I'm really curious as to what motivates some people to watch films that have a reputation as being a bad film? The criteria for being a BAD film for me would be BOTH an overall majority of bad reviews by respected critics and also bad word of mouth from average filmgoers. Just a few examples off the top of my head would be these films: Wild Wild West Battlefield Earth Grinch Now I’ve never had the desire to see these films because they have a reputation as being bad films and I also judged them from their trailers/previews. Now for me personally I find it a waste of time to purposefully watch what I’m pretty sure will be a Bad film. Yet it seems that many people actually go out of the way to see these films anyway whether going to the theater, renting the DVD and worst of all buying the DVD just because the got it for a good price. This is pretty obvious when you look at the top Sales/Rental charts. I can tell this phenomenon is not relegated to the average Joe 6-pack (I do hate this term BTW) by the numerous threads here on HTF when these films are released on DVD. For example “I just watched (insert title)-what a pile of crap!!” I usually get a good laugh at this because I wonder what would motivate someone to see a film that’s generally considered bad. Now in all honesty I can’t say the above examples are actually bad films having never seen them but I think I can live myself without having probably wasted my time or money. Now I’m not trying to offend anyone who enjoyed my examples but they do have a reputation as being Bad films. I’m also not trying to offend the people who actually watched these films but I’m just curious as to the mindset or motivations behind seeing them. So what is the motivation? Is it that you have to judge films for yourself no matter how bad it looks and no matter how many bad reviews it gets? Is it because you enjoy watching all new films no matter what? Is it morbid curiosity like watching a car wreck? Is it the ED WOOD syndrome? (i.e. it’s so bad its good) Is it that you treat it like an unintentional comedy? Is it the big budgets/special effects? Maybe I’m the one missing out on something here. Please enlighten me.