Over the years, Battlefield Earth has not so quietly carved out its own little niche as being one of the worst movies ever made. It's another one of those stories about a movie with a huge budget that tanked when it hit theaters, but it didn't take long for us to realize this wasn't just another stinker. It was a monumental stinker. It was pitched as "Planet of the Apes starring John Travolta," and instead it was just a comically awful movie starring John Travolta and a planet full of dreadlocks.
There are plenty of reasons why it's on all those lists about really bad movies. Here's one...
After the film became one of this nation's greatest big-screen tragedies, producer Elie Samaha admitted that "everyone" thought he was "crazy or mentally retarded" for taking on the movie. But we all make mistakes and Samaha made up for it by later producing Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. And then The In-Laws. And then The Whole Ten Yards. And then I put you out of your misery by refusing to name any more titles he was involved in.
Except his latest one because, like Battlefield Earth, it was a comical debacle worthy of yet another all-time list, only this played out over live television on New Year's Eve during a broadcast hosted by Jamie Kennedy and friends. That show, produced by Samaha (and others), aired on a local indie station in Southern California called KDOC-TV, and luckily for us at least one person was watching because they assembled this untainted video of clips from that night, including on-air cursing, tons of missed cues and more awkward silence than, well, a credit roll over complete silence.
Supposedly the show will appear in its entirety at some point on YouTube, but until then this video is all we have. And here you never thought you'd ever feel bad for Jamie Kennedy. [via Badass Digest, Brian Collins]
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