question of the day: Why do we like bad movies?

It seems like it’s been bad-movies news all week, what with Syfy’s two big announcements: DIY bad Saturday Night Syfy Original and Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson. And then I came across an article by Leor Galil at New City Film about the apparent “sudden resurgence” of bad movies, particularly as a midnight-movie phenomenon:

Alongside “The Room” and “Troll 2,” “Birdemic” is a part of the new holy trinity of trashy film that’s brought patrons to movie theaters by the bucketful. Yes, these flicks have made a reputation for being terrible. But, that’s the charm of the best bad movies.

And Birdemic — full name: Birdemic: Shock and Terror — does indeed look awful:

Galil attempts to delve into why we like bad movies:

“The boredom of the Midwest really helps build up the ability to sit down and be able to watch a crappy movie,” Dowell says. “There’s not really that much to do in the suburbs, or farmland U.S.A. When video stores started to get big, I feel like the bad-movie culture grew a lot in the Midwest.”

Well, okay, but couldn’t the same thing be said about good movies? And we don’t like all bad movies: Nobody likes Jonah Hex, except Armond White. In fact, when Galil reveals that

there’s a potential $20 million deal with Paramount for a 3D “Birdemic” sequel

it seems that the instant reaction to such news is an “oh god, no!” and the sure and certain knowledge that such a film would be simply bad-bad, and not enjoyable at all. So perhaps inherent in the enjoyment of good-bad movies is the charm that comes from their lack of corporate polish.

There are probably lots of reasons. Why do we like bad movies?

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