10 Failed Movies That Became Cult Classics

  • Published on Apr 11, 2019
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  • The Knave
    The Knave 21 hour ago

    Willem Dafoe is *always* a win.
    "The Fountain" is a massively under-appreciated masterpiece.

    • RottenHopper
      RottenHopper 5 hours ago

      I guess its just not for everyone . Ive tried to watch it when it came out and did not liked it. Execution felt bad but main idea is great

  • lau May
    lau May Day ago

    Showgirl is like The Room, you only watch it to bath yourself in the horror that it is. 👀

  • Matt Sweeney
    Matt Sweeney Day ago

    The first Mortal Kombat movie was amazing. i never saw event horizon.

  • Random Sog
    Random Sog 2 days ago

    You actually showed the scene from Basic Instinct.


    John Carter failed because it was a copy of the 1931 original that left out the epic elements of the 1931 original. And because the CGI looked like my fever hallucinations after drinking half a litre of turned milk in the lonely glow of a midnight refrigerator

  • Mrs. Stone
    Mrs. Stone 3 days ago

    Event Horizon flopped because it was marketed as sci-fi, but is a rightfully R-rated horror movie which happens to be set in space. As a horror movie, it's fantastic - literally creepy as hell - as a sci-fi movie it'll leave people either disappointed or sleepless... ;-)

  • Mrs. Stone
    Mrs. Stone 3 days ago

    Event Horizon flopped because it was marketed as sci-fi, but is a rightfully R-rated horror movie which happens to be set in space. As a horror movie, it's fantastic - literally creepy as hell - as a sci-fi movie it'll leave people either disappointed or sleepless... ;-)

  • Mrs. Stone
    Mrs. Stone 3 days ago

    Event Horizon flopped because it was marketed as sci-fi, but is a rightfully R-rated horror movie which happens to be set in space. As a horror movie, it's fantastic - literally creepy as hell - as a sci-fi movie it'll leave people either disappointed or sleepless... ;-)

  • Justa Dragn
    Justa Dragn 4 days ago

    I LOVED John Carter. There. I said it.

  • Baba Yaga
    Baba Yaga 6 days ago

    Cult is supposed to be a movie u can see over and over again how is heavens gate and the fountain on here

  • Jack William Taylor
    Jack William Taylor 7 days ago

    John Carter was a weird one for me because it was the film that taught me you’re not allowed to enjoy movies that critics hated. I thought it was fun and visually enjoyable, and even low looking back with a better knowledge of film and a lower opinion of critics, I can see why it was technically bad, but I still enjoy it because people can have different opinions. I wouldn’t do a thesis on it, but I’d happily rewatch it on a rainy day.

  • Cliff Dixon
    Cliff Dixon 9 days ago

    The ultimate box office failure but massive cult success predates these by many years - Powell & Pressberger's 'A Matter of Life and Death' starring David Niven. Ignored by audiences and panned by critics despite the groundbreaking effects for the time, it is now considered an absolute classic. Would you also believe that Christmas favourite 'A Wonderful Life' also flopped at the box office?

  • swatpolice911delta
    swatpolice911delta 10 days ago

    John Carter is no cult classic

  • Ygor Nimoy
    Ygor Nimoy 12 days ago

    Dredd 3D? Where is it?

  • markie5287
    markie5287 13 days ago

    Rotten tomatoes are not always right in their respective reviews. Same goes when I watch anime like a weeb and I read the comments. I always watch something that's intriguing to me and I'll watch then form my own opinion. Crazy idea right?

  • I Love You 3000
    I Love You 3000 13 days ago +2

    John Carter
    Tron Legacy
    Prince of Persia
    Lone Ranger
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Mad Max Fury Road
    Blade Runner 2049

  • Michelle Aranda
    Michelle Aranda 15 days ago


  • Christopher Fair
    Christopher Fair 16 days ago

    Boondock Saints was stupid. Then and Now.

  • jhonny snd_cebu
    jhonny snd_cebu 17 days ago

    I love Boondok Saints and John Carter!!

  • jeffrey dillingham
    jeffrey dillingham 18 days ago

    Secondhand Lions was overlooked until it reached home video. It is an absolute gem of a movie. The poorly done trailer is much to blame for the movie's initial lack of success. On the other hand, Beethoven (1992) was a rather absurd movie that did poorly in theaters, but went on to break home video sales records upon its release to VHS.

  • Matt Schroepfer
    Matt Schroepfer 19 days ago

    John Carter was great , actually don’t know anyone who thought it was shite

  • Nathan Wright
    Nathan Wright 19 days ago

    Bro... Had to pause the video after boondocks. Isn't this almost exactly what's going on with the Joker movie?

    • Nathan Wright
      Nathan Wright 19 days ago

      And in the end I'm left in Nilbog. Awesome... Rofl

  • GalahadSCX Scoopex
    GalahadSCX Scoopex 19 days ago

    Awesome to see so many fans of John Carter :)

  • Eric Charles
    Eric Charles 22 days ago +3

    I love event horizon, the boondocks saints, and John Carter

  • Nicci Grigsby
    Nicci Grigsby 24 days ago

    How about Wizards (1977)?

  • Lioness006
    Lioness006 25 days ago

    Event Horizon is excellent!
    I liked The Fountain as well. It was trippy but beautiful, visually.

    Also, Trainspotting, Empire Records, Cube, SLC Punk!, Jawbreaker (only made $3 mil on a $35 mil budget), & Requiem for a Dream (didn't even make 2x the budget).

    John Carter looks interesting but I must have missed all reference to it over the years. I've heard the name, but didn't know anything about the actual movie.

  • Christine Pellew-Faucette

    LOVE Boondock Saints. I've seen it at least half a dozen times. It's fucking hilarious.

  • rochelle Crump-mcnulty

    I absolutely loved John Carter

  • paul wain
    paul wain 27 days ago


  • Bobby Jones
    Bobby Jones 28 days ago

    No mention of the original cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  • Sly Marbo
    Sly Marbo Month ago +1

    Mother is a good movie, it will be on a list like this in the future.

  • Danielle king
    Danielle king Month ago

    showgirls is not erotic and is an unintentional comedy rather than a drama

  • Danielle king
    Danielle king Month ago

    natural born killers was a bad film .Cynical with no likable characters.Everyone was sick and venal .Robert Downey was probably doing serious drugs while making this turd and acting and plot were replaced with lots of people shouting and killing eachother.The valid points it tried to make were lost under a pile of bleak cynical brutality.I cant watch this film and all the top notch cast go over the top and to the bottom of the barrel

  • Travis Marion
    Travis Marion Month ago

    Couldn't watch Natural Born Killers... Not even once. Lasted maybe 10 minutes before I turned it off.

  • Jody O'Dell
    Jody O'Dell Month ago

    When did showgirl get a cult following

  • Average Meatsack
    Average Meatsack Month ago

    Dune and John Carter were terrible, especially if you are a fan of the books they are vaguely supposedly based on. Lynch's Dune should have gotten than 1% or less on RT. Here's to hoping that the Denis Villeneuve Dune film will bury the memory of the Abomination as deeply as it should be.

  • Ian Brown
    Ian Brown Month ago +3

    DREDD failed at the box office, but has a cult status!

    • Ian Brown
      Ian Brown Month ago

      @Jeff N Demolition man was a political satire borrowing from Huxley's Brave New World which I liked.

    • Jeff N
      Jeff N Month ago

      @Ian Brown I don't disagree that Dredd is a good movie, but mark my words, people are going to be talking about 'every restaraunt is Taco Bell' for decades.

    • Ian Brown
      Ian Brown Month ago +1

      @Jeff N DREDD aficionados would disagree. A bit like 'A day at Black Rock' which is so good it is a cult classic; almost a Cohen bros movie! The Stallone movie is that bad it's good and may become a cult movie on those grounds.

    • Jeff N
      Jeff N Month ago

      @Ian Brown I think it's the opposite for cult classic status. When you think of which one would you want to show your grandkids in 20 years, it's going to be the Stallone version. It has all that idiocracy stuff as well as campy fight scenes and outfits.
      The new one is just a good adventure movie with cool special effects, but not really something that's going to stand the test of time.

    • Ian Brown
      Ian Brown Month ago

      @Jeff N The new one has developed a following because it outclassed the Stallone travesty.

  • Djém Nielsen
    Djém Nielsen Month ago

    Forgot “Tenacious D: The pick of destiny”.
    Love the movie and also the series

  • Rickey Newman
    Rickey Newman Month ago

    Donnie darko

  • Akash 60601
    Akash 60601 Month ago

    7:35 this is what we all need

  • Justin M
    Justin M Month ago

    Yeah I thought john carter was pretty good too.

  • Chris Buttonshaw
    Chris Buttonshaw Month ago

    The Room cost $6 million? HOW?!

    • Tl2aV
      Tl2aV Month ago

      Chris Buttonshaw tommy wiseau

  • Stuart Grosse
    Stuart Grosse Month ago

    How in the bloody hell can you do a list of cult classics and not include the Rocky Horror Picture Show?

  • chris hughes
    chris hughes Month ago

    I hate that Boondock Saints is so popular . One of the worst, sloppiest, and poorly acted movies Ive ever seen

  • Amanda Mullins
    Amanda Mullins Month ago


  • tiffanytheface1
    tiffanytheface1 Month ago

    Showgirls is definitely one of my favs

  • Craig Howells
    Craig Howells Month ago

    You really need to see Birdemic 1 & 2. "Birdemic - Shock and Terror" is beautifully inept. Makes The Room look like a well thought out romantic drama. Everything about this film is bad, but it doesn't know it's bad, which is its best quality. It is oblivious to how unintentionally funny it is. "Birdemic 2 - The Resurrection" is shorter, but even more bonkers in its premise, dialogue and truly awful CGI. I nearly wet myself at one point and I can't breathe when I watch these two films as a double bill (3 hrs total). Please look these up. They're amazing!

  • colin wilson
    colin wilson Month ago +2

    what about john carpenters the thing
    carl urbans dredd or blade runner all
    box office flops that went on to be
    considered cinematic classics after
    home release

  • lord pickle
    lord pickle Month ago

    I watched John Carter when I was stoned out of my mind, thought it was pretty good... then again though, I was stoned out of my mind.

  • Les
    Les Month ago

    "Blade Runner"(1982)
    "Somewhere in Time"(1980)
    "The Last Starfighter"(1984)
    "Enemy Mine"(1985)
    "Buckaroo Banzai Adventures across the 8th Dimension"(1984)
    "Fantasia"(1940)-seriously...this was a complete flop when it premiered.

  • C.L Mckenzie
    C.L Mckenzie Month ago

    I like mother! But I Deff understand why people reacted to it the way it did lol

  • KerriNature
    KerriNature Month ago

    The music in Dune was freakin awesome, if needed a bigger budget for sure.

  • Raimar Lunardi
    Raimar Lunardi Month 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 Month ago

    Where is Rocky Horror? 🤔🤔🤔

  • DirtWorkeR 27
    DirtWorkeR 27 Month ago

    3 ads for 12 min vid no thanks

  • Mario T
    Mario T Month ago

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

  • Glenn Salvilla
    Glenn Salvilla Month 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 Month ago

    I adored John Carter.

  • Keystone79
    Keystone79 Month ago

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

  • Lauchboy Laser
    Lauchboy Laser 2 months ago

    Equilibrium anyone?