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Tré Roland-Martin

Today, I'm going to talk about some low-budget films that some people, including those like you, might find to be totally insane, "out-there", and kinda bizarre!

#1: Dragon Ball: Fight Son Goku, Win Son Goku (드래곤볼 싸워라 손오공 이겨라 손오공)

Around Christmas 1990, the South Korean Dong Ir film studio and little-known filmmaker Wang Ryong released an unofficial, unlicensed film adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. The film's title, when translated from Korean to English, comes up as Dragon Ball: Fight Son Goku, Win Son Goku. The film was made with a very low budget, and the poster doesn't look rather promising. As you can see, Goku's haircut looks out-of-place (compared to that of the show), Puar and Oolong are shown as cheaply bad-looking puppets, and some instances might involve really, really hammy acting. However, the people working on this project did pull off a rather cool-looking Master Roshi.

Considering how weird and cheap this film might look, this would make the original Dragon Ball series look like 3 Dev Adam. However, if 3 Dev Adam, being a Turkish knock-off film, was as cheap as it would get, it still might seem better than this movie. The reason why Dragon Ball: Fight Son Goku, Win Son Goku was made was the lack of the original Dragon Ball series in the South Korean market because that country's government at the time banned Japanese cultural imports.

This movie is very rare to come across. A South Korean VHS copy was sold on eBay for $215.00, and the movie has not been reissued on DVD or Blu-Ray. However, if you don't want to waste any money, you can find this movie on YouTube.

#2: Violent S*** (1989)

In 1989, German indie filmmaker Andreas Schnaas created a micro-budget horror film that costed only $2,000 to make. That film would make films from Troma Studios look like Andy Warhol's unauthorized Batman film (meaning that it may be unwatchable to some). The film is known as Violent S***, and if you're into horror films that are easy to watch, I suggest that you don't watch this one. It has many shocking instances, and it may just give you nightmares for weeks. I hadn't watched this one, either, and I'm planning on not doing so.

#3: Hobgoblins (1988) (Knock-off of Gremlins)

In 1988, filmmaker Rick Sloane directed a B-Movie that is a blatant knock-off of Steven Spielberg's film Gremlins. That film is known as Hobgoblins. The film was called "Jim Henson's worst nightmare" by reviewer Greg Muskewitz. What Mr. Muskewitz is saying could be true, because the film is so notoriously bad that it makes the E.T. rip-off Mac and Me look fantastic (although the 1987 Turkish E.T. rip-off Homoti would still be better than Mac and Me, regarding how "so bad, it's good" it can be).

#4: The Underground Comedy Movie (1999)

Vince Offer's highly-offensive $170,000-budget comedy was said to be based off of a late-1980's cable-access television show. The Underground Comedy Movie was the Movie 43 before Movie 43 even existed; it is an offensive comedy that also has an all-star cast. Sketches include women loudly using the restroom and a superhero named "Dickman", whose name is pretty self-explanatory. YouTube movie reviewer Emer Prevost said that The Underground Comedy Movie "makes Movie 43 look like Shakespeare".


What are your thoughts on these insane low-budget films?


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