25 Movies So Bad They're Unmissable
Horrible! Utterly horrible! And yet, fascinating...
For Y'ur Height Only (1981)
Made in the Philippines, this spy parody stars Weng Weng, a 2'9" midget, as the kick-ass -- or make that, kick-balls -- agent Double O. A bizarre James Bond riff, over-dubbed by expatriates, the film has him facing off against his nemesis, Mr. Giant, who plans to rule the world with his, er, "N-bomb". Weng Weng followed up with The Impossible Kid, in which he works for Interpol, and made numerous other films, some of which are still being uncovered by cult-movie investigator Andrew Leavold.
Batman & Robin (1997)
You've got to see this one to see what $125m being spent at the rate of a million-a-minute looks like as it's flushed down the can. The confluence of talent, where they'd been and where they'd go, from Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney to director Joel Schumacher and writer Akiva Goldsman, makes this fascinatingly awful. The production values, like some neon-lit theme park, are astoundingly gauche, but that's nothing compared to that script, whose clunky chorus comprises Arnie's clunking out "comically" cold puns as Mr. Freeze.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Faye Dunaway does Joan Crawford, with the volume (and eyebrows) turned up to 11. This outrageously campy biopic, based on the best-selling biography by Crawford's daughter Christina, is justifiably famous for its excesses, particularly the "No wire hangers!" scene. But it's also genuinely compelling, and Dunaway's performance is gripping and not a little terrifying.
The Oscar (1966)
This attempt at showing up the seamy underside of the film industry is in itself testament to the overblown excesses of Hollywood before the Easy Riders and Raging Bulls shook things up. But that doesn't mean the story of Frankie Fane, amoral gigolo who claws his way to the top of the A-list, isn't enormously entertaining. Seething, sleazy and sensational, it's consistently guffaw-worthy, not least for Tony Bennett's disastrous performance as Hymie, Fane's version of Entourage's Turtle, and a glittering parade of stars doing cameos as themselves.
The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
What more besides the title do you need to know? How about that the spiders are actually from another dimension? How about that a goodly percentage of their victims are sleazy brain-dead rednecks? How about that the "hero" spider was created by draping a huge arachnid suit over a VW and driving it around while people inside the vehicle waved the beast's big "legs" for added "realism"? And on it goes. Great fun, even if it can't quite match the incredible poster.
And finally, what bad movie sampler would be complete without a clip of Tommy Wiseau's masterpiece, The Room. Please, to enjoy:
These are but 25 of the more than 400 bad movies film critic Michael Adams watched in his year-long quest to find the worst-worst movie ever made -- a journey chronicled in his pop-culture memoir, Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies. Click here to read RT's chat with Michael about his methods and madness.