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Movies So Bad They Are Good

I’m not sure we’ve talked about it before on World’s Strongest Librarian, but I am addicted to movies that are terrible. B movies, usually horror films, that are unintentionally (or in some rare cases, intentionally) hilarious. Some of the best karate movies also fall into this category.

So while we have been griping about songs that are terrible, book that are terrible, and in the near future we will be griping about foods that are horrible, but today we are talking about good movies, that are also bad. Movies that are so awful that they are good, awesome, hilarious, and nifty, not to get too technical about it.

Note: I did not go to film school. But if you are looking for someone who feels like I do about these movies, but writes about them with a lot more skill, I would highly recommend Brian Collins’ hilarious blog Horror Movie A Day. It’s just what it sounds like. He watches a horror movie every day and reviews it, and I’d say the ratio of groaners to great films is highly skewed in favor of the groaners. He’s a funny, smart writer, and there is also some terrible language on the site, so be warned. But he deserves more readers.

Now then, here is a quick list of good-bad movies that I absolutely love.

  • Troll 2
  • Cool As Ice (starring Vanilla Ice)
  • King Of The Kickboxers: American American Shaloin
  • ape_movie

    yes, he fights a shark


  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • Manos: Hands of Fate
  • Death Spa
  • Dolemite
  • Sinbad (starring Lou Ferrigno)

And that’s what I’ve got off the top of my head today. Now I’ll turn it over to you. Let’s make this a big list. And seriously, please go say hi to Brian at Horror Movie a Day.


PS, if you are looking for a great horror movie, I would highly recommend Frozen by Adam Green. It is the best thriller I have watched in a long time.

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  • Anne Bender November 5, 2010, 9:55 am

    The Toxic Avenger & Attack of the Killer Tomatoes are my two all time favorite B movies. When I was little (yes, I’m THAT old), my brother and I would sing the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes song (it’s playing in my head right now!). Good times.

    • Jen H November 5, 2010, 2:49 pm

      Toxic Avenger, yes! great terrible film.

  • Andrew Frenette November 5, 2010, 9:55 am

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

  • Amy November 5, 2010, 9:56 am

    Haha drop the zero and get with the Hero!

    I love the cheesy Mormon flicks like Pride & Prejudice, Mobsters & Mormons, Baptist at the BBQ, the Singles Ward movies. They are so awful but they crack me up.

  • Ry St November 5, 2010, 10:03 am

    For me, it was and will always be Surf Ninjas, from that period where cheap, bad movies could be shot and visually the shots looked like were from a decent TV show.

    God I love that movie so much. I can watch it over and over again.

  • Dean November 5, 2010, 10:27 am

    Did anyone happen to catch that crazy movie called “Sharktopus” about a month ago. I think it was on TBS…. Eric Roberts was in it. It was soooooo awful, but I couldn’t turn it off, I got sucked in to the tentacles!

  • Alex Despain November 5, 2010, 10:41 am

    One of my fav movies is The Last Dragon. A must see 80s film. It features Bruce Lee-roy fighting the Shogun of Harlem.

    Plot Summary
    A young man searches for the “master” to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and an rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.

    • Mark Grant November 5, 2010, 6:10 pm

      Bruce Leroy? Catches bullets…with his TEETH?!

  • Chris B November 5, 2010, 12:20 pm

    How about Road House with Patrick Swayze and all the pseudo-Zen-master pop psychology woven around long bouts of punching and kicking the “bad guys”?
    “Pain don’t hurt.”

  • Kosmo @ The Soap Boxers November 5, 2010, 12:46 pm

    The Last Supper qualifies as bad, according to those who have watched it with me. I’m a fan, though. Then again, it’s the sort of thing that I write fairly often, so it’s not surprising that I found it to be hilarious.


  • Mark Grant November 5, 2010, 6:15 pm

    I have to put my vote in for a movie I watched recently called Full Ride. Synopsis: young high school football player gets in trouble with the law and gets sentenced to play football in a charity game. Turns out the coach only wants to use the kid to get a job coaching college, and the town slut wants to use the kid as a ticket out of the tiny town. I think it was meant to be taken seriously, but it turns out the acting is horrible, the cinematography is ridiculous, and the movie is unintentionally friggin’ hilarious. Watch it with your friends “Mystery Science Theatre”-style. Oh, and Warren Buffet’s son did the music for it.

  • Andrew Frenette November 5, 2010, 7:10 pm

    Okay, I came up with a few others:

    After the Fall of New York (2019 – Dopo la caduta di New York)
    Cyborg (and every other J.C. Van Damme movie)
    Warrior of the Lost World
    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared Syn
    Anything Kevin Costner did before Dances With Wolves
    Anything Kevin Costner did after Dances With Wolves
    Fallen Knight (also known as The Minion)

  • Kirk November 6, 2010, 8:07 am

    My ultimate so bad its good film is Commando. The plot is thin and goofs numerous . That said action is non-stop, there are some great cheesy one liners, a massive on screen body count (approx 146 deaths) and the whole thing doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.

    There was an online campaign / petition to release a director’s cut on DVD which succeeded. If it wasn’t for the internet I’d have no idea that it still had such a keen following. http://www.commandofans.com

  • Pim November 7, 2010, 5:59 am

    Running Man, from Schwarzenegger was pretty good-bad.

    Arnie has just sawn someone in half and then says: ‘He had to split”

    Tremors, and some Gremlins clone that I can’t remember the title of.

    The park is mine starring Tommy Lee Jones

    the Wanderers

    Nearly all Jackie Chan movies.

    The Barbarians, Red Sonja, Beastmaster

    the list does go on

    • Jen H November 8, 2010, 12:43 pm

      Thanks for the Beastmaster suggestion: I had forgotten all about that masterpiece of cheesy cinema! Pretty sure I saw that movie 15 times, my little brother and I could recite most of the dialogue from memory (not that the dialogue was all that challenging)

      • Chris B November 9, 2010, 8:56 am

        Who cared about the story or dialogue in Beastmaster – all I wanted to do was look at that gorgeous body and set of abs!

        • Pim November 10, 2010, 4:46 am

          Gorgeous body? This is Marc Singer we’re talking about.

        • Josh Hanagarne November 10, 2010, 2:09 pm

          His ladyfriend was pretty hot too. She was in one of the early Bond movies.

  • Joe Bob Briggs July 8, 2012, 2:07 pm