10 Best Campy Movies

Sunday, January 30 by Romilly West

If you're in the mood for some over-the-top hilarity, you'll want to check out the 10 best campy movies.  Each offers nose-wrinkling fun, tongue-in-cheek observations about life, and memorable one-liners.

  1. “Motel Hell.”  One of the 10 best campy movies, “Motel Hell” pokes fun of the slasher movie genre.  Farmer Vincent makes the best smoked meat in the region, but his secret ingredient turns out to be a shocker.  From the movie:  “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters.”
  2. Napoleon Dynamite.”  If you're an eighties buff and you like nerds, “Napoleon Dynamite” will be right up your alley.  Napoleon is a socially awkward fellow who, in his low-key way, has a lot of fun.  After you watch this film, you'll be saying “Sweet!”
  3. “Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.”  In “Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure,” one of the 10 best campy movies of all time, two teenage boneheads must produce a sensational history report or flunk out.  Helped by George Carlin incarnate, they travel back in time to procure “personages of historical significance.”  This movie's motto is “Party on, dudes!”
  4. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”  When people think of camp, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the first films that comes to mind.  It's been a cult classic for 35 years, and its popularity shows no signs of dying down.  The musical numbers make this film great fun.  Bet you can't resist the temptation to sing along:  “Let's do the time warp again.”
  5. “Hairspray.”  One of the best campy movies out there, “Hairspray” combines kitsch such as big hair and Miss Auto Show beauty pageants with social commentary.  While making you laugh, the film also spotlights the evils of racial prejudice.  “I'm a modern girl,” says Tracy Turnblad.  “I'm all for integration.”
  6. “Freaks.”  The release poster for the film asks, “Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?”  The characters in “Freaks” perform in carnival sideshows and include Siamese twins, a bearded lady, and a human skeleton, among others.  While watching the film, the question will arise in your mind, just who are the real freaks here?
  7. “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”  One of the 10 best campy movies, “Plan 9 From Outer Space” is actually so bad that it's fun to watch.  The flying saucers have visible strings, and they cast shadows against their backdrops.  And the dialogue is hilariously inept, even from the beginning:  “Future events such as these will affect you in the future.”
  8. “Night of the Living Dead.”  The mother of all zombie films, “Night of the Living Dead” is a campy classic.  Zombies have dug themselves out of the ground, and they want to eat the brains of the living.  A group of intrepid survivors gathers at an old farmhouse to make a stand.  “They're coming to get you, Barbara; there's one of them now!”
  9. “Heathers.”  This film, one of the best campy movies of all time, is a masterpiece of black comedy.  It satirizes the savagery on high school cliques and the relentless pressure many teenagers feel to conform to dubious standards set by popular kids.  Says Veronica Sawyer, “I use my grand IQ to decide what color lip gloss to wear in the morning and how to hit three keggers before curfew.”
  10. “Clerks.”  One of the best campy movies of all time, “Clerks” provides, pretty much, a laugh a minute.  It portrays a day in the life of two young men who work as store clerks.  From the beginning, hilarity rules the film, punctuated by Dante Hicks's repeated complaint, “I'm not even supposed to be here today!”
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COMMENTS

  1. January 30, 2011 4:46 am

    Crez

    No, in Night Of The Living Dead they ate flesh, Return Of The Living Dead created the thing about brains.