Although the old saying goes that nobody intentionally sets out to make a bad movie, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary.
History is littered with bad movies, but not many are labelled so irredeemably awful that they're well beyond saving. Sometimes you watch a movie and wonder how it manages to pass through all the hoops required to make it to the big screen from the script, casting, shooting, test screenings, marketing and ultimately release to a mass audience without anybody raising their hand and asking, 'Has anybody noticed that this sucks?'.
Millions of dollars being funneled into something awful is just a waste of the studio's money and everybody else's time, and while handing creative control over to the filmmakers should always be applauded, sometimes intervention is required to save a project from disaster.
Some of the worst movies ever made were born from a unique and singular vision, they just turned out to be abjectly terrible misfires that would have been much better off it they'd been buried or locked away in the studio vault forever instead.
Hollywood seems to be happy to continue with their latest Stephen King obsession, with projects based on the prolific author's works seemingly getting announced every other day, but based on how the last one turned out it would be safe to assume that nobody is even going to contemplate touching Dreamcatcher.
Quite how the movie turned out to be so bad is anyone's guess, especially with the talent assembled. Legendary two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman wrote the script, with Star Wars and Indiana Jones scribe Lawrence Kasdan behind the camera directing an ensemble that included Thomas Jane, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant and Morgan Freeman.
Unfortunately, Dreamcatcher was quickly saddled with a reputation as perhaps the worst Stephen King adaptation ever, as the intended sci-fi/horror/thriller hybrid instead turned out to be an unintentionally hilarious and laughably incoherent misfire that's only redeeming feature comes from witnessing how cack-handed the entire thing is from start to finish.