Perhaps you’ve read my first list of horror movies that are so bad, they’re good. Perhaps you have watched a few of those films. Here I am, days later, to present you with a new level of films that are considered bad, but really, they’re just heavenly.
As I stated at the end of the first list of films, opinions are the greatest thing that we can have within the horror community. What is trash to one individual could be a treasure to another. In expressing these opinions, we may open another’s heart to a new treasure
With that sentiment, let’s go on to 10 more films that are so bad, they’re good. Delicious, even.
10. The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)
Riding off of the infamy that was 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, The St. Francisville Experiment strived to recreate the magic of the terrifying film. Does it succeed in that? Absolutely not. It’s full of irritating characters and goes so far as to even mention its successful predecessor. But does it fail to entertain? Heck no.
I’m going to be honest with you.. for some reason, this film terrified me more than The Blair Witch Project. There’s one moment in this film that has stuck with me through the past 19 years and I still can’t watch it to this day. I won’t delve into spoiler territory, but it’s within the last 10 minutes. The previous hour and 6 minutes (it’s quite the short film) is just full of people arguing and claiming that they felt a cold spot and OMG are the characters annoying. But legit, they’re annoying enough that you want to stick around just to see how they react to what is going on around them.
9. Asylum (2008)
Directed by the mind behind Final Destination 2, The Final Destination, and Snakes on a Plane, David R. Ellis (RIP), Asylum is the perfect aughts example of a Nightmare on Elm Street ripoff. I’m not just placing this film on the list due to yours truly appearing in the film for a full 5 seconds (I’m the person ripping the stakes out of the kid’s eyes in a flashback AND in a still picture in the opening credits). I’m placing it here because it is indeed a horror film that is full of fun set pieces and a nasty villain.
See Travis Van Winkle get it just as bad as he did in the Friday the 13th remake. See a villain spouting cheesy one-liners as he offs his victims just like Krueger. Truly, the villain here is brutal as heck, but in a so funny that it’s bad kind of way.
8. Microwave Massacre (1983)
The titular villain in Microwave Massacre decides to off his wife and then feeds off of her corpse for the remainder of the film. That’s atrocious. Now, add-on the fact that the actor portraying this man, Jackie Vernon, is the voice of Frosty the Snowman of the Frosty Christmas specials that we all grew up watching.
Okay, so now add-on the acts that “Frosty” commits throughout this film – such as a rendezvous with a hooker, eating bits of his dead wife, etc – are definitely not of the friendly snowman variety, and you have yourself one heck of a film that should require that you look away, yet you will not be able to.
7. Cursed (2005)
It’s well known that Cursed was a doomed feature. Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson couldn’t agree with the Weinsteins (producers of the film), which resulted in almost the entire movie being reshot, rewritten, and characters being recast. Behind the scenes was a total wreck, and the version of Cursed that we received is … almost a total wreck.
The bad stuff is obvious whilst watching, but it’s so infused with that wannabe Scream meta-vibe, that you can’t help but adore it. Add to that slew of killer performers – barely performing; Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Mya, Portia De Rossi, Michael Rosenbaum, Joshua Jackson, Milo Ventimiglia, Shannon Elizabeth, Judy Greer and blink or you’ll miss them cameos; Nick Offerman, Lance Bass, Scott Baio. I say they were all barely performing, but Judy Greer (Joanie) gives one heck of an over-the-top performance in the finale. And you’ll rest better knowing that, in the finale, you get a werewolf (Derek Mears) giving the middle finger because it was insulted.
6. C.H.U.D. II : Bud the Chud (1989)
They connected C.H.U.D. II to the original. Trust that it’s a very loose connection as the creatures in the sequel aren’t slimy underground dwellers. They are bumbling zombies who retain a smidgen of their living personalities.
Throw away that this should be a C.H.U.D. sequel, and sit back and enjoy the ridiculous acts of Bud (Gerritt Graham), an obvious spoof on Day of the Dead’s Bub, a zombified poodle, and a dance number that I think wanted to be Thriller-ish, yet fails to reach even the heights of Return of the Living Dead II’s Thriller spoof.
It’s obvious that the creators’ goal was to throw out all of C.H.U.D., and go forth with a spoof. Spoof, it is, and it’s as fun as one should be.
5. Black Christmas (2006)
The 2006 remake of Black Christmas gets a lot of flack, and rightly so. It throws away all of the mystery and scares of the original. Instead of having no motive or history for Billy (Robert Mann), a ludicrous, incestual backstory was created. A second villain was added with Billy’s eye obsessed daughter/sister, Agnes (Dean Friss). While the original was low on gore and high on atmosphere, the remake is extremely high on gore and low on atmosphere.
Is any of that truly bad? Heck no. Black Christmas ‘06 is as fun as a holiday slasher film can get. It knows what it is, and it dives headfirst into the silliness. It’s on my annual list of holiday horrors, and is one of few Christmas horror films that truly puts me in the spirit. There is plenty of Christmas spirit within, as there barely isn’t a scene without a Christmas light, snow, or ornament in it.
4. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
I’ve defended Freddy’s Dead on NoFS already. If you want 1,000+ words as to why I find that it is actually a good film, they’re there.
I’m aware that it is …bad, but there’s a silver lining deep within. It is Freddy at his wackiest. He’s so far gone from scary that the only thing left to do is embrace his wacky. We do still get some scary Freddy within the flashbacks, but they’re mostly while he’s demon-possessed.
Embrace the wacky is a good stance to have on Freddy’s Dead. He’s wacky. The nightmares are wacky. The fact that Freddy has a daughter, and she’s not been mentioned at all until they needed a formidable foe to defeat him once and for all is wacky. So wacky, embrace it!
3. Madman (1981)
I love Madman. It’s a Friday the 13th ripoff, and in all of the best ways. Madman Marz (Paul Ehlers) is a great companion to Jason Voorhees. The camp counselors don’t have that Friday franchise vibe as they’re not all that memorable. Let’s be honest, none of them are memorable. I just remember how they were offed in nifty and satisfying ways.
Can we talk about one scene in particular that has nothing to do with the horror going down? It is what I like to call the “Hot Tub Ballet.” Our final girl (played by Dawn of the Dead’s Gaylen Ross) and her beau move “sensually” around a hot tub, making total eye contact, for what feels like forever before they eventually meet up for that sensual kiss. It is one of the most awkward scenes that I’ve ever seen in a horror film, and has absolutely no correlation with the story. The music doesn’t help things in the scene, either.
So enjoy for the Hot Tub Ballet, and enjoy for Madman Marz. Why doesn’t he have a sequel?
2. Troll II (1990)
How could I make a list of “So Bad, It’s Good” horror films without included the penultimate film in that category? The movie has its own documentary titled, Best Worst Movie. Troll II is definitely heralded as the most royal of all of these types of films.
For good reason, as it’s chock full of such horrible insanity that one can’t help but be charmed. If it isn’t the Goblin Queen committing murder-by-popcorn, then perhaps its the infamous “Oh my God” line that has been memed to death. If you haven’t yet sat down with Troll II, do so, and make it a double feature with Best Worst Movie.
1. Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown is a movie that I’d forgotten about until I was making the first list of So Bad, It’s Good. Some sort of deja vu occurred, and scenes flashed through my head. A gang of badass ladies riding through a dusty town. Zombies lumbering out of a mine after eating a kid. A bug-eyed scientist rambling on about science and the dead, his words never quite making sense. A schoolbus full of blind kids helping the motorcycle ladies explode a church full of zombies.
What I didn’t remember – but are there- were horny zombie biker chicks, Billy Bob Thorton (literally, him) doing what I suppose he thought was acting, a glorious rock-n-roll musical number, use of the word “coitus,” and wonderful, oh so wonderful bits of dialogue that I don’t even want to share. I just want you to experience them.
I want everyone to experience the films from this list and from Part 1. Surely you will find something in each of them that makes you smile or brightens your day, or.. just flat out disgusts you. Any of those reactions are good, because opinions are good!
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