Movie Review – Dune


Celebrating the Worst Films of All Time, brings you another in the list of possibly the cruddiest movies you’ll ever see…. perhaps, though, you should take our advice and never glance upon these celluloid travesties…. EVER! You have been warned!!!


Dune came out in 1984, directed with much celebration by “hot” property at the time, David Lynch. After success with cult films Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, much was expected from Lynch for the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s genre-defining novel. Success, however, would be lost with this film; touted as the next Star Wars by the films producers, instead, it became a quagmire of production hassles, directorial and producer clashes and ultimately, audience confusion.

To say that Dune is perhaps the least accessible sci-fi film ever made is to discount Steven Soderberg’s recent remake of Solaris, but for it’s time, Dune was a horrendous film to enjoy. Filled with gory, violent sequences that made audiences squirm, as well as incomprehensible plotting and scripting, Dune became the largest cinematic failure of 1984. Now, looking back on it with fond reminiscence, is Dune really as bad as it seemed at the time?

To be honest, it’s worse.

Dune manages to defy comprehension, simply with a script that doesn’t allow an audience to understand what was going on, and some of the most repugnant characters ever put on screen. Sting lost his sting the day he appeared in this trash, with absolutely no ability to act whatsoever. Kyle Maclachlan, appearing in his first film role, is perhaps better than the material allows, however he’s hamstrung severely by heavy-handed direction and a complete debacle of a script. Not even an appearance by an embarrassed Patrick Stewart (who would go on to play Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation) can save the day. Overly languid direction, coupled with a seemingly pornographic desire to show gore, sputum and slime, make Dune an extremely slow show, lacking in character or appeal. Simply, it’s depressing!

And considering the film’s budget, you’d think the effects would be better! Star Wars, which came out almost a decade earlier, had far superior visual effects, making Dune one of the worst examples of top-tier film-making to come out of Hollywood in many years. The story was remade years later as a TV mini-series, to much acclaim. However, there will forever be a blight on Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece: and that is this awful, turgid, tripe.

Avoid Dune at all costs.