Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

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Harper Collins, Jan 19, 2010 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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Showgirls or Spice World?
Reefer Madness or Robot Monster?
battlefield Earth or The Black Gestapo?

One reviewer's relentless search for the most appalling abomination ever to disgrace the screen—at the rate of one movie a day . . . for a year!

For every cinematic classic the studios have released, there have been dozens of cheesy monstrosities, overpriced flops, and schlocky epics. Rampaging robots, bouncing bimbos, moronic martial artists, vapid vampires, troubled teens, barbaric bikers, and idiotic infants—all of these, and more, have been foisted on us in the name of "entertainment." And entertaining they are—for all the wrong reasons!

Featuring a cast of thousands, including A-listers like Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock in their Z-grade origins, and firsthand interviews with bad-movie aficionados, from Leonard Maltin and David Sedaris to John Waters and Eli Roth, this odyssey charts one intrepid critic's attempt to maintain a normal family life and two day jobs as he watches hundreds of dreadful tapes and DVDs in every conceivable genre. Even movie buffs will be surprised by what they can learn as they laugh out loud at the worst of the worst.

With a foreword by revered Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies is an unforgettable journey deep into film's forbidden vault of irredeemable crud. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  

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User Review  - David Macpherson - Goodreads

A fun though overlong detailing of an Australian film critic spending a year trying to find the worst movie ever made. Some of it is great and very funny, though at over 300 pages, a little long for the silly premise. It made me want to watch bad movies again, I mean on purpose. Read full review

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Great fun, written by a very kind and talented writer. Read full review

Contents

JANUARY
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FEBRUARY
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MARCH
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APRIL
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MAY
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JUNE
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JULY
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AUGUST
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SEPTEMBER
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OCTOBER
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NOVEMBER
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DECEMBER
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OCTOBER 2009
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DELETED SCENES
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Michael Adams is the reviews editor of the Australian edition of Empire magazine and a contributor to Men's Style, Rolling Stone, and RottenTomatoes.com. He also writes the "Bad Movies We Love" column for Movieline.com and the "Schlock & Awe" column for TheWrap.com. He lives in Sydney. Those who saw his cameo as "Stoned Hippy" in the Z-grade classic Bloodlust won't be looking forward to his zombie "acting" in Survival of the Dead.

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