We're not talking about the most recent boardgame-turned-blockbuster flop or anything that features Adam Sandler cross-dressing to play his own sister. We're not talking about Twilight or anything by the spoof team behind Meet the Spartans either, although they may be universally hated.
What we're talking about are the movies that shoot right past the line separating bad from good and enter a whole 'nother dimension of movie-watching. Movies that miss the mark in nearly every conceivable way, despite the presence of an actual film crew, a script, and some sort of budget. Movies that make you wonder if maybe the whole thing was an elaborate practical joke.
Whether it's atrocious acting, laughable CGI, or ridiculous stereotypes that make us embarrassed to share a common language with the movie makers, these are the type of bad movies that stay with you. Their ultimate failure has a certain charm that makes them both endearing and oddly enjoyable.
And like most things in life, it's even more enjoyable when accompanied by drinks and friends. That's what Wasted Cinema is all about. Getting together with friends, cracking open a few beers, and laughing at the absurdity on screen. This idea was born when two friends sat down to watch Hobo With a Shotgun and drank every time they heard a shotgun pump. This quickly spread into weekly Shitty Movie Drinking Game Nights, a get-together that grew and grew as the movies got shittier and shittier.
To truly interact with what's going on in the movie, we pre-select moments and events that will act as a cue to take a drink. The moments could be as general as taking a sip during excessive cursing or gunfire, or as specific as doing a shot whenever a giant snowman has shower sex with Shannon Elizabeth (which happened in a little movie called Jack Frost). Every week, the toastworthy moments got better and the movies got worse. It soon became clear that this was an idea that begged to be brought to the masses.
And what better place to do it than in New York, a city that appreciates so-bad-it's-good better than most places. So welcome, and keep an eye out for upcoming events. Movies will range from cult classics like Troll 2 to relatively unheard-of cinematic disasters like Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter. (You can find more examples on the Movies page.) You might not be able to believe that these movies exist, but you'll raise your glass to whoever the hell created them.