And that's where the joys of the bad b-movie come in.
I don't know if you've ever been a fan. My son and I bond over bad movies all the time--remember that show "Mystery Science Theatre 3000," where this guy and his robot-puppets watched bad movies and made jokes while doing it??? That's what we do--watch things like Chubacabra on SyFy and make fun of the ridiculousness. Our favorite so far is this flick called Frogs. That's right, Frogs. There was no FX budget on this movie AT ALL! It was so funny to see all these literal frogs jumping like frogs do and people running away screaming.
One of the student clubs I advised was a B-movie club. We called it: D.A.N. G.E. R.--which stood for the "Department for the Analysis of Nosferatu, Godzilla and Evil Robots." It was the best time. My favorite moment was from our first showing, Army of Darkness, I think. The movie had started and our club president was late. He came running in with a fez in hand, "Sorry, forgot my fez and had to run back to my room...can't watch bad movies without it!"
Though I don't wear a fez when watching bad movies, I do geek-out in my own way. For example, this morning I watched Don't Cry Werewolf starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, anyone???) produced in 2008. Then, after getting some errands done, I was making my lunch and said to my furry-best friend, "Hey, maybe something like Ginger Snaps is on...," and it was! I'm not sure if you're familiar with the glory of the Ginger Snaps film franchise (that's right, there's more than one) but it is terrific. It's a b-movie version of the supernatural female hero flick. Like the great Russ Meyer sexploitation films of the 1970's, some bad b-movies manage to combine serious social commentary with ridiculously bad story arcs.
We're all so rushed in today's world; it's hard to find the time to watch things you like, let alone bad b-movies. But once in a while, take out a few hours to sit and watch something truly terrible. I guarantee that whatever anxieties you may be feeling will melt away when the Titanic-sized piranha leap into tall buildings like fish-bombs...with teeth, or when the gianormous snake pops out of the water and eats a Cadillac Escalade...things too impossible to be real, things too ridiculous to be taken seriously and ultimately, things that will relieve your stressors--even if only for a few hours.
Housel Bad B-Movie Tip: Pop a fresh bowl of popcorn. Melt half a stick of butter; pour over popcorn, turning with a large spoon to cover well. Next, open a movie-theatre-size box of Junior Mints. Dump over popcorn. The result will be a salty-sweet mix of pure, unadulterated delight the likes of which you've never tasted. And it goes SO WELL with bad b-movies!!! What's not to like???
Enjoy your weekend--first day of May!!! It's already been productive--and fun, thanks to the joys of the bad b-movie....
Until next time, dear readers!
PS: Mongolian Death Worm premiers on SyFy on Saturday, May 8th at 9pm EST.... ;)