“Rat Pfink a Boo Boo”: The Worst Superhero Movie Ever Made!

On this week’s Shouts From the Back Row podcast about superheroes, we were asked to name our pick for the worst superhero movie we’ve ever seen and my answer was a mispelled and grammatically incorrect one: Rat Pfink a Boo Boo! No, that’s not a typo. The original title was supposed to be Rat Pfink and Boo Boo, but legend has it that the artist who did the opening titles screwed up and they didn’t have the money to fix it, so the mistake would remain on film for posterity. Rat Pfink a Boo Boo was made in 1966 on an extremely low budget by infamous B-movie director Ray Dennis Steckler, who gave the world such classics as The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. The original title of the film was The Depraved and it was intended to be a dark, serious crime drama. However, after shooting about 40 minutes worth of footage, Steckler realized that his film was turning out incredibly shitty and boring, so he decided to do a complete 180 and transform the whole thing into a goofy superhero movie! So, halfway throughout the movie, with no build-up or explanation whatsoever, two of the characters randomly morph into a pair of superheroes named Rat Pfink and Boo Boo, who, as you’ve probably guessed already, are very cheap knockoffs of Batman and Robin. Anyway, this analysis of Rat Pfink a Boo Boo summarizes this one-of-a-kind oddity better than I ever could.

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