10 Failed Movies That Became Cult Classics

  • Published on Apr 11, 2019
  • John Carter didn't even need critical acclaim and box office success!
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  • Centurion Wizofid
    Centurion Wizofid 3 hours ago

    Polish Vampire in Burbank. Cheers

  • sesh 17
    sesh 17 3 hours ago

    boondock saints, great movie, did any other on the list get a sequel?

  • javier cardona
    javier cardona 5 hours ago

    Kung pow!!

  • Valkyrie
    Valkyrie 10 hours ago

    I saw John Carter a few years ago without knowing anything about the movie or it’s bad reputation. I thought it was great. Looked it up afterwards to see if there were any sequels or anything and was shocked to learn it was a “fail”. I don’t really like Avatar or many other so-called successes. John Carter definitely deserves a hell of a lot more praise than it initially received.

  • Eldon Triggs
    Eldon Triggs 16 hours ago

    +1 for John Carter!!

  • Leafbinder
    Leafbinder 19 hours ago

    I liked John Carter a really bad movie was Hudson Hawk

  • Jasen Garcia
    Jasen Garcia 22 hours ago

    Buckaroo Bonzai, The 5th Element, Howard the Duck, Sahara... there are tons of them.

  • Robert Siedschlag

    Surprised that Howard the Duck isn't listed, and SHOCKED that Rocky Horror didn't make it either

  • Nada Cru
    Nada Cru Day ago

    You left out 3 of the biggest cult classics Rad, The Crow, and the biggest of all They Live.

  • Frank Berst
    Frank Berst Day ago

    John Carter is an absolute gem of a film. Any Edgar Rice Burroughs fan recognizes its tremendous merits, and it's a great movie standing on its own. I love it.

  • Doby Pilgrim
    Doby Pilgrim Day ago

    I saw Heavens Gate opening night and loved it. The latest directors cut really brought it together.

  • LucidVarg
    LucidVarg Day ago

    How could Rocky Horror Picture Show not make the list?

  • silvio bentivoglio

    pass on these smelly cheese fest movies except for dune

  • Dan Lyons
    Dan Lyons Day ago


  • Brian Kerwin Jalos

    John carter is a very good movie.

  • Cassie Moyles
    Cassie Moyles Day ago +1

    Boondock Saints 1 and 2 literally tie for my favourite movie. I'm so glad it gets acknowledged

    • Pyro Smoak
      Pyro Smoak Day ago

      Hell yeah, I love those movies.

  • SBeckerDTD
    SBeckerDTD Day ago

    I just saw John Carter last week after brushing it off since it was released. Boy was I wrong. I dont get why it didnt blow up.

  • Ben Lenderman
    Ben Lenderman Day ago

    My dad read John carter. As an adult when it was set release in theaters he took myself along with my siblings and a few friends. My dad doesn’t go to the theatre often but John Carter was one of the better movies I sat down to watch in a theatre. It just popped up on Netflix a few weeks ago. I’ve watched it four times since then. I love it!!!

  • Nomad 64
    Nomad 64 Day ago

    Why people go off of a bunch of critics review to watch a movie to see if it's good or not. Is far beyond me

  • Christopher Lantesh

    You know a movie is bad when you've never even heard of it, and there are several on this list that I completely missed out on. Show Girls is not nearly as bad as some say though. It isn't spectacular by any means, but it's a decent flick, and Elizabeth Berkley is easy on the eyes.

  • Terry Jones
    Terry Jones Day ago

    _This was a fucking bomb, for a few seconds this place was Armageddon! RRRRRETHERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!!!_

  • Claude Roux
    Claude Roux Day ago

    Funny, I was about to say that I actually did enjoy John Carter before reading the comments... Not alone in the universe after all...

  • Nada Doyle
    Nada Doyle Day ago

    Natural Born Killers is not brilliant. It is a terrible movie. The performances are bad, the directing ham-handed, and the tone loud and annoying. John Carter suffered from the syndrome some films experience where critics decide to pile negative energy on a perfectly acceptable movie for no good reason. Anyone who likes fantasy/action movies would like the movie. But it became trendy to express dislike for it.

  • Giles Saint-Loup
    Giles Saint-Loup 2 days ago

    Simply put..anything with Willem Defoe will reach cult status.

  • Nikki Clarke
    Nikki Clarke 2 days ago

    Well obviously Show Girls would do better with an audience that gets to watch it in the privacy of their own homes...

  • Joel Villarreal
    Joel Villarreal 2 days ago

    Critics are just sinical assholes

  • ferdonandebull
    ferdonandebull 2 days ago

    John carter failed because it was marketed wrong

  • natedogs212
    natedogs212 2 days ago

    John Carter was just terrible.

  • LivingMan Winston Smith

    The Last Dragon

  • Geerladenlad
    Geerladenlad 2 days ago

    John Carter also had a series of books that could have added to its cult fan base. It's funny Star Wars and Avatar and all these other blockbuster movies ripped off Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  • Jacob Ambos
    Jacob Ambos 2 days ago

    Hudson Hawk. Speed Racer.

  • Mark Schmidt
    Mark Schmidt 2 days ago

    My daughter's name is Mallorie (I changed the spelling). Yes that's how much I love Natural Born Killers. Most people just say "Oh, like Family Ties". Yeah...sure. Plus my daughter thinks its cool. Not too many people are purposely named after a (fictitious) serial killer.

  • John Ellison Jamorabon

    Jupiter Rising?

  • D. Paul Gladstone
    D. Paul Gladstone 3 days ago

    John Carter was maybe a few years ahead of its time. It is one of my favorite because the story was not easily followed, nor was the ending guessed by normal people. It they release a second film, I hope they use as many of the first cast as they can.

  • Erika Miller
    Erika Miller 3 days ago

    John Carter is complete trash. How it’s a cult classic I have no idea unless ppl are just hate watching it.

  • queenbee2116
    queenbee2116 3 days ago

    Boondocks saint's was my shit 🤗

  • Arrbyy
    Arrbyy 3 days ago

    People like all sorts of things that aren't good for them. One reason is because they perceive that it will get them approval from peers. They believe dumb things will give them cred. And that's powerful. Tatoos, smoking, getting drunk, getting high, make-up, high heels, perfumes and colognes, ripped clothing, pants half-way down the a ss. It also 'helps' that people, generally, just don't care. They are physical rather than spiritual. They live for their own immediate self-satisfaction and nothing more.

  • Solus Vael
    Solus Vael 3 days ago

    Disney gave up on John Carter before it ever went to theaters, they barely advertised it. What's weird is a John Carter direct to dvd film was made back in 2009 (Princess of Mars). So you'd think they'd want to not mess up.

  • Shlomo Ben Hungstein

    John carter was just plain horrible it had no redeeming qualities what’s so ever but I still like Taylor Kitch.

  • Da RajunCajun
    Da RajunCajun 3 days ago

    Was hoping to see starship troopers.

  • Neil
    Neil 3 days ago

    Event horizon is a great movie

  • Neil
    Neil 3 days ago

    John carter needs a sequel!!

  • TheBaronSamedi
    TheBaronSamedi 3 days ago

    Big Lebowski?

  • swiss954
    swiss954 3 days ago

    Let’s start a petition for John carter sequel

  • Anthon van der Neut
    Anthon van der Neut 3 days ago

    The "oe" in Verhoeven's name is close back rounded vowel (IPA: [u]), in case you are not familiar with that vowel and its pronounciation: it similar to the vowel in the English "foot"

  • kinglanky93
    kinglanky93 4 days ago

    I don't care what anybody thinks. John carter was good

  • FreshRot
    FreshRot 4 days ago

    Holy shit, I loved The Fountain! I never knew it tanked in theaters.

  • Impartial Observer
    Impartial Observer 4 days ago

    What about Hudson Hawk?

  • steve mathers
    steve mathers 4 days ago

    de laurentis made awesome looking movies - dunes aesthetic is fantastic.

  • MrDaledark
    MrDaledark 4 days ago

    I think The Big Lebowski is the ultimate example. It was a box office failure, and eventually became an official religion. You can't top that.

  • Keith Mcgriff
    Keith Mcgriff 4 days ago

    What about "Mission to Mars"

  • bigearedmouse17
    bigearedmouse17 4 days ago

    In a nutshell what I think makes a Cult Classic ? Something that was panned by so called Film Critics but loved by a small % of Film goers.

  • Joeseph Nicholls
    Joeseph Nicholls 4 days ago

    On this list actually only good movie on here what is John Carter. There were one or two are honorable mentions. But overall I can't see how most of these movies even attracted as many prayers as you claim they have attracted. And one of the worst on this list that I've actually seen was Natural Born Killers which in my opinion maybe one of the worst movies ever made. I see no utter genius in the making of this movie.

  • Jon Duke
    Jon Duke 4 days ago

    Boon dock saints is in the top 5 of my favorite movies of all time...🤘🎸🎼🎶🎶🎶🎶

  • William Torres
    William Torres 4 days ago

    Movies that I would like to have a part 2 are: John Carter, The Golden Compass, E.T., Logan's Run, The Fifth Element, I am number 4, Labyrinth, Edge of Tomorrow, The Last Starfighter, Alita - Battle Angel, Warcraft, Ender's Game, Eragon, I am Legend, Jumper, Real Steel, Stargate, The Rocketeer, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Maleficent, Train to Busan, Willow, etc...

  • R Pryce
    R Pryce 4 days ago

    I know you're doing more recent flicks, but I still think Plan 9 From Outer Space is the best worst movie ever made, and it's got a serious cult following. Just me...

  • kunou126
    kunou126 4 days ago

    How is Princess Bride not on this list?

  • Thomas Joseph
    Thomas Joseph 4 days ago

    Dune and The Room......... SUCKED. And I'm a Proud Sociopath and I didn't even like them. In fact, MOST of the movies on this list SUCKED AND STILL DO. I don't know ANYONE that likes these movies with the exception of NBK, Boondock Saints and maybe a few guys that like to wank it too often to Showgirls. However, John Carter was very entertaining but just too weird of a premise/story. Out of the ones I think are actually somewhat watchable, I would say John Carter was the best, then Boondock Saints, NBK and Showgirls. I would rather watch paint dry than to be forced to view any of the others on this list.

    Cult Classic? Indeed, NOT.

  • oneconscious man
    oneconscious man 4 days ago

    Interesting, I've enjoyed Dune since it was released. Had it on VHS, and still have it on DVD.

  • Daniel Irving
    Daniel Irving 5 days ago

    Army of Darkness

  • Bucephalus 09
    Bucephalus 09 5 days ago

    Boondock saints is a great film.

  • John Wright
    John Wright 5 days ago

    Howard The Duck

  • John Wright
    John Wright 5 days ago

    Every comment is about John Carter, but DUNE is a terrible movie TERRIBLE MOVIE

  • Paranoidave
    Paranoidave 5 days ago

    Walk Hard.
    How that film isn't regarded as one of the greatest comedies ever is beyond me.

  • Angie Hel
    Angie Hel 5 days ago


  • Frederick Becker
    Frederick Becker 5 days ago +2

    A step by step guide on how to use Rotten Tomatoes's web site:

    Step 1: Don't

  • CurtisAlfeld
    CurtisAlfeld 5 days ago

    So, you included "Event Horizon", but not the actually good sci-fi horror movie John Carpenter's "the Thing"?

    • CurtisAlfeld
      CurtisAlfeld Day ago

      It only made 19 million against a 15 million budget and was absolutely hated by audiences and critics.

    • Maxwell Powell
      Maxwell Powell 2 days ago

      That’s because the thing was successful when it came out, event horizon wasn’t.

  • Salud 74
    Salud 74 5 days ago +3

    realy liked John Carter of Mars... it combines that 1930s Flash Gordon feel with amazing Optics... dont know how it Bombed, its Popcorn Cinema at its best

  • methos 713
    methos 713 5 days ago

    If only Disney didn't go with the title " John Carter." They should of stayed true..."Princess of Mars" would of done better.

  • legionaireb
    legionaireb 5 days ago

    #9 is widely regarded as 'the most 40K non-Warhammer 40,000 movie of all time' because of how well it can fit into the 40K lore.

    #2 was widely criticized for being just a series of action movie tropes, but nobody stopped to consider that John Carpenter INVENTED most of those tropes back in the 19th century.

  • Daryl Bell
    Daryl Bell 5 days ago

    I got a bad movie for you. Ankle Biters. Yep. Midget vampires. Outstanding premise. Couldn't watch 10 minutes of it. That bad

  • J.M.A. Sudden illustrations

    Another underrated films are "SOMIKING ACES" and "13". For me those are great movies.

  • Tookie Jackson
    Tookie Jackson 5 days ago +1

    My husband and i finally watched John Carter, loved it.

  • Muzzy Madhorse
    Muzzy Madhorse 5 days ago

    I'm in a film as my self called welcome to essex , it's a zombie film, I was wondering if you can look it up and give it a review it would be fun:) I even do a scene with Russell Brand in it proppa funny bit violent tho,

  • richard murphy
    richard murphy 6 days ago

    David lynch dune is a masterpiece and John Carter is very good

  • PorcelainRequiem
    PorcelainRequiem 6 days ago +1

    How in the hell did "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension" not make this list?

  • Eleven
    Eleven 6 days ago

    I think I know why the room was so bad. Because someone stole $5,995,000 from the $6,000,000 budget.

  • Lets Dre
    Lets Dre 6 days ago

    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE should be mention as well as it tanked when it came out and now everyone considers it a xmas classic

  • eric peterson
    eric peterson 6 days ago +2

    Highlander bombed at the box office but did so well on VHS that it spawned 3 sequels and a TV show!!
    P.S. I loved John Carter and bought it as soon as it came out on DVD.

  • vanch1392
    vanch1392 6 days ago

    Thankskilling anyone?

  • Adrian Berry
    Adrian Berry 6 days ago

    John carter was awesome. I would love to find out what happened after he went back to Mars

    • UpSky2
      UpSky2 4 days ago

      Lots of other material that Burroughs wrote - esp. Warlord Of Mars (JC becomes an international hero, among a dozen other notable things worthy of Conan) and Master Mind Of Mars (odd plot points, manipulative cult seen from backstage, scheming old villainess, etc.)

  • William Froh
    William Froh 6 days ago

    I bought all hype about Heaven Gate and took a nice girl to opening night . 20 minutes in she said that she was board and wanted to leave I talked her into ten minutes more then. We were both board. We leave.
    Couple weeks later there is a rereliece. I went same girl we made it to 45 minutes and leave . This time I get a refund first and only time ever at a movie theater. Months later new edit I go alone and watch for a hour or more .pretty back grounds but I have no idea who is who or anything about the plot. Years later I see it on TV and fell asleep in ten minutes. I hate that movie

  • Joshua Hagbom
    Joshua Hagbom 6 days ago

    I love event horizon

  • john lambert
    john lambert 6 days ago

    dune i thought it sucked when it came out and it still sucks..john carter well . wish they make a sequel

  • DeathGrinder B
    DeathGrinder B 6 days ago

    the boondock saints is a great movie. movies so bad there good shouldn't count.

  • wayne kendrick
    wayne kendrick 6 days ago +1

    What about "Plan 9 from Outer Space"? Ed Wood was the greatest at rotten movies!

  • Wasup Fool
    Wasup Fool 6 days ago

    I was a huge John Carter fan, Disney dropped the ball marketing this movie.

  • BartJ583
    BartJ583 6 days ago

    Downvoted for no list in the description.

  • Hulen Bryant
    Hulen Bryant 6 days ago

    No list of box office bombs that became cult classics is complete with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. An absolute failure until the fans of the midnight showings made it a cult classic, turning it into the longest-running theatrical release in history.

  • Lamourlady
    Lamourlady 6 days ago

    I loved Event Horizon, as a sci-fi head. And, I enjoyed Boondock Saints. Guess I'm a weirdo. Will have to check out John Carter, never seen it.

  • Williams Nike
    Williams Nike 6 days ago +2

    Just watched John Carter on Netflix the other night and it wasn't that bad.

  • Nicolò Arcuti
    Nicolò Arcuti 6 days ago

    John Carter is actually a pretty amazing movie.

  • Homestyle Productions

    John Carter is a disappointing adaptation

  • Baskerville Bee
    Baskerville Bee 6 days ago

    Saw Dune at the movies. They passed out earnest explanations printed on goldenrod paper that were impossible to read in premovie dimness.

  • Meltman1000
    Meltman1000 6 days ago

    I did liked jonh Carter, i thought wasn't worthy watching at the cinema so waited till I came to tv but man it was good. Maybe it needed a better leading actor to be a hit

  • Rui Coutinho
    Rui Coutinho 7 days ago

    Natural Born Killers and John Carter are great!

  • travis freeman
    travis freeman 7 days ago


  • Jon Smith
    Jon Smith 7 days ago +1

    John Carter was just added to Netflix. I love that movie.

    • Lamourlady
      Lamourlady 6 days ago

      Awesome, I haven't seen it yet!

  • DJ Ritty
    DJ Ritty 7 days ago

    Another one against stupid lists like this (cuz none of these movies are good) and FOR John Carter (it was great). You can tell a generational gap by people who quote razzies and rotten tomatoes. FFS... Box Office doesn't even matter anymore - money all goes into the pot.

  • Prayon Kreutz
    Prayon Kreutz 7 days ago +17

    Dark City, They Live, Time Bandits, Night of the Comet, The 13th Floor & Logan's Run

    • Doby Pilgrim
      Doby Pilgrim Day ago

      Time Bandits especially. And don't forget Baron von Munchausen

    • DenOfWhasps
      DenOfWhasps 2 days ago

      Dark City was great.

    • Nici Perriam
      Nici Perriam 7 days ago

      Prayon Kreutz Dark City, yes!