Sunday Video Essay: Why Do We Watch Trash?

Vox makes a nice 5 minute inquiry on why we watch and enjoy bad movies so much. Not the intentionally bad animal-weather hybrids (aka Sharknado), but rather the earnestly awful movies like The Room. It also introduces (to me anyway) the notion of ParaCinema, and the far more familiar notion of Camp, and that there is a notion of good ‘bad’ taste.

Stay for the credit stinger, because Bissell is absolutely correct in the best way to watch The Room for the first time, albeit that probably doesn’t apply to many of the readers in these parts, as The Room has been in the popular culture for the better part of a decade at this point in cinephile circles.