"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
's films, "Manos" The Hands of Fate
, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
, 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
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- Alice in Wonderland: What's the Matter with Hatter?. As the title obviously implies, it's an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. While there have been many a stinker to butcher the story when it comes to film, animated or otherwise, nothing speaks "Adaptation Distillation" like this one. The CGI is, at best, laughably amateurish, the characters that are supposed to be human have mostly been replaced by anthropomorphic animals (e.g. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, the Queen of Hearts, etc.) but the Cheshire Cat in this thing is so creepy looking in its design that it gives the shit-eating grin a whole new level. Must be seen◊ to be believed◊. There's also the preposterous portrayal of the Mad Hatter as some sort of Peter Pan expy, Chick Magnet and naturally, hints of Hatter/Alice are pushed in there. That's right, it existed before Tim Burton's version was released. But what makes this so bad but still enjoyable in the tiniest speck of dust of hope is its clever word play set in World of Snark (in this case, Wonderland), and they're all voiced by Americans which of course, Alice in this version, has a tendency to speak Totally Radical on some occasions. In addition, get a bit more info in this review of the worst Alice adaptations by Animation Ramblings.
- The defenders of Foodfight! claim the movie as this with its dated animation, writing all over the place and weird casting choices that satisfy one's Bile Fascination. The puns are lame, the movie seems to be a complete ripoff of Casablanca, and the Uncanny Valley gets tuned Up to Eleven.
- Freddie As F.R.O.7. was the strangest children's movie ever made. Made by the British during the Disney Renaissance, it had such strange plot devices as the Loch Ness Monster saving a prince from his evil witch aunt in medieval France. Then he suddenly grows six feet and becomes a frog secret agent in twentieth-century Britain. It also features BRIAN BLESSED as El Supremo, a morbidly obese Large Ham with a rockin' villain beard. He's playing himself. Watch the trailer here, at your own risk.
- 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 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 one sweet soundtrack.
- The animated version of The Hobbit. Here's Bilbo.◊ And this is Gollum.◊ Now imagine sitting through 90 minutes of that, including songs.
- 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 Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat. Filled with Deranged Animation, Hitler as a dog, and such genius dialogue as "Jesus Christ, Lucifer's a faggot!", it must be seen to be believed. Also the first one, with all the animal sex and the black stereotype crows.
- 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. Its saving grace? Its 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 whip WHIZZ-CRACK! there's a way! Though the books included quite a few songs, it's reasonable to assume that none of them are Disco.
- "Gameraaaaaaaa! Gameraaaaa! Gamera is really neat! Gamera is filled with meat! We've been eating Gameraaaa! Long story short, the Gamera films of the 1960s had even worse effects than the Godzilla films of the 70s, really bad dubbing, and some of the most ludicrous plots ever. (For example, the ending of the first movie has Gamera being tricked into a giant spaceship and launched into outer space.) This doesn't stop the movies from being cheesy fun for people of all ages.
- Geek Maggot Bingo: This movie would make Ed Wood look like Alfred Hitchcock. As if the Word Salad Title wasn't a good enough indication of how much suck it is (apparently, it's supposed to be a parody of Beach Blanket Bingo), it has questionable effects which are also creative, over-the-top acting, and lame props. But you've got to admit, the Narmy sex scene with Dr. Frankenberry's daughter and a random guy named Flavian is funny. In fact, watching this as a comedy makes for a much better experience.
- The Giant Claw has decent acting (though not great) and acceptable dialogue, which prevent the all-dialogue scenes from being unbearable (though an inordinate number of things are compared to battleships), but the real draws are the terrible science and one of the silliest-looking monsters of all time◊.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It looked like they just stuck their arm in the Trope Bag, and then tried to make the cheesiest version possible of everything they pulled out. (Defrosting Ice Queen, Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja, Everything's Better with Spinning, Powered Armor, Slave Mooks, Grey Goo, Guns Are Worthless, Dark Chick...)
- 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 original English language dubs of (most of) the Godzilla movies achieved this status by accident. The more recent Godzilla movies have a lot more money for props/costumes and use good modern CG for energy weapons and vehicles, but the latter's quality often degrades on the occasions where the actual monsters are computer-animated, amongst a few other notable Special Effect Failures (such as the blatantly visible strings holding up the Megaguirus puppet). Notably averted by the original 1954 film - especially if you get the sub instead of the dub - which is now considered one of the best Japanese films ever made.
- 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!
- The Grindhouse movies, Planet Terror and Death Proof, were generally regarded as So Bad, It's Good by critics. Death Proof was actually criticized a bit for not being stupid enough. The director Quentin Tarantino has a different opinion: he doesn't believe in so bad it's good.
- Hackers. A completely clueless look at hacker subculture that still manages to be amusing. Practically defines the Everything Is Online trope and the Hollywood version of the Playful Hacker. Little known fact: cracking systems always involves flying through a 3D environment filled with floating incomprehensible algebraic equations and psychedelic backdrops. Also has merit for being the first film to portray hackers in a positive light, when everyone was convinced that hacker = evil cybercriminal.
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch: A massive flop on its initial release, it's since developed a cult following, largely based on this.
- If you watch The Happening as a comedy rather than a horror film, then it's one of the best movies ever made. As one person put it: "Never before has a movie made people dying so hilarious."
- The entirety of Hard Ticket to Hawaii is absolutely over-the-top Narm. Think Bad Dudes: the Movie. Of note is when, after blowing up a bad guy, a blow-up doll flies out, and one of the characters uses a bazooka to shoot it. It explodes spectacularly.
- Stan Lee's Harpies: Bad acting, ridiculous plot, and the most cheesiest special effect in town. Screams TV movie.
- The Romanians of several centuries ago in the film somehow speak American-accented English.
- Hawk the Slayer. Classic 1980s Fantasy "epic". Wow, it's hilariously bad.
- 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).
- In its defense, some scenes are quite touching...
- 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.
- Hercules In New York, Starring a 22 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first film role. He is, at best, marginally fluent in English and given a ridiculous amount of speaking lines. In addition, Zeus's lightning is bent rebar painted white, and Hur-ka-leez's fight with the "bear" is simply hilarious.
- 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 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 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.
- Jack and Jill, an Adam Sandler film about two estranged twins. It has Toilet Humor, an over the top performance from Al Pacino (playing himself), awkward dialogue, and a few good jokes. It was panned by critics and yet remains somewhat endearing.
- Some of the James Bond films fall under this:
- 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.
- Diamonds Are Forever has gay assassins, James Bond in a moon buggy with flailing arms, Blofeld dressed as a woman, and missiles exploding due to a laser satellite with really cheap and dated effects.
- Octopussy. Nothing else needs to be added, really.◊ It doesn't cross into any worse category due to the surprisingly solid plotline under all the cheese.
- 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.
- Moonraker. James Bond fights billionaire Hugo Drax bent on creating an army of super humans to repopulate the earth after he sends a bunch of poison down from space. Oh there is a laser fight near the end. which alone is worth the price iof admission
- In fact any of the Roger Moore films probably qualify do to just being plain ludicrous
- Die Another Day. The film involves a Korean Villain named Moon, who uses Magic Plastic Surgery to become an English diamond Baron Gustav Graves, Who secreetly builds a space laser powered by the sun awhile passing it off as a solar mirror. He uses said laser to melt his giant Ice castle resulting in James Bond using the parachute of a rocket car to to para-surf an avalanche. The climax features said villain strapping on power armor with electrocution power. Lets not forget Bond fights his henchmen, a guy with diamonds embedded in his face with spy cars with gatling guns.
- Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter qualifies intentionally. It's a movie about how Jesus returns to Earth to fight lesbian vampires that are immune to sunlight. With the help of an overweight Mexican wrestler. And it's got a few musical numbers. Also the only movie in which you'll hear someone say, "We're running low on skin. I suggest we harvest another lesbian!"
- Also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger: Jingle All the Way. The "Turbo Man" stuff is particularly hilariously bad, but Ah-nold is a pretty good comedic Straight Man.
- Kazaam, a 1996 movie about a rapping genie that's released by a kid. Some of the scenes are strange and extremely creepy. And Shaq's god-awful rapping skills. "Let's Green Eggs and Ham it" indeed.
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space. It has to be seen to be believed.
- 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.
- KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. You need know nothing more than the title.
- The Gag Dub movie Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is so profoundly, mind-bogglingly idiotic it's hilarious with the right mindset. Others will just hate it.
- 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 Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is one of those rare intentional examples of this trope, an Affectionate Parody of the worst of the worst B-movies of the '50s and '60s, with nonsensical dialogue, wooden acting, and plenty of Special Effect Failure.
- Mac and Me is a blatant ripoff of ET The Extra Terrestrial which takes shamelessness to hitherto unexplored depths. If you thought Elliot feeding E.T. Reese's Pieces was unwarranted Product Placement... hoo boy. The aliens here require Coke to live! There's a Big Lipped Alligator Moment scene of Mac and his human companions at McDonald's... with Ronald McDonald himself appearing! For more head slamming without risk of (further) brain damage, read the Something Awful review of this POS available on the link. Ron would later go on to win the Worst Newcomer Razzie for 1988 (as "Himself").
- 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 Movie The 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.
- Many feel this way about "Manos" The Hands of Fate. The Cinema Snob even gave ten reasons why it's not the worst movie of all time.
- One can only assume that the reason MST3K never attempted to riff on Dünyayi kurtaran adam (The Man Who Saves the World, a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars) is that 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?
(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)
- Max Knight Ultra Spy. From unintelligible hacker speak to a climax filmed using a Half-Life mod, the movie is completely terrible and completely awesome at the same time. And then the main character claiming that he's never been able to beat the first level of HL1!!!
- 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!!!!
- Mister T's Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool. Considering that in many ways T. is either the Anthropomorphic Personification or the patron saint of So Bad, It's Good... So yeah... fool!
- Mom and Dad Save the World. In one word, this film is SILLY... and we wouldn't have it any other way!
- 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 film adaption of Mommie Dearest is considered such.
- 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 and John 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 Omega Code also qualifies, with Casper Van Dien and Michael Ironside in addition to Michael 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.
- Overlords of the UFO is a rare So Bad It's Good documentary, though we do use that term lightly.
- 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.
- Ready To Rumble, a movie made to capitalize on the Professional Wrestling phenomenon of the late '90s thanks to the WWF's Attitude Era, was produced with their competition! WCW used this to try to regain their popularity after Mick Foley put their fans' asses in the WWF's seats, and boy did it bomb! The only redeeming qualities about this movie is the unintentional humor and future WCW Champion David Arquette attempting the Spear.
- 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.
- Return of the Living Dead, a horror comedy with zero horror value, and infinite comedy value (much of it unintentional). The zombies talk (on several occassions producing "b", "p", and "m" sounds without lips), the characters are over the top eighties sterotypes, and the special effects look absolutly horrible by today's standards. There's one scene where the punk girl's doing a strip dance on top of a gravestone... She has no vagina.
- Its fourth sequel, Rave to the Grave: It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Spectacularly cheesy zombie rave movie? Beautifully bad acting and effects? ZOMBIE RAVES?
- Road House has been described as "The best movie ever made in which a philosophical bouncer finds love and confronts his demons while working at a rowdy honkytonk outside Kansas City." That should tell you everything you need to know about it. Road House was one of a number of movies recommended by a self-help book called The Psychopath's Bible.
- 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 in on 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.
- RoboGeisha. The trailer is just so ridiculous, it's hilarious. 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.
- Good lord, man! It's a ham bone wielded by a Pirate with a rhinestone pegleg! It's all an Excuse Plot to string together a bunch of music videos amid the Cliché Storm, with a large dose of Our Vampires Are Different for spice.
- 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 Rocky Horror Picture Show is a textbook deliberate case of this. The plot (such as it is) is very like "Manos" The Hands of Fate (probably unintentional, given "Manos"'s cliched plot and utter obscurity until MST3K found it) with vast galloping amounts of homoerotica thrown in. The characters were, for the most part, based on those of the Bulgakov novel The Master and Margarita - itself a modern masterpiece, partly because all of its failed drama is deliberate.
Richard O'Brien intentionally made it this way, as a tribute to the campy sci-fi films of the 50s & 60s (as evidenced by the opening number Science Fiction/Double Feature)
- 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 film's 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 movie Runaway is a really bad movie set Twenty Minutes into the Future involving Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons and acid spitting spider robots. How could you go wrong?
- Season of the Witch: A script built on a foundation of cliches, cheese and historical inaccuracies, played out by a cast of actors who clearly didn't want to be there; but the sets and scenery are nice, there's lots of swordplay, and, hey, it's got wall-crawling zombie monks.
- 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.
- Semi-Conscious Driving in the Real World is a video about driving around trucks shown in driving schools.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is most notable for featuring some of the most stupidly hilarious special effects and an infamous cheesy line from a pre-Doctor Who John Barrowman among other silly things.
- If this trailer is anything to go by, Sharknado is certainly So Bad, It's Good. A tornado hits Los Angeles, scattering sharks across the city. Yes, really. Of course, it seems to be intentional, especially seeing as one character starts hacking falling sharks in half with a chainsaw. Despite being a made for tv movie, it has taken the internet by storm. The tagline is even "Enough Said!"
- Sheena, where Tanya Roberts stars as a Faux Action Girl who rides around Darkest Africa on a horse with zebra stripes painted on, while an implausible plot and bad special effects happen all around her. Roberts' nude scene compensates for her lack of acting skills.
- Showgirls. A bit like Ed Wood's films, The Nostalgia Chick proclaimed it to be so bad that it almost swung round to be an art film.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 was made up from scenes from the original Silent Night, Deadly Night and some of the most hilarious overacting of all time. Just try and watch the "Garbage Day" scene without laughing.
- The Alexa Vega vehicle Sleepover. Vega and her friends want the Alpha Bitch's lunch table, and so engage in a scavenger hunt with her to win it. That's the impetus for the entire plot. There's a romance between a 14-year-old girl and a 20-something man, apparently based solely on the fact that they're both overweight. Vega's own love interest has the personality of a cement brick, clearly exists only to be a side of beef, and realizes that he's in love with Vega after witnessing her go flying over a packed street on a skateboard while a heavenly choir plays in the background. Oh, and Steve Carell shows up, playing an inept cop trying to stop the heroines from stealing stuff for the scavenger hunt and enduring numerous comedic humiliations.
- The Slumber Party Massacre, a hilariously cheesy slasher flick. It contains 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.
- Snakes on a Plane. The premise itself attracted a massive internet following based on its So Bad, It's Good-ness, leading the makers to reshoot certain scenes to make them even more outlandish. Notable additions include a snake slithering out of the toilet bowl to latch onto the expected area of a man using the facilities, and Samuel L. Jackson's (in)famous line "I have had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane!". Did we mention how Kenan Thompson lands the plane safely because he's been playing a flight simulator on his PlayStation Portable for the entire flight? And that upon said safe landing, Samuel L. Jackson shouts in his unparalleled badassedness, "ALL PRAISES TO THE PLAYSTATION!"?
- 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.
- Southland Tales: Imagine if Zardoz and Repo Man had a baby, and you've pretty much got 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.
- And then there's Starship Troopers. Badass of the Week.com explains best:
"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."
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; it is only awful if you're a Star Trek fan.
- Some fans of Star Trek also consider the movie So Bad, It's Good-the type of fan who also love "Spock's Brain" and "Threshold".
- 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.
- If you want the best unintentional comedy of the 1990s, see the dubbed version of the Hong-Kong-Funded-Japanese-Manga-Adaptation called Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Riki-oh), which is best described as "The Shawshank Redemption meets The Itchy & Scratchy Show, starring Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star, live action."
- 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 HEAVEN LIKE LIGHTNING!"
- There's also just a whiff of Stealth Parody about the script, especially with regard to Guile's gung-ho motivational speech.
- "QUICK! CHANGE THE CHANNEL!"
- "OF COURSE!"
- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Terrible if you watch it with the mindset that it's a serious movie; hilarious if you watch it with the mindset that it's endearingly and riotously bad. See: Christopher Reeve's delivery of the line "Stop, don't do it, the people!". Incredibly obvious wires. Jon Cryer calling Superman "The Dude of Steel!". Superman's Rebuilding-the-Great-Wall-of-China-vision...
- 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.
- The Swarm, an Attack of the Killer Whatever movie which represents the stupidest of Irwin Allen's disaster movies. A cast full of reputable names had their talents wasted on a silly script, one of these names being Michael Caine, who shouts his way through the movie. The killer bees are made of Special Effect Failure. Helicopters and train cars explode dramatically upon crashing (the latter turn into obvious models first).
"I never thought it would be the bees. They were always our friends!"
- The Swinger, a 1966 vehicle for the vivacious Ann-Margret that reunites her with Bye Bye Birdie/Viva Las Vegas director George Sidney, is one of the earliest attempts at a "sexy" comedy. But it's so dated, sexist and kitschy it winds up being the rarest of cinematic beasts: a comedy that's only funny when it's not trying to be.
- ThanksKilling is intentionally terrible. It was clearly made by someone that loves the classic slashers, but was wondering the same thing everyone else was: "Why isn't there a Thanksgiving slasher?"
- The alternate ending to Titanic is extremely heavy-handed and unintentionally amusing.
- 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".
- In a similar vein, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Extremely manly giant robots with deep Guttural Growler voices beating the crap out of each other for 2 hours. The various Ham and Cheese performances (Simmons, Jetfire, etc.) also make the Padding scenes somewhat watchable.
- Michael Bay's entire filmography pretty much sums up what this trope would be like with a $200 million budget and box office receipts big enough to justify it.
- 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 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 Bad Dracula 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.
- The 2006 remake of The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage. As far as some viewers are concerned, it is the best comedy of 2006.
- 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 Gambit Pileup 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 Alex Krycek. The Totally Radical dialogue and '80s Hair just make it even funnier.
- Yor: The Hunter from the Future; One of the funniest Conan the Barbarian (1982) rip-offs of its time, featuring the star of Space Mutiny, and an incomprehensible yet Crazy Awesome theme song:
Yor's world, he's the man!
Yor's world, he's the man!
- Zardoz. It represents the collision of high ideals and low abilities perfectly, and contains the line: "The gun is good - the penis is EVIL!" Also notable for featuring Sean Connery in a red diaper.
- The film Zombi 7 (also known as Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence), made by The Violent Shitters of Violent Shit fame has over the top low budget German gorn combined with some So Unfunny It's Funny English dubbing that it saves the film from entering Violent Shit's territory. You can trust The Cinema Snob about this film with his great review here.