Bad Directors

by jwoehr | created - 17 Aug 2011 | updated - 25 Apr 2012 | Public

1. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

Started out as a poor man's Tony Scott and made his way up to a poor man's James Cameron.

2. Uwe Boll

Producer | Postal

As a child, he produced a number of short films on Super 8 and video before beginning his studies as a film director in Munich and Vienna. He also studied literature and economics in Cologne and Siegen. Uwe graduated from university in 1995 with a doctorate in literature. From 1995-2000, he was a ...

If you want a bad movie based on a good video game....hire him!

3. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

Yeah, Red Dragon was good but what else was ? Dude killed X-Men so bad that only prequels can be made lol.

4. Rob Zombie

Writer | The Devil's Rejects

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie ...

More violence, doesn't make a good movie! Just watch his Halloween remake.

5. Brian Levant

Director | The Flintstones

Brian Levant was born on August 6, 1952 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA as Brian Michael Levant. He is a producer and writer, known for The Flintstones (1994), The New Leave It to Beaver (1983) and Jingle All the Way (1996).

6. James Wong

Producer | The X Files

James Wong is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), The One (2001) and American Horror Story (2011). He is married to Teena Wong. They have three children.

Made the best Final Destination film....the first. But what the hell was up with Dragonball Evolution?? I always imagined a great Dragonball Z movie but what he gave us was even worse than the Last Airbender!

7. Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer | Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping (1994) (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, ...

8. Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writer | Plan 9 from Outer Space

Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people have come to Los Angeles from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (as writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers, composers, ...

9. Frank Coraci

Director | Click

Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler.

Coraci was born in Shirley, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of ...

10. Dennis Dugan

Actor | Happy Gilmore

Dennis Dugan was born on September 5, 1946 in Wheaton, Illinois, USA as Dennis Barton Dugan. He is an actor and director, known for Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Big Daddy (1999). He is married to Sharon Dugan. He was previously married to Joyce Van Patten.

11. Mick Garris

Writer | Amazing Stories

Born in Santa Monica, California, on December 4, 1951, Mick Garris grew up with his mother in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Van Nuys from age 12, following his parents' divorce. Garris was making his own 8mm home movies around that time, and when he got older be became a freelance critic ...

Has directed way too many Stephen King adaptions, that could have been good....if he didn't do them!

12. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Thirteen

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Thirteen (2003), Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011).

Her films just feel like sexy commercials.

13. Claudio Fragasso

Writer | Troll 2

He began filming the age of 12, involving his teammates oratory. At 16 he was assistant editor, assistant director at 18. At twenty directs, reads and edits his films in Super8: "Paure e Realtà" in 1973 and "Pasaggi" 1977. Debut in 35 mm with "Defendimi dalla Notte" 1981. With his friend Bruno ...

14. Keenen Ivory Wayans

Writer | White Chicks

Keenan attended college at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama but dropped out his senior year to persue comedy full time. His comic influence is Richard Pryor.

15. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and Phone Booth (2002).

Good movies: Lost Boys, A Time to Kill, Flatliners and some others Awful: Batman & Robin

16. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

Good: Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs Bad: Everything Else

17. Roland Emmerich

Producer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

Good: Stargate, Independence Day, the Patriot, Day After Tomorrow Bad: Everything lately.

18. Patrick Lussier

Editor | My Bloody Valentine

Patrick Lussier is known for his work on My Bloody Valentine (2009), Terminator Genisys (2015) and Scream (1996).

19. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

He has some good movies and had a great start with In the Company of Men.....but he made the horrible Wicker Man remake!!!!

20. Steve Carr

Director | Movie 43

Steve Carr is a director and producer, known for Movie 43 (2013), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Next Friday (2000).

21. Neal Israel

Director | Bachelor Party

Neal Israel was born on July 27, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA as Neil Cary Israel. He is a director and writer, known for Bachelor Party (1984), Real Genius (1985) and Look Who's Talking Too (1990). He has been married to Lillian Johann Kastenberg since November 17, 1999. He was previously ...

Surf Ninjas...enough said.

Mr. Nanny....

23. Raja Gosnell

Director | Big Momma's House

Raja Gosnell started his film career as an assistant editor in the late 1970s. His first credit as a film's main editor was the romantic comedy "The Lonely Guy" (1984), for director Arthur Hiller. During the 1980s, Gosnell served as editor in films directed by Tom Laughlin, David Worth, Bob Dahlin,...

Never Been Kissed was good and for some reason...I was into his Scooby Doo films and....the Smurfs even if he did murder my fond childhood memories. But many consider them bad and Home Alone 3 and Big Momma's House weren't exactly great.

24. John Whitesell

Director | The Guiding Light

John Whitesell is a director and producer, known for Guiding Light (1952), Big Momma's House 2 (2006) and The John Larroquette Show (1993).

Made worse sequels to movies that were already bad, like....Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son ????

25. Mark Neveldine

Writer | Gamer

Mark Neveldine was born on May 11, 1973 in Watertown, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Gamer (2009), Crank (2006) and Crank: High Voltage (2009). He has been married to Alison Lohman since August 19, 2009. They have two children.

26. Don Mancini

Writer | Seed of Chucky

Don Mancini was born on January 25, 1963 in the USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Seed of Chucky (2004), Bride of Chucky (1998) and Child's Play (1988).

Seed of Chucky.....

27. Robert Klane

Writer | Weekend at Bernie's

Wrote "Greasier," a rejected script for a Grease sequel, in 1979.

Directed Weekend at Bernies.....2!

Omg! He should be number 1#! He did all the Sh%tty Movie....movies. Like Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, managed to make an unfunnny spoof of Twilight called Vampires Suck, Date movie...Need I say more?

29. Craig Mazin

Writer | Identity Thief

Craig Mazin was born on April 8, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Identity Thief (2013), The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013).

Superhero Movie

30. Brian Robbins

Producer | Norbit

Brian Robbins was born on November 22, 1963 in Marine Park, Brooklyn, New York, USA as Brian Levine. He is a producer and actor, known for Norbit (2007), Coach Carter (2005) and Varsity Blues (1999). He has been married to Tracy James since October 7, 2012. They have one child. He was previously ...

32. Roger Christian

Set_decorator | Star Wars

Academy Award winner Roger Christian has had an extensive film career. He won an Academy Award for set decoration on director George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which began a long collaboration between the filmmakers. Christian subsequently worked with Lucas on Star Wars: ...

33. Pitof

Director | Vidocq

Pitof was born on July 4, 1957 in Paris, France as Jean-Christophe Comar. He is known for his work on Vidocq (2001), Catwoman (2004) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).

Catwoman

34. Lawrence Guterman

Director | Son of the Mask

Hired after Steven Spielberg saw his USC Thesis Film "Headless!" (which won Grand Jury Prize for best short at the Houston Int'l Film Festival) to direct Dreamworks Interactive's "Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland", Guterman was then hired to direct sequences on "Antz", the company's first C.G.I. ...

Son of the Mask

35. McG

Director | Terminator Salvation

McG was born on August 9, 1968 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA as Joseph McGinty Nichol. He is known for his work on Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and We Are Marshall (2006).

Someone talked me out of having him on my list, but dude, he made This Means Wars and ruined the rolls that Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were on. He's a good producer, but he directs crap and please keep him away from big summer movies! But am sure next he'll be handed Transformers when Michael Bay leaves.