In my previous post about the failure of John Carter, I suggested that sci-fi movies that take place on desert planets don’t do very well at the box office.
It’s possible I was trying to hard too find a correlation that doesn’t exist, but unfortunately the sample size is small so we will probably not be able to know for sure. But independent of the ugly desert landscape, it’s my opinion that Dune was the worst sci-fi movie ever made.
I remember going to see it in 1984 with my high school sci-fi friends. And I thought it was absolutely horrible. However, after I wrote my blog post comparing Avatar to Dune, I got suckered into re-watching Dune. There are a bunch of reviews at Netflix suggesting that Dune is a lost classic, misunderstood, etc. So I gave it another try, and that made me pretty certain that Dune is indeed the worst sci-fi movie ever. The movie has no redeeming qualities.
I am going to go out on a limb here and predict that the 2014 Dune remake is going to be another flop. It still has the desert thing going against it, and maybe Dune is a story that just doesn’t work well as a movie.
The Lord of the Rings was successfully made into three movies, but LOTR doesn’t take place in a desert.