Top 11 Cinematic Experiments Gone Wrong

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Once again, another example of government intervention gone wrong. Go figure. Adapted from the novel by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange details the ultra-violent adventures of young thug Alex and his band of co-offenders he calls his droogies. After being convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in the stony lonesome, Alex serves two before being volunteered to participate in an aversion therapy experiment. Although the tests on young, malevolent, murderous Alex brought us some iconic cinematic scenes, they didn't do much in the long run to actually quell his ultra-violent personality. Sure, in the short term he got a little sick at the sight of violence and sounds of Beethoven, but when all was said and done, the experiment failed, Alex landed a government job and enjoyed a tasty plate of eggiwegs as the film closed. Way to go, government.

Jurassic Park (1993)

One of the most profitable and visually stunning examples of a science experiment gone awry, Jurassic Park was a monumental success in filmmaking. John Hammond's idea of cloning dinosaurs was an ill-conceived nightmare, but the adventure it spawned was one of the greatest ever. Absolutely iconic in every sense of the word, this film would go on to earn over $900 million worldwide and win three Oscars. So perhaps this was one example of an experiment gone horribly wrong that couldn't have gone more right.

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nazo's picture

I thought this was going to be about the other kind of cinematic experiments gone wrong, the kind usually involving someone like Uwe Boll.

Submitted by nazo on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 12:43am.
Hakk Wylde's picture

GREAT idea for a list! }:)

Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 12:23am.
Hakk Wylde's picture

Wicked list! I like HUMAN CENTIPEDE in there...definitely a very important this-generation dangers of extreme science movie. I would only add GOJIRA }:)

Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:45pm.
Terminal's picture

Take out Human Centipede and you have a wonderful list there. You could replace it with Colossus the Forbin Project, or Godzilla, or Deep Blue Sea, hell, even Night of the Living Dead. Great list though!

Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:31pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

Thanks Terminal! I tried to mix it up a little bit. Of course there were some entries that were must-haves, but I think we snuck a couple fresh ones in there. And I'm a sucker for the 'pede!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 1:20am.

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