Located on a small expansion shelf about midway between the Third and Fourth Circles, Musical Hell is presided over by Diva, a minor demon charged with passing judgement on the worst musicals ever committed to film. (She still hasn't figured out if this is their punishment or hers.) Take a seat on the bench and have your earplugs ready, because court is now in session.

New videos posted on the first Monday of the month. Other viewpoints, news, and general ramblings posted when they crop up.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Welcome to Hell

Here it is, the world's premiere monthly snark vlog devoted entirely to bad musicals on film being judged by a minor demon in an out-of-the-way corner of the Inferno!  (The Overly Narrow Superlative is our friend.)

Why bad musicals?  Simply put: I am 1) a bad movie buff and 2) a huge music theater geek.  Combining the two seemed natural to me, like peanut butter and chocolate, or Frank Wildhorn and overblown power ballads.  Besides, in my opinion, in order to have a truly terrible movie it needs to be a musical.  This is because bad musicals come in two flavors.  The first are the bad musicals that are just bad on their own merits.  These are especially painful because in addition to all the normal bad movie stuff, you have bad singing and dancing on top of it--it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "triple threat."  The second kind are musicals that were good, even great, in their stage incarnations...but when they were put on film, something went wrong.  You might have actors who can't sing, singers who can't act, directors who have no idea what to do with singing and dancing people, or a script that got fed through the stupid machine.  In this case, the pain of the movie is magnified because the source material does have merit, and in more skilled hands might have made a very good movie--but alas, it was not to be.

So abandon all hope, ye who enter here, because next week the infernal court of Musical Hell will be in session. Join us on the first Monday of the month to hear the cases, and come back for opinions, random fun, and news on upcoming movies that may (or if we're lucky, may not) come before Diva's bench in the future.

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