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The Art of Unintentionally Bad Films – A List of 5 Films to Check Out

It must be said that every filmmaker doesn’t set out to intentionally make a bad film, in fact they have every intention of making an entertaining film at the very least, whether it’s paying homage to a sub-genre such as 70’s Grindhouse exploitation, or like in the case of the new James Franco movie releasing soon, The Disaster Artist, that goes behind the scenes of one of the most celebrated bad films of all time, The Room (2003).

Not many unintentionally bad films are as successful as The Room has been, even after 14 years since being released, it still manages to hold many sold-out midnight screenings around the world – a successful tragedy.

One could almost categorise bad films into a sub-genre of their own. There a films that are so bad, they can be deemed unwatchable, boring, and cringeworthy. However there are some that come along every once in a while that are so bad but have the best intentions, and turn out to be something of a very watchable train-wreck. This is something that simply cannot be done on purpose, which is why a good-bad film works so well.

It’s an interesting medium to acknowledge since the audience is quite willing to sit back and watch everyone that has put their blood, sweat and tears into a film they have worked so hard on, fail miserably and have a good time watching them do so.

Here are 5 unintentionally bad but watchable films that you can enjoy with a group of friends.

the room 2003

The Room (2003)

Let’s cut right to the chase shall we? The less you know about it going in, the better, however this is one of the worst/best/funniest films you’ll see. Whether you end up loving it or hating it, your head will spin at the wonders this film presents.

troll 2 1990

Troll 2 (1990)

This one comes in a very close second with The Room in terms of notoriety, which has its own documentary about how it became one of the worst/best films ever released.

the greasy strangler

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

This one is somewhat hard to categorise since it actually is a well-made film and knows what it wants to be, but can also be deemed a huge mess with no likeable characters and a storyline so insane, it kind of works on some drug induced level. It definitely falls into the ‘love’ or ‘hate’ category.

the happening 2008
Pretty much everyone’s face after watching The Happening.

The Happening (2008)

Mark Wahlberg has actually said he wishes he never starred in this film, with good measure since he’s mostly the reason why this is so unintentionally hilarious. It’s a shame too, because the film itself starts out quite strong, and then takes a nosedive around a quarter of the way in.

alone in the dark 2005

Every Uwe Boll Film.

The recently self-retired filmmaker found a loophole in the German tax system that granted him funding for most of his movies. How that worked is unknown. He’s responsible for such classics as House of the Dead (2003), Alone in the Dark (2005) and Postal (2007), all of which are based on video-games. What stands out the most though is the high profile talent he’s attracted (a hefty pay-check no doubt helped) to each of his movies, ranging from Ben Kingsley, Jason Statham and Christian Slater to name a few.

The Disaster Artist releases across Australian cinemas on 30 November 2017.

Luke Banyai

Luke Banyai

After having seen Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead at the tender age of 13, it began a love for horror films that eventually expanded into a love for all genres.

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