Top 10 Bad Movies
As a lover of cinema, I have a deep appreciation of films that are bad. No, I’m not talking movies that are so bad that they are unwatchable like “A Good Day to Die Hard” or “Glitter.” I’m talking about movies that are so bad that they become something special. A great bad movie is one that delivers things you’ve never seen before in a weird and wonderful way. In some ways, a great bad movie can even be just as fun as a beloved classic and I don’t mean that in an ironic hipster way. Yes, the bad films may be seriously lacking in the acting or filmmaking departments, but they more than make up for it in the unique ways the stories are presented.
Anyway, enough of my babbling. Read on to find out about some great bad movies that you may or may not have seen.
- Samurai Cop- Truly the holy grail of bad movies. It has everything from car chases and a horny nurse to hilarious close-ups and endlessly quotable lines. The film even spawned a sequel which just came out on home video this past month.
- The Room- A bizarre, awkward, and hilarious melodrama told through the eyes of the mysterious and fascinating filmmaker/actor Tommy Wiseau.
- Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo- 80’s cheese at its finest. This colorful and energetic sequel is filled with elaborate dances, oddball moments (that hospital dance!), and catchy tunes.
- Troll 2- “Oh my goooooood!” This film is so mystifying that even its title makes no sense (there are no trolls). This “sequel” is loaded with more WTF moments than you can imagine from beginning to end.
- Birdemic: Shock and Terror- Where else are you going to find a movie with coat hangers used as weapons, cheap looking bird attacks, a creepy monotone main character (Rod), and in your face environmental messages? Nowhere that’s where.
- Gymkata- Worth seeing just for the insane village sequence alone.
- The Barbarians- “Hurrrr!” This film doesn’t get nearly enough love which is a shame as it’s downright entertaining.
- Xanadu- ELO, rollerskating, Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton John, weird fantasy elements, the “All Over The World” montage- what’s not to like?
- Miami Connection- Part martial arts film, part musical, all awesome.
- Star Wars Holiday Special– The tenth spot could have gone to any number of films, but ultimately, this woefully misguided TV movie took it because it’s become somewhat of a holiday tradition to watch it. Nothing screams the holiday season like Itchy’s virtual reality show or Bea Arthur singing.
Other favorites: “Undefeatable,” “Breathing Fire,” “Hard Ticket To Hawaii,” “Shark Attack 3: Megaladon,” “Neon Maniacs,” “The Intruder/Rambu,” “The Apple,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare,” “Strike Commando,” “Showgirls,” “Deadly Prey,” “Mosquito,” “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” “Ben and Arthur,” “Hard Rock Zombies,” “Hollywood Cop,” “Zardoz,” and “Atlantis Interceptors/The Raiders of Atlantis.”
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