A new study has found that fans of awful movies are probably more intelligent. I know many of the people who keep this site running and reading it are like flies drawn to shit when it comes to many a certain type of DTV movie, now it all makes sense. Give yourselves a pat on the back, Manly Men.
For the first time, academics have delved into this phenomenon, with the journal Poetics this week publishing a study entitled: ‘Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions’.
“At first glance it seems paradoxical that someone should deliberately watch badly made, embarrassing and sometimes even disturbing films, and take pleasure in them,” writes Keyvan Sarkhosh, postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.
“To such viewers, trash films appear as an interesting and welcome deviation from the mainstream fare”, says Sarkhosh. “We are dealing here with an audience with above-average education, which one could describe as ‘cultural omnivores’. Such viewers are interested in a broad spectrum of art and media across the traditional boundaries of high and popular culture.”
So this kind of confirms that ‘intellectuals’ who enjoy $300 million dollar movies twice a year that sell themselves as highbrow, while not really understanding what made said movie intelligent and only soaking up hype (Interstellar?!), are really the dumbasses we all thought… fact.