In 2017 it was decided that the Bad Movie Twins were just missing out on too dang many bad movies! We only watch like … 60 a year *sob*. And thus Bring a Friend was invented. In the Bring a Friend cycle and genre we allow for a non-BMT qualified film to be “brought in” via some connection to a qualifying film. Because this website still serves as an archive of sorts it naturally needed a place to more officially store this information. In addition to the IMDb link for these film I’ll also try and provide some reasoning towards why we think the film is “big enough” and “bad enough” for BMT. We are big and bad dudes and demand only the biggest and baddest films after all. Enjoy!
Dirty Dancing (2017) – Street credit directly from this specific article.
Black Friday – It’s street cred comes from the director Darren Doane who directs Kirk Cameron films now. The argument for why it is bad is that even Gary Daniels fans think it is bad for a Gary Daniels film.
Asterix at the Olympic Games – Hard to confirm, but it does appear that there are a Razzies equivalent in France and this film won worst film of 2007!
D-Tox – No one can deny a straight-to-DVD Stallone film has got some big bad street cred.
Transmorphers – An Asylum film which is honestly cred enough, but it is also rips-off one of the bigger BMT franchises in Transformers and was notable enough to get actual genuine reviewers to notice.
Manos: The Hands of Fate – Featured in arguably the most famous MST3K episodes of all time. It is also considered one of the worst films ever made.
Teen Witch (paired with Vampire Academy as a teen supernatural film) – All of the cred comes from a single scene. Top That.
A Talking Cat?! (paired with Garfield and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties as a talking cat film) – Featured on The Flop House podcast, and the titular cat is voiced by Eric Roberts.
Edison Force (Paired with The 13th Warrior as films released long after filming) – This is one of those films which get all of its cred from its cast: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, and LL Cool J headline a straight-to-DVD feature! Given a BOMB by Leonard Maltin.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (paired with Jaws: The Revenge as an attacking animal film) – Literally considered one of the worst films ever made.
Liz and Dick (paired with In Love and War as a dramatic love story) – Again, all from the cast really. This was supposed to be Lindsay Lohan’s big comeback … in a Lifetime film!
Foodfight! (paired with Alpha and Omega as an animated kids’ film) – One of the strangest stories in film history, like A Sound of Thunder on steroids. Just read this thing!
Groom Lake (paired with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier via the director, William Shatner) – The only other film besides Star Trek V: The Final Frontier to be directed by William Shatner. That’s nuts.
Samurai Cop (paired with Exit Wounds as a bad ass kung-fu cop film) – Is considered one of the best bad movies of all time. Featured heavily in multiple episodes of Red Letter Media.
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (paired with The 15:17 to Paris as an A+ setting) – Has one of the worst scenes ever. Features multiple Playboy Playmates. And is directed by Andy Sidaris. Street cred up the wazoo.
Escape Plan 2: Hades (paired with Ernest Goes to Jail as a prison escape film) – Despite being direct-to-DVD it managed to get 23 reviews for a 9% qualified Rotten Tomatoes score, including reviews by indieWire and Hollywood Reporter.
Santa with Muscles (paired with Santa Claus: The Movie as a Christmas film) – Hulk Hogan … thinking he’s Santa. Nuff said.
Un indien dans la ville (paired with Jungle 2 Jungle, it’s own remake) – A rare foreign dub which was big enough to gain the attention of Roger Ebert, who put it on his worst of list for 1996.
Dracula 3000 (paired with Dracula 2000 as a Dracula in the future film) – This was just too good of an opportunity with Dracula 2000. It has Casper Van Dien and an incredibly low IMDb rating as well.
The Roller Blade Seven (paired with Daylight which stars Sylvester Stallone, this stars his brother Frank Stallone) – Donald G. Jackson has a somewhat legendary bad movie filmography, much like Neil Breen he produces micro-budget films. The first example of Zen Filmmaking we’ve watched.
Soultaker (paired with Lost & Found which stars Martin Sheen, this stars his brother Joe Estevez) – A notable film lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It also stars bad movie legend Robert Z’Dar.
Driving Force (paired with Black Dog which stars Patrick Swayze, this stars his brother Don Swayze) – A Mad Max rip off starring Flash Gorden, which was enough for me.
T.N.T. (paired with Sleeping with the Enemy which stars Julia Roberts, this stars her brother Eric Roberts) – A knock-off Van Damme film starring martial arts mega-star (?) Olivier Gruner. Basically a better version of Black Friday.
To the Limit (paired with Perfect which stars John Travolta, this stars his brother Joey Travolta) – As a true Anna Nicole Smith vehicle I think that is enough credit alone, something to check off our bucket list.
Future Cop (paired with Gangster Squad which stars Sean Penn, this stars his brother Chris Penn) – A Don “The Dragon” Wilson vehicle, you have to watch a low-budget martial arts films every so often to really feel alive. Red Letter Media owns it on VHS.
Buford’s Beach Bunnies (paired with The Circle which stars Tom Hanks, this stars his brother Jim Hanks) – Basically there are a number of soft-core porn “beach” movies that were made around this time. This one happens to star Jim Hanks which makes it specifically worthwhile.
Dead Weekend (paired with Mercury Rising which stars Alec Baldwin, this stars Stephen Baldwin) – The worst straight-to-video/cable release we could find for Stephen Baldwin.
Fallout (paired with Mercury Rising which stars Alec Baldwin, this stars Daniel Baldwin) – The worst straight-to-video/cable release we could find for Daniel Baldwin.
Backdraft 2 (paired with Mercury Rising which stars Alec Baldwin, this stars William Baldwin) – We couldn’t pass up a 30-tears-later sequel that somehow still stars William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland!
P.U.N.K.S. (paired with The Intruder which stars Dennis Quaid, this stars Randy Quaid) – Basically this is just a straight-to-video film starring Randy Quaid from the 90’s. Looks like Baby Geniuses.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (paired with Serenity (2019) which both star Matthew McConaughey) – Manages to cross McConaughey’s entire career basically, while also clearing out four of the seven Texas Chainsaw Massacre released in one go.
DOA: Dead or Alive (paired with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life which are both based on video games) – Basically all video game films are terrible, but not all of them qualify for BMT. So sometimes some of them have to be brought along as a friend.
MVP: Most Valuable Primate (paired with Ed which are both kids sports films starring chimpanzees) – Self-explanatory, sometimes you have to just go a shade below the wide release animal-starring films, and see what the actual dregs looks like.
Black Eagle (paired with Whiteout as a Black/White combination) – Early Van Damme where he plays a bad guy. Also possibly the only bad film ever set on Malta.
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (paired with Cyborg as part of the Cyborg franchise) – Very early Angelina Jolie, sweet Jack Palance action, and directed by Michael Schroeder who did a bunch of non-theatrical released in the mid-90s.
Sorceress (paired with The Identical as a fellow twin film) – Roger Corman produced, and Jack Hill, the king of grindhouse films, directed this sword and sorcery starring twin Playboy Playmates, the Harris twins … enough said I think.
Twin Sitters (paired with Father Figures as a fellow twin film) – Body builder twins Peter and David Paul appeared in a series of comedy / action films in the early 90s. This is a double dose of twins as the twins babysit a set of twins. Twinception.
Dragon Hunt (paired with Bad Company as fellow twin film) – Twin Canadian martial artists Michael and Martin McNamara appear in what is claimed to be the first Canadian martial arts films released to theaters.
Munchies (paired with Urban Legends: Final Cut as a fellow twin film) -Another Roger Corman film! Does he have a thing for twins or something? He literally hired the editor for Gremlins to make totally-not-Gremlins, the 80s were a wild time.
Woman of Desire (paired with Mrs. Winterbourne as a fellow twin film) – Bo Derek, Jeff Fahey, sex on a motorcycle? Yes please. Back when people were wondering: will anyone ever be tired of erotic thrillers?! Yes … yes we would be tired of erotic thrillers.
Two Much (paired with Fatal Instinct as a fellow twin chain film, stars Melanie Griffith who was also in Now and Then) – The pretend twin had to be done, and what better place than as a friend. Barely released to theaters, based on a French film. It has bad 90s farce written all over it.
Firestorm (paired with The Astronaut’s Wife as a twin sci-fi film) – Mega-television star John Savage is a sneaky huge straight-to-video star from the 90s. Additionally, the film features Robert Carradine (from Revenge of the Nerds) in a major role. Somehow the fourth film names Firestorm listed on IMDb.
Twisted Pair (paired with Double Duty as the very best twin films on offer) – Neil Breen has been proclaimed as the next Tommy Wiseau. Producing a series of bizarre films while working as a real estate agent in Las Vegas, his style blurs the line between self-aware insanity and mind-blowing incompetency. And its about him as twin super humans.
Basket Case 2 (paired with House of Wax, both involving evil now-separated conjoined twins) – Interestingly it was only after watching it that we realized this actually has decent reviews. But it has a terrible rating on IMDb, and it absolutely pales in comparison to the original (and quite good) Basket Case, so I’ll allow it.
Welcome to Sudden Death (paired with Fantasy Island, both came out this year) – The sequel to the 1995 Van Damme classic was suggested to me as something I might want to “complete my Sudden Death Collection”. Stars Michael Jai White who we have seen in a few BMT films like Exit Wounds.
After We Collided (paired with Rising Sun, both based on a book) – The sequel to a previous BMT film which, partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic, didn’t quite qualify for BMT because it wasn’t widely released to theaters. I refuse to miss out on any Hero Fiennes Tiffin films due to the pandemic, it will not happen.
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (paired with Xanadu, both had movie tie ins) – The sequel to a overall pretty decent horror film descends into straight-to-video madness. A very very strange PC game called Blood Wings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge was made for the film and appears to be a cheap DOOM knock-off. Plays like one too.
The Birds II: Land’s End (paired with Halloween II (1981), which was also directed by Rick Rosenthal) – The made-for-television sequel to a Hitchcock classic. Somehow both Halloween II (another sequel to a classic) and this had the same director, although he went for the Alan Smithee pseudonym for The Birds II.
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (paired with Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, the prior installment in the Police Academy Franchise) – The one and only straight-to-video release among the seven Police Academy Films, and the final film in a string of unprecedented (and unmatched) Leonard Maltin BOMB ratings and 0% Rotten Tomatoes films!
Airborne (1998) (paired with Fire Birds, which also appeared to be about things flying around) – Steve Guttenberg as a hardcore elite special ops soldier? Count me in. Oh also they are on a plane for approximately five minutes of the film which in retrospect makes this an incredible choice.
Getting Lucky (paired with Kazaam, which also stars a magical immortal being) – Our first Troma film! The reviews on Letterboxd are impressive and the trailer … well, it looks really bizarre. Filmed entirely guerilla style, this appears to be barely a movie.
Crackerjack (1994) (paired with Terminal Velocity, which is also an action film co-starring Nastassja Kinski) – Die Hard at a Ski Resort, and if you watch the trailer that isn’t any joke, it appears to literally be that. Notable for starring Christopher Plummer (somehow) and the main guy is a barely-star from Karate Kid III.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (paired with Wishmaster, the first in the Wishmaster franchise) – We can never resist the short horror franchises, and this is the shortest of the short (as if we are going to watch the two direct-to-video sequels from the 00s). Apparently the first film is bloated with lore which must mean the second is bursting at the seems with it.
Cover Me (paired with Never Talk to Strangers, both erotic thrillers from the 90s) – a genuine Playboy production, it would be mostly non-notable beyond the oddly stellar cast (Paul Sorvino, Corbin Bernsen, Elliot Gould!), except it also had a concurrently produced point-and-click adventure game called Blue Heat. Now that’s a crazy tie-in!
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (paired with Eraser. Abraxas stars Sven-Ole Thorsen, who is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double) – What could be a better pair with an Arnold film than a rare starring vehicle for his stunt double? Somehow also features Jim Belushi who was in K-9, the film prior in the chain from Eraser.
Cyberjack (paired with Freejack, which share a last name) – I mean, we are almost done with all of the “jack” films (besides Jack itself of course). Bonus is that this is a Dudikoff film, so we are legally obliged to watch this film at some point, our hands are tied.
The Patriot (paired with Hard to Kill also starring Seagal) – I think this is the first Seagal film which went direct-to-video, and it came out prior to Half Past Dead. That is all the cred we need, we are going to finish Seagal’s entire 90s oeuvre.
Holy Matrimony (paired with Mr. Wrong which is also about love and marriage in the 90s) – The first Joseph Gordon Levitt film, directed by Spock, about a child having to marry a grown woman? That’s hitting a few marks for being a weird film as well
Woman in the Window (paired with After We Fell, also from 2021) – Probably the biggest film we’ve done as a friend. Testing out how streaming exclusive films fit into BMT in general.
New Year’s Evil (paired with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as short slashers) – The main criteria was that it is an 85 minute long slasher film from the early 80s (coming out the same year as Friday the 13th). Poorly received, poorly acted, and predates most of the 80s schlock from that era.
Sonic Impact (paired with Surviving the Game, both starring Ice-T) – Sonic Impact is a late-90s era straight-to-video that is, essentially a poor man’s Turbulence crossed with a poor man’s Executive Decision. Also, you cannot rent or stream this anywhere, we bought the DVD. Even our precious library system failed us.
Beowulf (1999) (paired with Fortress (1992), both starring Christopher Lambert) – First, Christopher Lambert is a BMT legend. Second, do yourself a favor and watch the trailer for this film, it is absurd. Third, recognize that a film with no theatrical release managed to get a 60+ BMeTric. There only thing better than the cred for this film is the film itself which is an absurd delight.
Swept Away (2002) (paired with Original Sin, both nominees for the Worst Actress Razzie) – One of the legendary bad films in history. Indeed it is even on the wiki page for films considered the worst.
Arena (paired with Oscar) – Arena has always been on the radar because it looks crazy and apparently is a very fun watch. An explanation as to why these pair. Stallone had a “type” of movie in the 80s, the high testosterone action film. Arena is a Sci-fi version of that type of film. Oscar is him attempting to play against type, something he did a lot in the 90s. That’s why they pair.
Class of 1999 (paired with Grease 2, both set in high school) – The barely released sequel to Class of 1984 which is a genuinely good grindhouse-y film about, for lack of a better term given the era, super criminal high school students who are “the future!” Here though the teachers are robots and they live in a demented Robocop world.
The New Gladiators (paired with Ben-Hur (2016), both featuring gladiators) – Sometimes you just have to watch a weirdo Italian sci-fi film from the 80s to remember just how wild the film industry used to be where football players would fly to the outskirts of Rome to shoot low-budget garbage where all of the clearly Italian actors are dubbed over back in the US. Wild stuff.
The Dark Side of the Moon (paired with Apollo 18, both about the dark side of the moon) – This just seemed fortuitous. Both films postulate an evil that lives on the dark side of the moon and attacks wayward spacecraft? Sure, one is rock spiders, and the other is literally Satan operating through the Bermuda Triangle, but still.
The Terror Within (paired with Bolero, both starring George Kennedy) – Bolero proved to be a difficult film to match. Luckily Bo Derek’s co-star is a B-movie legend, and The Terror Within is a definitive post-apocalyptic future film. Also both are horror films (slammed).
Slipstream (paired with Pearl Harbor, both about flying) – Mark Hamill as a bad guy? Ultra-light aircraft that was clearly someone on production’s hobby? Like … robots (oh no!)? There is nothing else like weirdo 90s straight-to-video.
River of Death (paired with Virtuosity, which is set in the future, this is set in the past) – Dudikoff. Nuff said. A super serious film about Dudikoff hunting down Nazis in the Amazon made by Cannon.
Knight Rider 2000 (paired with 1492: Conquest of Paradise, which also has a year in the title) – We rarely do television films, so it seemed due. Also, set in a dystopian future of the year 2000, involving the events surrounding the assassination of the mayor of San Antonio, and half the film seems like an advertisement for the River Walk. It is wild.
Pinocchio (2022) (paired with Memory, both released in 2022) – For the final cycle of the year I think we’ll tend towards doing the big bad streaming film of the year. The ill-fated remake of the Disney classic by Zemeckis fit the bill.
Fantastic Four (1994) (paired with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both Fantastic Four films) – Legendary move by Roger Corman to create a Fantastic Four film with Canadian soap opera actors and perform a handful of private showings exclusively to retain the rights to sell at a later date. What a legend. The film is an insane abomination to boot.
The Punisher (1989) (paired with Supergirl, both superhero films) – Another low-budget superhero classic, that has somehow become a weird theme of the Bring a Friends this year. Stars Dolph Lundgren and basically available nowhere except for free on the Internet Archive.