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"I beg you, learn to see `bad' films; they are sometimes sublime". -- Ado Kyrou, Le Surrealisme au cinema, 276.


Obviously, due to the subjective nature of "good" and "bad" judgments, there can be disagreement about what constitutes an "extremely bad movie". A movie usually garners an extremely bad reputation not merely for simply failing as drama, but failing to a degree out of all proportion to popular and critical expectation. Sometimes, excessive pre-release hype surrounding a film can build up expectations in viewers to an unrealistic degree; an example might be the Star Wars prequels, which, while performing extremely well at the box office, have caused great argument among fans of the series. And sometimes, audiences who are tiring of an overexposed celebrity will heap vilification upon a film starring that celebrity if it is in any way dramatically flawed; an example of this would be the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez vehicle Gigli or Guy Ritchie's Swept Away, starring his wife, pop music diva Madonna.

Among fans of low-budget cult films, the term "so bad it's good" is popularly used to refer to movies made by filmmakers who are either too inept or untalented to pull off their intentions (and seem clueless about their shortcomings), or who, despite possible latent talent, simply try too much with too limited a budget. An obvious example would the filmography of Ed Wood or Coleman Francis, or any of the myriad obscure films featured on the television spoof show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Unlike more mundane bad films, these bad films actually develop an ardent fan following who love them because of their poor quality. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_movies_that_have_been_considered_the_worst_ever

  • http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Movies/Reviews/Top_Lists/Bad_Films/ bad films category on dmoz.orgA low budget movie does not have to be a b-movie. A smart movie can be in bad taste.

    So-bad-they’re-good cult films

    Many films enjoy cult status because they are seen as ridiculously awful. The critic Michael Medved characterized examples of the "so bad it's good" class of low-budget cult film through books such as the Golden Turkey Awards.

    These films include such financially fruitless and critically scorned films as Mommie Dearest, Cool as Ice, Boxing Helena, Showgirls and Freddy Got Fingered, which have become inadvertent comedies to film buffs.

    In other cases, little known or forgotten films from the Past, usually from the 40's, 50's, and 60's, are revived as cult films, largely because they are considered goofy and senseless by modern standards, with laughable special effects and Corny Plotlines. These include Eegah, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, The Creeping Terror, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, Reefer Madness, Attack of the 50ft. Women, Many of the Japenese Godzilla movies and the films made by Ed Wood, Jr., who has been reconized as the king of the "Bad Cult Classic films" genre and who's movies have been mentioned in the documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.

    These films should not be confused with comedic cult movies like The Toxic Avenger, Bad Taste, Army of Darkness and the films of John Waters, all of which purposely utilize elements from films “so bad they’re good” for comedic effect. For further explanation on both types of film, see camp (style). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_film#So-bad-they.E2.80.99re-good_cult_films [Nov 2005]

    Andy Warhol's Bad (1977) - Jed Johnson

  • Andy Warhol's Bad (1977) - Jed Johnson [Amazon.com]
    Very John Waters-esque, darkly funny comedy about a housewife (Carroll Baker) who supplements her income as a hair remover by running a murder racket, specializing in hit ladies who take out kids and animals. Sick and bizarre, but very straight-faced: if you have the sense of humor for this sort of thing, it's loads of fun. And probably the best mainstream feature to carry Warhol's name.

    (Although, despite what the previous review says, the film is not directed by longtime Warhol associate Paul Morrissey -- it was Jed Johnson this time around -- and there is no South African surfer bedding anyone. Perry King doesn't sleep with any guys this time around, and Baker vents her sexual frustration in abject cruelty towards everyone around her.) --An Amazon.com Customer

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