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Bad Movies You Liked


I won't say it underperformed in the box office, or that it was a bad movie, but it is certainly a movie that deserves better recognition.

Sneakers. Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Dan Ackroyd, Mary McDonald, James Earl Jones, Ben Kingsley...yeah, some serious star power. It was fun, funny ("I want peace on Earth and good will toward men," and hearing James Earl Jones with his great and deep stentorian voice saying, "We are the United States Government...we don't do that sort of thing!"), and completely under-rated.

One more...a bad, cheesy movie that I absolutely loved...Krull. Didn't age well, though.

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Watched this a ton back in the day, on a VHS taped from HBO, I think. I’m almost entirely indiscriminate in my enjoyment of 80s fantasy films. Even stuff like Deathstalker II and Red Sonja. About the only one I’ve come across that I truly hated was Thor the Conqueror.

So, I’ll put forward Deathstalker II. How can I not love a movie that started with the premise of “What if we replaced Conan the Barbarian with Bugs Bunny?”

Also, Silent Night Deadly Night. For their review Siskel and Ebert simply read the name of each person involved and intoned "shame" after each one.

Conan the Destroyer. I am not proud.


Sinister Squad


an Asylum movie that ended up being better than the movie it was meant to parody/ripoff (which really indicatws just how bad Suicide Squad is imho). I think the difference with this movie is that it was actually intended to be cheap and the actors know its never going to be a great film, but they get in and have fun with it anyway.

(NB The asylum is an independent studio famous for is low budget Mockbuster parodies, best known being Sharknado and Z Nation)
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Also, Silent Night Deadly Night. For their review Siskel and Ebert simply read the name of each person involved and intoned "shame" after each one.
That...that is simply awesome. I have never seen this movie, and now I am compelled to watch it. It's almost a moral obligation now...


"Legend" (the 1985 film with Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry)
"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"
I wanted to say "Hansel and Gretal; Witch Hunters", but apparently it did pretty well financially.


Well, Labyrinth is estimated as having a $25 million dollar production budget, but made about $13 million at the box office. That's... not good financial performance.
I only found that out a few years ago.

People seem to like the movie though. Maybe David Bowie in tights isn't for everyone. It's one of my favorite movies of all time.


Dying in Chargen
Official flop that I like is "The 13th Warrior", or "The Thing". Probably considered bad, but good, is Corman's "Galaxy of Terror", and not for the worm sex scene with Taaffe O'Connell; it didn't do so bad box office vs budget though. Afterwards, I'm sort of a fan of bad movies: Trancers, The Ice Pirates, The Keep, From Beyond, Re-Animator, etc.. Plus I like movies that might be considered bad but are great like Videodrome, Repo Man, or Hardware.


My problem was the uber-cheesy make-up/special effects. And the fact that it did not have the incredible Basil Poledouris for the soundtrack (it had a cheesy knock off that did a poor job of trying to sound like Basil Poledouris).
Um, Basil Poledouris did score Conan the Destroyer. It's not as great as his score for Conan the Barbarian, but there is still some good music in there.


Dances with Gnolls
The Super Mario Bros movie is completely insane. Like, it shouldn’t be possible to miss the mark that badly. And knowing that Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo spent most of the shoot drunk makes it even better.
Yeah. It will always be a movie that I can admit was bad, but so good.


This is tough. By definition, if I enjoyed a movie, I don't think it's 'bad'. 'Did I like it?' is always the first question I ask when performing criticism. Anyway, I'll need to think about this more so lets start with expensive box office failures.

The Watchowski's Cloud Atlas. Loved it. Moreover, I think it should be considered an important film, though its importance is dampened a little by their Netflix show Sense8, which covers a lot of the same ground and in a some ways, does it better (season 1 of the show functions as a better adaptation of the novel).

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