There are movies that are terrible, yet, for some reason, we love them. We may relate to their stories on a personal level or find similarities between themselves and the characters, but whatever the reason, we’re still engrossed in how overtly bad they are.
A moviegoer recently posed the question, “What movie do you enjoy that you will 100% agree is a bad movie?” The following 15 movies represent a pool of awful films compiled by cinephile suggestions and general common knowledge of movies.
1. The Room (2003)
“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”
That’s it. Say that one line (or the surprisingly even more quotable “Oh, hi Mark!”), and you’ll know exactly who has stellar taste in awful movies. The Room has no redeeming qualities, save for how blatantly bad it is. Tommy Wiseau both directs and stars in this travesty, two positions he never should have been in during production. At least it’s easy to laugh at.
2. Road House (1989)
If you haven’t graced your TV screen with Road House, please do so as soon as possible. There are very few quotable moments, though you’ve likely heard something to the tune of, “Be nice until it’s time not to be nice.” Instead, the movie thrives more on its awkward hand-to-hand bar fights. Patrick Swayze delivers a brilliantly corny performance as professional “cooler” (or bouncer) James Dalton, who’s haunted by that one time he ripped someone’s throat out. No big deal.
What’s most hilarious about Road House is that it’s really framed like a Western, as the villainous Brad Wesley, who controls the town of Jasper, must come face-to-face with the new “sheriff” in town, Mr. Dalton himself.
3. Anaconda (1997)
So, here’s the deal. Anaconda is not a good movie by any stretch of the word. It’s silly, the script is painful, Jon Voight can’t quite decide if he wants an accent, and neither Ice Cube nor Jennifer Lopez have found their acting chops yet. But that oversized animatronic anaconda steals the show and saves the day. By today’s standards, it may be a little rough, but for the late 1990s, it was impressive to watch this monstrosity at work.
4. Demolition Man (1993)
Wesley Snipes squares up against Sylvester Stalone in a weird future where toilet paper no longer exists, swearing earns you a fine, Taco Bell is a leading restaurant, and virtual reality headsets replace human contact. Throw in one of Sandra Bullock’s silliest performances, a random Rob Schneider cameo, and some fun set pieces, and you have so many reasons to watch Demolition Man. Just ignore the script, save for Snipes’ endless one-liners, rants, and rambles.
5. Love Actually (2003)
Before Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) took over as a Sheriff’s deputy, he was pulling off smooth moves like displaying cue cards to express his feelings to the wife of his best friend. Love Actually follows an ensemble cast across ten isolated stories, all taking place against the backdrop of Christmas (whether they have to or not). Love Actually is an anomaly. It’s a really cheesy movie headlined by stars like Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, and Hugh Grant phoning in performances; somehow earned 18 award nominations despite critical derision; and yet, you’ll find it on our televisions every holiday season.
6. Van Helsing (2004)
One fan shared, “Van Helsing. It’s Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale a la the glory days of 2004. It’s got a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6/10 on IMDb but there’s something about the dry jokes smattered in what’s supposed to be high-tension scenes or scenes of sexual tension. The special effects aren’t the greatest, but at the same time it also adds to the experience.”
“The movie has one of my favorite Frankenstein’s monster designs, and somehow, almost 20 years later, no movie has ever had werewolves that look as good as Van Helsing’s,” someone replied.
7. The Core (2003)
Terrible movie, lack of science or logic but I just find it so gripping!” someone said.
Another filmgoer added, “I agree! And I love this blurb from Elbert’s review. ‘I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black coffee that I can restrain myself from recommending it.’”
8. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
Not to be confused with the 1999 shark thriller Deep Blue Sea, The Deep Blue Sea follows the love affair of a British judge (Rachel Weisz) and RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Most critics shared that they enjoyed this movie for “that one scene.”
“I saw it at the movies when it came out one afternoon by myself, then I saw it again with three friends just so I could watch them during that scene. Hahahah,” a Redditor wrote.
9. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Long before superhero movies riddled the Silver Screen, movies like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen popped up infrequently to delight (or severely disappoint) viewers. One cinephile said, “Firmly in so bad it’s actually amazing territory.”
When Sean Connery turns off the lights so he can beat up the invisible man without him having an advantage I was like ‘this s–t is dope as hell.’
10. Batman & Robin (1997)
“Batman & Robin is certainly a bad movie. I love it so much. It’s worth watching for Arnold and his puns alone. But the whole movie is just campy fun,” one comic book fan said.
Another suggested that the entire Batman franchise had gone downhill. I’d honestly prefer to watch Batman and Robin over the new Batman movies. At least it’s fun. Bad, but fun.
A third fan doesn’t understand the controversy on the movie: “I really don’t get all the hate just cause it’s silly instead of dark like Burton’s movies. It’s so obviously a callback to Adam West’s Batman, right down to the objectively ridiculous Bat-(thing) gadgets and Robin’s ‘Holy (blank)’ catchphrase. It’s supposed to be stupid, that’s the joke! It’s taking the p–s out of the more serious Batman films.”
11. Highlander (1986)
One movie fan described the movie: “The Highlander. That movie goes all the way around. It’s so bad that it’s great. They need to cut people’s heads off. Why? Um, cos it’s awesome. Sean Connery, in his world-famous Scottish accent, plays the Egyptian. Why? Because the French guy is playing the Highland Scot of course. Okay, this sounds like it’s going to be a disaster, who’s going to do the soundtrack?”
“Queen? I bet some s–t they already released and money grab songs? Oh no, they go for it, like some of their best songs are written just for that movie.”
12. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
“Love that movie! Full of outrageously unrealistic scenes and poor decisions that somehow work out,” said one moviegoer.
Another added, “I especially loved the bit where they’re doing the pseudoscience explanation, and then explicitly acknowledge the laws of physics they’re breaking to explicitly dismiss them.
They’re explaining that very cold air is coming down from the top of the atmosphere and then freezing everything, and then stop to say ‘normally a descending gas warms up’ …’but this air is descending so fast it didn’t have time to warm up.’”
13. Armageddon (1998)
“It is a Michael Bay movie that makes no sense and has scenery chewing all over and I am there for every minute of it,” someone said.
Another fan also said, “As is Michael Bay tradition it indeed makes no sense. However, the gratuitous explosions I think more than compensate. If anyone was gonna make a movie about a nuke blowing up an asteroid, I’m glad it was Michael Bay.”
14. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
One user took a dig at the popular franchise: “The entire Fast and Furious franchise is just an over-the-top action wet dream but I love it. It’s like when you were a kid playing with toy cars and action figures but with a 20 million dollar budget.” For as much flak as the franchise gets, it’s one of the longest-running, non-horror series topdate.
15. The VelociPastor (2018)
When a Roman-Catholic priest becomes infected by an ancient artifact, he gains the power to transform into a dinosaur. Yep. You read that right.
One critic said, “I show people just the first 5 minutes of that to show people how a bad movie can be hilarious. They did so much of that intentionally (I believe) and it’s beautiful.”
Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She’s been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she’s not writing, she’s delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.