Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Translated from the Italian, this means “the good, the ugly, the bad”; it is the original title of Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western we know and love as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the film that made Clint Eastwood a star.

This is our rating system for the movies reviewed on Watch&Burn. No stars, no thumbs up or down. Just Good, Bad, and Ugly. Movies, cult movies most of all, are never just one of the three.

The Good

These are the traditional elements of the movies we love. The acting, the plot, special effects, direction and dialogue. Every cult movie tries to get this right, but only a few can pull it off. Fortunately, they don’t always have to.

The Bad

This is the stuff that fans of the cult genre have to make the conscious decision to ignore or at least tolerate. Cut rate special effects may be the best example of this. Poor voice dubbing is another. You can also add stock footage, foreign languages (with or without captioning), mostly or exclusively B (and C, D, and F) actors, low budgets and lower production values also make the list.

The Ugly

This is the category for all the aspects of cult movies that are special to the genre but often uncomfortable to admit, watch, or even defend. Sex and nudity, blood and gore, all the rough stuff, ugly stuff that the kiddies love.