10- Plan Nine from Outer Space(1959) – Now don’t get me wrong, this film is really badly done, but it has a certain charm to it. I remember watching this film when I was little and being really entertained. Later on, when I got older, I began to hear about how bad it was. I decided to watch it again and I still find it to be an entertaining film. Sure, the special effects are badly done and the acting is laughable, but it’s a good film to sit back, turn your brain off, and have fun watching. I find it to be much more entertaining than many of these big budget horror films made nowadays. I also tend to like this film over other b-horror films from the 50s & 60s (like the “Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962)”), because those films tend to take themselves too serious. This film you can tell they are just having fun and not trying to create a masterpiece. This film stays at ten due to the fact it is so poorly done, but it is still a fun film I would recommend checking out for a good laugh.
9- “Van Helsing (2004)”- Next up on the list is Van Helsing. Once again I can see where people are coming from when they hate on this film. The CG is pretty bad, the monster effects (especially Frankenstein’s Monster) are badly done, and the guy who plays Dracula is completely wrong for the part. That said, the things that I like about this film are: the James Bond-like feel to the main character and gadgets, the action is descent, and Kate Beckinsale is in it. The story is also not really that bad and works in the times when the action is slow to start. In conclusion, it may not live up to Bela Lugosi’s or Christopher Lee’s take on the Dracula mythos, but judging it on its own merits, it’s not a bad film(Hey,at least it’s not “Twilight” ( I couldn’t resist:) )
8-“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)” – For someone who has read most of the great classics, this film, were most of the great literary characters are thrown together, was a dream come true. It’s great to see such characters as Captain Nemo, Doran Grey, Allan Quartermain(played by Sean Connery in his last film role), and even Tom Sawyer together in one epic story. I really don’t understand why people hate on this film so much. The acting is not bad, graphics look good, and the story is interesting. The only thing that comes to mind is that they don’t like the liberties the film makers had to take with some of the characters, but it really never bothered me. They didn’t really do the characters an injustice and besides, this film is a great way to get people interested in reading the characters source material. Ignore all the hate and give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
7-“Street Fighter (1994)” While I will agree that the first Mortal Kombat was a much better made film, “Street Fighter” was not really that bad. It’s campy and the acting is cheesy, but it’s still an entertaining movie. I think the cheese factor is what makes me like this film. I am also a pretty big fan of Van Damme’s films also, so I guess I am use to his movies not being blockbuster material. Blockbusters are not really what I want most of the time anyways. I just want a film that entertains me and lets me enjoy myself. I think we get so tied up sometimes in having to have everything so perfect; that we forget what we should be doing is just enjoying ourselves. I guess I will end by saying: this is one of those movies that is so bad that it’s good. I know it’s not perfect, but it never was meant to be. Street Fighter is just a fun, cheesy, film that I can’t help but like.
6-“Eragon (2006)” – I am going to be honest and that the reason that I like this film so much is probably because I never read the book series. Going into the film with unbiased opinion, I think the film is a decent fantasy flick. It is nowhere near the greatness of the Lord of the Rings movies, but I still enjoy it. The big problem I see with it is that it’s really slow near the beginning of the film and the ending is a cliff hanger that will never get a sequel. I will conclude this entry by saying: If you have never read the book give it a try, but skip it otherwise.
5-“Daredevil (2003)” – I can’t really see why they’re so much hate for this film. It stays pretty close to the comic books and is actually really entertaining. I really enjoy the brooding atmosphere that this films has and it is a nice change from the more lighthearted tone that other comic book films have( other than Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the Punisher movies). I also find that the acting to be good and the action scenes to be well shot. While not on the same par as “The Avengers” or “Batman”, it’s still a pretty good film and should not be as hated as it is.
4-“Resident Evil Saga (2002-present)” – I know that people hate this film because it does not follow the storyline of the games. It never really has bothered me though. I always thought the storylines of the games were their main weakness. The first three games have a basic story that is not really that complex and the other games just never had the same feel as the original trio did. It for this reason that I didn’t have a problem with them taking liberties with the film adaptions. If they had followed the games, I feel all we would have ended up with is a generic zombie flick. With the new direction the series went, we instead got a (in my opinion) interesting action/horror hybrid that is entertaining to watch. While I will admit that the last film was (Afterlife) was the weakest in the series, I believe that Paul Anderson has done a fine job with this series. It does not contain the sickening amount of blood as other Zombie flicks and has a mostly great assortment of characters (except Claire Redfield who comes across as annoying, unlike the game were she is a really likable person and Jill Valentine( for the same reason)) who you root for and actually hate to see die. Milla Jovovich is also another reason that these films are so good. Unlike a lot of actresses, see can really pull of the strong female role without resorting to acting like a B*tch. She and Kate Beckinsale are really the only actresses in Hollywood that I have seen that can pull this off. Well, I will end by saying: If you are a diehard fan of the games just stay away. I understand that for big time fans it really stinks for the source material to change far from what you are used to. It is like when I watched the G.I. Joe Movie and was terribly disappointed to find how much they changed it. For other people, I would suggest giving them a try (at least the first anyways, it’s the best one).