Lee takes on the subject of movies that qualify as "so bad it's good".
|"Dang, man. You taste good. Better|
than I thought you would."
What exactly does the term “so bad it’s good” really mean?
Perhaps it's the honesty in these films. They’re not trying to be something they’re not. No director approaches a low budget horror production thinking he’s going to make the next best film since The Exorcist. It’s safe to say that the majority of those who do fail miserably. Instead they try to create the best movie possible with their limited resources. These films make no apologizes for what they are. If watching the Toxic Avenger throw a midget in a dryer offends you, too bad. That’s what you get for watching a film called The Toxic Avenger.
Maybe it’s their simple approach, the back to basics style that encourages experimental film making. The lack of a big budget and talent can encourage a production to be inventive. And limited shooting schedules can force a director to come up with spontaneous solutions to the multiple hurtles of film making. The result is a relaxation in standards. It may not be the vision they imagined, but many creative ideas have spawned in the process to get the job done. In the film Redneck Zombies, director Pericles Lewnes was faced with the financial dilemma of providing makeup for a scene involving a large group of zombies. He found the solution in his kitchen cabinets. After blackening the soon to be zombies eyes with mascara, the makeup team smeared honey across the actor’s faces and applied corn flakes to simulate rotting flesh. The finishing touch was globs of homemade corn syrup blood. Genius!
|"I am SO more 80's than you, pal.|
Worship my mullet."
Many good/bad horror films are absurdly gory. They’re full of extreme head crushing, gut ripping, body dismembering death scenes that have the tendency to make viewers laugh, cringe, and shake their heads in disbelief. It’s what Troma Entertainment is known for. For reference, take their film Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. That film alone has more blood than the entire Friday the 13th franchise. And who doesn’t love mutant chickens? Scenes of excessive gore are often what makes these films memorable. Lets face it, blood, intestines, brains, crude humor, and gratuitous nudity can go a long way.
|"Nums. I just love the taste|
- Lee Lind