22. Frankenhooker (1990)
A med student loses his fiancé in a freak lawnmower accident.
He manages to save her head from being mowed, and decides to make her a new carcass using the body parts of prostitutes.
It’s your typical family fare.
Who So Bad?
Believe it or not, the genius premise was quietly improvised by director Frank Henenlotter during a pitch meeting.
The literary equivalent of that is probably Jesus strolling into a publishing house and making up the Bible off the top of his head.
Sadly, or possibly brilliantly, Henenlotter takes that premise and weaves one of the most genuinely bizarre films ever to go on general release from it.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen an exploding hooker’s head knock a muscle-man in leopard print leggings unconscious. Luckily, you can see that below.
So Bad It’s Good?
Whether it’s the scenes where Frankenhooker is wandering around city streets barking “Wanna date?” at strangers before violently attacking them, or the stunning sequence where our hero throws a party for a bunch of prostitutes so he can measure them up and kill ‘em off with a pipe full of explosive crack, this is the sort of film you tell your kids about.
The Hooker Explosion
21. Contamination (1980)
A cardboard coffee box full of slimy green alien eggs shows up on a boat. The US government investigates, and tries to work out where they came from. It's Mars. They tell you that in the trailer.
Why So Bad?
One of the earliest ‘80s Alien rip-offs is arguably better than the original, because it doesn’t bother with boring stuff like the gestating period of the Xenomorphs.
There are no facehuggers here, no chestbursters, Contamination simply cuts straight to the chase. You touch the alien eggs, your chest explodes. For no reason at all. Stunning.
So Bad It’s Good?
Brilliantly, director Cozzi claims in the DVD commentary that it isn’t his style to copy other movies. Before going on to admit that Contamination was ‘inspired’ by Alien. The man’s an indecisive genius.
Just to clear up any resulting confusion, Contamination is a massive rip-off of Alien. Though, for the record, the trailer is incredible.