Suppose you want to watch some movies on Halloween that are not necessarily scary. They may still be horror movies, but are more along the lines of the unintentionally hilarious kind. Watching great horror movies is one thing, but watching horrendously bad ones is quite another. What was once considered truly awful cinema can later find an audience that will enjoy it for all the wrong reasons. The filmmakers can either resent it or they can take pleasure that their opus might actually turn a profit. Here are some truly bad horror movies which, whether or not they have any scares, are perfect for viewing on Halloween.
"Jaws: The Revenge"
You thought "Jaws 3-D" was bad? Wait until you see this one! "Jaws: The Revenge" is such a badly made movie that it becomes a lot of fun to view just so you can analyze all that's wrong with it. The shark is faker than ever before, but you will mockingly admire how he (or she) manages to swim all the way to the Bahamas from Amity Bay in record time.
Of course, that almost doesn't compare to Michael Caine swimming to a boat, climbing aboard, and yet his shirt is completely dry. The only thing that could truly upstage this ill-begotten sequel is the hilariously vicious review Siskel & Ebert gave it!
This is the only movie writer Stephen King has directed to date, and it's easy to see why. And yet over the years "Maximum Overdrive" has gained a cult following that has come to truly enjoy just how bad it is. The acting is at times beyond campy and actually makes really good actors like Pat Hingle look ridiculously bad. It's a movie worth watching out of curiosity as to how King's work doesn't always translate well to the silver screen. It also has a rare film score from AC/DC which has Angus Young's guitar performing that slashing cue instead of a violin.
You know the real joke about this movie's title? It's not even a true sequel to the original "Troll" -- and it has goblins instead of trolls! "Troll 2" wears its god awful score on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes like a badge of honor. The sheer awfulness has come to make it so infinitely enjoyable you watch it wondering what the filmmakers were thinking when they made it.
The movie has since gained a large cult following, but it's easy to understand why after you've watched it. Be sure also to check out the documentary it inspired called "Best Worse Movie."
"Birdemic: Shock and Awe"
This is the most recently released bad horror movie on this list. Get this: Its director, James Nguyen, intended it to be a romantic thriller! It would have been better off being sold as a parody of Hitchcock's "The Birds," as its awfulness will have you in hysterics. On top of the bad acting, amateurish editing, and a plot that doesn't make much sense, "Birdemic: Shock and Awe" is a stunning reminder of how bad CGI effects can easily ruin the movie going experience (unless in this case you're expecting them to be bad).
Written, produced, and directed by Ed Wood. Need I say more?
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