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Cult Films: The Best Worst Movies Of All Time (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   Mallika Rao   First Posted: 09/ 7/2011 9:26 am   Updated: 11/ 7/2011 5:12 am

Tommy Wiseau's accidental cult hit "The Room" may be terrible, but it's successful. How many other plays-based-on-movies land premieres at the American Film Institute? As a counterpoint to our interview with the man himself, we've put together a list of equally bad movies (maybe) with devoted followings. As you click through, keep in mind: "The Room" managed comparable success with no studio backing. Eh? Impressed? He's a genius, we tell you!

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  • 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (1959)

    This Ed Wood sci-fi/horror bomb is a favorite bad movie in-joke. On the "X-Files," Mulder said he switched it on every time he needed to silence his brain's logic centers.

  • 'Mommie Dearest' (1981)

    Meant to be a biopic about Joan Crawford, "Mommie Dearest," starring Faye Dunaway, has instead became a favorite of camp aficianados, winning five Razzies in its storied career.

  • 'Howard The Duck' (1986)

    This live-action adaptation of the comic book failed to win theater audiences over, mainly because Howard is so creepy, but it's since become a cultural touchstone.

  • 'Troll 2' (1990)

    Italian director Claudio Fragasso helmed this Ebert-approved "best worst movie" under a pseudonym. Good choice Fragasso! It's plagued by terrible acting, a zero count of trolls and a semi-successful followup doc about it called, no surprise, "Best Worst Movie."

  • 'Showgirls' (1995)

    This unlikely DVD bestseller for MGM was widely panned as a shoddy raunch-fest in its early days, but it's since been recast by critics as an intentional satire.

  • 'Birdemic: Shock And Terror' (2008)

    Jason Nguyen's homage to Hitchcock's "The Birds" is laughably bad, with screen-saver special effects. Oh, and Tim and Eric <a href="" target="_hplink">love this one too!</a>