What is Junque?

Well, that’s a good question. The easy answer would be to say, “it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.” So let’s start with that.

In the late 90s, I hosted The Movie Geek Show on Seattle Public Access TV. During one early episode, we were discussing what we considered the most essential movies of the last 20 years, and soliciting viewers opinions on same. This being 1996, our choices included such decidedly lowbrow faire as Highlander, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the Star Wars trilogy. One caller cheekily noted our addiction to what she called “J-U-N-Q-U-E.”

So what is Junque? The easy answer would be to say, “it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.” So let’s start with that. Junque is lowbrow with a high IQ. Or it’s smart made stupid. It’s a bad monster movie, made with exquisite talent and skill. Or it’s something great, turned face-meltingly bad. Or it’s something boring and mediocre, that’s given that cracky twist to make it a total WTF experience.  Happy Days is not Junque, but this is:

And that’s Junque. The best of the worst, the worst of the best. And best of all, it’s my site, so Junque is whatever I say it is.

– King Zilch

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