I know we've all indulged in a guilty pleasure movie that we just knew is going to suck, or at best we feel like it could be 'so bad it's good'. But if you watch enough of this stuff, sometimes you come across hidden gems. Okay, maybe not 'gems' exactly, but something that would be worth its salt if a real studio had greenlit the screenplay.
So what are some titles that really managed to impress you in spite of their nature? And it's okay, you can also recommend some of the 'so bad it's good' stuff too, those are always good for a laugh.
I can think of two right now that you can find one Netflix. Zombeavers is rather interesting, definitely a relatively new idea as far as animal zombies go, with a couple of neat twists and a good sense of humor. It lets you know right away that it's not to be taken seriously and even has its own bizarre theme song that sounds like you'd hear it in a casino lounge.
Zoombies is another one. The production values are astonishingly good for this kind of low-budget fare and the acting for the most part isn't half-bad. The way they handle the 'zoombies' is also interesting and could have been fleshed out more if this had the opportunity to be a short TV series instead of a single film. My only real complaint is the amount of suspension of disbelief about how much injury a human would sustain from certain situations, how much said injuries should affect their capability to perform physical tasks, and how everyone who, in spite of never firing a gun, becomes a crack shot out of nowhere. I did also like how it wasn't readily obvious in many cases who would ultimately survive at the end, so that was unconventional as well.
Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to a classic, the Toxic Avenger. I really love most of the stuff I've seen from Troma Films and even though the sequels are pretty much god-awful, the first one has no business being anywhere near as good as it turned out. I guess the Superhero genre really buys any concept attached to it some bonus points. But when I think about it, it's almost like Deadpool in some ways, with a touch of that blind woman that Ben Grimm/The Thing from the Fantastic Four was involved with. The combination of an interesting story and over-the-top gory violence (think of him as a very low-tech, improvisational Punisher with super-strength) make it an enjoyable flick even if most of Troma's other stuff failed miserably and didn't even retain any cult classic appeal.