Horror fans round the world have very differing opinions on the horror's different sub genre's - but at a glance you have some very standout ones: Gore porn, torture porn, horror-thrillers, horror comedy, paranormal, supernatural, serial killer, creature features...etc.
A less appreciated, but highly valued group falls somewhere short of these...not quite horror comedy, but rather horror so bad its accidentally comical.
Some films, especially one near and dear to my heart (listed below), enter into this sub category willingly - but most, in fact the best, end up there purely by accident.
Last week I (Papa Bacchus) took a more serious approach to horror, analyzing and speaking to something incredibly important to me in horror - sound. Looking to take the pedal off the gas and have some fun with y'all - not to mention a few drinks - lets talk about the worst you've ever seen. The stuff so goddamn bad its masterfully spectacularly hilarious - and I've got a few to start.
(Now, these are in no particular order, just 5 movies so terrible I absolutely love 'em. I totally encourage you to bring yours to the forefront in the comments)
I'm bringing this one up early because I know they were going for the shtick, the tongue in cheek terrible low budget glory. But at a budget of $5,000 they absolutely deserve recognition.
Whats it about? Cursed turkey axes some college kids off during Thanksgiving break.
What makes it so bad its good? Ok, so, allow me to repeat myself a little bit. A cursed. turkey. axes some college kids. Also, said turkeys foul as sin, has a penchant for titties, and at one point wears a young girls fathers face as a disguise. AND GETS AWAY WITH IT. Oh, and he screws a chick with a gravy flavored condom. THE TURKEY, that is.
The Wicker Man
Without a doubt one of the larger budget films that absolutely wanted to be taken seriously, The Wicker Man features one of the most iconic scenes in recent history, that horror fans the world round source constantly. I am speaking, of course, of Nic Cage in full bear get up decking a chick.
Whats it about? A shitty sheriff suffers an even shittier ending at the hands of some pagans.
What makes it so bad its good? I mean...Nicolas Cage. Yes there's a myriad of problems with the film, but the real one is how serious Nic is trying to be - despite all his imminent issues with the bears and the bees (quite literally). Don't believe me?
I mean seriously. This movie is chockabock full of some of the most "WHAT the F" moments I've ever seen.
Hahahahaha...ah..ha...man. I mean, honestly, I really don't know what to say here, except that if this isn't somewhere on EVERYONES list, it should be.
Whats it about? A homicidal tire discovers psychic powers and sets his murderous sights on a sleepy desert town.
What makes it so bad its good? For fracks sake - the premise centers on a HOMICIDAL TIRE. I just don't know how it can possibly get any more WTF than that. Maybe the way it watches TV?
Or, perhaps the crew it runs with?
I couldn't make this shit up if I wanted too, people.
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising
Did you know that 10 puppet master movies were made? We didn't either. Not until we set eyes on this beautiful piece of work. One of our first favorites, Puppet Master X features the wonderful Mad Brad Potts, and absolutely takes the cake in the WTF dept. So goddamn bad its brilliant! (Check out our review, its worth your time)
Whats it about? Boyfriend and girlfriend duo face off against the Nazi's, who've now dominated the intelligent and homicidal puppet market.
What makes it so bad its good? Archetypal characters, a brilliant mixture of over the top acting and ridiculously racist puppets, and Nazi's. Whats more to ask?
Birdemic: Shock and Terror
Ugh. I want you all to know it absolutely pains me to wrap my list up with this one, but I have to. In the history of movies so bad they're good, this tops the list. If you could possibly come up with one better, I'd REALLY like to hear it. It hurts my liver just to think of how wonderfully horrifically bad this one was...and how much, in spite of myself, I enjoyed it. And I reviewed it. INSANELY DRUNK.
Whats it about? Some birds attack some people. That's...I mean thats pretty much it.
What makes it so bad its good? The absolute disregard for production value. The 'F you' attitude towards story, direction, and acting. Oh, and effects. I mean, what effects there were. You will find yourself clawing at the inside of your eyelids trying to figure this one out - I'm personally still suffering a bit of PTSD here, and I've seen A Serbian Film many times..
What do you think? Do you have any favorites that would fit into this list?? Let me know!