Leslie Cook

My New Favorite Bad Movies

In Best Bad Movies, Movie Review on September 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

One of the advantages of getting up early in the morning is that I get to see the best “bad movies” ever made. I’ve seen a couple of bad, bad moives in the last few weeks which I’d love to share with you.

Mac and Me

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen “Mac and Me” a few times. It’s a wonderfully horrible movie about an alien befriended by a boy in a wheelchair who is being chased by NASA officials. The product placement in this movie is incredible. There’s Coca-Cola which apparently hypes up the aliens enough to save their lives. There’s also the looming presence of McDonalds, complete with Ronald McDonald prancing around while the bad guys are trying to nab the “cute” little alien. I absolutely love this movie for the following reasons (spoilers ahead):

  • The little alien turns out to be one of a family of 4 aliens (mom, dad and sis) that are saved by Coca-Cola.
  • The father alien brings the wheelchair boy back to life after the NASA guys accidently kill him. Gotta love that.
  • At the end, the alien family, who apparently appreciates the advantages of the good old US of A, becomes American citizens in a lovely group ceremony, and drive off happily in their own minivan!

Octaman

Another horribly fun bad movie is Octaman. What do I say about this one? Bad costumes, bad Mexican stereotypes, bad scientist stereotypes, and an Octaman from outerspace running around killing people. And of course there’s a love story. The IMDB synopsis is as follows: A scientific expedition in Mexico discovers several unusual baby octopus specimens. When they capture several of the critters their half-man/half-octopus parent appears to terrorize the hapless scientists. Yup, that’s about right. Hapless scientists in a Winnebago.

Apparently the “creature effects” were created by Rick Baker. I’m assuming that this was either early in his career or that there was no budget for effects. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really nice rubber suit they’re using for the Octaman, but realistic it’s not

Try and sit though this movie if you dare. Maybe you can count the number of times you see Octaman walking around in his rubber suit strangling innocent Mexicans. Or maybe you can look out for my favorite line in the movie “A women’s place is in the kitchen.”

If you’re a bad movie fan like I am, you’ll enjoy watching these two films.

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