Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Can IMDB be used to find "so-bad-they're-good" movies?

Everyone who watches bad films has noted that IMDB's ratings have been heavily influenced by the followers of MST3K and that the ratings have an inherent problem of rating by quality vs rating by entertainment value. Can this be used to find undiscovered good-bad films?

Looking at the voting breakdown of films like "Birdemic," "Death Bed," "The Amazing Bulk," "The Room, "Demon Lover," "Plan 9," "Manos," "Troll 2," "Robot Monster," Asrto-Zombies," etc., I decided to look at films that:

1) Have a rating between 2.8 and 4.6 (rationale involves 5 votes, 2 of them being 1, 1 being 10)

2) Have a mode of 1 (at least 25% of votes)

3) Have at least 10% votes of 10

Starting at a score of 3.7, titles that I found  (from 1950-1990) were:

How to Make a Doll
Queen of Sex
Sam's Song
Captain America (1979)
Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars
Crocodile (1979)
All in Good Taste
Hangin' Out
Scared Stiff
Delta Force Commando
Bruce's Fists of Vengeance
Dr. Alien
Houseboat Horror
Time Burst: The Final Alliance
The Dreaded

I've seen 16 of those and most are borderline choices. This might be a viable search plan!

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