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So Bad They Are Good

Movies I shouldn’t like but do

In honor of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, I thought I’d give you a few movies that you might want to checkout. Now these aren’t great movies by any stretch of the imagination but for some reason if I come across them I end up watching them. So if you are looking for something to watch this weekend maybe pick one of these up and let me know what you think.

First up is my guiltiest of guilty movie pleasure: The Core:

I know I shouldn’t like this movie nearly as much as I do. I can’t explain why but whenever I come across the movie on TV, I always watch it or TiVo it for later.

The story is stupid; lets get that out of the way right now.  A team of scientists and two NASA shuttle pilots have to drill to the center of the Earth in a ship made of unobtainium, and set off a series of nuclear explosions in order to restart the rotation of Earth’s core. If you don’t know what “unobtainium” is, don’t feel bad. Unobtainium is a metal that makes Wolverine’s adamantium look like tin foil.

I think the thing that makes it for me is its amazing cast. The Core stars Aaron Eckhart, Delroy Lindo, Hilary Swank, DJ Qualls, Bruce Greenwood, Richard Jenkins, Alfre Woodard and Stanley Tucci. A cast with that much talent can pull off damn near anything.

Next up we have probably one of the best B movies from the 1980s: They Live:

In They Live, the great thespian Rowdy Roddy Piper plays a down on his luck construction worker who gets a pair of sunglasses that let him see that mankind is being controlled by a race of aliens. The special effects were second rate at the time, but the story is reminiscent of the old 1950s sci-fi movies.  You don’t have to actually rent this one. It is posted on YouTube in parts.

They Live has great lines like, “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of bubble gum.”

Then of course there, is the great fight between the two heroes which South Park used almost blow-for-blow when they made Cripple Fight.

Watch the trailer for our last movie: Black Sheep.   I think it pretty much speaks for itself:

Think of it as a campy version of Night of the Living Dead, but with sheep. What more could you want? In Black Sheep, mint jelly to a weresheep is like holy water to a vampire.

For sheer campy goodness, you can’t go wrong with Black Sheep. New Zealand may have a new Peter Jackson on their hands. Not the Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson; I’m talking about his early films like Meet the Feebles or Dead Alive. I’m just not sure if that is a good thing or not.

OK, I showed you mine, now you show me yours. What movies do you like that you know you probably shouldn’t? Let me know what your favorite guilty pleasure movies are.

If my picks are a bit too out there for your viewing taste, fear not. Stop back on Thursday for some actual good movies you might have missed when they were released.


May 19, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Marquis, Wistful Lists | , , , , ,


  1. Zardoz, 1974, starring Sean Connery

    Husband was telling me last night about Forbidden Zone…it sounds like a contender for this kind of thing, so I’m entering that movie in his name. 🙂

    Comment by Skaði | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. I. Love. Black Sheep.

    Comment by oilybohunk7 | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. I like The Core too. It does have a dumb story, but the actors do *almost* succeed in pulling it out of the trash. It’s surprising that Hilary signed.

    Comment by WhoMee | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Dead Meat.

    its like black sheep… with cows.

    Comment by madb | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. My guiltiest of movie pleasures are Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearian theivery. Hey, I’m a literary nerd. Yes I know Ken is a severe over actor but everyone else in most of them are pretty good. Even Ken has a few good moments particularly in Hamlet and Othello.

    Comment by drgnsldr | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. III WOULDN’T call him a SEVERE OVER ACTOR. I tend to FIND that he EMPHASIZES the most DRAMATIC WORDS in a very APPROPRIATE FASHION. But then. People TELL ME that I emphasize MY OWN WORDS a little TOO HEAVILY.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. Be very careful about the Forbidden Zone. I saw it over 10 years ago and it’s still burned into the back of my brain.

    Look for a classy turn from Danny Elfman as the devil (and songwriter, natch). And by “classy” I mean “the only character who is not designed to haunt your nightmares for the rest of your life”.

    Comment by MC Poetry | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. I just added the Forbidden Zone to the top of my Netflix queue. I’ll give it a look later this week.

    Comment by KeeblerKahn | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. ooohh, drgnsldr and baby fish mouth, you two got me to thinking about my two most favorite word-emphasizer, dramatic-pause takers:

    Capt. William Shatner Kirk


    Horatio David Caruso Caine

    Comment by queencrone | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  10. Can the Forbidden Zone pull double-duty as a guilty pleasure AND accidental sounding porn?

    Comment by shu_shu | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  11. I like the way you multi-task shu_shu! 🙂

    Comment by queencrone | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  12. LMAO BFM! I needed something to supplement the xanax!

    Comment by drgnsldr | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  13. QC:




    My God. That man. is. a walking Shatner parody.

    Comment by SeaKat | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  14. I agree SeaKat! I once watched the entire first season of Law and Order: Criminial Intent when I was stuck at home for a week after surgery. I don’t recommend anyone do it. It’s so frustrating how he always bends himself at a right angle when he’s thinking about something, too. And while I’m at it, could that show’s writers ever give his female partner some kind of useful insight into anything??

    Comment by baby fish mouth | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  15. bfm – I watched L&O CI just once, when it first came out and I was all “Hey, that’s the lady from death row on Oz! And that’s Pvt. Pile! This show is going to rock!”. And then it didn’t. In fact, it did whatever the absolute opposite of rock is. De-rock? Unrock? Whatever.

    And back on topic, for campy goodness, I recommend Idle Hands. Seth Green in top form and Jessica Alba before she was Jessica Alba.

    Oh, Dead Alive had one of the best promo posters of all time: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2012649728/tt0103873. My brother and I had a huge copy of it hanging in the hallway between our bedrooms growing up. It was way better than a welcome mat.

    Comment by Stay, see? | May 20, 2009 | Reply

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