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Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made Paperback – January 19, 2010
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“Michael Adams is the Peter Biskind of really crappy movies. I thank him for watching these films so I didn’t have to claw my eyes out myself.” (A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically)
“Like many of the bad movies it celebrates, this book is addictive, mesmerizing and endlessly amusing.” (Harry Medved, co-author of The Golden Turkey Awards and The Fifty Worst Films of All Time)
“Reading Michael Adams’ entertaining and disturbingly comprehensive book is like being dragged through the fun parts of Hell in a flame-proof suit. Having had both hands in the cesspools of cinema for over twenty years, I can say with confidence that this book is the best of its kind: a joyously critical, deeply personal journey through a medium we love to hate almost as much as we love to love.” (Kevin Murphy, co-star/writer of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and author of A Year At the Movies)
From the Back Cover
Showgirls or Spice World?
Reefer Madness or Robot Monster?
battlefield Earth or The Black Gestapo?
One reviewer's relentless search for the most appalling abomination ever to disgrace the screen—at the rate of one movie a day . . . for a year!
For every cinematic classic the studios have released, there have been dozens of cheesy monstrosities, overpriced flops, and schlocky epics. Rampaging robots, bouncing bimbos, moronic martial artists, vapid vampires, troubled teens, barbaric bikers, and idiotic infants—all of these, and more, have been foisted on us in the name of "entertainment." And entertaining they are—for all the wrong reasons!
Featuring a cast of thousands, including A-listers like Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock in their Z-grade origins, and firsthand interviews with bad-movie aficionados, from Leonard Maltin and David Sedaris to John Waters and Eli Roth, this odyssey charts one intrepid critic's attempt to maintain a normal family life and two day jobs as he watches hundreds of dreadful tapes and DVDs in every conceivable genre. Even movie buffs will be surprised by what they can learn as they laugh out loud at the worst of the worst.
With a foreword by revered Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies is an unforgettable journey deep into film's forbidden vault of irredeemable crud. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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But the part of Adams' structure that makes this book so interesting to me is his subdivision of all the candidate films into thoughtfully grouped (and quirkily named) categories such as "Eszterhas of Pain," "Gorilla Snore Fare," and "That's Travolting!" Each of these sections is a mini-chapter of its own, usually containing two to five films with a connecting star, filmmaker, character, plot, or theme. A lot of people can tell you their opinion of the worst movie ever made, but Adams can authoritatively identify the worst movie ever made about Bigfoot, or point out Bo Derek's cheesiest, nakedest performance. Breaking the book into these chunks was a smart move, making it easy to read as much or as little as I'd like before I go back to pretending to be a productive human being.Read more ›
Written in an easy, conversational style that implies an ongoing conversation, Adams chooses to contextualize his experiences with his bingo hopper of doom (read the book) and his day job covering current blockbusters. This adds to the fun. Adams analysis is pretty spot on, as well (I have minor quibbles, but when he's right about Uwe Bolle, boy is he right. A great reference and a fun archive of one year of the best of the worst.
Michael Adams entertainingly describes a year of watching one dreadful film a day, a game he calls Bad Movie Bingo. After extensive research, Adams, the reviews editor for the film magazine Empire, compiles a list of the worst films ever made and watches them in an order dictated by a toy bingo machine.
A book about bad films could be written in a negative way and result in a depressing read. But Adams' humour and knowledge results in a jolly and intelligent review of cinema's forgotten flops. His writing style is lively and funny - "My salary is about what Jennifer Aniston got for blinking in one episode of Friends", he quips when talking about his new television review job.
The famously bad films are included - such as Gigli, Showgirls and Shanghai Surprise. But Adams' homework means he's also uncovered gems such as Superbabies ("utterly reviled") The Incredible Melting Man ("an oddity") and Howard the Duck ("much less fun that it sounds").
Warning: Adams' enthusiasm for bad movies could encourage you to watch some (I'm off to hunt down Rhinestone, with a singing Dolly Parton and Sly Stallone).
It's a great read for any movie buff. Everyone should watch bad movies just as much as good movies. It gives you a better perspective when someone does a good job.
Thanks for suffering Michael so we don't have to!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a fun read. I have actually seen many of he movies he talked about in the book.Published 2 months ago by Clifton Toliver
I enjoyed a totally excellent buying experience, such that I felt it incumbent on me to bring to the attention of other buyers how great this seller is. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Lary Crews
Despite rarely having the guts to actually watch a bad film (or at least one all the way through, without the Nostalgia Critic or MST3K to filter it somewhat), I have a rather... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Kenya Starflight
As a young lad, 25 or so years back, I read the Medved's seminal text on Golden Turkeys. So did the author of this book. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Manly Reading
I had a lot of fun reading this. There were a lot of films I had never seen or even heard of, which is a real accomplishment. Naturally, I had to check most of them out. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Thomas P. Tiernan
The only thing I like better than reading about film is reading about BAD film. Michael Adams' does a stellar (if slightly dangerous) job in watching at least one bad film every... Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by RabbitWithFangs
An excellent overview of the worst of cinema and how a movie with all the best intentions can go completely wrong, this is more thoughtful than I expected. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Joseph J. Finn