12 Movies People Love Even Though They Weren’t Very Well Made

In the world of cinema, there are those films that dazzle us with groundbreaking storytelling, breathtaking visuals, and performances that resonate deeply in our hearts. Then, there are the movies that, well, don’t quite hit those marks.

Despite shaky plots, questionable special effects, and performances that range from the melodramatic to the bewildering, some films have managed to secure a beloved place in our movie collections and in our hearts.

What makes these cinematic underdogs so endearing?

It’s often their imperfections, their boldness to be different, or simply the joy they bring by not taking themselves too seriously.

1. “The Room” (2003)

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“The Room” (2003) has become a cult classic, infamous for its questionable production quality, bizarre storyline, and often nonsensical dialogue. Directed, produced, and starring Tommy Wiseau, the film initially received harsh criticism for what many perceived as poor filmmaking.

However, its awkward charm and unintentional humor have endeared it to a vast audience. Moviegoers around the world embrace its flaws, attending screenings where they can recite lines and interact with the action on screen, celebrating its imperfections. In fact, there is even a movie about this movie called “The Disaster Artist” where James Franco plays Wiseau.

2. “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959)

Criswell in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957).
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“Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959), directed by Ed Wood, is often hailed as the worst movie ever made. With its glaring continuity errors, cheap special effects, and wooden acting, it’s a masterclass in how not to make a film. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, “Plan 9” has a special place in the hearts of its fans. Viewers love it for its earnestness and the clear passion Wood had for filmmaking, even if the execution fell short of conventional standards.

3. “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” (2010)

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“Birdemic: Shock and Terror” (2010) is another example where ambition outstripped ability. Its special effects, meant to terrify, instead elicit laughter, and the acting and dialogue are often criticized for lacking depth and realism. Yet, there’s an undeniable charm to its clunky execution and sincere environmental message. Fans of “Birdemic” revel in its earnestness and the communal joy found in watching such an earnest attempt at horror gone hilariously wrong.

4. “Troll 2” (1990)

Troll 2.
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“Troll 2” (1990), a film that has nothing to do with trolls or the original “Troll” movie, has been ridiculed for its poor plot, terrible acting, and illogical story. Yet, it’s precisely these qualities that have earned it a devoted following. Viewers are entertained by its unpredictability and the genuine confusion it inspires. Its infamous “Oh my God!” scene has been immortalized in meme culture, demonstrating how much affection fans have for this film’s unique brand of bad.

5. “Sharknado” (2013)

Sharknado.
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“Sharknado” (2013) combines sharks with tornadoes, a premise as absurd as it sounds. Critics panned its ridiculous plot and low-budget CGI, but audiences lapped it up, leading to multiple sequels. The film’s success lies in its embrace of the absurd and understanding that sometimes viewers just want to be entertained, no matter how outlandish the scenario. “Sharknado” has become a staple of fun, bad movie nights everywhere.

6. “Flash Gordon” (1980)

Flash Gordon.
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“Flash Gordon” (1980), with its campy charm and over-the-top performances, didn’t exactly impress with its special effects or coherent storyline at the time of its release. However, its vibrant colors, memorable soundtrack by Queen, and sheer fun factor have granted it a beloved status among fans. It’s a film that demonstrates the power of charisma and style over substance, proving that movies don’t have to be well-made to be loved.

7. “Reefer Madness” (1936)

Reefer Madness.
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“Reefer Madness” (1936) was initially produced as a serious film to warn against the dangers of marijuana use. Its exaggerated effects and melodramatic performances, however, turned it into a comedy for modern audiences. What was once intended as a cautionary tale is now enjoyed for its unintentional humor and has been embraced by advocates for cannabis legalization as an ironic symbol of misinformation.

8. “Howard the Duck” (1986)

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“Howard the Duck” (1986) is often cited as one of the biggest misfires in cinema history, criticized for its odd premise, uneven tone, and bizarre creative choices. Based on a Marvel Comics character, the film attempted to blend comedy, science fiction, and romance but ended up confusing and alienating many viewers. Despite this, it has garnered a following who appreciate its quirky nature, unique characters, and the fact that it represents a peculiar moment in Hollywood’s handling of superhero stories.

9. “Battlefield Earth” (2000)

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“Battlefield Earth” (2000), starring John Travolta and based on the novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, was panned for almost every aspect of its production, from the script to the direction to the over-the-top performances. The film’s odd camera angles, questionable special effects, and incomprehensible plot have made it a staple in discussions about bad movies. Yet, its ambitious scope and the earnestness of its creators have earned it a spot in the “so bad, it’s good” category, with viewers finding enjoyment in its sheer extravagance and folly.

10. “The Wicker Man” (2006)

The Wicker Man.
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“The Wicker Man” (2006) remake, featuring Nicolas Cage, is infamous for its over-the-top acting and bewildering plot deviations from the original film. Scenes meant to be tense or horrifying instead draw laughter, with Cage’s performance often cited as a highlight for its intensity and unintentional humor. The film has achieved cult status, with fans loving it for the very reasons critics disparaged it, celebrating its bizarre choices and memorable lines in a communal appreciation of its oddity.

11. “Masters of the Universe” (1987)

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“Masters of the Universe” (1987), based on the popular He-Man toy line and cartoon, failed to capture the magic of its source material, resulting in a film that felt disjointed and underdeveloped. Critics and audiences alike were unimpressed by its special effects, narrative, and performances at the time of its release. However, nostalgia and an affection for its earnest attempt to bring a beloved childhood franchise to life have endeared it to a generation of fans who revel in its campiness and the nostalgia it evokes.

12. “Xanadu” (1980)

Xanadu.
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“Xanadu” (1980), a musical roller-skating extravaganza starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, was a critical and commercial flop, derided for its muddled plot and uneven tone. Yet, its infectious soundtrack, vibrant visuals, and the sheer commitment of its cast have turned it into a cult classic. Fans are drawn to its dreamy, optimistic portrayal of love and creativity, and the film has found new life in the form of a successful Broadway adaptation, proving its enduring appeal.

12 of the Most Annoying TV Show Characters of All Time, According to the Internet

Orange is the new black.
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There are plenty of characters on TV that just plain irk you, but a few are written so irritating that it actively detracts from the show. We tracked down some fan answers with what they thought the most annoying TV show characters of all time was and these were some of the most popular answers.

A few characters were written annoying on purpose but others seem to be the victim of bad writing or poor acting. Either way, they sure make some of these shows hard to watch!

12 of the Most Annoying TV Show Characters of All Time, According to the Internet

The 12 Most Epic Opening Scenes in Movie History

Scream.
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Opening scenes matter: they set the tone for the entire film. We wanted to know what the greatest opening scenes in movie history were – so we rounded up the best fan answers to this very question.

Some of these opening scenes are so iconic you can almost picture the whole thing in your mind. Others stood out stronger than the rest of the film, making it all you might remember. From action-packed to utter tearjerkers, these iconic opening scenes are often considered to be the greatest in movie history.

The 12 Most Epic Opening Scenes in Movie History
 

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