An enjoyable film doesn’t necessarily have to be a good film. We’re talking B movies, straight to VHS, DVD, Blu Ray release movies. Badly acted, awful CGI, nonsensically written movies. Whatever characteristic brings these films down, one thing’s for certain. Sometimes the best movies aren’t good at all.
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7. Howard The Duck
Just looking at any screencap from Howard The Duck should already inform you what kind of film this is and what exactly you should expect. This comic-book based film seems a far cry from the film empire Marvel Studios has built from its newest movies, though word is a new adaptation is on its way. Howard The Duck comics are already social satires, so as quote unquote “bad” the film is, it’s also been acclaimed for its lame jokes and strange scenes, with a theme that hinges on bestiality.
6. The Wicker Man
The original Wicker Man from the 70s remains a beloved cult classic. We’re not talking about that one. We’re talking about the 2006 remake starring none other than Nicolas Cage, whose screaming you can basically hear just from looking at this screencap from the film. The film already surrounds some weird Pagan group of women on an island. Film fans consider the remake as one of the funniest movies ever, though that was not the desired effect for a remake of a classic horror film.
5. Death Ship
This horror film directed by Alvin Rakoff and written by Jack Hill included an Academy Award winning actor and yet this 1980 British-Canadian horror film fell flat. Just look at its title–”Death Ship” does not sound like the kind of film you watch with the desire to see something of quality. Like The Wicker Man, this horror film was so ridiculously premised that it ends up being rather funny. So while not a good film, it’s strangely watchable and enjoyable. Despite only having a 4.2 rating out of 10 and a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. Troll 2
It may be called “Troll 2” though this 1990 horror comedy has virtually nothing to do with the movie Troll which came out in 1986. It was originally titled Goblins, but the distributors didn’t think it’d do to tell with that title and tried to market it as a sequel, despite having no trolls in it. According to Roger Ebert, this film is one of the best worst movies ever. Since then, it’s gained a huge fanbase for its cult following. Michael Stephenson, one of the stars of the film, directed a documentary in 2009 that was all about the production of the strangely popular movie.
Do not be fooled. This is no modern predecessor to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds at all. Instead, Birdemic, made in 2010 by director James Nguyen, ended up being a CGI mess. And not a CGI mess like those Transformer movies. It’s a CGI mess on screen that shows what happens when you use low quality CGI. THis indie horror film only had a budget of $10,000 so that makes sense. But it’s not just the picture quality that was going against this film. It also featured some pretty awful acting, editing, sound quality, and on top of that, a plot that made no sense to anyone. This movie got so popular for being bad that a sequel was made and even a third one might be in the works.
2. All The Sharknado Movies
What’s different about the Sharknado series from most of the other film on this list is that this film knows that it’s bad and it’s done intentionally so. These B movies rank among some of the most popular and well-received B movies ever. These made for television film have been categorized as disaster, horror, and comedy film, so that already tells you what to expect if the title Sharknado didn’t give that away already. The first film was released by SyFy in 2013 and has since then gone on to spawn 4 more sequels as well as 2 spin offs.
And then we come to the masterpiece of all the so bad it’s good films: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. As cringe as the movie gets, it also can be enjoyable watchable. The wooden acting, awkward dialogue, melodramatic premise amongst a million other things contributed to how bad the film was. The movie focuses on Johnny, his best friend, and fiance, creating a love triangle wherein you don’t want anyone to end up together. You also have Wiseau’s accent and dialogue delivery to deal with, which at that point only adds to the experience. This 2003 drama got such a big cult following as the best bad movie ever made that it even garnered the making of the film The Disaster Artist released this year starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau himself, accent, hair and all.