Torture Yourself With the 10 Best Bad Movies on Netflix

Rob Nightingale 18-06-2015

On those evenings when you want nothing more than something to make you simultaneously laugh and cry, or to take your mind somewhere utterly bizarre, there is nothing better than watching a so-bad-it’s-good movie.


There’s no single reason why we enjoy watching bad movies so much, but Charlie Jane Anders of iO9 sums up some of the pre-requisites wonderfully:

“What all of these movies have in common is a certain amount of ‘I can’t believe they went there,’ combined with a mostly non-ironic insanity of the performances and dialogue. Cheesy visual effects, logic-defying plots, flubbed story beats, mad set pieces. A really great bad movie makes you fall out of your seat laughing and cheering for the awfulness.”

With that in mind, we’ve tracked down 10 of the best bad movies that you can stream on Netflix 5 Ways To Enhance Your Netflix Account In Chrome The Netflix interface could use a little improvement, so I've found some Chrome extensions to make my Netflix account look prettier. And no, it doesn't involve a bit of lipstick and some rouge. Read More (US) right now to truly waste a few hours of your life. If you want to look further afield than just Netflix, there are plenty of other terrible movies to add to your playlist.

After all, it’s not like any of us have anything better to do, eh?…

Sharknado (2013)

When a movie promises to show a huge tornado of vicious sharks being dumped over a waterlogged Los Angeles, you know you’re in for a good time. And that is exactly what Sharknado delivers.

My personal favorite review states, “Absolutely nothing make sense. Physics and natural laws are ignored. Horrible CGI and cringe-worthy dialogue… and you can’t stop watching. My friends, yelled, laughed, joked, stomped, laughed some more and had a fine time. Now how many times can you say that watching a movie? It literally becomes an interactive experience” (Flixspix).


Whether director Anthony C. Ferrante knew he was making such a classically so-bad-it’s-good movie is unknown, but it’s fair to say that this picture will remain a classic for many years to come.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

This ridiculous, ironic horror/comedy tries far too desperately to make itself into some form of cult classic, leaving us laughing at, but not with, the whole ordeal. And that’s what it is to watch. An ordeal. It was also a depressing ordeal for all those involved, when this $500,000 picture grossed a whopping $23,000. Ouch. No wonder cinema is dying Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Movie theaters need to offer more than just a way of watching the latest films. They need to stop competing on "convenience" and start focusing on "experience." Here's how. Read More .

The premise of the story is an exploration of what the hell happens when you build a fast-food chicken franchise on top of a Native American burial site. Yep, you guessed it, zombie chickens, of course. Although the whole thing may be the most outrageous thing you’ll ever see, it’s 103 minutes worth of laugh-out-loud gore, singing, and slap-stick humor. Best served alongside strong beer and great friends.

Rubber (2010)

There’s nothing odd about Robert the homicidal car tire trundling through the desert using his telekinetic powers to go on a three-day rampage, blowing up bunnies, birds, and humans alike. Is there?


In the opening scene, the viewer is introduced to the movie via a monologue selling it as an homage to the “no reason” aspect of many great movies (“In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T. why is the alien brown? No reason.”). But Rubber takes the idea of “no reason” to absurdity in this hilarious, pointless 80 minutes of craziness, that sees the audience become part of the movie itself.

Grease 2 (1982)

Get introduced to a much more pitiful side of Rydell High with Grease 2, the utterly disastrous sequel of the original, Grease. It’s not so much the acting that makes this movie bad. Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield did as well as they could with what was put in front of them. Really, it’s the utterly terrible music (which somehow remains so alluring) that makes this movie a perfect fit for the so-bad-it’s-good category.

Despite all of your inclinations to hit the “Stop” button throughout the movie, there’s something hypnotic that leaves you enjoying the atrociousness of it all. For all its faults, once it ends you can’t help but remember it fondly.

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

After watching The Toxic Avenger, you’ll wonder why Spider-Man takes all the praise. When Melvin, a victim of bullying, is thrown into a vat of toxic waste, he’s transformed into a terrifying superhero, hell-bent on pursuing justice across the town.


The crazy makeup, costume (which took lead actor Mitch Cohen four hours to get into each day), and special effects, will keep a smile plastered across your face. The dialog is nothing short of shocking (in a good, low-brow kind of way). And the acts of justice are horrific. It’s no wonder this movie put Troma on the map.

Leprechaun (1993)

Just when you thought you’d already seen Jennifer Aniston at her corniest, you force yourself to watch Leprechaun. In this movie, a father and daughter move into a new home, where a 600-year-old homicidal leprechaun is already resident, looking for his stolen gold (naturally).

This whimsical horror needs to be taken with much more than a pinch of salt, but if you go into it expecting the worst, you’ll come away more than content. Yes, it is pretty bad, but it’s also great, silly entertainment for a lazy evening spent lounging on the couch.

John Dies at The End (2012)

When a new drug, offering a trip that transcends time and space, starts sweeping the nation, while simultaneously robbing people of their humanity, the only people to save the planet are two college dropouts who have no idea what they’re doing.


Throughout this award-winning movie, homages to several other cult classics weave between the absurdist plot which never fails to take itself lightly. Despite the absurdity, John Dies at The End is remarkably well made, and extremely compelling. In my personal view, it’s a must-watch. Reviews on a variety of movie rating sites 8 Online Guides To The Best And Worst Movies Of All Time Read More are consistently positive.

Dracula 3000 (2004)

When an abandoned vessel is discovered by the crew of a deep space savage ship, evil beyond their wildest nightmares is unleashed. Well, that was the plan. In reality, we have one of the worst movies ever made.

For anyone studying film and television, this has to be the go-to movie to depict the worst acting imaginable. How bad this film is cannot be expressed in words, and the trailer only hints at the disaster about to play out in front of your eyes. If you decide to torture yourself, please turn watching Dracula 3000 into a drinking game, or you may end up falling into a very deep coma instead.

Blood Surf (2000)

In Blood Surf, a group of surfers pioneer the next extreme sport, where blood is trailed in the wake of the surfboard to attract sharks. However, the plan fails, and a 30-foot salt-water crocodile is hungrily brought into the fray, resulting in bloody, gruesome consequences.

This is a rare movie in that its badness is thorough. Lacking in the humor, wit, and eccentricity that’s needed to revive bad dialog, acting, and a terrible story, it’s hard to find any redeeming features. But somehow, it does redeem itself.

There’s an entertainment factor here that’s hard to pin down. Perhaps it’s the confusion of how something like this could have ever hit the screens. Perhaps it’s because there is the occasional exciting scene. Or perhaps it’s just that the dialog is so basic, that following this movie is easier than any other movie out there, despite its dullness.

ATM (2012)

ATM is the nonsensical story of three hapless co-workers who are terrorized in an ATM booth by a somewhat scary villain wearing a parka jacket.

Somehow this movie cost $3 million to produce, and unsurprisingly made just $2,000 (that’s not a typo) at the box office. It’s no surprise that ‘ATM’ is now synonymous with “A Terrible Movie”. The main issue is the plethora of plot-holes throughout the 90 minutes that infuriate the viewer (He walks so slow. Just run!). But the acting isn’t that bad, considering the script they had to work with.

Nevertheless, it can still be a fun watch if you dedicate the time to picking apart the movie, finding the flaws in just about every aspect of it, and laughing at the ridiculous lines that these poor actors were forced to recite.

Which Other Movies Would You Include?

There are literally hundreds of terrible movies on Netflix if you’re looking for a light-hearted night, filled with picking holes in plots (like these terrible hacking scenes Hollywood Hacks: The Best and Worst Hacking in Movies Hollywood and hacking do not get along. While real-life hacking is hard, movie hacking often involves just pounding away on a keyboard like your fingers are going out of style. Read More ), or laughing-out-loud at unwatchable acting. These are just 10 that we recommend if you’re so inclined to torture yourself.

The only question that remains is, Are these the 10 best bad movies to watch on Netflix right now? They’re certainly our picks, but you may have stumbled across others that you feel need talking about. If so, which other hilariously bad movies 8 Hilariously Bad Movie Trailers [Stuff to Watch] Movie trailers are designed to tantalize an audience into wanting to spend their hard earned cash in the cinema. Now there are a few terrible movie trailers of bad films, but generally speaking many are... Read More would you add to the list? Please let us know in the comments below.

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  1. blah
    March 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Where is Leo the lion? A great flick if you like nightmarish, lowbudget animated ripoffs about vegetarian lions.

  2. Haylee
    January 30, 2017 at 3:26 am

    worst scary movie? i watched it so long ago that i cant remember the name. but i remember in the end the girl births the baby alien then daddy alien takes the baby and leaves the girl alive in the urgent care with all the people he killed
    anyone know?

    • Amy
      March 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Sounds like "The Item". Was the alien locked in the box til the end? Did the beginning have a terribly written shoot-out with the line, "Look out! He's got a knife!", then the gun him down with uzis?

  3. Kyle
    January 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This might be late to the party but I think Kung Fury is quite possibly one of the best terrible movies ever made. I don't even have words to describe it.

  4. di-stri
    September 12, 2016 at 1:14 am

    BIG ASS SPIDER! is my personal favorite shitty movie

    • Rob Nightingale
      October 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      That sounds.... terrible. So, good shout! ;)

  5. Platfoot
    April 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I watched Snakehead Swamp and it's laughably bad. Microphones in reflexions, a girl running around who definitely died right before that, it has everything!

    • Rob Nightingale
      May 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

      haha. Sounds like it's right up my street!

  6. snsndndn
    April 7, 2016 at 5:17 am

    its not on netflix but you HAVE to watch The Room

    • snsndndn
      April 7, 2016 at 5:20 am

      its literally a disaster of a movie, but its quite entertaining & hilarious to make fun of with your friends.

      • snsndndn
        April 7, 2016 at 5:22 am

        PS its the 2003 movie, not the newest one that has come out.

    • Rob Nightingale
      April 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Added to my to-watch list :)

  7. tim
    March 18, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Not bad movies get a better opinion.

    • Rob Nightingale
      March 29, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Will do!

  8. James
    January 9, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Poultrygeist, Toxic Avenger, Leprechaun, Dracula 3000, and Blood Surf are not on Netflix anymore. And ATM is DVD only. /:

    • Rob Nightingale
      February 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Damn, their library is changing too fast!

  9. Dan
    December 3, 2015 at 1:30 am

    What a lazy list by someone who doesn't watch a lot of films. Rubber almost universally got good reviews for its originality, ATM was a a decent movie certainly not one of the WORST and Toxic Avenger is a classic film.
    The author is certainly not a horror movie fan

    • Rob Nightingale
      December 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

      What's a film movie?

      • Dan
        December 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        Umm I don't know? Why would you ask that?

        • Rob Nightingale
          February 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

          You seem to mistake subjectivism for objectivism.

  10. Squalle
    December 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Well, I was going to mention Zombeavers, but atomiclunchbox33 beat me to it. So I'll just mention that I really enjoyed how bad Zombeavers was as well.

    And Rubber was a GREAT movie! It's one of those movies (for me) that I wish wouldn't have ended. It could have went on all night. lol

    Ok, so a few that could be mentioned as well...

    3-Headed Shark Attack (really, really bad but it does have Danny Trejo!)
    Killer Mermaid
    Tremors 5 (only part 5 is available, but they're all bad)
    Ferocious Planet
    Any of the spider movies (Big Ass Spider, Spiders)
    Any of the "natural disaster" knockoff movies (500 MPH Storm, Icetastrophe, Age Of Ice, 10.0 Earthquake, Super Cyclone)

    That should keep you all busy.

    • Rob Nightingale
      December 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for the additions, Squalle! Rubber was actually a hell of a lot better than I expected!

  11. Enya
    November 21, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Having watched way more movies than I should have, this list gave me nothing. Rubber and John Dies at the End are far from bad movies. The Toxic Avenger isn't the best bad movie from that series. I guess any jackass blog can top a google search and I typically slog through them, still don't know how this got in the top few.

    • Rob Nightingale
      November 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Then which would you suggest, that are available on Netflix US? I'd be more interested to hear your input over your criticism...

      • Troll Free Zone
        March 20, 2016 at 2:10 am

        I guess Enya wasn't interested.

  12. Anonymous
    October 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Lame list. Why do hipsters like the deliberately 'bad' filmmaking of The Asylum? Weak. Let me guess . . . you are a middle class, millenial hipster (read 'poser').

    • Rob Nightingale
      November 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      I'm actually working class. I'm also Gen Y, not Gen X.

  13. Anonymous
    October 15, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I have to say I loved John Dies at the End. It's based on a book - a book which is humorous but also shocking. It's kind of the point. I don't think it's a bad movie at all, so I agree it's a joy to watch but I wouldn't classify it as a bad movie on Netflix.

    Secondly, I also highly enjoyed Zombeavers. Now this was technically a "bad" movie, but obviously you can't take it seriously. It's also supposed to be funny with how ridiculous it is, and it succeeds.

    Thirdly, I am about to watch Poultrygeist - it sounds ridiculous. Thank you for compiling this list, as I am in the mood for some outrageously awesome but movies.

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2015 at 4:10 am

      awesome but awful movies**

    • Rob Nightingale
      October 17, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Did you watch Poultrygeist in the end? What did you think?

  14. Anonymous
    September 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Frozen (not the Disney movie) they're trapped on a ski lift.

    • Rob Nightingale
      September 21, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Perhaps even Frozen (the Disney movie)? ;)

  15. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    NONE of these are available outside the US

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hey Tom! I mentioned in the intro that these were only available in the US- perhaps another article could be forthcoming for articles outside of the US? :)

  16. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) - Dreadfully bad, despite a supporting cast that includes John Carradine, Oscar nominee John Ireland, Tony-winning Broadway and film star Sydney Chaplin (son of Charlie Chaplin), and Yvonne DeCarlo. Available on streaming.

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      I'll have to give this one a watch!

  17. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    One that used to be on Netflix, but isn't anymore (sadly) is Thunderpants.

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I've heard many a bad thing about Thunderpants (in a good way). I'll have to get hold of a copy!

  18. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      That sounds.... terrible!

  19. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    • Rob Nightingale
      June 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      haha! That's actually a movie?

      • Paola
        November 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        Big Ass Spider is by far the funniest bad movie I've seen and also Airplane VS Volcano lol

        • Rob Nightingale
          December 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

          Added to my list!

        • Jared
          February 13, 2016 at 5:01 am

          Another gay movie too...
          Lil quin quin

    • Paola
      November 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      OMG its sooooooo terrible hahahaah but we watched a group of friends and we laughed our asses off