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7 ‘so bad they’re good’ films on Netflix you’ll hate to love


We all know that sometimes we’re in the mood to hate-watch a really cheesy or predictable movie – and love it really (Picture: Scott Everett White/Netflix)

Netflix is home to some of the best and worst that film and TV has to offer – and bizarrely, some titles which are both.

From twisty thrillers to jaw-dropping documentaries, explosive action flicks and spine-tingling horror films, the streaming giant has it all.

And while it often takes away some of our favourites, Netflix has an abundance of titles to choose from for film night, from indie gems to Oscar-winning blockbusters.

Among the critically acclaimed picks are some movies that were utterly panned at the time of their release or flopped at the box office.

And yet they still remain beloved by many, finding themselves in regular rotation in some people’s watch lists.

If you’re looking for something not quite terrible, but also not entirely brilliant, we have seven choice picks from Netflix’s extensive catalogue that are so bad they’re actually pretty great.

The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie has actually been branded one of the worst movies ever made (Picture: Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures)

Okay, so we’re not exactly saying that this is so bad it’s good. It’s still pretty terrible. But there’s something about the process of watching The Emoji Movie that makes it the perfect event cinema with friends.

The 2017 animated film follows emoji (yes, the little images in your phone) in the bustling city of Textopolis. Gene is unlike the others as he has multiple expressions rather than just one, and in a bid to become ‘normal’, he enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and code breaker Jailbreak to travel through other apps for the answer.

It also boasted a star-studded cast including T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara, Sean Hayes and Sir Patrick Stewart (who is playing the poo emoji, obviously).

It’s frequently listed as one of the worst movies ever made, so much so that watching it from start to finish almost becomes a badge of honour.

Despite lacklustre reviews at the time of its release, The Emoji Movie has become somewhat of a bizarre cult classic with various scenes living on through internet memes aplenty.

Most of the jokes don’t land and it’s basically one-long trip where the emoji in your phone come to life – and honestly, it’s worth a watch just for that alone.

The Silence

If you loved A Quiet Place’s concept, The Silence gives you more of where that came from (Picture: Netflix)

With A Quiet Place: Day One coming to cinemas soon, you might want to swot up on your horror films about creatures that hunt via sound.

And, as it turns out, there are more than just A Quiet Place One and Two.

The Silence, based on the 1999 book by the same name by Tim Lebbon, follows deaf teenager Ally (Kiernan Shipka) and her family as they navigate a city slowly overrun by giant, flying bat creatures.

Silence, much like in A Quiet Place, plays a central theme in the film, with Ally’s heightened senses in the absence of her hearing being essential in her family’s survival.

While it often feels like an imitation of A Quiet Place and, in some ways, Bird Box, The Silence takes us right to the start of the apocalypse rather than jumping straight into the action.

And while it wasn’t received warmly by viewers, it contains some intense sequences and truly terrifying monsters that are something to behold.

Falling For Christmas

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Netflix goes hand in hand with terrible Christmas films that we hate to admit absolutely slap.

There’s no shortage of cringe-worthy festive treats to dive into as the most wonderful time of the year approaches – or during summer, we won’t judge.

And Falling For Christmas is one such flick that is so wildly camp and wacky it’ll enter your yearly rotation of Yuletide watches.

Lindsay Lohan made her big screen return for the 2022 film as spoiled heiress Sierra Belmont who gets into a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia and finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner, played by Chord Overstreet.

In the time it takes to load Netflix, you could work out exactly what happens in Falling For Christmas. But it’s such a heart-warming, hilarious story it’s worth every second.

The Cloverfield Paradox

If you’re a completionist, don’t forget The Cloverfield Paradox (Picture: Scott Garfield/Netflix)

If you want to be confused – the Cloverfield franchise is a surefire way to achieve it.

The first film is an iconic found footage sci-fi film, though deliriously confusing in its shaky camera work. 10 Cloverfield Lane was barely a Cloverfield Lane until the final minutes. And The Cloverfield Paradox is utterly baffling.

Released in 2018, it follows a group of scientists orbiting Earth on the brink of catastrophic energy wars. They test a dangerous device that could provide unlimited power, but could also create a paradox containing a dark alternate reality.

The film was absolutely mauled by critics, hitting Rotten Tomatoes with a 0% rating and it didn’t get much better.

It includes some strong performances from the ensemble cast but ultimately becomes lost under a mish-mash of themes that don’t really amount to anything. It’s a film for completionists who want to consume everything in the Cloverfield multiverse – which didn’t exist until this film was released.

If space horror is your thing, it’s certainly a fun and easy watch considering you’ve already paid for your Netflix subscription. What is there to lose?

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

Unusually, this sequel is better than its predecessor (Picture: Universal Studios)

Released in 2014, Stiles White’s supernatural horror Ouija was widely considered to be a flop and was derided by critics and fans.

Ordinarily, a sequel cannot compare to the original and often falls short. However, when Mike Flannigan took the helm of Ouija’s follow-up a hit was born.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil tells the story of Alice who, struggling to cope following the death of her husband, begins scamming people as a faux spiritual medium.

She introduces her daughters Paulina and Doris to her work, who accidentally connect with a malevolent spirit when fooling around with a ouija board.

The Haunting of Hill House and Fall Of The House Of Usher creator Flanagan injected the film with his signature creepy flair, transforming the ailing reputation of Ouija in the process.

It’s no masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a true testament to Flanagan’s terrifying talent – something many are hoping he brings to his upcoming Exorcist film.

Avalanche Sharks

No guesses as to what Avalanche Sharks might be about… (Picture: Syfy)

Well, the picture above suddenly paints a pretty accurate portrait of one of the least subtle films made in years – or ever?

Its premise of sharks (sorry, ‘ancient predators’) that are somehow living on a mountain and able to ‘swim through the snow like other sharks swim through water’ is so preposterous that you can’t help but be entertained.

Avalanche Sharks also treats viewers to gems of lines such as, ‘There’s nowhere to hide! They’ve tasted human flesh!’ and, ‘Snow’s going to run red with your blood.’

Oh, and did we mention that it’s Spring Break so there are, of course, women milling about in bikinis?

This allows for the immortal synopsis: ‘Avalanche Sharks tells the story of a bikini contest that turns into a horrifying affair when it is hit by a shark avalanche.’

We already know that shark attack films or the deep sea horror genre are real favourites for many – and if that’s you, you likely didn’t need to get beyond the film’s title before you were sold.

The Kissing Booth

We’ve got you covered with another romance, or three, thanks to The Kissing Booth movies (Picture: Marcos Cruz/Netflix)

The Kissing Booth is a probably a prime example of showing you can never have too much of a good (or, really, bad) thing – given that Netflix made three of them.

First released in 2018, The Kissing Booth helped Saltburn and Euphoria star Jacob Elordi find fame alongside lead actress Joey King.

The teen rom-coms followed Rochelle ‘Elle’ Evans (King), and the complications that arise when she begins dating her best friend’s older brother (Elordi).

An unoriginal plot, these were actually based on the novels by Welsh then-teen-sensation Beth Reekles, and are exactly what most of look for in this sort of cosy and comforting fare.

Although the critics had no time for these films, Netflix has subsequently identified them as among their most watched titles.

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