The closer we get to the release of Batman V. Superman, the more nervous I get. Of course, I want the movie to be good, but movies that pit one popular character against another rarely hold up. No one’s favorite movie has “versus” in the title. These sorts of movies are often cash-ins, and the results speak for themselves. Here are the six worst “versus” movies.
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
When Alien vs. Predator came out, many fans complained about the film’s PG-13 rating. When a sequel got the green light, an R rating was promised. The result was Alien vs Predator: Requiem, which was definitely a bloodier film, but one that was also poorly shot, written, and acted. The film isn’t trying to be a good movie, but it is way too successful as a B-movie.
King Kong vs. Godzilla
I’m not talking about the original Japanese cut — the American version of King Kong vs. Godzilla was re-edited and made pretty awkward. Case in point — in the American version, the characters act like they’ve never seen a Godzila before, but everyone already knows it’s called “Godzilla” as soon as they see it. It’s a movie about two giant monsters fighting, it doesn’t have to make complete sense, but it should try a little bit, right?
Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman
In 1943, Universal decided to pair up two of its the classic monsters in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman. Originally, Frankenstein’s Monster had dialogue, but with all of these scenes are cut, leaving out vital parts of the movie. I mean, this film’s iteration of Frankenstein’s Monster is blind, but it’s never explained, so it looks like he’s just clumsy. This is actually where the classic arms outstretched Frankenstein walk came from.
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
As Universal’s two most popular monsters, Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster seemed like an obvious match-up. But despite having both appeared in the same movie before, the two had never fought. Finally, in 1971, Dracula vs. Frankenstein was released. Unfortunately, the titular monsters looked cheap and silly, and they barely fight each other. And when they finally do, the scene is so poorly shot that you can only kind of make out each character’s silhouette.
Freddy vs. Jason
To be fair, a lot of Freddy vs. Jason is pretty entertaining, but the problems start once Freddy and Jason meet. First of all, the choice to make Jason afraid of water is like making Oscar the Grouch afraid of garbage cans. Second, the final act makes no sense — Freddy only has power in the dream realm. Once he’s pulled into the real world, he’s just a guy. In a fist fight with Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger stands about as much chance as Oscar the Grouch.
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
Who saw Lake Placid or Anaconda and thought they needed a sequel? For some unexplainable reason, the Syfy channel decided to pit the anacondas against the crocodiles in Lake Placid vs. Anaconda. They just combined two properties no one cares about to make a movie that they already made and no one cared about.
You be the judge on Batman V. Superman.
Do you think it will join the list?
6 Of The Worst ‘Versus’ Movies Ever Made