I’m a fan of bad movies. 'Have been for a long time—call it enjoying them “ironically,” or appreciating the energy and spectacle of certain grades of “genre” pictures, or just a modern form of gawking at a freakshow.
However, I and other coniseurs of cinematic fromage are sometimes hard pressed to come up with “good” elements of certain truly execrable works…it sometimes comes down to, tongue firmly in cheek, a listing of qualities such as “is in color,” “has sound,” or “consists of moving pictures in a video format.”
Some films, however…can’t even manage that much. So I’ve started compiling a list of 'em, split along some major categories.
-Soundtrack dubbed in later because camera couldn’t record audio. (Manos: The Hands of Fate)
-Soundtrack redubbed because original audio got lost/stolen. (The Creeping Terror)
-Filmmakers ran out of money to film major scenes.
-Filmmakers ran out of money to film the ending. (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
-Filmmakers forgot to film major scenes. (Tank Girl)
-Filmmakers use still images/drawings because they ran out of money to film real scenes. (Wizards; Tank Girl)
-You can literally see the zipper on the monster costume. (Attack of The The Eye Creatures)
-'Couldn’t get an exotic animal for filming, so painted a less-exotic one and filmed it. (Beastmaster; Sheena)
-Killed a cast or crew member during production (Flight of the Phoenix; The Crow; The Twilight Zone)
-Killed a child cast or crew member during production (The Twilight Zone)
-Killed multiple cast or crew members during production (The Twilight Zone)
-Animals harmed during production.
-Animals deliberately harmed during production. (The Andromeda Strain)
-Animals killed during production. (Beastmaster)
-Animals deliberately killed during production. (Heaven’s Gate; Cannibal Holocaust)
This is, of course, not to say that a film is necessarily bad for ending up on this list—I have a couple of genuine classics on the list already—but hey, there’s always room in the world for constructive criticism. And/or pointing and laughing at some poor schmuck pulling a pratfall.
So…anyone else have any suggestions? For films and/or categories.