On bad movies.

By Kel Morin-Parsons

Today’s entry is pithy, (hehe--I just wanted to use the word “pithy”), but still, like all truly pithy things, important. Very, very important.

I would love to hear from readers of this blog about their top bad movie pics. But listen; this isn’t as simple as it might seem. For there are two categories of bad movie to which I would like you to hearken. The first is so-good-they’re-bad flicks. Stuff that has taken on a life of its own in a parallel entertainment universe in which everyone has tripped merrily over the barrier between unpleasant and perversely delightful. I will offer up a number-one classic pick in this category: Can’t Stop the Music. If you don’t know of it, I’m not going to tell you a thing—go out and discover, boys and girls. You will thank me. Oh, you will thank me.

The second category of bad flick is far, far more painful to contemplate. “Sometimes,” the great philosopher Huey Lewis once sang, “Sometimes bad is bad.” Films belonging here are . . . well, just bad. These are films that in no way redeem themselves by becoming classics of camp or melodrama. They’re just . . . er, bad. My personal champion here is The Avengers. Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Shaw, Eileen Atkins . . . nope. Still, somehow, toweringly awful.

So what say you? What’s baaaaaad, and what’s just bad?


  1. Hmmm...In the category of "poor girl looking to become a star" "Showgirls" for so bad it's good in a campy sort of way. And "Glitter" for being just plain bad.

  2. Xanadu. Bad movie, great music and neat concept.

    Oh, but worst-movie-evah has to be Bats starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

  3. I have been meaning to see _Showgirls_ . . . and I think I might even have seen _Glitter_, then blocked it from my mind. I'm rather sorry it's been brought back into my consciousness . . . well, I asked for it, didn't I????

  4. All three movies mentioned really are BAD. *laughs* Though I have a personal grudge against The Avengers just because I loved the series so much!

    Lately, the worst one that I've seen, has to be Perfect Stranger starring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry. This movie has no logic whatsover and just made us SCREAM.

    The heroine was dumb as paste (though I offer apologies to paste for the comparison). The villain wasn't much better.

    Here's a hint. The psychopath who's obsessed with the heroine has a computer behind a 'hidden door' (easily accessed by shoving a table aside) which has Her Voice as a sound-byte Coming Through The Door!! ANYONE could hear it!! Even better, the guy had a Key To His Apartment (that she knew about) stashed over his Door!! In New YORK!!!!!

    We couldn't believe how cliched this movie was or how we sat through the whole damn thing hoping for an ending that redeemed the whole two hour investment.


    I love Bruce but this one deserves a quick burial.

    Still shaking my head in disbelief,

  5. I admit Showgirls and Glitter figure on my list.

    That one with Cindy Crawford, fair Game. Bad!!

    The Avengers, right up there too. It hurt because I'm a big fan of Ralph Fiennes.

    I'll try to think of more.



  6. Worst movie of all time is a toss up between either...."Mom and Dad Save the Planet" or "A Day in the LIfe of Jimmy Reardon." oofffaaa
    Both awful, awful movies.

  7. HAHA agreed on the Avengers...what about Mannequin, circa 1982 I think? Only movie I walked out on, and I was 12 at the time...LOL


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