The Joys of Bad Horror Movies

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Motel Hell? One of the best movies ever! It had cannibalism, love, kidnapping….it even had John Ratzenberger and Rory Calhoun! The acting was awful, the script was certainly never going to win an Oscar, yet every time it comes on, I’m there. There is something about a movie that is so horribly done that you just can’t take your eyes away from it. Troll is another movie that was truly awful but truly entertaining. The first time I watched it I was like “Seriously? A troll is wandering around turning apartments into woodland forests and nobody has noticed?” And to this day I cannot exactly explain the reason I love it and watch it over and over. Well, apart from the fact that I am easily amused.

But in the same vein, there comes a time that you come across a movie that is really so bad you can’t finish. Popcorn was one of them. For my daughter, it was Blood Diner. I personally enjoy Blood Diner, but then again, I really have to be in the mood for that level of cheesiness. Seriously, the Egyptian Goddess, Shitaar had a banana clip in her stomach! Well, I can’t swear that is really what they used, but it sure looked like it! Night of the Creeps was cheese, but fun cheese. Blood Diner takes a true connoisseur.

Then there are the movies you just know are going to be wonderful and then when you watch them have disappointed you.  For me, it was Cabin Fever. Now, the premise was good. Sufficient elements of gore and some shock value and a little humor (Pancakes!). But I experienced the seven stages of grief with this movie. By the time it was over, I really was angry. Disappointed. Saddened. It took me a few days to realize that Eli Roth had created one of the top movies for my B-movie list. Now it sits in my collection.

A good/bad horror movie will give you the opportunity to laugh, jump, laugh some more, and is best if you have someone to watch it with. My daughter and I tend to do a lot of picking apart …. sort of our version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the best shows on television in my opinion. It allows you to enjoy the absurdity and if it was not meant to be funny, so much the better.Somebody truly thought Night of the Lepus was a horror movie. Um, no! But it was highly entertaining!

Yes, I do watch actual horror movies, and some of them I really enjoy. To this day The Exorcist scares the pee out of me. I love all things Alfred HItchcock and I will always thank George Romero for my endless source of entertainment of zombies. But I have to celebrate the awfulness of horror at least twice a month, preferably more.

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