Some may call them guilty pleasures, most find them vile and unwatchable, forgettable schlock. For some reason they have all earned some sort of cult following over the years, here's 10 of the best of the "worst"!
Howard the Duck
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. (110 mins.)
“ The most famous dud in movie history, Howard the Duck may have made back it's 35 million dollar budget, but not much more. Based on a Marvel comic book, Howard is part comedy, part sci-fi, and mostly fowl (get it?). George Lucas, wizard behind such film highlights as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, tried something different and failed miserably, but we love him for it. If it wasn't for this movie and More American Graffiti, we would surely think Lucas is truly inhuman. It has a very large cult following 15 years later.
Lucas has expressed how he would update this movie most of all his classics (other than Star Wars which he obviously already mucked-up starting in 1997), with a new CGI duck, and voice. Nah, leave it be George! It's a wonderfully rotten egg! ” - TomConnors
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies. (100 mins.)
“ A movie that probably never should have been made, but in 1987 Topps tried to cash in on their card series that parodied the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. It's total garbage, but like those kids from the trash can, sorta lovable. The plot is a perfect example of what was wrong with some movies in the 80's, and it wades in it's horrible existence like a happy pig in knee high sewage. Enjoying every god-awful moment, it's too stupid to hate! ” - TomConnors
Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead. (94 mins.)
“ In 1981 Richard O'Brien got the hair brained idea to make a sequel to his wildly successful cult classic film based on his own stage-musical, Rocky Horror Picture Show. The result upon first viewing can be a bit jarring, most the cast is back, but playing different roles, and the characters that return are played by different people. The movie does seem to grow on you much like the original, and it has it's own charm after a while. Ahead of it's time as far as how the film portrays then relatively unknown "Reality TV". The music is catchy, though not to the standard of Rocky Horror, but it works in it's own quirky way that it knows it's 'that bad' that a small group of us just love it! Shocking! ” - TomConnors
Genetically mutated bats escape and it's up to a bat expert and the local sheriff to stop them. (91 mins.)
“ The trailer made Bats look like a bad-ass horror flick, but when a few friends and I drove halfway across the state to actually find a theater showing the movie, it wasn't what we expected, but was just a juicy schlock horror in the tradition of all the nature gone wrong disaster pictures, and movies like Gremlins. The effects are horrible, and the acting is almost as bad, but I love every minute of it, especially the way La Bamba himself, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Bob Gunton chew up the scenes in this over the top horror. ” - TomConnors
“ The people at New Line Cinema decided to fast track this sequel to their 1984 sleeper hit (pun intended) Nightmare on Elm Street. The result was an allegory about coming out of the closet as a gay teenager, and the old creepy men who want to get inside them. They were more worried about getting another Nightmare out that the script was horribly over saturated with the notion of using Freddy to tell the story of a gay teenager, and it went right under the noses of the company. It is a horrible movie as far as the rest of the series is concerned, but has amassed a huge cult following in England, and other countries, and especially with the gay community. ” - TomConnors
King Kong Lives
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc. (105 mins.)
“ In 1986 the people that brought us the remake of King Kong 10 years before, decided to make their own sequel. The movie picks up where the 76 Kong ended, and shows the government replacing King Kong's heart with a huge artificial one. No I'm not kidding! Not only that, but there is a lady Kong too! And a Baby Kong! Also Terminator's mom is in it too! How cool is that! Wow, this movie is just so damn bad, it rocks! ” - TomConnors
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal. (98 mins.)
“ One of the first R rated movies other than Rambo that I got to see at the tender age of 6. It stuck with me, and a lot of other people for years. Stephen King's foray into film directing is just so horrible it's awesome. Powered by an AC/DC soundtrack, the film is about electrical equipment and machines coming to life, and a group of people trapped in a small truck-stop cafe. The best part is when the trucks that have been circling them, force them to feed them gasoline. The cheese factor stinks to high heaven with fumes of diesel gas and burnt tires! Crank it up! ” - TomConnors
An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. (92 mins.)
“ Small budget company Tri-Mark released Leprechaun in 1993, it was an instant cult classic, and has produced sequel after sequel for years.
Jennifer Aniston in one of her first starring roles, plays a girl who moves to a country home with her father, miles and miles away from the city life she's use to. A host of colorful characters are introduced in time to be slashed and hacked by the mean spirited unlucky charm that was trapped in their basement.
Warwick Davis of Willow, and a few other George Lucas productions stars in this hilariously ghoulish horror, that is just so dumb, it's so much fun to watch. ” - TomConnors
Simon Watterman, a space archaeologist, discovers the "Munchies" in a cave in Peru. Cecil Watterman... (83 mins.)
“ Munchies was one of the last movies in the 80's to try and cash in on the success of Gremlins. Like Critters, and Ghoulies, it's about hungry beasties run amok. Munchies is produced by famed el-cheapo, grind-house producer, Roger Corman. I don't know if Munchies was ever released in theaters, but it was a minor hit on video that filled the void in the lives of those of us craving more hungry little monsters. The effects are just horrible, and so is the acting, and ripped off premise, but hey, this is the stuff that Corman does best! ” - TomConnors
Major League: Back to the Minors
Aging minor league pitcher Gus Cantrell is planning to retire, but then Roger recruits Gus to be the manager of the South Carolina Buzz... (100 mins.)
“ This movie is actually pretty funny. Even though hardly anyone from the original two Major League films comes back in this movie, it is better than it ever had the right to be. It has it's cheese factor, but you can't help but laugh at some of the gags, that are actually well timed, and mostly play out very well considering the low-level this film was obviously made at. ” - TomConnors