Some films are bad, some films are really bad, but some films are so bad they become good. Some are the spawn of big budget franchises, some are direct to DVD and garner a cult following. Today, I celebrate five films that are so bad that you can’t help but enjoy them.
I could have included many more than the five featured here, but these are my favourite “bad” movies. They’re the ones I always find myself watching when I’m flicking through the TV channels or when I need to kill a few hours and always find myself enjoying them despite their poor critical reception.
Take a look inside and tell me what you think.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%
Wild Things gained notoriety very quickly when it was first released, not for its ensemble cast who are all on fine form or its pulpy storyline no, it was for the sex scenes between its three leads and the headlines that brought with it. Despite the headlines, Wild Things is actually pretty good, and is the highest rated film on the list. Its cast features the likes of Kevin Bacon, Bill Murray, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell & Denise Richards who all seem to be having fun with their roles as each of them make the most of their screen time. The film plays out like a trashy novel, mixing crime & mystery elements to make a movie that may well be instantly forgettable but still has enough going for it to make a deeply fun time nonetheless. Guilty Pleasure Level: 2/5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 21%
In all honesty, I quite like Alien Vs Predator. It’s not a bad movie at all and does exactly what it sets out to do, showcasing two of the most popular movie creatures of all time going head to head and, forgive the wrestling term here, laying the smack down on each other. It’s not too long, running at 101 minutes, and is a hell of a lot more fun than the grandiose Prometheus ever was, and it doesn’t deny it’s connection to either franchise. Maybe the expectation on these two heavyweights was too much for the film to withstand, or maybe I’ve just got really poor taste, but Alien Vs Predator will always be a fun film for me as it pure throwaway dross and knows it. Just don’t watch the sequel; AvP: Requiem, now that is terrible. Guilty Pleasure Level: 3/5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
It’s the simple things in life that really stick with you isn’t it, and there’s nothing more simple than seeing a group of scientists and deep-sea explorers getting eaten by genetically enhanced sharks. Deep Blue Sea, much like AvP doesn’t pretend to be anymore than it is, and for that you have to respect it. The Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) directed creature feature has a good cast to its name, with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Thomas Jane and the always fun to watch LL Cool J. The plot is the best kind of nonsense, as a group of scientists search for a cure to Alzheimer’s, only for one of them to go rogue and enhance the brain capacity of three mako sharks believing it will help their research, but things go seriously wrong when the sharks become smarter & a lot more dangerous. The film had an impact on popular culture too, featuring on Den Of Geek’s “10 surprise deaths in blockbuster movies” and was spoofed in an episode of Sealab 2021. Deep Blue Sea is deliriously fun and is best watched with your brain firmly in off mode. Guilty Pleasure Level: 3/5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%
The reviews for the second film in the Transformers series were pretty scathing, with Rotten Tomatoes summing the movie up thusly; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a noisy, under plotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch.” Personally, I think that’s a little harsh. Yes, it’s half an hour too long, has a plot as bloated as a fat man at an all you can eat buffet and features some truly annoying characters. However, until half of the cast lands in Egypt to find the MacGuffin of leadership, the action is pretty non-stop and Michael Bay crafts a few stand out scenes. The first of those is the ridiculously OTT opening featuring Optimus Prime parachuting from a military cargo plane as the Autobots attempt to catch a Decepticon hiding out in Japan. The second is the forest fight where Optimus Prime (again) fights off three Decepticons before meeting his untimely demise at the hands of Megatron. While Revenge Of The Fallen is nowhere near to being a great or even good film, it is 2 hours 30 minutes of harmless fun, and it remains a much better watch than the dreadful Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Guilty Pleasure Level: 4/5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18%
Judge Dredd is an absolutely terrible film, have no doubt about that, it really is truly terrible, but as with the other films on this list it’s so bad it’s good. Die hard fans of the character will no doubt berate the film for several reasons; Stallone’s ridiculous performance, Rob Schneider providing comic relief and the removal of Judge Dredd’s helmet (yes, sacrilege). In fact, Judge Dredd was so bad, we didn’t see another movie featuring the character for 17 years, until the excellent Dredd, starring Karl Urban came out. So, why is Judge Dredd on the list? Well, it’s all of the above, the film is so appallingly bad it’s impossible not to have fun watching it. With a plot involving Dredd being set up for murder by his twin brother Rico (who looks nothing like him), the film spirals out of control from the first scene. Rob Schneider proves more annoying than funny and Sylvester Stallone hams it up so much the whole thing becomes a farce. My advice for anyone watching this movie who hasn’t seen it before; grab a few beers and treat it as a parody and it may not feel so bad in the end. Guilty Pleasure Level: 5/5