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Badfilm: Incompetence, Intention and Failure

Becky Bartlett


This book examines badfilms, a subcategory of ‘bad cinema’ marked by incompetence and typically exacerbated by material poverty and restrictive production conditions. It establishes a framework through which the formal characteristics of failure can be established and analysed, and identifies intentionality as central to how badfilms are recognised and valued as cult texts. Drawing on debates about cult cinema, film form, cultural value and taste, and interrogating critical concepts such as ‘so bad it’s good’, the book investigates the impact of failure, incompetence, and ineptitude in post-pr ... More

Keywords: Badfilms, Cult cinema, Failure, Incompetence, So Bad It’s Good, Intentionality, Editing, Recycled footage, Post-production sound, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474450423
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Becky Bartlett, author
University of St. Andrews