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How does a movie become a classic? A great cast, a great script, great direction, iconic scenes… But then there are the movies that achieve greatness from another direction. I’m talking about the turkeys, the cheese fests, so bad they’re good.
This event is all about celebrating movies that are amusing for all the wrong reasons. The ones that ended up as gems of unintentional comedy.
I became hooked on bad movies quite young. I was seven years old and stayed home from school with a cold. A friend of the family sent over some movies and one of them was The Robot Monster.
Fans of bad films: I see you smiling!
Never heard of it? Behold!
I was hooked! I became a devotee of bad films. Let’s give them their day in the sun. Or at least their afternoon under flickering fluorescent lights.
When: July 13-15, 2014
Basics: Pick any cornball classic released on or before 1965. These movies must not only be bad, they must be so bad they’re hilarious. You may also cover the careers of famous schlockmeisters from the period, if you like. In order to encourage variety, I am asking for no duplicates, please.
Details: Everyone’s definition of humor is different. Please, feel free to choose bad movies that are funny to you. (If you find one of your favorite films on the list, don’t hit me, I’m only the hostess!)
Please note that the films covered in this event are not funny because they are old. They are funny because the script, or the acting, or something else fails in just the right way.
Special note for silent movie fans: Bad silent movies are something of an elephant in the room. You see, fans of silent films spend untold hours trying to convince people that silent films were never like… that! Well, the fact is that the silent era was like any other time period: There were a large number of good movies, some so-so movies and a few spectacularly bad movies.
You know what? That’s okay. The silent era was not this strange, mythical time period full of masterpieces. Hard-working people tried to make good movies but sometimes, they just didn’t do it. Consider this affectionate ribbing from a devoted set of fans.
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Robot Monster (the ideal bad movie) The Magic Sword (Some big names in this medieval turkey.)
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (A childhood favorite. Team Ghidorah!)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (that’s a given) Night of the Ghouls (its forgotten sequel)
Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (you really need to ask?)
Duel in the Sun (aka, Lust in the Dust)
The Face of Fu Manchu (The best of the series. That’s not saying much.)
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The Road to Yesterday (one of my favorite silent cheeseballs)
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (um, feminism?)
The Conqueror (aka, John Wayne is Genghis Khan)
The Wild Women of Wongo (worth it for the title alone)
Beyond the Forest (what a dump!)
Santa Fe Trail (Ronald Reagan as General Custer. Really.)
These are just a few titles I would like to see find a home. Feel free to review anything that strikes your funny bone from 1965 or before.
Movies Silently | Heart of Wetona
Nitrate Glow | Nomads of the North and Jane Eyre (1934) and The Road to Yesterday
Cinematic Catharsis | Glen or Glenda
The Movie Rat | Reefer Madness
The Vintage Cameo | Just Imagine
Forgotten Films | Cat-Women of the Moon
A Person in the Dark | The Terror of Tiny Town
Sister Celluloid | Torch Song
The Nitrate Diva | Maniac (1934)
Critica Retro | Fire Maidens of Outer Space
Silent-ology | The Sheik
cinemaburn | The Wild Women of Wongo
Destroy All Fanboys | The Magic Sword + Reptilicus
Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights | El Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro aka Samson vs. the Vampire Women
Mildred’s Fatburgers | Johnny Guitar
The Great Katharine Hepburn | Spitfire
Cinema Monolith | Eegah
Greg McCambley on B-Movie Maniacs | The Sinister Urge and a profile on Coleman Francis
Once Upon a Screen | The Killer Shrews
B-Movie Maniacs | Robot Monster
The Draconic Verses | King Dinosaur
Silver Screenings | White Pongo
All Things Kevyn | The Silver Chalice
Girls Do Film | Plan 9 from Outer Space
The Girl with the White Parasol | The Pride and the Passion
Prowler Needs a Jump | They Saved Hitler’s Brain/Madmen of Mandoras (so nice, they named it twice!)
MovieFanFare | Sincerely Yours
The Last Drive In | The Creeping Terror
I Love Terrible Movies | The Incredible Petrified World
Destroy All Fanboys | The Horror of Party Beach and Konga
James Downs | Devil Girl from Mars
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque | Night of the Ghouls
A Shroud of Thoughts | The Tingler
The Man on the Flying Trapeze | Attack of the 50 ft. Woman
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