A devastating storm leaves the streets of Los Angeles infested with sharks? Most people had a hard time accepting that this was an actual movie plot back in 2013. In fact, this “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude led curious viewers to tune in and “Sharknado” became an overnight hit.
The film has already spawned not one, but two sequels, with “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” heading to your television screens this summer.
We’re not quite sure what caused all the hype because crazy, out-there film plots have been around for decades. You will find some of the most preposterous of the bunch below. We’ll let you decide whether they’re “so bad they’re good.”
Three years before “Sharknado” was released, this tale about a half-shark, half-octopus premiered on the Syfy channel. Why didn’t it gain a similar cult following? We’re not quite sure, but could it be that Tara Reid is a bigger draw than we thought?
DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS (1977)
The title says it all. Years before people became paranoid about bed bugs biting them, they had to fear being chewed up by their actual beds! Well, at least if you’re the type of person who watches a horror movie and then believes what you saw might actually happen to you.
BASKET CASE (1982)
The story involves a man and his now separated Siamese twin — who he carries around in a wicker basket. Only a real live basket case could dream up that plot.
THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)
How could you make a film about an ancient curse that turns a dead guy into a murderous gingerbread man sound even more ludicrous? Hire Gary Busey to star, of course.
SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1988)
This one actually doesn’t sound too bad. Kidding, it sounds horrible. Then again, I’ve never watched any movie that had people involved in a slimeball bowl-o-rama, let alone sorority babes. So maybe I should give it a chance.
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964)
Santa is kidnapped by Martians. (How evil!) Wait, but it’s because they want someone to bring presents to their Martian kids. (How adorable!) Wow, now I’m not sure who to root for in this movie. Sounds like a lose-lose for everyone involved.
FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE (1956)
Some consider the ’50s to be the dawn of the B-movie. With plots about astronauts landing on a moon of Jupiter featuring a society of women who are looking for mates, I’d say they are probably right.
ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE (1958)
It’s just like “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” — with attacking! Could anything sound better for your next movie night?
ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957)
Hey, if puppet people can attack, why not crab monsters? It’s only fair, right? This one was directed by King of the B-Movies, Roger Corman.
RABID GRANNIES (1988)
This has got to be my favorite on the list — just based on the title. You won’t be disappointed to learn that the film is about just what you’d expect: Grandmothers who turn into cannibals. YES.