Each year there are movies that really strike at the nerve of the times, and others that simply fail to miss the mark. However, every now and again, a movie comes along that challenges the notions of what is good and what is bad. When a movie debuts, there is great pressure to perform financially which hinders the ability for people to view a movie for what it is. Overtime, harsh criticisms soften and movies that were seen as horrible can often go on to become underground favorites. Here are three cult films that are so bad they are good.
1. The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, known as “the dude.” He is an unemployed burnout who has the unfortunate circumstance of sharing the same name as someone who owes some serious money to dangerous people. When a gang of thugs show up at his house and ruin his rug, the dude goes on a mission for justice. While critics generally enjoyed this movie, the overall public didn’t warm up to it until after quite some time. Overall, the movie was seen as frivolous, meandering, and lacking real direction- although critics had plenty of positive things to say about it. In fact, many critics of the movie would go on to change their appreciation of the film over the next few years as the movie grew on them more and more.
2. The Room
This movie, created in 2003, goes down in history as one of the worst movies ever created in cinema history. The movie was written, directed, produced, and starred in by Tommy Wiseau, who would later go on to become the focus of the movie, The Disaster Artist- a movie about The Room. In the original film, Wiseau stars as Johnny who is being cheated on by his fiancé. This flick was supposed to be about love and betrayal but had many issues that caused it to become universally condemned as an awful movie. Horrible dialogue, awkward timing, poor character development, and a purely bizarre performance by Wiseau himself propelled this movie into cult status for being so bad, its good.
3. Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck came out in 1986, and was an immediate failure. Branded as creepy, strange, with a bizarre storyline that sees Howard the Duck as both a martial arts master, a band manager, and a flirty debonair, the movie floundered. Critics thought Howard was unexpressive and boring with supporting actors giving just as unconvincing performances. Later the movie would come to be known as “so bad” that it became “good” to its cult following.
The same way you can’t judge a book by its cover, you also cannot judge a movie by its opening weekend profits. Check out any of these movies the next time you want to have your sense of good and bad challenged.
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