More so than perhaps any other genre, horror has its surplus of absolutely terrible films. In some rare cases, they get to the point they’re so bad, they’re actually good, hence the five horror b-movies so bad they’re good. Whether it’s the poor acting, the less-than-stellar stories, or the regularly bad effects, they tend to get a cult following and watched because they’re bad…
5. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
The first entry of five horror b-movies so bad they’re good, it’s directed by Michael Herz and produced by the ‘daddy of Troma’ Lloyd Kaufmann, the film follows a bullied, social outcast who unfortunately falls into a vat of toxic acid. Rather than dying, he becomes a mutated, deformed, stronger, and for some reason taller version of himself. The town continues to bully and outright try and kill the now monstrous boy with some interesting results.
4. Thankskilling (2009)
Made by a group of college students in their spare time, this film is as bad as it is funny. Telling the story of a cursed turkey who comes back every Thanksgiving to murder some unsuspecting victims. Corny jokes, an overly sexual turkey, and some fantastic puns included, it’s worth a watch to see for yourself how terrible it is.
3. Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992)
Directed by Peter Jackson before he eventually landed the Lord of the Rings films he’s most famous for, Braindead is considerably lower quality and certainly lower stakes. Following a man with a troubled relationship with his mother, it includes literal gallons of blood, intuitive use of a lawnmower, and hybrid zombie animals.
Probably the most infamous entry on this list of five horror b-movies so bad they’re good, Sharknado has spawned multiple sequels, all somehow upping the ante and incredibility of the last. It’s exactly what it sounds like though, a tornado that is carrying numerous different sharks, ready to land on and eat the poor residents of a beach-side town.
Another poultry-themed b-movie, and another produced by Lloyd Kaufman. This one again centers around a killer bird, or birds in this case, as they murder their way through a chicken restaurant that was built on an Indian burial ground. It really is as ridiculous as it sounds.
I can’t do this list of horror b-movies so bad they’re good without mentioning two films. Even though they didn’t make it into the top five, both Nazi’s At The Centre Of The Earth and Cockney’s vs Zombies are two entries that weren’t far off. Both are exactly what they sound like, the former is about the still alive Hitler trying to come back to power, ending with his disembodied head in a robot suit. and the latter is the story of a group of bank thieves helping a group of the elderly escape their retirement home, and trying to get them to safety.