Money doesn't guarantee the most engaging movies - blockbusters can be just as vapid and empty as cheap and nasty budget alternatives, and conversely, some cheap movies can be charming. They are the dirty deeds, done dirt cheap. Whenever I refer to these films as a 'Triumph', I am not saying that they are great films that deserve an Oscar or anything: in fact they are mainly cheap, nasty, shoddy, poorly acted and scripted and the direction is ham-fisted. But all of these things somehow combine to make low budget sleazy masterpieces that have wormed their way into exploitation film fan's hearts, largely due to their ineptitude. Bad things become celebrated in the annals of low budget cinema and there are plenty of exploitation fans that cherish these movies, no matter how ridiculous they are. One only has to look at the cult that has grown up around Herschell Gordon Lewis. His films were all made on a tight budget, they were very poorly acted, the gore whilst extreme, was very fake and of the animal innards school. Virtually everything about his films was crap, yet Lewis has hundreds of thousands of devotees (count me in). He is warmly admired, not because his films were great but because they are so awful. Many of the films in this list are 'Triumphs' because despite their low budget and shoddiness, they have endeared themselves to a wide audience who like something different to mainstream Hollywood pap. A good film is good, but a bad film is bad in its own way.
My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!