Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite “So Bad It’s Good” Movie?

This weekend’s review of “Resident Evil: Retribution” drew some interesting reactions, a number of which touched on the patented FMR “Split Grade”.

There’s really no other way for me to convey the phenomenon. There are some movies that defy conventional logic. The acting is bad – often atrocious. The script is laughable, maybe the special effects are substandard… but instead of being angry, or disappointed, you’re laughing. Having fun. And when it’s done, you’re like, “That was terrible. I loved it!”

So many movies wind up “failing hysterically” that it should almost be a sub genre of its own. There are classics, such as “The Room” or “Troll 2″, and any number of additions annually. This year alone brought “Battleship” and “Resident Evil: Retribution”, just off the top of my head.

What are YOUR favorites? Everyone has one or two! What movies absolutely stink, but you love watching them anyways, because they’re so funny?

What’s YOUR favorite “So Bad It’s Good” movie?

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105 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite “So Bad It’s Good” Movie?

  1. OK, before this chapter of Tossin’ It ends I have to toss out PINK FLAMINGOS. I really feel this is the one. Bad enough to make you puke but still you can’t stop watching it. Divine the transvestite Bozo doing all to save her/his title as the “Filthiest person alive”. If it means sex with a chicken, licking the insides of your house top to bottom, or eating dog shit she’s your man/woman. She’s/he’s so bad it’s good!

  2. The Tomb Raider films pop to my mind. I can’t help it. I know they’re bad. I know there’s not much to those films. And yet, I love them both.

    • Yeah, they’re fun.

      Daniel Craig can’t do an American accent though. LOL. Everytime he says “Lara” I’m like, ohhhh mannn…

      Its funny too, most British actors seem to have no trouble, but he does…

  3. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    It was an engaging sci-fi,action cheesefest years ago;
    the plot is ridiculous and Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall are fun to watch.
    Still a decent watch because it’s over the top silly sci-fi with hacky special effects that I still enjoy.

    “When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”
    -Jack Burton (Russell), Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

    • Ah, the movie that was very nearly (sort of) the sequel to “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension!” titled “Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League”? Damn, does that mean TAoBBAt8D! would count? Because I totally adore the hell out of that one. BTiLC was a good time, too.

      • I guess… I dont know.

        I think there’s a difference between cheesy and Bad. A lot of people aren’t 100% latching on to the distinction today.

        I think BB 8D means to get every laugh it gets. As does Big Trouble. Whereas a movie like Troll 2 or Samurai Cop… may not. LOL

      • So perhaps the distinction would be intentional vs. unintentional with regards to the possible laughs? As in:
        Cheesy= Intentionally allowing for laughs by being aware of the films shortcomings and the filmmakers accepting them within the film.
        Bad= Filmmakers believed it to be a serious film despite the fact that it has glaring shortcomings to make it funny to the viewer by contrast.

        If that’s the case, I stand behind my original comments. Cheese is tasty while bad, for the most part, is just bad.

      • Yes, that’s exactly what I’d say in terms of definitions.

        And I’d just echo again the sadness I have that you can’t find the joy in the horrendous. LOL. The majesty of “The Room” will escape you…. :( I wouldnt want to live in that world, myself, personally.

      • I guess the way I see it film-making is a craft. please allow me to use model making as something of a metaphore here, if I may:

        In order to make a good, resilient model, you need to have parts of good quality as well as someone with the skill (or at the very least some well-placed dumb luck) to put it together in a way that makes it into something. When one of either 1) the quality of the parts used or 2) the skill (or luck) of the person is missing, you can still have some small level of something salvageable. But when the model is really just a moron playing with a cow turd in a field, no matter how funny that might be to some, its still just a dumbass playing in shite to me.

  4. This sounds kind of stuck-up, but I’ve never seen a film where I said afterwards, “that was so bad it was good!” If it’s bad at all, then I hate it!! I guess you’re talking about really corny films that are still endearing, and maybe those are before my time…but I can’t stand corn. Or cheese…or pretty much anything other kind of food in movies;)

    And way to bash a movie I’m looking forward to…haha:) I’ve seen all the previous ones, so I just want the zombies to FINALLY DIE!!! (Again…) They better be saving an amazing trick for the end, because Alice has done just about everything by now, has she not? Bring in some more dead dogs, why don’t you…

    • Well… LOL. I didnt WANT to bash it. It… it… MADE me do it! :D

      So wait though. You wanted to see “Resident Evil”, but you claim to not like movies that are so bad theyre good?

      Logically, can I infer that you feel the “Resident Evil” films are legitimately good? LOL!

  5. Not the same type of “so bad it’s good” as the examples you listed, but Rat Race.

    “What movies absolutely stink, but you love watching them anyways, because they’re so funny?”
    RAT RACE, without a doubt.

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    • I like Jason X, too. Good call. I can do any Friday the 13th movie, and 3/4 of them are bad. But some of them have more going for them in terms of enjoyment factor in a “So Bad Its Good” way than others! :D

  7. So Bad They’re Good:

    “Capricorn One” – Amazing lack of acting skills
    “Cliffhanger”, “Cobra” and… let’s not forget “Rhinestone”, where Stallone sings with Dolly Parton!
    “Futureworld” – Old sci-fi rules!
    “Exorcist 2 The Heretic” – Richard Burton is dead serious in a hilarious flick!
    “SuperGirl”- Peter O’Toole’ s worst, check it out !
    “Split Second” with Rutger Hauer fighting an alien serial killer. This one is a classic!
    “88 Minutes” with Al Pacino
    “The Box” with Cameron Diaz
    “Hard Target” with Jean Claude Van Damme – ’nuff said!

    • Ha! You’re a big fan of the genre, I can tell, Ruxundra. :D

      I’ve seen most of those, and a lot of them are that kind of “Fun Bad” that makes them enjoyable…

      I dont know if you could pay me to rewatch 88 minutes though. LOL

      Been way too long since I’ve seen Supergirl, though! :D

  8. Wow, just watched Zardoz. Man, what a hilarious mess! I couldn’t believe it, it’s splendid. As of now, it goes no. 1 on that list.

    Also recommended, “Bobby Deerfield” with Al Pacino, one big missfire, and “Scarface” of course, for Pacino’s accent and “dialogues” which are extremely funny. Not to mention “Gigli” and those awkward monologues (Christopher Walken rules though)

    You might also check out “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey”, which aren’t exactly bad, but certainly fun. Also fun is “They Live!” for the hilarious lack of subtlety and zero acting skills. These 3 flicks aren’t exactly “bad” because they obviously don’t take themselves too seriously, like “Zardoz” for instance.

    • Lol. ZarDOZZZZZ!!! :D That movie IS freaking sooooo bad. Lol. That speedo with bandoliers combo outfit that Connery sports is hysterical in and of itself!

      I’ve stayed away from Gili, and don’t recall Bobby Deerfield… But I’ve seen the rest. Bill and Ted 1 was a decent, goofy comedy in the way it was intended. 2 though… Eesh. If someone enjoys it, it’s GOT to be on a so bad it’s good level, cause it IS bad.

      Scarface is GREAT. A pop culture classic. But it’s in this strange zone… A cheesy classic. I certainly wouldn’t call it good, although its decent… On a straight up level. But it’s not a bad movie either. I suppose “so bad it’s good” comes close to describing it… I don’t know.

      I do know I love it.

      Ju a communist? Huh?

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