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10 Best Horror Movie Bombs That Became Cult Classics | ScreenRant

Not everything can be a success, and, sadly, some horror movies end up being the victims of poor circumstances that lead to their failure at the box office. These range from low-budget B-movies that are destined to fail to ambitious and unique films that didn't garner as much interest as they should have.

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As time goes on, a portion of horror movies that initially flopped end up gaining cult followings through word of mouth or by going viral on the internet. This led to the unfortunate financial failures getting rediscovered years or even decades later. In some cases, the cult followings became so strong that they revived certain series.

10 The Wolfman (2010) - $142.6 Million

For most horror films, earning over 140 million dollars at the box office would be considered a mega-success. Unfortunately, Joe Johnston's R-rated remake of the classic universal monster featured a troubled production leading to an inflated budget of 150 million dollars.

At the time, it suffered from poor reviews, but, over the years, The Wolfman has garnered a fanbase and recognition as an underrated remake featuring a strong cast, an impressive mix of practical effects with CGI, and an R-rating that helps the gothic atmosphere.

9 Annihilation (2018) - $43.1 million

Despite nothing but praise from critics and audiences alike, Annihilation's life at the box office was cut short. After a poor screening, the studio made the decision to have Annihilation debut on Netflix internationally, while the US, Canada, and China were the only ones to get theatrical releases.

Alex Garland's sci-fi horror film would only go on to make a little over 43 million dollars at the box office on a 40 million dollar budget, garnering only a marginal profit. Annihilation did leave an impact, however, with monsters such as a mutant bear and a humanoid mimic becoming famous.

8 Razorback (1984) - $150,463

Other than a limited release in the US, Razorback remained an Australian exclusive for theaters. Unfortunately, the story of a giant pig killing people in the Outback did not seem to appeal to the masses, as Razorback did not even break one million dollars in Australia as per BoxOfficeMojo.

With a budget of 5.5 million dollars, Razorback was a massive failure. Since then, Razorback would receive new life via the internet with more viewers discovering it. Though far from innovative, Razorback managed to create a suspenseful monster film featuring a giant pig when the concept would likely have otherwise been left as low-budget fodder for the SyFy channel.

7 Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982) - $14.4 Million

As recalled by LivingLifeFearless, audiences were angry that Michael Myers was nowhere to be seen in Halloween III. In fact, it had zero connection to the previous two films, as it was intended for Halloween movies to become an anthology series of movies with new stories with each film.

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However, after earning 14.4 million at the box office, a massive downgrade from what the previous two earned plus the negative reviews, it was considered a flop. This led to future Halloween films being about Michael Myers again. It also led to Season Of The Witch gaining a fanbase over the years, with many praising its creativity and twisted villain plot, and it remains a solid horror film on its own.

6 Slither (2006) - $12.8 million

James Gunn, like many famous directors, got his start with horror. His debut was a dark and twisted horror/comedy known as Slither. It paid tribute to famous horror films of the 80s including John Carpenter's The Thing and Night Of The Creeps. Slither has earned fans, respecting its crude yet well-timed humor combined with a memorable alien threat.

In many ways, Gunn was lucky, as Slither performed badly, earning 12.8 million dollars on a 15 million dollar budget. Most blamed the horror/comedy style, which has always been a difficult genre to market to audiences.

5 Frailty (2002) - $17.4 Million

The directorial debut of the late Bill Paxton has garnered praise over the years for its dark story about a father who becomes a killer, believing himself to be a servant of God. Despite quality direction from Bill Paxton as well as his performance as the father combined with a rising star in Matthew McConaughey, Frailty did not bring in the money.

On a budget of 11 million dollars, Frailty was able to earn 17.4 million at the box office, with most audiences missing out on the film. It was likely due to The Scorpion King being released around the same time, which earned an impressive 180 million dollars at the box office.

4 Event Horizon (1997) - $26.6 million

Earning 26.6 million dollars on a 40 million dollar budget, Event Horizon was one of the largest horror flops. Since then, Event Horizon slowly gained a fanbase, with many praising its surreal nature combined with graphic gore that wasn't common at the time.

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Event Horizon mixes classic horror films such as Hellraiser, Alien, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Event Horizon would go on to have a second life via home releases and through a dedicated fanbase across the internet.

3 Pandorum (2009) - $20.6 Million

Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of Event Horizon, Pandorum seemed like it was going to be the spiritual successor to Event Horizon. While it did receive praise and audiences enjoying the monstrous threat, claustrophobic sci-fi horror, and the many twists and turns towards the end, it still did not excel at the box office.

Critics were not as kind, with it being receiving many negative reviews, which, combined with a very limited release in theaters, led to it being another flop for Anderson. It earned 20.6 million dollars on a 33 million dollar budget, which led to the cancellation of the planned franchise.

2 The Thing (1982) - $19.6 Million

It's hard to believe today given the retroactive success of the movie, John Carpenter's most famous horror film was originally a disaster at the box office. Critics considered The Thing to be too bleak and disturbing, leading to most audiences avoiding it at the time, earning only 19.6 million dollars on a 15 million dollar budget.

Since then, John Carpenter's The Thing has become one of the most beloved horror films ever made. From the well-crafted confined, claustrophobic horror to unforgettable practical effects for the titular monster, The Thing now boasts an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie even gained enough of a following to warrant a prequel decades later.

1 The Thing (2011) - $31.5 million

Unfortunately, said prequel suffered a similar fate; according to Looper, poor reviews from critics combined with the digital replacement of the film's creature effects led to the prequel suffering at the box office. It had a budget of 38 million dollars, but it only earned 31.5 million dollars, making it a flop all around.

While there are still fans who dislike the CGI monsters and wish to see a cut featuring the practical effects that were used, The Thing prequel managed to gain fans who appreciate the film's attention to detail and apparent admiration for the 1982 Carpenter version.

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