Bad Film Club

Some movies are so bad they have gained a cult status, but does that make them good?

The Oscars have come and gone, celebrating the crème de la crème of cinema; every week new films get released into the cinemas, some becoming massive blockbuster hits, whereas others are quickly forgotten. But what about those films so bad they don’t even get a chance to be shown on the big screen? Instead they are pushed past the realms of the horror that is Grease 2, and into the deepest, darkest corners of Netflix. While some such films are terrible, with absolutely no redeeming factors, (think anything Adam Sandler has made over the past decade), others have surpassed their awfulness and transcended into cult worthy films. And despite their barely-even-one-star ratings, a lot of these films can be considered to be so truly appalling that they are actually good.

The most obvious example of this is The Room. When it comes to The Room, you’ve either never seen it, or you’ve watched it so many times you can recreate the whole movie in some bizarre one-man/woman show. The film itself is centred on a love triangle, but other than that I’m not sure there is a plot, or that anyone is actually able to follow it if it does exist. Basically the entire film comprises of anatomically impossible sex scenes and Tommy Wiseau wandering around saying ‘oh hi’ to a whole bunch of unnecessary characters no one knows. Although lead actor Tommy wrote, directed, produced and funded the film himself, he consistently sounds like he has never seen the script before. The rest of the cast also sound like their voices have been replaced by one of the Google translate voices. While it is absolute trash, The Room does provide a great test of friendship; someone who is willing to sit through the entirety of the film with you is the kind of person you need around when the end days come. Despite its absolute failure at early attempts to be released in cinemas, The Room is now screened especially for cult fans of the film who, much like Rocky Horror enthusiasts, dress up as characters and throw things at the screen. Arguably,had The Room been flawlessly made; with good acting, good cinematography and a plotline that actually made sense, it would be even less well liked than it currently is, and completely forgotten about.

Because these films rarely make it to the big screen, they are somewhat like a tree that falls in a forest when no one is there; they would go completely unnoticed unless you actually go looking for them. Movie 43 is one example; a film so bad that all major film studios rejected it, despite the fact that it stars everyone in Hollywood from Chris Pratt, to Emma Stone, to Kate Winslet. No more than ten minutes into the film and Winslet is staring at the pair of testicles dangling from Hugh Jackman’s chin, and that pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the film. And honestly that’s one of the classier scenes.

Another is The ABCs of Death; a series of short horror films each relating to a letter of the alphabet. Although none of them are particularly scary, they are certainly horrifying in terms of how warped the director’s minds must have been to create some of these shorts. Some of the topics covered are somewhat harrowing and in all honesty, to this day some scenes still haunt me. When I say you have to see it to believe it, it’s not necessarily a recommendation. Finally, a more famous film series whirls up and blows in in the form of Sharknado, a disaster movie involving a tornado full of sharks. The three films that have been released so far have involved sharks on planes, sharks in space, and chainsaws for hands, as well as an infinite number of celebrity cameos, ranging from David Hasselhoff to Jedward. Thanks to its questionable CGI and the pretty abysmal performances from the cast, the Sharknado films can definitely be seen as being so appalling they are amazing. This is even proven by statistics which revealed that very nearly the same number of people tuned in to watch Sharknado 2 as the Breaking Bad finale. But why do we like them? Maybe it’s because they’re so mind numbing we can switch off after a long hard day of Netflix binging, or maybe we just love irony; either way they provide us with material for drinking games that will put us under the table before the end of the opening scene.

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