As part of the podcast we’ve been watching and reviewing one Best Worst Movie every month. From this we’ve compiled the ultimate list of films that are “so bad, they’re good”:
1. Troll 2
Don’t be fooled by the title. There’s no trolls, and it’s not a sequel to the little-known movie of the 80s, Troll. Instead a family goes on holiday to the village of Nilbog (try reading it backwards). There, they got a somewhat chilly reception from the townspeople, who seem determined to get them to eat the local vegetarian cuisine. Possibly the only film in existence that seems to be an allegory in favour of processed meat over vegetarianism. And even that isn’t its greatest sin.
2. The Room
Written, starring and directed by Tommy Wiseau, The Room, is often referred to as the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Wiseau plays Johnny, whose fiance, Lisa, starts an affair with his best friend, Mark. How will Johnny react when he finds out the horrible truth that the two people he thought loved him most have betrayed him? Possibly like this.
Aliens are coming. And they have a plan. Of sorts. They plan to reanimate the dead to prove once and for all they are real to the citizens of earth. Then again, another plan (Plan 10?) seems to be to destroy earth before they discover an energy so powerful it could destroy the whole universe. Directed by Ed Wood, who many only know of thanks to Tim Burton’s excellent film, this is considered the grandaddy of Best Worst Movies.
The Howling 4‘s plot is surprisingly similar to Troll 2, in that it’s about a strange village with a secret. Marie is an author who decides to go to the village to get some peace and quiet. The problem is the howlings, and the visions that accompany them, go a long way to preventing her from doing so. If it wasn’t for badly dubbed dialogue, poor acting, lack of suspense, and predictable final reveal, this would be a fairly average movie. As it is, it’s a great bad one.
The martians have a problem. The children of Mars are sad. They’re not eating their food, and only want to watch earth television. So the martians come up with a plan: kidnap Santa Claus; surely he, of all people can bring the fun back to the red planet.
A film titled Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus needs no plot synopsis.
7. Titanic II
It’s 2012, a hundred years since the launch of the Titanic. Some genius (played by Shane Van Dyke, grandson of Dick) has the idea of building and launching another boat in its image. Nothing can possibly go wrong? Right?
8. The Church
Built on an ancient burial ground, The Church in question is has its seal broken. Who knows what lurk beneath its foundations, waiting to get out? (Hint: They’re not those friendly spirits you hear so much about).