There have been a lot of bad movies released over the years that it gets difficult to keep track. Recent releases such as Suicide Squad and Gods of Egypt have become critical disappointments and were considered to be letdowns by a number of moviegoers.
So what exactly makes these movies bad?
Lackluster campaigns, cheesy trailers, and even initial word of mouth may ruin a perfectly good movie before it’s shown on theaters. On this list, ExploreTalent is looking back into the movies that were initially thought to be bad but were surprisingly good. Check them out below.
5 Bad Movies That Were Actually Entertaining
1. 300 (2007)
Director Zak Snyder is a hit or miss type of director. His recent film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice had one of the biggest drops in the box office history, and it’s mostly due to poor reviews. But the same cannot be said for 300, a movie where Snyder had to work on with a $65 million budget on hand. Despite being a big risk since Snyder was relatively unknown at that time, the gamble made by Warner Bros. proved to be a success as 300 proudly sits as the 24th highest-grossing film of all time.
2. Anaconda (1997)
To be clear, B-movies don’t necessarily translate to bad movies and 1997’s Anaconda proved just that. For one thing, it featured Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo and a little known Owen Wilson. Not only did this movie rise to become of the most iconic monster flicks of all time, it also created a certain fear for everyone—fear of murky Amazonian waters. Luckily, anacondas don’t grow that incredibly large or aggressive in real life.
3. Masters of the Universe (1987)
The film features a half-naked Dolph Lundgren as he takes on the role of He-Man, the classic Mattel story line where the movie is based on. Due to the silly narrative and Skeletor’s continuous obsession with He-Man, the movie became a critical and commercial flop. But despite being often regarded as a bad movie, it still went on to build a legacy as one of the most iconic films released during the ’80s.
4. John Wick (2014)
John Wick did not create much of an impact when the trailer was first released. The industry had already seen a lot of revenge films over the years, courtesy of Liam Neeson and Jason Statham. But just when people were about to dismiss it as one of those bad movies, they were proven wrong by how well-made and stylish John Wick really was.
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Another movie that a major production studio took a gamble on was Kingsman: The Secret Service. The reason it was initially conceived as one of those bad movies was because the director’s previous films were not that great. But not only did it become director Michael Vaughn‘s highest-grossing film to date, it also became the year’s unexpected hit. Fox even picked up the film for a franchise run, with the second installment gearing up for a 2017 release date.