Saturday, March 14, 2009

Smiley Saturday: Fascinatingly Shit!

Fascinatingly Shit wass the comment made at the end of Marc Fenell's review of Friday the 13th on the radio as I drove home from the supermarket this morning. I loved it ... so much so that I actually remembered it long enough to sit and write this blog post! And yes it put a smile on my dial which is always a nice start to a Saturday morning.

You have to agree - we've all seen movies like this? They're crap but there is something about them that intrigues us.

Fenell says the Jason remake is so bad that you rapidly don't give a shit about the life expectancy of the teenagers being picked off, and instead begin to wonder who, where, when and how? Fenell says it sneakingly puts you into the shoes and the mindset of a serial killer without you even realising. Thus the fascinatingly shit rating.

I think Annie will probably agree with me (after the conversation that occurred in the car last night on the way home from the Adam Hills gig) that Mystery Men falls into this category - about an ensemble of super heroes who have NO super powers (or fancy lyrca suits for that matter) But apparently the one liners in it are quite brilliant even though the concept mostly sux (a quick peek at Wiki says that most of the dialogue was improvised by the cast!)

But my pick? Yep it's a slasher/zombie flick that would be pushing it to be classified as B-Grade.

My fascinatingly shit vote goes to Nudist Colony of the Dead.

A group of nudists take their own lives after being forced to close down their campgrounds by a church group and, years later, come back to haunt the grounds and take revenge.

What makes it fascinatingly shit for me - is the fact it's a musical. You did read correctly - a zombie slasher film where they sing and dance their way through multiple stupid murders. There is a memorable scene were the bunch of do-gooder christian teenagers sit in their mini bus singing about the fact that their all going to die. Oh and the bit where the sethered head continues to drink the can of coke. But to get the idea I leave you with this ...

So what movie gets your vote for being Fascinatingly Shit?

Marc Fenell is Triple J's movie reviewer.

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Gattina said...

Hahaha ! at least the makeup artist did a first class job !

Annie Evett said...

nooooooooooooo it hurts..........

Paul said...


Empire Magazine is the UK's number one movie magazine. It used to have a feature called "If wet..." which took the premise that, much like in a sporting match, if the weather called off a celebrity appearance, who could you get to stand in their place from the B to Z lists? So the phrase an "if wet [actor's name]" was born as a description for a second or third rate actor.

Anyway, my nomination for a fascinatingly shit film would have to be The Wraith.

A young man is killed, and returns as a ghost which transforms into a ghost car.

It's as bad as it sounds, hilariously so. It also stars an "if wet" Charlie Sheen.

The best of it is though, the if wet Charlie Sheen IS Charlie Sheen! If you ever get a chance, watch it. It is hilariously bad.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

oh my - I don't watch any movies my teenager hires. Bad badder baddest.
Why aren't the zombies completely nude ! Looks like rotted clothes they have on.

Grampy said...

No nominations , I can't stop laughing long enough to think of one.Singing zombies is the greatest. Thanks for the laugh.
And Thanks for visiting Grampy's place.

Lightening said...

Thanks for joining us in Smiley Saturday this week. Great to have you involved. :)

Great name too!!! Mine is spelt the same way. Funnily enough, I often have to tell people no "e" in Jodi. Now I have to tell them to ADD an "e" to Lightning! Kind of ironic really. :)

Anonymous said...

What a shockingly hilarious clip!

Well as a lover of men dressed in rubber monster suits destroying down town Tokyo my fascinatingly shit vote guess to the American remake of Godzilla.

Amid, acting so atrocious and dialogue so cheesey that I ate my own head ... they went and turned the Big Guy into a hermaphrodite! The final insult to credulity came when the entire US Military lost Godzilla in down town Manhatten ... because he had evolved into a creature that could hide inside skyscrapers!

This of could led to much theorising on my part that maybe the dinosaurs did not die out ... but are in fact hiding out within hollowed out skyscrapers in all our major cities.

Now to think of it maybe this film was less Fascinatingly Shit and just plain old shit. Oh well ...

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