9 items from 2010
Yesterday saw the DVD release of one of my favorite films from the last couple of years: Best Worst Movie. This hilarious documentary traces the bizarre production of the tremendously terrible 1990 horror film Troll 2—an unofficial sequel made by Italians in Utah without the benefit of either a decent budget or a decent interpreter—and the worldwide cult that has grown up around it. The phrase “so-bad-it’s-good” gets bandied around a lot, but Troll 2 really is a tremendous piece of cinematic crud that continues to bring the ill-conceived crazy right until the closing credits. Personally, I think »
- Clark Collis
The Room is different from other bad movies. Anybody who has seen it knows this. Its success is so potent, and the film is so rewatchable and addictive because it resides in an exclusive liminal space between the token wonderfully bad genre movies (e.g., Plan 9, Hobgolbins, Troll 2, and everything in between) and infuriatingly incompetent beyond-amateur crap like Manos: The Hands of Fate or Birdemic. The Room is so incredibly unique in part because, at a $6 million investment from the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau that covered everything from production to advertising, this is bad filmmaking on a relatively “large” scale. With The Room, Wiseau found himself in the impossible position of being able to – as the film’s sole source of funding – exercise total creative control while simultaneously displaying unwieldy incompetence regarding the entire filmmaking process. I don’t mean to use such emphatic rhetoric lightly, for as Tom Bissell appropriately puts in his analysis of »
- Landon Palmer
Sitting in the number eight position on imdb's Bottom 100, with more user votes than any other film in the final ten, sits the Texas-born oddity Manos: The Hands of Fate, a "thriller" about a vacationing family who run afoul of Manos-worshipping pagans. If you've been wondering if we'd ever get to return to the delightful universe of Manos and its infamous knock-kneed manservant Torgo, well, you're in luck! Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge is expected to shoot in 2011, according to Dread Central.
It's been a long time since the original film was dragged into the harsh light of day by the crew at Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (which they've cited as the Gold Standard for painfully unwatchable films), but it sounds like producer Rupert Munch Sr. is approaching this follow-up as legitimately as possible. The official synopsis from the website TorgoLives.com dishes out the plot, "a woman battling »
- John Gholson
"A sequel to 'Manos: The Hands of Fate' is in the works" probably ranks as one of the top three sentences I never ever thought I would find myself writing. Yet, here I am reporting the unbelievable news that a sequel to one of the worst movies ever made, a movie that probably would have been completely forgotten today were it not immortalized by 'Mystery Science Theater 3000', is getting sequelized 45 years after the fact.
Made in 1966 by an El Paso, Texas fertilizer salesman with zero film experience, zero budget, and a cast comprised primarily of everyday citizens, Manos: The Hands of Fate is hands down one of the most insufferably awful things ever composed to film, and because of that it has become a cult classic amongst bad movie fans. The original exercise in excessive tedium dealt with a family that gets lost on a trip and »
Washington, July 8 – A sequel to ‘Manos: The Hands of Fate’, which was dubbed the “the worst movie ever made” by Entertainment Weekly, will be filmed in El Apso, Texas.
Gene Snitsky, a former WWE wrestler, will star in the sequel.
“It’s going to be called ‘Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge.’ We’re slated to shoot in El Paso, Texas, in early 2011,” kvia.com quoted Snitsky as telling told the Pottsville (Penn.) Republican Herald newspaper.
The sequel is expected to be released in 2013.
Jackey Raye Newman Jones and Bernie Rosenblum,. »
One day, I am going to channel my inner Dante Alighieri, and like any good hack, copy his nine rings of hell from his “Inferno” to create my own categorization, “The Nine Circles of Movie Hell.” With this list, I will rightfully place all of the “Bad” Movies in the spot in which they are truly deserving of, with no sarcastic exaggeration utilized. Even something as disagreeably idiotic as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen would only be placed in the first or second ring, next to box-office bombs like From Justin To Kelly, etc. Further down the list, you might see something by Rob Schneider in the fifth or sixth tier. With no doubt, the 8th ring of Movie Hell would be occupied by championed crap-movies like Troll 2, and the Gandalf of trash, Manos: The Hands of Fate.
However, in the 9th circle of Hell, occupying the most important »
- Nick Allen
As many people argue about what the best film of all-time is, there are just as many, if not more, who try and make an argument for the worst film of all-time. Is it Manos: The Hands of Fate? Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2? Any of the Friedberg/Seltzer abortions? As often as debates are held and titles introduced, there are some classics that always rank in the top five. Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of these films...and now we'll get to see it in 3D! Continuing the awful trend that is spreading like a virus in Hollywood, MarketSaw is reporting that the quintessential bad movie is going to be converted and sent to a theater near you. The film will tour with the title Plan 9 from Outer Space, Now in 3D! in limited release around the country, and is expected to »
Despite being off the air for over a decade, Mystery Science Theater 3000 retains a rabid cult following. It is these fans that love this collection the most, but anyone with a sense of humor worth a damn can find something to laugh at as Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and either Joel Robinson or Mike Nelson sarcastically rip on otherwise non-entertaining movies.
Seeing as how this is the 17th Volume of the show to make it to DVD, you might think that this collection would be mostly made up of B-grade material, but you’d be wrong. The four cinematic masterpieces run through the wringer in this set are: The Crawling Eye, The Beatniks, The Final Sacrifice, and Blood Waters of Dr. Z. More after the jump:
The Crawling Eye is, unsurprisingly, about gigantic mutant eyes that crawl, thus making it the most literal title in the collection. I have to say, »
- Jackson Cresswell
The art that stays with us, that moves us, that captivates, beguiles and enthralls us, is the kind that goes to extremes.
No comedy is as funny as when the action therein is taken to extremes of the farcical and absurd. Film noir depicts human beings in their most extreme states of moral decay, asking questions of us as to whether we can be decent people in an indecent world. Superheroes inspire by operating on the extreme side of nobility. Horror films thrive by confronting the extremes of evil, pain and death and forcing us to confront terrors deep and even instinctual within our conscious as well as our subconscious.
The cinematic phenomenons of late – whether one would evaluate these pictures as “good” or “bad” – are no exception. The extravagance of Avatar’s fantasy is matched by the outrageousness of the financial and technical resources required to create it. The »
9 items from 2010
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