While watching a good movie with friends is nice way to spend time, there’s nothing like a bad movie night to really make some magical friendship moments. No one ever wants to kill the vibe with their talking while watching a good movie, but everyone will want to hear your vitriolic thoughts as the dumbest plot point happens out of nowhere. Just in case you’re hoping to set up your own bad movie night, here are 5 bad movies that are so bad but so good that you need to watch them. Now.
5. Mortal Kombat
When it first came out in 1995, Mortal Kombat was the shit. Looking back, you can tell just how bad the graphics are and how terribly melodramatic the characters are. But who cares? Scorpio had snake-like blades coming out from his hands. Badass.
4. Spice World
As a kid growing up with a Spice Girls poster on my wall, THIS IS A CLASSIC. I really didn’t understand why no one wanted to watch Spice World with me during my first year of university so I could use it as source material for a Spice Girls essay I was working on (I got an A in case you were wondering). While the scene where the girls meet the aliens randomly in the woods was awful, the shot of the bus jumping over the Tower Bridge is a cinematic masterpiece. Girl Power!
3. Any Twilight Movie
I’ve only seen the two of the four Twilight movies: the first movie and the third one, Breaking Dawn Part 1. I have never been so frustrated in my life as when I was watching Breaking Dawn Part 1 and I can only imagine how angry I’d be if I actually got around to watching the finale—and I already know the surprise twist. So why should you watch it if it’s so bad? Because with the right people watching along with you, this disaster of a romantic fantasy flick can easily be turned into a comedy as you pull apart all the plot holes and bad acting.
2. Human Centipede
While the Human Centipede is as disgusting as it gets, you have to see this movie at least once in your life. If you’re not going to view it to help satisfy one’s curiosity over this cultural phenomenon, at least watch it so you can discuss the merits of being the front, middle or end of the human centipede. Besides, no one ever wants to watch it but no one can leave.
1. The Room
Starring its writer, director and producer Tommy Wiseau, the romantic drama The Room has been called the Citizen Kane of bad movies—and I want to see it.
I have to make a confession: I’ve never seen this Tommy Wiseau masterpiece. Yet. There’s this little theatre in Ottawa that plays The Room once a month and a few friends and I were planning to go, but we all know what happens when we try to plan anything too far in advance.
But just look at Wiseau’s deadpanned expressions as he tries to act dramatically. IFC went so far as to describe his acting as “Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient.” It sounds like a good use of my time.
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As long as we can dance along, Fergal. As long as we can dance.