The recent popularity of films like Sharknado points to the inherent pleasure of watching a very bad film. The action movie genre seems to be the most popular and most common of the “terribly good” class, probably because most action movies already toe the line between serious and campy tones. There are many action films that contain all the elements of a truly great artistic achievement (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Terminator come to mind), but there are also countless examples of films that end up being just plain bad. Luckily, many of these terrible action films can be enjoyed for their sheer awfulness and unintentional comedy. Here are 10 action films so bad, the can only be described as “terribly good”.
10. Deep Blue Sea
By the time Deep Blue Sea came out in 1999, shark thrillers were long passé (the original Jaws was almost 25 years old by this point). Fortunately, Deep Blue Sea, in all of its over-the-top glory, is something of a love letter to the shark movies that inspired it. There is actually a fairly interesting setup to Deep Blue Sea, as it focuses on an ocean research facility where scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by enlarging the brains of great white sharks. Things go awry (of course) as the sharks develop increased intelligence and start hunting off the remaining humans. The movie can be tough to watch at times due to the numerous boneheaded decisions made by the humans, but the film as a whole is well-made and contains what is arguably Samuel L. Jackson’s best on-screen death of all time – and as a bonus, LL Cool J raps about sharks over the closing credits!