|October 18, 2012||Posted by Derek Elkins under Elkins Blog, The Blog|
I am a slacker and have not posted in quite some time. There, I have confessed.
You know what I really like? I like horror movies, and not just any horror movies, but I really like the bad ones. Give me a night watching The Manster or Troll 2 or Plan Nine from Outer Space any of the Leprechaun movies and I'm in a state of Nirvana (if I believed in such a state and I don't). When I'm bored, I like to look up top ten lists of bad movies or go to websites that give bad reviews or just plain make fun of bad movies.
Am I broken or what? It's like a weird obsession. In fact, my friends and I once made a movie in high school that I can gleefully dub the worst horror movie ever. It was called "The Incredible Spud-Chuckers of Bulgaria" and featured a mad scientist that brought the dead back to life in a nefarious plot to conquer a small town. I, of course, played the mad scientist. I later turned it into an actual script, about three years ago, with slightly different characters and a different plot, and renamed it "Night of the Garden Gnomes". If you'd like to read it, please let me know and I'll set you up.
There was this really bad movie I saw one time that set me on the bad movie path for good. It had the Skipper from Gilligan's Island in it (I think) and about this busload of children that sped through a cloud of nuclear fallout and became more than children...something evil. Man, did that movie have some of the best/worst lines in it. I can't remember them now, but they were hilarious.
So, since then, I've really been into horror comedy. And not just any horror comedy...the more black comedy the better. The only problem is that I'm not a big fan of a ton of cuss words in a movie or sexual situations. I'd like to watch a movie that I can share with my kids. About the only thing I've seen that would foot that bill is the Treehouse of Horror episodes on the Simpsons. I mean, there are a lot of good horror comedies out there, but I can't really let my kids watch them due to the excessive language, nudity and situations. Which is really a shame. I believe you can make a really good black comedy or any sort of film without having to resort to adding a bunch of useless language or inappropriate items.
Anyway, if you're bored some day, do a search on "bad horror movies" and see what you get. If you're like me, and God help you if you are, then you'll be pleasantly surprised.