The Worst Movies of All Time The Worst Movies of All Time by Michael Sauter
Publisher: Citadel Press
Year: 1999
Pages: 358

I’m not a movie buff; in fact, my uncle would probably enjoy this book considerably more than me, as it contains a rather hefty section focusing on nothing but B movies. The only reason I picked it up was because it was recommended in conjunction with a funny “10 Worst Movies of All Time” list I saw on some aggregator or another. In retrospect, the list was considerably more funny than the book.

Maybe I just don’t have the capacity for movie humour; it’s entirely possible that someone who watched enough of these things would find it rip-roaring hilarious… or it simply be a statement of everything they already knew.

Perhaps it’s because Sauter’s prose is a bit turgid; of all the funny things to write about bad movies, Sauter’s numerous entries (one per movie) sometimes elicit a chuckle, but most of the time seem to me like the critic-cum-comedian version of Jerry Seinfield’s infinitely unfunny “And what’s the deal with airline food?” Only this time, it’s “And what’s the deal with Hudson Hawk?”

Also, if you aren’t well-versed in older movies, you’ll barely recognize most of these titles. Sauter spends the vast majority of the book on movies made before 1960, first in the “Megaton Bombs” section, which goes chronologically from some C.B. deMille pictures (and some would argue with his label of “worst movies”) to more recent pictures like Hudson Hawk. The latter section of the book is all about B movies, so again, it’s mostly mid-century stuff. This might be great for fans of the genre—but maybe you’ll find the writing as lame as I did.

You might want to avoid this one unless your curiosity gets the better of you.

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1 Comment to “The Worst Movies of All Time”

  1. Andy says:

    Haven’t read it, but of course it’s on my list now. You’re right, though. Books about bad things are seldom as good (?) as the things themselves. It’s more that they’re helpful sources of miscellania for completists and those suffering from OCD.

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