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Awfully Good Movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (Video)

06.01.2016

In the words of Winston Churchill--or maybe it was Arnold Schwarzenegger, I dunno, I always get those two mixed up--"To improve is to change," and we definitely believe that here behind the scenes of Awfully Good, where our own Jason Adams writes a review of an infamously bad movie every Wednesday and rates it on a scale of how fun it is to watch rather than how good the movie actually is. And in 2014, we started up a video version of this column by the name of Awfully Good Movies, as written/narrated/edited by yours truly, Jesse Shade, which comes out every other Wednesday alongside the column. Well, now Jason will now be doing his column on a bi-weekly basis as well, which means you'll get an Awfully Good review one week from him, then get an Awfully Good Movies video review from me the next week. Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to present this week's review...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Paige Turco, Elias Koteas, Corey Feldman

This weekend marks the arrival of another Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles flick, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, so it's time to put down that pizza and pick up your time-traveling Japanese scepter, cause we're going back to 1993 to revisit the flick that killed off the original Turtles film franchise: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III! Though Jason's already reviewed this flick in time for Michael Bay's last TMNT movie, it's such a fascinating disaster that it deserves a second look. The last two movies, Ninja Turtle fans got kick-ass fight scenes, witty humor, great animatronic costumes from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and bad-ass villains straight from the comics and TV show. But the third time around, they had to settle for half-hearted fight choreography, lame pop culture references, animatronics straight out of Chuck E. Cheese, and the Turtles going back to ancient Japan...to fight a long-haired British gun trader. So for those claiming Michael Bay "ruined your childhood", don't forget that this movie ruined it long before he got involved. COWABUNGA!

And if you liked this episode of Awfully Good Movies, check out the last couple of episodes...

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Extra Tidbit: Despite what this movie's latest box art says, this movie does not have the subtitle TURTLES IN TIME. That would be the subtitle of the totally rad Super Nintendo arcade game, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IV. So now there's a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III *and* IV with the same subtitle, the former a movie, the latter a video game. My brain hurts now.
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:30AM on 06/01/2016
This movie walks on a tightrope. Sometimes it's so bad that's just bad but some other time it's so bad that's awfully good. Love the new logo for this column, by the way.
This movie walks on a tightrope. Sometimes it's so bad that's just bad but some other time it's so bad that's awfully good. Love the new logo for this column, by the way.
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10:42AM on 06/01/2016
As a turtles fan, NO!! TMNT 3 is awful. The costumes are cheapened, Splinter movies more like a puppet (not as fluid like in 1 and 2) he also sounds terrible. Casey is back to be underused. Everything about this movie has none of the charm like the previous ones. I watched ALL the movies several weeks ago to prep for TMNT 2 this weekend.
TMNT 1, the original, still the best
As a turtles fan, NO!! TMNT 3 is awful. The costumes are cheapened, Splinter movies more like a puppet (not as fluid like in 1 and 2) he also sounds terrible. Casey is back to be underused. Everything about this movie has none of the charm like the previous ones. I watched ALL the movies several weeks ago to prep for TMNT 2 this weekend.
TMNT 1, the original, still the best
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