Ok, I meant to post this on Saturday night, so let’s just pretend it’s still Saturday and get on with it. I was hoping to start a “Saturday Night Movie” routine on my blog, but I am failing already.
So, I really thought a long time about what I wanted to post as one of my favorite movies for this post. Then after a conversation I had with someone, I realized that I almost enjoy watching a really cheesy bad movie than I did a good one. There are some key aspects to why I feel this way:
1. When you start a movie you know is going to be bad, it usually can only get better than what your expectations are. However, when you go into a movie having really high expectations, many times you are let down (ahem, Matrix 2, cough). (Wow, that was 10 years ago, I should really get over it.)
2. Watching a bad movie and making fun of it is not only a movie experience, it’s also an interactive social experience.
There are probably many more perks than that. So, my question is this: Have you watched Mystery Science Theatre? No? Why Not? You don’t like wasting your time watching terrible movies?
Even if that is your case, you should still give this show a shot. It’s hilarious. It’s a TV show that was made in the late 80’s that thrives on the basis that these mad scientists sent a man up into space and shows him and his robots really bad movies. Then, basically during the entire movie, you listen and watch the movie as these tiny little people on the bottom of your screen mock it. Well, that’s more or less the gist of it, anyways. It is just so cheesy and random, that you can’t really watch it without cracking up. Some movies are way more painful than others, and there are some that even Joel (earlier years) or Mike (later years) and his robot friends Tom Servo, Gypsy and Crow can’t save. There are so many movies that they have done, that it is hard to know where to start. Personally, I really loved the earlier episodes, but there are some gems in the later ones as well.
Some of my favorites: Eegah, Prince of Space, Space Mutiny, Santa Claus
Movie so bad you have to see it but then immediately want to disinfect your eyes: Manos: Hands of Fate (It is so bad it has a rating of 1.9 on IMDB.)
* If you are confused to whether this is a TV show or a movie, it’s both. Basically it was a running TV show that criticized a new movie each week.