25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Heathers (1989)

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater
Budget: $2 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $1.1 million

Given recent events, Heathers could never get made today. Who would green-light a black comedy about teen suicide and murder set among a dysfunctional high school? Yes, the comedy serves as satire about the ludicrousness of cliques, a model for Mean Girls, but it just couldn't happen today. Not to mention that it didn't make money.

Unsurprisingly, kids weren't lining up in droves to watch teens off themselves and blow up gymnasiums. At least not in theaters. Over the years, via VHS and DVD, Heathers found a cult audience: adventurous viewers who can appreciate intelligent, pitch-black social commentary.

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