I started off 2014 with the resolution that I was going to watch through and review the entire IMDb Bottom 100 movie list by the end of the year.
Because I am also a big fan of pilfering through bargain bins for DVDs, I am also doing my damnedest to find hard copies of as many of these movies as possible (not an easy task, I assure you). So far, I’ve found a good number of them, but only because I have traveled through seven states in the last two months for work, and found some pretty damn weird used DVD shops along the way.
Some of the movies on the list are still proving to be nearly impossible to find by any means, either due to a lack of distribution in my hemisphere of the globe, or because there is a lack of circulation of subtitles for them on the internet. Luckily, the IMDb Bottom 100 is a living list, so I should be able to plug up some of the holes with new additions that pop into the rankings once I get down to the wire.
In any case, 2014 has already managed to sneak into March somehow, so let’s see what my progress is looking like at this point. So far, I have reviewed:
(IMDb Bottom 100: The Quarter Mark, Part 1)
-SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
-Manos: The Hands of Fate
-Birdemic: Shock and Terror
(IMDb Bottom 100: The Quarter Mark, Part 2)
-Turks in Space
(IMDb Bottom 100: The Quarter Mark, Part 3)
-Girl in Gold Boots
-House of the Dead
(IMDb Bottom 100: The Quarter Mark, Part 4)
-Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues
-The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
-Son of the Mask
18 isn’t a bad start! I already have another 5 reviews filmed that I only need to edit, and I hope to have those up this weekend. If you include the many still-unreviewed movies I’ve already painfully sat through, in total I have made progress on 40 of the IMDb’s Bottom 100 movies!
Here is the whole IMDb Bottom 100 list as I froze it in January, with some handy color coding:
Red = complete
Blue = partially complete
Pink = not yet located
100. Joker (2012)
Pretty cool, huh?
I have a couple of changes that I am going to make going forward with the reviews, just based on some trial and error. From this point on, each film will get a post to itself. I originally thought that grouping them would be easier, but it is really dragging out the pace. I do intend to continue doing video and text reviews for each movie, because I am actually enjoying fiddling with my editing software and learning stuff about it as I go. It is taking longer than I would like to wrap up each review, but it is starting to speed up as I am getting used to all of the bells and whistles.
The only other change goes hand in hand with the one post / one movie rule: I intend to actually schedule these to go up on a regular basis. I’m hoping that doing that will get me to pace the reviews out more sensibly, and get me caught up on reviewing all of the movies I have already watched. I haven’t decided on the frequency yet, but it will at least be a new post every few of days.
Likewise, I have some non-Bottom 100 movies that I have in my queue to review, so I aim to have some more of those out soon. There is at least another Bargain Binge that will be done within the next week, and hopefully I will have my first Wheel to Reel segment up very soon (there will be more explanation on that in the post).
In the meantime, I can generally recommend that you should avoid all of the movies on the IMDb’s Bottom 100, because so far they are all pretty damn horrible. Unless, like me, you are into that sort of thing.
One thought on “IMDb Bottom 100 Challenge: March Update”
I’m totally into bad movies, as long as they are the “so bad it’s good” kind. I think the IMDb list is FAR too heavily weighted toward films made in the last 20 years. While nominally horrible, they have not had time to acquire the classic cachet of a “Reefer Madness” or a “Pink Flamingos”. A better short list for lovers of kino geshtinken would be the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). If you want a more comprehensive reference, I recommend “Videohound’s Cult Flicks and Trash Pics” from 2001. It costs less that THREE BUCKS in paperback!