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When it comes to films, sometimes the worst will do

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While the Academy Awards honors the best in film, there is also an increase in the appeal of bad films.

Who hasn't left a movie theater wondering, 'How did THAT movie get made?!'

A Purdue University expert may have the answer.

'In a time of economic downturn, audiences feel the need to enjoy even their cinematic pain,' explains Lance Duerfahrd, an associate professor of English at Purdue.

'Maybe the weakened economy has changed our attitude toward scraps, and therefore even the sorry carcass of (a movie like) 'After Earth' might look tasty in the eyes of the hungry.'

The other reason 'is because they have a negative glamour to them,' Duerfahrd adds, 'just as the Razzies inverts the award ceremony for the Oscars.'

The Razzies, or the Golden Raspberry Awards, highlights the worst movies of the year. This is the 34th year for the awards ceremony which is set for March 1st ahead of the Academy Awards.

Although meant to be a parody, the Razzies allow bad films to get a shot in the spotlight of mainstream media. 'There's something anthropologically interesting about terrible cinema,' says Duerfahrd.

He also predicts, 'Movie 43', will sweep the Razzies, followed closely by 'After Earth'.

And just because a big-named actor appears in a bad film (like Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger') it's not necessarily a career-changer. Duerfahrd contends, 'The talent of great actors can actually be highlighted by how they handle the bad movie they are trapped in.'

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