Oct 28, 2018
Movie Meltdown - Episode 459 (For our Patreon supporters.)
After rounding out our showcase of "bad movies" for a live event at the public library, Tracy and Bryan sit down to not only recap some of their choices but also to discuss what makes a bad movie "bad". And more importantly, the perspective that makes people want to watch movies that certain other people would consider to be terrible.
And while we cover things that are both beautiful and hideous all at the same time, we also address… John Waters, Wild and Woolly Video, Universal horror monsters, Blood Freak, Roger Corman, continually setting people on fire, Sleepwalkers, a bunch of people from Florida, Ed Wood, because it’s bad… it has lasting appeal, Female Trouble, they are a trainwreck of a couple of dudes, Wes Craven, movie geek research, horror goes to space, John Carpenter, Don't Look Now, I only want to deal with what’s on the screen, montage of gore, it's threatening to your worldview in order to feel safe, your geeks are crossing over here, special Thanksgiving episodes, Stephen King, serials, Mama Dracula, Birdemic, Asylum and SyFy movies, Mick Garris, Liquid Sky, we suffered through so… so will you, can horror characters stay scary over time, weird underground currents that he lived in and was part of, stunt death, movies trying to emulate, Kenneth Anger, El Topo, b-movies versus prestige pictures, how fandom and conventions changed being an actor, he's subverting everything when he's doing that, Robert Englund, it's very surface-y and subversive and strange, Tuesday Knight, it's an experience of being immersed in cinema, bad movies are for some people… not all people, he was guy number 3 on an episode of Charlie's Angels, Holy Mountain, and he was just blown away by the idea that the other people in the room where there on purpose… to see this movie… he just didn’t understand that, Douglas Sirk, challenging convention and the strategy of the bank book.
“...but all the movies prior to that are as charming to me, not just because of what they are on screen - which is interesting and hilarious and strange and… unique vision - but not good!”