I’m not ashamed to admit it – I enjoy bad science fiction movies. In fact, some of my favorite movies of any genre are simply horrible. Awfully, even laughably, bad. In some cases that’s exactly why I enjoy the movies – they’re so bad that I can’t help but laugh at them. Others are fun even though they have no socially redeeming features of any kind, or have actors and/or directors acting badly.
For example, I recently re-watched The Core, a movie about a group of “terranauts” who are trying to save the world after the government accidentally stops the Earth’s core from spinning. The science is bad, it’s filled with stereotypes, the plot is totally predictable, and half of the spots that are supposed to be intense are lame if not downright boring. But it’s hard not to enjoy a movie where one of the hacker’s demands is for an unlimited supply of Hot Pockets and where the hull of the drilling machine sent to restart the core is made out of “unobtanium.”
Other bad movies that I love include Big Trouble in Little China, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Hudson Hawk (“Bunny – ball, ball”), Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Krull, The Fifth Element, Rocky Horror Picture Show (best seen at midnight on Halloween night), Orgazmo, Ice Pirates (remember the space herpie?), Lost in Space, and just about any Godzilla movie ever made. Sure, some of these know they’re making high camp, and revel in it. That’s why I actually like The Mummy Returns more than the original – Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz know they’re being silly, they’re clearly in it to have fun, and the viewers are invited to come along for the ride.
I invite folks to add their own “guilty pleasure” movies in the comments below.