Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

by Michael Adams


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"Michael Adams's book is great fun! No one intends to make a truly bad movie, but when they do, Michael Adams will be there to watch it...and make it entertaining!" —John Landis, director of Trading Places and The Blues Brothers

In Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies, film critic Michael Adams embarks on a year-long odyssey to discover the worst movie ever made, which Mystery Science Theater 3000 star, writer, and director Kevin Murphy calls "disturbingly comprehensive, joyously critical, and the best of its kind." From all-time cult classics such as Reefer Madness and Plan 9 from Outer Space to new entries to the pantheon such as Gigli and Baby Geniuses, no genre, star, or director is safe from Adams’s acerbic wit and hilarious observations. In the vein of A.J. Jacobs’s New York Times bestselling book The Know-It-All, and with the snarky sarcasm of television’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Soup, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies leaves no stone unturned. With a foreword by cult director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061806292
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 1,050,598
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Adams is the reviews editor of the Australian edition of Empire magazine and a contributor to Men's Style, Rolling Stone, and He also writes the "Bad Movies We Love" column for and the "Schlock & Awe" column for He lives in Sydney. Those who saw his cameo as "Stoned Hippy" in the Z-grade classic Bloodlust won't be looking forward to his zombie "acting" in Survival of the Dead.

What People are Saying About This

Harry Medved

“Like many of the bad movies it celebrates, this book is addictive, mesmerizing and endlessly amusing.”

Kevin Murphy

“Reading Michael Adams’ entertaining and disturbingly comprehensive book is like being dragged through the fun parts of Hell in a flame-proof suit. Having had both hands in the cesspools of cinema for over twenty years, I can say with confidence that this book is the best of its kind: a joyously critical, deeply personal journey through a medium we love to hate almost as much as we love to love.”

A.J. Jacobs

“Michael Adams is the Peter Biskind of really crappy movies. I thank him for watching these films so I didn’t have to claw my eyes out myself.”

John Landis

“Michael Adams’ book is great fun! No one intends to make a truly bad movie, but when they do, Michael Adams will be there to watch it...and make it entertaining.”

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Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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gaisce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read for lovers of B-to-Z movie fare. Michael Adams injects personal stories, background and an on-going dialogue with other people for "what's the worst movie ever?", giving it a nice human touch and letting you know the personality behind the critic. Sometimes the ties humanize the bad shlock, and you can really see how he manages to get the "so-bad-it's-good" mentality many movie lovers have.The downside of this memoir-quality is that it doesn't really work as a non-fiction guide to bad movies. His rating system is vague and only mentioned in half of the entries, sometimes the movies transition into each other without clear definition. There is no index to look up titles on their own, or a chart of his rated movies like you would see in any other movie omnibus. Most of the recaps are hilarious, but some things he picks up on, such as the accents of certain actors as they recite stilted dialogue, loses impact on the written page. Also, while I am sure much of the book was fact checked, when I noticed a misspelling of one character's name (Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! is written as Kaiber) that's easily corrected by a trip to IMDb or reading the credit list of the movie, I would not suggest reading it as an academically rigorous book.That said, it's very enjoyable and sets out to do what it said it would. For fans of MST3K, Ed Wood, off-Hollywood trivia, and movies in general it delivers well. I laughed at many of the recaps and boggled at what people paid thousands of dollars to put on screen.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seeing as how I have seen many of the movies, I could heartily agree with most of his ratings. Just too fun to read if you love bad movies. I am surprised at Uli Lommel not ending up in the bottom though, it is hard to believe that there is worse crap out there. Just try watching Zombie Nation if you don't believe me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds really skary and weird.I wouldnt read it if I were you.....- ZaneMasterOfIce739
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok i geuss but i liked it ;)