In today’s franchise-laden box office, there’s a lot of discussion of whether or not originality still exists in modern Hollywood. With a seemingly endless supply of sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes, it is always refreshing when a unique and original premise comes along.
Unless of course, those said premises are completely mental.
Yes, Hollywood has seen some unthinkable film ideas crop up over the years, from detective dogs to murderous gingerbread men. They may never be Oscar contenders, but you can’t help but admire their simplicity and honesty. An honesty which is never more blatant than in the film’s title…
8. Nun’s on The Run
The Premise: Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle play petty criminals who want out of the mob. However, leaving isn’t as easy as it seems and the pair must lay low and hide from their shady former employer… at a training schools for nuns.
If it was less ridiculous: Instead of Coltrane and Idle, it would be Whoopi Goldberg.
The Premise: When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature’s deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
If it was less ridiculous: Tara Reid probably wouldn’t have been in it.
6. Sherlock Bones
The Premise: When a Police Detective is kidnapped by smugglers, it’s up to his talking dog Sherlock to rescue him.
If it was less ridiculous: the dog would be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch… and probably wouldn’t smoke a pipe.
5. The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
The Premise: The ghost of a recently deceased businessman has just 24 hours to perform a good deed to get into heaven. When his estate is about wrongly fall into the hands of his villainous lawyer, he acquires the help of his dead girlfriend (the scantily-clad phantom from the title), some partying teens, and a bumbling biker gang.
If it was less ridiculous: it probably still wouldn’t make sense.
4. Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader
The Premise: Aspiring college cheerleader, Cassie Stratford consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. The drug has an unforeseen side effect – Cassie starts to grow and grow and grow.
If it was less ridiculous: she’d be a more manageable 15ft.
3. Fat Guy goes Nutzoid
The Premise: Two brothers coincidently bump into an escaped mental patient (the titular glutton) and decided to accompany him on a series of misadventures around the city.
If it was less ridiculous: It would have a Shutter Island-like final act twist.
2. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
The Premise: The Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
If it was less ridiculous: They would have distributed more of the budget to the costume department.
1. Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust
The Premise: The horrifying yet delicious and chewy Gingerdead Man causes murder and mayhem on the set of a horrible low budget movie set.
If it was less ridiculous: They wouldn’t have inadvertently committed blasphemy for the sake of a pun.