There are bad movies. There are also movies that are so bad that they’re good. Throughout the years, filmmakers have turned in more than their fair share of less-than-stellar productions. Every now and again, someone turns in a movie that is so bad, it becomes legendary.
Creating a cinematic masterpiece is akin to catching lightning in a bottle. The same can be said for creating for the true opposite – a movie so awful that it’s adored. Some bad movies are treasured by fans just like the great movies. There are some truly terrible, but lovable, second-rate cinematic sensations.
10 Troll 2 Is The Troll Movie That Mysteriously Has No Trolls In It
Despite Troll 2 being a sequel to 1986’s Troll, the first red flag that a potential viewer will likely encounter is that there are no trolls to be seen. Rather incredibly, Troll 2 has nothing to do with the first movie. Troll 2 may be a horror-comedy, but the real laughing points in Troll 2 are the atrocious acting and poor dialogue. Troll 2 was even the subject of a 2009 documentary suitably titled Best Worst Movie.
9 Bloodfist Is A Bloodsport Knock-Off That Nobody Wanted
Martial arts movies are rarely masterclasses in dramatic acting or complex storytelling. It takes something really special to stand out from the crowd of low-budget martial arts movies. 1989’s Bloodfist manages to do just that – but for the wrong reasons.
A poor imitation of Bloodsport, which starred Jean Claude Van Damme, this similarly-named and similarly-plotted movie features the talents of Don “The Dragon” Wilson. The fact that Wilson nicknamed himself “The Dragon” likely played some part in Bloodfist‘s failings. Bloodfist’s hilariously bad acting, inferior fight scenes, and an appearance from Tae Bo master Billy Blanks have made it a cult classic.
8 Fateful Findings Is A Chaotic Classic From One Of The World’s Worst Filmmakers
Neil Breen is a man whose talents seemingly know no limits in his own mind. Adored by many for his habit of producing horrendous movies, Breen also gained infamy by listing himself in the credits of his films under multiple job titles. Sometimes, this number has stretched to over 20. For his most infamous flick, Fateful Findings, Breen only credited himself 15 times.
Fateful Findings was declared one of the “worst films ever made” upon release, but has become a cult classic. Breen deserves credit for creating movies that so many people enjoy. Whether they’re enjoyed for the reasons he originally intended or not is arguably insignificant.
7 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain Is What Happens When Wrestling And Movies Don’t Mix Well
Professional wrestling and movies only go well together sometimes. 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain, starring Hulk Hogan, is the fourth and final instalment in the 3 Ninjas franchise. Upon High Noon At Mega Mountain’s release, it received an approval rating of zero on Rotten Tomatoes.
High Noon is a truly awful film that unapologetically crams everything bad about the ’90s into its plot. High Noon owns the unimpressive 3.0 rating on IMDb. Four clearly wasn’t the magic number for this sequel as it killed the 3 Ninjas franchise off for good.
6 Hercules In New York Is The Hilariously Bad Start To A Legendary Career
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film debut is a far cry from the blockbuster behemoths like The Terminator and Predator that he became famous for. After Hercules In New York, it’s surprising that Schwarzenegger managed to make it to the big time after being part of such a terrible production.
Schwarzenegger plays the titular god in the 1970 fantasy film. In one particularly amusing scene, he engages in an epic battle with a man dressed in a laughably cheap bear costume. There are funnier movies in Schwarzenegger’s catalog, yet Hercules In New York gets laughs for so many of the wrong reasons.
5 The Wicker Man Is The Best Of The Worst For One Of Hollywood’s Greats
Nicolas Cage has understandably developed a reputation for overacting in the latter stages of his career. It’s easy to forget that Cage is an Academy Award-winning actor. Recent hit movies like Pig have served to remind audiences why he was a major movie star in the 1990s.
By some, Cage is regarded as an actor who belongs in the DVD bargain bin. If fans are confused, look no further than 2006’s remake of The Wicker Man. Uproariously funny despite its intention, The Wicker Man is perhaps the greatest showing of just how wild Nicolas Cage can get when he’s let loose on a film set.
4 Sharknado Is The Great White Of Bad Movies
Sharknado is the first entry in the so-bad-it’s-good shark attack series. Sharknado somehow managed to sink its jaws into pop culture, gaining an unexpectedly enthusiastic following upon its release in 2013. A whopping five sequels followed Sharknado. Each sequel ventured into increasingly ridiculous territory.
The original Sharknado remains the most hilarious thanks to its stars playing the scenes straight. That, coupled with the outrageous premise of sharks flying around downtown L.A., makes Sharknado a very funny film.
3 Manos: The Hands Of Fate Is A Bad Movie
For a film that embodies the pure insanity of its production, there’s perhaps no better choice than Manos: The Hands Of Fate. Despite being made in 1966, Manos remained in obscurity until Mystery Science Theater 3o00 unearthed it to fans in 1993. Manos: The Hands Of Fate is now infamous as one of history’s most laughably atrocious movies.
Director, writer, and producer Harold P. Warren made Manos as the result of a lost bet. He had no prior experience as a filmmaker, and it absolutely shows through every one of Manos’ 70 minutes.
2 Birdemic: Shock And Terror Is Shockingly Awful
The beauty of 2010’s Birdemic: Shock And Terror is that it is fully aware of its own awfulness. Birdemic is a bad film. The absurd romantic horror-thriller embraces its flaws and delivers the worst movie to have ever cited Alfred Hitchcock as an inspiration. Birdemic is essentially the antithesis of a good motion picture. Even with the shockingly low budget of $10,000, Birdemic‘s eye-straining special effects remain unforgivable. They really have to be seen to be believed.
1 The Room Is The Ultimate Cinematic Disaster-piece
The Room is the undisputed King of the so-bad-it’s-good films. Tommy Wiseau’s misguided movie is filled with quotable dialogue, plotlines that go absolutely nowhere, and incredibly poor acting. These ingredients combine perfectly to create one of the most amusing pictures ever made.
The Room is so infamously bad and unintentionally hilarious that its troubled production received the Hollywood blockbuster treatment in 2017 via James Franco. The Disaster Artist is a highly enjoyable watch, accepted by both fans and critics as being a great movie. In terms of pure hilarity, it’s no match for The Room.
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