So Bad They’re Good: The 10 Worst Movies Ever Made

Art is all about making people feel. And when it comes to emotions, there’s no recipe, or guide, and the truth is that some movies just fail to make us feel as if watching them was worth our time.

The following ten movies are not just bad, they are so get-out-of-here bad that they are good. In a way.

10. Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

Based on a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, Battlefield Earth is a serious contender for the title of “worst big-budget Hollywood movie” ever produced.

There are so many things that are wrong with this movie: the script, the cinematography, the boring dialogue, or even the costume design.

Oh, and Travolta is downright terrible. I mean, you want to punch him the face kind of terrible.

9. Catwoman

One of Roger Ebert’s most hated movies, Catwoman was nominated for seven Razzies, and won four. Halle Berry, who plays the title character, won Worst Actress and famously collected her trophy in person, thanking Warner Bros. for “putting me in this piece-of-s**t, God-awful film.”

And, yes, Catwoman is a truly awful movie. Other than Halle Berry running around in what resembles S&M gear, the movie is littered with cliches, dumb action sequences, and plot holes.

8. Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Released in 2010, Birdemic has become a cult classin for its cheap effects, bad acting, and cliched storyline. And, yes, apparently it’s inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Oh, God!

7. Movie 43

“From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, Shallow Hal) and Charles Wessler (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), comes Movie 43 — the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood!”

“Twisted minds” is not an exaggeration, I assure you.

Movie 43 has been called:

  • “utterly disgusting”
  • “the biggest waste of talent ever”
  • “the Citizen Kane of awful”

But it does star actors such as Dennis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, or Richard Gere…

6. Howard The Duck

One of the most depressing movies ever produced, Howard The Duck is also the worst Marvel movie ever. Produced by George Lucas on a $30 million budget, this movie is so bad that the title character didn’t return on film for nearly 30 years.

5. Manos: The Hands of Fate

Hal Warren, a fertilizer salesman, made a bet with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant that he could produce a movie, because… well… movie-making is easy.

This is how Manos: The Hands of Fate was born.

And there are so many issues with the end result that it’d take a while to think of even one thing that isn’t wrong with this movie.

Awful without a chance of redemption…

4. Oasis Of The Zombies

Zombie Nazis. Or Nazi Zombies.

This says it all.

Oh, and those zombies are to be found in Africa. Guarding a treasure.


3. Disaster Movie

Written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Meet The Spartans, etc), this disaster of a movie is basically a series of movie references and bad humor.

The cinematic equivalent of junk food.

2. The Singing Forest

“Two lovers, killed during the Holocaust, are reincarnated. The first soul to return now has a twenty two year old daughter who is now in love with her father’s past life lover.”

The summary alone is enough to make you want to skip this masterpiece.

Oh, and the fact that it has a score of 1/100 on Metacritic.

Yeah, and that as well.

1. The Room

I have already reviewed this movie here. It is so bad it’s actually good. It’s rare that I laugh my heart out during movies, and even though The Room is not a comedy, it’s surely going to make you laugh.

I actually recommend watching this one, if only to gain a certain appreciation for what we usually take for granted from movie studios and actors.

It’s the cinematic equivalent of having an average person compete in the Olympics. You know, for reference…

45 thoughts on “So Bad They’re Good: The 10 Worst Movies Ever Made

  1. Isn’t L. Ron Hubbard considered like the “most prolific” writer with the most works published or something? I can’t speak for his religious beliefs but is adds some merit to counter the notion of quantity over quality… Lafayette is said to have written 100K words a month… that’s ~3,333.33 words consistently every day.

    Totally agree, terrible movie! 😛

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  2. Yep, “Battlefield Earth” WAS a lousy movie, and Travolta WAS terrible. Can I blame the nonsense called Scientology for this???? (Being facetious here…) Have not seen the others on your list, but I’m surprised “Student Bodies” didn’t make it…

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  3. “Manos: The Hands of Fate” was eventually riffed in an episode of MST3K, and through that is barely watchable.
    I may have mentioned it here before, but I have it on good authority that the worst movie ever featured on MST3K is a movie called “Red Zone Cuba” (also known by the title “Night Train to Mundo Fine”), one of three films directed by a guy named Coleman Francis (all of which are pretty equally awful). I have a buddy on Ravelry who loves MST3K and he has said he usually needs a few stiff martinis 🍸 to get through the *riffed* version (one of the robots even says during this movie, “I want to hurt this movie, but I can never hurt it the way it hurt me”). He actually does have an *unriffed* version of “Red Zone Cuba” on DVD, but he has admitted he has never watched it because there are no legally-obtainable substances strong enough for him to get through a viewing. I’d say that’s pretty bad. The MST3K episode featuring it is probably on YouTube.
    The worst one I’ve seen on MST3K since it returned on Netflix would probably have to be “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II”, as host Jonah put it, “…set in the Medieval ‘80s!”

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  4. being chronically ill, i watch WAY too many movies, so thank you for this list………i may actually put some of these on my to watch list because as you pointed out, sometimes something that terrible can be entertaining and i can use more entertainment in my life.

    bless you for this list! 🙂

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  5. I only disagree on two points: 1) Catwoman wasn’t that bad. I’ve watched it several times and though it’s not great, I can enjoy it, and 2) Movie 43 is not so bad it’s good. It’s just plain bad.

    I enjoyed your post. Your quick takes on each movie we’re quite funny. And thanks for the reminder and further encouragement to watch The Room. I’ve been meaning to watch it ever since I watched The Disaster Artist.

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  6. Really enjoyed the list. I was waiting to see if “The Room” would make it — though with mixed feelings. Of course it is truly bad, but it’s in the “so bad you have to watch to believe how bad” arena…and actually quite fun to watch at an art house showing.
    Now “Reefer Madness” might be a good #11.
    And I might add (simply because I had to review the movie for a film magazine): “Shivers” (also known as “The Parasite Murders” and “They Came from Within” — a 1975 Canadian science fiction body horror film.

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  7. I remember watching Howard the Duck over and over again with my kids when they were little. I don’t remember what it was about but dang, I can remember that song they played in the movie. I even think I have a copy of that movie in VHS in the basement. I should give it to my granddaughter so she can watch it with my son, let history repeat itself or she might just hate it. Ha

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