RANKINGS: Top 5 campy movies you may have missed

We all watch cheesy movies on TV, but they rarely stick. That said, once in a while you come across a gem. A really entertaining midnight screening. Think about "The Evil Dead 2" or any Steven Seagal movie.

These are the films that I grew up with. The campy movies that I keep in my back pocket for a rainy day.

#5: The Guyver (1991)

I hadn't seen this movie in ages, but it showed up on TV a few years back and I caught the ending. Don't get me wrong, this is a very bad film. That being said, there is something so cool about the Guyver. He's like a Superhero smashed with a Transformer. The action is fun and the filmmaking is totally 80's. Cheesy does not begin to describe the aesthetic here, but that's why it lands at number 5 ;)

#4: Hot Pursuit (1987)

I'm a little biased because my Uncle Mitch edited this film, but it makes the list. It stars a young John Cusack who's ironically too old for this role. He plays a high school student after already having played a college kid in 'One Crazy Summer'. The 80's was a weird time for coming-of-age films. They would cast 30-year-old actors to play 16-year-old heartthrobs. I digress. This was Ben Stiller's first movie, playing across from his real life Dad, Jerry Stiller. An easy watch. 

#3: The Arrival (1996)

Charlie Sheen had his day, and it was magical. There was a moment in time when he was a true A-list talent. Do you remember his 'Two and a Half Men' contract? Let's just say he was worth 125 million bucks and counting... until the meltdown and subsequent firing. Anyway, this movie is wild. After receiving a mysterious signal from a Mexican radio station, a scientist (Sheen) travels down south looking for extra terrestrial life, and he finds it. The climax involves an imploding satellite dish and a Shyamalan-esque surprise ending. What's not to like?

#2: Once Bitten (1985)

This is Jim Carrey before 'Ace Ventura.' It's essentially his first major role in a full length feature. The film is basically 'Teen Wolf' but not as good, and starring Vampires. Most of the dialogue is cheesy, but it's really fun to see Jim Carrey this early in his career. The film climaxes at a high school dance with a five minute dance-off between Carrey's girlfriend and the Vampire Seductress. It's amazing. It features the original song "Once Bitten" by the band 3 Speed. What happened to original theme songs anyway? 

#1: Gleaming the Cube (1989)

I love Christian Slater. Similar to Charlie Sheen, there was a time when Slater was a true Hollywood star. 'Gleaming the Cube' follows an alternative skater kid (Slater) who investigates the suicide of his adopted brother. As things unravel, we learn that it wasn't a suicide at all, but a gruesome murder. Awesome skateboard action scenes, and a killer cameo from 21 year old Tony Hawk before he was the legend he is today. This is a must see!

Honorable Mention: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

This film is an honorable mention due to its popularity. I saw this movie in college. I was living with my buddies in a house on Pelican Avenue when I found this on the shelf. When I saw the title, I knew I had to watch this film. This is a classic Musical in the hood. The film follows a group of teenagers trying to save their gym from being torn down by the man. You won't believe your eyes as we follow an entire town syncing together for the opening number. Some of the musical sequences are groundbreaking. I'm not being sarcastic. You have to check this out. 

-EF

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