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on 21 Sep 2009 06:45

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My Top 25 Guilty Pleasure Movies

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25. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
I like this movie.
That's right.
I said it.

While I initially dimissed this king of kings of all crappy movies because of it's reputation, I have since then actually developed an affection towards this film.
it's probably lives up to it's rep as the worst movie ever made,
but it's not without it's charm.
There are plenty of bad movies out there that are just bad & then that's it. No more to add.
But this film,
there's an instinctual level to it,
in which it feels like that there came a day when all the film-gods gathered together & decided to inspire a woman's cashmere sweater wearing b-film (okay, okay.....d-film....& that's being generous) "director" to make a movie that's so bad, it can almost remind us that a big part of the concept of filmmaking is to just have fun. To "escape" into the process of making a movie as much as in the viewing.

Okay, maybe not everyone will get any kind of positive response from watching this trainwreck of falling backdrops & bad acting (really bad acting), but you don't even have to watch it. Just knowing that it's there is enough. As a reminder that we can not have a day without a night. We cannot have the good without the bad.
We cannot have an Apocalypse Now without a Plan 9 From Outer Space.
To reminds us just how good movies can be if some of 'em can be this bad.

And to it's credit, considering the time it was made,
some of the effects are kinda amazing.
I mean, I don't know how they did it, but they actually made some of the props in this film look like they were made out of actual cardboard.
And this was before CGI.
Like way before.

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24. RoboGeisha (2009)
Where does one even begin to describe this movie?

I guess you could start by saying that if one could imagine the concept of a cyborg geisha that could transform into a wall-clinging half battletank in order to fight a multi-tiered pagoda that transforms into a giant daikaiju-style rubber-suited robot
and then
if one could imagine fried shrimp being used as a deadly assassin's weapon
and then,
threw in every kind of Dali-esque type of violent asian outrageousness possible,
then you might be able to capture a vague resemblance of a description for this movie.

I still have a hard time believing that I actually saw this film & that it wasn't part of some 'shroom-induced nightmare.

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23. ABBA: The Movie (1977)
I love ABBA.

And sayin' that does not make my hardcore pimp-ass any less hairier.
So, you know....
Shut up.

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22. The Ice Pirates (1984)

Anyone else remember this space-faring, ice-stealing, Urich-starring, not-so-classical sci-fi 80's film-fare?



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21. Hoffa (1992)

Okay, I know he got razzed alot for this performance, but I liked it alot. When I look at footage of Jimmy Hoffa, Jack looks & sounds in this film alot like the infamously corrupted union leader.
But since I'm not only in the minority with this opinion, I'll just end my thoughts on this now so that the attention of anyone who reads this will disappear as as silently & quickly as Hoffa's body.

People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (45 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
20. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
For the first time ever, Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan, all together in one movie, kicking all sorts of ass with their big, floppy rubber feet (or any other appendages of like-minded floppy purposes).
And it's all because of those stupid aliens!
This is the original Monsters Versus Aliens epic,
not to mention, the battle royale of all battle royales! With cheese!
Run for your lives!!!!

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19. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
The aliens are through klowning around (torturously kliche bad pun intended).
They're hungry for human flesh. Or in this case, human soup(?).
And so in order to satiate their appetites, they're taking out the big guns. Or in this case, the big balloon animals.

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18. The Hindenburg (1975)
I remember this 'historical" disaster pic getting murdered by critics at the time of it's release.
But as a kid, I thought that as far as thriller escapist fares go, this movie, just like many of the other 70's diaster flicks of the time, was pretty bad-ass.
But, then again, this is coming from someone who, considering my age at the time, thought that stop-motion effects were the sh#t.

People who added this item 115  Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
17. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

.... remember back when stop-motion was the sh#t?

People who added this item 77  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.6 
16. Mothra (1961)
One of the things I liked about the Toho daikaiju was their ability to incorporate really cool & creative story-ideas into the middle of the rubbery cheese that was running amok thru the cardboarded streets & buildings of Nippon.
Mothra being my favorite example. Two tiny little beauties act almost as their familiars, who communcate telepathically with great godlike beast. Also, Mothra is usually treated as a Phoenix-like enity, in that every time it dies, it is soon ressurected as a giant egg, soon to hatch into it's larvae form (almost as equally formidable as it's adult moth stage).
For me, it's the over-all mythological slant that accompanies this particular kaiju that sets it apart from it's floppy-footed counterparts & therefore makes it one of my more favorites of the eastern-themed genre.

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15. Them! (1954)
Atomic radiation.
The process of mutation.
The desert.
You do the math.

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14. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
The Earth's populace must come to grips with it tendency of abundantly accumulating & disposing it's garbage as The King of All Monsters takes on a giant shambling mountain of red-eyed sludge that terrorizes the island of Japan by transforming itself into a flying smog-billowing force of pollution incarnate.
Kinda makes you want to start recycling, huh?

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13. Flashdance (1983)
A steel mill welder by day, a sexy dancer by night,
Alex (short for Alexandra) is on a mission to make her dreams come true.
With determination that's fierce, a boyfriend who's her boss , and a pit bull that likes to watch, she's out to prove that she's a maniac.
On the dance floor, that is.

Flashdance is an early 80's dance flick.
A bad early 80's dance flick.
Really bad.
But, boy,
that Jennifer Beals......

what a feeling.
She's definitely what you'd call a guilty pleasure.
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12. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)
I gotta be honest with you guys....
this is only on this list b'cuz after watching this movie as a little kid,
I used to fantasize about having a 50 Ft. tall woman attack our hometown just so's I could have an excuse to look up her dress without getting in trouble.

People who added this item 439  Average listal rating (298 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Clash of the Titans (1981)
When you look at all the destruction & chaos that Zues & Co. release down on our humble planet just outta petty jealousy & pride, it really reveals the truth behind the old saying, "The gods must be crazy".
While I'm not usually a big fan of movie remakes,
for me, the original Clash, is an excellent example of a classic that would greatly benefit from today's special effects technology.
I'd really like to see alot of these old stop-motion flicks of yesteryear get the updated treatment that many of us as children could only dream of back when these films were first released.
But even with that said,
it doesn't change the fact that, as cheeseball as they were,
most of these ultra-fantasy originals will always hold a special place in my heart, basically just b'cuz they were a part of my childhood.

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10. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
The Martians have been naughty.
So for this particular yuletide year, they get a nice big ol' can of whoop-ass for Christmas from none other than Santa hisself.

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9. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
It's bad enough when an innocent family finds themselves in the midst of the carnage & blood of a hidden coven of cravenous, murderous vampires,
but then on top of that, they also have to face the snake-cradling Selma Hayek & her absolutely formidable & absolutely perfect puppies.
Dracula can only wish that his will-sapping gaze was this hypnotic.

Now those are my kind of creatures of the night.

People who added this item 118  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
8. 2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Teri Hatcher & Charlize Theron.

Now those are my kind of cats in a fight.

People who added this item 188  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.7 
7. Streets of Fire (1984)
Initially, this movie had all the makings of big hit: a then up & comer Michael Pare, a very young & incredibly sexy Diane Lane, a bad-ass Flock Of Seagulls lookin' William Dafoe, a serious role for Rick Moranis, a cool soundtrack, all capped off with a script & direction by Walter Hill, the guy responsible for The Warriors, Southern Comfort & 48 Hours. Oh, and Another 48 Hours. And the '85 version of Bewster's Millions. And Supernova.....
So I guess the moral of this rock'n'roll fable is "Tonight.... is what it means to be young."

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6. TRON (1982)
Before there was the Matrix,
there was TRON.
so maybe there really isn't all that much as far as compelling storyline goes in this cyber-epic-fantasy. But, boy, those visuals were unlike anything we had seen before. The science of computer graphic effects were fully upon us & in a land not too far away, the force known as CGI was gestating to become the meat that would make the eyes of sci-fan's drool from here to the eternity of this genre's future.
Maybe I look upon this film with the nostaglcic affection that held my young visual senses in a unblinking attention at the time, but it also represented of what was possible when man & modem meet.
I won't try to convince anyone out there that this is a great film on any level (especially since this was the same year the superior sci-fi world of Blade Runner was also released), but I do feel that it's a step in science fiction that was inevitable.
You are now entering the infinite possibilities of cyber-space. Not to mention the matrix of my own personal guilty pleasures.

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5. The Blob (1988)
A movie about a big giant glob of pink snot that only gets bigger & bigger as the storyline progresses.
Could somebody hand me over a city-sized piece of tissue, please?

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4. The Fog (1980)
There are a couple of reasons why I like this movie so much.
And they both have to do with Adrienne Barbeau.

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3. The Last Dragon (1985)

Prince's ex-nasty girl, Vanity teams up with a dragon that can catch bullets with his teeth.

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2. The Heroic Trio (1993)
At first glance, this looked like a B-style action-flick that was just too goofy for me. But as I watched it, it became more like a movie that seem to sufficiently balance between the lines of well-crafted high-fantasy creditability & a comicbook-like storyline. And also at the same time, between epic wuxia style battle moves & cheesy yet energetically fun kung-fu camp.
And at the center, tying all these almost conflicting themes together are three high-flying colorful female warriors whose chemistry made it impossible for me not to fall in love with each one of them. This trio of hot asian super-heroines who fight crime with such cool moves & kick-ass sultry outfits are so sexy, that it makes my pimp-ass want to do sumthin villainous just for the spanking.
Plus, I defy any one not to "loose their head" over the villianous Kau & his throwing "skull-cage" on a chain.

While I realize that this isn't really considered a maverick of this field,for me, the charisma between these well-rounded & distinct characters was enuff to hook me into this non-guilty guilty pleasure.

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1. The Room (2003)
To be honest,
while the movies I've included on this list are worthy of mention as "favorites",
the truth is,
I really wouldn't pay to see any of 'em on the bigscreen.
With the exception of this film.
For me, The Room is the epitome of acting so SO bad, that it actually swings around to being not just good, but unforgettably classic.

It's a piece of cinematic crap-art that has been playing in theatres since it's initial release in 2003 and is still going. And the main reason for that is b'cuz it has developed a reputation as an audience-participating event.
It is now standard for movie-goers to quote or yell out responses to specific scenes,
or to even throw plastic spoons at the screen whenever a certain prop makes an appearance.
You will even spot a football being tossed back & forth from one side of the theatre to the other during certain intervals.
In other words,
it's the straight person's answer to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And to be honest,
isn't it about time we got one?


Movies that are considered crappy yet I still like 'em.
A few of 'em probably even beyond a camp level.

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Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Sep 22 5:18
I loved Hoffa, and I agree with you that it was a fine performance. It's a bit different from your other selections and I'm not sure why it's a guilty pleasure; but overall these are pretty good guilty pleasures!
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 13 20:41
I have Hoffa as a guilty pleasure, b'cuz, even though there are some who don't really have a problem,
the general belief is that it's a film that's not very good, & Jack's performance is usually considered over-the-top.

Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 17 3:57
Whenever Streets of Fire appears on cable, I couldn't resist. For the campy story and acting, and the music. Same goes to John Carpenter's 'They Live'.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Sep 18 12:34
I love Plan 9 as well and From Dusk to Dawn, Tron is one movie I am still really wanting to see however
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 3 10:46
Good stuff. I need to finally watch Destroy All Monsters.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Mar 3 0:59
Excellent list, although I wouldn't really call The Original Clash Of The Titans a "Guilty" Pleasure.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at May 17 16:33
Nice list. I gotta agree with 1988 Blob. Shawnee Smith was showing signs of her hotness back then. Cheesy special effects but loved the movie. Loved Street of Fire as well. I havent seen it in forever. (Mental note look for Streets of Fire and The BLob next time Im at the
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 17 19:20
Love the list! And looking at pictures from Flashdance takes me back. It came out when I was in high school (I'm showing my age here) and my best friend and I thought it was the sh!t. :-)
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 28 10:50
Nice List. I have wanted to check out Plan 9, but I am not sure if I could make it all the way through it.

I used to watch Ice Pirates on cable all the time and enjoyed it.

I have seen parts of Hoffa, but not watched the whole thing yet. It seemed like a pretty good movie from what I saw of it.

I was unable to sit through Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

From Dusk Til Dawn has got to be the ultimate MacGuffin. That is what Hitchcock called a device or plot element that catches the viewer's attention and drives the plot. The viewer thinks it is important to the story, but it really isn't. In this movie, the whole first half about the sciopathic brothers on the run from the law is totally irrelevent when we discover this is actually a vampire story.

I finally watched Tron for the first time and didn't think much of it. Maybe if I had watched it 20 years earlier, I may feel differently about it.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 28 10:01
Where is "Manos: The Hands of Fate" ?
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jul 18 12:01
Your writing is,excellent my friend. I'm looking at this list whilst on the bus and your use of 'bueller' made me laugh out loud and look like an idiot :). I hope you've written some reviews because i think they would be a cut above most I've seen on here.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 17 21:57
Ah, Streets of Fire. A guilty pleasure in America, and a heavily-acclaimed film in Japan. No really, it's a huge hit in Japan. And as serious as Rick Moranis' role of Billy Fish is, he somehow manages to have a funny scene by complaining under his breath that he's not a "s**t-head".
Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 13 12:24
Most films here are pretty awesome, nothing to feel "guitly" about it. I know I have never felt guilty about watching any John Carpenter film, much less The Fog.
Who is the jackass who said Plan 9 From Outer Space is the worst film ever made? Is it worse than any of the Michal Bay Transformers? Than The Schumacher Batman? Mortal Kombat: Annihilation? The Resident Evil series? Most Adam Sandler's so-called comedies? Or Rob Schneider's? I can name 100 films much worse than anything that Ed Wood ever did.
Tron is a classic, just like Godzilla. I just think that those more "kid-friendly" sequels are indeed guilty pleasures, but those films that he's just a destruction machine, are great.
And finally, any film that Ray Harryhausen has worked on should never be a guilty pleasure either. He was a genious, and I'll see any film with his special effects any time.
Edit: 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 13 19:26
There's nothing at all wrong with this list. I prefer the original "Blob" with Steve McQueen, and have never seen "The Room," but I'm down with the balance!
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Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 13 23:12
Gotta give the vote cause of The Room.
Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 14 4:08
You had me at Flashdance....
Posted: 11 months ago at Oct 4 14:31
I LOVE the inclusion of Santa Claus Vs. The Martians! Not seen that since I was about 7, but we used to watch it every Christmas on our good old taped from the telly Beta-Max video!

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