The Worst Book Adaptions

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1.
Watchers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknown to him, the dog is being stalked. (91 mins.)
Director: Jon Hess
“ The Dean Koontz book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. The movie though, only got Einstein the genius dog right! ” - jwoehr
 
2.
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer. (100 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ I have to see it again, but from all the bad reviews it's easy to say that it's not as good as the book. ” - jwoehr
 
3.
The Running Man (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. (101 mins.)
 
4.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Jim Carrey was the perfect choice but if he put the goofiness down about a thousand notches the movie would have been a little better. ” - jwoehr
 
5.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
 
6.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences. (135 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
7.
Red Riding Hood (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure. (100 mins.)
“ If Tim Burton did it and not the mushy director of Twilight, this could have been awesome. Instead, you have two boys who love her and one might be the big bad wolf! ” - jwoehr
 
8.
Twilight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ The follow-ups are a little better due to improved direction. This one feels like a Levi's commercial at times with too many shots of vampires walking in slow motion and Bella and Edward just staring at each other. ” - jwoehr
 
9.
Dreamcatcher (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space. (136 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ As if a book about aliens taking over bodies by going through butt holes and an alien leader with an English accent could have made a good movie. ” - jwoehr
 
10.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. (118 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Rick Riordan books to me, are....always addicting and hard to put down. The Percy Jackson movie though is as if Chris Columbus filmed it with his eyes close, thinking "I made the first two Harry Potter's" I can easily make a Percy Jackson film. ” - jwoehr
 
11.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Rymer
 
12.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ The only one I don't see worth watching over and over again. It could have easily been the best one too. ” - jwoehr
 
13.
Gulliver's Travels (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. (85 mins.)
Director: Rob Letterman
“ I was some-what into it even if they hacked the books to bits to make it a comedy. ” - jwoehr
 
14.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. (129 mins.)
“ I haven't read the entire book, yet I know that the movie isn't anything like it. The movie is some fun though if you enjoy non-stop running and screaming. ” - jwoehr
 
15.
Congo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong. (109 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
16.
Sphere (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean. (134 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
17.
Desperation (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives. (131 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
“ Mick Garris did a decent job with the Stand and Riding the Bullet, but everything else sucks! ” - jwoehr
 
18.
The Langoliers (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport. (180 mins.)
 
19.
The Cat in the Hat (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them. (82 mins.)
Director: Bo Welch
 
20.
The Time Machine (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
“ Although I sort of enjoyed it, the director who's related the H.G. Welles hacked the book to bits. The film from the 50's is much better. ” - jwoehr
 
21.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge. (123 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Disturbing and depressing are the first two words that come to mind. ” - jwoehr
 
22.
Angels & Demons (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican. (138 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ I actually didn't only enjoy the Da Vinci Code...I loved it! This movie makes crowning a new pope look like a rock concert which is pretty cheesy. While the best character was cut out! So to me the Da Vinci Code was much better, since it at least was a lot more like the book. ” - jwoehr
 
23.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ I read the book to my niece and in no way is Jim Carrey Mr. Popper or is the movie enough like the book. The film is just more proof that they need to stop casting Carrey in films based on books. ” - jwoehr
 
24.
Eragon (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realizes he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king. (104 mins.)
 
25.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
After enslavement and near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back. (118 mins.)
Director: Roger Christian
“ Although....the books are supposed to suck too. ” - jwoehr
 
26.
Children of the Corn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kiersch
 
27.
The Mangler (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon from Hell, causing it to develop homicidal tendencies. (106 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
28.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen King
 
29.
Sleepwalkers (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on. (91 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
“ Mick Garris has made some of the worst King adaptions...yet he has been chosen to direct way too many movies based on King books! He even has Bag of Bones coming out! ” - jwoehr
 
30.
Watchers Reborn (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
An extra-smart dog and detective team up to stop a DNA enhanced killer. (90 mins.)
“ Only a little bit better than the 1988 film. Still, I'd love to see a version that's actually....the book! ” - jwoehr
 
31.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. (135 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ A waste of Peter Jackson. ” - jwoehr
 
32.
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor. (96 mins.)
 
33.
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
During the first day of his new school year, a fifth grade boy squares off against a bully and winds up accepting a dare that could change the balance of power within the class. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Dolman
 
34.
A Sound of Thunder (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
When a scientist sent back to the prehistoric era strays off the path he causes a chain of events that alters history in disastrous ways. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams