The casualty: director Willard Huyck

George Lucas, who's no stranger to poor choices (ask any Star Wars fan to assess his constant tinkering with their beloved trilogy), really dodged a bullet in the mid '80s when he opted not to direct the adaptation of Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck himself.

Remembered, with good reason, as one of the worst movies ever made, the 1986 assaults viewers with bad acting, cheesy special effects (opting for live-action over animation was idiotic), and screwball humor that even a little kid can recognize as wit-deficient. And don't even get us started on that duck-and-human sex scene.

The unfortunate job of directing Howard the Duck went to frequent Lucas collaborator Willard Huyck, an old film school friend of the Star Wars mastermind's who co-wrote the scripts for American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Lucas must have thought he was blessing his pal with the chance to direct a pricey big-studio affair; in reality, Huyck was given control of a movie that never stood a chance of being any good. He hasn't directed a single thing since.