Watching bad movies (like The Room above) is something I absolutely love doing because I find them nonsensical and absolutely hilarious, but a lot of the time when I try and make someone watch one with me they just think I’m a complete and utter weirdo and complain all the way through it. Well, it turns out that’s just because I’m smarter than all my friends.
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Keyvan Sarkhosh, postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, recently had a study published in the journal Poetics which presents this idea. Here’s what he had to say:
At first glance it seems paradoxical that someone should deliberately watch badly made, embarrassing and sometimes even disturbing films, and take pleasure in them.
It is mostly film buffs who watch trash films, which would make sense, as very often their enjoyment comes down to analyses of production values, dialogue and plot structure.
To such viewers, trash films appear as an interesting and welcome deviation from the mainstream fare.
We are dealing here with an audience with above-average education, which one could describe as ‘cultural omnivores.
Such viewers are interested in a broad spectrum of art and media across the traditional boundaries of high and popular culture.
There you have it: ‘above average education’ and ‘cultural omnivore’ are phrases that are often used to describe me and I love trash movies so I guess this Keylor dude must be onto something.
If anyone fancies it I’m having a movie night tonight (The Passion Of Darkly Noon, Night Of The Running Man And Kolobos are all on the list), leave a comment if you fancy it. If you need some inspiration, check out some of the worst movie extras in history.