Some movies are ridiculous on accident. Some go for it with all their might. The following films probably cover those extremes and everything between. In honor of ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ and the continued use of its time-traveling bathing appliance, we take a stroll down a very weird memory lane.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
One snake on a plane is feasible. A whole bunch of them is ridiculous. The fact that they’re all man-killers takes it to a whole new level. Hollywood let the movie’s internet hype convince them that box office gold was on the way. Unfortunately, the other thing happened – but at least we got another quotable, expletive-filled line out of Samuel L. Jackson.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Hot tubs are great. Time machines are great. Movies about either are fine. As a combo, however, hot tubs and time machines lose all credibility, which is of course this silly film’s whole point. This guilty pleasure revels in the guilty part, while packing in solid R-rated laughs in the process.
Boxing Helena (1993)
A surgeon helps a hit-and-run victim by cutting off her arms and legs (naturally), just to, you know, hang out with her for awhile – as one does with a human torso. Kim Basinger was originally attached to this film; thankfully she dodged a bullet.
A good movie can make anything scary. This one is about a killer tire. It’s somehow both not scary at all, and terrifying at the same time. Come for the sentient Goodyear, stay for the Greek-like chorus that breaks the fourth wall!
Tetsuo the Iron Man (1988)
This wacko ‘80s entry has nothing to do with Marvel’s Iron Man that we love so much. Instead, ‘Tetsuo’ is all about a guy who gets infected with a bad case of turning into metal. The only thing that hurts more than that is watching the movie.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Now we all know Santa Claus is real. But Santa Claus fighting Martians? That’s too far into the land of fiction for anyone to take seriously. There’s life before, and life after, watching ‘Santa’ – the perfect movie for fans of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’
Also known as ‘Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid,’ this piece of Troma Entertainment centers on an overweight, escaped mental patient who goes on a big city adventure with two reluctant pals in tow. The only thing crazier than that premise? The movie stars future Oscar-nominee Joan Allen. Yeah, let that settle in…
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
With a title like that, if you expect a quality time at the movies… you’re some kind of wrong person. After seeing ‘Freddy Got Fingered,’ it’s not very easy to say what you just experienced, outside of one of the most ridiculous films ever released by a major studio.
The Gingerdead Man (2005)
Usually gingerbread men are at our mercy. We eat their arms, legs and heads without any thought to the pain it causes them. This gingerbread man, however, turns the tables -- and it’s about as silly as you might imagine. It’s not the worst movie ever made, but it’s definitely its cousin.
Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (1977)
This horror film gets you where you sleep. The only way to avoid it is to go sleep on the couch like some kind of animal. Diabolical. (And no, we’re not making this one up.)