As a filmmaker, your ultimate goal is to create a film the audience can connect with. It’s up to you to figure out what type of connection that should be, and the best way to make it happen. Sometimes you’re successful as a director, and sometimes you fall short. Sometimes the audience has no idea what you were trying to achieve.
Steven Spielberg directed the 1975 thriller, Jaws. This film made such an emotional connection with audiences that people believed it really was unsafe to go in the ocean. Spielberg’s goal was attained.
Then there is a movie like, The Room, directed by Tommy Wiseau. This film was supposed to be a drama about deceit and lies. However, Wiseau’s vision of a drama was so off that The Room actually ended up being a laugh-out-loud comedy, and is now being called the Citizen Kane of bad movies.
Finally, we come to The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, directed by Rod Amateau. As a viewer, you aren’t so sure what his intentions were. Was it supposed to be a kids movie? A horror movie? Or is the audience watching years and years of a tortured Hollywood soul being channeled through Greaser Greg?
Either way, these movies have done what they are supposed to do, which is to entertain. No matter what type of connection it makes with you, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie definitely entertains, whether you want it to, or not.