Do we love bad movies for the same reason that we love watching a man fall down? Is it some mixture of schadenfreude and cruelty that keeps us coming back to waste more hours on bad dialogue, worse lighting, inane structure and the rest of the misfit toys?
I guess there might be a bit of that in it. Public humiliation is entertaining, to a degree. But I prefer to think that lists like this one (and the untold hours I’ve spent consuming trash) are instead rooted in a desire for vulnerability, in a search for a glimpse, scabs and all, of someone else’s soul.
That’s what reality TV originally had going for it. I wonder if it’s a similar hunger that lends cinematic monstrosities their lurid appeal? After all, for a movie to reach the heights of awfulness that are cataloged in this list, someone has to try really, really hard. And fail really, really hard. If the movie is completely phoned in, it falls so flat that no one wants to watch it for any reason, even to laugh at it.
Well, who knows. I just know that I love these shit-horrible movies. If there’s a movie that you’re shocked is missing from this list, make sure to check out our original post on this topic: “Top 5 ‘So Bad They’re Good’ Movies“!