by Legendary Lew
As of today, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas is gracing the list of IMDB’s Bottom 100 as the worst ranking movie on a site with over 2 million entries. Friendly Atheist “congratulated” Cameron for the dubious honor, gleefully boasting the movie is now rated even lower than From Justin to Kelly.
Sticking it to Cameron with this barrel bottom rating may seem like a great idea, but I think it’s actually counterproductive. I was very happy to share and laugh at the awful trailer for the movie and to share a post exposing the former child star’s attempt to rig Rotten Tomatoes. However, giving Saving Christmas the rock bottom rank on IMDB doesn’t help for a few reasons:
1. Cameron Now has a Reason to Play Victim
When he tried to rig Rotten Tomatoes, Cameron looked like a petty nincompoop. KCSC‘s current rank on IMDB is based on the votes of less than 2000 users. The next two ranked titles, Birdemic and Gunday, have their ratings based on 9K and 50K voters, respectively. Some of the posted reviews on IMDB for this faith-based movie were positive and others completely irrelevant, such as this one:
Ultimately if Christmas returned to its more simple religious roots (“reason for the season”), the vast economic pump that enriches, oh, Koch Industries and everyone else who keeps the religious right in power would be gone and they would, gasp, lose vast sums of money… One wonders why Cameron has made such a film when most Christians scream about the commercialism… I suppose Cameron isn’t so much saving Christmas as he’s saving the economy for his pay masters.
There had to have been rigging going on for this movie, perhaps by atheists or others who can’t stand Cameron. Yes, Cameron may go public with cries of Christian persecution, but with its current #1 ranking based on only 2000 voters, it seems unlikely all those one-star reviews were organic occurrences.
2. This Could Influence The Razzies
One of the problems I had with the last few Razzies was the voting done for what seemed like spite in some of the categories. Lindsay Lohan and Halle Berry were nominated for Razzies, I’m convinced, not for giving the worst performances, (indeed, I believe Lohan was great in The Canyons and was easily the only thing good about InAPPpropriate Comedy), but simply because they happen to be famous talents in awful films.
Saving Christmas is a very small film that would garner zero attention were it not for Cameron’s dickish ways. The stats for the movie prove that it’s not burning up the town. So the question is, why give this movie the possibility of getting more attention by pulling a stunt that could influence Razzie voters into giving nominations for a movie that should just disappear from public consciousness? I podcast a yearly Razzies show on my website. If this movie gets nominations, that means I’ll have to watch it, and I’ll blame that on anyone who’s helped to get this movie on the IMDB Bottom 100. I don’t want to have to see Saving Christmas. Please help a guy out here.
3. IMDB’s Worst Movie is PR Gold
The best thing to happen to a filmmaker who makes a bad movie is to make the worst movie. People want to see “the worst movie ever made.” If you don’t believe me, ask Michael Stephenson, whose film career had a resurgence because of Troll 2. He even made a documentary about its cult success, Best Worst Movie. Tommy Wiseau enjoys cult stardom with every sold-out performance of The Room, the viewing experience being enhanced by his personal appearances. Had he been alive today, I’m convinced director Ed Wood could have sold-out personal appearances with revivals of Glen or Glenda or Plan Nine from Outer Space.
If Saving Christmas remains number one on the Bottom 100 of IMDB, Cameron continues extending the 15 minutes of fame that should have run out a long time ago. Add to that, he’s a grifter, using his gospel teachings to further his misogyny, homophobia and ignorance of evolution. Stephenson and Wiseau had to figure out that “worst movie” status is actually a gold mine. Cameron doesn’t have to figure that out. He already has. He gets media attention and free publicity for every crazy video he appears in.
We don’t need to feed the beast.