I have always loved horror movies. Every Halloween I look forward to the new batch that directors put forward for our entertainment. From the good to the bad, there are some horror movies you still have to watch no matter how terrible they are. Why? Terrible, but funny movies are the types of movies you can’t take your eyes off of. You’re always going to wonder just how much more horrible the movie you’re watching is going to get.
Here are five of my top favorite, terrible, but funny horror movies you must watch. Of course, some of the directors’ names may shock you. Most horrible horror films usually involve aliens, clowns, vampires, and so forth. These five favorites of mine, of course, somehow managed to fall into those categories.
5. From Dusk Till Dawn
Vampires have lately become a big trend among movie lovers. In 1996, Robert Rodriguez directed this rated R film. The film is about two bank robber brothers on the run from Texas into Mexico. Along the way they pick up three hostages and end up at a bar called the Titty Twister (yes, that is the name). Of course, this seedy bar is inhabited by vampires. From terrible one liners, to crew goofs, to strong nudity, this film is horrendous, but dubiously funny. I admit, the cast of George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, and Cheech Marin gave the film a little bit of flair. Cheech Marin’s three roles at least draw you into the film. Running time: 108 minutes
4. Army of Darkness
Bruce Campbell and his terrible one-liners will make you laugh throughout this absurd horror flick.This 1993 movie is rated R for language, some gore, and violence. Bruce returns in this sequel to the Evil Dead series to his role of Ash. Ash is somehow transported back in time (along with his car) to battle the dead. From the infamous tag-line: Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas., this film will make you laugh and cheer on stupidity. Running time: 81 minutes
In 2006, James Gunn directed this funny rated R horror flick. Aliens descend upon a small town and commence to taking over. Soon, people are turned into odd mutants and zombies that love raw meat. I continued watching this absurd movie once I saw the “balloon” lady. Gory, but funny, this movie stars Don Thompson and Elizabeth Banks. Running time: 95 minutes
2. Killer Klownz From Outer Space
I’m not sure if its the misspelled title, the outrageous plot, or the goofy, but creepy clowns that kept me watching this 1988 PG-13 film. The plot of the film is really simple: clowns invade a town and try to eat them (turn them into cotton candy and drink their blood, kill them with acid pies). I couldn’t stop laughing at the ray guys, the balloon dog, and the clown with the hammer. The movie, however, is a little bit creepy because of the clowns and the flesh-eating popcorn…This film is directed by Stephen Chiodo and stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. Running time: 88 minutes
1. Bad Taste
Ready for one of the worst, but laughable horror movie of all time? It’s Peter Jackson’s second film to direct – Bad Taste. What makes this film absurd, is not only the acting (Peter Jackson has a lead role), but the effects, and the plot. The plot is (of course) aliens taking over a small town. I spent most of my time laughing at the horrible special effects, the obvious crew goofs, and the aliens’ costumes. The non-rated version is the best. Running time: 91 minutes
I still have to give the directors and actors credit for trying to bring these absurd horror films to the big screen. We still have to wonder how they ever made it the movie theaters, but still smile because we can still watch them on DVD. Just wait until Halloween comes around…