Attack from Mars (1988) from Tuna

Attack from Mars (1988) is strictly in the bad movie genre. It is rated 2.8 of 10 at IMDB. Odd people (nerds, fat lady, woman in petticoats, couples, hoods, etc) arrive for a midnight feature at a theater in the 50s. The movie in an episode of Space Patrol, which has some time travelers coming back to the present. Also, there is a Martian monster loose in the theater killing people. Before this is over, everyone appears in both the movie within the movie, and the film itself. They made no effort at all to keep the three plots separate. 


Tamara Sue Hill, as a fantasy girl to one of the nerds, shows buns, after cleavage and bra shots.
 The highlight of the film is the bad dialogue, however, with lines like:
  • "Oh darlin', the one-eyed muff torpedo wants to go to tunaland tonight."
  • "My Dick's harder than Chinese arithmetic."
  • And in response to being told by his girlfriend that she is having her period: "You bleed more than a hemophiliac in a briar patch."
Is it a good movie? Anything but. The key question here is, is it entertaining. As a lover of really bad movies, I have to say yes.  

The Critics Vote

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 2.8 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, as a sci-fi or horror, it is an F, but as a "Bad Movie," it is a four star C.

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