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Initial post: Jan 7, 2012 11:36:08 PM PST
RichieV says:
For every Blade Runner or Lord of the Rings, there are quite a few fantasy/sci-fi movies that are very cheesy. Some are even quite fun. Here is a list of so bad they are good sci fi/fantasy movies:

1. Tank Girl: Lorry Petty at her sarcastic best, Killer kangaroo's, an over the top bad guy who hordes water and a musical number thrown in for good measure. What more could you ask for.

2. The Beastmaster: This movie tried to be good but ended up being entertaining and a little cheesy.

3. Tremors: This is probably the ultimate cheesy movie in many ways.

4. The Sword and the Sorcerer: An attempt at fantasy that is good fun.

5. Conan the Destroyer: Where Conan the Barbarian was a great movie. This movie went down hill... for the better.

6. Big Trouble in Little China: This movie isn't really either fantasy or Sci-fi but has elements. It knew it was cheesy and reveled in it.

7. They Live: Another John Carpenter film that understood it was a bit cheesy, with bad aliens that make no sense and Charismatic professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper in the lead role. A must see for all.

8. Spaced Invaders: Aliens land on earth on Halloween and no one knows they are aliens.

OK all, I know you can add to this list. What do you have for me?

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 4:01:23 AM PST
7 & 7 IS says:
"Vampirella" (1975)

{from Michael Carreras' notes} definitely female,in her mid-twenties,attractive,intelligent,a swinger in the Chelsea late-night disco set.She has a bachelor pad that's out of this world.For a living she works as the 'sexy' half of a top class mind reading act.The other half is her 'father figure' known simply as Pendragon (Peter Cushing)They work only the plush living rooms of the very rich...the very influential...their West End homes, their country mansions,their yachts and occasionally,at special invitation,the top casinos of the world...their act is mind blowing for the illusions Pendragon creates are real magic as Vampirella herself (Barbara Leigh) is out of this world.A vampire escaped from the planet Drakulon to Earth.Between gigs as Pendragon's glamorous assistant with the ability to transform into a bat during certain routines.Vampirella worked for the Space Operatives for Defense and Security-based in a subterranean Harley Street HQ, SODS (commanded by Sir John Gielgud) defended the planet from the Akrons,an alien race come to earth via a magnetic tear in the curtain of time.UFO's,magnetic levitation,extraterrestrial forces and electronic drain.We watch with interest as her Fillapino houseboy fixes her a 'blood plasma' highball.She steps from her costume and her body is oiled by her twin Burmese body servants.Followed by a quick karate-kung fu-judo workout with her Japanese chaffeaur bodyguard.Locations set in The Bermuda Triangle and Cheltenham Ladies' College and The Devil's Sea, Vampirella plugged everything from steamy sex to martial arts massacres into its meandering storyline.Sub-plots from the actual Warren comic book stories were littered across the way.Vampirella is a gallactic Modesty Blaise an inter-galactic 007 and much,much more in fact she's our only protector against unfriendly forces whether they come from crypt,coffin or graveyard or sorcerer's spell,inner or outer space.

It sounded just too darn good to be true.And it was.Hammer Films just never could get the project off the ground.Michael Carreras at the end of his life said the fact that it didn't get made was his greatest disappointment...Instead we eventually got "Vampirella" (1996) starring Talisa Soto and Roger Daltrey.In comparison, an uninspired and inept cheese-doodle .What a pity.

I would add Remo Williams:The Adventure Begins (1985) least they tried.And on many levels actually succeeded.A new reboot entitled The Destroyer has been in the works for a while now.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 4:38:56 AM PST
Movies like "Krull" and "Legend" come to mind. Likable but cheesy.

I also thought of "Darkman". And Tim Burton's Batman movies, to an extent.

It's very enjoyable watching Ed Wood's schlock-fest "Plan 9 From Outer Space". So much to appreciate there in the cheesiness and in the overall "so bad it's good" quality.

Also, the MST3K version of some movies can be a riot:

The Brain that Wouldn't Die
Teenagers from Outer Space
Jack Frost
The Pod People
Manos: The Hands of Fate

Among my horror collection there's a stack of b-movies and cheesy items, such as--

Die, Monster, Die!
The Dunwich Horror
Strait Jacket
Mr. Sardonicus
The Tingler
What's the Matter with Helen
Horror Hotel

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 7:01:59 AM PST
D. Larson says:
Sam Raimi! The master of the cheesy scifi/fantasy genre! "Evil Dead 2" is probably the best of them all, but plenty of wonderful cheddar, too, in "Army of Darkness" and "Drag Me To Hell". Even his semi-serious excursions like "Darkman" and "Quick and the Dead" have a plentiful gouda overlay. And without the trademark Raimi bits of scrumptious melted velveeta, the Spidermen would've been strictly routine Marvel-brand burgers.

It'll be fun to see what he can do with "Oz: The Great and Poweful"!

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 3:09:19 PM PST
Cavaradossi says:

I guess I don't understand what you mean by cheesy since you listed Tremors as an ultimate example of it. For many, Tremors is a very good movie regardless of genre, not to mention an exhilarating watch. I don't see it as belonging on any list of cheesy movies.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 3:28:53 PM PST
RichieV says:
I consider a cheesy movie one you don't take too seriously but it is just fun to watch.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 3:59:43 PM PST
Don't forget "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension". Peter Weller plays Renaissance man Buckaroo (brain surgeon, physicist, rock star) who develops a vehicle equipped with an over-thruster device which allows him to penetrate solid matter and enter the Eight Dimension! He must deal with demented rival Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow) who previously got his head stuck in this dimension and his brain rearranged. "Laugh-a while you can, monkey boy! You all are-a gonna die!" This is one of the kookiest movies ever made.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 6:39:37 PM PST
Green Meanie says:
The Pickle.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 6:50:48 PM PST
7 & 7 IS says:
The Host
Q-The Winged Serpent
The Toxic Avenger
Repo Man
Brain Damage
Blood Diner ('87)
Humanoids From The Deep
Street Trash
Death Race 2000
Time Riders
Motel Hell
Terminal Island [uncut]
Howard The Duck
The Concrete Jungle

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 9:46:39 PM PST
RichieV says:
I forgot about Repo Man 7, good call.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 10:24:05 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 9, 2012 6:56:08 AM PST
Cheesiness is rather subjective call. I love Krull (in fact, I think that it's arguably the finest pure heroic fantasy film ever made) but it isn't in the least cheesy, to my understanding. Repo Man? another fave, not cheesy.

The Beastmaster, now, has a definite fine aged Cheddar bouquet. Italian science fiction films often have a somewhat cheesy quality.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 7:19:33 AM PST
K. Toby says:
The Car, James Brolin tries to stop the killer car .

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 12:00:58 AM PST
Green Meanie says:
Flashhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Defender of the Universe..............

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 1:11:11 AM PST
red-666 says:
Bubba Hotep
Dark Star
Eight Legged Freaks
Flesh Gordon
Forbidden Zone
Moon zero two
Pitch Black
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
The Blob (The original)
The Fifth Element (It IS cheesy, isn't it?)
Weird Science

Commando Cody, Sky Marshall of the Universe
King of the Rocketmen
Radar Men from the Moon
Zombies of the Stratosphere

Honorable mention goe to Nightbreed, a movie in which the undead are the good guys. Nominally a horror movie, I've always considered it a fantasy flick.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 1:56:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2012 1:57:03 AM PST
RichieV says:
I really liked Dark Star Red.

(And yes. The Fifth Element is really cheesy)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:04:34 AM PST
Balok says:

> The Fifth Element (It IS cheesy, isn't it?)

More "comme le fromage," I would think.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 7:11:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2012 7:12:19 AM PST
The great charm of The Fifth Element lies in that it makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER.

Sky Captain? Wonderful film, but I would submit that the cheese factor is actually pretty low.

The cheese factor (let's call it V (Velveeta) and put it on a log scale like the Richter scale, from 1 to 10) for any version of Flash Gordon is fairly highly high, ranging from a V-5 (rattles the windows) for the original serials, to a pretty extreme V-7 for the film.

All told, I'd put The Fifth Element at about a V-7. Barbarella--getting close to a V-8. Beastmaster-V-7.5. Elements of Red Sonja reach up to a life-threatening V-8.5!

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 9:09:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2012 9:11:08 AM PST
Cavaradossi says:
I will admit to a sneaking affection for Eight Legged Freaks, though I do not recommend it for anyone who is seriously afraid of spiders. The movie is a an exercise in tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek, yet it has some spider scenes that could make even the hardiest uneasy.

I have previously noted my admiration for that little gem, Dark Star.

BTW, speaking of Eight Legged Freaks, did I ever tell the story of the time I was watching a movie with my projector, room lights out, when I was suddenly treated to a gigantic spider shadow projected unto the screen? Some spider got the really nasty idea of spinning down from the ceiling to hang directly in front of the projector light. Don't tell me it didn't know exactly what it was doing. It was probably payback for my having a tarantula in the house. I noticed regular spiders stopped coming around so much while I had my two big T pets. No doubt they were afraid and resentment had built. One saw an excellent opportunity to give me the fright of the year!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:45:54 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
Yes, Buckaroo Banzai was a hilarious satire of Doc Savage.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 10:49:54 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
There are two kinds of cheesy sci-fi movies: the intentionally cheesy ones and the unintentionally cheesy ones.

Movies like the second Swamp Thing movie are intentionally cheesy, and even campy. Movies like Red Sonja just derailed somewhere.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:16:03 AM PST
WK: I wouldn't say that Red Sonja derailed--Sandahl Bergman's performance, maybe. A veritable cheesequake.... (like the state park in New Jersey).

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:50:21 AM PST
Green Meanie says:
Wes Craven's Shocker and Waxworks 1 & 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 12:18:50 PM PST
D. Larson says:
How about "The Green Slime"?

You might have to crank the V meter up to eleven!

How much intentional campiness and tongue-in-cheek-itude does it take to turn a movie from cheesy fun to irritatingly ironic, anyway? Does a picture have to be unintentionally bad to qualify?

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 7:46:37 PM PST
Another steamy cheese-log would be "The Legend of Boggy Creek". Oh, the pain. All those languid panning shots of the forest and lake. I get fidgety just thinking about that 70's flick.
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