Where Do You Draw the Line Between Bad Movies and Movies That Are So Bad They’re Good?

Our mission at SAW is to foster conversations about this thing we all love (or love to hate): film/TV. Many of our features are designed with you in mind. Your opinions, to be more to the point. You have ’em. We want to hear ’em.

Question of the Day (QOTD) is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a film/TV-related question that we put to you, the reader. The comments section below is like the feedback box at work; except, in this example, we actually read what you write and care about what you have to say.

We watch all kinds of movies here at SAW. Great ones, good ones, bad ones, and even garbage movies. Most people won’t willingly watch something awful, though, unless there’s some redeeming quality. A terrible movie may be unintentionally funny, it may have gratuitous nudity or violence, or it may just be bat shit crazy enough to make enduring the low quality worth it.

But what’s the difference between a bad movie and a movie that is so bad it’s good?

There’s no right or wrong answers to this question, obviously. Rather, instead of finding the answer, the QOTD is meant to get you talking about what sorts of things you look for in bad movies that you also happen to enjoy.

For me, it has a lot to do with genre. Anything sci-fi or fantasy, for me, is fair game. I used to love walking the aisles at the video store and marveling at the VHS covers; the art always promised something that the movie rarely delivered on. As a kid, I hated that. It felt like a bait and switch tactic (I guess it was). Nowadays, I don’t care that much about how slick SFX are, and I really appreciate the world building some of these lower tier genre films are able to do on non-existent budgets.

But sometimes the acting, editing, direction, production design, and music are just so bad that nothing can save a bad film and nudge it over the line into bad/good territory.

Where do you draw the line between bad movies and movies that are bad but somehow still good?

Tell us all about it in the comments below, and let’s talk trash cinema!

But before you go, if you love trashy movies, and you’ve never attended a Monsoon Vision, This is a reminder that our own Sailor Monsoon hosts a live watch/chat party every Sunday evening at 7pm CST. We watch a lot of garbage, but he mixes in some mainstream stuff, too. Come join us in watching some bad/good movies, shit talking them (and each other), having a good time, and feeling bad about yourself afterward. See you there.

Author: Billy Dhalgren

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