We scored a ticket to a preview screening of Rubber this week. For those who’ve not heard of it, it’s the debut feature film for Quentin Dupieux, better known as Mr. Oizo (and responsible for “Flat Beat,” which anyone of a certain age will remember as “that song with the puppet in the video”). Rubber is very silly and very postmodern –- it’s a horror film about a killer tire (yes, you read that right) and a bunch of people watching said killer tire do its killing. The film doesn’t so much break the fourth wall as comprehensively demolish it and encourage its characters to wander back and forth through the wreckage. As one of the characters says in the intro, the film is an “homage to the great cinematic ideal of ‘no reason,’” and as such it’s the latest in a long line of truly, entertainingly ridiculous horror films. Here’s a selection of some of the funniest (whether intentionally so or otherwise).
Long “acclaimed” as the worst film ever made, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was apparently intended as a satire on B-movies, but kind of ended up as a satire on itself, and perhaps of anyone who shelled out their hard-earned cash to watch it. Whether you decide it’s so bad that it’s good, or it’s so bad that it’s just bad, is entirely up to you. But either way, along with Plan 9 from Outer Space (of which more shortly), it’s the standard by which pretty much all ridiculous horror films are judged.