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What is your favorite “so bad, it’s good” movie?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 30, 2010

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Dude, Where’s My Car,’ mostly because every time I see Ashton Kutcher I can’t help but laugh.”

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Dumb and Dumber,’ it’s the stupidest comedy out there, but it’s good.”

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Strange Brew,’ it’s stupid, stupid, stupid humor.”

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“The original ‘Revenge of the Nerds.’ It’s terribly funny.”


Tony Kisner 5 years ago

Road House. It is a cinematic train wreck - you just got to watch.

DB Ashton 5 years ago

"The Last Starfighter," in which a young Earthling video game wizard and a cackling reptile save the Star League and thus, the universe. Sublime...

shicks44 5 years ago

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

oldvet 5 years ago

An Inconvenient Truth... weird-o science fiction at its finest!

feetup 5 years ago

roadhouse, definitely -why is it on all the time???

kthxbi 5 years ago

Troll II. So very very awesomely bad.

Liberty275 5 years ago

Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies.

Liberty275 5 years ago

Honorable Mention

Carnival of Souls The Day After

One free internet to whoever knows what those movies have in common.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Sword of the Barbarian (they couldn't afford a full sized sword so they used a machete)

Liberty275 5 years ago

"Both filmed in Lawrence, both sucked. May I have a porn site, please?"

You win a whole free internet. That gives you millions of porn sites! You might want to stay away from any featuring lesbian bondage though, as there is currently a theory circulating that you will become a bad parent if you enjoy that fetish.

I_Bejewel 5 years ago

"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" It's so stupid, but I will sit and watch it whenever it comes on.

meggers 5 years ago

Dawn of the was THE midnight movie back in the day.

jaywalker 5 years ago

Streets of Fire. Diane Lane is just plain hot, Willem Dafoe couldn't look spookier, soundtrack was awesome. Cheesy hammy guilty pleasure.

vince_bonner 5 years ago


How can you hate America's pastime? I just love the numbers of the game. You just have to go and keep score at a game some time.

And about "The Gods Must Be Crazy", that does not belong on this list. It was actually pretty good.

I think I would have to say "Porky's" was hecka funny but dumb at the same time.

Joe Hyde 5 years ago

"BubbaHotep". It's so bad that for somebody, somewhere, one day it'll be good.

Kyle Neuer 5 years ago

"Seed of Chucky". Pretty much anything by John Waters.

labmonkey 5 years ago

The Replacements.

What about old Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider episodes? Do these count?

Aiko 5 years ago

Copper Mountain w/ Jim Carrey and Alan Thicke......

mom_of_three 5 years ago

"Twister" - its just so inaccurate at times that you have to watch it. And Helen Hunt and Phillip Seymour Hoffman before they won their oscars.

whats_going_on 5 years ago

Liberty275 (anonymous) says… Honorable Mention

Carnival of Souls The Day After

One free internet to whoever knows what those movies have in common.

Both have scenes in Lawrence! I win.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

R-I: Jesus Christ vampire hunter started out wonderfully, then failed miserably. The reason: they had Jesus cut his hair and put on black leather clothing!! He should have stayed as Jesus! Once he cut his hair he was just a dude named Jesus who hunted down vampires.

My choice is probably Python (not to be confused with Anaconda, this is the ultimate B-Movie version). I have a theorum that states that you can predict the awesome badness of a movie by how early they put in the first nude/sex scene. Well this one's second scene is a nude/sex scene, within the first 3 minutes. And it's a lesbian scene! Phreeow, you know you're in for something!

Also, Jenny McCarthy gets beheaded! Wil Wheaton gets speared through the chest! Casper Van Dien has a mustache! Robert Englund is a mad scientist!! Python, best bad movie ever.

Either that or Deathrace 2000, with Stallone and David Carradine. Hard to pick.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

mom-of-three: Look up "the nostolgia critic." He has a great review of Twister.


whats_going_on 5 years ago

shame on whoever said Dumb & Dumber. That movie is is genius.

Liberty275 5 years ago

"I need to kill this gene pool pronto, doncha think?"

A true American hero! Every time you get a good parking space, think of Spacehog.

(Yes, that was a ripoff of a Doug Stanhope joke)

amrose42683 5 years ago

There are too many too list:

all the Phantasm movies Killer Klowns from Outer Space I agree with Bubbahotep, which was mentioned previously Reanimator House The Gate

I have a whole lot more. I love cheezy B movies:)

a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years ago

"Kung Pow! Enter the Fist"

Soooooo bad, but yet, soooooo good!

Deja Coffin 5 years ago

Killer Klowns from Outer Space.... they wrap you up in cotton candy cocoons!! Or what about the Beatles movie, Help.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years ago

TOB, every time barry, Tom, etc. says Chosen One, I think of Kung Pow. Three funny!

somedude20 5 years ago

buckaroo banzai cat people ice pirates amazon women on the moon i'm going to get you suka

Deja Coffin 5 years ago

What about Dr. Giggles or The Ice Cream Man!! I loved those!! Man, all of you are making me want to spend the day watching these movies!!

somedude20 5 years ago

night of the creeps Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone trancers

lindsaydoyle 5 years ago

Don't know exactly what we're going for here. "Pink Flamingos" billed as "the ultimate in poor taste" and doesn't try to be anything else. "They Live!" is actually an excellent allegory for our times and "Killer Klowns" is really horrifying. I would say that anything from the past 20 years that takes itself seriously but is really nothing but political correctness, including the stuff from that kid who is now a KU prof. Just awful.

meggers 5 years ago

I can't believe no one has mentioned Napolean Dynamite. Dumb, dumb, dumb....but yet hilarious. You're not quite sure WHAT is so funny, just that it is.

meggers 5 years ago

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes deserves a mention, as well.

townie79 5 years ago

Mommie Dearest, Showgirls or Valley of the Dolls :)

jehovah_bob 5 years ago

Anything on Netflix instant view.

LoveThsLife 5 years ago

Napoleon Dynamite..that movie is dumb, but I think it is hilarious...

trinity 5 years ago

any of the "final destination" movies.

cthulhu_4_president 5 years ago

"Return of the Killer Tomatoes" : George Clooney's finest acting.

"Bad Taste": Peter Jackson (yes, THAT Peter Jackson) plays 5 roles in the 2nd goriest horror-comedy ever made, and has a fight scene where he plays both actors!!

"Species": Forrest Whitaker's breakout role, and some nudie time for the stripper on CSI. I see nothing wrong with this.

"The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra": There are no words......

"The Call of Cthulhu": H.P. Lovecraft historical society puts their endorsement on a new silent movie based on the story using only technology available in the silent film era! Only a "bad" movie in the sense of technology used.

"Transformers": a.k.a "THINGS GO BOOOOOM!!!"

somedude20 5 years ago


"if you see one movie this year, it should be Frankenhooker." Bill Murray

fanaddict 5 years ago

Dr. Horrible's Sing a Long Blog...

oh're amazing.

It's in 3 can find it on youtube.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years ago

Road House is horrible, but awesome. I have seen the Ice Cream Man and it's worth it! I think there are many "Walker: Texas Ranger" episodes that qualify here! They're all an hour long, so they're like half crappy movies.

I'd add Commando to this list.

scopi_guy 5 years ago

I love Valley of the Dolls, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Mommie Dearest, Pink Flamingos, and all of the 70s Disaster Movies (Stella Stevens stating "just panties, what else do I need?") and even the Airport series of movies (the first one was actually pretty good) but would have to say #1 for me is Female Trouble.

beatrice 5 years ago

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

Dr. Frankenstein: "You don't know life until you've (had relations with) Death in the gall bladder."

Return from the Planet of the Apes

Battlefield Earth

peinkc 5 years ago

Better than Frankenhooker is Frankenweenie directed by Tim Burnton

BorderRuffian 5 years ago

Here are the top three:

Strange Brew starring the MacKenzie brothers Wayne's World Porkies

runners up: Barbarella Tremors Elf

lounger 5 years ago

At the moment 2012. J.C. and co. should have died two dozen times over in this movie. Very bad at times yet somehow draws you in. Amazing destruction and pretty lame acting. I dont even subscribe to the whole 2012 thing but this movie is pretty accurate I believe of how the governments of the world would react to such an event. Every man, woman and child for him/ herself!!! Now lets go drive a limo through a collapsing building....

more_cowbell 5 years ago

"Zorro The Gay Blade"... from the early 80s, with George Hamilton playing two roles. 'Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso! All for Zorro, stand up and say so!'

Rex Russell 5 years ago

Very obscure. "Night of the Comet". Bad '80's movie. Nobody probably remembers it.

townie79 5 years ago

rrussell- i LOVE Night of the Comet...i own it on dvd :)

Brandon Devlin 5 years ago

"A Boy and His Dog" - 1975, starring a young Don Johnson, only 3 years out of KU!

misseve 5 years ago

Saturday the 14th (came out in the 80's I think) total spoof of the Friday the 13th movies Loved it!, but it was really really BAD!

gaiapapaya 5 years ago

The Dancing Outlaw

Dancing Outlaw 2: Jesco Goes to Hollywood

svnelson87 5 years ago

I Know Who Killed Me. ...gotta love that Lohan!

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