Oh hi, Fstoppers readers. Do you have any guilty pleasure movies — films you know are bad that you still enjoy anyway? Ever wonder why it is you enjoy them in spite of their questionable style, dialogue, acting, and/or execution? This great video essay examines why some movies are so bad they're good and how good films take advantage of their hilariously bad qualities.
There are bad bad movies, and then there are good bad movies. This video essay from Now You See It examines the idea of camp and how it (or elements thereof) can make movies that fly in the face of generally accepted technique and style actually good. In fact, you might be surprised to learn just how often good movies employ those techniques to their advantage. I personally find the effective usage of campy elements to be a demonstration of real mastery of the medium, because it takes such calculated precision to do so in a manner that doesn't inadvertently make a good film bad and yet still adds something that couldn't have been achieved with more traditional rules and methods. Do you have any favorite "so bad they're good" movies? Share them in the comments!