10 Most Beautiful-Looking Bad Movies Ever Made

9. The Cell (2000)

On account of the fact that 2000 horror flick The Cell stars Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn and clings to a plot that most people labelled as "f*cking ridiculous," it has fallen into obscurity. Why would anyone want to revisit a 15-year-old film starring Jennifer Lopez, after all? Despite what you might assume from that description, though, The Cell also happens to be one of the best-looking bad films ever made. Truly. Seriously. No kidding.

Directed by Tarsem Singh (whose films are always pretty and always terrible), The Cell features an inherently intriguing plot that fails to make use of it: a child psychologist possesses a groundbreaking machine that allows her to travel inside the memories of a serial killer in order to see what made him into a monster. It's a neat idea, but one that feels mostly plotless in the context of the film - not to mention there's tons of bad acting.

What makes The Cell worthwhile, however, are its visuals, which are some of the most unexpectedly gorgeous-looking in the history of cinema. It sort of makes sense, given that Singh based many of the scenes on the works of famous painters - Damien Hirst, Odd Nerdrum, H. R. Giger and the Brothers Quay, to name but a few (talk about ambitious).

This gives the film with a timeless, dark intensity which ensures that - although it ultimately lacks credibility - it's an aesthetic triumph. What a shame the story couldn't match up.


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.