This weekend’s review of “Resident Evil: Retribution” drew some interesting reactions, a number of which touched on the patented FMR “Split Grade”.
There’s really no other way for me to convey the phenomenon. There are some movies that defy conventional logic. The acting is bad – often atrocious. The script is laughable, maybe the special effects are substandard… but instead of being angry, or disappointed, you’re laughing. Having fun. And when it’s done, you’re like, “That was terrible. I loved it!”
So many movies wind up “failing hysterically” that it should almost be a sub genre of its own. There are classics, such as “The Room” or “Troll 2”, and any number of additions annually. This year alone brought “Battleship” and “Resident Evil: Retribution”, just off the top of my head.
What are YOUR favorites? Everyone has one or two! What movies absolutely stink, but you love watching them anyways, because they’re so funny?
What’s YOUR favorite “So Bad It’s Good” movie?
(Read “Part I: Welcome to Nilbog”, here and Part II: “Creedence Leonore Gielgud Strikes Back” here.)
PART III: Behold, the Power of Bologna!!
When we last left our hero, he was surrounded by Goblins, all chanting for him to eat. Now, he’s the only one in this movie that knows any better, so he doesn’t. He starts crying out for his Grandpa Seth to help him!! Grandpa Seth doesn’t make it, but his Dad does.
Here’s yet another clip from the movie, showcasing the talents of the cast:
Why are all these clips labeled “Worst Acting Ever?”
Part II: Creedence Leonore Gielgud Strikes Back
(Read “Part I: Welcome to Nilbog”, here)
Yes, meet Creedence Leonore Gielgud, of ancient druid origins. Her ancestors came from Stonehenge.
We know this because when she first appears in the movie, she strides up to the two teens who have stumbled into her house and says, “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Creedence Leonore Gielgud, of ancient druid origins. My ancestors came from stonehenge.” She’s got some kind of accent, I couldn’t really figure out which. Transylvanian, maybe? I dunno, let’s just call it “bad”.
She promptly directs the visitors’ attention to these huge slabs of rock in her home, with a glowing light between them, and smoke wafting out from that same space between. We’re given the impression that… this is Stonehenge, and she somehow has it (or part of it) in her house.
You can’t make this stuff up folks! At least I couldn’t.
But wait, there’s more!!
PART I: WELCOME TO NILBOG
Welcome to yet another series I hope to establish here at fogsmoviereviews: “Awesomely Awful”. Here I’ll discuss those “So bad they’re good” movies that are at the apex of that genre. They’re not so bad they’re good, they’re so awful that they’re awesome. I love these movies almost as much as the movies I consider classics.
Seriously. Troll 2 is more fun to watch than 3/4 of the movies released in a given year. It happened by accident, sure. But should that be held against it? Hell no. Ridiculous-ness drips from every pore of this film. It should be preserved in the National Archive.
It’s gonna take me a week to mock this fully. It’s a three parter. But I promise you all an epic deconstruction. Whether you’ve seen this movie or not, click through, check it out. It’s LOADED with screen caps so you can follow along. Oh, and don’t worry about spoilers. Like a Twinkie loaded with additives and preservatives, “Troll 2″s delicious goodness can never go bad.
Let’s start here. There are no Trolls in “Troll 2”.