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Monday, February 16, 2015

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2014 - Steve Q

Steve Q blogs about terrible movies at and can be found on Twitter at @Amy_Surplice.
He also recently did an Underrated Westerns list you should check out:


I spent 2014 watching terrible films, most of which you're better off not knowing about. While watching these, occasionally a good film - usually brought to my attention by a bad title - would flicker before my eyes. Here's 9 good films and one guilty pleasure I saw for the first time this year - three in English, one German, five Japanese, one Turkish.

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)
A European vampire that looks like a cucumber goes to Japan where he must do battle with umbrellas with tongues, a woman who strangles with her neck... well, if you aren't sucked in by now, this movie isn't for you. It's funny, stylish and, though listed as a children's movie, is not suitable for children.

Hawk Jones (1986)
This is a 1970's-style blaxploitation film: violent, sexual, profane. And it's acted by children. And they're good. And it's not played for laughs.

FDR: American Badass! (2012)
Unlike "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," this film goes for laughs and gets them. Barry Bostwick plays the president, who contracted polio from a werewolf bite, gets an armed wheelchair designed by Einstein and fights the Axis plan to infect alcohol with werewolf virus.

Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)
I found this film by doing an image search of a photo I'd found by accident. It's a rape revenge film, a very rough one with some hardcore porn sloppily edited in, but its ending is as unforgettable as the one in "Ms. 45." It's not "The Virgin Spring," but it's daring entertainment.

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
This is an homage to the bad science fiction films of the 1950's, where the aliens carry caulking guns and are bewildered by things like steps. There are some vicious reviews of this film, but I laughed a lot watching it.

Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998)
This is the film Quentin Tarantino keeps trying to make: stylish, violent, funny and bizarre. It's just an extended chase sequence with deadly slapstick comedy, but it's quite a ride.

Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (1972)
This isn't actually a sequel. A female professional gambler rescues a prostitute and then has to fight the Yakuza with the help of Sonny Chiba to get revenge for her murdered father.

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
This is merely an "escape from women's prison" film, but has some surreal moments, such as when one woman turns into a pile of leaves, which make it worth watching.

The Calamari Wrestler (2004)
Yes, this is a movie about a giant wrestling squid, a wrestler cured of a terminal illness with the slight inconvenience of being a squid and having to control his human desires (of course, he falls in love). The final scene involves squid on octopus wrestling. Trust me, you'll be laughing throughout this film.

Deathless Devil (1973)
In Turkey, they remade American classics such as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Star Wars," and, for some reason, the 1940 Republic serial "The Mysterious Dr. Satan," which is the basis for this film. It's almost a shot-for-shot remake, which means that there are incredible bursts of action with implausible escapes at regular intervals. The ludicrous villain and $1.95 robot just add to the fun. This is in no way a good film, but it is still enjoyable.

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