It's probably a logical leap to assume that the people most excited about Gary Busey being cast in Sharknado 4 are society's geniuses. However, a study from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics — a real school, and not an online university founded by Uwe Boll — is ready to make that leap.
Trash cinema has a unique place in the movie landscape. Films like The Room, Pink Flamingos, and Manos: The Hands of Fate hold a special place in film history. They're broadly considered to be terrible movies, yet they have a larger following than many Oscar-winning films that have been forgotten by time. When was the last time you saw a midnight screening of the Best Picture-winning Marty?
A paper titled "Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions," published in the journal Poetics, is the first empirical study into the phenomenon of trash films. It looked to identify what defines these movies and who the people watching them are.