10 Failed Movies That Became Cult Classics

  • Published on Apr 11, 2019
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  • Raimar Lunardi
    Raimar Lunardi 10 hours ago +1

    6 millions on The Room?
    That makes it a so bad it's bad movie... not a so bad it's good... also the movie in boring as hell.

  • Wishphoenix1
    Wishphoenix1 11 hours ago

    Where is Rocky Horror? 🤔🤔🤔

  • Benny Howard
    Benny Howard 15 hours ago

    3 ads for 12 min vid no thanks

  • Mario T
    Mario T Day ago

    Why is The Road to El Dorado not on this list?

  • Glenn Salvilla
    Glenn Salvilla 2 days ago

    oh man Dune, i still have its CD. and John Carter! i can watch it over, and over, and over, pretty much like Prince of Persia.

  • Alexander Hackett
    Alexander Hackett 3 days ago

    I adored John Carter.

  • Keystone79
    Keystone79 4 days ago

    Somewhere In Time. There is an annual convention for fans at Mackinac Island.

  • Lauchboy Laser
    Lauchboy Laser 4 days ago

    Equilibrium anyone?

  • TheSirSpence
    TheSirSpence 4 days ago

    Surprised Shawshank didn't make the list.

  • juan Silva-Rabell
    juan Silva-Rabell 11 days ago

    I was just out of high school in The boondocks scenes came out and I was working at Blockbuster and I remember the week before the movie launch my bosses tell him he's like yeah there's this great movie I want you to watch it's going to be here in a week and I got a feeling it's going to sell outthe movie was The boondock saints and I'm proud to say that I still have that VHS

  • joey morvant
    joey morvant 12 days ago

    I don't know if Dazed And Confused flopped, but it DEFINITELY gained new life via home video. AWESOME movie!!

  • PiCkLeS1911
    PiCkLeS1911 13 days ago

    You mean the room isn't #1? Oh

  • achillius2690
    achillius2690 14 days ago

    Some of these make no sense. Movies like Boondock Saints aren't even odd movies, just a really really good movie.

  • Ike Reviews
    Ike Reviews 14 days ago

    Where's alita battle angel

  • Rose Sables
    Rose Sables 14 days ago

    John Carter was brilliant

  • Robert Byrd
    Robert Byrd 18 days ago

    The room won the 2003 Audience Award.

  • Robert Byrd
    Robert Byrd 18 days ago

    Event Horizon was some seriously scary shit. I still watch it when it comes around on NetFlix.

  • MrTazz13666
    MrTazz13666 22 days ago

    Big trouble in little China!!!!!

  • Jetfox967
    Jetfox967 22 days ago

    I did not hit her, I did not. Oh, hi Mark.

  • Maude Dillin
    Maude Dillin 23 days ago

    Also, Matilda is arguably one of the most notable cult classics of all time thanks to millennials' constant obsession with VHS rentals and replays. It didn't do well at the box office but it's become such a staple of everyone's childhood since its release that it's basically a cinematic icon at this point

  • Maude Dillin
    Maude Dillin 23 days ago +1

    Looking at the comments I had no idea so many other people also loved John Carter, I saw it in theaters and thought it was great and never understood why it was panned during its initial release. It seems like it's becoming Disney's live-action equivalent of Atlantis: a grand sci-fi epic that flopped at the box office but is since gaining the appreciation it should have received when it was in theaters. Good. I hope Andrew Stanton gets wind of it since I thought he did a wonderful job on the film and he deserves to know that there is an audience who loves it

  • Blue Bandit
    Blue Bandit 24 days ago

    Fight Club and Blade Runner??

  • Ruth Harper
    Ruth Harper 26 days ago

    I love Event Horizon and John Carter. Both are great movies.

  • Scot Carr
    Scot Carr 26 days ago

    I've sorta gotten into liking & defending movies everyone else loathes, but we have a problem these days - just what IS a "cult movie"?
    Make no mistake; studios continue to make garbage that will almost always has a few devotees groove to. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a grand example of this. But do cult films REALLY exist anymore? The 'gold standard", I guess, is during the heyday of "drive-in" or "midnight movies". You HAD to seek them out. Even if it was inconvenient to do so. And they either had to be truly challenging artistically ("Once Upon a Time in America") or completely unaware that it was crap (you mentioned "The Room" & that's a good start, but the it also is just a starting point) from the get-go. The reason we remember filmmakers like Ed Wood will be around until there's no one left to watch the movies themselves is simple. He loved movies & went out to make them.
    Never mind that anyone could've told him he wasn't as great as he thought he was, the dude had a vision & just thought everything he made was a masterpiece. But Hollywood productions (even "serious" movies) cost so much that there's no room anymore for daring shite & no way one can get it shown on a proper big screen. You can find them somewhere on line, but how are you supposed to monetize them? It's now down to pluck & tenacity. Ever wonder how "Monty Python's Life of Brian" was made? Major studios even then weren't too keen on gambling a lot of money on a "niche market" & it took the lads getting the opportunity to pitch the idea to the late George Harrison. HE thought it was good enough to mortgage property for it. If BMI had its way, you'd not have ever seen it.

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    I liked jc and showgirls loved Elizabeth burkley in saved by the bell so showing my age teens wet dream

  • Couldn't let J. Marston Die

    Number 8 the boondock saints is my favorite movie of all time. Because of all the things you listed.
    Favorite line from the movie is.
    Is it dead?
    Second favorite is.
    Well it certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.

  • Ulfhedinn Norsk
    Ulfhedinn Norsk Month ago

    EVENT HORIZON IMHO deserves the number one spot on this list.

  • BlueSun2
    BlueSun2 Month ago

    Have always loved Dune.

  • lady1venus
    lady1venus Month ago +3

    Jim Henson's Labyrinth is also a failed movie that became a cult classic

  • Dankman9
    Dankman9 Month ago

    Troll 2 is amazing.

  • Dankman9
    Dankman9 Month ago

    Blockbuster isn't dead, there's still one left.

  • Santana1919
    Santana1919 Month ago +1

    Sorry, David Lynch's adaptation of Dune was just the bare bones of the novel... Imho SyFy's mini-series was much better and more faithful to the source.

  • luprki
    luprki Month ago

    I would put Jupiter Ascending on the list

  • Gary McCollum Jr
    Gary McCollum Jr Month ago

    Dune the mini series is way better than the movie

  • Dennis Sinned
    Dennis Sinned Month ago

    John Carter is an awesome movie because it epitomes what an entertaining movie is all about. Humor, adventure, doesn't take a brain surgeon to understand it, easy to watch and enjoy. A movie is supposed to be entertainment after all. Along the same lines i have loved Waterworld and Boondock Saints1 & 2.
    Dune was awesome, despite being somewhat icky. Price of Persia is entertaining too.

  • Donnie Knukelz
    Donnie Knukelz Month ago

    Showgirls got me through puberty 😂😂 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Kenneth Kimberly
    Kenneth Kimberly Month ago

    I may be one of the few that loved ‘mother!’

  • Ron Calabro
    Ron Calabro Month ago

    John carpenter's the thing did horrible in theaters

  • Kenneth Ford
    Kenneth Ford Month ago

    Love troll 2! Bwahahaha!............ Ok thats all

  • Nathan Fisher
    Nathan Fisher Month ago

    I think you missed ‘once upon a time in america’. When originally released, it bombed. 4 hour movie that was ordered to be cut to 2 hours. Sergio leoni had created a masterpiece only to have it cut by Hollywood to 2 hours. Years later I caught in on tv. Couldn’t stop watching. Looked it up on IMDb and the rating sucked. I couldn’t believe it. Found out the rating was mostly based on the original release. Well...15 years later it’s now an 8.4 on IMDb and ranks as one of the top movies of all times. Incredible cast.

  • gojewla
    gojewla Month ago

    I didn’t know that natural born killers didn’t do well in the box office. I remember there was tons of hype about the movie and it was hugely popular at the time. I consider it one of the quintessential 90’s movies.

  • daniel mahoney
    daniel mahoney Month ago

    Disney abandoned John Carter before it was even released. No promotions, hardly any trailer presence.
    My Dad had the books along with Edgar Ryce Buroughs' other run away hit, Tarzan. My daughters and I went to see it at the theater.we were met with a full house of eighty plus year olds that waited their whole lives to see John Carter go to the big screen, I would have loved to take my Dad, too, but he was very sick and frail and in a lot of pain. It seemed to come out of nowhere. We learned shortly after he was suffering from stage four lung cancer. We got to see it with him at home before he left us, along with the greatest Tarzan of all, Johnny Weismuller, in the original movie on DVDs. It is a cherished memory in the midst of some of the greatest heartbreak of our lives. But, Disney, should be ashamed of the treatment they gave that movie, they guaranteed it would fail, it's a mind boggling decision.

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  • Shidofied
    Shidofied Month ago +1

    Boondock Saints and John Carter were great!

  • Barbarianking
    Barbarianking Month ago

    I enjoyed boondock saints

  • Poinciana B
    Poinciana B Month ago

    *GASP* that anyone would call these movies bad is appalling

  • redrobotmonkey
    redrobotmonkey Month ago

    Natural Born Killers is overrated. Terrible film.

  • castiel carlysle
    castiel carlysle Month ago


  • Tom Mambwe
    Tom Mambwe Month ago

    8:33 thank me later

  • David Lee
    David Lee Month ago

    Rip walking dead comic

  • Emma Shuffle
    Emma Shuffle Month ago

    I loved John carter and sad they didn’t make the sequel
    And also VERY surprised boondock saints basically got shot down cuz it’s amazing! (And lets be honest Norman is EVERYTHING 🤤)
    Shows how much critics know!

  • Shane Blackburn
    Shane Blackburn Month ago

    John Carter>>>Avatar

  • Garth Brown
    Garth Brown Month ago

    along with Showgirls you have to include Striptease

  • Terri Zavaleta
    Terri Zavaleta Month ago

    John Carter was late to the party. It was criticized for ripping off other movies, but those who read the books knew that John Carter was what was ripped off for all those other movies.

  • Leland4783
    Leland4783 Month ago

    MR. Jingles. By far the best "so shit it is good" film I have ever seen. Highly suggest it.

  • michael mede
    michael mede Month ago

    Natural Born killers was a terrible movie anybody who thinks otherwise probably should stop watching movies.

  • DL Lambert
    DL Lambert Month ago

    I guess The Lone Ranger & Jack Frost 2 were not listed... 🤭

  • bg geq
    bg geq Month ago +1

    event horizon was so good! the tension build up was insane

  • Heprynn Robertson
    Heprynn Robertson Month ago

    Event Horizon was horrible on so many levels

  • nola binn
    nola binn Month ago +1

    i liked all of the movies listed expect for Show Girls. But most men probably loved that one. you missed a movie. Frankenhooker. I love that movie.Especially the exploding hooker scene.

  • John Spencer
    John Spencer Month ago

    Troll 2 my good sir!!!

  • iamchillydogg
    iamchillydogg Month ago +4

    If they had just called it Princess of Mars it would have done better.

  • Scorched Earth
    Scorched Earth 2 months ago

    The Boondock Saints! I loved that film.

  • ShadowGale
    ShadowGale 2 months ago

    Surprised to see the Boondock Saints on here! It's easily one of my favorite movies

  • Lamar Shakur
    Lamar Shakur 2 months ago

    I only heard of 4 of these movies

  • Lauren Woodcock
    Lauren Woodcock 2 months ago

    Natural Born Killers is an absolutely beautiful movie😍

  • Cindy Madsen
    Cindy Madsen 2 months ago

    The Fountain became a cult classic???? That was the stupidest film ever made!

  • Gayatri Chitale
    Gayatri Chitale 2 months ago


  • Cameron Hersey
    Cameron Hersey 2 months ago

    It’s fucking ridiculous that RUclip has to sell out so badly. I mean how many fucking commercials do you need to advertise in order to succeed after you sell personal information? I mean you can’t be in that much debt. When you have so many commercials during the video that you forget what the video was about then you might want to lay off your crooked crony capitalism. Someone get this bitch(RUclip) to the bank because she needs a reality check.

  • 1989jdb
    1989jdb 2 months ago

    .......where's Scarface....

  • Dean Harkness
    Dean Harkness 2 months ago

    I really want to visit England, we can drink and argue over how to pronounce Tomatoes, any takers?

  • Your Englishteacher
    Your Englishteacher 2 months ago

    Labyrinth with Bowie????

  • Jack Myoff
    Jack Myoff 2 months ago

    Troll 2, brings back memory's...

  • Linden Stromberg
    Linden Stromberg 2 months ago

    Plan 9 From Outer Space?
    Clash of the Titans?
    Evil Dead Trilogy (Especially Evil Dead 2)?
    Anyway, Show Girls had a lot of fans when it came out, too. At least in my age group in Sweden =D Like most Verhoeven films, it's full of hyperbole - critics hated Show Girls because of the heavy sexuality themes from top to bottom, mainly.