1. The Room (2003). Written, directed, produced and starred in by Tommy Wiseau--arguably the most beloved bad-movie filmmaker of the 2000s--The Room tells the story of the ill-fated love of Johnny and his fiancee. Perhaps the greatest moment in terrible cinema takes less than 20 seconds, when Johnny enters a florist shop and has the fastest empty exchange in movie history.
2. Troll 2 (1990). A sequel only in name to Troll, it has become a cult classic amongst the worst films ever made in part because it doesn’t feature any trolls at all. The dialogue in the film is incredibly awkward because the writer and director, native Italians, spoke very little English when they wrote the script. With a confusing plot, unintentional innuendos and a successful documentary by the movie’s child star called Best Worst Movie have sealed this films fate forever.
Battlefield Earth (2000). Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s novel with the same name was immediately criticized for it’s poor script, cheesy acting and ridiculous dialogue between characters. Never mind John Travolta, this film still gets a 2% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, 12 years later.
Mac and Me (1988). Right after the success of E.T. movies about mysterious alien creatures (like Mac), seemed to pop up out of nowhere. This E.T. rip-off is Coke’s answer to Pepsi’s product placement in E.T. Anytime the alien is feeling sickly, what do you do? Grab a coke!
Monster A Go-Go (1965). The original version of this film, Terror at Halfday ran out of money and was abandoned before it was finished. Later, the film was completed with a small budget so that it could be paired with another film as a double feature. Most of the films actors did not return, so the director created new roles and tried to explain why the original actors disappeared or had changed. The sound quality was notoriously bad, with telephone rings being hummed by actors waiting for the phone to ring. Most of the cast’s faces were overexposed and appeared to be bright white circles.
Santa with Muscles (1995). Hulk Hogan becomes Santa Clause--at least for a little while. It's a ridiculously over the top film with lines like, “You sleigh me, Santa Clause.” There isn’t really much more that you can expect from this film other than a groan and a laugh.
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). From the original B-movie master himself, Ed Wood, this film was considered the worst movie ever created even at its time. Much of the footage is often repeated several times, including that of Bela Lugosi, who was Wood’s idol. Lugosi died before the actual filming of the movie began. Wood replaced Lugosi with a man (his dentist!) who looked nothing like him, except from the eyes up, and kept filming. Undeterred, he kept Lugosi’s name front and center, even though there was little footage of him. Later distributors took advantage of this in advertising printing on the cover, “Almost starring Bella Lugosi.”
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