There’s a kind of zany fun to be had with Renny Harlin’s crap-looking nautical thriller about genetically engineered sharks: “Bigger, smarter, faster, meaner” went the tagline. But unless helpless laughter was the intended effect, the film fails miserably—never more apparently than in this scene in which Samuel L. Jackson gets chomped mid-rant.
The shark in Jaws, the T. rex in Jurassic Park, the E.T. in E.T.—Spielberg’s iconic trio of movie creatures all had one thing in common: They were all “practical” effects. That is, all three of those nonhuman characters were actually constructed by prop makers and captured on camera just like any of their human co-stars. That’s not the case with Jurassic World, where your favorite dinosaurs from the original (as well as some monstrous new ones) were mostly created by computers and added into the movie during postproduction. As today’s summer blockbuster movies make all too clear, computer-generated imagery (CGI) is still a work-in-progress. Here are ten of the most egregiously awful examples, in big-budget movies that should have spent their money on a puppet or two.