Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guilty Pleasures: My Favorite Secret Shame Movies

Kati D, one of the reviewers for Dear Author asked a fun question on Twitter: “What's your secret shame favorite movie?”

We all have a secret shame movie, most likely more than one. I do. After thinking about this question, I have 5 awesome secret shame movies that I love and I’m not ashamed to admit to them here.

Krull (1983) has to be one of my biggest secret shame movies. I’ve seen this movie more times that I can count. A princess is stolen from an evil being and her prince must try and save her. It’s reminds me a bit of Ridley Scott's 1985's Legend and in a way, a lower quality Lord of the Rings. Next year will be Krull’s 30th anniversary. At the time it was made for big money- $27 million, but only grossed $17 million. The effects were pretty awesome and it was Liam Nesson’s first movie. Also Robbie Coltrane plays a big part in it. I used to have a crush on the main lead, Prince Colwyn who looks pretty hot in a beard. This is a long lost movie gem that to this day I still remember fondly.

Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988) is one of the best B Horror movies I’ve ever watched. I ate this movie up with I was a kid. Aliens that look like clowns with the sharpest teeth ever, coming down to Earth and invading a small town. The only big names I can think of in this movie is Christopher Titus (I loved his show Titus on Fox in 2000) and John Allen Nelson (he was awesome in Sheena, also circa 2000). This one made big money. It was made for $2 million and went on to gross $43 million. It’s become a big cult classic and the rap group, Insane Clown Posse has sampled quotes from the movie in their music. Total cheese, but awesome cheese.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) is so implausible, but so much fun. This was Christina Applegate’s first starring movie role and would set the stage for her talent in 2004's Anchorman. There are so many familiar faces in this movie from Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles and David Duchovny (his first movie role). They movie went on to gross $25 million.

Ants (1977) is another cheestastic horror movie. “An old-fashioned, lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter and situated next to a construction site, is attacked by an army of poisonous ants. Efforts to contain the ants and rescue those trapped in the hotel are hampered by the progress of the creepy crawlers upward from floor to floor.” This movie made me squirm and live in fear of ants for a very long time. It was a TV movie directed by Robert Scheerer, best known for directing some of the best television shows ever aired from Fame, Love Boat, Dynasty and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Munchies (1987) is more comedy than horror. It’s a takeoff of Gremlins where some tiny, furry creature can multiple into more nasty creatures and cause mayhem. Harvey Korman from the Carol Burnett Show was the big star. This one has two more sequels after it, making it a trilogy. Total goofy cheese.

Here are some of my 5 favorite secret shame movies. Since I shared, why not tell me yours?



Twimom227 said...

OMG... KRULL!! Love it! I haven't seen it in 20 years, but I did so much when I was younger. Great flick!

I can't think of any movies I'm ashamed of. Unless you count Madagascar 3. LOL!

KB/KT Grant said...

OMG you know Krull! Growing up that movie was on HBO every other day.