So yesterday, while I was searching for clips from Showgirls to include in my post about Slumdog Millionaire (isn’t that just always the case?), I stumbled upon this:
Sweet mercy! What sort of batshit insanity is this?
In case you didn’t know, Rena Riffel has a small role in Showgirls as Penny/Hope, the new girl at the Cheetah. She’s rather amazing in her own right, but Trasharella looks as though it’ll totally take the amazing cake.
I normally tend to avoid deliberate camp because it always lacks the unaware charms of unintentional camp. From Plan 9 from Outer Space to I Know Who Killed Me, great camp comes entirely from its sincerity in trying to be something other than terrible; anybody can intentionally make a bad movie, but only a certain crazed brand of genius still finds beauty in the cinematic train wrecks they’re masterminding. Judging from the trailer, Trasharella appears to be channeling that genius in spades.
This is, after all, a movie that contains musical numbers, magic lipstick, and a vampire being killed by a woman brandishing a Barbie crucifix. Awful or astounding?
I’m going with astounding. Simply astounding.
I think we all know what has to be done. I. Can’t. Wait.