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New Movies – 10 Worst Movies Credited To Director “Alan Smithee” And Other Aliases, Ranked (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Often a director feels that a film is no longer a product of their own and therefore does not want their name associated with it. From 1969 to 2000, if directors became dissatisfied with their film or felt that studio interference was making their film less of it, they could change their credit to the pseudonym “Alan Smithee” to protect their reputation.

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However, the credit was used so many times for disavowed movies that audiences realized that if the director was “Alan Smithee” the movie was probably bad, meaning it became a kiss of death for the film financially. Movies require director credit, however, while “Alan Smithee” is no longer used, directors can still use other aliases when they don’t want to be credited. Here are 10 movies the director disavowed and had the “Alan Smithee” credit or another alias applied.

ten An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) – 8%

Burn Hollywood Burn attempted to have a satirical version of the infamous pseudonym. The movie revolved around a director (Eric Idle) actually named Alan Smithee who tries to destroy his own movie rather than have his name associated with it.

Ironically, the director, Arthur Hiller, ended up asking for an “Alan Smithee” credit after claiming the film’s writer Joe Eszterhas, who wrote Showgirls, and the studio recut the film without him. Some claimed it was a publicity stunt to promote the film, which ultimately failed and won multiple Razzies. Ultimately, bad press led the Directors Guild Of America to drop the “Alan Smithee” alias.

9 Accidental Love (2015) – 8%

Recently, acclaimed director David O. Russell has had a string of hits, including Silver Linings Playbook and The fighter. However, in 2008 he set out to make a film called Nailed down starring Jessica Biel as a woman shot in the head with a nail gun who travels to Washington to campaign for those with strange injuries.

However, financial problems caused production to be halted 14 times due to the inability to pay cast and crew. Eventually, production came to a complete halt before the project could be completed. Two years later, Russell officially left the production after seeing an unfinished edit of the film, and contractual obligations brought back Jessica Biel to shoot the missing scenes. Russell dropped his name from the film and is credited as “Stephen Greene”. Now generically titled accidental love, the film was released to horrible reviews, grossing $140,000 on a $26 million budget.

8 Exposed (2016) – 8%

Originally filmed as Daughter of God, Exposed was initially a bilingual drama starring Ana de Armas and Keanu Reeves that focused on child abuse and violence against women. The film was completed and sold to Lionsgate. However, Lionsgate thought they had bought a detective film. So, they recut the film around the secondary character of Keanu Reeves and made the film a crime thriller.

Following the changes, the director, Gee Malik Linton, removed his name and the now titled Exposed was released credited as “Declan Dale”. Exposed received terrible reviews, but a director’s cut reflecting Linton’s original vision exists for those interested in the project’s original vision.

7 Supernova (2000) – 10%

In Supernova, a hospital ship brings on board a mysterious man with an alien artifact that begins to wreak havoc on the crew. Following a cut-budget production, director Walter Hill assembled a director’s edit with unfinished special effects, which the MGM studio was keen to show to a test audience. Hill knew the unfinished film would perform poorly, and he did. He also asked for more money for reshoots, but, when MGM refused, he left the film.

As a result, a member of the board of MGM and The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola was brought in to oversee another edit. Eventually, MGM released Supernova to terrible box office and critical reviews, and Walter Hill dropped his name from the film, instead being credited as “Thomas Lee”.

6 The Birds II: Land’s End (1994) – 12%

Following the surprise success of Psycho II, Universal felt they could give another classic Hitchcock movie the sequel treatment. This time it would be a sequel to The birds, a television sequel produced for the Showtime network. The plot follows a family being attacked by birds for no reason, just like the first film, and even Tippi Hedren appears in a cameo.

Critics decried the film and pointed out that Alan Smithee’s credit immediately killed any good faith in the film. The birds II was actually run by Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal.

5 Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) – 25%

Hellraiser: Bloodline was the fourth part of the hellraiser franchise. The legendary special effects man responsible for Freddy Kreuger’s makeup, Kevin Yagher, was chosen to direct. After Yagher finished editing his director, Miramax wanted to recut the film and add new scenes, so they hired the ghosts Joe Chappelle to direct the new material.

The end result was a hodgepodge of footage from two different directors. Chapelle wasn’t direct enough to receive full credit, and Kevin Yagher didn’t want credit because he was straying so far from his original vision. As a result, the film was given the “Alan Smithee” credit. Yagher never directed another film again but continued with special effects, working on films like sleepy hollow and Lemon snicket.

4 Wanted Woman (1999) – 39%

Woman wanted tells the story of a cleaning lady (Holly Hunter) who becomes involved in the life of a father and his moody son. Kiefer Sutherland directed and starred in the film. It’s unclear exactly why the film carries the “Alan Smithee” credit, but Sutherland probably grew disenchanted with it, so he decided to drop his name.

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Sutherland has yet to direct another film, and it would be the last time the “Alan Smithee” credit would be used after the Burn Hollywood Burn fiasco.

3 Catchfire (1990) – 50%

Easy Rider actor and director Dennis Hopper directed the 1990 thriller Catch fire about a witness trying to outrun a hitman. The film had an all-star cast that included Hopper, Jodie Foster, a weirdly uncredited Joe Pesci, Vincent Price, and a bizarre Bob Dylan cameo.

Not only did Hopper and Foster not get along on set, but the studio was unhappy with Hopper’s original cut, so they re-edited the film without his knowledge. Hopper attempted to sue, but the studio was already bankrupt. Hopper then decided to retire his name, so he was given the “Alan Smithee” credit. Catch fire received negative reviews, but Hopper later released his original TV cut with his name on with the project renamed Go back.

2 Dune: Television Extended Edition (1984) – 51%

Films are often re-released for specific purposes such as in-flight viewing or television. Edited versions of The insider, Heat, Meet Joe Black, and The scent of a woman all carry the “Alan Smithee” credit because the directors don’t feel like they don’t reflect their vision. One such example is David Lynch’s television montage Dunes.

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Originally, David Lynch had made a three hour film, but the producers wanted a two hour film. Not only did they not recut his film, but they filmed new scenes to simplify the convoluted plot. However, confusion still reigned and viewers were given a glossary of terms when they saw the film in order to understand it. Later, without Lynch’s involvement, they edited a much longer version together for television to rectify these issues, but audiences found the cut poorly edited and David Lynch refused to put his name to it, opting for the “Alan Smithee” credit.

1 Death of a Shooter (1969) – 83%

The first time the “Alan Smithee” credit was used is perhaps the only time the director received praise. The origins of the credits date back to the filming of the western, Death of a shooter, directed by Robert Toten. However, Totten constantly clashed with star Richard Widmark, and he was eventually fired, with Don Siegel stepping in to take over as director.

After filming was completed, Siegel refused to take credit for the film as it was mostly Totten’s work. However, Widmark didn’t want Totten’s name on the film, so as a compromise, the Director’s Guild of America created the infamous alias. The first time it was used it was spelled “Allen Smithee”, and he and his film were highly praised. Famed critic Roger Ebert even said, “Director Allen Smithee, a name I don’t know, lets his story unfold naturally. An extraordinary western. Sadly, the rest of Smithee’s filmography wouldn’t be as acclaimed.

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