There exists a group of films that are so incredibly terrible, so mind blowingly awful, that they make viewers question whether or not it’s really just one big, ironic joke. These films often go on to become cult classics in badness, and must-sees for any self-identified movie buff. Many of these films are best enjoyed with a group of friends, a few beers, and a film specific drinking game ready to go (just be careful not to get too carried away). In fact, enjoying bad movies, according to some experts, might just be a sign of intelligence! So get your gang together, find some of these movies, and prepare to be amazed.
1. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
This is a staple on any viewing list of bad movies. Considered by many as the “worst film of all time,” this 1959 flick, directed by Ed Wood, is about aliens attacking Los Angeles, and awakening zombies in a Hollywood cemetery. This film has pretty much come to define camp as a genre.
2. Battlefield Earth (2000)
Battlefield Earth is a John Travolta-led, Scientology-infused sci-fi disaster with just a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s based on the book of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. It’s something about aliens having taken over the planet…but the real entertainment is in the terrible acting, script, and Travolta’s dreadlocks.
3. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Birdemic is bad in every way imaginable, and also in ways you can’t imagine. Inspired by Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, it tells the tale of another bird attack, this time in modern day Silicon Valley. It looks as though it was shot on a digital pocket camera from 2006, the sound is terribly done, the acting is worse, and it all comes together perfectly to infuse it with its awful indie charm.