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150 Movies You Should Die Before You See Paperback – November 18, 2010

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About the Author

Steve Miller has worked as a freelance feature writer, film reviewer, roleplaying game designer, and editor. A graduate from the University of Utah, his articles have appeared in numerous local and national publications. Many of these have appeared on Reviews and Stuff by Steve Miller, a blog he maintains on RottenTomatoes.com. He has also contributed reviews to Revenant Magazine Online, Pyramid Magazine Online, Helium.com, and other outlets.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440503621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440503627
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Heilman on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anyone who knows anything about cult cinema will immediately dismiss this book as utter garbage. They will scratch their heads and wonder why such wonderful films as Deep Red, Suspiria, Re-Animator and From Beyond are doing in a book about bad cinema and why fun drive-in titles like Attack of the Giant Leeches are being picked on.
Dissing financial flops like Ishtar and 1941 is hardly creative either.
Whenever someone writes a book like this I am compelled to question who it is being written for. The same pinheads who go to Ed Wood screenings to giggle contemptuously and make obnoxious comments to get attention? Miller is the kind of writer who is unable to understand the affection and appreciation these films receive and his textbook response is to heap scorn upon them with poorly thought out arguments.
In short, film fans savvy enough to look at this tome before purchasing it will likely think twice. Mr. Miller deserves a place next to Michael Medved in the annals of critical shortsightedness and has insulted this film lover.
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I don't write this review based on (my perceived opinion of) the knowledge (or lack thereof) of the author's opinions on whether the movies in this book are really bad, or as some of the reviewers have said, really good. It looks like most of the movies in this book are of the horror genre, and I hadn't seen most of them. I'm a sci-fi fan, not a horror fan, but I got the book strictly based on the title alone. I am an avid reader of film books like this. And I DO enjoy really bad movies.

There were parts that I enjoyed reading here, and some that I found ridiculous. On the second part of that, I include the section of each review titled "They Really Said It!" There were several entries that I thought the author was stretching it just to find ANYTHING to put in that column. Admittedly some of those may require watching the movie to get the humor the author saw in them, but the good (read: funny) ones of them didn't require that.

I also found much of the "Betcha Didn't Know" facts to be more of the Who The Hell Cares variety. Here again, I'm not a fan of the genre or a geek from the convention circuit, so some of this stuff may be too esoteric for me, but just right up their alley for the avid fan.

Still, all in all, I found the book entertaining, and have added a few movies that I'm going to check out just to see if they really are that bad.
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If you are a horror fan, avoid this book at all costs. Only those who like to snicker and make snide comments about the horror genre will get anything out of this. This is ostensibly a book about the worst films ever made, yet Steve Miller displays his ignorance by including several very good, and even fantastic horror films. Suspiria, The Black Cat (1934), The Ruins, Cemetery Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon and so on. Miller clearly knows little about horror films, and all the Betcha Didn't Know trivia will draw a great big "No S***" from any self-respecting horror fan. Miller's reasoning for why some of these films "suck" is also extremely goofy and in no one truly make a movie "suck". The Black Cat? It sucks because it isn't actually based on Poe. This is also why The Raven sucks. (So what? That has no reflection on the quality of the movie itself.) The classic Creature From the Black Lagoon? It sucks because the characters act more like hunters than scientists. (Which is part of the point of the whole movie.) And From Beyond? Again, it wasn't based closely enough on Lovecraft. Although Miller admits it is a pretty good movie...which begs the question of why it's included in the book. Brilliant.
Steve Miller is someone who clearly just hates the horror genre, and takes on the usual arrogant, snide attitude such writers usually take. In doing so he, ironically, has written a book that can easily be labeled one of the worst film books ever written. Indeed, if you hate the horror genre, you may enjoy it. You can laugh along with Mr. Miller about how stupid all we horror fans are.
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I am deeply disappointed.

First and most important: It reflects just the author's personal taste. And I'm not sure if he actually watched all of these movies. I was hoping for some insightful, maybe even funny reviews of movie disasters, but it's nothing but "I don't like this movie. It is stupid. They say stupid things. I don't like this movie." The "reviews" are way to short, not pointing out anything of particular meaning and get dull after like three.

Just to make my point:
Whoever fails to recognize "Birdemic" as one of the worst movie made to date should not write about "bad" movies.

Bad Taste and Plan 9 from outer space both get a trashing in this book.
Hello? These are prime examples for "bad" movies you ACTUALLY HAVE TO WATCH, because they will show you that "bad'" does not mean "without value".

So, instead of paying money for this publication, go to any internet forum and start a thread titled "Worst movie ever". You will most likely get better answers and more entertainment out of it. And if you like movie trivia, imdb has loads of that.
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