The Best of So Bad It's Good Cinema

by nightmarelyre | created - 30 Jun 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Movies and TV shows that fail at what they set out to do, yet end up accidentally brilliant in an unexpected way.

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1. Fateful Findings (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A computer scientist/novelist reunites with his childhood friend and hacks into government databases, while facing the dire and fateful consequences of his mystical actions obtained as a child.

Director: Neil Breen | Stars: Neil Breen, Klara Landrat, Jennifer Autry, Victoria Viveiros

Votes: 3,895

An absurdist journey into hacking, occultism, family drama, massive head injury and the magic of having no budget

2. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 29,278

Terrible costumes, unforgettable lines and the corniest soundtrack ever put to a horror film makes it an unintentional cavalcade of hilarious comedy skits on the level of Monty Python and The Holy Grail

3. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Thriller

A horde of mutated birds descends upon the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, California. With the death toll rising, Two citizens manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

Director: James Nguyen | Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren, Janae Caster

Votes: 19,696

A tribute to the classic The Birds, only with no budget, special effects done through literal GIF files, the worst audio mixing of all time and tons of memorable characters in the best roadtrip romantic comedy of all time

4. Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A platoon of eagles and vultures attack Hollywood, California. Why did the eagles and vultures attack? Who will survive?

Director: James Nguyen | Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Thomas Favaloro, Chelsea Turnbo

Votes: 4,028

A sequel to the first where most of the cast were in on the joke, while still being made with the intent of being a serious autobiographical journey into Hollywood. Hilarity ensues

5. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 74,517 | Gross: $0.56M

The most over the top soap opera ever put to tape, ending up in some of the most memorable quotes and scenes in all of cinema history that manages to even make something as dire as breast cancer amusing

6. Battlefield Earth (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9 Metascore

It's the year 3000 A.D.; the Earth is lost to the alien race of Psychlos. Humanity is enslaved by these gold-thirsty tyrants, whom are unaware that their 'man-animals' are about to ignite the rebellion of a lifetime.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper, Kim Coates

Votes: 73,439 | Gross: $21.47M

A movie that is nearly entirely filmed at a tilted angle, and that it wouldn't be unfair to label as hilariously bad Scientologist propaganda

7. Magic in the Mirror (1996)

G | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A little girl's imaginary friends come to life when she goes through her great-grandmother's antique mirror, a la Alice, after she sees it glowing.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Jamie Renée Smith, Kevin Wixted, Saxon Trainor, David Brooks

Votes: 161

A kid finds a world inside her mirror in which Howard The Duck's evil siblings makes tea out of people, which is depicted on screen. For kids!

8. Pup Star (2016 Video)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family

A Yorkshire Terrier, competing in a televised singing competition, is separated from her owner by an opportunist dog pound worker.

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Carla Jimenez, Makenzie Moss, Susie Wall, Jonathan Mangum

Votes: 327

In a world where dogs have the same intelligence as people through a biological breakthrough, a story about prejudice, explorations about consciousness, morality and oppression occur that will challenge your very understanding of society as we know. Also, dog puns!

9. Quigley (2003)

G | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A despicable person is reincarnated as a dog in order to atone for his life's big mistakes.

Director: William Byron Hillman | Stars: Gary Busey, Oz Perkins, Curtis Armstrong, Christopher Atkins

Votes: 380

Gary Buesy plays an evil businessman, who after dying in an accident is brought back to life as a dog and is given a second chance to become a better person

10. Nine Lives (I) (2016)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

11 Metascore

A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines

Votes: 18,984 | Gross: $19.64M

Kevin Spacey plays an evil businessman, who after dying in an accident is brought back to life as a cat and is given a second chance to become a better person

11. My Stepbrother Is a Vampire!?! (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Family

Nancy discovers her new stepbro may be a Vampire.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Jud Birza, Shae Landers, Tracy Nelson, William McNamara

Votes: 75

The best Twilight parody ever made, now with 20% more pointless montageing!

12. A Talking Cat!?! (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A sassy feline helps a family resolve its problems.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Johnny Whitaker, Kristine DeBell, Justin Cone, Janis Valdez

Votes: 994

The guy who plays the villain in Human Centipede 3 literally phones in the voice to a cat who's mouth is animated through a black dot in MS Paint

13. The Skateboard Kid (1993)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

No one could be more bored than Zack, the new kid in town with no friends in sight. When a gang of hip, skateboarding thrashers start cruising his neighborhood, Zack hopes his luck will ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Swerdlove | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Bess Armstrong, Cliff De Young, Rick Dean

Votes: 535

Talking skateboards, Heavy Metal and radical nonsense, oh my!

14. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 36,590 | Gross: $45.52M

The worst "3D" effects of all time accompanies Jaws' trip to Waterworld and the main characters quest to steal the popcorn truck to warn the guests in time

15. Ben & Arthur (2002)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A pair of recently married gay men are threatened by one of the partner's brother, a religious fanatic who plots to murder them after being ostracized by his church.

Director: Sam Mraovich | Stars: Sam Mraovich, Jamie Brett Gabel, Michael Haboush, Bill Hindley

Votes: 7,439

The second most over the top soap opera ever put to screen, in which gay techno assassination, cardboard churches and the best "I'm quitting" scene ever unfolds

16. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 34,221

UFO's on strings, unbeatable space zombies and the most pointless narrator of all time makes this a bonafied classic masterpiece that outshines Citizen Kane in every way

17. I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer (2010)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Arthur Lyle miraculously discovers the secret to stopping an evil dragon named Lord Darksmoke who threatens to destroy all civilization.

Director: Andrew Lauer | Stars: Lea Thompson, Hunter Allan, Eric Lutes, Richard Sellers

Votes: 591

Trading card ogres turn out to be real, leading to CGI dragons and horribly child-inappropriate Saw references for your pleasure

18. Trees Grow Tall and Then They Fall (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Teenager Ellen moves in with her alcoholic father for what seems like the hundredth time, to a tiny trailer with his ex-wife, Hilly. Ellen soon discovers Hilly is still married to Roy, who was disabled in a logging accident.

Director: Tim Everitt | Stars: Sarah Aldrich, Dave Bushnell, Stephen Dean, Katherine Everitt

Votes: 29

A girl moves into her father's trailer in the wood after crossing the worst green screen of all time, before trying to cure metaphorical Jesus' brain damage through cleaning his house. Also, the night time looks a lot like the day time, hmm

19. Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (2002 TV Short)

40 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A boy named Ricky (Walter Emanuel Jones) wants to give his crush Nicole (Paige O'Hara) a gift for Christmas. When he does she angrily rejects it as in her eyes it's "cheap". She later regrets her mistake and decides to find it.

Director: Colin Slater | Stars: Jack Angel, Jodi Benson, Nancy Cartwright, Eddie Driscoll

Votes: 665

The worst animated musical of all time. I can't even

20. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Bianca Kajlich

Votes: 34,720 | Gross: $30.35M

Busta Rhymes and a crew of assorted douche-bags is on a reality show along with Michael Myers. Hilarity ensues

21. Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)

80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young boy in the woods discovers a lovable alien...or is it?

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Ian Sera, Nina Ferrer, Susana Bequer, Sara Palmer

Votes: 4,129

The E.T. and Alien crossover everybody was asking for

22. Cool Cat Saves the Kids (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

In Hollywood, California, Cool Cat, alongside his human father Daddy Derek, embarks on his most challenging journey yet: saving the kids from Butch the Bully. Can he do it?

Director: Derek Savage | Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Erik Estrada, Derek Savage, Connor Dean

Votes: 4,990

A cool cat, his cool cat mom and his human dad learn lessons about bullying, graffiti and gun safety in the worst possible way imaginable

23. Pinocchio 3000 (2004)

G | 80 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

This is the story of a little robot known as Pinocchio 3000 whose greatest wish is to become a real boy. The year is 3000. Geppetto, with the help of his faithful assistant, Spencer the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Robichaud | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Sonja Ball, Howard Ryshpan, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 1,060

The guy who played Caligula tries to enact a cyber-apocalypse, and only a robotic boy and CGI clearly made on heavy drugs can stop him

24. Reefer Madness (1936)

PG | 66 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 7,373

Anti-drug propaganda film that claims marijuana will turn you into a serial killer. Hilarity ensues

25. Heaven and Hell (1969)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Norwegain cult drama about Eva (16) and Arne (17), both from well established homes, attend a class where a professor says that cannabis is harmless. Together with some friends they decide to try. The start of a drug Hell for all involved.

Director: Øyvind Vennerød | Stars: Sigrid Huun, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Georg Richter, Randi Kolstad

Votes: 181

A Norwegian take on Reefer Madness that is somehow even more hysterical. Contains some of the most ridiculous death scenes ever

26. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

26 Metascore

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 53,226 | Gross: $21.72M

While the first film in the series is a reasonably well put together thriller, this one has the killer look at a dog only for the movie to jump cut to grilling of hot dogs. It's all very silly

27. Jason X (2001)

R | 91 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

25 Metascore

Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

Director: James Isaac | Stars: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis, David Cronenberg

Votes: 47,416 | Gross: $13.12M

Jason goes to space. It gets even more ridiculous from there on out

28. Suing the Devil (2011)

TV-PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy

A down-and-out law student sues Satan for $8 trillion dollars. Satan appears to defend himself and the trial of the century and pleads the fifth. He readily admits that he cannot take on the flesh. Genesis 3:14 confirms this as he is only allowed to eat dust!

Director: Timothy A. Chey | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Shannen Fields, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 3,679

The Room-esque acting, Birdemic style editing and special effects, a ridiculous script that you can't tell if its meant to be serious or not, all mixed with Malcolm McDowell as Satan himself makes this one hell of a laugh riot

29. The Amazing Wizard of Paws (2015 Video)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young boy finds out the family dog is actually six-hundred years old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard.

Director: Bryan Michael Stoller | Stars: Will Spencer, Paula Devicq, Jack Maxwell, Cole Michaels

Votes: 240

30. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman, Kisha Brackel

Votes: 46,175 | Gross: $49.37M

31. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 38,411 | Gross: $34.87M

32. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)

PG-13 | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

After the birth of Renesmee/Nessie, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli

Votes: 218,004 | Gross: $292.30M

The film series realizes its really silly by the final entry, but with it being too late to change anything they try to play off a big finale while seemingly also not being able to take anything seriously. Hilarity ensues

33. Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990 Video)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

The malevolent spirit of Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High, where she manipulates a naive male student into helping her wreak havoc on the school.

Directors: Ron Oliver, Peter R. Simpson | Stars: Tim Conlon, Cynthia Preston, David Stratton, Courtney Taylor

Votes: 1,742

34. Christmas in New York (2005)

G | 88 min | Animation

A jungle boy of the fifth oracle travels to New York, with his talking dogs Winner and Fox, to find Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and helps many people along the way.

Director: Orlando Corradi | Stars: Stefano Crescentini, Sergio Luzi, Fabrizio Mazzotta

Votes: 17

Perverted shoppers, pictures stolen from Google and a mountain of sausages makes this the best holiday special ever put to screen

35. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 28,132 | Gross: $7.43M

Cars and electronics come to life to destroy humanity, all to the sweet tunes of AC/DC

36. Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012 TV Movie)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Finn Baxter sets up booby traps to catch the ghost of his new home's former occupant, only to discover he must protect the house and his sister from three bumbling art thieves.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Christian Martyn, Eddie Steeples, Jodelle Ferland, Doug Murray

Votes: 6,800

Life isn't easy when Caligula tries to break into your house, and your only know how of how to defend yourself comes from video games

37. Blood Red Moon (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror

Megan and Victor are teens in love. Victor is a vampire and he is being blamed for a rash of murders in town. It's up to Megan to help to clear Victor's name and to find the vicious killer who is responsible.

Director: Brett Kelly | Stars: Sarah Lavrisa, Matthew Thomas Rogers, Mark Courneyea, Shelley-Jean Harrison

Votes: 155

38. Dalmatians 3 (2003 Video Game)

30 min | Family

The three small Dalmatians lived with an old lady in a little town. One day they heard about, that a neighbor bought hearts made of gingerbread at the market. "Gingerbread!" Kruemel beamed ... See full summary »

Director: Roswitha Haas | Stars: Armin Drogat, Georg Feils, Hanna Kandler

Votes: 44

39. Countryside Bears (2000)

42 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

It is a very stormy day today. Nevertheless Teddy is visiting his friends. Grummel, the old grumpy bear gives him his umbrella, because on such a stormy day it will probably begin to rain. ... See full summary »

Director: Roswitha Haas | Stars: Armin Drogat, Rita Eischer, Georg Feils, Hanna Kandler

Votes: 14

40. Santa Claws (2014)

TV-PG | 86 min | Family, Fantasy

Tommy, who is unable to celebrate Christmas because his mom says Santa isn't real, leaves his kittens out for Santa to take back to the North Pole, but after a major allergic reaction Santa... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Miller | Stars: Ezra James Colbert, Nicola Lambo, John P. Fowler, Jordan Bielsky

Votes: 534

41. The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

32 Metascore

The Oogieloves, Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie, set out to find five magical balloons that will make their good friend Schluufy's surprise birthday party extra special.

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 14,754 | Gross: $1.06M

What would happen if The Teletubbies where made while incredibly intoxicated on illegal substances? People would kiss fish, balloons would talk and you would lose all your brain cells apparently

42. A Fox's Tale (2008)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Little Jack is a young fox living happily with his family in the woods, but everything changes when his father is captured by a circus troupe in order to be part of their show. The rest of ... See full summary »

Directors: György Gát, János Uzsák | Stars: Gábor Csöre, Freddie Highmore, János Gálvölgyi, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 8,334

43. Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

Gamers playing a MMORPG based on the "Hellraiser" films find their lives endangered after being invited to a rave, the host of which intends to show them the truth behind the Cenobite mythos.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Khary Payton

Votes: 9,038

What old people probably thinks E3 is like, but with more hilarious Saw knockoff kills

44. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 136,440 | Gross: $35.10M

45. Catwoman (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

27 Metascore

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson

Votes: 104,232 | Gross: $40.20M

Tons of cat puns, weird instances of lamp shading nonsense quickly followed by more nonsense played without any irony and a very goofy plot twist makes this a purrfect pick for any bad meowie night

46. Steel (1997)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 10,356 | Gross: $1.71M

47. Warriors of Virtue (1997)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young boy is whisked away to the mythical land of Tao where he becomes the center of a conflict between an evil lord and a group of animal warriors.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Angus Macfadyen, Mario Yedidia, Marley Shelton, Chao Li Chi

Votes: 2,681 | Gross: $6.45M

A kid falls down the sewer drain and wakes up in a magical land of scary looking kangaroo men who have to fight the evil Looney Toon evil man in slow motion with martial arts while swearing like sailors in this family picture