"There is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it. I cannot argue for the script, the direction, the acting or even the mummy, but I can say that I was not bored and sometimes I was unreasonably pleased. There is a little immaturity stuck away in the crannies of even the most judicious of us, and we should treasure it."
There are a lot of mediocre movies out there that are watchable in their own twisted way. In fact, there are studios who make movies like this almost exclusively. Many of these have been saved through Ham and Cheese.
Ed Wood's films, Troll 2 and The Room are so extremely So Bad, It's Good that they're beyond criticism. Seriously, critics can't say anything bad about them because the films just speak for themselves. They're so bad, they're works of art.
Of course this is a very subjective trope, but let's try not to argue, eh?
Happily Ever After is a rather unique take on the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" fable. The evil queen had an evil brother named Lord Maliss who lives in a desolate wasteland called "The Realm of Doom" and can shapeshift into a dragon at will, and the seven dwarves have moved away and left behind their cousins "The Seven Dwarfelles", who happen to all be female and all have special elemental powers given to them by Mother Nature. Oh, and the villain has a talking owl that smokes and a talking bat as henchmen, and the prince has a bizarre resemblance to He-Man. (Not surprising considering the people who made it.) The movie is Snow White teaming up with the elemental dwarfelles while she journeys to the Realm of Doom in an attempt to find out what happened to the prince after they got separated, unaware that the prince is now the creepy Shadowman that follows her. The movie bombed at the box office and was Filmation's last project, but since then, the movie has gained a small cult following that finds the movie delightfully entertaining in its cheesy badness. Watch the movie here, at your own risk.
Heavy Metal is like a parody of those drawings that most of us guys used to draw in 5th grade of guns, dismemberment, and boobs. None of the characters act like human beings. The women are invariably naked or half-naked. The animation is all over the place. It has quite the cult following and onesweetsoundtrack.
Speaking of those songs... the ones that use Tolkien's lyrics from the original book are actually pretty good, but then you get hit with the hippiesque folk-song title-tune as performed by Glenn Yarbrough... oy. Even children watching this movie would have to ask "What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?"
The Magic Voyage documented the voyages of Christopher Columbus and his friend Pico the woodworm as they sailed with Columbus' crew of three or possibly four men to the New World to rescue Pico's girlfriend, Marian the firefly, enduring various hardships such as bizarre dream sequences and wacky musical numbers. Oh, and it never shuts up.
The Legend of the Titanic due to its attempt to bring talking animals into a story based on a real disaster, make a plot tied to the disaster and altering the ending. Its sequel In Search of the Titanic even more so with some of the strangest characters ever tied to a work related to Titanic disaster.
The animated version of The Return of the King is just so bad: the animation is awful, the voice acting's subpar, it's enough to make Tolkien turn in his grave. It's saving grace? It's amazingly catchy songs. That's right — they turned The Lord of the Rings into a musical. Even the orcs get a song! Where there's a whipWHIZZ-CRACK!there's a way! Though the books included quite a few songs, it's reasonable to assume that none of them are Disco.
One word: Theevan. It just defies words. The only way to grasp the sheer god-awful glory of it is to experience it yourself.note For those that don't have thirty minutes to spare, however, it revolves around the story of a bald-headed boy and his quest to save his bald-headed sister (or mother, or girlfriend, it's never made quite clear) from death, by scaling a mountain, culminating in his eventual apparent suicide. Full of Deranged Animation and Big Lipped Alligator Moments, and all apparently made on No Budget by two Indian guys. It's truly awful and truly amazing.
This Hercules movie. It is on par with CD-i cutscenes in its animation quality and has some horrible voice acting and goofy moments like a snot-blowing hydra, Hera's ridiculous laugh, and some serious Ho Yay between Hercules and his teen sidekick just to name a few.
2-Headed Shark Attack, a cheap Direct-to-Video movie. In addition to the bad acting and a completely unnecessary lesbian scene is some of the most laughable special effects ever. In some scenes, the shark is rendered in cheap CGI, in other scenes it is a dummy with rubber teeth (that bend as it bites a person) and buttons for eyes. Also, in some shots, the victims being killed will be rendered as a crappy-looking CGI body. And it ends up being laugh-out-loud hilarious.
The 2005 SyFy channel original movie Alien Apocalypse, starring Bruce Campbell. Astronauts return to Earth after 40 years in suspended animation to find it conquered by alien termites who have enslaved humanity to... harvest wood? Cue La Résistance, cheesy special effects, Dr. Ivan kicking ass, bad acting, and lots of green ichor. And basically all original SyFy movies, especially those involving dinosaurs or mutated sea creatures (super crocodiles, sharks, Loch Ness monsters) or big snakes. There is even a group of So Bad, It's Good fans who watch SyFy Saturday night original films, just to ridicule them on Twitter. These titles often make it to the Top 10 trends when they first air and it's not because of their high quality.
The first Alien vs. Predator movie. Alien and Predator going World Wrestling Federation on one another? Priceless. (It's worth mentioning that the commentary for Alien vs. Predator is genuinely entertaining, which is more than can be said for some parts of the movie.) Even worse (thus better) was the sequel.
Peter Bogdanovich's much reviled musical At Long Last Love, realized without lip synch in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of classic musicals like Top Hat. It was an enormous box-office bomb and gained scathing reviews, yet some have re-evaluated it, at least as an example of this trope. It can be really funny to watch (marvel at the "vocal" stylings of Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd!).
While the film itself has more than a few unironic fans and thus doesn't really belong here, there are probably very few who would dispute the inclusion of Hayden Christensen's acting in Attack of the Clones on this page, although since he's made passable appearances in other films it's debatable whether it's Christensen or co-screenwriter Jonathan Hales that truly deserves the label. Ironically, George Lucas brought Hales aboard as quality control after his own dialogue in the previous film was criticized as cheesy. Oops.
Batman: The Movie (1966). Where to start? Over-the-top acting, surreal dialogue, goofy effects and an Exploding Shark warded off by Anti Shark Repellent Bat spray from the end of a Bat Ladder ... But it also has former Ms. America Lee Meriwether in a sexy catsuit and Batman driving a Lincoln Futura.
The bizarre methods of figuring out which villains are involved are roll-on-the-floor hilarious ("It happened on the sea...C! For Catwoman!") as are the amazing speed at which they figure out the riddles ("A sparrow with a machine gun!"). And the dehydrated pirates. And of course, "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!!"
A lot of people called Battlefield Earth the greatest unintentionally hilarious sci-fi movie ever made.
Ben 10 Race Against Time: The TV show was cliché enough, but as a live action flick, it falls flat on its cliché ridden Fridge Logic face. However, it had some decent special effects. And then there's Lee Majors as Grandpa Max.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. A Hollywood camp-fest about a band of female musicians, taken to the Nth power and waaay beyond. Infamously, Roger Ebert helped write the script.
"This is my happening, and it freaks me out!!"
Big Bully. It may have Tom Arnold in it, but his character Roscoe, the eponymous bully and his gold tooth on the other hand... And the antics between him and lead character David Leary that occur as adults.
Black Sheep has some hammy acting, a cheesy plot, and horri-awesome special affects that, separately, would make it a very bad movie. But, all together, they make something that is pure campy and self-aware B-Movie fun.
A little-known gem from 1972 called Blood Freak is quite possibly the world's only anti-drug mutant-monster horror film with a Christian message. (Go back and read that again.) It's the saga of a Vietnam Vet who gets introduced to pot by a barely-legal cutie, gets instantly hooked, then starts a job at a local turkey farm where he is asked to eat some experimental turkey meat one day (for quality-control purposes). The hormones in the turkey meat react with the drugs in his system to turn him into a turkey-headed monster who goes on a three-block rampage, killing other addicts and drinking their blood (because, see, that's the only way he can get high now) — but then at the end he is saved by Faith In Jesus. The production values themselves also make it look like the budget consisted of about twelve cents and a handful of pocket lint.
Bloody Mallory is a french "horror" flick about a woman trying to save the Pope from demons. She does such with a transvestite, a government agent and a mute telepathic girl who has a mind battle with one of the enemies, complete with over the top music and intense staring. Mallory's dead demon husband shows up here and the entire English dub is on par with the Godzilla dubs.
Body Rock. A 1984 break dancing movie about a guy named Chilly who finds fame and then forgets his friends, although it takes a few viewings to actually comprehend this. Features terrible dialogue, an ostensibly crackhead mother who doesn't care what her son does with his time, a random black child who inexplicably hangs out with 20 year olds and gives dancing lessons in the street, a gigantic boombox, rhinestones adorning the face of the male protagonist, a pleather trench coat with "Chilly" graffitied on the back, and a really frightening song.
Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 makes no sense, has nothing to do with the original, has unlikable characters and a ton of unanswered questions. However, there's something oddly... charming about it.
The whole concept is parodied in the French movie La Cite De La Peur (The City of Fear): the horror movie Red is Dead is a textbook example of So Bad, It's Good and critics hate it with a passion. Then someone dressed up as Red 's serial killer starts hacking projectionists to bits with a hammer and a sickle, and it's instant glory. The star and publicist of the movie get to walk on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
C Me Dance. It's so unbelievable, most people think that link is just a fake trailer or at least a Stealth Parody until they discover otherwise. At first it just seems like your run-of-the-mill shitty cancer story, but then the cancer patient is the Messiah and then this makes the devil angry so then it turns into a horror movie, except Satan doesn't do anything. He buggers off to nurse his hurt feelings because the lead calls him a "loser." And the tagline is "A Dance That Shines Through Darkness." Just thought that deserved mentioning.
Cobra. It's a Cliché Storm starring Sylvester Stallone using every single trope from Dirty Harry and the renegade cop films it inspired. Cowboy Cop main character with an endless stream of one liners who's called in to do the dirty work? Cobra is the trope image. Ethnic sidekick who gets injured in the line of duty? Check. Overbearing chief who insists upon doing things by the book? Check. Antagonizing fellow cop who has the audacity to stand up for the criminals' rights? Check. Love interest caught up in the case but otherwise useless? Check. Ax-Crazy serial killer villian? Check. Car chases, gun fights, explosions, and a final fight in a steam factory with No OSHA Compliance? Very check. Just watch the opening action sequence.
Collision Course. A buddy cop comedy from the '80s that has Jay Leno teaming up with Pat "Mr. Miyagi" Morita to restore a stolen car.
The Conqueror. All you need to hear is "John Wayne is Genghis Khan" to know that this is going to be hilarious.
Creating Rem Lezar is 48 minutes of utter insanity. It's a musical (with 14 songs despite its short running time) about two kids who dream about the same imaginary friend and decide to bring him to life (set to a song of course). The movie makes no sense, has no production values, has songs all over the place for no real reason, practically no plot, and just has to be seen to be believed.
The Italian masterpiece: La croce dalle sette pietre (The Seven Stones Cross), commonly known as: "L'uomo lupo contro la Camorra", which means "The Werewolf versus the Mafia" (Camorra is a specific, localized kind of Mafia). Yeah, that's right. It was (poorly) funded by exploiting a loophole in the Government policies, which financially encouraged those creative works highlighting the Mafia problem. The same guy was director, writer and protagonist actor, so you know exactly who to blame for this sequence and this one (the language is for the most part irrelevant). The movie got a small but devoted group of amused fans, which caused the author to be regularly invited to a lot of trash movies conventions in Italy. His own "fans" then proceed to systematically and brutally mock his movie. Poor bastard.
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp! The deaths are completely predictable for the Genre Savvy. Also, there were several laugh out loud moments. For instance, the pilot dying; the lawyer screaming "I have shoes! I'm more afraid of than you!" before being eaten; the Crocodile jumping at least 50 meters out of the water to latch onto a helicopter and drag it down so it explodes; and the finale with the line "LIGHT UP MY LIFE, MOTHERFUCKER". No, it doesn't make sense in context either.
Day of the Animals. Animals' behavior is caused by depletion of ozone layer, which for some reason only affects the higher altitudes, animals seemingly have the knowledge that the humans are to blame for everything (and must be killed), a cast with laughable dynamics between them (one girl notes "She's so pretty. I hope she's not scarred for life!" after one woman is savagely mauled by a wolf), and the crowner of it all is Leslie Nielsen, most famous for his roles in comedies, acting like a domineering douchebag who tries to wrestle a bear. It all makes for an enjoyable romp.
Deadfall, a trashy 1993 noir/comedy film that would be terrible if not for Nicolas Cage's hilarious overacting. His delicious Ham and Cheese performance is considered to be among his best performances not to be taken seriously. See here and here to see just how bad the acting is.
Dead Heat is the best 80s zombie buddy cop action horror comedy you will ever see. A cop investigating jewelry store heists (performed by zombies) is killed and brought back from the dead and has 12 hours before he melts into goo. His partner is Joe Piscopo whose entire existence is dedicated to terrible one-liners. They Fight Crime. It also includes bad acting, obvious continuity errors, a plot that makes little sense and reanimated Chinese food.
Deadly Prey. A Vietnam vet gets kidnapped by garbage men stripped down to his pants and has to survive being hunted by mercenaries. Rambo meets Running man minus any sort of budget.
Mike Danton cuts a man's arm of and beats him around the head with his own severed limb and then finishes by scalping him.
The best insults are directed and the evil female such as "Kiss my ass", "Bitch". And a personal favourite "Fuck You!" before knocking her out cold with one hand.
Edgar Wright, director of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, did quite a few little amateur films when he was younger. A notable one is Dead Right, a cop movie that parodies and homages Dirty Harry (the main character is nicknamed "Dirty Barry"), among other movies. It is an extra included on the two-disc Hot Fuzz DVD and includes both a commentary by Wright, which is quite informative, and another commentary by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which consists mostly of their tearing the movie to shreds. The movie itself is schizophrenic, switching between, as Wright describes it, "sub-Zucker Brothers nonsense" with random humor, a cop movie parody, and a splatter film. Notable scenes include the killer, wearing a bright orange raincoat, hiding from a woman by simply pressing up against a doorway (she walks straight past him despite his being in plain sight with no camouflage); Detective Barry Stern being assaulted by a cat; a very lengthy, gory (if food coloring counts as gore) fight scene where Barry and an MI-5 undercover agent (who looks like "every sound-man" according to Frost) decimate a gang of "box-monsters" (all in the killer's gang; the killer kills people who buy Weetabix, so he's a cereal killer); and a scene of almighty Fourth Wall breaking where the murderer kills Edgar Wright himself.
An intentional example is Dead Snow, a Norwegian zombie/splatter-movie about a group of students on a camping trip in northern Norway who encounter a battalion of zombiefied Nazi soldiers. Writer/director Tommy Wirkola is a huge fan of classic horror b-movies such as Evil Dead, and Dead Snow is something of a tribute.
A lot of critics made the mistake of thinking it was meant to be a serious film, unfortunately. Given how over-the-top the gore factor is, one wonders how they could have thought that, but as a result even some of the reviews are hilarious.
There is a brief argument about whether one of the characters, a Jew, would come back as one of the Nazi zombies...
Deathstalker II was an over-the-top parody of the first Deathstalker movie. You don't have to see Deathstalker to appreciate Deathstalker II; it's a great parody of adventurer movies with silly plots and premises, bad acting, and bizarre scenes that don't match up with the rest of the movie. But then they went and made a third just like the first, ignoring that the second existed.
Oh, the first Deathstalker belongs here too. Where else can you get a movie with an immortal guy being killed, a random fight scene in a brothel where everyone pauses to let Deathstalker and the immortal guy chat before going right back to fighting, and the witch who Deathstalker tells not to speak in riddles, although everything she says is perfectly understandable?
Deathstalker 4, also known as Troll 3. What kind of fool tries to capitalize on Troll 2?
Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo. C'mon, you know it is. A ridiculously offensive blind person stereotype is able to "see" after having sex with a stereotypical black guy? And then saying "You're black?! I knew it."
Jensen Ackles might have tried his hardest and he certainly plays the "pretty-boywoobie with issues" very well, but Devour will now and forever be a hot, yet entertaining, mess.
The 2008 film Doomsday. Scottish cannibal ninja strippers? Check. Malcolm McDowell as the nutty king of Medieval Land (for about five minutes)? Check. Auto-targeting machine gun turrets vaporizing a cute widdle bunny-wunny? Check. If there was ever, ever a film crying out for the MST3K treatment, THIS IS THE ONE.
It could also be argued as a deliberately over-the-top Rule of Cool.
Also contributing to the effect is the crippling multiple-genre-disorder Doomsday suffers from: Epidemic Movie —> Search-and-Rescue Team Movie —> Dystopian Apocalypse Movie —> Zombie Movie —> Swords & Sorcery Movie —> Car-Racing Movie —> It's-All-A-Government-Conspiracy Movie, and that's not even the half of it.
Double Dragon would be a tremendous case of Video Game Movies Suck, only this one sucks in such an energetic and flamboyant way as to be hilarious and stylish. Despite its backstory being set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, the film often subverts the expected gritty aesthetic and goes for some of the most colorful, goofy, and oftentimes disproportionately elaborate visuals ever in an action film, from goofy costumes to nice cameos by actual Double Dragon arcade cabinets. The finale has a hilarious scene that looks essentially like a bunch of dressed-up circus performers engaged in a mass-melee, and the fact that the stars have genuine martial arts talent even extends the ordeal into Crazy Awesome territory.
This movie is So Bad, It's Good even by some critics' standards (at least those who knew not to take the film seriously). For example, Alfonso Duralde of MSNBC, who generally doesn't like anything save very few exceptions, said the movie was "both entertainingly ridiculous and ridiculously entertaining."
Dragonquest (no, notthat one) is a fantasy movie which dances between Cliché Storm and Random Events Plot. The acting is either overdone or underdone with no middle ground, The Hero is so bland he stands out, the story is so nonsensical and badly paced that a small child could have written it, and the special effects look just awful. And all that is exactly why it's worth a watch.
So Dragonslayer was groundbreaking in its day. That doesn't stop it from being absolutely friggin' hilarious. The part where the evil knight gives a (completely logical) rant about how stupidly credulous everyone's being about the wizard? And the wizard asks him to stab him if he truly thinks he's powerless? And when he does, the wizard keels over and dies? Priceless.
Another niche example: the movie Duets, it was billed as a drama. To paraphrase Seanbaby, it is to karaoke fans what Over the Top was to arm wrestling fans: a brutal and lasting reminder of why you shouldn't make movies about those people.
Dragon Wars, also known as D-War. Lots of convoluted Korean mythology, plot holes as far as the eye can see. It's unintentionally hilarious.
Dungeons & Dragons contains some weird costume designs, corny humor and lots of cheesy special effects, all topped up with a delicious overacting by Jeremy Irons.
Eegah! is this, even without MST3K, it's still hilarious, like Plan 9, but with Jaws as a caveman.
Fahrenheit 451 struggled to have anything to do with the book, instead focusing on a romance that didn't have much to do with the rest of the plot, which alone would have made it just sort of bad, or even possibly okay. Add in the special effects, though, particularly the amazing jetpack rivercrossing scene towards the end, and it suddenly becomes hilarious.
Fantasy Mission Force is a completely incoherent mess that tries to be a war movie about a band of mercenaries trying to rescue Allied generals (including Abraham Lincoln) from the Axis, who took them to Canada. Just watch the restaurant scene.
Jackie Chan himself gets about fifteen minutes of screen time as a minor character, who apparently wins at the end after all the main characters die. The movie includes such gems as sudden and inexplicable barbarian raiders, the Great American General Abraham Lincoln, and the deep and startling realization that a Chinese actor will never ever make a convincing Scotsman, even if you do dress him in a kilt. Watching the dubbed version just makes it all better.
Flight Of The Living Dead. Snakes on a Plane with zombies instead of snakes, and without high production values and any shred of self-awareness.
Freddy Got Fingered is an interesting case; panned in every conceivable way and often a contender for "Worst film of all time", it's since developed a cult following claiming that it's actually a practice in dadaism. As The Nostalgia Chick puts it: "Not So Bad, It's Good; So bad it's art."
Jason X easily takes the cake. When a slasher movie can best be summarized as "Like the previous 9, but IN SPACE", you know you've got something good before you even start watching.
Fright Night. A classic '80s vampire movie featuring Chris Sarandon as a vampire, lots of Special Effects and a wacky character named Evil Ed. It also features a character from Ghostbusters; the rejected librarian ghost puppet.
The Hong Kong movie Future Cops also falls squarely on this trope. What The Hell, Casting Agency? with Hong Kong pop singers, every character is a Captain Ersatz of Street Fighter characters, silly humors, messed up character alignments like the above movie and a lot of wacky nonsensical scenes just doesn't even begin with this movie that takes itself even less seriously than Street Fighter above. Certainly this movie lives on the further end of 'Bad' of So Bad, It's Good compared to that movie above. However, some still consider it a good movie for some senseless laughs.
Galaxina arguably does this on purpose...when you make AVERY FRIKKIN' SCHREIBER a starship captain, you've already decided you aren't making the next Star Wars.
The Gods Must Be Crazy, itself a cult classic, spawned three spin-offs, all made by the Hong Kong film industry: Crazy Safari, Crazy Hong Kong and The Gods Must Be Funny In China. While Crazy Hong Kong is an average comedy in the style of Crocodile Dundee (in this film, an African native or "bushman" accidently gets stranded in modern Hong Kong), the others are hilariously over the top. Crazy Safari is about a plane carrying a Chinese Vampire crashing in the Kalahari Desert and the bushmen uses it for various everyday tasks like plucking fruit from a tree, which they do by letting the vampire hop into the tree. The Gods must be Funny in China has panda thieves, including their leader who constantly shouts "Pandas!" in a narmy way, and there is a speaking monkey! As this is a Hong Kong film, these things are expected.
It's funnier when you realize that the plot of the original film is about the bushmen desperately getting rid of a coke bottle (which they saw as an evil object). In these sequels, the bushmen are constantly seen with coke bottles, not even caring no more on whether it's good or evil.
The English dub of Godzilla 2000 was made intentionally cheesy as an homage to the '60s and '70s films. Most fans who have seen both versions agree that it brought some much-needed fun to an otherwise-dull movie.
The first American remake of Godzilla is bad to the point of hilarity.
Grease 2 makes the first one look like Les Miserables by comparison. Among the changes: an inferior script, much less angst (and most of what is there qualifies as Wangst), far less actual sex, much more singing about sex. It's a good time!
Most Syfy Original Movies in general shoot for the So Bad It's Good Trope.
Heartbeeps, a somewhat obscure 1981 movie about two robots - played by Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters - who fall in love and build a child (whose beeps and boops were provided by Jerry Garcia). And it's scored by John Williams. Watchable only for the gorgeous costumes, Stan Winston's Oscar-nominated makeup work, and the excellent soundtrack (and Varèse Sarabande released it on CD, so now you don't have to sit through the movie for that last one).
Bruno Mattei's Hell of the Living Dead. Have you ever imagined something more ridiculous than a soldier deciding while there are zombies all over the place to put on a tutu and a bowler hat before singing "I'm singing in the rain"? Have you ever imagined somebody actually thinking "Yeah, no problem, let's put this in our movie!" nonetheless?
Lou Ferrigno as Hercules. Apollo's chariot which was a sloppily constructed chariot wrapped in aluminum foil, Zeus's thunderbolts which were hand-drawn overlays with a cheesy sound effect, scenes where a tin crown falls to the floor and dents itself because it is too flimsy to bounce while a portentous voice-over intones "and the kingdom fell", all form the perfect background to the acting (sic) of Lou Ferrigno. The only time he was even the slightest bit believable was in one scene where Cassiopeia (played by the stunning Ingrid Anderson) drops her face veil and Lou stands there dumbfounded at her beauty. Truly So Bad Its Good.
Plus you can hear the background traffic noise in the "Mount Olympus" scenes, as it was shot in a public park.
Some gods are referred to by their Greek names while others are referred to by their Roman names. And Samson, of biblical fame, is in there for some reason.
Hercules also has a Jewish sidekick.
Highlander II: The Quickening. It's hard to know where to start in describing this movie. The blatant and stupid RetCon, which basically throws out the entire first movie's script? The complete and utter stupidity of it, taken on its own? Michael Ironside's hysterical overacting as "Katana"? Let's sum it up with an archetypical moment: Assassin asks Katana why he's being dispatched to Earth to kill MacLeod, who will soon be dead of old age? Katana explains by slapping him. Assassin makes a funny face, and teleports. Be sure to see both the original version, and the "Renegade Version, with additional footage shot especially for it, deleted scenes, extensive re-editing, and ALL THE SAME FLAWS AS THE ORIGINAL! Unbelievable.
The Pakistani movie International Guerrillas. It shows the story of three Pakistani guys who, after seeing how one of their relatives is killed by the police during the demonstrations against Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, decided to go and murder the famous writer. The movie becomes a cat and mouse game, with the guerrillas being always a few seconds too late, allowing Rushdie to run away while they are stuck fighting his armies of thugs. With some (hilariously bad) Bollywood dance segments in between. And a bunch of cut and paste action sequences (more like copy and paste, since all the sequences play at least three times before moving on to the following one). Finally, Rushdie catches the protagonists, but suddenly a literal Deus ex Machina (a flying Ku'ran, symbolizing Allah) appears to save the 'heroes' and kill Rushdie with some Dramatic Thunder. All in glorious VHS quality. It has to be seen to be believed.
Watch the final scene here. Words, there are none.
One hilarious quote from the movie: A tough biker has just crushed a Klown's tricycle. The Klown retaliates by putting on a pair of boxing gloves. "What are you gonna do, knock my block off?" And yes, the Klown does just that.
The film Killjoy is a prime example of this. A killer clown offers drugs to "gangstas" in an effort to entice them into the back of his magical ice cream truck so he can kill them when they are transported to an abandoned warehouse. The special effects are laughable, the acting is terrible, the plot is ludicrous, and the whole film is so bad it is awesome.
Kunoichi: Lady Ninja is about a bunch of women becoming ninja to get revenge for the sacking of their village with the help of a one-eyed samurai, or something like that. Not much stuck with me except for the thing that makes it awesome: one of the women had some kind of power that related to her virginity, so when she and the samurai were trapped, she told him to bang her so that blood from her torn hymen would fall on his sword and save them.
Though a lot of people have fond memories of Labyrinth, the lead actress's terrible acting, the overwhelming number of Big Lipped Alligator Moments, David Bowie and his considerable "talent", and the Broken Aesop about letting go of childhood all make it by critical standards a pretty bad movie. However, the songs, despite being tenuously related to the plot, are pretty fun and the puppets are really cool.
Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon. The Hero is a Bruce Lee fanboy and the main villain claims to be "The Shogun Of Harlem". And then there's The Glow. How can you not love this movie!?
The 1989 film Listen To Me. Other than Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, it's the only mainstream American film (eg not documentary etc.) about debating, and it is so bad it's absolutely hilarious, especially if you're a debater. It's a cult classic in university debating circles, many debating societies holding regular screenings of it.
Liquid Sky, a 1982 midnight movie involving aliens who feed on endorphins released from heroin and sex. It stars Margret, a cocaine-addicted fashion model who "kills with her cunt". The clothing and soundtrack is based off the trashiest parts of the early 80s, complete with glow in the dark makeup.
If it's based on a Harold Robbins novel, it is guaranteed to be this. The most infamous was also the final nail in the coffin for Robbins' adaptations, 1983's The Lonely Lady, which received a record 11 Razzie nominations (in a year with only ten categories!) and "won" six, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for its star, Pia Zadora. It has been since dubbed "the Showgirls of The Eighties."
The Machine Girl. Gatling Gun Arm attached to a schoolgirl, Ninjas that look like Football players, and 1970s violence despite being a 2008 movie, and a Drill Bra. What makes this so hilarious, is its genre is listed Action/Adventure. A lot of schlocky movies are hard to watch because of Padding. This film replaces padding with High-Pressure Blood.
Magical Mystery Tour has acquired a cult following of not just The Beatles fans, but those who love it for its endearingly bizarre plot and complete and utter lack of exposition. The Beatles get on a bus and stuff just sort of happens is honestly the best explanation of the plot (which sums up why the movie is on this page)
The 1993 Made-for-TV MovieThe Man from Left Field. A bunch of poor kids looking for a baseball coach find Burt Reynolds, a Mysterious Figure who has gotten Easy Amnesia and forgotten everything but his Good Solid Values. Since it's three times as long as your typical Very Special Episode, they compensate by having three Very Special Storylines. One kid is teased by the obligatory rich rival team about his working-class father, cuing an Author Filibuster from Burt about how Money doesn't matter as much as Values. Another kid is abused at home (his alcoholic father beats him with his fists, which somehow results in the kid getting lash marks on his back) so Burt kicks the dad's butt. The token black kid loses his grandfather to Soap Opera Disease, which is somehow resolved by Burt saving the kid from drowning (no, you read that right). In the midst of all this, the film achingly struggles to be "cute" and there's also a lame Token Romance with Reba McEntire thrown in for good measure, even though the film seems to be aimed at ten-year-old boys (the kids have no girls on their team). Finally, the scene where Burt regains his memories has to be seen to be believed.
One can only assume that MST3K never attempted to riff on Dünyayi kurtaran adam (The Man Who Saves the World, a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars) because no running commentary could possibly make this movie any funnier. There are no words that can adequately describe the horror of this film; after you recover from the numbing shock of it all you can do is laugh endlessly.
The Marine, starring John Cena, has a pretty generic action plot and decent special effects. It could probably be considered So Okay, It's Average were it not for the hilarious acting of Cena and Robert Patrick (who is fully aware what kind of movie he is in and earns his pay) as the crime boss. The supporting cast is equally hilarious and the dialogue?
Giant Mook (blows up a police car with a bazooka and is met with disbelieving stares from his comrades): What? Too much?
Special mention goes out to the scene where the Big Bad threatens at gunpoint the hostage who's currently piloting the helicopter they're both sitting in hundreds of feet above the street. (note that the reason she's flying it, is because he doesn't know how)
The Alamo Drafthouse found a long lost eighties ninja flick called The Miami Connection - and plays it on a regular basis to a packed house. And it is as terrible and badly made and poorly acted as anything Ed Wood ever made - and IT. IS. AWESOME!!!!
The somewhat silly Russian fairy-tale movie Morozko ("Father Frost", or "Jack Frost" on Mystery Science Theater 3000). It aired every Christmas on Czechoslovak TV during the Communist era, over time becoming a cult classic. Not only did television stations continue to air it after the revolution, but a musical and a video game based on the movie were made. (The film was recently redubbed into Slovak, so that Slovak televisions don't have to air it in Czech.)
The 1995 film Mosquito with Gunnar Hansen is hands down one of the funniest movies ever made. Radiation from a crashed alien spaceship causes mosquitos grow in size and appetite. One scene involves one them attacking a guy by sticking its proboscis on his ass.
The obscure kids' movie Napoleon, which seems to be Homeward Bound-inspired. Where to start? The Random Events Plot filled with Wacky Wayside Critters? The very loud musical score? The fact that the animals seem to have not so much been trained to act as placed on the sets and filmed doing whatever they feel like until something close enough to what's in the script happens? The fact that it was re-dubbed in America despite being made in Australia? Here's the kicker: It came free in a box of cereal.
Netforce features the most horrible technical jargon and computer mumbo-jumbo a script writer can come up with while maintaining a high degree of Critical Research Failure of how computers, the Internet and hacking works. And just like a big rig collision on the information superway, it's impossible to look away!
Night of the Lepus, a film whose plot centers around Arizona being under attack by Giant Killer Bunny Rabbits. Yes, this is a real movie. Starring real actors, like Janet Leigh and Stuart Whitman (and De Forest Kelley), and made by real major studio MGM. It's all made even more surreal by the fact that the Giant Killer Bunny Rabbits are depicted by either (1) cute domesticated bunnies filmed in extreme close-up running around on scale-model sets, (2) hilariously awful-looking gore-smeared puppets, or (3) guys in tacky-looking bunny suits (for the attack scenes, naturally). In the end it has to be seen to be believed.
Ninja Assassin: A glorious example of martial arts cinema, complete with Ludicrous Gibs, nonsensical backstories about warring ninja clans, overdramatic angst, a fight in a laundromat that ends with a girl's severed head in a washing machine, and immortal dialogue such as "Plants don't have hearts." "Everything has a heart." "I don't."
Ninja Terminator. Richard Harrison communicating with the Ninja Empire via a Garfield phone. "I must reform the Ninja Empire!"
A certain Asian grindhouse gem of a movie called Ninja Wars is a fantastic example of this trope. The plot involves a prophecy: "He who wins the heart of Lady Ukyodaio [sic] will hold the world in his hands" and an evil Japanese warlord concocting an aphrodisiac using the famous spider teakettle to further his aims. The movie then veers off wildly and confusingly every which way, including several fight scenes involving the Five Devil Monks, one of whom vomits acid to attack, a plan to put Ukyodaio's severed head on the hero's girlfriend's body to fulfill the prophecy, and more hilariously bad dubbing than you can shake a stick at. The movie ends with a Crucified Hero Shot in a rather confusing case of Faux Symbolism. The dubbing is universally terrible.
Old Dogs: Robin Williams and John Travolta as two 50ish bachelors who suddenly wind up with William's long lost twins from a one night stand. This film is filled head to toe with cheap gags that will have you asking yourself why you are laughing so hard at them. Especially the scene where Robin Williams and John Travolta switch medication. Might want to get some pot brownies for that one.
You want a real Christian preaching MST3Kable film? Look no further than Megiddo: The Omega Code 2. This movie truly has it all: acting and dialogue so awkward and bad you wonder if the writers, actors and the director were somehow deprived of human contact and think people actually act like that; Udo Kier playing a character that does nothing but follow the Big Bad around wearing a Black Cloak and sounding like he had just left the Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge soundstage; R. Lee Ermey playing the President of the United States (sadly only doing so for 5 minutes before getting offed by the Big Bad); and best of all, Michael "Basil Exposition" York playing the Antichrist as a Large Ham of truly planetary proportions.
The first The Omega Code also qualifies, with Casper Van Dien and Micheal Ironside in addition to Micheal York. Their performances are so fun to watch. Its also rather subtle for being a End Times film (until the end). Its a bad flim, but enjoyable.
Osombi(e), which was made after (and references) the real life assasination of Osama Bin Laden, is really about said assasinated Bin Laden coming back to life(albeit as a zombie), looking for revenge.
The 1955 film Picnic is one of the great unintentional comedies, embracing every cliche about The Fifties, highlighted by dialogue that's pure camp ("Neeeewoooolllaaah!"), a melodramatic score, and a middle-aged William Holden playing a supposed sexy drifter in his early 20s.
The Springtime For Hitler play (that one) from The Producers. Specifically, it was intended to be just offensive, but the portrayal of Hitler (either by a hippie or the Camp Gay director) made it So Offensive It's Hilarious.
The 2008 remake of the 1980 slasher flick Prom Night 1980 is hilariously bad. First off, it's a slasher flick rated PG-13. As if that wasn't bad enough, the movie plays out almost every possible applicable cliché, but in a tremendously boring way. The plot is lousy, the acting is bad, even for this genre, the suspense is as exciting as watching grass grow, and the teenage melodrama bullshit is pathetic. Also, it tried really, really hard to jump-scare the audience with bedroom decor. Lamp DUN!
Queen of the Damned is really...not great if taken as a sequel to Interview With a Vampire. On its own merits, however, it is full of cheesy goodness. The awesome music and copious amounts of shirtless Stewart Townsend don't hurt either.
The Rage: Carrie 2. A dolled-up sequel to a horror classic, made over two decades after said movie came out in order to cash in on the success of Scream (1996) and other teen horror films in the late '90s. While it doesn't hold a candle to the original in terms of quality or tension, it makes up for this with buckets of blood (no pun intended) and every late-'90s Teen Drama / horror cliche in the books.
Reefer Madness. It helps if you have smoked marijuana at least once in your life (and inhaled). The Showtime musical (based on the off-off-off Broadway musical with Christian Campbell, Ana Gasteyer, Alan Cumming and Kristen Bell) was AWESOME! The DVD case smells like brownies.
Danish monster movie Reptilicus boasts bad acting, horrible special effects (the monster is a giant hand-puppet who attacks with Silly String), and a laughably implausible plot. (A forest in the Arctic?) See jabootu.com for more details.
Resident Evil: Retribution paper thin plot, inconsistent continuity from previous films, no character development, a Mary Sue character but damn, those are some hilariously over the top stunts.
RoboCop 3 is quite substandard when compared to its previous entries, but when taken by itself, the film is hilarious. A Japanese competitor of OCP's sends over robot ninjas to stop Robocop, a 9-year old girl uses a computer terminal to hack an ED-209 unit and there's Special Effect Failure galore. Add to that unintentionally funny moments (including Robo commandeering a pimp's car (complete with reaction shot), a man's suicide is played for comedy, a children's tricycle being used for barricade material, Robocop flying inon a jetpack and two robots who simultaneously cut each other's heads off and script howlers ("Come and get me, Mr. Robocop!", "Oh my God, Johnson, our stocks have dropped to nothing!", "You got a ghost cop? A vampire cop?" and Robo's immortal line "Don't count on it, chum!"), along with a score that makes these moments epic, and you've got the perfect storm for SBIG. And Jill Hennessy as eye candy.
film for padding, camp Nazis... and it's terribly entertaining.
Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, also known as The Edge of Hell. It's a 1987 Canadian horror film that was filmed in seven days and went straight to video. Features Jon Mikl Thor as Triton, lead singer for a metal band, who fights Satan himself. Clad a cape, studded codpiece and tons of makeup and hairspray. Includes Muppet demons, cycloptic starfish creatures and the line " Ah, you've killed no one bub- or is it less familiar to call you BEELZEBUB!"
Rockula. A vampire is cursed to experience the death of his true love (by ham bone) every 20 or so years. His mom is a nymphomaniac cougar. He courts his true love by becoming a rock star vampire. So wrong, and yet so right.
The vampire in question also has a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with his independent reflection (who may or may not be the ghost of Elvis). His mother is played by Toni Basil (of "Hey Mickey" fame), the girlfriend's manager is played by Thomas Dolby (yes, that one) who sells new-age coffins in his day job (and his advertisements are pure comedy genius) and it includes the unforgettable sight of Bo Diddley in skintight neon-yellow spandex.
The Room, which is supposedly "the best worst movie ever made", dubbed by one Entertainment Weekly reviewer "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." The Onion explains it here. The Room supposedly has more than just a bad plot and bad acting - its full of failed drama and has terrible focus and transitions. It not clear if the director did so on purpose.
"You're tearing me APART, Lisa!"
Tommy Wiseau, the films creator (director-writer-producer-star and main advertiser) claims it was intentional; an actor from the film says instead that Wiseau was very sincere. Many find it easier to believe the actor, especially as it was originally advertised as a serious melodrama.
The obscure Sharon Stone film Scissors is full of bad acting and just plain hilarious plot threads like a pair of identical twins whose conflict just comes across as bizarre...but what it pushes it over the top is the ending, where a pair of minor characters, one of whom had only been seen on the side of a bus previously, are revealed out of nowhere as the true villains and the hilariously awful twin plotline made all the more inexplicable for being so irrelevant.
In that same vein, a film called Seven Deadly Shipmates, a US Navy training film from the 70s, in which seven people do rather silly things (most of them, like removing air-caps from a breathing-mask manifold, rather inconsequential) that ultimately result in the sinking of a ship due to fire; other things, like stacking garbage in the middle of a passage-way, resulting in hilarious panicked-sailor pile-ups, seemed like very funny common sense issues to avoid (but it is the military, after all). They were still playing it in boot camp as recently as April 2009. Seriously, nobody saw that hatch open?
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is known for being campy and embarrassing because it ruined the once promising careers of its four main stars, Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, and many Beatles fans and purists just don't like hearing other people (badly) sing their idols' songs. The movie had so many teenyboppers thinking Frampton and the Bee Gees created Sgt. Pepper that Capitol records re-released the Beatles' version with an affixed label "The Original Classic". The movie Yellow Submarine also made new rounds in syndication (with its on-screen credit "Starring Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band").
Shadow Man, produced and written by and starring Steven Seagal. The movie is a hilarious patchwork of badly shot exposition, cheaply done action scenes, over-the-top terrible acting and the ineffable Seagal himself, playing himself. Himself as an ultra-sexy, uber-badass, martial artist, special agent, MacGyver-esque business genius. Naturally. Not one to share the limelight, he decided against hiring decent actors. It's awesome!
Anything starring Seagal that has him snap necks and shoot bad guys probably fits in here too.
The Slumber Party Massacre, a hilariously cheesy slasher flick. It contains panty shots, nudity, gore, and more fake-outs than you can shake a stick at. Oh, and it was originally written by a feminist as a spoof of slasher flicks - but the directors filmed it straight. The result is unbelievably goofy.
The title was only a placeholder. The title was going to be Pacific Air Flight 121. Samuel L. Jackson would have none of this, saying "we're totally changing that back. The only reason I took the job: I read the title." It should give you an idea of just how seriously everyone involved in making the film took it.
Space Marines a 1996 film with warp effects stolen from Babylon 5, a grenade blast that launches a mook like a rocket and space pirates with eye patches and AK-47s. Has John Pyper-Ferguson of Caprica as an over the top villain looking like a confederate officer with a handlebar mustache, goatee and a habit of recording himself then playing it back. Glorious.
Frank Miller's directorial debut The Spirit is by all rights, a terrible film. However, Miller dials the cheesiness up to such ludicrous levels that one can't help but be at least slightly entertained by it.
Samuel L. Jackson plays The Octopus as over-the top as possible. It's a significant surprise when he appears for the first time, you expect a menacing character...and then he whacks The Spirit over the head with a toilet while explaining that toilet humor is always funny.
Starballz is probably the worst animated porn film ever made but it is incredibly hilarious. The dubbing is bad, the animation is bad, the dialogue is... astonding but it is absolutely hilarious. Especially since you can make a brain-killing drinking game by naming all the references.
Starcrash is an Italian Star Wars' rip-off that is just mind numbingly horrible in every single way: acting, continuity, props, special effects, plot, it even has the robot sidekick. It truly is so bad it's good. Or at least endlessly funny. An early appearance of David Hasselhoff. And Marjoe Gortner with a lightsaber.
"Luckily, the script writers realized what they were working with and wrote some of the cheesiest, most badass dialogue in any movie ever. I don't know how they did it, but every single line in the movie is completely corny but awesome at the same time. This results in the audience getting a good laugh in the fifteen minutes of the movie when people aren't getting their arms ripped off or aliens aren't being exploded into pieces and spewing green fluid all over the place."
That, and it does have its moments. Also, no individual "terrible" aspect of the movie would ruin any other Star Trek movie on its own; it's really that Star Trek V was unfortunate enough to have so many of them that it really became bad.
Starving Jesus is a film by two pastors trying to get people off the pews and into missions. It starts off by them picking fights with hotel receptionists and ends with one of the pastors sniping about how he thinks the other is sneaking food (they're supposed to be fasting). Generally not something that you want to introduce people to Christianity with. However, amazing to watch, the best part probably being the colonoscopy scene. Awesomeness ensues.
Street Fighter is the epitome of this trope. While normally this movie would be another case of Video Game Movies Suck, it casts Raul Julia—who, dying of cancer, asked his children to choose his final film role—as M. Bison. Raul plays it as a crazy over the top villain with such memorable lines as "For you, the day Bison graced your village is the most important day of your life. But for Me, It Was Tuesday," and "A Bison dollar. It's worth five British pounds... For that is the exchange rate the Bank of England will set once I kidnap their Queen!" For God's sake, he has a chandelier made out of human bones and he wonders why people think he's a villain?
One of M. Bison's lines was a Screw Attack.com movie quote of the week, done by The Angry Video Game Nerd: "FOR I BEHELD SATAN AS HE FELL FROM HEAVENLIKE LIGHTNING!"
There's also just a whiff of Stealth Parody about the script, especially with regard to Guile's gung-ho motivational speech.
According to the book (yes, book not booklet) accompanying Superman: The Music 1978-1988 (with the complete scores from all four films plus music from the Ruby-Spears cartoon), the fight scene was supposed to be in the sky above Metropolis. If this isn't a Special Effects Failure...
The Super Mario Bros. live-action movie had almost nothing to do with the games. Bowser/King Koopa was a human, Yoshi was a velociraptor instead of his own species of dinosaur, the "Goombas" were humans with dinosaur heads, and the movie didn't even take place in the Mushroom Kingdom at all. And yet, it's kind of...entertaining, in a way.
Surf Nazis Must Die has scary gangs battling each other for the beaches, stock surfing, and an angry black woman straight out of blaxploitation revenge film.
"Taste some of mama's home cooking!"
Surf Ninjas. "Cigarettes?" "Yeah, yeah, I know I should quit." This is in a kids' movie too.
Leslie Nielsen portraying a very hammy evil Asian cyborg overlord. Who keeps missing his phone calls that end up on his answering machine, though his minions never bother leaving a message.
Tokyo Gore Police, a movie about a virus that has people getting limbs cut off and growing back weaponised, includes gun barrels coming out of someone's eye sockets, a stripper with her legs replaced by the top and bottom of a crocodile mouth with vagina in between, a cannon penis, an amputee gimp that walks on four swords placed on each of her stumps. There is lots of blood-colored water. Everywhere.
Torque - a movie for those who thought The Fast And The Furious was too highbrow and grounded in reality. Hypnotically stupid. That Ice Cube is the best actor in the entire movie (by far) is just gravy.
Crystal meth, bike fights, and motorcycles that move so fast, they can ignite gasoline from driving over it. To put it in a word: "retardalicious".
Troll 2 is considered a cinematic masterpiece by some, due to how hilariously bad it is. It features vegetarian monsters that turn people into lumpy green Jello (a plant-based version, apparently) so they can eat them. The monsters appear to be dwarves running around in cheap Halloween masks (actually designed, along with the costumes, by '70s erotica actress Laura Gemser). There is a sex scene that has to be seen to be believed (and then may require multiple viewings). The line, "You can't piss on hospitality! I won't allow it!" is included and is meant literally. Also, there are no trolls in the movie. Not a single one.
Twister is a goldmine of misplayed drama to the point of so-bad-it's-goodness. The iconic flying cows, bad dialogue, and the inexplicable slurping sound the tornadoes make when they retract back into the clouds.
Ultraviolet. A worldwide vampire epidemic where they never mention the word "vampire". Plus they walk around in the daylight. And when she meets up with the bad guy, he gives her a very swishy, "Oh, it is on" before the big final battle. And there's a giant Nestle Wonderball full of vampire ninjas. And the Mama Bear turned up to 11. The coolness of the gravity belt and Violet's arsenal [and her fiber optic hairdos] offset it enough, maybe.
If the YouTube comments are any indication, the "educational" film Unarius The Arrival put out by Unarius Academy of Science (a space cult) is this. The sparkly special effects and goofy costumes of the then-cult leader Uriel (Ruth E. Norman) are fun to look at, the spaceships are actually kinda cool, and it's often hilariously cheesy. A great film to snark at that probably won't make you want to chew your own arm off to get away from.
The German movie Die unglaublichen Abenteuer des Guru Jakob (The Incredible Adventures of Jakob the Guru). Starring German ex-child star Tommi Ohrner as the High School Hustler (wannabe) Tommi and Israeli Zachi Noy, veteran of the soft-sex comedy film series Lemon Popsicle, as the titular Jakob Feierabend, who spent his time getting fired from various jobs and being rejected by girls, until he is mistaken for an Indian guru, like Baghwan, by the people of an Upper Bavarian village, who are looking for somebody to buy the old castle of the village, and soon unwillingly starts his own cult, with Tommi as his manager. Add porn star Sibylle Rauch as Ms. Fanservice and a Chinese restaurant owner for Chop Sockey kung fu action and Unfortunate Implications. It's like a mixture of slapstick, sex comedy, Bavarian Heimatfilm, youth movie and "let's pretend we warn people of the danger of strange sects"-film. Oh, and the repeatedly played song "Hey, ho, nochmal Schwein gehabt" (Hey, ho, got lucky again).
The Syfy original film Vampires Los Muertos starring Bon Jovi as a surfer/vampire slayer. He tries to stop a vampire takeover with the help of a naive teenage boy, a half-turned woman, a priest Or is he? and a big black guy with a machine gun.
The Van Helsing movie. Big BadDracula is over-acted; the only guy who gets any action is the sidekick; and there's a Frankensteinsicle. Plus, an automatic crossbow. Stephen Sommers' other writing tends towards this trope.
The Japanese film Versus is like this as far as its acting, plot, and setting go. The action scenes, however, are spectacular. Another hallmark of it being So Bad, It's Good is that the commentary features the director, the producer, and three of the actors, and they were probably all drunk when they recorded it. Japanese B movies seem to have an incredible ability to take a really silly premise, fill it with gore then play everything without a hint of irony.
1998's Wild Things. It was billed as a thriller, but it plays like a spoof. In addition to some truly horribly staged scenes and awful dialogue, it has some exceptional scenery chewing from Denise Richards and Kevin Bacon. Only Bill Murray seemed to be aware that the movie was meant to be tongue in cheek. The film's twist ending, though not too difficult to either see coming or figure out once revealed, was fully explained with supplemental scenes in the end credits that fill in the gaps.
It also has a great story buried under bad writing and mediocre acting. It's like watching a movie of a Carl Hiaasen novel, certainly more than the Film of the Book of Strip Tease.
Xanadu: Olivia Newton-John is a muse who comes to visit a struggling artist (played by Michael Beck, whose career - by his own admittance - died a horrible death upon the film's release), and the two of them decide to make something timeless... a roller disco rink! Add the random-ass animated sequence and some really awesome music, and you have one of the funniest movies ever made. There's a reason it's become a cult classic.
And Gene Kelly showing that despite being 68 when it was filmed he is still one of the best dancers in Hollywood.
Xtro II: The Second Encounter is a low-budget 1990 Canadian film that shamelessly rips off Aliens. Poor special effects, over-the-top acting, and a melodramatic score somehow combine to make Narm Charm rather than straight-up Narm. Extra amusing for anyone who's ever watched The X-Files, as among the cast is a very young Nicholas Lea, who would go on to play recurring bad guy AlexKrycek. The Totally Radical dialogue and '80s Hair just make it even funnier.
You Only Live Twice. Blofeld's plot is to capture space pods in the middle of their missions (and this is shown with rather stupid-looking special effects). Bond is given a short training period to learn the ways of the ninja before getting one of the dumbest-looking disguises as a Japanese man (which didn't change that he still towers over everybody else). Even the villains weren't fooled. The film ends with a Final Battle in the famous hollowed out volcano lair, with dozens of ninjas fighting with traditional swords and shuriken against the assault rifle armed Mooks... and winning. The script was written by Roald Dahl.
Live and Let Die. The sheer hilarity of watching Roger Moore trying to infiltrate a soul food shack in 1970's Harlem has to be experienced. Yaphet Kotto turning into a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float and then exploding, the weird subplot/theme involving voodoo and the Baron Samedi and the ridiculous alligator pit escape. Paradoxically, it has what may arguably be the best Bond theme of all the films and a fantastic boat chase scene.
John Candy starred in quite a few movies with this trope in during the '90s. Notable examples include Nothing But Trouble and Once Upon A Crime. In the late seventies though he starred in a drama-horror flick titled The Clown Murders. The funny thing being that the villain in The Clown Murders is a guy in a clown mask and only appears a few minutes later on in the movie. He also has a voice role in Heavy Metal, listed above.
Most of the movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 deserved this status as soon as they were made but gained new notoriety after being lampooned by Joel and the 'bots. Some examples:
Pod People. If all of humanity could love as Trumpy does, then there would be world peace. And many many potatoes.
Space Mutiny. Gave us the trope name "Railing Kill", special effects lifted wholesale from the original Battlestar Galactica, and a host of goofy nicknames for protagonist David Ryder ("We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese!")
Catalina Caper, a movie featuring a 3-minute animated opening credits sequence about a water-breathing Frenchman, his relationship with a mermaid, and a shark's attempts to part them. Unfortunately, this had nothing to do with the plot of the movie. It also has an extended Little Richard cameo.
"Watch out for snakes!" Eegah!, a laughably bad caveman movie starring a James Bond villain and some whiny kid who can't even remember his girlfriend's name.
The Phantom Planet. Leonard Maltin called it a "fascinatingly terrible movie." With the stupid science, the bad special effects, and the absolutely terrible acting, it would be a hoot even without the bots. "Good thing there's so much gravity in space." That the main protagonist looks enough like dang ol' Boomhauer to be disturbing is the icing on the cake.
The Chicken-men of Krankor, from Prince of Space, may not be very threatening or three-dimensional villains, but they do serve as excellent comic relief throughout most of the movie. As for the Phantom of Krankor, he is every bit as silly as his henchmen, but he manages to drive even that off for a while because of his (twisted and power-mad) apparent love of science, which gives him a cheesy, overdone charisma that helped make the film watchable. And he has the slowest, least intense Evil Laugh ever.
Pretty every film shown that was made by Bert I Gordon, especially Earth Vs the Spider and Beginning of the End.
Any of the films produced by "Ninja Pictures" (Ghana) or "Wakaliwood" (Uganda) easily falls under this, owing to the fact that it combines acting that stretches the limits of cheese with serious subject matter, a $10 budget, ridiculous special effects and absurd plots that often rip off popular American works. It doesn't help that the trailers, particularly those of Ninja Pictures, have someone screaming out the name of the title every few seconds. Of note:
WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX, which bills itself as Uganda's first action film. Features ridiculously drawn-out gunfights, a helicopter instantly destroying an entire skyscraper by landing on it, and executions that are unintentionally comedic.
Devil May Cry 1&2 (not the same as this), which has a shapeshifting demon visiting Ghana and taking the form of an old man with glasses, a pissed-off middle-aged woman complaining to the demon, and said demon standing in the middle of a market square screaming (badly superimposed into footage of a crowd not reacting in any way).
GODFATHER 1 & 2. Vito Corleone is now a chain-smoking, dessicated corpse that uses bows and spears to kill various Ghanian residents, while the same middle-aged woman complains alongside poorly-choreographed fights and CGI trashcans.
2016 Part 1 & 2 (Notice a pattern?): A group of poorly-composited xenomorphs and a T-800 visit Ghana and start shooting up the locals (with handguns, no less), along with throwing cars on women, performing kung-fu kicks on innocent pedestrians and punting babies.
Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. The first two Spy Kids films were fun if simplistic kids' action movies. This one, however, was simply the pits. It features lazy 3D effects, an unlikeable-to-the-point-of-absurdity supporting cast (the only one who isn't a Jerkass is the protagonist's girlfriend, who bizarrely turns out to be The Mole), Plot Coupons appearing out of nowhere, toads on pogo sticks, giant robot monkeys, a cowboy branding a giant robot monkey, Ricardo Montalban in Powered Armor, Elijah Wood appearing out of nowhere just to die, Sylvester Stallone as a Mad Scientist locked in a room with with Freudian Trio holograms of him, jello lava, and a very unfortunate hairstyle from Daryl Sabara.
Most things featured in The Smithee Awards are bad but have some entertainment value in their badness. (Long story short: a bunch of people look for bad B-movies, take bad moments from them and "nominate" them in categories like Inane Dialogue and Most Ludicrous Premise. Just read the damn website.) Some of the things on this page have "won" Smithee Awards.
A great many educational films are so campy and badly made that they end up being just plain funny. There's one about electrical safety, with a Jerkass villain reminiscent of Beetlejuice called Electrojuice.
One home economics video where had the narrator saying, "Quiche. Pronounced...keesh" in a monotone. Also, possibly in the same film, the narrator says something about never touching pans in the oven with your bare hands and then proceeds to do so, going "Ouch. That's hot" again in a monotone.
In the same vein: a certain Spanish video, with the line, "This is my brother, Antonio. We call him 'Antonio'."
There are plenty of fantasy movies that fall under this category: