‘The Mountain Between Us’
“The Mountain Between Us” centers around two strangers helping each other survive being stranded in a frigid landscape.
Sophomore communication sciences and disorders major Paola Prado has an icy response to the film.
"I thought the beginning was really good, but the direction I thought the movie was going in turned out to be the complete opposite," Prado explains. "I also did not enjoy how most of the time the movie was in one scene for such a long time, so the movie seemed to drag on."
Prado notes that action stunts that otherwise may have salvaged the film were botched.
"You could also tell when they used stunts since it was so obvious there was a dummy being pulled out of the water," Prado explained.