Question: Favorite so bad it’s good movies?

This post was inspired by contentcatnip’s embarrasingly cringey music: 70’s and 80’s edition.
The line between intentionally campy and unintentionally funny is often hard to distinguish. Below are a few films I enjoy despite ridiculous moments.

 

 

 

 

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The Room (2003)
Often cited as the worst movie ever made. A flop when released, but has since gained a cult following. Horrible acting from the lead Tommy Wiseau, he’s the worst actor I’ve ever seen. Way too many sex scenes as well as scenes of throwing a ball. That laugh Johnny has, “ha ha” is hilarious. How the hell did this film cost $6 million!? 🙂
Just about the only positive is the photography of San Francisco in the intro.
If you enjoy “so badly done it’s funny”, an essential watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones was always a bit campy and over the top. The realism was lost in Temple of Doom which I love but when a boy is beating up grown men it’s hard not to chuckle. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) also took liberties with reality such as Shia LaBeouf swinging through trees like Tarzan accompanied by monkeys. Ludicrous yet amusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flash Gordon (1980)

Based on a cartoon strip from the 1930s. Was it intended to be funny? Who knows. What I do know is as a child I loved the sets and the colors. Great escapism. Like a world you have never been to and the characters are very memorable. I’ve read the filmmakers kept fiddling around with the script, trying to decide whether to be funny or realistic. Has a camp style similar to the 1960s TV series Batman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moonraker (1979)

Cashing in on the Star Wars hype in the late 70s, Moonraker is easily the silliest Roger Moore Bond film. The scenes with henchman Jaws are so laughable that it’s endearing. And the gondola chase in Venice should be in a comedy movie, not a secret agent film. The best scene in is “You missed Mr Bond.” “Did I?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Commando (1985)

Suitable when you are craving a mindless action film. The 92 minutes just fly by. Especially the opening hour surprises with its action sequences. The acting and one-liners tend towards so-bad-it’s-good territory. The silliness is part of the fun. I still consider Commando a quintessential Schwarzenegger actioner, and superior to the movies he’s made in recent times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Showgirls (1995)

A very divisive film. Is it a misunderstood satirical masterpiece or superficial misogynistic trash? I’m not sure. Some believe it’s worthy of critical re-evaluation such as Adam Nayman who examines the film in his book It Doesn’t Suck. Others laugh at it ironically.
I’ve only seen Showgirls once and was never boring to me, although the frequent nudity was overdone. The characters do illogical things, such as kiss someone for no apparent reason besides it’s sexy. The ridiculous ending is an improbable one-in-a-million coincidence. The movie derailed Elizabeth Berkley’s career but has gained cult movie status. Although the film was not successful when first released, it generated $100 million from video rentals and became one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Road House (1989)

About bouncers and with plenty of bar room brawls. Big chunks of the movie are clichéd, the acting is below average, and the dialogue an 80s cheese-fest. Yet somehow defies logic and is entertaining throughout!
Roger Ebert wrote: “Road House exists right on the edge between the “good-bad movie” and the merely bad. I hesitate to recommend it, because so much depends on the ironic vision of the viewer. This is not a good movie”.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you watch any of these films and what is your opinion? Which bad movies do you think are entertaining?

 

26 thoughts on “Question: Favorite so bad it’s good movies?

  1. I disagree on Roadhouse, Commando, Temple of Doom, and Moonraker. I don’t think they’re bad films (though Moonraker is very flawed) but awesome films that never take themselves seriously.

    Roadhouse is stupid fun and it shows exactly why ballet is so useful when it comes to kicking ass. Patrick Swayze brought that rare quality into his fighting style which is a gracefulness. Commando is a perfect action film. Yet, it does teach you a lesson in the end of the film. If you’re going to force someone to kill a political rival, make sure that person isn’t a bad-ass commando. However, if that commando has Alyssa Milano as a daughter and her father is Ahnold… Jabroni, you’re going to need a 10 factories worth of body bags.

    Temple of Doom I enjoyed for how silly it is including the scene of the cuisines with all of those creatures. The less said about the 4th film, the better because I refuse to acknowledge its existence.

    Showgirls is a mixed bag. I saw it on TV when I was 15 as I was excited by the site of seeing Jessie Spano as a stripper and well… it was too much for me in terms of camp. Nowadays, I don’t take it seriously other than just a mediocre remake of All About Eve yet it is entertaining in how bad it is including that over-the-top and extremely ridiculous sex scene in the pool.

    I’ve only seen bits of Flash Gordon but I don’t remember much of it and I still haven’t seen The Room other than those infamous bits and I don’t think I’d want to see it.

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    1. @ninvoid99: Thanks for your thoughts. You’re right, most of the selections here don’t take themselves too seriously. I can laugh a bit while watching and none of these films are dull. Then it wouldn’t make the list if it was boring. Road House features on “so-bad-it’s good” lists but whether a film is bad is always subjective.

      Due to behind the scenes disagreements, the lead actor in Flash Gordon (1980) was dubbed which sounds slightly comical, and there are scenes which are over the top, but the movie is incredibly likeable, colorful and rewatchable. A must see for any fan of 80s cinema.

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    1. @jeremyjames: Haven’t seen Ishtar, the trailer is cringy 🙂 While researching I stumbled on a few that probably are awesomely terrible: Double Down (2005), Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983). Or maybe they’re just terrible.

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    1. @sati: Sam Elliott is often great in supporting roles. He packs a punch in Road House in more ways than one!

      I haven’t dared go near Wicker Man remake. It sounds like a good laugh though.

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  2. I cannot explain why I love Paul W.S. Anderson’s Soldier as much as I do, but I do love it. I adore how completely pretentious it is to assume that the world would accept this movie as being in the Blade Runner universe. I love that Kurt Russell sidelined his career for 18 months to make this turkey. I love Clint Eastwood was originally attached to the project. I love the fact that the box office take for this movie was six million less than Russell’s salary.

    So there it is.

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    1. @SJHoneywell: We all have films we get a kick out of even though we probably shouldn’t! As a fan of Blade Runner I’m slightly curious though as to its world building. Funny anecdote about Kurt Russell’s salary(!)

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    1. @Wendell: Was fun putting this together, a humorous attempt at a post.

      Temple of Doom is non-stop entertainment, as an adult requires suspension of disbelief as I find parts of it unrealistic.

      I just watched Dolemite Is My Name (2019) on Netflix so it’s possible I’ll give the 1970s original a watch from your guilty pleasure list.

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  3. Thanks so much for mentioning my post in here 🙂 I love-hated some of these movies you mentioned.

    The Room is one of them. I didn’t do it…I did naaaaaat and ‘Oh Hi Mark…Oh Hi Danny’ the memes just never end with it.

    Roadhouse…yeah I remember this one too, confusing because it’s so corney and yet also so good.

    I haven’t seen these other ones, look good/bad and I will have to check them out.

    Some more I would like to suggest

    Beaches starring Bette Midler, a classic weepie chick-flick from the 80’s.

    Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, a surreal and weird journey into the mind of a mad-genius.

    Universal Soldier starring Dolf Lungren, my brother’s favourite movie as a child.

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    1. @Content Catnip: You’re welcome!

      The Room is extremely quoatable for sure.

      Saw Moonwalker (1988). The speed demon sequence is fun and so is the part when MJ turns into a transformer. The scenes when he’s hanging out with kids I can’t watch anymore.

      I’ve seen Universal Soldier (the first one), I think liked it at the time but don’t remember much. Jean-Claude Van Damme made far worse films 🙂

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      1. Yes I agree about MJ it is really shocking and sad how all of that panned out. It difficult for me to accept easily as I loved Michael Jackson as a child, but nonetheless it happened.

        Yes Van Dam was a very wooden actor in terms of action movies I agree.

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    1. @Thomas: I was close to including Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Comet (1984). During my research, Manos popped up in a YouTube video.
      Would be an interesting topic for a documentary or book, interviewing the makers of these “bad” movies and finding out if they embrace or reject the so-bad-it’s-good notoriety. Life after Flash (2017) kind of does that. Tommy Wiseau made a good living from his (mis)fortune. Ed Wood died so can’t ask him. I don’t know about the rest.

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  4. I remember very little about Temple of Doom except for the actress screaming for the entire film! I saw Commando about 20 years ago but was a fan.
    Interesting question, I’ll be thinking about other films that meet that bad/good description!

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    1. @Silver Screenings: I haven’t seen Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) or the other 1960s Beach Party movies you mention on twitter. Sounds like hold a special place in your movie watching!

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  5. Nice picks! I feel like too many of my “guilty pleasure” movies are so-bad-they’re-good. I’m on the same page with you about RoadHouse. It’s ridiculously silly and 80s, which makes it kind of hard to hate. I’d add The Haunting remake (1999) and Poseidon to the list too.

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    1. @Katy: Thank you! I think it’s normal to have “guilty pleasure” movies 🙂 No point in hiding it. I watched The Haunting(1999) back in the day, I remember the actors involved and not much else!

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