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Since movies are so hard to make, most filmmakers will even stand by the ones that turned out terribly for the sake of the dedicated people working on the project who tried their best. But occasionally, a movie so bad will come out that even the folks who made it can’t defend it. Sometimes they wait a few decades to trash it, while others can’t wait for the opening weekend. Here are six filmmakers that trashed their own movies!

Josh Trank

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It had been a while since a super hero movie legitimately bombed, but Fantastic Four broke the streak. There were rumors of a troubled production, and director Josh Trank was supposedly the reason. It didn’t help matters when Trank took to Twitter a day before the film’s release, claiming that his cut of the movie, not the one the studios took from him, would’ve gotten great reviews. Trank would of course delete the tweet, but only after every entertainment reporter screen captured it. Whether or not Trank is right about his original vision being superior, one thing is for certain — Josh Trank should stay off of Twitter during opening weekends.

David Fincher

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Today, David Fincher is a celebrated director, but back in the early ‘90s, he was just a music video director taking on his first feature film. Alien 3 was already a troubled production before Fincher, not even the film’s first director, came aboard. A rushed schedule and studio interference led to Fincher feeling like he couldn’t achieve his vision. Since then, Fincher has completely distanced himself from this movie, describing it as the worst experience of his life. At least his Alien movie turned out better than any of the ones that followed it.

Michael Bay

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Everyone seems to agree that the second Transformers film, Revenge of the Fallen, is the worst of the series. Director Michael Bay has publicly explained the problems with the movie, blaming its problems on the writer’s strike that was going on at the time. The movie went into production without a finished script, and due to the strike, nothing new could be written. Still, Michael Bay calls this movie crap, despite standing by all the other Transformers movies?

Kevin Smith

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After the breakout success of Clerks, studios couldn’t wait to work with Kevin Smith… until Mallrats bombed at the box office. Smith’s career survived, and he continues to make movies to this day. Mallrats became a punchline for Smith for several years. He even apologized for the movie during the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards. Recently, however, he has talked about making a sequel, so he may have changed his mind about this movie.

Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro’s films, like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, are always a little bit left of center… except for Mimic, his first Hollywood movie. At the time of the film’s release, Del Toro was unhappy that the studio didn’t give him final cut of the movie. He gave his honest opinion about the movie in the book Cabinet of Curiosities. If you’re starting to notice a trend of great directors being stifled by studio interference, you’re not the only one.

David Lynch

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And finally, we have the tale of David Lynch and Dune. Lynch is known for surreal movies like Lost HighwayEraserhead, and Mulholland Drive. He makes movies that smart people love and most of us don’t understand. Based on the Frank Herbert classic novel, his Dune film bombed at the box office and was ravaged by critics. Lynch would later admit that making the movie was him selling out. An extended version was eventually released, but Lynch disowned that as well.

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6 Filmmakers Who Trashed Their Own Movies

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