This Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you by Broke and Bookish) topic is supposed to be about your favorite books of a particular genre, but we’re going to have tons of these lists towards the end of the year. So, I’m going to do movies instead, and not just any movies, but the funniest low budget sci-fi and horror movies. Well, best in my opinion anyways. Regular readers of this site are probably aware of the fact that I have a peculiar sense of humor. Anyways, when it comes to the so-bad-its-awesome everyone has their favorites. Here are mine. (PS: Clicking the covers will take you to the IMDB page when possible.)
Funniest Low Budget Sci-Fi and Horror Movies
Collision Earth – A massive solar flare turns Mecury into a magnet for a split second, and sends it careening towards the Earth. Featuring the pained hero (Kirk Acevedo), the daring (female!) astronaut, and lots of nerdy snark! Collision Earth has the worst CGI of any movie I’ve seen in recent history, a catch phrase that establishes itself almost instantly, and is filled to the brim with “Oh, my god, that’s so bad it’s AWESOME.” My review.
Piranha 3DD – Well, there’s lots of boobs. I guess that goes without saying. But beyond the tremendous about of jiggly bits, there’s killer piranhas, great lines, and a nonplot that just won’t stop.
Of course Roboshark is on this list. Roboshark is pure ridiculous from about 10 seconds in, and it just gets better. Also, this movie has some of the most awesomely horrible lines I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing in a movie. Seriously. If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of the best bad sci-fi movies and you haven’t seen this one yet, you should be ashamed of yourself. ASHAMED. My review.
Zombie Strippers – This one is so bad that when it popped into my head for this article, I actually groaned. But then I remembered the pool ball kegel attack (yes, you read that right), and knew that I had to include it. Its beyond horrible, it’s got Robert Englund in it, and you’ll never be quite as ashamed of yourself for watching a movie as you will by the time you’re done with Zombie Strippers.
Big Ass Spider – Oh, this was a wonderfully bad movie. It embraced its badness with all the slow-mo, over-the-top shoots and lines a person could ask for. Arachnobia might scare you, but this one will just make you laugh…and laugh…and laugh! Its even got the lady from Insidious (Lin Shaye) as a bit of a cougar who’s got a fruitcake obsession, and a thing for the pest control guy. It’s hilarious.
Category 6: Day of Destruction – Okay, so Day of Destruction might not realize it’s a ‘bad scifi’ movie, but it so is. I mean, anything that has has Randy Quaid riding into a twister can’t be taken seriously, right? Bad acting, Bad CGI, and a desire to frighten you without the actual ability to. Category 6 has a message, but you can’t hear it over the sound of your own giggles. Category 6 has a sister film called inventively enough, Category 7. Category 7 has Shannon Doherty in it. You’re welcome.
3-Headed Shark Attack – Alright, I’ll be honest, this movie is on the list for two reasons. Both of them include Danny Trejo. It would honestly be so bad it couldn’t even qualify for this list if it wasn’t for Trejo’s presence. His presence, and this scene near the end with a machete… Just watch it, folks. you won’t regret it.
Sharknado – This one is included more because I know people are going to yell at me if I don’t list it. Sharknado is a comedy disaster that has some absolutely ridiculous scenes in it, including a guy getting his face ripped off in a twister of sharks. Whilst it doesn’t quite reach the epicness of Roboshark, it’s a fun watch.
Evil Dead 2- No list of funny horror movies would be complete without the mention of this movie. I shouldn’t have to explain why.
The Blob (1958) – According to an inflation calculator I used, this movie would have cost just under two million dollars to make. So maybe it’s not really low budget, but it’s The BLOB for FSM’s sake! So don’t argue with me on it. Ah, The Blob, a classic bit of gelatinous ooze that is somehow a tiny bit terrifying. I don’t know how, or why but, yes, I’ve had nightmares about this movie before. Its the type of movie that you cackle while watching, but find yourself waking up in the middle of the night over, quite unexpectedly. Then again, that could just be the overindulgence of adult beverages.
There’s tons more that I could add to this list (and it’s definitely not as heavy on the Sci-Fi as it could be, but I kept drawing a blank!) but it’s top ten, not top twenty, so here you go. My top ten funniest low budget sci-fi and horror films. It goes without saying there’s probably some awesome ones out there that I haven’t seen.
Okay, here’s your chance to give your input:
Which ones are you shocked I included?
Which ones do I need to watch IMMEDIATELY?
Link me to your picks!
BONUS: Here are ones I considered for the list, but didn’t make the cut for because they didn’t qualify for one reason or another.
Starship Troopers, San Andreas, Troll 2, Leprechaun (any), Tremors (any).
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