Now an event nearly as miraculous has occurred: After only a day and a half in theaters, Disaster Movie (reviewed for Cinematical by Sir William of Goss) has already climbed to the top of IMDb's Bottom 100 list, with an average score of 1.3 out of 10. It has received more than 4,000 votes so far, 3,500 of those (including my own) being 1's, which is as low as the scale goes. About 280 people have given it a perfect 10, too, but those must be studio shills and pranksters. You get some of those in every crowd.
IMDb's Bottom 100 changes more often than the Top 250 does. Paris Hilton's The Hottie and the Nottie was #1 for a while earlier this year, and Bratz, Who's Your Caddy?, and something called Ben & Arthur (now the #2 film) have all been champions at various times. While the Top 250 only counts scores from "regular voters" (still not sure what that means) and requires that at least 1,300 votes be cast, the Bottom 100 takes all scores from everyone, and there's no minimum vote requirement. Many of the titles on the Bottom 100 are obscure, foreign, and/or straight-to-video features. I guess ranking terrible movies isn't quite as scientific or important as ranking great ones. While I've seen movies that were "worse" in terms of being more aggressively irritating and offputting, I'm not sure I've seen one that was more obvious about the lack of effort that went into making it. Clearly Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo who write and direct spoof films like this one and Meet the Spartans, have no idea how to create a funny gag, much less how to film it -- and what's more, they don't seem to care. They're used to audiences showing up anyway, and hey, as long as Lionsgate's checks clear, why should Friedberg and Seltzer care if their work is any good?
Well, here's your reward, you no-talent pop-culture bottom-feeders. Disaster Movie opened in 7th place this weekend, and the comparatively few people who shelled out money to see it -- those who rate movies on IMDb, anyway -- have hated it. Good! It couldn't happen to a more deserving film.