25 Horrific CGI Disasters On Film, From Star Trek To The Polar Express

At first, CGI was fun because it was so rudimentary.

Think pixelated monsters with staring eyes, supposedly living beings with stiff robotic arms, explosions that are more ridiculous than scary.

But even now that it’s gotten incredibly sophisticated, CGI often remains a punchline.

Computers might be able to render the soft strands of hair on a forearm or the subtle shifts in tone on the surface of a rock, but that just means special effects teams are better than ever able to delve deep into our nightmares and extract them fully to the big screen.

Here’s a list of examples that prove we’d all be better off going back to spaceships on strings.

die Another Day (2002)

The sight of James Bond surfing down an iceberg tsunami will both shake and shake you. Pierce Brosnan’s swan song as a character was so poorly received that he nearly killed off the entire Bond franchise, but Cash Cows considered he lived to die another day.




How did Ang Lee, the mastermind behind the visual megalith, work? Pi’s lifedo the awkward wreck that is hulk? Eric Bana’s face floats awkwardly amidst a gummy green mass. He looks like he should be on the back of a candy corn can. We don’t like him when he’s angry, but anyone would understand the Hulk’s feelings in this case.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

There are Runescape avatars that look more lifelike than the troll from that Harry Potter movie. Even kids with baby teeth wouldn’t find this beast creepy. One has to wonder if director Chris Columbus is fooling his audience.

war of stars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

People say the worst about them war of stars Prequels were Jar Jar Binks, but they obviously forgot the part where Anakin surfs the planet Naboo on the back of this herd animal. The CGI is rendered so shaky that it could be mistaken for a 90’s Playstation game.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

It’s difficult to make an alien space snail look realistic, but you’d think one of the greatest film franchises in history could produce something better than this embarrassment. They should have gone for a latex costume instead of struggling with CGI effects that didn’t even make the final cut Sharknado. A new hope? More like a lost one

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

The animatronic sharks in this aquatic thriller are a bit advanced for the time. But limited by the technology of the late 1990s, so much of deep blue sea he spent watching Samuel L. Jackson explode on something instead of watching the explosion take place. Luckily he’s a decent actor.

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Justice League (2017)

You may have heard the story: Henry Cavill had to grow a mustache for his role Impossible Mission and since Paramount wouldn’t let him shave it, the special effects team from justice league had to delete it in post production. The resulting CGI mouth is terrifying. It looks like he’s wearing a human-skin balaclava. Justice for Cavill’s beautiful mouth.

The Reloaded Matrix (2003)

Neo fights with hundreds of Smiths in The Matrix


This fight scene between Neo and hundreds of Agent Smiths is reminiscent of the experience of pulling out a packet of gum at school. Neo knocks off hundreds of arms and legs, but they just keep coming. Humorless matrix In response to criticism, fans grumble: “Oh, but look at the choreography”. Which should be returned with, “Yes, but Neo’s face”. It looks like it belongs to Madame Tussauds.

Air Force One (1997)

No part of this plane crash scene makes any sense. Why doesn’t the plane shatter into pieces on impact? Why is there shrapnel but no actual damage to the main model? It clearly took the special effects team about five minutes to do this. Was the last train home due or something?

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

It’s good to be ahead of the curve, but not when the available technology can’t realistically render the script you’ve chosen. This Stephen King adaptation is a virtual nightmare, not because of the intelligent chimpanzees or scientific experiments, but because of the dodgy computer game graphics that wouldn’t look out of place on a Nokia brick.

The Mummy Returns (2001)

The Scorpion King in Return of the Mummy


We know that the Scorpio King was doomed to be a walking plague until the end of time. What we didn’t know was that he was going to look like a poorly designed PS2 character. Why bother paying The Rock millions to appear in your film when no one can tell it’s him? This CGI is a rock solid disappointment.

Aladdin (2019)

If a man were blue, would he be this blue? Or would it be more of a dusty muted color? The VFX team thought the former, which is why Will Smith’s Genie appears on screen and looks more unrealistic than Robin Williams’ Disney animated version.

Green Lantern (2011)

The whole Green Lantern is basically Ryan Reynolds grimacing and bowing in a CGI suit on a green screen surrounded by CGI aliens in a CGI world. It might work, but all the effects are terrible, especially the eye mask that covers his face so you can’t see how he’s feeling. If they wanted to save on the budget, they should have just made him wear spandex.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

DC Comics fans have waited years to see Doomsday make its theatrical debut. He is one of the most fearsome villains in Superman history, a creature who once managed to slay the Man of Steel. But like a bad Tinder date, he came in Batman vs Superman nothing like his pictures look like.

Cats (2019)

It might be rated U, but cutting-edge digital fur technology helped make it cats scarier than The Exorcist. Watching a CGI Ian McKellen licking a bowl of milk and making meowing cat noises is never a relaxing experience. We will only know the real traumatic effects cats As soon as the generation of children who grew up with it can afford therapy, to speak openly.

Anaconda (1997)

The snake inside anaconda is essentially a long gray tube, so it doesn’t quite achieve the chilling horror the cast was hoping for. fangs for nothing.

The Polar Express (2004)

Tom Hanks character in The Polar Express


A Christmas children’s book brought to life with the help of Tom Hanks – what could go wrong? Actually a lot. Oddly enough, the characters in this film have textureless skin, their hands move mechanically, and their jaws are hinged in all the wrong places on their faces. Santa’s Naughty List for director Robert Zemeckis.

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

How this managed a $100 million budget in the 2000s and still ended up with a half-finished CGI lizard baboon is startling. At the very least, the botched computer graphics offer a distraction from Ben Kingsley’s awful wig.

Fantastic Four (2005)

In a shocking twist, Mr. Fantastic reveals a superpower no one knew he had: the ability to transform into the most unconvincing digital Wolverine of all time. The effect looks like it was created with a bad Snapchat filter.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Wolverine’s claws look good in the first three X-Men Movies, why the special effects team working on his standalone film decided to replace physical props with computerized versions remains unclear. The spikes don’t look like they’re sticking out of his knuckles, but instead hover aimlessly above them.

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

No one knows what it would look like if someone’s face was stretched, but you can know for sure that it wouldn’t look like what it looks like here star trek Movie. When Admiral Matthew Dougherty’s (Anthony Zerbe) skin is pulled into a torture machine, it looks like someone in the back row of IT class is messing around with Photoshop.

The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

Most of the effects in the adaptation of HG Wells The shape of things to come They appear to be plastic toys dangling in front of still lifes. The sight of a spaceship landing on Earth is more dystopian than the plot.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Birds attack the characters in Birdemic

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This boring love picture becomes ridiculous when killer birds wreak havoc on the characters. The utterly misguided actors flap their arms in shame, apparently clueless as to where Nguyen will place the birds in post-production. But we should be willing to forgive birdemic since his budget was only $10,000. We should also be able to forget the film.

King Kong (2005)

Andy Serkis’ stop-motion rendition of the mighty Kong is impressive. So it’s amazing how exactly the same crew made this dinosaur onslaught. As Jack Black and Adrian Brody run away from danger, all the action moves around them, making it perfectly obvious that they are facing a green screen.

ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Don’t fix what isn’t broken. Unsatisfied with keeping the lovable alien in his original prosthetic form, Steven Spielberg recreated ET using CGI. call home? Call the police on Spielberg about this criminally ill-informed decision.

This article was originally published in 2021

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