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We all have those movies, ones that are so bad that they become somehow enjoyable.
There's always that calibre of film that transcends the normal barrier of awful. They're the ones with editing so horrific, camera angles so bizarre and acting so off point that they actually become a work of art on their own.
Or at the very least, a hilarious few hours with friends and drinks.
Battlefield Earth is one such movie. It's singularly terrible, one of the worst films ever created in the modern age. But it's also a great illustration of the bits and pieces required to make film great - because BE has none of them, and by seeing what happens when you rip all of those crucial mechanisms out, you walk away having learned something.
I asked others around the office what films they loved because they were bad, and they replied:
- Waterworld: Tegan's pick. An out-and-out flop at the box office, Waterworld featured a string of awful characters chasing after a kid who might have a map to dry land. That said, I remember the action sequences being OK.
- Twilight: Hayley apparently saw all of the Twilight movies in the cinema. I won't lie: I did pay to see the first one. I refused to make that same mistake for the sequel, or anything thereafter. That's what RiffTrax are for.
What movies are so bad that they're good, in your books?