Does it ever happen to you that you see a movie that’s really bad, but it keeps popping up from time, and to time and in the end, you kind of develop a soft spot for that movie? What I mean is even when you watch a bad movie, again and again, you might actually start liking it. On the contrary, there are also movies that are considered bad and poorly directed at first, but it turns out that they were way ahead of its time, and that led them to fail in the first place. I’ve been a huge fan of such movies where the first watch would be outright horror, but after watching it more than a couple of times, the title started to grow on me.
Today, we’re reviewing one of the popular Bad Movies communities on the internet i.e., r/badMovies. I’d urge you to read the entire review because I’m sure you’ll drive home with some valuable points.
My recent experience on r/badMovies
The most recent interaction I had on this subreddit was on a post that was uploaded 16 hours ago. User DudderyDrok shared the poster of Hot to Trot (1988) and suggested that he never imagined a movie with John Candy playing a talking horse would be so bad. And I kind of agree with his statement because most of the time, our favorite stars take up unusual roles and are not able to do justice to it. But mind you, I don’t consider them to be laughing stock. It’s these weird decisions they make that make me respect and remember them more than for their usual blockbusters.
About r/badMovies – Community & Members
r/badMovies is an official subreddit for celebrating the movies that are so bad, they’re good. The overview of this sub is so hilarious in itself. Many viewers like me are fascinated with bad content, and in some way, there’s a thrill in finding good aspects in those movies. I remember one time, I watched this weird movie on YouTube called ‘Hook.’ I hated it the first time I watched it, but later on, I started liking this film. And r/badmovies is filled with such recommendations.
The community has 48,300 members, out of which 60-90 members are online at any given time.
This subreddit was created on January 30, 2010, and has tanked in recent times. Most of the users in this community joined it a long time ago and aren’t active. You can understand the state, given that 50,000 members are there, but only 60-100 are active at any given time.
How to access r/badMovies?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/badMovies’ in your search bar and join the subreddit; however, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/badMovies
A particular aspect that I liked a lot about this sub is that even though it doesn’t even have 50,000 members, it does have plenty of moderators. It’s great to see so many moderators that ensure that everything that’s posted on this community falls within the guidelines. At the time of writing this review, I found eight moderators on r/badMovies – ‘lake_troll,’ ‘gameofdestiny,’ ‘ebonythunder,’ ‘ShetlandJames,’ ‘rule2productions’, ‘darthslug,’ and ‘BadMoviesBot.’
Why should you follow r/badMovies?
r/badMovies is filled with amusing content. Yes, I said, amusing because the captions are ridiculously funny. The way users sarcastically batter a title is hilarious. But not every post looks down upon the content. Sometimes, you’d even find content such as missed spots, bloopers, etc. For instance, I was browsing this sub, and I found that a user named JasonKrauser added a post titled ‘Bruno Matteri’s Predator ripoff Robowar is on Tubi in good quality. I’d always wanted to watch this movie in good quality but thanks to this movie, I got to know that it’s available on Tubi. The next thing I know, there goes 90 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.
Honestly, this weird community surpassed my engagement expectations. I was expecting the post to not receive more than 2-3 upvotes. But on average, the top 10 posts receive more than 10-15 upvotes and even 8-10 comments. Thus, in terms of engagement, it’s right there with communities with more members. The comment section is as funny as the titles, and I’m sure you won’t even realize that you’ve spent 10-15 minutes browsing various posts on this sub.
Browsing & Navigation
The sub works super smoothly. Since only 50-80 members are active at any given time, there’s no overload. Even the content on the sub is mostly text and image-based. Most of the time, users are just sharing their experiences regarding a certain movie. So, moving across menus and checking top, hot or new posts isn’t much of a challenge. It’s crazy how even for such a small community, the mods have added filters by flair so the users can find the content they are looking for using the filters.
Let’s not talk about Reddit Gold, shall we? Because it’s hardly there on this sub. I browsed almost 30 top posts and couldn’t find a single gold allocated to a particular title or the comments in any of the threads. That was a letdown, given that some posts had more than 50-70 comments, and they were quirky as hell. There’s this one thread about Star Wars Holiday Edition, which is crazy. Make sure to check that out when you get time.
Filter by flair
As mentioned earlier, I was surprised when I saw filter by flair options in the sidebar. There are four to choose from – ‘Marathon,’ ‘Review,’ ‘Suggestion,’ and ‘Shitpost.’ So, if you’re adamant on streaming these ridiculously bad movies on the trot, make sure you use the ‘Marathon’ filter so you can access an endless recommendation for bad movies. On the contrary, if you want to share some titles with fellow members, feel free to provide a suggestion. That way, anybody who uses ‘Suggestion’ flair will be able to see your post.
Important rules you must know before joining r/badMovies?
There are no rules you need to follow on r/badMovies. You’re free to post any content and engage in the comment section without any repercussions. Though there are eight mods, I don’t understand how none of them felt the need to lay down any ground rules for communicating on this sub. However, after browsing this page for over half an hour, I didn’t find anything malicious or spammy, so maybe the mods have trust in the users of this community.
I went in with zero expectations, and that prevented me from getting disappointed. The usual Saturn community icon followed by the default blue banner is certainly not the highlight of r/badMovies. Other than that, there’s ‘Filter by Flair’ – one of the positive aspects and a couple of ad banners in the sidebar – not so positive. Overall, this sub has a generic design that won’t bother you much when you start checking out and interacting with the sarcastic users.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. Bow down to the king of bad movies – 1,300 upvotes
2. Hate to even mention Facebook but got tagged in this and felt it belonged – 560 upvotes
3. I painted over some Cats screenshots. Merry Christmas, Reddit! – 482 upvotes
4. Handmade movie poster from the Room. Apparently in Ghana, all movies have gore – 468 upvotes
5. Breen-19 – 429 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. But… isn’t killing Carole Baskin immortal?? – 398 upvotes
2. Ben Affleck commentary on Armageddon. I watch this twice a year – 395 upvotes
3. “I should really fix the fact that I’ve never seen a Studio Ghibli film, but this movie has Billy Banks AND Roddy Piper!” – 348 upvotes
4. Browsing my library trying to decide what to watch like… – 340 upvotes
5. I’ve achieved great power. The Meg, Sharktopus, Raiders of the Lost Shark, Shark Night, and Shark Hunter. All at once. – 306 upvotes
Honestly, I appreciate r/badMovies because it features all sorts of movies, regardless of how badly they are received by critics or the fans. Only a creator and a small target audience are able to see the amazing side of a creation which was missed by the mainstream masses. In my opinion, the best films often miss the radar and go unnoticed. These aren’t the movies that grab headlines or awards but are watched by viewers even 20-30 years after their release. If you’re anything like me, you have a soft spot for bad movies, and enjoying them is your guilty pleasure.