Watch these films just because of their titles.
Very rarely can someone use “just because” as a legitimate excuse… unless it’s August 27th. Just Because Day, celebrated every August 27th, gives us the chance to break out of our daily routine and do something without reason or logic. So why not join the fun? In honor of Just Because Day, DMG Entertainment has compiled a list of films you should watch just because of the name. So get ready to judge a book by its cover. Word of warning: we are not responsible for cringe-inducing moments, loss of faith, or damaged brain cells.
THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES!!? (1964)
Director: Ray Dennis Steckler
Starring: Ray Dennis Steckler, Brett O’Hara, Atlas King
Summary: Jerry (Ray Dennis Steckler) takes his girlfriend to a carnival. After receiving bad news from a gypsy fortune-teller, Jerry visits a stripper. After a backstage strip tease, the stripper, who is the fortune-teller’s sister, turns Jerry into a homicidal zombie. Now it is up to Jerry’s girlfriend and his close friend to figure out what happened to Jerry.
Just Because Quote: “You dirty, filthy pig! So, I belong with the freaks, huh? I’ll fix you so even the freaks won’t look at you.”
Fun Fact: The film’s original title was, “THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURE: OR WHY I STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME A MIXED-UP ZOMBIE.” However, Columbia threatened to sue Ray Dennis Steckler due to the similarities to Stanley Kubrick’s film title, “DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB” (1964). Steckler personally contacted Kubrick and proposed a new title. After Kubrick accepted Steckler’s name change, Columbia backed off.
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964)
Director: Nicholas Webster
Starring: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck
Summary: Attempting to satisfy the children of Mars, Martians go to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus. After the Martians discover the North Pole, they capture Santa and bring him back to Mars. Can Santa defeat his captors with Christmas cheer?
Just Because Quote: “If we take them with us to Mars, Santa’s disappearance will remain a mystery. No one on Earth will ever know that Santa Claus was kidnapped by Martians.”
Fun Fact: The film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in, “The Official Razzie Movie Guide.”
OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA’S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I’M FEELIN’ SO SAD (1967)
Director: Richard Quine
Starring: Rosalind Russell, Robert Morse, Barbara Harris
Summary: A mother takes her son and husband to a luxury resort. However, there is a slight problem: the husband has been dead for some time. The situation spirals out of control when the mother carries around her deceased husband, preserved and inside his casket.
Just Because Quote: “Hi!”
Fun Fact: The film was completed in 1965 but an understandably hesitant Paramount studios didn’t release it until 1967.
JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER (2001)
Director: Lee Demarbre
Starring: Phil Caracas, Murielle Varhelyi, Maria Moulton
Summary: In this action/horror/comedy/musical, vampires have declared war on humanity. In a last-ditch effort, a priest calls upon the help of the ultimate vampire killer: Jesus Christ. In his second coming, Jesus Christ teams up with a masked Mexican wrestler to drive vampires to extinction.
Just Because Quote: “I was born in a manger, doomed to live in danger.”
Fun Fact: The film took two years to complete because it was shot only on weekends.
MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (1976)
Director: Peter Yates
Starring: Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel
Summary: A new Los Angeles law says the first ambulance to arrive at an accident obtains a contract to transport the injured person. Attempting to land the most contracts, the wild child private ambulance company, F+B Ambulance Service, pushes ethical and physical boundaries to collect the most money.
Just Because Quote: “I don’t have to tell you people times are tough. You read the papers! The country is going to hell! Now you take inflation, recession, welfare, there’s nothing we can do about that. But thanks to muggings, malnutrition, assassination and disease, we got a chance to make a buck!”
Fun Fact: After 20th Century Fox’s head of production, Alan Ladd Jr., read the script, he said, “This is about the most offensive script I’ve ever read in my life. There is no group you don’t insult in this move. Can you make this for three million bucks?”
JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER (1966)
Director: William Beaudine
Starring: John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder
Summary: On the run from the law, infamous outlaw Jesse James (John Lupton) and his friend Hank Tracy (Cal Bolder) flee to Mexico. Maria Frankenstein (Narda Onyx) meets the duo and allows them to stay at her ancient castle. Little does Jesse James know that Maria is the grandchild of the notorious Dr. Frankenstein. Maria sees Jesse and Hank as a chance to continue her grandfather’s legacy.
Just Because Quote: “While you finish preparing, I shall activate the artificial brain.”
Fun Fact: This gem was shot in eight days.
CANNIBAL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH (1989)
Director: J.F. Lawton
Starring: Shannon Tweed, Bill Maher, Karen M. Waldron
Summary: Attempting to preserve the nation’s avocado supply, the government hires a feminist professor to locate the Piranha Women, an all-female cannibal tribe. The professor recruits a team of oddballs to track down the Piranha Women and offer them a new home away from the avocado fields.
Just Because Quote: “All right, I was exploiting the Piranha women. You don’t know what it was like. David Letterman, God, the horror… the horror of that show… the horror.”
Fun Fact: The film was shot primarily in University of California – Riverside’s avocado groves.
CAN HEIRONYMUS MERKIN EVER FORGET MERCY HUMPPE AND FIND TRUE HAPPINESS? (1969)
Director: Anthony Newley
Starring: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Milton Berle
Summary: Hieronymus Merkin (Anthony Newley) is preparing an autobiographical film, detailing his life as a womanizer that longs for his one and only love: Mercy Humppe. However, Merkin’s film is incomplete. As producers demand Merkin to finish the film, he must question his life decisions and estimate his personal growth.
Just Because Quote: “Then the Eskimo and the Indian and the cannibal all rush over to the knight and they say, “Your dragon was here and he’s looking to terrify you a great deal.” And the knight sits there, and he laughs, and he laughs, and he laughs. The moral of the story is, once you understand your own dragon, you don’t have to be afraid anymore. See what I mean?”
Fun Fact: Playboy magazine devoted ten pages of a 1969 issue to this film. The magazine included nude photographs of the female stars.
Did you watch all the films? If you did, you left us at a loss for words. Congratulations? Sorry for your loss? Anyway, here is a GIF…just because.