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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bad Movies We Love

There's a meme going around, thanks to Rupert Pupkin Speaks, of listing... well the post title says it all. There was a book by this title some years ago (available here) and I'm going to try to follow their lead: no poverty row horror or sci-fi, no famous debacles, but notable personalities making fools of themselves in films that are just silly enough to watch. They already took Mommie Dearest, Can't Stop the Music and Xanadu...

I still hit 10 by the letter "E."

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Okay, I know this looks like I'm already touting a cheap sci-fi movie, but it's a parody of them and much more, in a scattershot Kentucky Fried Movie vein. It has dozens of cameos by people film buffs will recognize (both Russ Meyer and Uschi Digart appear, but not together) and enough laughs to make it worth watching. IMDB rating: 5.8/10

Apple Pie (1976) Crime story of sorts starring Calvert DeForest (Larry "Bud" Melman of Letterman fame), of all people, this also has an early appearance by Veronica ("Hill Street Blues") Hamel and a completely inexplicable musical number by Irene Cara. IMDB rating: 2.8

The Beat Generation (1959) Hunt for a serial rapist. Stars Mamie Van Doren, Louis Armstrong, Jackie Coogan, Irish McCalla, Vampira and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom! IMDB 6.1

The Big Cube (1969) Lana Turner in an LSD movie. Nuff said. IMDB 4.6

Candy (1968) Terry Southern's take on Voltaire. With Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, John Huston, Walter Matthau and Ringo Starr. IMDB 5.2

Chastity (1969)  Cher starred in a movie written by Sonny, and which led to their daughter's name. My main recollection was that Cher looked good in her tight pants and purple top and nothing like what we think of when we think of Cher. IMDB 4.6

Dance Hall Racket (1953)  Lenny Bruce acting, with a musical number by his wife. Why? IMDB 3.1

The Devil's Son-in-Law (1977) Rudy Ray Moore made some intentionally awful kung-fu blaxploitation films. This is the best of them. IMDB 5.9

Dynamite Chicken (1971) Richard Pryor in another Kentucky-Fried kind of movie. This one looks pretty coke-fueled. IMDB 5.0

Evil Roy Slade (1972) Completely falls apart and is very dated; this was what we had before Blazing Saddles. The first half is hysterically funny, as John Astin skewers every western cliche. Makes a good double bill with The Villain (starring Arnold Schwarzenneger, Ann-Margret and Kirk Douglas).IMDB 6.8