Tommy Wiseau is finally getting the star treatment he has so long sought, thanks to James Franco's new comedy "The Disaster Artist," but the writer-director-star of "The Room" is just one of many infamously terrible filmmakers who have made their mark in Hollywood.
And while there are literally thousands of awful movies in existence, very few of them are so awful that they're actually awesome. In fact, even Wiseau's Hulu show "The Neighbors" was just bad, proving it's no easy feat to make something like "The Room," which has been a midnight sensation at arthouse theaters across the nation for the last decade.
The following so-bad-their-great movies stand the test of time because no matter what goes wrong, you can't look away. And the credit for that goes to the great "Disaster Artists" that stood behind their "Disasterpieces" and demanded less ... less from themselves, less from their actors, and much less from their audiences.
If you've already seen "The Room" a hundred times, you could do worse than to settle down for a night with any of these amazing auteurs. Not much worse, but still.
Probably the granddaddy of all disaster artists, Ed Wood created countless awful movies including classics like "Glen or Glenda" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space," the latter considered the worst movie ever made by many critics. With virtually no budget, a terrible script, and the worst recasting of a deceased actor after Bela Lugosi passed -- Wood hired his wife's chiropractor who bore no physical resemblance -- the cautionary tale missed the mark with its message, but connected for its sheer ridiculousness.
Harold P. Warren - "Manos: The Hands of Fate" 
Were it not for "Mystery Science Theater 3000," this film would have wallowed in obscurity forever, but they saw it for the disasterpiece it was. Warren was an insurance and fertilizer salesman who made the film because of a bet, but he went full Wiseau, serving as director-producer-writer-star of the horror feature. What was clear from the first scene was that this was a labor of love by someone who had no idea how to make a film surrounded by other people who had no idea how to make a film, either.
Thomas Michael Donnelly - "Quicksilver" 
Kevin Bacon must have really wanted a paycheck in 1986 when he signed on to Donnelly's bicycle messenger magnum opus, portraying a floor trader who gives it all up to enter the exciting world of cycling and messaging. Along the way, he makes new friends and saves a young woman from gang life. It's all so pat and predictable, but hey look at these cool bikes. Even Bacon has called this the low point of his career.
With a pedigree tied with George Lucas for screenwriting, including "American Graffiti" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," Huyck quickly learned that directing is a whole 'nother beast. Originally intended to be animated, fans instead got a live-action disaster, with the titular duck being the worst looking element of the entire picture. A counter-culture powerhouse in the '70s, the character had faded by the 1980s, and the Reagan era wanted little to do with this mess.
Lee Harry - "Silent Night, Deadly Night 2" 
The genius of this film is that through therapy sessions in the beginning, it lavishly retold the entirety of the first film with flashbacks using footage from that film. That's half your job done right there. It's a brilliant way to save money and convince people there's no need to bother seeing that first film. The film is notorious for its outlandish and ridiculous death scenes, including death by umbrella and, "Garbage Day!"
Rod Amateau - "Garbage Pail Kids" 
The Cabbage Patch Kids parody trading cards were a hot commodity in the 1980s, so a film adaptation made sense. Somehow, though, the campy characters from the cards became darkly twisted perversions in the film that were a cross between terrifying and hilariously stupid looking. The film had $1 million budget, but it looks like they only threw about $20 at the costuming for the GPK's themselves. Putting a saccharine story about friendship on top of that only made the whole thing even more disjointed and hard to watch.
Probably one of the most obvious cash grabs of all time, Raffill wrote and directed this film solely because "E.T." was a huge success and he and the film's producers wanted some of that sweet alien cash. It was also blatantly filled with product placement, making it one long and awful commercial for Coke, Skittles and McDonalds.
Drake Floyd - "Troll 2" 
Another contender for worst film of all time, trolls are never even mentioned in this film, making it the oddest sequel of all time. Originally called "Goblins," it was renamed to try and ride the success of the original "Troll," which means the producers either didn't know what this was about or didn't care. Or they saw just how awful it was and were desperate to try anything. Infamously bad, this one's even had a documentary made about its growing cult status.
Neil LaBute - "The Wicker Man" 
Based on a cult classic from the 1970s and starring Nicolas Cage, it's amazing just how wrong this movie went. Awful from beginning to end, this is one of Cage's laziest and most disinterested performances, but it's hard to blame him. The script is ridiculous, though he does get to punch a lady in a bear costume, so there's that. It's worth it to watch the deleted scenes and catch the infamous "Not the bees!" moment, too.
James Nguyen - "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" 
With the finest in Windows 95 clip art special effects, "Birdemic" is shocking in that it is so very terrible. The story is a total "birds" ripoff, but as Nguyen apparently couldn't get any birds to fly anywhere near his camera, Nguyen instead just dropped animated GIFs of birds flapping their wings slowly in static places on the screen. It has to be seen to be believed, but then you won't be able to unsee it. At least the actors are so awful they can't possibly sell the ridiculous effects.
Jordan Downey - "ThanksKilling" 
Because Thanksgiving didn't have any horror movies, Downey stepped into that void with this black comedy about a killer turkey. Gratuitous nudity at the top and a puppet turkey that successfully manages to trick a teeanger that it is her father by simply wearing his face -- despite the five-foot height difference -- is really about all you need to know. The sequel, "ThanksKilling 3," loses some of its charm because, like the "Sharknado" franchise, it became a little too knowing that it was bad. But if you want to see a rapping puppet grandma, then drop that one in, too.