There's nothing like sitting down in a movie theatre or at home and watching a good movie. But it’s a particularly special class of experience to watch a movie that's so bad it's good, an example of moviemaking so dire it's become a cult favorite in its own right. In fact, there are now awards that celebrate making terrible films - known as the Razzies, prestigious in their infamy.
There are some movies that are so bad that you might genuinely believe the filmmaker must have intentionally made the movie that way, movies that make you stop and think, “Did the director honestly think that this was good?” But if we're not dealing in conspiracy theories, and we take these movies at face value as honest pieces of art rather than parodies, then their failure is shocking - and at times, hilarious.
But then again, there's an strong following of 'B movies' - independent, low-budget, melodramatic movies that are, arguably, more artistically free than their big budget cousins. Take “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for example: Richard O’Brien’s 1975 film adaptation of his own musical was initially negatively received by critics and viewers alike, but the movie now has one of the strongest movie-cult followings in the world. Today, millions of cities all over the world do midnight showings of O’Brien’s movie with shout backs, costumes, stage actors, prop bags, and more. One of the earliest cult favorites was “Reefer Madness”, released in 1936, which presented an exaggerated and embellished depiction of what happens when you smoke pot. The movie inspired a movie musical adaptation in 2005, and has developed a strong internet fanbase (though we're guessing that lawmakers in Washington and Colorado didn't watch the movie before legalizing marijuana). Then, flash forward to 1988 and we get “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”, a movie that was so bad that the terrible quality actually immortalized the film instead of being swept under the rug to be forgotten along with countless average movies of the time.
Against traditional fashion at The Richest, this time around we're counting down to the movie that made the least money but gained notoriety through just how bad it was. These five movies have become cult classics and have featured regularly in 'worst ever movies' rankings. Some movies you may have heard of, some you may have seen, and some you may never have heard of: But enjoy the list, and - if you're brave enough - check these films out, but don't say we didn't warn you...
5 Showgirls (1995) - $20.4 million
4 Mommie Dearest (1981) - $19 million
3 Howard the Duck (1986) - $16 million
2 The Beastmaster (1982) - $14 million
1 The Room (2003) –$1,900
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