Very, Very Misunderstood Movies

Very, Very Misunderstood Movies
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I'm told that I have a somewhat strange taste in movies (mostly by my lowbrow, wanna-be film critic friends). What my friends have yet to discover is there is often an unintended epiphenomenal, or emergent, quality to so-called "B" movies was neither intended nor understood by the actors or directors of those movies.

Below is a list of films that critics and audiences alike dismissed as "a waste of money" or "a complete disaster". Often, it takes a very sophisticated mind (like mine) to comprehend these brilliant, yet unintended gems. I recommend you purchase and preserve for posterity these brilliant classics because it will only be centuries from now when the human brain has expanded enough to truly comprehend the level of genius contained in these films.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

The Pirate Movie
Buckle Your Swash and Jolly Your Roger for the Funniest Rock 'N Rollickin' Adventure Ever!

Amazon Women on the Moon
A spoof 1950's sci-fi movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches.

Grease II
An English student at a 1960's American high school has to prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Plan 9 From Outer Space
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

The Kentucky Fried Movie
This movie is totally out of control!

Brian Dead
A psychological thriller from the writer of the original "Twilight Zone!" In a showdown of man vs. machine...

Electric Dreams
Meet Edgar. He'll make you sing, make you dance, make you laugh, make you cry, make you jealous, make you nuts.

Fletch Lives
When there's more trouble than one man can handle...there's more than one man for the job.

Streets of Fire
A mercenary goes after his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a gang.

The Groove Tube
What turns the apes on? What makes a cop dance in the street? What has the night tonic done for her? Who chases her through the woods? What can Butz Beer do for you? Why are they eating grass?

Oh, Heavenly Dog
Chevy Chase and Benji team up for big laughs in this tail of murder, mystery and puppy love.

Purple Rain
A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer...

Top Secret!
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Modern Problems
Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis...