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Old 11-05-2016, 01:33 PM
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Your "Wonderfully Bad" Movie List

I thought I had watched all the "so bad it's good flicks" on earth, but I missed a doozy I saw on TCM this morning: The Silver Chalice, featuring an awful Paul Newman as a slave-sculptor, Jack Palance as a campy magician in a sperm-printed leotard, and Virginia Mayo as a first century Las Vegas showgirl/Vulcan chick in radical blue eyeshadow.

What are your less commonly cited cheezy flicks? I'd like to hear about movies outside of the usual "badness" category (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Barbarella, et al).
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Old 11-05-2016, 01:47 PM
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Gridlock (aka The Great American Traffic Jam)
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Old 11-05-2016, 04:10 PM
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I've been showing these for years at parties

The Classics:

Plan Nine from Outer Space

Robot Monster




Compilations:

It Came from Hollywood

(Zacherle's) Horrible Borror





Just Bad Films, but entertainingly awful

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

The Giant Claw

Doc Savage: Man of Bronze

Deadly Friend

Birdemic

Terror in the Tropics

The Forbidden Zone*

Invaders from Mars**

Battlefield Earth

10,000 B.C.

Zontar, The Thing from Venus***

Creature of Destruction ***

Invasion of the Eye Creatures***

Beginning of the End

Star Crystal****




And, of course:


The Star Wars Holiday Special


* You may actually think this is good. It's certainly weird, and creative. But I find it incredibly racist. I tried showing it at one of my Bad Film Festivals, and my wife asked for it to be turned off during the opening credits\, but she was voted down. Everyone else agreed with her five minutes into the movie

** THis film is considered a classic, and I'll give it props for direction and set design. But it's irredeemably dumb. When I watched it at an Art Cinema (the kind where people get dressed up, and they don't sell refreshments, because they don't want the carpeted floors to get sticky), the audience started booing and yelling dereisive comments at the screen.

***These films are so bottom-of-the-barrel that they are actually lower-budget remakes of films that were already poverty-row original films. These are even lower in quality and in acting.

****One of the innumerable retreads of Alien that came out after 1979. This one has a unique twist, but an awful one -- they stop the creature by


SPOILER:
converting it to Christianity. No joke.

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Old 11-05-2016, 07:35 PM
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Gridlock (aka The Great American Traffic Jam)
I watched that one, actually thought it was fun, if VERY corny. With all those folks caught on the freeway, it was hilarious when the helicopters came over the ridge hauling portable toilets, all to the music of "Ride of the Valkyries" Cheesy parody scenes galore in that flick!

Cannibal Women
, from the previous post, is one of the funniest films I ever saw, or at least laughed at.

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Old 11-05-2016, 04:18 PM
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I thought I had watched all the "so bad it's good flicks" on earth, but I missed a doozy I saw on TCM this morning: The Silver Chalice, featuring an awful Paul Newman as a slave-sculptor, Jack Palance as a campy magician in a sperm-printed leotard, and Virginia Mayo as a first century Las Vegas showgirl/Vulcan chick in radical blue eyeshadow..
Thomas B. Costain, who wrote that book, wrote a great series on the History of England.

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Old 11-05-2016, 04:21 PM
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My favorite is Cobra Woman, in which Maria Montez virtually has sex with a king cobra.

Then there's Sins of the Fleshapoids, directed by Mike Kuchar, about future androids who are revolting (in both senses of the term).
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:57 PM
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My favorite is Cobra Woman, in which Maria Montez virtually has sex with a king cobra.

Then there's Sins of the Fleshapoids, directed by Mike Kuchar, about future androids who are revolting (in both senses of the term).
In a similar vein, anyone know about this mashup?

It's Martin Denny, the "Quiet Village" guy ... and what the heck is this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5owZr9vP7c
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:14 PM
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In a similar vein, anyone know about this mashup?

It's Martin Denny, the "Quiet Village" guy ... and what the heck is this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5owZr9vP7c
Ooh, that's nice. Martin Denny always takes me back. The movie is The Indian Tomb (1959) directed by none other than Fritz Lang. I didn't know that but that dancer's figure is pure gorgeousness and I had to find out. Doesn't have too bad a rating on IMDB, either.
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:33 PM
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Masters of Menace

Mechanic for a biker gang (Jim Belushi) dies, leading the gang to set out cross country to take his body home. Lots of cameos.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:23 PM
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Candy.

Was it meant to be taken seriously? Well, Richard Burton, Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and John Huston would seem to think so. Not to mention John Astin and Ringo Starr.

Did it fail? This review says it all.
If you want to see it for yourself, it's actually been posted on a popular video sharing site. I won't link directly because that must be a copyright violation.

There are all sorts of movies posted that I thought would've been taken down in short order, but they're still there.
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Old 11-05-2016, 05:44 PM
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The all-time winner has to be Manos: The Hands of Fate. The MST3K episode with it is priceless.

But that's too easy. Here's an obscure one: Zardoz. it features Sean Connery wearing a red diaper with suspenders, if you're into that sort of thing (somebody somewhere probably is...), and a plot that defied my ability and / or desire to follow. But the speech by the flying statue in the beginning made me bust out laughing immediately:

SPOILER:
THE PENIS IS EVIL!!!

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Old 11-05-2016, 06:18 PM
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The all-time winner has to be Manos: The Hands of Fate. The MST3K episode with it is priceless.

But that's too easy. Here's an obscure one: Zardoz. it features Sean Connery wearing a red diaper with suspenders, if you're into that sort of thing (somebody somewhere probably is...), and a plot that defied my ability and / or desire to follow. But the speech by the flying statue in the beginning made me bust out laughing immediately:

SPOILER:
THE PENIS IS EVIL!!!
Zardoz obscure? Heck, it was a major release when it came out.


I've shown Zardoz at my Bad Film Festivals. (I preceded it with a clip from the MST3K episode of "OPeration Kid Brother", the film starring Connery's younger sibling. At the end of one of the Satellite of Love routines, ostensibly tracing the younger Connery's movie career, Crow says "Well, at least he wasn't in Zardoz!")

It's fun to watch, especially to see where the name comes from.




You don't do the litany stated by The Giant Flying Head justice:


SPOILER:
[the gigantic Stone Head hovers before the worshipful horde of Exterminators]

Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.

Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!

Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!

Exterminators: The Gun is good!

Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals.


Go forth, and kill!

Zardoz has spoken.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070948/quotes
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:43 PM
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Let's dig deeper. First rule: It's gotta have a great title. How about:

Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.

Nude on the Moon.

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak.
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:22 PM
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I don't know -- these movies were clearly trying to be campy. I think you get extra points if the filmmakers were really convinced they were making something good.

Mind you, I enjoyed all these movies you listed, but they lack the sincerity and therefore the unintentional humor of Plan Nine or Robot Monster.
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:07 PM
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I don't know -- these movies were clearly trying to be campy. I think you get extra points if the filmmakers were really convinced they were making something good.

Mind you, I enjoyed all these movies you listed, but they lack the sincerity and therefore the unintentional humor of Plan Nine or Robot Monster.
I've never been a fan of so bad it's good. I prefer knowing camp... if it actually works. The downside is that if it doesn't it's so bad that it's bad. Like Ed Wood.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:37 PM
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Zardoz obscure? Heck, it was a major release when it came out.


I've shown Zardoz at my Bad Film Festivals. (I preceded it with a clip from the MST3K episode of "OPeration Kid Brother", the film starring Connery's younger sibling. At the end of one of the Satellite of Love routines, ostensibly tracing the younger Connery's movie career, Crow says "Well, at least he wasn't in Zardoz!")

It's fun to watch, especially to see where the name comes from.




You don't do the litany stated by The Giant Flying Head justice:


SPOILER:
[the gigantic Stone Head hovers before the worshipful horde of Exterminators]

Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.

Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!

Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!

Exterminators: The Gun is good!

Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals.


Go forth, and kill!

Zardoz has spoken.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070948/quotes
Well, my favorite the my about Zardoz was Arthur Frayne.
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Old 11-07-2016, 12:46 AM
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Anybody have the pleasure to screen The Wizard of Gore?

Every bit as wonderfully awful as Plan 9, but IN COLOR!
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:31 PM
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There are thousands but my current favorites are
Dinosaurus! (1960)
Caveman with Ringo Starr and for that matter
The Magic Christian with Ringo Starr
Pelts with Meatloaf
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
Reptilicus
Cabin Boy

And the list goes on.
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:51 PM
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The brain that wouldn't die.

The brain from planet Arous.

Fiend without a face.

Sensing a theme here?
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Old 11-05-2016, 09:48 PM
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The brain that wouldn't die.

The brain from planet Arous.

Fiend without a face.

Sensing a theme here?
No The Man with Two Brains? Or The Man with the Screaming Brain?
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:58 AM
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Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
I literally wet myself at this movie. I was about 6 when it came out, and I went to see it with my older brother. He wouldn't stop watching to take me to the restroom, so I peed my pants. I'm sure total fright had something to do with it.

It qualifies, on these grounds alone.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:56 AM
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Ninja-ed on The Forbidden Zone.

How about Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills? With Beverly D'Angelo. One of two notable films with Brion James that year.

Battle Beyond the Stars. The Magnificent Seven in spaaaace. Strangely not listed in recent lists of Seven Samurai remakes/sequels when the most recent Magnificent Seven film came out. It had Robert Freakin' Vaughn in it! He was in the original Magnificent Seven, the TV show version and something called The Magnificent Eleven.
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:17 AM
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Ninja-ed on The Forbidden Zone.

How about Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills? With Beverly D'Angelo. One of two notable films with Brion James that year.

Battle Beyond the Stars. The Magnificent Seven in spaaaace. Strangely not listed in recent lists of Seven Samurai remakes/sequels when the most recent Magnificent Seven film came out. It had Robert Freakin' Vaughn in it! He was in the original Magnificent Seven, the TV show version and something called The Magnificent Eleven.


There are two different cuts of Battle Beyond the Stars out there. One is a TV-safe version, where Sybil Danning, the Space Valkyrie, is clad not quite as revealingly. In the other version, her costume is pretty skimpy.


It helps to watch the film in a theater full of bad-movie fans


Space Valkyrie: I'll show you how a Valkyrie can go down!

Theater full of fans: Go Down! Go Down!
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:24 PM
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There are two different cuts of Battle Beyond the Stars out there. One is a TV-safe version, where Sybil Danning, the Space Valkyrie, is clad not quite as revealingly. In the other version, her costume is pretty skimpy.
The only alt-cut I ever saw was on network TV many years ago. (Remember when the big networks aired movies every week?)

They cut some of Sybil's scenes and for ones she had to be in there was a mysterious dark patch covering certain areas. Like part of her chest was in perpetual shadow. Clearly added on, not filmed that way. If there was a TV version film, why didn't the network use it?*

Fun fact: the SFX were by a newbie called James Cameron. Wonder whatever happened to him.

* Although this does happen. When Animal House first aired on commercial TV, e.g., they bleeped the language in the scene with the horse in the dean's office. Much later, there was a version where the actors are clearly saying different, cleaner, lines.
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:45 PM
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Does "Kull the Conqueror" count?
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Old 11-05-2016, 08:56 PM
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General Kala, Flash Gordon approaching.

FLASH!! aH-AAAAAH!

I find most of the "so bad they're good" movies to be just bad. But this one...
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:45 PM
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General Kala, Flash Gordon approaching.

FLASH!! aH-AAAAAH!

I find most of the "so bad they're good" movies to be just bad. But this one...
I have a soft spot for this movie. I can even tell you the exact date I first saw it in the theater, Dec. 6, 1980. That morning I'd meant to do something that was really important to me. I woke up too late to do that thing. All day I kicked around in a VERY, VERY, BAD MOOD. That evening I went to the movie, solely as a distraction from my surliness. I came out feeling great, this campy, silly, film really cheered me up!
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Old 11-05-2016, 11:30 PM
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I have a soft spot for this movie. I can even tell you the exact date I first saw it in the theater, Dec. 6, 1980. That morning I'd meant to do something that was really important to me. I woke up too late to do that thing. All day I kicked around in a VERY, VERY, BAD MOOD. That evening I went to the movie, solely as a distraction from my surliness. I came out feeling great, this campy, silly, film really cheered me up!

It really isnt bad, it was made with a certain campiness in mind, and I think the film succeeds wonderfully. Great soundtrack, costumes, etc.
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:12 AM
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Just the most godawful mess of a movie. Groucho Marx!(his last film). Jackie Gleason drops acid. Carol Channing warbles the hideously catchy theme song. Plus:

Three Batman villians: Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith.

Peter Lawford, Mickey Rooney and Frankie Avalon.

This movie is so bad, I'd really like to see it again someday.
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Old 11-09-2016, 11:54 AM
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FLASH!! aH-AAAAAH!

I find most of the "so bad they're good" movies to be just bad. But this one...
I love this movie, especially for the Queen soundtrack.

The sketchiness of the special effects seems appropriate for the comic/fantasy quality I think they were going for. Actually, I thought the special effects on the forest world were out of place, 'cuz they were better than the rest.
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Old 11-05-2016, 10:03 PM
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Star Crash

Christopher Plummer and a young David Hasselhoff play supporting roles in this fantastically bad rip off of Star Wars.
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Old 11-06-2016, 11:42 AM
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Star Crash

Christopher Plummer and a young David Hasselhoff play supporting roles in this fantastically bad rip off of Star Wars.
My number one. Most on my list have been named -

Star Crash (in restored Blu-Ray to appreciate the nuances!)
Giant Claw
Ssssssss!
Ice Pirates
Big Trouble in Little China (pretty good to be on this list, I admit)
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:04 PM
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Roadhouse
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:53 PM
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I was thinking of this, as well as the original Point Break.
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:34 PM
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My number one. Most on my list have been named -

Star Crash (in restored Blu-Ray to appreciate the nuances!)
Giant Claw
Ssssssss!
Ice Pirates
Big Trouble in Little China (pretty good to be on this list, I admit)
Oh, I LOVE Ssssssss!
The ending always freaks me out.
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Old 11-13-2016, 10:08 PM
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Star Crash

Christopher Plummer and a young David Hasselhoff play supporting roles in this fantastically bad rip off of Star Wars.
Even more importantly, it stars Marjoe Gortner.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:45 PM
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Christopher Plummer and a young David Hasselhoff play supporting roles in this fantastically bad rip off of Star Wars.
This, of course, led me to look up Caroline Munro, and I learned that she was in "Goody Two Shoes," by Adam Ant. And it wasn't until this time watching that video that I realized that Adam Ant looks like Peter Weller and Billy Crystal had a child.

My favorite "wonderfully bad movie?" Easy. Street Fighter, with Van Damme and Raul Julia. Someone has put together a compilation of its best moments.
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Old 11-18-2016, 02:05 PM
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Speaking of Adam Ant and wonderfully bad movies, Superdude, how about World Gone Wild? This wanna-be Mad Max story not only has Adam Ant as the bad guy, but also Michael Paré (has he ever been in a good movie?) and Bruce Dern.
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Old 11-18-2016, 06:50 PM
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Deep Blue Sea, featuring intelligent sharks that fight back against being research subjects.
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:48 PM
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I wanna say something good here, because the incredibly sexy Saffron Burrows is in it, but she was also in Wing Commander* with Freddy Prinze, Jr., so maybe I'd better not.

*= As a big fan of the computer games, I actually sat through this stinker in the theater. You might remember the hubbub surrounding it, as everyone knew it was going to be terrible (they were right!), but theaters were showing the the then recently-released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace trailer with it. It made the news when Star Wars fans paid to see Wing Commander and then walked out after the trailer without even bothering to stay for the feature film. To this day, Prinze does not like to talk about it.
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:41 AM
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Have none of you seen The Room?
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:49 AM
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Have none of you seen The Room?
I'm desperate to see this legendary film, but can't find it in streaming format. Do you know where I might find it? I'd rather not purchase a DVD . . .
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:54 PM
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I'm desperate to see this legendary film, but can't find it in streaming format. Do you know where I might find it? I'd rather not purchase a DVD . . .
It's only available in steaming format.



I couldn't resist!
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:23 PM
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I like Magical Mystery Tour. It has Victor Spinetti as the sergeant! Lots of fun.

Don't understand the hate.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:22 AM
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Great cast. Interesting concept. Horrible execution, with a special nod going out to the script. Not quite as bad as Star Wars Episode 2 level of writing, but pretty close.

Still, it was not an unpleasant way to kill 2 hours.

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Old 11-11-2016, 11:30 AM
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Yes. That's why I'm in therapy.


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I love this movie. It has everything: A surgeon who does random mad science in his family estate out in the woods who carries his girlfriend's head like a football after she was decapitated. A monster in the closet who has a psychic connection with the girlfriend's head. A bad Peter Lorre-esque assistant. Buckets of fake blood. And just for kicks, a cheesecake catfight in the second act.
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Old 11-11-2016, 04:43 PM
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Here's something obscure, the films of Argentine actress Isabel Sarli that she made with her partner Armando Bó.

Cheap exploitation films with a Latin flavor. Start with Feugo. Don't miss her first big film El Trueno entre las hojas or Una mariposa en la noche.

Are they camp? John Waters is a big fan and has presented screenings of them.
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I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned the original Red Dawn. It's hilariously cheesy.

The opening attack on the high school is priceless, and the "logic" only gets worse from there.
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Bringing things into the 21st century, you can't beat Crank and Crank 2 for sheer so-bad-it's-amazing-ness.

In fact, I think that I'm going to watch them again.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:30 AM
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What, no votes for The Fifth Element?

And Ringo Starr's Caveman was not in any sense bad. It was just plain fun.
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