Nobody sets out to make a deliberately bad movie. At least, you would hope so.
Every feature film production always begins with a huge level of optimism as the creative team sets about attempting to make the best possible work of cinema that they are capable of. Unfortunately, it doesn't always turn out that way.
With The Room now back in the zeitgeist thanks to James Franco's The Disaster Artist, more people than ever can appreciate Tommy Wiseau's misguided ambition. Sure, the guy made an unmitigated disaster that turned out to be one of the worst movies ever made, but it's not like he did it on purpose. Wiseau genuinely thought he was making a work of art.
Then you get guys like Uwe Boll and McG. Between them they have never made a good movie, but both directors are confident enough in their abilities that they continue to try, even though many people wish they wouldn't. If you asked them, they would likely defend each and every one of their movies to the hilt.
Sometimes, a bad movie can feature a scene or moment so unique, thrilling or exciting that it becomes a source of the frustration that the rest of the project can't tap into that potential. Offering a glimmer of hope in the midst of mediocrity, mundanity and malaise, these moments are the definition of cinematic turd-polishing.
10. The Monologue - Deep Blue Sea
Deep Blue Sea was never exactly supposed to be high-quality entertainment, given the project's schlocky B-movie premise about hyper-intelligent sharks chowing down on a bunch of archetypal character actors. It may be regarded as one of the best 'sharks eating people' movies ever made, but aside from Jaws there isn't really much in the way of strong competition in that category.
What it does have going for it is the one scene that almost everybody thinks of the moment they hear the title Deep Blue Sea, namely Samuel L Motherf**in' Jackson's now-legendary monologue. A classic 'rally the troops' speech found in so many 90s' studio pictures, Jackson gives an impassioned plea to his fellow survivors only to be cut short when a hungry super-shark snatches him out of nowhere and drags him to his doom in a cacophony of agonized screams and crap special effects.
Whether director Renny Harlin intended his movie to come across as quite so brazenly ridiculous is anyone's guess, but there's no denying that the cheesy genre flick would be lost to history were in not for this one unforgettable scene.