As a movie nerd, I’m attracted to cinematic train wrecks. I love learning about how movies went drastically wrong and the cinematic schlock that once stuffed video store walls and now fills up video streaming services. Obviously, I want to see all the great films, but there’s also something to be said about movies where everything went horribly wrong. Furthermore, it’s not enough to know the “popular” terrible movies. True cinephiles know how to dig deeper into filmographies and find the real travesties.
Author Dan Whitehead is a true cinephile and has used his encyclopedic knowledge of movies to compile an engaging overview of A-list actors slumming in Z-movie hell. And if you’re thinking, “Yeah, we all know George Clooney was in Return of the Killer Tomatoes,” Whitehead fires back with “Yeah, but have you seen him in Return to Horror High?” Whitehead’s book What’s a Nice Actor Like You Doing in a Movie Like This? not only examines the films that celebrities wish you’d rather not see, but does so with humor and insight.