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Trash Films: Why Are Some of the Worst Movies Ever Made So Fun to Watch?

Can a filmmaker self-consciously set out to make a cult classic, or are the best bad movies just born that way?

Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space, a movie about aliens trying to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon by resurrecting the dead on Earth, playing in an empty theater.

There are movies that blur the boundaries between good taste, bad taste, and absolute nonsense — those with plots as intelligible as a fever dream, and…

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Joel Nihlean

Joel Nihlean

Essayist, editor, drummer, and dad thinking about the climate crisis, politics, faith, political theology, policy, and punk rock. Texas forever.