No genre exemplifies Bad-Good like the horror genre. Sure, there are a few action movies that are unintentionally funny, but for the most part all other movies are just outright good or outright bad. Horror films often pride themselves on the fact that they're awful, and that, honestly, is why I love them. Sometimes being awful can be an art.
Here are eleven of the worst-best horrible wonderful retarded awesome movies ever made, what makes them bad, what makes them good and why you ought to watch them.
WHY IT'S BAD
This is one Peter Jackson's early films, back before he began winning Oscars for The Lord of the Rings
and being the size of an elephant. Believe it or not, Jackson used to make schlocky zombie films (as well as unwatchable puppet movies like Meet the Feebles
) instead of epics about little hairy-footed people and CGI-fests about giant apes. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it's not all that hard to believe. Still, this movie is about a thousandth of the budget of Jackson's later films, and it shows.
WHY IT'S GOOD
This zombie movie is schlocky in the best sense of the word. There's so much blood and gore that it's beyond ridiculous, to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny. At no point does Dead Alive
take itself too seriously, particularly when the best character of all time, Father McGruder, is introduced and says the following:
WHY YOU NEED TO SEE IT
Just to behold the greatness and awfulness of Peter Jackson before studios started puking money at him.
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Jackson's very first movie, a gross-out extravaganza about aliens. Featuring a young, thin Jackson himself as a guy who loses the back of his skull.
WHY IT'S BAD
Let me count the ways. Not only is it the third sequel to a film that didn't need any sequels to begin with, it also happens to feature exactly zero
chainsaw deaths. Keep in mind that the film is titled Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
No chainsaw deaths. Add to that the fact that the only ostensible plot twist is all but given away on the DVD cover (Spoiler Alert! Matthew McConaughey is