Do you do bad movie nights? Do you know what I mean? You get together with some friends to watch a bunch of films that are so bad they’re good?
I do bad movie nights. Not as much as I’d like to but, still, I do them. When looking at movie ratings on IMDB my motto is “Less than 3, leave it be; more than 4, show it the door.” A rating of 3.5 out of 10 is perfect for a bad movie night candidate.
You want something full of terrible, hilarious quotes. You want over acting, or weird direction, or dodgy special effects. There’s a good chance you want Nicholas Cage or Jean Claude van Damme. Maybe even Arnie.
If you want to have real fun you need to choose a theme. I had a bad movie night with some friends last Friday and our theme was “bad hacker movies.” We chose Hackers, Swordfish and Black Hat. It was a treat. We got some snacks (crisps and that dip I made the other day) and some drinks. After hackers we ordered a curry because if you’re watching three terrible movies you need some real sustenance.
A lot of the time these are just a good excuse to have a few friends round, drink to much wine and have a laugh. We mostly talked over the movies, occasionally zoning in for a hilarious scene or quote. After Swordfish we abandoned the hacker theme in favour of The Day of the Dolphin (someone accidentally trains dolphins to assassinate the president… yep).
I think I’ll try to do this every couple of months. That might get difficult because… life. However, if it does turn out to be possible it will definitely be fun. I’m toying with the next theme being “buddy cop movies where one of the cops is not human.” There’s got to be a fair few terrible movies that fit that description. I am open to other ideas, though, and I guess I’ll just see what presents itself in the next few weeks.
Do you appreciate a good bad movie? Do you have any reccomendations or suggestions for my next bad movie night?