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Guilty pleasures are aptly named because we positively delight in the things most people scoff at.

And we're not ashamed to admit them because it's not called "embarrassing" pleasures, amirite?


Guilty pleasures can either be detrimental to your health – like an ice cream sundae piled high with everything but the kitchen sink – or downright tacky. Like that John Tesh CD baking in your glove compartment for those moody drives.

But when it comes to guilty pleasures with movies, there is NEVER a shortage of really bad films we just can't turn our backs on.

Redditor SuperSayianJason1000 was curious to know about people's taste in cinema and asked:

"What is your favorite 'so bad it's good' movie?"
Rest assured, Showgirls definitely made the cut in this list of cinematic duds that we find simply irresistible.


"Deep Blue Sea" (1999)

"That scene where Samuel L Jackson gets bitten in half mid-motivational speech is simply genius."

"Pretty obvious clue that this movie is not to be taken seriously. And once you realize that, it's very enjoyable."

Yourstruly75

"The scene where LL Cool J makes the perfect omelet also has a certain, tongue-in-cheek charm to it."

DrBlissMD

"The Core" ( 2003)

"I wrote a paper in college about science in the media and while doing research, I came across a study where they found that students in an Earth Science class that watched The Core performed significantly worse on tests than the classes that did not watch it. The science is so bad in that movie that it actively made the audience dumber."

Gneissisnice

"Santa's Slay" (2005)

"There is a 2005 movie starring the wrestler Bill Goldberg, called Santa's Slay. Goldberg plays Santa, a demon that lost a bet and was forced to give presents and toys for 1000 years, but the timer has run down and he's ready to spread some yuletide fear."

"That's an actual pun from the movie. It's as ridiculous and amazing as it sounds."

MeatHands

"Face/Off" (1997)

"Face Off for sure. The first 5 minutes of that movie is a work of art."

Liberal_Fallacy

"Just the premise of having John Travolta and Nicholas Cage act like one another is the most brilliant thing ever done."

Charlitos_Way

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"Maximum Overdrive" (1986)

"Stephen King's only foray into movie directing. Evidently he was so high the entire time that he barely remembers making it. He later 'disowned' the movie and swore off directing forever."

lucky_ducker

"'Honey? This machine keeps calling me an a**hole!' - Stephen King"

Computermaster

"San Andreas" (2015)

"We laughed at how many random unrealistic and dumb things happened. All the buildings kept falling over and over again. And there was a girl hiding at a perfectly safe place, and the rock carried here somewhere else and there she nearly died... Anyways there were a lot of weird things, bad acting. The only real good thing about the movies was DJ/The rock. Further it was 'so bad its good,' like me and my family laughed about every scene, just because nothing made sense."

MrSpikyReddit

"Jason X" (2001)

"Jason X. It's a terrible sequel that puts Jason in space but damn if I don't think it's funny as hell."

SuperSayianJason1000

"Dead Alive" (1992)

"Dead Alive. Peter Jackson. 1992. So bad, its my favorite movie of all-time."

"Nothing is more ridiculous than taking a lawnmower to a zombie party only to fight a giant zombie version of your mom."

cha-do

"7 years after making that film he was filming Lord of the Rings. What a weird career trajectory."

SamWhite

"Showgirls" (1995)

"Showgirls. I've only ever watched it on tv I think, but the acting is SO BAD and over the top. It's just so entertaining because of that. I can't turn it."

Putyourmoneyonme80

"The sex scene in the pool is the worst movie sex scene of all time. It's the only thing I remember from that stupid movie."

the_great_confuser

"Snakes On A Plane" (2006)

"Had an amazing marketing campaign. Amazing soundtrack with original songs and some fun remixes."

"Writing was hilarious and almost perfect. Easter Eggs were on point."

"They had the DP from the Alien franchise, and he invented a new camera rig that lets the camera roll over the seat backs, so they could keep the sides of the airplane set on to give the movie a claustrophobic feeling."

"Super campy, super fun deaths. Great movie. Literally in my top 5."

ssjaken

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