Eric’s Bad Movies needs bad movies

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Ever since Eric’s Bad Movies debuted at Film.com, almost two years ago, you guys have been extremely helpful in suggesting suitable films. In fact, of the 95 movies I’ve covered as of this week, probably 15 of them were ones I’d never even heard of until you recommended them. This puts me in the unusual position of being grateful to have discovered “Gymkata,” for example, a movie that I doubt had previously ever produced positive feelings of any kind.

It’s getting harder to find good material — especially as the list of films I’ve already covered grows and grows — and so I come to you again now for more suggestions. Post them in the comments, or feel free to send me an e-mail or a tweet. The guidelines are below, along with a list of what I’ve already covered (including tomorrow’s entry! See if you can spot it among the already-rans!).

Thanks for your help! Eric’s Bad Movies is really a community effort, except that I’m the only one who gets paid for it.

Guidelines for Eric’s Bad Movies

1. It needs to be really bad. Films that are merely mediocre are a waste of time.

2. The film should be considered bad by most people, not just you. I don’t want to have to convince the reader that the movie is bad; I want us to be on the same page from the get-go. I know it’s hard to gauge a consensus sometimes, but use common sense. No matter how much you happen to hate “Titanic” personally, surely you understand that yours is not the prevailing opinion.

3. It needs to have been released theatrically. No straight-to-video or TV movies.

4. Nothing from the 2000s. I probably already reviewed it when it came out, and I’m trying to avoid double-dipping. Think 1999 and earlier.

5. No comedies. Comedies are very hard to make fun of because they already don’t take themselves seriously. When I have tried, I have usually failed. Should I feel a need to dip into comedies, I already have a lengthy list of suitable ones.

6. I prefer well-known titles over obscure ones. This is the guideline that’s most flexible, since there’s a finite number of famous terrible movies and I’ve already done a lot of them. But it’s more fun when the reader is at least vaguely familiar with the subject, so try to think of those first.

Eric’s Bad Movies so far:

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
Anaconda
The Arrival
The Avengers
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
Batman & Robin
The Beastmaster
Beautician and the Beast
Bio-Dome
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
The Care Bears Movie
Cobra
Cocktail
Congo
Cool World
D-War: Dragon Wars
Death Wish: The Face of Death
The Delta Force
Double Impact
Dracula 2000
Ernest Saves Christmas
Firewalker
The Forbidden Dance (is Lambada)
Frogs
Garbage Pail Kids
Glitter
The Good Son
Grease 2
Gymkata
High School Musical
Howard the Duck
Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf
Hudson Hawk
The Ice Pirates
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Inspector Gadget
It’s Pat
Jack
Jack Frost (killer snowman)
Jack Frost (family movie)
Jaws: The Revenge
Judge Dredd
Kazaam
King Kong Lives
Kull the Conqueror
Krull
Leprechaun
Leonard Part 6
Mac and Me
The Mangler
Masters of the Universe
Meteor
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
The Neverending Story III
The Next Karate Kid
Night of the Lepus
On Deadly Ground
The Other Sister
Orca
Over the Top
The Pagemaster
Patch Adams
Power Rangers: The Movie
Red Sonja
Shanghai Surprise
Showgirls
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Sleepaway Camp
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Spice World
Star Trek V
Staying Alive
Stone Cold
Street Fighter
Supergirl
Superman III
Superman IV
Super Mario Bros.
Surf Ninjas
Surviving the Game
Tarzan, the Ape Man
Teen Witch
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
The 13th Warrior
Timecop
Troll
Two of a Kind
Volcano
Waterworld
The Wiz
The Wizard
Wizards of the Demon Sword
Xanadu
Zardoz

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