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(Screen Rant)   Box office duds that became cult hits: '80s edition. Subby can think of a few other flicks, like The Beastmaster and Iron Eagle -- add more to the right   (screenrant.com) divider line
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2020-07-01 5:21:18 PM  
"The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?
 
2020-07-01 6:41:48 PM  
"Great" movies?

10) No.
9) never seen it
8) Yes.
7) Yes.
6) Yes.
5) never seen it
4) Yes.
3) Hell Yes.
2) Meh.
1) fark No.
 
2020-07-01 8:37:13 PM  
List fails hard without either top secret or used cars.
 
2020-07-01 8:58:48 PM  

Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?


I remember seeing The Last Starfighter in the theatre. I would have been 7 I think at the time. Anyway, it scared the living sh*t out of me when that dude ripped his farking face off.

Also...

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2020-07-01 9:48:29 PM  
Um... I saw "Spinal Tap" in a theater with about 8 other people.  And that was probably a big night.  That movie tanked at the box office.  I went with my college roommate.  Maybe he smiled once or twice.  I thought it was hilarious, and now feel vindicated.
 
2020-07-01 9:52:09 PM  
I had the idea that Iron Eagle was a decent-sized (not Top Gun but not bad) hit.  Maybe it was simply popular around people that I knew.  But then I also had no idea that it was a cult hit

/saw both in theaters
 
2020-07-01 9:52:42 PM  
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/No matter where you go, there you are
 
2020-07-01 9:54:33 PM  
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2020-07-01 9:56:39 PM  

Naido: I had the idea that Iron Eagle was a decent-sized (not Top Gun but not bad) hit.  Maybe it was simply popular around people that I knew.  But then I also had no idea that it was a cult hit

/saw both in theaters


It was popular enough to get 3 sequels. It was probably the biggest hit of Tim Thomerson's career. God, he made a lot of C/D quality scifi movies.
 
2020-07-01 9:58:47 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:00:38 PM  
Blade Runner shouldn't really be on this list since it made 11 million.  Also, Flash Gordon is not a good movie...although I enjoyed it at the time.
 
2020-07-01 10:00:40 PM  
The only painting hanging in my living room:
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2020-07-01 10:02:29 PM  

Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?


Better Off Dead or One Crazy Summer?
 
2020-07-01 10:02:50 PM  
I mean, that one movie that sticks out like a fake human, yeah.
A few of the others were...fun?
 
2020-07-01 10:03:11 PM  
Question: Why does the '80s seem to have a great reservoir of films that on first glance are mediocre, but later seen as classics or cult flicks? VHS? Cable?

I can only think of the noir films of the '30s and '40s and the sci-fi of the 1950s as another period of meh at the box office or critics, but finding fans afterwards. Maybe the '90s to an extent. Seems like the '60s and '70s were hit or miss (granted, it's also the same era seen as experimentation), along with the 2010s. Can't remember the 2000s movies well as I was a workaholic then.

/Gen X'er, btw
 
2020-07-01 10:04:38 PM  
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List fails with Flash Gordon at #1
 
2020-07-01 10:06:59 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:07:35 PM  

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Why would you call that one a flop at the box office? I remember the theater being so full that we had to wait for the next show one night.

Bijou in KC.
 
2020-07-01 10:08:19 PM  
I didn't see The Highlander on the list. That movie was great. They should have made a sequel.
 
2020-07-01 10:08:25 PM  

Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?


Hot Dog, the Movie introduced me to Shannon Tweed...
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...and I will be forever grateful.
 
2020-07-01 10:09:37 PM  

Practical_Draconian: Question: Why does the '80s seem to have a great reservoir of films that on first glance are mediocre, but later seen as classics or cult flicks? VHS? Cable?

I can only think of the noir films of the '30s and '40s and the sci-fi of the 1950s as another period of meh at the box office or critics, but finding fans afterwards. Maybe the '90s to an extent. Seems like the '60s and '70s were hit or miss (granted, it's also the same era seen as experimentation), along with the 2010s. Can't remember the 2000s movies well as I was a workaholic then.

/Gen X'er, btw


The explosion of VCRs allowed films to get green light solely based on expected tape sales.  Those films may not have made money at the box office, but that doesn't mean they were not profitable.
 
2020-07-01 10:11:46 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:11:54 PM  

Mole Man: Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?

Better Off Dead or One Crazy Summer?


Better off dead
 
2020-07-01 10:15:03 PM  
Flash Gordon is the greatest movie of all time. I love it.
 
2020-07-01 10:15:36 PM  
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/From Orange County, here we go...
 
2020-07-01 10:15:41 PM  

limboslam: Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?

Hot Dog, the Movie introduced me to Shannon Tweed...
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...and I will be forever grateful.


that doesnt make it great
 
amb [TotalFark]
2020-07-01 10:18:21 PM  

BretMavrik: [Fark user image image 194x259]

/Let me try. I'm a genius.


Ah, the Canadian Hamlet. Is it available in Blu-Ray?

Watched Real Genius the other day, but I don't think it was a flop. Probably met expectations.

Of course no movie is ever profitable.
 
2020-07-01 10:18:39 PM  

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High on my list of favorite movies ever.
 
2020-07-01 10:22:13 PM  
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It cost $19 million to make and earned $12.6 million at the box office. For some reason it had a Frenchman play a Scotsman and a Scotsman play a Spaniard. But it had a cracking soundtrack and a fantastic villain. And for all that it spawned quite a large franchise with sequels, tv spinoffs, cartoons and books.
 
2020-07-01 10:23:08 PM  

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I noticed this on some streaming service lately and bookmarked it.  I saw it in the theater as a kid and even had the comic book adaptation at the time, but felt like something that might not hold up watching as an adult.  But this reminded me of it and it's going to the front of my queue.
 
2020-07-01 10:23:16 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:26:16 PM  

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It cost $19 million to make and earned $12.6 million at the box office. For some reason it had a Frenchman play a Scotsman and a Scotsman play a Spaniard. But it had a cracking soundtrack and a fantastic villain. And for all that it spawned quite a large franchise with sequels, tv spinoffs, cartoons and books.


Ah yes, Highlander -- the movie with 90% backstory and 10% plot.
 
2020-07-01 10:28:06 PM  

germ78: I didn't see The Highlander on the list. That movie was great. They should have made a sequel.


Why? It already won the Academy Award for best movie ever made.
 
2020-07-01 10:28:07 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:28:46 PM  

Muzzleloader: List fails hard without either top secret or used cars.


I love Used Cars, but is it now well known and liked enough to be a cult hit?  I was looking for a copy a few years ago and had so much trouble finding it that I ended up having to buy a used DVD.  At least at the time, there was no Blu-ray, and I've never found it streaming.

I hope it's a cult hit, it's hilarious, I just haven't seen any indication of that
 
2020-07-01 10:28:51 PM  
i would kill for a Blu-Ray of beastmaster


Also, mssing from the list:   Lifeforce
 
2020-07-01 10:30:50 PM  

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/No matter where you go, there you are


I just can't get into that movie. It's too scattershot and slow-paced. Everything ELSE about it is great, but it's almost unbelievably tedious to actually *watch*.
 
2020-07-01 10:31:07 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:31:36 PM  
The Final Sacrifice came out a year too late.
 
2020-07-01 10:31:52 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:33:19 PM  

JD: Blade Runner shouldn't really be on this list since it made 11 million.  Also, Flash Gordon is not a good movie...although I enjoyed it at the time.


Actually Blade Runner made $26 million during its summer run.  And had a budget of $28 million.

An in-depth examination of that and The Thing.

38 Years Ago Today Two of the Best Sci-Fi Films of All Time Bombed in Theaters. What Happened?
 
2020-07-01 10:36:22 PM  

Naido: Muzzleloader: List fails hard without either top secret or used cars.

I love Used Cars, but is it now well known and liked enough to be a cult hit?  I was looking for a copy a few years ago and had so much trouble finding it that I ended up having to buy a used DVD.  At least at the time, there was no Blu-ray, and I've never found it streaming.

I hope it's a cult hit, it's hilarious, I just haven't seen any indication of that


Here's my "endless searching for a good Blu-ray" 80s flick...

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2020-07-01 10:36:40 PM  

Peaceboy: Um... I saw "Spinal Tap" in a theater with about 8 other people.  And that was probably a big night.  That movie tanked at the box office.  I went with my college roommate.  Maybe he smiled once or twice.  I thought it was hilarious, and now feel vindicated.


I have two very good friends who I normally share most opinions about movies who both walked out of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  Inconceivable!
 
2020-07-01 10:38:50 PM  

Leader O'Cola: i would kill for a Blu-Ray of beastmaster


Also, mssing from the list:   Lifeforce


Even without Matilda May sexing up the screen, Lifeforce still had an interesting and ambitious story.
 
2020-07-01 10:39:45 PM  
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2020-07-01 10:39:49 PM  

dsmith42: It was probably the biggest hit of Tim Thomerson's career. God, he made a lot of C/D quality scifi movies.


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Keep the sun out of your eyes, and be yourselves.
 
2020-07-01 10:40:10 PM  

Practical_Draconian: Question: Why does the '80s seem to have a great reservoir of films that on first glance are mediocre, but later seen as classics or cult flicks? VHS? Cable?


The '90s had their share. Dazed and Confused, Office Space, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Seven. PCU is probably more popular now than when it came out.
 
2020-07-01 10:40:56 PM  
Saw this in a movie theater by myself back in 1988, and enjoyed the heck out of it ...

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... not sure it ever became much of a 'cult hit' since then, though.
 
2020-07-01 10:43:13 PM  

frankb00th: limboslam: Sliding Carp: "The Last Starfighter" definitely belongs on the list.
"Hot Dog: The Movie" probably, at least among skiers.

Personally, I think "Night of the Comet" and "Cherry 2000" are there too, but I don't know if there are enough people agreeing to make it a cult.

How did "Valley Girl" do at the box office?

Hot Dog, the Movie introduced me to Shannon Tweed...
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...and I will be forever grateful.

that doesnt make it great


Yes, it does.
 
2020-07-01 10:43:20 PM  
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