Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Son of Golden Turkey Awards

1986, first edition, from Villard Books
Harry and Michael Medved
Son of Golden Turkey Awards: The Best of the Worst from Hollywood
Bought new for $10.95
Falling apart paperback

I don't think it's just nostalgia that makes this my favorite of the Medveds' books.  I won a gift certificate for a bookstore, as a writing award my senior year in high school, and this is what I got.  My then-future-ex-husband and I became bad-movie collectors as a result.  But this book has held up really well (except physically), and the Medveditis isn't as bad as it was.  (There are even moments when they're actually feminist, ironic in light of Michael's approaching "right turns.")  Their humor doesn't seem as forced, and I laughed out loud a few times.  Admittedly, some of the funniest bits are ones where they're just quoting lyrics, dialogue, ad campaigns, or titles.

As with their earlier books, there seems to be a bias towards more recent films, at that point including the likes of Sheena and Where the Boys Are '84, not just with the winners but the nominees.  On the other hand, they do have some categories that are dominated by the 1950s and/or '60s, among them the worst Biker Film, worst performance by Ronald Reagan (again, ironic in retrospect), worst performance as a Nazi mad scientist, and worst beach party movie.  Past winners, like Ed Wood, are renominated in new categories.  So there's a blend of old and new, as with the "rogues' gallery" at the end.

Yes, there are some errors-- Pia Zadora was not 8 in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), and in fact looks the 10 years that she was-- but it seems like fewer than before.  Maybe watching movies on VHS helped.

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