The 25 Most Awesomely Bad Movies on Netflix Instant

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Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood to watch the latest Terrence Malick film. Sometimes it’s been a long week, and you simply want to kick your feet up and lose yourself in the escapism of a movie that is so bad, you can’t help but love it. And that’s why we have compiled our list of the Top 25 Most Awesomely Bad Movies on Netflix Instant. Enjoy.

10. Demolition Man
Released in 1993, Demolition Man kicks off in 1996, asking audiences to believe that a sophisticated system of cryogenically freezing prisoners had been developed in a span of three years. Is this something we thought science was on the verge of in the early ‘90s? Regardless, the bulk of the movie takes place in 2032, where Sly Stallone and Wesley Snipes (playing Simon Phoenix, a psychopathic criminal with a bleached faux-hawk) go head-to-head in a battle to demolish each other, whatever stands in their way and their acting careers.—Ryan Bort

9. The One
In a film who’s title and visual concept could not have possibly derived from any other pop-culture phenomenon (cough, The Matrix, cough), James Wong’s The One combines parallel universes with martial arts for a unnecessarily complicated flick. Jet Li portrays a renegade agent traveling between universes and killing versions of himself to gain super-human strength. As a result, we must send Jason Statham to help the last remaining counterpoint to stop him from becoming the “one” and only version across all universes, because then he might become, like, a God…or something.

8. The Last Airbender
The worst nightmares of the fans of the well-written and gorgeously animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender may have been realized in M. Night Shayamalan’s 2010 simplified and visually unimpressive adaptation. Criticized by fans for not staying true to the original program through plot changes and character omissions, not even the casual filmgoer seems to be fooled by Shayamalan’s flashy effects that shockingly fail to conjure up a plot.

7. Hard Target
Jean-Claude Van Damme, in a mullet, with a plaid shirt tucked into his jeans, is all you need to know about the fabulous adventure from the mind of John Woo. This movie is not for the soft of heart, bro. It takes all of the things about movies that make them boring like emotion and character and replaces them with explosions, car chases and roundhouses; so many roundhouses.

6. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
You may be able to guess what you’re in for before you even sit down to watch a film titled Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. But, in case you still need some convincing (or you still somehow unsure as to what the film is about) Poultrygeist tells the harrowing tale of a fast-food chicken franchise built on sacred Native American burial grounds. What is the result? Why, zombie chickens, of course. Enjoy.

5. Battlefield Earth
Who knew that this wouldn’t actually turn out to be the low point for John Travolta? And, no, the actual low point I’m referring to has nothing to do with seedy massage parlors (it’s this). 2000’s Battlefield Earth was one of the rare movies that was so bad that it actually got a good deal of national attention for being as splendidly horrific as it was. The fact that it was adapted from an L. Ron Hubbard book probably didn’t help its cause. Was Travolta trying to bring people into Scientology or scare them away?—Ryan Bort

4. Face/Off
“I’d like to take his face…off.” Yes, the pinnacle of American action cinema is available for your viewing pleasure in the form of John Woo’s iconic Face/Off, with awesomely bad mainstays Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the leads. Sean Archer, FBI agent and family man, undergoes advanced plastic surgery that gives him the face of his arch nemesis, the comatose terrorist Caster Troy. However, Troy soon awakens and forces scientists to grant him the face of Archer. What follows is an unbearably entertaining display of action sequences and one-liners that promises to be worth your time.

3. Leprechaun 5: In the Hood
The fifth installment of the Leprechaun horror franchise manages to answer one of the most pressing questions raised by its predecessors: Can leprechauns rap? Well, my friend, indeed they can. Murderous Leprechaun finds himself awakened in the ‘hood by a group of blossoming rappers and proceeds to wreak havoc upon them. Also, Coolio co-stars.

2. Vampire’s Kiss
Nicolas Cage delivers one of the finest performances ever captured on film. I mean, just look at the depth of expression on this face.

1. Troll 2
Perhaps the epitome of early ‘90s horror, Troll 2 offers a delightful display of acting and gore at its finest. The night before departing for the dream-like vacation destination of remote farming community called Nilbog, little Joshua Watts is visited by the ghost of his grandfather who warns him about goblins living in the area. Apparently, these goblins turn people into human-plants so that they can eat them. Will Joshua survive? And, perhaps more importantly, how come goblins are scary but creepy ghosts of dead relatives are not?