The 5 ABSOLUTELY Worst Movies EVER Shot in Utah

By InkSlingerSLC 01/31/2014
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Tons of blockbuster movies have been filmed in Utah's scenic environment. We've got Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey. We've got Footloose and Thelma & Louise. But not all films shot in Utah would qualify for a thumbs-up from Ebert. We've had some pretty horrible films shot here, and here are the worst of them:


Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Shot In: Moab, UT

Year: 1983

Recognizable Faces: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5 rotten tomatoes, 1 fresh tomato

IMDb Rating: 5.1/10

Someone had the bright idea of trying to combine Star Wars and Mad Max while simultaneously jumping on the 3-D bandwagon of the 80's. The result: the kind of cheese-fest only the 80's was capable of producing. Despite the sloppy plot, it has the best rating of any of the films in this list and is the only one to earn a fresh tomato rating. Self-proclaimed B-movie fans have found the campy nature of Spacehunter both fun and entertaining.


The Conqueror

Shot In: St. George, Hurricane, and Snow Canyon, UT

Year: 1956

Recognizable Faces: John Wayne, Susan Hayward

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 2 rotten tomatoes, 0 fresh tomatoes

IMDb Rating: 3.3/10

John Wayne plays McLintock playing Genghis Khan, and manages to be an even bigger misogynist than he usually is in his films. According to Wikipedia, The Conqueror is considered one of the worst films ever made and was also one of director Howard Hughes' biggest regrets. Not only did it expose the nation to some really terrible acting, it exposed everyone on set to dangerous levels of radiation from nearby nuclear testing.


Troll 2

Shot In: Heber City and Porterville, UT

Year: 1990

Recognizable Faces: None

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15 rotten tomatoes, 0 fresh tomatoes

IMDb Rating: 2.5/10

Troll 2 features no actual trolls. They're vegetarian goblins who turn people into plants before eating them. The film isn't even related to the original Troll, but was renamed from Goblins to Troll 2 to try and piggyback on the success of the original film. Despite the, to put it nicely, inexperienced acting, the film has gained a cult following. Largely considered to be "so bad, it’s good," a documentary about Troll 2's fan base, Best Worst Movie, was made in 2010 by one of the film's actors.


The Crawlers a.k.a. Troll 3

Shot In: Porterville, UT

Year: 1993

Recognizable Faces: None 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No reviews

IMDb Rating: 2.1/10

The Crawlers a.k.a. Troll 3 a.k.a. Creepers a.k.a. Contamination .7 (when it doesn't sell, just rename it, right?), also features no trolls. In fact, it doesn't feature any goblins, either. Instead, people are attacked by the radioactive, mutated roots of trees after nuclear waste is dumped in a nearby forest. Though it didn't gain the following of its predecessor, the storyline at least seems a little more plausible. The trees after all, have a reason to seek revenge on humankind. Haven't the vegetarian goblins heard of the produce section?


Alien Express

Shot In: Ogden, UT

Year: 2005

Recognizable Faces: Lou Diamond Phillips, Barry Corbin, Steven Brand, Todd Bridges

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No reviews

IMDb Rating: 2.6/10

This TV movie from the SyFy channel is so bad, there are only two clips to be found on YouTube; and one of them is in Russian. You know something is bad when the internet buries it six-feet under. Rest in peace, Alien Express.


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