Watch: 25 film flops that became cult classics

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Sep 13, 2017

September 2017 is SYFY's 25th anniversary, so we’re using it as an excuse to look back and celebrate the last 25 years of ALL science fiction, fantasy and horror, a time that has seen the genres we love conquer the world of pop culture. For us, that means lists! ALL THE LISTS! We’ll be doing two “25 greatest” lists per day all throughout September, looking back at the moments, people, and characters that shaped the last quarter century. So keep checking back.

Please note: Our lists are not ranked; all items have equal standing in our brains

With that out of the way, let's talk cult hits. Or, more importantly, let's talk box office bombs that went on find popularity on VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, streaming, or even basic cable! You thought I'd forget about USA Up all Night? Psh! Come on, be serious now.

Because that's usually how a cult movie becomes a cult movie, right? It wilts at the box office but, with the help with a small group of people who saw the hidden genius, it can find longevity far beyond that of the guaranteed hit Disney Marvel movies.

And that's what happened with these 25 sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and otherwise speculative works of fiction: they tanked, but then they soared.

And here they are!

 

What items in our lists were your favorites? Did we miss something? We welcome respectful debate and discussion, so please let us know in the comments!