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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 screenat 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 infantsall of these, and more, have been foisted on us in the name of "entertainment." And entertaining they arefor 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.
Michael Adams is the reviews editor of the Australian edition of Empire magazine and a contributor to Men's Style, Rolling Stone, and RottenTomatoes.com. He also writes the "Bad Movies We Love" column for Movieline.com and the "Schlock & Awe" column for TheWrap.com. He lives in Sydney. Those who saw his cameo as "Stoned Hippy" in the Z-grade classic Bloodlust won't be looking forward to his zombie "acting" in Survival of the Dead.
“Michael Adams’ book is great fun! No one intends to make a truly bad movie, but when they do, Michael Adams will be there to watch it...and make it entertaining.”
-John Landis, director of Trading Places and The Blues Brothers
“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