Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
We’ve all been there right? You’re watching a movie and it’s bad, it’s so very, very bad. Yet you can’t seem to stop watching it even while you’re commenting on how terrible every facet of the movie is! Yes, every movie lover knows of these films, movies that are “so bad they’re good”. And, while we’re wondering how this ever got made, you can’t help but tell your friends about it, spreading the message of “You HAVE to see this!”
Of all the film genres out there I feel horror has more of these types of movies than any other. And if you’re anything like me and my friends, you can’t help but get together to make watching these terrible movies fun. I’m sure you have your own list but here are my Top 5 So Bad It’s Good Horror Movies.
#5 Hobgoblins (1988)
There are specific ingredients needed to make a awesomely bad movie, some of which are terrible actors (who don’t know they’re terrible), horrible special effects (usually due to a minuscule budget) and a story that’s beyond ridiculous. Hobgoblins has all of this and more!
A movie so bad the director himself, Rick Sloane, submitted it to Mystery Science Theater 3000, a series that makes fun of schlocky movies. Maybe Sloane thought Gremlins made a ton of money so how hard could it be? Well, unlike the Jim Henson-created Gremlins, these Hobgoblins look like rejects from the 99 cents bin. And with a weird amount of nudity and sex thrown in to the mix, this is as far from Joe Dante’s classic as you could get.
#4 Troll 2 (1990)
Oh My God!!!!!!! You’ve probably seen the meme at some point, but may not know where it came from. That credit goes to the oh so terrible, Troll 2. If ever a movie was made to be watched with friends and a copious amount of alcohol, it was this one.
So what’s the plot line? I’ve seen it and STILL have no idea! This mess of a movie doesn’t even have the creatures in it that its named for, as instead of trolls, we have goblins (“Nilbog is ‘goblin’ backwards!”). Vegan goblins to boot! I have no idea what they were smoking when they came up with Troll 2, but I have to admit it’s worth watching if just to find yourself taking a drink every time you say WTF is this?!
#3 Rottweiler (2004)
I will never forget my experience watching this movie. I sat on the couch with my best friend and this movie came on the SyFy channel. The premise, a wrongly-convicted man escapes from prison and a scientifically enhanced Rottweiler (with a metal grill of teeth no less) is sent to hunt him down. We kept watching even as we constantly commented on how bad the movie was, yet we couldn’t turn it off. Probably not as well known as the other films on this list but there was no way I could talk about hilariously bad films without including this “masterpiece” on the list.
#2 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Whittling this list down to just five was tougher than I thought it would be. In a world of movies that contain films like Leprechaun, The Wicker Man (2006) and The Happening, how do you decide on just five?! Well, I decided to go with the ones that I remember watching with my friends and having the best time picking apart. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Birdemic: Shock and Terror.
How this was ever released as a full-fledged movie is beyond me. The special effects are some of the worst you’ll ever see, the editing, pacing and sound design must’ve been put together by a toddler and the acting…well, you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it. I highly recommend watching this with like-minded friends because I honestly don’t see anyone enjoying this on their own, no matter how drunk/stoned you are.
Honourable Mention: Crabs (2022)
The latest entry into the world of schlock cinema, Crabs was released just a week ago. Unlike the others this one seems to be deliberately cheesy but I recommend checking it out for a heavy dose of 80’s horror nostalgia as well as a character called Radhu. He’s easily the funniest thing here in a movie that contains man eating crabs and a Power Rangers-like battle of Mech-Crab vs Giant Monster Crab.
#1 Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
The first movie is a personal favourite of mine, and while it was initially banned for portraying Santa in a negative light (a lot of the backlash had to do with the marketing which showed an axe-wielding Santa Clause during time slots when kids were watching television) it has garnered a lot of respect over the years. So much in fact it got a sequel. Or at least a movie that calls itself a sequel while utilising about 40 minutes of the previous film’s runtime!
To go into details about how much of a mess this is would be robbing you of the chance to witness it yourself. But one of the reasons this movie is my all-time favourite “so-bad-it’s-good” horror film lies with the over the top performance of lead actor Eric Freeman as Ricky/Santa. Freeman’s performance sets this movie firmly in the realm of cult classic territory and with his instantly memorable (and now meme-worthy) line “GARBAGE DAY!” all over the internet, he has ensured Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is one of those movies people will seek out time and time again, just to see the insanity for themselves.
This is the kind of movie they could probably make an entire documentary on dissecting every hilariously terrible moment or basically a list of what NOT to do when you’re making a movie. It may be a mess but it’s definitely a mess worth seeing for yourself.
So are you a fan of any of these films? Any so-bad gems you would add to the list? And you can check out more so-bad-it’s good horror content below:
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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