There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a really good movie. You know, when the credits roll and you’re left with a delicious sense of awe and wonder, and you think to yourself, “Bravo. That was a really good movie.”
But you know what’s just as satisfying? A movie that’s so bad and so embarrassing, that all you can say is: “What the actual fuck was that?”
Below, here are 10 cinematic masterpieces that are so unbelievably awful that they’re actually good.
The Room is widely considered the worst movie ever made. I mean, actually the literal worst movie in existence. It’s seriously so bad — from the acting to the cinematography to the writing — that it’s laugh-out-loud funny.
First of all, any movie with Nicolas Cage is going to be memorable. But Con Air? Let me put it this way — Cage plays a former war hero with a heart of gold who accidentally kills a man while protecting his pregnant wife. When he gets released from prison, he’s put on a plane with some of the most dangerous criminals in America — who obviously take over the plane.
Everything about the movie is so absurd, it’s entertaining. And exhausting.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
The ’80s are in full swing with Christopher Reeve as the namesake superhero. This film sees Superman battle a villain very lamely named Nuclear Man (yikes) and also fly miles above the earth’s atmosphere with his love interest in his arms. Defies physics and biology, but it’s all good.
Honestly, I’m not entirely certain if this is a movie that’s so bad that it’s good. In fact, Hobgoblins might be so bad that it’s literally intolerable. According to one Rotten Tomatoes review, this movie is so fucking awful that it’s not even worth talking about.
But you know what? When days are long and you’re looking for something to do, give Hobgoblins a watch and let me know what you think.
Staying Alive received a very rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s just how abysmal it is. The site briefly elaborates: “This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is shockingly embarrassing and unnecessary, trading the original’s dramatic depth for a series of uninspired dance sequences.”
Back when Chris Evans wasn’t yet the owner of America’s ass (thanks to his role as Captain America), he starred in this godawful film that constantly falls flat on its face.
Here’s the plot, according to Rotten Tomatoes:
“A random wrong number on his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman’s life. With no knowledge of Jessica Martin other than her hushed, panicked voice on the other end of the tenuous cell phone connection, Ryan is quickly thrown into a world of deception and murder on his frantic search to find and save her.”
While the plot is pretty standard, just try to watch this as a funny movie rather than a serious one. Trust.
Hard Ticket to Hawaii
Get this: A guy is killed by a razor frisbee. Someone tries to kill a snake with a rocket launcher. A bunch of Playboy playmates make an appearance for some reason. Combine all of that with terrible acting, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a movie.
Cool as Ice
Not all rappers are meant to be actors. This movie starring Vanilla Ice makes that blindingly obvious. It’s awkward, cringey, and and full of really unnecessary swag that makes you hate Vanilla Ice.
The Wicker Man
Oh, look! Another Nicolas Cage movie. In all fairness, good ol’ Cage is one of those actors who always comes in clutch when Hollywood needs a B-list celebrity who isn’t afraid of being the face of a really pathetic movie.
Rotten Tomatoes describes the movie as “puzzlingly misguided” with “unintentional comedy and fails,” which sounds so bad that it’s unmissable.
Ever heard of something called the Golden Raspberry Awards? In case you haven’t, it’s an award bestowed upon the worst movie of any given year. And Xanadu was basically the reason why the award was created. It’s just that shamefully embarrassing.