My new obsession: 'Ghost Rider'

154650__ghost_lJust so you all know, I’m developing a bit of an obsession with the Ghost Rider trailer.

Yes, I know what Slezak said. And I don’t disagree, exactly: This has all the hallmarks of an awful movie, from the director’s track record with similar material (Daredevil) to the February release date to the fact that Nic Cage is playing a flaming skeleton who rides a motorcycle. And I have zero familiarity with the comic and no fan love to carry me through.

Yet… I will see this movie. Probably on opening weekend. I will see it for the same reason I saw Reign of Fire on opening weekend: Funbadness. Too often, today’s bad movies eschew funbadness for simple badbadness. Sleek digital effects and pusillanimous recut-happy studios pave right over the idiosyncrasies that make truly great bad movies.

Thank God they didn’t get their hands on Reign, which was simply too crazily conceived to be mellowed in post. "Matthew McConaughey fights dragons in a beard." Now there’s a pitch for you.

Ghost Rider has similar potential: Nicolas Cage, bones al fresco and en fuego, fights evil on a Hellcycle. As if that weren’t awesome enough: Peter Fonda is the devil. And Wes Bentley — remember him? — is his spawn.

(I’d also like to point out that this film also stars someone named Angry Anderson.)

I know we’ve thrown our support behind Snakes on a Plane as the so-bad-it’s-good movie of the decade. But after this much Internet attention, I fear it may have been overdesigned for camp. Ghost Rider has all the innocence of a furiously doodled orc in a Trapper Keeper margin. That’s pure.

This is a serious issue, people. Truly great bad movies are a precious resource. Think about it: What will we MST3K in 2050, when we’re all living on rafts?


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  • brandonk

    Hey, wasn’t Wes Bentley the Next Big Thing a few years ago?

  • mike

    We should have an intervention for good ole Nic Cage. Make him stop doing at least action pictures if not all movies. He was great in Adaptation, but that was a island in a sea of recent Cage crap.

  • mike

    We should have an intervention for good ole Nic Cage. Make him stop doing at least action pictures if not all movies. He was great in Adaptation, but that was a island in a sea of recent Cage crap.

  • stephanie

    This looks pretty bad. Poor Nic.

  • Scotto

    By day, Nic Cage is a decent actor. By night, the Bad Actor takes over. His curse becomes his power, and that’s how the world was blessed with “The Rock”.

  • nathan

    Ghost Rider won’t be the worst of 2007, not if Matthew McConaughey has anything to say about it.

  • Bill Scurry

    Sorry, Scottzo, but this is a Mark Steven Johnson joint. No room for irony — just schlock and hackery.

  • ragdoll

    Best. Word. Ever. “Funbadness,” hee! And also, truly great use of italics. Oh, and I’ll probably see “Ghost Rider” in the theatre too…because who wouldn’t?

  • Rudy

    Hey,can’t you let us comicbook guys have our movie we like!!!

  • Miles

    I love the trailer too. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it, I often revisited when I’m depressed. Sure my life sucks sometimes, but at least I’m not a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle. How’s that for an affirmation! Funbadness… YES!!! more bad fun MOVIES!!! I think Poseidon is full of funbadness… I laughed so much, I’d like to nominate it Funbadness comedy of the year.

  • Kat

    The comic book is great. The trailer rocks. I’m looking forward to “Ghost Rider” way more than I am to rehashing Superman with an actor who looks stiff as a board. Think of it as Cage revisiting his “Raising Arizona” roots.

  • William K. Scurry Jr.

    Hey “Jon,” please stop littering our website with your troll links, jagass!

  • nathan

    Jon, it’s pathetic to advertise dating sites on this blog, let alone use dating sites at all, why don’t ya meet girls the old fashioned way: talk to them in person and quit being such a dork.

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  • vicki

    The only thing this trailer made me want to see is old re-runs of Ghost Wiiter.

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