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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Unlike most "best of" or "worst of" books, this one takes the time to really delve into what happened to the film, why it was made, and so forth.
For instance, "Eegah!" was a cult-hit in California -- and the cast would barnstorm with it to packed houses (Richard Kiel even wearing his caveman toga!)
Published on October 11, 2000 by Jonah Falcon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Film fans, seek it out
THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME will give movie buffs a good laugh. It was worth reading just for the review of "Trouble Man." Seek it out and keep it on your coffee table.
Published on August 16, 1999 by Jim LaRegina (jimlaregina@hotm...


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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, October 11, 2000
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Jonah Falcon (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fifty Worst Films of All Time (Paperback)
Unlike most "best of" or "worst of" books, this one takes the time to really delve into what happened to the film, why it was made, and so forth.
For instance, "Eegah!" was a cult-hit in California -- and the cast would barnstorm with it to packed houses (Richard Kiel even wearing his caveman toga!)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film fans, seek it out, August 16, 1999
THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME will give movie buffs a good laugh. It was worth reading just for the review of "Trouble Man." Seek it out and keep it on your coffee table.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES, June 8, 1999
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Never ever has a book made me laugh so hard and so much. Also, I am in love with old movies. That makes this book one of my favorites.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the worst!, April 16, 2011
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I am a sci-fi "B" movie fanatic. This is a great listing of some of the best of the worst films. There is a Plot Summary, Immortal Dialogue and Critic Reviews for each movie. There is quite a bit of information for each film. I have a couple of books like this and was pleased to find out that there wasn't a lot of duplication from one book to another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way), December 25, 2013
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Great book about lousy A to Z-list films. The authors dissect these stinkers in an amusing way. A fun read. Highly recommended for fans of lousy movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neat piece of film history, September 24, 2013
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This book was the beginning of Ed Wood becoming the "Worst Director of All Time" (extremely not true)

There is a write in questionnaire at the end of he book the got the Ed Wood resurgence some speed

The reviews are more scathing than factual, and the Medveds are sometimes simply hurtful
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven sampling of Bad cinima, August 14, 2013
There is a rumor that the authors only had a core about 20 really "good" bad films in the first draft but the publisher insisted on 50. This would explain some of the choices made. Also it is clear that in some cases the authors did NO research on the film they were mocking.

Take the write up on Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) which derides the character names...despite the fact Gould himself had been doing much the same for years.

It is hard to take the jab of a jeweler being called Jules Sparkle seriously when you realize that the comic strip had a pianist called 88 Keys (1943) and the Summer Sisters (1944) May and June. This is all ignoring Gould tending to reverse common words for last names--a musician named Seton (1940) and a midget criminal named Trohs (1940) are good examples of this and they ALL come from _The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy, 1931-1951_ (1970) so there is no excuse for the writers to mess up this badly.

Similarly the plot is not as far off what Gould was writing at that time as the book implies. Between his better known stories Gould would have filler material like this and the quality did tend to be so so. It is clear to any Dick Tracy fan they were trying desperately to find things to poke fun at with this movie.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delight from beginning to end, November 23, 2002
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Rarely has a book given me the continuous laughter that this one provided! The wry wit and "courage" to take "classics" and show their glaring deficiencies was a constant delight. My only regret is that there was no later edition.
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14 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Before you order this, please..., March 20, 2005
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...read this online review.

This book might have been good if it had been written when MST3K was on the air. Unfortunately, this was published 10 years before the series pilot. Keep reading!

This book is just SO Subjective. It's partly due to their ground rules. The ground rules eliminate Mexican productions (the 1959 film "Santa Claus") as well as porno flicks (Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [1964]), movies made for television ("A Charlie Brown Christmas"--anybody who thought that had charm obviously had not taken the time to sit down and watch it), films about the Army ("The Green Berets"), and training films ("Faces of Death").

OVERRATED ART FILMS. I have never condemned the inclusion of heralded classics in a book like this if the author makes a convincing argument. He does not.

OLDIES BUT BADDIES. I agree wholeheartedly that bad movies have actually been around almost as long as motion pictures themselves. That's what makes the selections here all the more tragic. They include the 1937 biopic "Parnell" (considered the worst biography ever made at the time of the book's publification); however, the ground rules do not state it, but they also apparently exclude Depression-era cautionary films such as "Reefer Madness" and "The Struggle." These are crucial because the actors are laughable in their failure to convince. It is also crucial because these films commit others to the sight of death or ruined lifes with no care.

GRADE "Z" ATROCITIES. The only ones of those are "Robot Monster," "Eeegah," and the Roger Corman-New World-produced "Swamp Women." If those can be the only ones eligible for inclusion, I am lost for words. The book could also benefit from Ed Wood's and Coleman Francis's creations as well as "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies" and "'Manos' the Hands of Fate."

This book has inspired me to write a less subjective sequel; however, I will still exclude silent films, Chinese and Polish productions (Have the Chinese ever made a bad movie? No really, have they? There's "Surf Ninjas," but that's ABOUT the East), and travelogues (how can these be bad?).

As for this, 4 words: Avoid...at...all...costs.
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