We all like to pride ourselves in our impeccable taste in film, but let’s face it, we all have a list of movies we’d rather not share at dinner parties. I’m talking about those stupid, ridiculous, campy movies that are unrealistic and just plain bad, but that we happen to love to watch over and over again. I’m guilty of this, and it’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite movie that’s deemed terrible by the rest of the world – at least this is what I keep telling myself. Here’s my list, check it out:
5. Jeepers Creepers
I only have fond memories of Jeepers Creepers. It was one of the first scary movies that I was actually allowed to watch (since I was 11 when it came out), so I found it truly terrifying. Written and directed by Victor Salva, the horror movie tells the story of a pair of siblings who run into a flesh-eating monster who resides in the empty countryside. Part of the appeal of Jeepers Creepers is its unique-looking monster. He’s a blend of Freddy and Peter Greene with The Mask, and he’s got this disgusting snake skin, plus giant bat wings. But as far as horror flicks go, Jeepers Creepers gives the genre a bad name. The characters do some pretty stupid things that make you want to shout at the screen. Still, it’s always fun to watch. BEATNGU.
4. The Craft
I love The Craft. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies – up there with Breathless, The Graduate and Welcome To The Dollhouse. And that’s because I’m a girl who grew up in the 90s. You see, the idea of a band of teen witches who looked and dressed as cool as the girls from The Craft was very enticing. And not just that but this movie is actually pretty terrifying. I mean, what’s scarier that a teen girl with super powers? Only a room full of real snakes – yup, those snakes in that one scene were totally real, unlike the one in…
How did Anaconda ever make it into theaters? The movie is the equivalent of those ridiculous sea-creature movies made by the SyFy channel. The only difference between those movies and this one is that the cast includes people like Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Ice Cube (who doesn’t die by the way), Owen Wilson and Eric Stolz. But even a mega-famous cast didn’t save Anaconda from getting bashed by critics the year of its release. The movie won like six Razzie Awards in 1998. But despite its bad CGI effects, horrible acting and unrealistic plot twists, Anaconda is just one of those movies that if it’s on TV, you will probably watch it. This may have everything to do with Voight’s performance, which is so over the top he winks at the camera after he’s been killed.
2. Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin is one of the worst superhero movies ever made. George Clooney‘s impersonation of the Caped Crusader is terrible, especially with those weird nipples on that suit of his. And let’s not forget that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Mr. Freeze has a little musical number. Still, I know I’m not alone when I say that this movie is actually a fun watch. (Uma Thurman‘s Poison Ivy is my favorite. She’s a total riot!) Director Joel Shumacher‘s probably didn’t set out to make a superhero movie that was more camp than action, but he still managed to deliver something memorable. (And that it was.)
1. Deep Blue Sea
Here’s another bad movie from the scary creature genre, this time from director Renny Harlin. The plot of Deep Blue Sea is simple – a group of dumb scientists gather in an isolated facility (located in the middle of open water) to run tests on sharks, except this time, the sharks are smart enough to fight back. This was Harlin at his best (and by that I mean being able to deliver a huge summer hit). Deep Blue Sea is poorly written, predictable, and the characters are infuriating, but the movie has its perks. For one, it’s entertaining, and that’s basically the only requirement of a summer blockbuster. Then there’s the memorable and hilarious death of Samuel L. Jackson‘s character, who gets eaten by shark mid-speech. Oh, and LL Cool J is pretty great too, and he doesn’t die!
What are some of your favorite bad movies?