Everyone has a guilty pleasure when it comes to movies. Maybe it’s a soft spot for romantic comedies or nostalgia for old childhood favorites, but for many it’s for movies that are just plain bad. Here’s five that are the best of the worst.
1. “The Room”
A masterpiece of garbage, Entertainment Weekly called “The Room” the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies in 2011. Describing the film’s worst lines is almost impossible because the delivery is key, but the film also delves into scenes that make little sense — including one where the male characters dress in full tuxedos and toss a football around in an alley for no apparent reason. As movie critic Doug Walker of the online show “Nostalgia Critic” put it: “(The Room) is so bad it should be studied.”
2. “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”
Released in 2010, “Birdemic” is a relatively new arrival on the terrible-movie scene. A cross between Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and a melodramatic version of “An Inconvenient Truth,” this clunker follow a couple on their quest to escape birds who take their rage over climate change out on mankind. It boasts wonderful lines like, “It’s not the birds that scare me. It’s the human species that needs to quit playing cowboy with nature. We must act more like astronauts, spacemen taking care of Spaceship Earth.”
“Sharknado” and its creators are unique from others on the list because not only did they recognize they were making a bad film, they embraced it. With a tagline like, “Sharknado: Enough said!” it’s clear the cast and crew had a ball making a movie that has gone from cult following to a viewership of 9.5 million for its sequel, released this summer. When directly asked to summarize the film and explain how the sharks don’t die upon hitting the ground, Uproxx cited director Anthony Ferrante as saying, “There’s a flood. And a storm. Don’t worry about it.”
This French film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival as a comedy, but was a failure at the box office, grossing just over $100,000 in the U.S. The main storyline focuses on a tire (named “Robert” in the film credits) with psychokinetic powers that falls in love with a female motorist.
5. “Starship Troopers”
Based on an sci-fi classic from author Robert Heinlein, Hollywood veered greatly in the movie adaptation of Heinlein’s book, which questions glorification of the military and civilian rights. The 1997 film focuses mostly on fighting giant insects (one of the only holdovers from the novel) and a love triangle between main character Johnny Rico, his girlfriend Carmen and best friend Carl Jenkins. In his 1997 review of the film, Roger Ebert couldn’t mask his disappointment for the movie version of a book he said he’d committed to memory as a boy. “What’s lacking,” he wrote, “is exhilaration and sheer entertainment.” What’s left is laughable special effects, paper-thin characters and hilarious, over-the-top dialogue.
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