You can't have a much more enticing poster than one that reads, "Gary Busey is The Gingerdead Man." Gary Busey plays a crazed killer who is caught, executed, and cremated. His mother, a witch, mixes his ashes with gingerbread batter and leaves it on the doorstep of a bakery, where the employees bake a giant gingerbread man (obviously, because that's what you do with mysterious stoop batter). The plot of this movie is truly a recipe for disaster!
Basket Case is a masterpiece, and don't let anyone tell you differently. Duane Bradley is a normal handsome guy who carries around a giant basket. We find out that in that basket is Belial (above), his deformed Siamese twin brother. The two brothers regret that they were separated a birth and go on a revenge mission against the doctor who performed the surgery. It's a beautiful tale of brotherly love and only some crazy murdering.
You'd think a movie about a murderous, vengeful elevator would be about one minute long:
"This elevator viciously killed this innocent man!"
"Okay, no one go near that elevator ever again."
But no. The Lift manages to last for 95 glorious minutes, even though the simple solution, one that would surely end the madness, is written right on the poster: "Take the stairs, take the stairs, for god's sake, take the stairs!"
If I told you a movie about people trapped inside a fast food chicken restaurant being attacked by chicken zombie demons was also a musical, would you believe me? You'd have to, because it's real. Poultrygeist is a Troma film directed by Lloyd Kaufman, a legend of the low-budget, shock/exploitation genre (Troma's most famous film is The Toxic Avenger). PETA calls it a "vegetarian-manifesto masterpiece."
The name alone deserves a round of applause. And then, we get to the plot: a serial killer on the run from the FBI and the police falls into sewer puddle of chemical waste, which transforms him into a giant, feces-covered creature. The only logical next step if for him to go on a murder spree. And boy, does he ever.
It has become the gold standard of cheesy comedy horror movies. It is never quite explained why tomatoes suddenly grew sentient and became disgusting and murderous, but what do you really need? It is such a cult hit that it spawned three sequels (including Killer Tomatoes Eat France!), video games, a cartoon, and has inspired countless other works. Hey, whatever inspires you, right? Tomato, tomahto!
Flesh Eating Mothers is like The Stepford Wives gone even more horribly wrong. An idyllic suburban town gets turned upside down when a mysterious disease causes all the perfect housewives to become flesh-eating monsters (if they weren't already, am I right or am I right, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans?!).
Stephen King made his directorial debut with Maximum Overdrive, a film based loosely on his short story, Trucks. It's also the last movie Stephen King directed, which should tell you something. It starts when Earth passes through the tail of a comet. This makes inanimate objects like lawnmowers, chainsaws, 18-wheelers...) come to life and start killing people left and right. It's like some psycho version of Cars. Emilio Estevez is the lead of this disaster of a movie, but the real star is the evil Green Goblin semi that will now haunt your dreams.
Addicting, delicious, parasitical, murderous frozen yogurt that bubbles from the ground is the stuff of The Stuff. It's anti-consumerist and perhaps most devastatingly, anti-dessert. But it is true: once you're addicted to "the stuff," it'll take over your life. I know what it's like. It's a daily struggle not to make a Yogurtland trip.
This movie is exactly what it sounds like. A group of college kids vacation at a cabin by a river and are attacked by zombie beavers. What more could you possibly want from a piece of cinema? Subtle social commentary? Complex characters? A deeply human story? NAH.
Are you scared of regular frogs? Then you might get spooked by this movie. Otherwise, it's a bizarre flick about murderous amphibians and reptiles that aren't giant or mutant or terrifying in any way. There are a lot of them, croaking, and that's about it. Might be worth it for a young Sam Elliott though.
Malls are already breeding grounds for everything grotesque and gross about society, which makes it a perfect setting for a cheesy horror film. Chopping Mall centers around four sexed-up couples who party all night in the furniture store where some of them work. The mall gets struck by lightning several times, which sets the new security robots off. These "killbots" go on a murdering spree, because consumerism is bad and the machines are taking over, and we have to learn our lesson.
Whatever happened to the horror/western hybrid, huh? Billy the Kid vs. Dracula was released as a double feature with Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter in the perfect storm of cowboys vs. monsters. Let's bring this mashup genre back!
It's exactly what it sounds like. A motorcycle gang kills an occultist during a satanic ritual, as they are wont to do, and an evil spirit takes hold of a bike and goes on a violent murdering spree...as they are wont to do. Man, the early '90s was a magical time.
This twisted horror film is like a combination of an episode of The Twilight Zone and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Mr. Franz, an old, lonely man who doesn't want to he alone, owns Dolls, Inc., a doll manufacturing company where he uses a machine to shrink people and keep them in glass canisters. You know, to keep him company. It's totally understandable!
Five college students head home for Thanksgiving break, where they are met with Turkie, a giant, foul-mouthed, homicidal turkey. Turkie the turkey is bent on slaughtering everyone he comes across since he was created by Feathercloud, a Native American shaman. It's distasteful and crass in almost every way, so, in other words: totally worth it.
The black sheep nephew of a family, ostracized for his interest in worshipping the devil, turns his elderly aunts into rabid cannibals who turn on the guests that are visiting their home. It's a Belgian film that gained cult status in the U.S. when it was distributed by Troma Entertainment.
Killer Condom is about exactly what you think it's about. This German horror/comedy film follows a detective as he investigates a series of attacks at a hotel in which men have had their, uh, most sensitive parts, mysteriously bitten off. For other gruesome movies about murderous private parts, check out Teeth.
Monster Dog stars Alice Cooper. I could drop the mic right there, but if you want to know more, Cooper plays a rock star named Vince Raven. His music video producing crew is attacked by a pack of wild dogs, there's a werewolf curse, an old murderous man””it's pretty much the B-movie-fan's dream. Did we mention it stars Alice Cooper?
Man, we were paranoid back in the day. In this movie, **** officials took Hitler's living head and hid it in South America. Twenty years later, they kidnap a scientist to try and keep Hitler alive, but several agencies try to halt their effort. This sci-fi horror schlock is just the kind of greatness we've come to love from the 1960s.
Sliming and oozing are bad enough, but killing too!?! In Slugs, toxic waste dumping leads to a strain of vicious, murderous black slugs. This is why you don't dump toxic waste!!! Have we learned anything from these movies?!
23. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
You don't really need to know anything past the pitch-perfect title. But Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama follows a couple sorority pledges who are being spied on by a few frat boys. The girls and the sneaky boys are supposed to steal a trophy from the bowling alley as part of their pledge process, but they botch the robbery and break the trophy which releases an evil imp. Seriously, his character is in the credits as "Uncle Impie."
Birdemic is Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds if the birds spat acid and exploded when they landed on the ground. It's a perfectly ridiculous update, with the cheesiest of cheesy special effects to boot. It's become somewhat of a cult hit””it was called "the best worst film you'll see in 2010" by Bloody Disgusting.
Med school drop out Jeffrey Franken tries to reassemble his fiancée after she's killed in a freak lawnmower accident. But he decides to use parts from various prostitutes, and that's where his rock-solid plan goes awry! The Frankenhooker goes after anyone who will offer her money and then kill them afterwards. Whoops!