I'm as we say "calling for scripts", putting out the word to screenwriters that I'm looking for scripts I can produce. One of the sources I'm using to request "queries", or brief emails with story synopses, asked what genre I'm looking for. I replied, "Suspense and horror". She asked if there was a single film I could identify that was similar to what I was looking for, given certain parameters I listed for her. While I was pondering, she suggested "Cellular". I hadn't seen it, and told her I'd dash out to Hollywood Video a grab a copy.
OK, I got through about 15 minutes. Now, I read a lot of scripts, as everyone in the film business must. I've read some stinkers, and some absolutely amateurish efforts. But I've never read anything nearly so pathetically, laughably horrible as Cellular. And the direction is equally awful. The people who made this film could not possibly ever make even one episode of a prime time TV series.
The box office on this picture was over $30 million dollars. The budget was $25 million. It looks like it cost 3 cents. This means they lost a lot of money. Which is good. What's not good is that some people like this garbage.
This is at the bottom of my Vomit List.