/ Trashy films that are great
Thats a bit limiting then isnt it?
Anything with Steven Segal in a boat or a train.
Rita, Sue and Bob too
Sightseers <had its own thread this week>
Cliffhanger of course! If only for Janine Turner......
the lost boys
Into the Blue
David DeCoteau's "Leeches".
It's certainly not a Chick Flick ! All those fit guys in Speedos-drool !
> It's certainly not a Chick Flick ! All those fit guys in Speedos-drool !
For you, I'll make an exception
No devient pervy flicks.
i was going to say this,saw it on lovefilm and thought it was really funny in places
Tank Girl. Strangely watchable but truly sh*t.
That Dicko is some boy.
Thom Tuck's 'Straight to DVD' on R4 is great listening if you like your 'so bad it's good films'.
'Can't stop the Music' - the Village People film, is a wonderful woefully bad film.
Kickboxer (Most things Van Damme)
When Rocco went to Warsaw
Not Lockout starring Guy Pearce. I don't know if it's trying to be clever and tongue-in-cheek, but if so, then it needed more obvious humour. I think it's just a bad low-grade sci-fi B-movie. Not sure why Pearce signed up for it. Imagine The Core but far far less fun.
Properly trashy (on purpose)
Hard ticket to Hawaii.
As trashy as it gets.
Roadhouse ticks all the boxes- 80's fashion, bar fights, little town bad guy, zen nonsense and Swayze. Oh and one more thing, it IS great
Yes, yes! Saw a screening of it when it first came out and the whole cinema was packed of people laughing so hard it hurts!
> That Dicko is some boy.
Add to the list Hell comes to Frogtown and Con Air
> TRASHY Al?
So a lot of critics called it at the time, it was widely regarded as Chaplins worst ever film, mawkish and propagandist. personally I think it's one of his best ever, even the supposed cringy speech that is the climax of the film!
Snakes on a Plane
I know it does what it says on the tin, but I have never been tempted to watch that film simply by the fact that it sounds so wrong.
Oh you must!
You won't ever want to sit down on an airline loo again...
And the immortal Samuel L Jackson line: "Enough is enough. Let's get these motherf$%£^%ing snakes off this motherf*&%$ing plane"
Thanks for elaborating! Yes I think I did know that once but then forgot.
I also think that I am over-interpreting "trashy" here as meaning films that never have or pretend to have any lofty ambitions
> So a lot of critics called it at the time, it was widely regarded as Chaplins worst ever film, mawkish and propagandist. personally I think it's one of his best ever, even the supposed cringy speech that is the climax of the film!
Yes, the power of the final speech lies in the fact that, at that point, Chaplin suddenly becomes serious. It's very effective.
Also, Godzilla (size matters, and if you can scale your monster up and down an order of magnitude for dramatic effect, even better), and Les Visiteurs.
That's a silly rule.
Also its a hard enough category as it is as great cheap films are out but what about silly great cheap films like Dark Star. I think Van Damme made a career out of good but trashy violent movies; Segal was much more variable (good trash and shite trash). Great moveis about trashy people also wouldnt count. hence I'm struggling with a great trashy movie and not convinced by many offerings above. Is Clueless or Heathers far enough from a chickflick? Flash Gordon, Pricilla, Strictly Ballroom all too camp and knowing?
Agree with Snakes on a Plane!
Sucker Punch anyone?
You are thinking along my lines. The definition is necessarily narrow. Clueless and Heathers are too smart to be trashy. Flash Gordon etc - your point stands.
I think we should be looking at non-ambitious popcorn flicks that turned out better than anyone might expect. Formulaic thrillers never destined to win Oscars or to even be remembered in a year's time, but which nonetheless had a quality to them.
Tremors is out - too camp and knowing.
Universal Soldier is in.
Wild Things as suggested by me is out - again too knowing.
Into the Blue stays.
The lesser offerings from Walter Hill's oeuvre get to stay - Johnny Handsome, Undisputed etc. Not Red Heat (it's rubbish and it was trying hard) and not Streets of Fire as that had proper ambitions.
Machete and Planet Terror etc are out.
Flowers in the Attic is in.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle possibly wins it :-)
Speed is a good call.
"There's a bomb ON THE BUS"
Yes to Universal Soldier!
Point Break is one of my favourites too.
Bad Taste must be up there with the best.
a few close runners also:
Plan 9 from Outer Space (Ed Wood has to be there)
Earth Girls are Easy
Death race 2000 (pipping Roller Ball)
If you are OCD with the Title (this might hurt those with delicate sensibilities):
> i was going to say this,saw it on lovefilm and thought it was really funny in places
It's not trashy, its cult!
> Death race 2000 (pipping Roller Ball)
I'm sure I've read that DR2000 (the original, obviously) was meant as a spoof of films like Rollerball, which took itself very seriously indeed.
> Yes to Universal Soldier!
> Point Break is one of my favourites too.
I love Point Break but it is not trash IMHO. It has some lofty ambitions...they may not come off, but it's not Speed or Universal Soldier
> Been thinking:
> Bad Taste must be up there with the best.
> a few close runners also:
> Demolition Man
> If you are OCD with the Title (this might hurt those with delicate sensibilities):
> Pink Flamingoes
No. Deliberately "cult" like Machete etc.
The Salute of the Jugger
Bloody awful film, but simultaneously quite awesome. I blame Rutger Hauer.
Ah the young Joan Chen...
For some reason I managed to wait 20 years to see that. Inevitably it was a let down!
Though as davidbeynon suggests - yes somehow good too! And trashy. It totally qualifies
Arnie is the king of good but trashy...
Commando - "I've cott to sayyve Chenny!"
Total Recall - "consider that a divorce!"
Conan the Barbarian - "the riddle of steel!"
Hot Pursuit starring John Cusack and a young Ben Stiller. Bizarrely it was directed by Steven Lisberger as his next film after Tron! "Great" would be pushing it, but it is just a bit of fun which somehow endures. Helped by Robert Loggia's performance.
Not by my rules. They both had lofty ambitions and were built to last.
A fair number of Roger Corman's films qualify.
e.g. A Bucket of Blood
Who shall ride the mare of steel?
Prince based his entire look on Sidney Poitier's wardrobe in The Long Ships.
They Live , its a classic
How about this one: -
The best worst film ever made - 'The Room'.
The full movie is on Youtube.
'She is lying, I did not hit her, I did naaaaat, Oh hi Mark'
I nearly forgot about one I watched inadvertently last night, Mazes and Monsters starring a very young Tom Hanks. It is like an extended Colombo episode crossed with a Jack Chick tract and definitely put me off playing those nasty Role Playing Games for life, oh yes sir!
Conan 2. "does nothing ever hurt you conan?"..... "Only pain".
Is that the one where at the end he turns his back on the princess and starts walking away from her proposition, then pauses to turn, she gets her hopes up, and it turns out he was just deciding to walk out of a different door? :-)
I think Red Sonja is the best trash out of all that lot...it has an annoying kid and a fat bumbly comedy sidekick
Good call! Dedee!
Smokey and The Bandit
Freddy Got Fingered, possibly Tom Green's finest work.
With thanks to TheNewNickB:
Escape to Victory!
I forgot Highlander! No self knowing there. Subsequent Highlanders were far from great.
...unlike Big Trouble in Little China, Esacape from New York, Planet of the Apes and similarly fun big-budget winking guff.
The recent remake of The Sweeney. A film by the numbers but rendered totally watchable for Ray Winstone calling villains "Slaaaaaag" and pronouncing them "nicked." And also for resurrecting a couple moments from his earlier cult lead as Carling in Scum. Plan B's alright in it also. Worth a watch. Bad, but good.
I have not seen it but when I saw the trailer I kind of reached the same conclusion that you have. Might catch it on DVD.
Aye... Definitely one for a night in.
It is oddly bad. I cringed at times and I enjoyed the TV series as a youth(although I'd admit it hasn't aged well).
Surprised no one yet (myself included) mentioned the great alpine classics:
Vertical Limit and Cliffhanger
Hard to say which one is more trashy, but both are quite entertaining.
FWIW running up some Dolomites mountain faster than a helicopter flies beats jumping cam placements.
Space Truckers (again maybe too "knowing")
Battle Beyond the Stars!
Enter the Dragon!
Anyone mentioned Con Air?
I just watched the trailer for that on youtube. It looks awful!
Sy-Fy films don't count, surely? They are deliberately trashy to try to get a cult following, and barely any are "great"!
I quite like things that are just awful without being great, but you are right. It is outside the scope of this thread.
> Sy-Fy films don't count, surely? They are deliberately trashy to try to get a cult following, and barely any are "great"!
Sir, i give you..... Barbarella.
> Sir, i give you..... Barbarella.
Things with Jane Fonda in (scarcely clothed) are not trashy.
> Things with Jane Fonda in (scarcely clothed) are not trashy.
Hi dek. No, there is a channel / production company called "Sy-Fy". I didn't mean "sci-fi"!
Was trying to remember the name of a film.
one scene that sticks out involves 2 'right characters' stopping to buy some chickens from a backwater smallholder.
Smallholder (with that Dingle look about him) ,becomes concerned about his 2 customers motives for buying the chickens,asks;
"Now you fellas arnt thinking of f**king these chickens?".
> Starship Troopers
You may be right. I would have said it unutterably crap but then I accidentally caught Starship Troopers 2; Hero of the Federation late one night recently. By comparison the original is a work of subtlety and genius.
Anyway my offering would be Pitch Black.
Worst films I've ever seen:
Mid 80's Murphy's Law staring Peter O'Toole; Doomsday - the only redeemable feature is that I got to stare at Rohna Mitra for an hour and a half (God She's Gorgeous); Superbabies 2 - Don't remember why I watched it but good god it was awful; Spring Breakers - watched it with the missus because I saw boobs on the advert, thought it'd be a kind of "hangover" type film, turned out it was just dog turd that doesn't have a plot and most of it glorifies the "gangster" rap culture, something that I believe to be one of the route causes of evil in the world and (saving the best to last): Disaster Movie - I quite like spoofs but this was just properly sh*t.
Think most have been said.
Any Segal film; Battleship (although I don't think it was meant to be trashy); Godzilla, Starship Troopers, A lot of Tarantino directed films and Mad Max!
Made for TV, but Garth Marenghi's "Dark Place"...intentionally trashy and brilliantly so.
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