So, has anyone else had the absolute pleasure of seeing any of Neil Breen’s movies? They’re kind of hard to find because you either need to be willing to spend $25 for absolute insanity or go through some less than legitimate channels, but I will say, they are totally worth it.
“Fateful Findings”, for in my opinion, is an absolute treasure in “so bad, it’s good” movie making. His others are definitely worth it at as well, but there’s so much to enjoy in FF.
Rifftrax has tried, Breen isn’t interested in being riffed. The problem with doing a Just the Jokes isn’t his movies aren’t super available. You basically have to order them from Breen himself, or hope you find a copy uploaded to Pornhub (which has seriously happened).
From what I understand, he gave them some trouble initially, when it was “Just The Jokes”. And I think he came after a lot of people doing online reviews (like Nostalgia Critic) for a long period of time.
He doesn’t strike me as self aware enough to realize just how insane his movies are. But I’m content riffing them myself.
Right before the lockdowns, Len Kabasinski was putting together Pact of Vengeance which was going to unite himself, Leo Fong (Low Blow), Jon Mikl Thor (Zombie Nightmare), Matt Hannon (Samurai Cop), Robert Bronzi (Death Kiss) and Neil Breen.
Hannon had to drop out due to Samurai Cop 3 (which I think fell through) and there was an issue with Bronzi (language barrier?) but Kabasinski couldn’t even get Breen’s attention.
Very true. Often they are simply bad bad (i.e., not good bad) movies. However, I have a soft spot for run-of-the-mill bad bad. As long as they weren’t deliberately trying to make a bad movie I’d watch a riff. Have you seen it… is it bad bad?
Badbad sounds like a fictional town in a B-movie adaptation of 1,001 Nights.
A lot of times that’s just the problem: They figure “We know this is bad but good, so therefore if we deliberately make it worse, it’ll be better!” They don’t grasp the degree to which sincerity makes something watchable.
I have not. I have heard that it tries to be bad, or at least absurd. The cast is kind of amazing—a virtual who’s who of has-beens and never-wases* that makes me think the director had ambitions of making a genuinely good film but when confronted with the difficulty of that (to say nothing of the cost), ended up using a “ha ha, not really” release valve.
That “release valve” is just a way of saying “we’re better than them because we know we’re making schlock” which doesn’t respect the fact that the best bad movies are just “somebody’s different mind working on full blast” as my son puts it.
Your son is wise, and I’m gonna have to steal this particular pearl of wisdom.
OMG! Can we throw in Vincent Price as Omar Khayyam in an inexplicable abuse of history? Or better, it could be a Russo-Finnish retelling of the classic tales, with Wiseau as the ultimate black gift, a sampo!
I feel like we need to have codified Laws of B-Movie Making, and this would be one of the laws:
The we-have-them-for-one-day celebrity can play literally any character in any context.
Corollary: Vincent Price can play any character or number of characters in any context and the movie will be improved a minimum of 60% by his presence.
I’m trying to grapple with the Russo-Finnish version of the Arabian Nights, and you throw in Wiseau? My mind, it is broken.