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Shortly after we meet them, the author lets us know that these are not just any Nazi leprechauns. These are psychic Nazi leprechauns who enjoy S&M, are covered with scars from pleasure/pain sessions with their creator, were trained as sex-slaves for full-sized human men, and are actually stunted fetuses taken from Jewish concentration camp victims. And one of them is named Adolph.
While all this information is being hosed into the reader's eyes like a geyser of crazy, this book rockets from 0 to 60 on the loony meter and overdelivers on practically every level. From the moment the Gestapochauns play a mean practical joke on the old Irish washerwoman who works in the kitchen to the moment that the lawyer/fiance realizes exactly what the Nazi leprechaun named Greta is up to in his pants, it's one fifty-page freakout that's firing on every cylinder.
Paperbacks From Hell, by Grady Hendrix

    Live-Action TV 
That sounds terrible. I wanna watch it twice.
Troy, summing up this trope, Community

Pretty awful? Pretty awful? It was a masterpiece of awful! It's genius, how bad it is, I kinda wish you guys could see it.
Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother episode "Stuff", describing Act 2 of his one-man show.

The thing about you is you're so bad you're brilliant. You know? I could listen to you for hours, I really could. You came to entertain yourself, but you entertained me, the audience, I mean, we loved you. You were horrifically entertaining.
Piers Morgan about Britain's Got Talent contestant Donald Bell-Gam

Dean: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Sam: ...Y-you know that's a line from—
Dean: (emphatically) Swayze movie! Swayze always gets a pass!

Statler: Now that was a hilarious!
Waldorf: Yes, it was really funny.
Statler: You suppose they meant it to be?

I wish I could simply write, "Look, of course it's one of the worst movies ever made. But it has hilarious dialogue, a weirdo action climax, a bizarre explanation for the faces of Easter Island, and dozens if not dozens of beautiful bare breasts." I am, however, a responsible film critic and must conclude that Rapa Nui is a bad film. If you want to see it anyway, of course, that's strictly your concern. I think I may check it out again myself.

Star Trek V is a movie that's the closest to the original Star Trek series. It's a very classic Trek kinda plot, where they find a weird alien creature down on the planet. The other films are more action-adventure, but this more had a more classic Trek feel — I guess even down to the cheap sets and production values!

...It was shocking, outrageous, insulting... and I loved every minute of it!

    Video Games 
Some things are so stupid they become awesome!

    Web Animation 
Green Chair Guy: Is it just me, or is this movie making less and less sense?
Blue Chair Guy: I think it is.
Green Chair Guy: Then why are we watching it?
Blue Chair Guy: I don't know. I think we're watching it because it doesn't make any sense.
Green Chair Guy: Oh. But that doesn't change the fact that this is crap.
Blue Chair Guy: Nope.
Green Chair Guy: Wanna watch some more?
Blue Chair Guy: Yep.

"It's bad. It's explosively, apocalyptically bad. And you should totally buy it. I'm serious; you have to see this shit! [...] Ride to Hell is the kind of bad that leaves me with a smile on my face. It's a little retarded child with its head stuck in a cereal box and a massive big dump in its big boy pants, saying "Imma real game now!" (ruffles hair) Of course you are, Ride to Hell. And that's why I think everyone should buy it. Just to fuck with some heads! This could be our Plan 9 from Outer Space!"

Leo: This Chun-Li movie is going to be baaaaad.
Aeris: Well, so was the first Street Fighter movie.
Leo: Yeah, but that was bad in an awesome way.

Helix: This is so bad it makes my brain hurt. What a great movie!
Sam: It's like fine Texas chili. It burns, but it's a good kind of burn.

Helix: I don't think Florence likes cheesy Japanese monster movies.
Sam: All the more reason to rescue her. Without us around, who's going to teach her to appreciate the finer things in life?

    Web Original 
Sometimes being awful can be an art.
Matt Wilson from Cracked, specifically saying this of horror movies

Van Damme's motivating speech is rightly famous, just as the Hindenburg is a well-known aircraft.
Luke Y. Thompson' on Colonel William F. Guile

Because most critics don’t know shit and can’t appreciate an art house classic when it’s splattered against their eyes, they gave Nurse 3D all thumbs down and called Paz’s performance “monotone.” Paz blames the reviews about her performance on the director dubbing her voice. Paz claims that because some consider Nurse 3D the worst movie ever made, her career is floating face down in the gutternote  and she wants them to pay... I’ve seen Nurse 3D, because my brain loves to eat art, and I can say that it’s far from being the worst movie ever. Actually, it’s closer to being the best movie ever. Something else must be going on if Paz isn’t getting the roles that an A-list actress who is the reincarnation of Katharine Hepburn should get.
Michael K., "#JUSTICE4SPAZ: Paz De La Huerta's career is as alive as her line delivery"

John: It has a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which I feel is uncharitable. Before we get started, this has to be mentioned: This is a movie where Brenda rides alligators as water skis. We need to get that out of the way.
Josh: This movie does not half-ass it and I appreciated that. YES BE THIS GOOFY. Please have a character called “Cash Wallstreet” whose heart is as cold as the money in his bank. Do not apologize for what you are.
The Toast, "We Watched Brenda Starr (1989)"

Since day one here at, I’ve known that an integral feature on the site needed to be in-depth reviews of horrible movies starring wrestlers. Ever since I saw No Holds Barred back in 1989, I was scarred for life, and I wanted others to be equally scarred.

I know Joss Whedon and David Twohy must get shit for working on this, but I see them actually raising the camp value of the movie. Pure speculation, but I just see them looking at the script as is and knowing there was no way to salvage it so they had to make it as goofball as possible. I thought I would have a lot more to say about this movie but I would just be repeating myself. I would be talking about stupid scene after stupid scene. Really if you like making fun of bad movies, you don’t get a much bigger spectacle than Waterworld.

I am not trying to sell anyone of you to think that Catwoman is a good movie; because it is not. It is, in my humble opinion, something better.

There’s an inherent challenge involved in having someone like me write about The Rise of Arsenal in a Worst Of list: I love this comic like crazy. In the past year, I’ve probably read hundreds of single issues, and dozens of trade paperbacks and graphic novels, but after all of this time, this is the one book I continue to talk about.

It's so wrong, it's right!
Television Without Pity recap of Smallville, "Persona"

David: Oh, God, this episode was great in a completely ridiculous way. It just brought all the dumb crap from this year together under one gigantic dumb crap umbrella.
Chris: Is that… Did you mean that as a compliment?
David: I mean dumb crap in the most loving way.
Chris: I don’t think anything else we’ve said quite sums up our relationship with Smallville better than that.
David: Smallville: It Knows What It Is, And It Loves It.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Icarus")

"Nothing will be beyond our reach!" says Janeway, like some ranting Doctor Who villain. It seems that with the possibility of infinite velocity within her grasp, she finally shows her true colours as wanting to become the Führer of the Delta Quadrant... Janeway suggesting that Tom Paris’ name will be spoken in the same breath as Neil Armstrong and Zefron Cochrane is so absurd it made me laugh out loud.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Threshold"

Play it, and you'll laugh your way to tears.
Stuttering Craig from ScrewAttack on Growl

Boreale is the single biggest meme in the WH40K fanbase, all thanks to his voice acting courtesy of Scott McNeil (MIGHTY IS HE!!!). This was attributed to Soulstorm's hilariously lackluster VA scripting and Scott McNeil's awesome voice acting. The combination of hilarious fail unseen since the CDi Zelda series and pretty decent voice acting propelled Boreale to his current status. In short, much like the Zelda CDi series turning into the single largest repository of hilarious YTPs and Rebecca Black being awesomely hilarious than being failtastically hilarious, Boreale swung the bar of fail so hard that fail transposed into awesome.
1d4chan Page on Indrick Boreale.

I love that it is a train wreck mishmash of Final Fantasy and Disney where you play as the biggest dork to ever grace a video game. I also love that the plot is several bad anime series blended together into a mess that is nearly incomprehensible. The games for me are the equivalent of playing a so bad it is good movie like The Room or Showgirls. It's like playing a train wreck and I love it.
— Commenter bartok here on Kingdom Hearts

"This is not the worst episode of Buffy. It’s so awful that it loops around to becoming an abstract art piece about the archaic nature of human interaction. It’s so awful that it’s as if the people made it specifically to appear on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s so awful that… well, it’s a waste of time and energy to spend one second hating it."
Mark Oshiro of Mark Does Stuff, re: the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "I, Robot... You, Jane"

"The movie is unconscionably long, and I can’t imagine ever wanting to watch it again, but I am glad I got to see vampires playing baseball. It’s the sort of thing that’s so stupid that it goes out of stupidity to become kind of neat, but then goes right back to being stupid again."
Smart Popcorn, in perhaps the best review ever given to the film of House of the Dead

"If it were better, it wouldn't be as good."
Brendan Gill, on Butterflies Are Free

"Few Christmas albums are as truly terrible as Star Wars: Christmas in the Stars, George Lucas' ill fated cash in on the Christmas season. But between the secret celebrity hiding in the credits to the seven songs sung by "robots," few Christmas albums are as enjoyably terrible as this one."
Allmusic guide review for Star Wars: Christmas In the Stars

"The acting is simply terrible, the plot just ludicrous. The characters are all stereotypes — the gruff cop with the heart of gold, the nice cop who assists him, the crusading reporter. They are also as dense as high school guidance counselors for taking 80-plus minutes to figure out the murder. Let me see. We have a bunch of women killed with gardening tools within a few city blocks. All the women used the same gardener. Nope. Got me baffled. Even Steve McGarrett couldn't figure this one out. Because of its technical and artistic incompetence, The Love Butcher remains mildly entertaining. The acting is so terrible, the story so unbelievable, you keep watching, just to find out what silliness will be foisted off on you next."
James Lowder, review of The Love Butcher (1975) for Polyhedron.

"I like how World of Synnibarr is uniquely deranged. The first time I read through it, I knew I would never see anything else quite like it, like only McCracken could have made a game that's fucked up the way Synnibarr is fucked up. It's the Plan 9 From Outer Space of RPGs... its execution was horrible, but its wrongness has this charming quality to it, and I can't help liking it nowadays. I've actually got more entertainment out of it than most of the "good" games I own, and I don't regret buying it, so in a bizarre way, McCracken actually succeeded."
Jason Sartin

"You might remember how back in the early days of video games, you could get so many points that your score would flip from 999,999 back to 0, meaning that performing too well may actually cause you to fail miserably. The opposite of this phenomenon is the case with Hulk Rules. It is so bad in so many ways, that it actually flips the scoreboard in reverse to achieve an impossible level of greatness."
Seanbaby on Hulk Rules featuring Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band

"It isn't enough that a movie be campy and mediocre. It must show incomparably flawed craftsmanship in every detail. It must be so stupefyingly artless that it IS ART, albeit of the most accidental kind."
Jeff Sconce on the Cult of Bad cinema, quoted in Henry Jenkins' Textual Poachers

"This is *so* stupid that it swings all the way around the meter and ends up right back in "Unbelievably awesome" territory..."
Godzilla Vs. Barkley at

"Magus’ myriad failings play off of each other brilliantly, turning what could have been a train wreck into a roller coaster of incredible, organic hilarity. It is a perfect storm of terrible ideas and botched execution, endlessly enjoyable in spite of itself. [...] The critic in me is forced to give it our lowest possible score, but that comes with my highest possible recommendation."
Geoffrey Thew reviews Magus

"Some games are bad because the creators' artistic vision somehow exceeded their technical grasp. Some games are bad because their teams never had the financial resources to ensure a palatable result. Some games are bad because every single element in their creation was fatally flawed, leading them to their inevitable, tragic downfall.

Then again, some games are just shit. Pure, hilarious shit."

Mamma Mia! is terrible, and yet, it's one of the very few movies that passes right through the wall in the Star Trek-way where they reverse the polarity, and you come out the other side and go, "It's strangely wonderful!"
Mark Kermode on the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! (2008)

"Whenever I’m not listening to this opera, which is most of the time, I despise it. The plot’s intrigues are unclear, there are long moments of backstage fol-di-rol that are even worse than the outside-the-inn stuff in Manon, and Cilea has no compunction about using a good tune over and over again rather than doing something thoughtful or harmonically interesting... And a 15-minute death scene? Caused by poisoned violets? Puhleeze! But then I hear those melodies—more beautiful, perhaps than any composer’s since Bellini—and fall for the sheer Romanticism and gimmickry all over again, and sit and hope that soprano, tenor, and mezzo will convince me that I’m not tossing a perfectly good two-and-a-half-hour period into the garbage."
Robert Levine, review of a DVD production of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur

"It's a rare gem of a game that manages to be immensely entertaining despite having no obvious redeeming qualities whatsoever."
Danny Cowan reviewing Magus

Submitter: Have you ever listened to your hold music?
Worker: No, but we've been asked who chose our hold music. Is it that bad?
Submitter: (laughing) It's the worst! But it gave me the best laugh, ever. Whoever this guy is, he's almost squealing when he sings the chorus.
Worker: Now I have to hear!

    Web Video 
Jack: I thought Carnosaur was a little too good.
Jay: You're the first person in the world to say that.
Jack: Me and Gene Siskel!
Rich: Gene Siskel had a good laugh after giving that a Thumbs Up. "Fuck it, I'm dying. Thumbs Up!"

It's a perfect storm of shit.

And it kicks ass! It's ungodly stupid, but it kicks ass!

From the acting, to the writing, to the directing, everything is completely wrong in this movie. But it’s so creatively wrong, it’s impossible not to get a laugh out of it. The choices made are so strange and so unnatural that it’s one of the funniest unintentional comedies you could watch. So, yes, I highly recommend it, not as an awful drama, but as a hilarious comedy. It’s guaranteed to get several laughs out of you.

This is one of those special, special films that only comes around once in a while. A film that should make me angry to my boiling point, but is just so awful, it's pretty much wonderful. (...) Dungeons and Dragons is one of those rare films that simply gets everything wrong. The casting is wrong. The writing is wrong. The story is wrong. The effects are wrong. And this strange combination somehow turns out a beautiful, beautiful butterfly of absolute horribleness.

It's nothing but shiny, glorious failure, and I love it like a mother loves a child who won't stop eating paste.
Bennett the Sage on the OVA adaptation of Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer

The Sega CD had its place in history... It's a piece of shit, but it has a certain appeal.

"YOU'RE WINNER !" is the kind of stuff that turns horrible games into legends. It's the cherry on top of the diarrhea shake.
The Angry Video Game Nerd, Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review

Whether you are a fan of the games or not, I warmly recommend you to watch it, with your buddies, under influence and in a comfy couch... A few dozen minutes, immersed in a universe with your friends, wondering how one can possibly stoop so low, trying to reconstruct the creation process to find the precise moment where the film went wrong, seeing the director's intents collapse spectacularly in a majestic crumbling of awkwardness, and feeling safe laughing like drunk pigs while mocking the film, until you realize that you only feel tenderness and indulgence towards it, and that thanks to it you just spent a wonderful moment with people dear to you.

That is the best worst thing I've ever seen. That I would play. Happily. Without remorse.

It is an enigma that transcends the limits of trash itself to become something beyond. A perfect car crash of garbage that takes the Lowest Common Denominator and divides that by zero. This isn't just trash; it's a full-on fucking landfill, and in doing so, has become the ultimate work of art.

Whew, that's a lot of errors. Maybe this book isn't so reliable after all. I definitely got some good laughs out of it, though!

I know a lot of you won't believe this, but I genuinely love this movie... just not the way most people love movies. I love it for being a perfect storm of terrible. The effects are bad, the story's bad, the acting's bad, and just about everything in the movie's bad. But somehow you combine all of those elements together, and you get one of the most entertainingly bad movies of all time.

Country Bears is not an especially well-written movie, and you could argue it does even less with the idea than the already small amount that was presented. Occasionally, there's a joke that works, but for the most part, it's relatively dated humor. Where it does succeed is in how random, strange, and unbalanced it is. For most films, being unbalanced is a bad thing, but for this, the tone is so inconsistent that you have no idea if they're gonna go for a laugh or a serious moment. And whichever they choose, it's always hilariously bizarre. It feels like they're just trying anything: any weird performance, any odd line, any freaking kooky way of shooting a scene. And that, surprisingly, makes it a lot of fun to watch. ... I smiled through the whole thing, because the humor isn't in the intentional jokes in the foreground, but the unintentional jokes in the background. The extras, the crazy line reads, the constant questioning of how and why things are happening. If you go into this movie constantly asking “why” to everything, any answer you come up with will be hilarious.

    Western Animation 
This band sucks, but it's like, they suck in a new way, like in ways we haven't seen stuff suck before, so it's like, pretty cool.
Beavis And Butthead, on a bad music video

You were so bad, you were good.

    Real Life 
Its delicious unconscious ridiculousness, and its enchanting naiveté, are as supreme and unapproachable, in their way, as are Shakespeare's sublimities... Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect.

I rise to pay my small tribute to Dr. Harding. Setting aside a college professor or two and a half dozen dipsomaniacal newspaper reporters, he takes the first place in my Valhalla of literati. That is to say, he writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
H. L. Mencken on Warren Harding's erudition

Well, call me a Whimp, drop a brick shithouse on me, but I can honestly say that I have never seen anything so wonderfully, so delightfully, so monumentally bad as Ned Kelly's Last Stand. It was so bad it was worth every penny. Actually, it was so bad it was worth more than we paid... When at last we were liberated into the sunshine, we were so delighted that we considered going in again — but A$45 is a lot of money, after all, and we feared that with repeated exposure it might begin to make some sense.
Bill Bryson on an Australian roadside attraction, In a Sunburned Country

Pompeii is laughably stupid, but I don't say that as a bad thing because heaven knows there are enough films that are boringly stupid.

I always kind of liked them. They were so bad or silly that they were good, if you know what I mean, and I think the passage of time might make them more fun now.


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