At least most of those movies have a cult following now.
Some films immediately find their audience. But for various reasons, others fail to connect with viewers during their first theatrical show. This can be due to bad timing, an ineffective marketing campaign, or a number of other unpredictable factors. Whatever the reason, some films do not initially reach a large audience. So with that in mind, we take a look back at eight horror movies that shouldn’t have bombed the box office but did.
Mill (Planet terror and Proof of death)
This double bill is a romantic return to the era of exploitation which failed to recover production costs during a large theatrical exhibition. Produced for an estimated budget of $ 53 million, the films only grossed just over $ 25 million nationally. Both features are solid and lovingly carry over the magic of the drive-through days of yesteryear. Based on the quality of both films and the reputations of the respective directors, this well-meaning comeback should have been a resounding success. Sadly, the features weren’t widely seen until each one was released on home video. At this point, both films started to find their audiences and have since developed a sizable following.
My best guess as to why Event horizon didn’t find him any fans sooner than he did due to less than enthusiastic critical response. Bad reviews can be poison at the box office. And with the film recouping less than half of its estimated budget of $ 60 million when it hits theaters, Event horizon fell like a certified box office flop. However, this is a case where viewers would have benefited from checking out the film for themselves, rather than listening to the reviews. Despite a somewhat troubled production, Event horizon is a slick and spooky feature that gives Extraterrestrial vibrations while doing its own thing. The film features an impressive cast, superb set design, and plenty of scares. It’s a tragedy that the film didn’t gain more viewers when it hit theaters, as I think the property has franchise potential.
John Carpenter is a legendary horror director with a huge cult following. But for some reason, a lot of his films took a bit longer to find their audiences. And The thing is an example. The film grossed slightly more than its estimated budget of $ 15 million in box office sales. But when you stop to consider that theaters take a share and marketing costs aren’t normally included in a feature film’s estimated budget, bringing in just under $ 20 million isn’t a big deal. success, far from the imagination. Fortunately, the home video saw the film find its audience and be celebrated as the exciting effects manna that it is.
Before being a Marvel sweetheart, James Gunn gave audiences a wacky love letter to the B cinema of yesteryear. To glide is goopy, over the top, and a lot of fun. But you wouldn’t know from its box office performance. The photo was shot for an estimated budget of $ 15 million, but only returned about half of it nationally. Even with international ticket sales factored in, the film failed to recoup its full budget. Fortunately, fans realized how great the film is, and Gunn continued to deliver his unique brand of cinema to audiences (and managed to reach a much larger audience).
The monster squad
Anyone who grew up watching The monster squad on VHS (or any format for that matter) can probably talk about its collective merits. But the film didn’t even land $ 4 million at the domestic box office with an estimated budget of $ 12 million. Fortunately, the film has garnered significant cult following. Although it didn’t make a big splash at the box office, The monster squad remains a nostalgic classic for a whole generation of 80s kids.
I think Jennifer’s body failed to find his audience, in part because he was ahead of his time. The horror film is witty, funny, and fiercely feminist. But for one reason or another, audiences weren’t quite ready for it in 2009. To further complicate matters, the image marketing efforts were a bit deceptive and didn’t quite capture the real truth. essence of the film, thus annoying viewers who expected something different. However, the film continues to gain new fans years after an unimpressive national screening that saw the image narrowly recoup its estimated budget of $ 16 million. International ticket sales helped increase the shooting of the film. But the picture still underperformed by almost every measure.
In the mouth of madness
This marks yet another case of theatrical audiences failing to participate in a phenomenal John Carpenter project. In the mouth of madness is a weird meta horror flick that really didn’t find its audience until the home video. The film made a little more than its budget of $ 8 million through ticket sales. But it’s still a pretty catastrophic performance. Hopefully Carpenter feels justified in knowing that some of his films were ahead of their time and the world wasn’t quite ready for them. But that’s not something the visionary director can be blamed for.
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