October 11, 2013

Cult Movies and the Un-Fan

“That movie sucked in the most delightful way”-#driveinmob hashtag user @joelrwilliams1

Now, no matter what Tommy Wiseau says, The Room was never supposed to be intentionally bad. As mentioned earlier, the production values (or lack thereof) of the cult movies are a major talking point among the fans.

When you are a lover of cult films, you take it for granted that the quality might not always be there. You get used to zippers on monster suits, and you expect that the flying saucers are actually Cadillac hubcaps.

For some, these budget shortcuts can be overlooked. The overly-evident wires and poor dubbing can overcome itself and actually become part of the movie’s charm.

These flaws become community in-jokes, and brings up the idea of the anti-/un-fan.

Author Mark Duffet of Understanding Fandom offers the idea of anti-fandom to us; described partially as fans who dislike part of the fan object (his own example is Dylan going electric.) Duffet also gives us the idea of “invited anti-fandom,” in which the producers of the fan object attempt to revolt against fan expectations.

mst3k

As I go forward in my research, I hope to be looking for the presence of the anti-fan in the cult movie community/ #driveinmob conversation. Is the ridicule the only reason for watching the movies, or do they have other charms as well. Are media producers such as MST3K/ #driveinmob creating the mocking, or just a place for the discourse?

Certainly, many of these movies were never as popular as when they were mocked by Mystery Science Theater 3000, a program of which #driveinmob is a spiritual descendant.Even before MST3K, people in theaters have always yelled at for the on-screen heroes not to split up, or rolled their eyes at lousy dialouge.
So I have a question that needs answering: how big is the role of the anti-fan?

*Screencap of interview from SpeakerCreatures

> Written with [StackEdit](http://benweet.github.io/stackedit/).

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About tomwink

Graduate student at Rowan University currently researching public spaces and their impact

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