We’ve all heard of (and probably watched) tons of classic trashy drive-in movies: The Blob, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and much of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 canon. But dozens of cult-worthy flicks have languished for years in relative obscurity, some with small followings and others with no recognition at all. Terrible movies made before camp was cool are oddly comforting to watch, so we’ve picked ten for your enjoyment while you wait out the dreary weather. Grab some popcorn, call your friends, and get settled in for conniving women, terrifying aliens and lots of screaming.
This one does have a pretty serious cult following, but it’s so transfixing we couldn’t help putting it first on the list. Clocking in at just over two hours, it follows naïve schoolgirl Candy as she stumbles through a series of increasingly bizarre sexual encounters. This deeply psychedelic movie would be unwatchable were it not for a serious commitment to making each scenario even more astonishing than the ones before, and it’s almost impossible to tell whether or not the movie’s creators were sincere. If for no other reason, watch it for the cameos: among others, we get Ringo Starr as a Mexican gardener, Marlon Brando as a guru living in the back of an 18-wheeler, and Richard Burton as a megalomaniacal poet. If that’s not enough to convince you, we don’t know what is.