The introduction is adapted from the one posted on my blog (link here). The links to all the reviews will go onto that site or for a review of mine on the site Videotape Swapshop.
There is something odd about me doing a season on terrible cinema in that I completely detest the concept of the ‘so-bad-its-good’ film or mocking films like Mystery Science Theatre 3000. A bad film is not a guilty pleasure, just painful to sit through, while films others would call guilty pleasures are erratic gems for myself, full of glaring flaws but with virtues as well even if they were accidental. I am the wrong person to do a thirty one day series on ‘bad’ cinema, but this could be to my advantage as I attempt one with trepidation and morbid curiosity. I decided to change the series from its original concept – ‘The Worst to the Worst’ – to ‘The ‘Worst’ of Cinema’, with the intention of choosing films that, within the categories I have selected, have been dismissed as awful films. They could be as terrible as their reputations suggest, but they could turn out to be great or at least far more rewarding then one’s expectations for them were originally. The three categories that my choices will be drawn from are simple and to the point –
1. The worst films. Any genre, any type of films.
2. The films called the worst by film critics and viewers throughout the decades, including those that have been critically re-evaluated.
3. Films that I have viewed as the worst I have seen since I started recording my opinions and scores on the films I have watched since I was a young adult.
Within these rules, anything can be reviewed if it qualifies in these categories. Like the last month long project I did in October, I have rules for how to do the series. This time I have the previous experience to help me modify them.
A. Real life if more important. If I miss days, I will make up for it in February so thirty one reviews are posted up.
B. I will try to keep the balance between rewatches and first time viewings right, so I can have immediate reactions and second opinions together. With the films I had as my worst viewing experiences to be re-reviewed within public blog writing, there is going to be a few more rewatches then last time.
C. No Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010), The Room (2003), or anything from The Asylum or on the Syfy channel. They go against my desired goal to make this an open minded excavation of the critical scrag big, with any jokes made side-by-side with them secondary, rather than a cheap excuse to mock instant ‘cult’ classics.
D. Just because a film is included in the series doesn’t mean I will give it a bad review. Even if it is a negative review, it’s better to agree to disagree rather than argue about it. Any negative critiques and jokes at a film’s expense are my personal opinion only.
Again with this season, I have not included a set list of films, but there are many potential candidates to choose from, too many for the thirty one slots. I hope to have as eclectic a collection of reviews as I did with the Halloween 31 For 31 series, with a further advantage that the subjective ‘worst’ of cinema can be even more diverse then the entire horror genre, not also taking into account how horror films by themself are a significant slice of this concept in film viewing. When the series starts on the 1st January and the New Year, I dread what I can dig up to review, but hope that amongst the lunacy and bad parody films that I will learn an important message from all of this. Whether my masochistic viewing tastes will protect me during this experience will depend on how legible my typing is by the end of this all and whether I don’t have nightmares about Troll 2 (1990) and the ilk.
Film #1 (Tuesday 1st January) – Ninja Terminator
Film #2 (Wednesday 2nd January) – The Invisible Maniac
Film #3 (Thursday 3rd January/18th February 2012) – Don’t Go Into The Woods Alone
Film #4 (Friday 4th January) – Dude, Where’s My Car?
Film #5 (Saturday 5th January) – Strike of Thunderkick Tiger aka. My Name is ‘Twin Legs’
Film #6 (Sunday 6th January) – Jack and Jill
Film #7 (Monday 7th January) – Halloween II
Work #8 (Tuesday 8th January) – Psychic Wars
Film #9 (Wednesday 9th January) – Son of the Mask
Work #10 (Thursday 10th January) – Roots Search
Film #11 (Friday 11th January/Monday 11th February) – Plan 9 From Outer Space
Film #12 (Saturday 12th January) – Sunday School Musical
Film #13 (Sunday 13th January) – Frozen Scream
Film #14 (Monday 14th January) – Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam aka. Turkish Star Wars
Film #15 (Tuesday 15th January) – Double Team
Film #16 (Wednesday 16th January/Tuesday 12th February) – Manos: The Hands of Fate
Film #17 (Thursday 17th January) – The Ultimate Ninja
Film #18 (Friday 18th Janaury) – Track of the Moon Beast
Work #19 (Monday 21st January) – The Humanoid
Film #20 (Wednesday 23rd January) – Van Helsing
Film #21 (Friday 25th January) – The Ninja Strikes Back
Film #22 (Sunday 27th January) – On Deadly Ground
Film #23 (Tuesday 29th January) – Apollo 18
Film #24 (Thursday 31st January) – Batman & Robin
Film #25 (Saturday 2nd February) – Dominator
Film #26 (Monday 4th February) – Sword of Bushido
Film #27 (Thursday 7th February) – Showgirls
Film #28 (Monday 11th February) – Robot Monster
Film #29 (Saturday 16th February) – Mortuary
Film #30 (Monday 18th February) – International Gorillay
Film #31 (Tuesday 19th February) – Cutthroat Island
Epilogue (Wednesday 20th February) – EpilogueRead less