Ian Ziering in a scene from the Sharknado series (2013–2018)

A large amount of online film discussion in recent years has been devoted to the question “What is the best bad movie ever?” What might have originated in cult circuits has long passed over into the popular consciousness: the moviegoing world at large understands the considerable cinematic pleasure of movies like The Room. There is worldwide adoration for the films of Tommy Wiseau, Niel Breen, Ed Wood and company. The mass-appeal is undeniable.

Whenever these discussions begin though, a caveat will always appear that separates these films materially from other ‘bad movies’: did the films mean to be funny or…

Brendan Steere

Filmmaker, musician, and author based in Pasadena, CA. I directed The VelociPastor.

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