The Best Bad Movies Of All Time

By Sarah Norman | February 19, 2024


Are you ready, dear readers, to comb through some of the best 'so bad they're good' movies ever made? Throughout film history there exists a category of cinema that defies all conventional notions of quality, where incompetence becomes an art form and hilarity ensues as a byproduct of earnest ambition gone horribly awry. These cinematic gems aren't just bad; they're gloriously, unapologetically, and irresistibly bad. They are the kind of movies that leave you questioning the very fabric of reality, wondering how such spectacular misfires could ever make it to the silver screen.

From the bafflingly bizarre narrative choices of The Room to the otherworldly horrors of Troll 2, and the intergalactic incompetence of Plan 9 From Outer Space, we'll delve into a curated selection of films that have achieved cult status for all the wrong reasons. So, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of cinematic ineptitude as we explore these unforgettable classics.

Are you ready to revel in the cinematic absurdity? Then, my friends, let's continue reading and embark on this unforgettable journey through the best 'so bad they're good' movies ever made.

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Cats is a mesmerizing trainwreck of a movie that somehow manages to capture the essence of a spectacularly bad film while attempting to adapt Andrew Lloyd Webber's inexplicably popular musical. From the very start, you could sense that turning humanoid felines slinking, singing, and dancing through the back alleys of London into a movie would be a colossal challenge. And whoo boy it's an absolute catastrophe, complete with unintentional terror thanks to the nightmarish CGI that turns even esteemed performers like Judi Dench and Taylor Swift into unsettling AI-generated meme creatures.

Director Tom Hooper deserves some credit for embracing the sheer weirdness of Webber's vision without any hint of ironic detachment. Who could resist the allure of watching a star-studded cast prancing and crooning in the heart of the uncanny valley? Cats is a straight up a cinematic catastrophe, but it's a must-see for those who revel in the mesmerizing spectacle of good intentions gone horribly awry.

Manos: The Hands of Fate

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Manos: The Hands of Fate is a remarkable testament to the bizarre allure of bad cinema, and its legacy has transcended even the wildest expectations of its creators. Rescued from cinematic obscurity in the 1990s by the aficionados of trash cinema over at Mystery Science Theatre 3000, this satanic-panic horror flick was essentially born from a dare and initially screened only a handful of times in El Paso before vanishing into oblivion. Its miraculous resurrection on cable television, where it was mercilessly lampooned by a pair of snarky androids, breathed new life into this cinematic oddity.

Manos stands as a monument to the unintentionally hilarious, boasting a cornucopia of continuity errors, technical blunders, and narrative detours that boggle the mind. It's a film so mind-bendingly awful that one might even consider it a pre-cursor to weird cinema like Blood of a Poet or even David Lynch's Twin Peaks saga if there were any indication that its perplexing shortcomings were deliberate, but alas, they're not. Manos: The Hands of Fate is a testament to the enduring appeal of spectacular cinematic failure, and it's a must-see for aficionados of the bizarre and the inexplicable.