There’s a storied history of people making fun of bad movies; it’s practically an art of itself. However, what makes a movie unintentionally hilarious is easier to quantify than with most other art forms. What makes say, a game, book, or song so-bad-it’s-good is a lot harder to pin down. So my question is: What are some so-bad-it’s-good media that aren’t movies?
CW: Gore & violence
I have two examples. One is Jaws Unleashed, one of the most befuddling games I have ever played. There are many, many things wrong with the game. The controls are loose, the camera is aggravating, and is frequently buggy. However it almost makes up for its flaws by having the most ridiculous missions I have ever played. The first mission is a great example. After sinking a bunch of buildings to the ground, you (as Jaws) are taken to a lab at Sea World. In order to escape, you need to take a scientist to a card reader in order to open a locked gate. After unlocking the gate you crash through your way through Sea World, flooding the place along the way. It all culminates into a battle with Shamu, which ends with Jaws jumping out of the water with Shamu in your mouth and snapping the mammal in half. This is one of several missions where you do the most ubsurd shit, from picking up barrels with your mouth and throwing them at buildings to fighting a giant squid.
Jaws also gets upgrades throughout the game, in which you can unlock special moves like body slamming boats, tossing people up and eating them mid air, and, my favorite, tail whipping someone into the air and having the explode into meat chunks. By all accounts a terrible game, but it sure is a laugh riot.
My second example is a song, specifically Limp Bizkit’s cover of George Michael’s Faith. Limp Bizkit are pretty much the face of the very worst of late 90s to early 2000s pop culture, and no song typifies that time and their brand more than this cover. There’s something about how blatantly disrespectful the entire thing is that I find so goddamn hysterical. It’s made all the more humorous finding out that George Michael hated it and the band upon first hearing it. Again, an abysmal song in almost every way, but every time I hear it I laugh my ass off. I ironically shout “GET THE FUCK UP!” way more than I should.
Any other non-film examples you folks have? Let me know!