Bad to the Bone: Five Films So Bad They’re Good

by Justin Meinken

Staff Writer

A “Hilariocity” is a film that is so atrocious that it becomes even more hilarious than most comedies. This count down holds the top five terrible movies that are a guilty pleasure of many film seekers. This is the best of the worst.

Number Five: The Sharknado Film Series, 2013-, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.

This is one of the few films where the simple mention of the title can bring on a burst of laughter. Sharknado proves that the only thing that is worse than a tornado filled with sharks, is a cast and director that takes the situation seriously. It’s debatable if the director intended for the over the top and ultra-serious tones to clash in the interest of comedy, but no one can argue with the result. Everyone 21 and older is guaranteed for more than their money’s worth in entertainment from this beloved series.

Best Scene: U.S. President Mark Cuban battles his way out of the Whitehouse in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Number Four: The Wicker Man, 2006, directed by Neil LaBute.

The 1973 classic, The Wicker Man, got its own remake in 2006 and is regarded by many critics as one of the worst Hollywood remakes of all time. Nicholas Cage stars in this B-movie and gives one of the most unintentionally hilarious performances in all of film. Nicholas Cage plays “Edward Malus” who becomes trapped on an island and is at the mercy of psychotic women cultists. Any suspense or horror elements the film could have had, immediately give way to disastrous acting performances and laugh out loud dream sequences. This film truly has to be seen to be believed.

Best Scene: Nicholas Cage fist fights women cultists while wearing a bear costume.

Number Three: Star Wars Holiday Special, 1978, directed by Steve Binder.

The Star Wars franchise has been battered by terrible spin-offs, but this is undoubtedly the worst of them all. This show is so bad that an actual full length viewing is nearly impossible unless you want to learn what not to do in regards to film making. However, the show has unintentionally inspired many comedic parodies from popular YouTube channels. The best summary of the show goes to George Lucas, who described the Star Wars Holiday Special by saying, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.”

Best Scene: Chewbacca’s father is given a virtual reality helmet.

Number Two: The Happening, 2008, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

M. Night Shyamalan has had some great films in the past, but he is better known for his more modern box office bombs like After Earth and The Last Airbender. The Happening lies somewhere between disaster and genius, because if it is viewed with a serious attitude, the film is terrible, but if it is viewed like a comedy, The Happening is one of the most hilarious films of all time. Mark Wahlberg plays a science teacher that begins to realize that plants are causing people to go crazy and hurt themselves. The Happening will definitely make any viewer question how this film got released, in between fits of giggles and uncontrollable laughter.

Best Scene: Mark Wahlberg has a long monologue conversation with a house plant.

Number One: The Room, 2003, directed by Tommy Wiseau.

Anyone who is familiar with bad films has heard of this film before. The Room is universally referred to as one of the worst films ever made, however, there is a certain charm to it. Whether it’s the 50 Shades of Grey level story and dialogue, the inconceivably bad acting, or the bad reality television style, there’s something about The Room that is just guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Tommy Wiseau stars as a robot trying to understand human emotions, or at least that’s what most viewers believe when observing Wiseau’s acting ability. Though the story is not very compelling, the story of the film’s creation is so interesting to the point that a film called The Disaster Artist which came out this past March was met with great success as it showed the behind-the-scenes footage of The Room. When a movie gets made about how bad The Room is and it’s met with critical success, it makes the original even more special.         

Best Scene: Tommy Wiseau yelling “You’re tearing me apart Lisa!”