Just before we begin I want to make very clear that at no point will I be making any jokes about movies that are 'no Gouda' or any other cheese related puns (if I can help it.) -- and now that I got that off my chest I can get on with the business at hand. In honor of Piranha's glorious return to theaters, Alexandre Aja's remake of Joe Dante's 1978 comedy-horror about a swarm of killer piranha has inspired the folks over at Wired to compile the 24 Cheesiest Sci-fi films of all time. It's a comprehensive list that showcases the best of the worst in sci-fi -- even if I disagree with their inclusion of Cloverfield among chessy classics like The Creeping Terror and Troll 2 (you can read the entire list here). But one of the advantages of my job is that I don't have to rant and rave about someone else's list, I can just make my own.
So what makes a move go from downright un-watchable to the elevated status of 'cheese'? Well, it's a personal choice, but for me the calling card of any cheesy classic is the feeling that everyone involved really seems to be trying to make great cinema, but either through a lack of budget or talent, you wind up with a movie that is so laughably awful or over the top that it becomes more than bad -- it's entered the great tradition of 'Cinema Cheese'
Unless you're new to these parts, you have probably noticed that I never like to play by the rules of a movie list, so I'm not going to confine myself to the world of sci-fi, because as we all know, cheesy movies come in all shapes and sizes. So let's get started...