Watch: Can You Really Make a Movie So Bad That It's Actually Good?

April 28, 2014

Can You Make a Movie So Bad It's Good On Purpose?

If you're a true cinephile, it's pretty much a guarantee that you have at least a handful of terrible movies that you enjoy as guilty pleasures. Some of them you may just inexplicably like while others hate, but there are some movies that seem to baffle the mind because they are so inherently horrible that somehow they've turned out to be good. Well, the folks at the PBS Idea Channel (via Movies.com) set out to determine whether or not this is really possible. Citing titles that fit the description like Troll 2, Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Room (all cult classics), they look at all the factors that make films like this bad. Enjoy.

Here's PBS Idea Channel's segment Can You Make a Movie So Bad It's Good On Purpose?:

Essentially, the video aims to answer whether or not terrible movies like this can be made on purpose. Using the argument that purposely making a bad movie means you have to know what makes a good movie, host Mike Rugnetta believes that in these situations you're actually making a good movie that is pretending to be terrible. But for anyone who's ever watched the SyFy channel and seen entertaining abominations like Sharknado, you might disagree, because films like that are what I like to call "awfulsome," a combination of awful and awesome. The more solid argument seems to be that the best worst movies happen organically, and that's something I think we can all agree on. Terrible films such as The Room are outrageous because the filmmakers though they were actually making a good movie. It might seem mean to laugh since they obviously weren't in on the joke at the time, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. What do you think?

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so much talking.. sigh

Rembo on Apr 28, 2014


I really don't think that it's possible. A shitty movie is just shit.

DAVIDPD on Apr 28, 2014


Normally I would strongly agree with you, but The Lord of the Rings movies seem to indicate that they are good enough for the masses...

mrsatyre on Apr 28, 2014



gbpackertime on Apr 29, 2014


I love DEEP BLUE SEA and I know its truly awful.

SkyNet300 on May 1, 2014


Also Prometheus was fun to watch but was a steaming pile of shit quality wise.

SkyNet300 on May 1, 2014

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