Full-disclosure: When I sat down to write this article, I wasn't as sure of its premise as I thought I'd be, so I began by defining the two pivotal terms. "Cliche" was easy. It's objective and based on empirical evidence. "Terrible" is much more subjective and open to discussion. On more than one occasion, several people have tried to convince me Citizen Kane is actually terrible. And, depending on your mood, Plan 9 from Outer Space might be a more rewarding watch than The Maltese Falcon. This brings me to my point: Every once in a while a terrible movie is great fun to watch. In light of this, I've tried to treat the notion of a "terrible" movie as empirically as possible. The result, I hope, is a collection of films that are a joy to watch despite being tremendously flawed and cliched. Some of them are entertaining because they're successful, others work accidentally because they are not. Be sure to leave your favorite "terrible" movies in the comments if you feel I've left any out.
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While studying English and Philosophy at Rutgers University, Andrew worked as a constant contributor to the The Rutgers Review. After graduating in 2010, he began working as a free-lance writer and editor, providing his input to numerous areas including reviews for the New York Film Series, The Express-Times, and private script and story consulting. He is currently the Director of Film Studies at The Morris County Arts Workshop in New Jersey and publishes essays on the subject of film and television at his blog, The Zoetrope.