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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Best of the Worst

I’ve been scouring YouTube lately for awesomely horrible videos, which 99% of the time, is a waste of my existence. Inevitably though, the planets will align and I come across a ruby in a manure field, a Basquiat in a gallery of Kinkade’s, or better yet, a damn fine video.

Now don’t get me wrong, these videos are not good in the conventional sense, as a matter of fact, they are downright hideous. The videos are a special kind of hideous though, they are so miserably painful, they actually fall somewhere between camp and mad scientist genius. So without further delay, here are my three current favorites:

Undefeatable
This could quite possibly be the worst choreographed fight scene in history of filmed fight scenes. I’m pretty sure one of the guys even busted out the claw maneuver — good stuff. There is a bit of unnecessary gore, as the scene starts with a total of four eyeballs and ends with considerably less. Keep in mind though, the slow motion punches, removal of the shirts and licking of the knife, far outweigh the many negatives. I’m pretty sure this clip could be used as a teaching tool for film students of all levels. Subject of the lesson: If you are willing to fully embrace your film’s shortcomings and awfulness, cult status is there for the taking.


  • Undefeatable


  • Rick Astley
    This guy was Clay Aiken back when Clay was still going number two in his Pampers®. Never Gonna Give You Up, cuts through my soul and pours salt on the wound. Every time I hear this turd, I think of 1987, and those awkward Junior High dances in my crappy middle school cafeteria. I have to admit though, this video is classic, in a disturbed sort of way. The three things that kill me are: 1) His white man shimmy with alternating fist pumps — just face it Rick, you have no semblance of physical rhythm 2) The denim on denim outfit with the shirt buttoned up to the collar — I’m giddy just thinking about it 3) The bartender, just watch him — I’m going to start playing this song at bars to see if this is an isolated reaction, or if Rick Astley can affect bartenders like no other artist in history. Prepare to be Rickrolled.


  • Rick Astley - Never gonna give you up


  • Toby Radloff
    This video really has me at a loss for words. It’s so bad it’s almost cringe worthy. My guess is you’ll have one of two reactions: 1) You’ll be so embarrassed for this guy, that you literally won’t be able to make it through the entire video, or 2) You are an evil bastard who takes delight in the miserable failures of others — and the worse Toby crashes and burns, the harder you will laugh. By the way, I love how they green-screened the girl dancing, but her belt and eyes have disappeared because they happen to be the wrong color — nice icing on the proverbial cake.


  • Genuine Nerd Toby Radloff
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