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Post Worst Film(s) Ever
Created by John Eipper on 06/22/18 3:51 AM

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Worst Film(s) Ever (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 06/22/18 3:51 am)

With this discussion of bad films, I'm amazed no one has mentioned either of the two most famous bad movies in film history:

The Room, by Tommy Wiseau, 2003, which is so spectacularly bad that it is fascinating to watch. This movie has become a kind of cult classic, and another movie (!) was actually made about the making of The Room--The Disaster Artist, 2017, by James Franco, with a significant budget and some great actors in it. The Disaster Artist--a movie about the making of a bad movie--is actually very good! I highly recommend both of these to WAISers.  What is bad art actually gives great insight into what art is altogether.

And then of course that great classic of bad movies--Plan 9 From Outer Space, 1959--which is a paragon of '50s shlock "B" movies, almost a self-parody, starring the dying Bela Lugosi, who did actually die in the middle of the production, to be substituted in hilariously unconvincing ways. Also highly recommended!

JE comments:  Plan 9 also had a film made about it:  Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp.  It's a very elite group of films--many of them "bad" or merely bad--that get their own meta-movie.  How about Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982), which was followed almost immediately by the documentary Burden of Dreams?  Both are fascinating for a Latin Americanist, the documentary even more so.

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