How to Enjoy Bad Horror Movies

Movies aren’t always Oscar-worthy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them!

Caleb Rogers

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Before I cut the cord, one of my favorite weekend activities was watching the Sci-Fi Channel’s Saturday night original movie. I suppose at the time the channel had changed its name to SYFY, but I digress. Most of those movies were low-budget, with terrible visual effects and questionable acting and directing.

I loved them.

I enjoyed them because I love the genre. The same is true with horror movies, and it’s also the reason people come back to Hallmark movies week after week, no matter what they think of writing, directing, acting, or VFX budgets. They do it because they love Hallmark movies, almost as a genre itself. Basically, if you love the genre, you’ll like the movie on some level.

That’s what I do with my favorite genre, horror. Even if a vast majority of the populace finds a movie terrible, we can still find enjoyment in it.

Three Examples for You

Here are three recent examples (recent… as in I watched them recently, not necessarily their release date) of movies that weren’t great, but I still had a good time watching them.

Astonishing Tales of Terror: Rocktapussy! (2022). While watching horror movies with the fam one evening, we weren’t ready to go to sleep yet, so the streaming services browsing began. I saw this title and was instantly intrigued. We watched the trailer, and it looked like they tried to shove everything possible into this movie — monsters, explosions, swords, laser guns, zombies, a knight, more explosions, science, terrorism, a stripper wearing a bikini to do an ambush interview, etc. — and I suggested we watch it because it was so nuts I had to know more. The acting: not great. The writing: cheesy, but with a couple of good zingers. Honestly, the movie felt like it should have been wall-to-wall gratuitous nudity, like some softcore porn horror movie.

There was actually only one nude scene, and the actress was covered in blood, so it barely counted. With…

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Caleb Rogers

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