What’s your guilty pleasure? If it’s horror movies, chances are you like a few that are considered so bad they hit a point where bad is no more. Instead, they create a moment in time where your brain doesn’t have to deal with what the world is presenting. Well, my dear fiend, have I got ten movies for you! These ten movies can currently be found streaming on Amazon Prime. I can guarantee that no brain power is required for these watches. Instead, power on your heart – your horror loving, gore loving, outlandish scenario loving heart – and open your mind to these films.
10. Body Count (1986)
You could pretty much take your pick of the bad slashers from the 80s. One that doesn’t get enough love is Body Count aka Camping Terror directed by Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust). It’s your standard slasher with your standard slasher characters going through your standard slasher tropes, but there’s a seediness about the film that raises the bar just a tad bit. Then there’s also the camp shower hall where some of the film’s best and bloodiest moments occur. It’s exactly what you’d expect a slasher film directed by the director of Cannibal Holocaust (1980) to be. But no worries, it’s a whole lot friendlier to animals.
9. The Carpenter (1988)
Love stories with horror at the center are always a treat, yes? The Carpenter is about a married couple, Alice (Lynne Adams) and Martin (Pierre Lenoire), who move into a new house, and the wife starts flirting with their carpenter (Wings Hauser). This carpenter only works during the dead of night, and starts offing anyone who does Alice even the slightest of wrong. But hold on, Alice was released from a mental institution at the beginning of the film, so is this carpenter real or is it her? Will Alice find out that her husband is cheating on her, and will her husband find out that she’s considering cheating on him? Does anyone notice the obvious “arms in the shirt” technique of the guy who gets his arms cut off?
8. The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)
A blatant rip off of The Blair Witch Project (1999), The St. Francisville Experiment pits a group of young people against a “terrifying” presence in a house that they are documenting their overnight stay in. Annoying characters who are being way too loud to take their tasks seriously and are obnoxiously into spiritual practices may take you out of the fun, but just wait until the finale. There may be an actual scare or two, and the characters’ comeuppances are slightly satisfying.
7. Mommy (1995)
While not an outright sequel to The Bad Seed (1956), Mommy is undeniably a sequel to the horror classic. But gone is the serious tone of The Bad Seed, and present is classic, prime 90s era cheese. Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed’s Rhoda) plays the titular mother who always gets her way. If she can’t get her way, she kills whoever is standing in her way. Watch for the obvious connections to The Bad Seed, but also watch for McCormack’s over the top performance. Bonus? Mommy 2 (1997) is also streaming on Prime!
6. Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)
There’s something incredibly endearing about the performances in Mountaintop Motel Massacre. They aren’t top notch, but they’re quirky. In fact, the whole film is quirky in a dark and seedy motel kind of way. The film’s slasher is not one seen in many slasher films, and their performance is one of the quirkiest. They use literal animals to do most of their bidding. So much so, I’d be tempted to place this in a killer animal list. After sitting here a while, I’m tempted to say that Mountaintop Motel Massacre is a pretty darn good movie. To heck with those who disagree.
5. Demon Wind (1989)
Think Evil Dead (1981) by way of Night of the Demons (1988). Now just up the cheese factor, take away any likeable character, and if you can imagine, tag on a few extra levels of insane logic. Now add a few more levels of insane logic and a pinch of plot holes, and bam! Demon Wind. It’s a glorious whirlwind of so bad that it’s good. There are actually some nifty camera tricks, and the gore is at times ever so squishy. A scene that includes a doll sort of haunts me to this day.
4. Microwave Massacre (1983)
Whenever someone asks for a really bad horror movie, this is always the one that I blurt out. I’ve questioned my judgement many a time after recommending it, but it always happens. What you get is a story about a man who murders his wife because he’s tired of his own mundane life, and inherits a hankering for human flesh. Two and two don’t go together when it comes to Microwave Massacre, but it should be experienced at least once if only to hear the voice of your childhood Christmas favorite, Frosty the Snowman, take on a brand new life. Yeah, the person who portrays Donald, the wife murdering, fleshing eating creep is none other than Jackie Vernon, the voice of Frosty the Snowman from the primetime special we all watched multiple times as a kid.
3. Mausoleum (1983)
Three years prior the release of Mausoleum, a film was released titled Beyond Evil (1980) that told the story of a woman being possessed while her husband tried to figure out what was going on. If you’ve seen Beyond Evil, do you remember thinking that it would have been better if the woman was just a little more possessed, turned into an actual demon, telekinetically murdered people in gruesome and gory ways, and overacted to the point that you believe the actress gave no shits and held nothing back? Then Mausoleum is the movie for you. You can also catch Mausoleum streaming on Shudder, but it doesn’t have the beautiful scratched and grainy presentation that Prime does.
2. The Velocipastor (2018)
This is the story of a pastor (Greg Cohan) who turns into a velociraptor. It says it in the title. But this movie is so much more. There’s ninjas! There’s Chinese mythology (obviously made up)! There’s a love scene that is one for the books – not because of nudity or graphic sex, but because it is presented in such a cinematic (as cinematic as a movie of this kind can be) way that I got chills during it. The Velocipastor was made as a bad movie. Some movies attempt that, and do not achieve A+ plus status. The Velocipastor achieves A+ status and flies straight through to graduate so bad it’s good movie college. It’s a beauty, and so is the pastor’s final velociraptor form.
1. Ticks (1993)
First, let me list the acting talent: Ami Dolenz (Witchboard 2), Seth Green (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Clint Howard (The Ice Cream Man). Next, the person behind the camera is Tony Randel, he who directed Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). And finally, the special effects crew included people such as Doug Beswick (Aliens) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). Stir all that talent in with a plot line of mutated ticks attacking unsuspecting teens, and you get one of the best so bad it’s good movies that includes some genuinely amazing talent in front of and behind the camera.
They’re so bad, they’re good. They’re listed because I have love for each one of these films, and I love that they’re streaming on Prime to be enjoyed. We all know Prime is a gem mine of these types of flicks so what on Prime should we be streaming? Let us know on our Twitter, reddit, Instagram, and on The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!