No matter how silly and just plain bad the "Twilight Saga" movies have often been, you've got to admit there's something addictive about them.
Seeing pasty vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) bare soul and fangs over indecisive pouty face Bella (Kristen Stewart) while buff beastie boy Jacob (Taylor Lautner) stands nearby with his improbable pecs and questionable acting skills on display have helped make the lucrative series a giggly guilty pleasure.
With many cineplexes hosting "Twilight" marathons this week, we've decided to run our own course; ranking the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's books, from best to worst.
And how does the final entry, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," stack up? Read on.
1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2": The best entry arrives late to the "Twilight" party, but should easily appeal to fans and nonfans alike. The finale corrects past errors and boasts a terrific action sequence, a couples surprises and one sizzling-hot romance. It thankfully ditches the reverential tone that plagued the other four films, and plays up the campy humor. Even Bella doesn't bug like she has in the past.
2. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse": David Slade ("30 Days of Night") succeeds where other directors failed by creating real suspense while still retaining all the incessant pining. Even though "Eclipse" starts with a jolt and promises to get scarier, it's undone by ill-conceived special effects and the limitations of its source material. The high point comes during the fan fave tent sequence, with a freezing Bella getting all toasty-roasty with that Adonis and overly earnest Jacob. The rest of the film just can't compete with that sort of body heat.
3. "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1": So terrible it's actually good. That sums up director Bill Condon's ("Gods and Monsters," "Kinsey") campy vision of the first part of Meyer's fourth and final book. Condon shows zero restraint, and the film's all the better for it. From the lavish Edward-Bella wedding to that over-the-top and surreal birthing sequence, it's an eye-roller. Expect to laugh out loud.
4. "Twilight Saga: New Moon": This second film suffers from being long-winded, but is still heady on the atmospherics and directed with visual snap by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy"). Still, it looks terrific and captures teen moodiness.
5. "Twilight": You can't blame Catherine Hardwicke for botching the first "Twilight." Not entirely, at least. The "Thirteen" director does an applause-worthy job of capitalizing on the sexual tension between Bella and Edward. But this first film is mostly a bore, with glittery, laughable special effects, bad acting and uneven pacing.
Randy Myers is a movie critic and an online producer for the Bay Area Newspaper Group. Reach him at email@example.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/soitsrandy and at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.RandyMyers.