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The Burgomaster
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« on: August 26, 2003, 11:59:56 AM »

Why is it that we all enjoy watching crappy movies? I mean, I purchase and watch (multiple times) movies that most other people wouldn't even watch once, even if they were free! And the rest of you are all guilty of the same thing!

So, what is this demented attraction to crap? Why have I only seen CASABLANCA about 3 times, but I have seen PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE about 15 or 20 times? Why will I stay up until 3 a.m. watching a "Something Weird" double feature? Why am I familiar with Tor Johnson, Arch Hall, Jr., Rudy Ray Moore, Dick Miller, Al Adamson, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and other "celebrities" from the world of bad filmmaking? Why do I watch painfully terrible movies . . . but I refuse to turn them off before the end?

When the Lumiere Brothers and Thomas Edison were making their early films, I'm SURE that they didn't intend for people to make movies like ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES and BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR. How did we end up in this embarrassing situation?????

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2003, 01:05:59 PM »

Ummmm....

Maybe it's a genetic thing we all have...

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2003, 01:15:09 PM »

Back after a surprisingly busy summer.

Hmm, I guess I enjoy watching crappy movies strictly to be able to put my brain in park and be entertained.  I do enjoy High Art at times, but other times I just want to see some zombies getting whopped upside the head.  Hey, at least it isn't gladiators slugging it out for real in the Colosseum.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2003, 01:24:05 PM »

Like 'raj' I enjoy the 'brain in neutral' aspect.

Also, since I was a kid I've enjoyed the 'sci-fi' and 'fantasy' aspects.  It wasn't until I got older that I realized that most such movies are actually pretty bad :), but I still enjoy those aspects anyway

Also, I find that people in real life don't really talk like they do in movies, or act, or respond.  So I find movies that try to be realistic rather annoying because I find myself caught by the glaring 'un-realism' of the character actions in a hundred little ways.  

For some reason, once you throw in some time-travelling cyborgs, I find myself detached enough from 'reality' that I really don't care whether anyone says 'goodbye' on the phone or not

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2003, 01:43:38 PM »

o/` That's Entertainment!!!!! o/`

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2003, 02:14:04 PM »

Freep makes a good point. I've loved sci-fi and fantasy (mainly sci-fi) since I was a kid, and horror as a teenager. At that age, it was all good to me, and in those years, a lot of unlikely stuff was still getting aired regularly on TV.

An ironic sense of humour also plays a big part. It really is a pleasure for me to watch a really messed-up movie, especially when its taking itself very seriously.



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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2003, 05:43:41 PM »

You guys bring up a lot of good points.

I think a lot of people are like us.. but they don't know it yet.  I've watched a lot of crappy movies with people who usually don't do it and more often then not they end up having a blast.  Now granted they don't become die hard fans of bad movies, but they enjoy it nonetheless.  

I think it has a little bit to do with untapped potential, for lack of better words.  Show a bad movie to 'em and they might come out a fan.  Otherwise, us die hards'll do just fine.

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2003, 07:11:12 PM »

I think its because for some reason Tor is fun to watch on screen :)

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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2003, 07:57:23 PM »

Because it´s fun to see how bad the movie can get.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2003, 12:28:33 AM »

Because we rule and everyone else are a bunch of wussies, that's why.

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2003, 06:45:58 PM »

And, face it, we all think we could do better.
Also, as most of us are MST3K types, we reconise a straitline when we hear one. If the film can't keep us from "Altering its course" by riffing a line that changes how we look at the procedings, it kinda deserves what ever it gets.
One good riff, and the willing suspension of disbelief has left the building!

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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2003, 06:49:25 PM »

lol too true flange.

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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2003, 07:02:12 PM »

I bet The Burgomaster never watched"Mystery Science Theatre 3000"...
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2003, 07:10:43 PM »

One good riff, and the willing suspension of disbelief has left the building!

I watched "Dark City" for the third time last night, and made my wife watch it for her first with me.  Now, I  love the movie, but as it was going along I kept thinking of good comeback lines for some of the character lines.  It was hard to not blrut them out but out of respect for my wife, who was still enthralled in what was developing, I restrained myself.

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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2003, 07:13:18 PM »

My one-liner while watchin the Little Blue Scene from"Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets"was memorable.
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