20 Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
I can’t believe it’s twenty years since this film came out. Mum had gone to Australia on her own and I was left in charge of the washing machine and the cooking since my younger brother and dad weren’t too great in that department. Mum saw it, back to back in Oz with Priscilla in a cinema in Surfers Paradise.
19 Carrie (1976)
I’ve seen this and a phrase I use a lot, not really knowing it was from this film is: [insert name of awful thing] ‘let’s burn it together and pray for forgiveness’
18 The Towering Inferno (1974)
We watched a while ago. It’s not what I’d call camp. I mean, the seventies decor is pretty kitsch. There’s a few moments with people jumping from the building, and a lot of bla de bla architecuture talk about how the building was built and if it was safe etc. A good film, but it wouldn’t even get a 5/10 in my camp rating I’m afraid.
17 Strictly Ballroom (1992)
In my list so I won't blather on again about it.
16 Death Becomes Her (1992)
I think you all know my thoughts on this film.
15 Spice World (1997)
This is one of those films that’s so awful it’s good. I watched it one year in that lull between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. It was a great pick me up tonic of a film.
14 Rocky III (1982)
Haven’t seen this, but it’s in Attitude’s list.
13 Batman Returns (1992)
Pretty much everything Michelle Pfeiffer says is very very camp.
12 Barbarella (1968)
Lots of camp Carry On style slapstick and there’s a character called Durand Durand – which is where the camp eighties pop group got its name from. Yes, really.
11 Glitter (2001)
This looks truly awful. Not so awful it’s good, just truly awful. I will watch it obviously. Mariah Carey’s semi-autobiographical film about her life.
10 54 (1998)
Ryan Phillipe gets a job as a bus boy at the Studio 54 club. Lots of debauchery. Haven’t seen it myself, but will resolve this forthwith.
9 Theatre of Blood (1973)
A washed up Shakespearan actor wreaks his revenge on critics by killing them. We started watching this and it was like a comedy sketch that should last 20mins and not two hours. I don’t think I’ll return to finish it.
8 Grease 2
Nothing to do with John Travolta and Olivea Newton John . Great songs. Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft is in it playing a fabulously air-brained Paulette. I saw this a long time ago. I think it bears re-watching.
7 All About Eve (1950)
Bette Davis plays Margo Channing who accidently helps the ascending star of a backstabbing actor Eve Harrington. I’ve not seen this.
‘Fasten your seatbelts...it’s going to be a bumpy night!’ Who hasn’t said that at some point? *shrugs* maybe that’s just me then.
6 Body Of Evidence (1993)
Madonna is in this odd whodunit accused of sexing her aged boyfriend to death. I’ve not seen this. And we all know how well Madonna's singing skills translate into acting skills...
5 Mommie Dearest (1981)
It’s about how Joan Crawford beat seven shades of shite out of her step daughter Christina. Meant to be quite similar in its unhinged feeling to Single White Female and Fatal Attraction. I’ve seen the last two, but not this eighties gem. Yet.
4 Flash Gordon (1980)
Flash Gordon takes on Ming the Merciless. Lots of Queen camp rock music. Fabulous in stereo with Technicolor lycra. Clearly, I’ve seen this. “Gordon’s alive!” Brian Blessed’s best line.
3 Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (1962)
2 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Gloria Swanson is a faded silent film actor who hires a writer to facilitaae her return to cinema. ‘I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.’ What a great quote. Haven’t seen this, but I will be soon.
1 Showgirls (1995)
This is the definition of so bad it’s good. It was completely panned at thet cinema but has become a cult classic on DVD. It’s about a group of Las Vegas lap dancers. It’s meant to have some magic OTT camp dialogue I’m dying to dive into, none of which I can quote here I’m afraid because I like to try and keep it clean around these parts *shudders*. How very dare you.
How many of these have you seen? How does this list compare with my list of camp classics?
Would you watch any of these now they're in this list?
I'd love to hear from you.
Liam Livings xx