10 Over-Hyped $100 Million Budgeted Movies No One Even Remembers Now

10 Over-Hyped $100 Million Budgeted Movies No One Even Remembers Now


In the late 1990s, filmmaking experienced a rebirth. New technologies ushered in an era of independent filmmaking, and an emerging generation of auteurs rose to the challenge.

However, that also meant there was a great deal of hype surrounding many big-budget films. And some of them ended up getting in over their heads.

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Nightmare on Elm Street usher in a new era in horror with its inventive take on the slasher genre. It introduced one of cinema's most fearsome boogeymen, Freddy Krueger, who stalked teenagers through their dreams.

Though its special effects are somewhat outdated now, A Nightmare on Elm Street still offers plenty of enjoyment. It launched the careers of some great actors like Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon and Ronee Blakley.

Robert Englund was cast as Freddy Krueger in the first two movies of the franchise, and would go on to star in both subsequent entries. Unfortunately, ownership of the original series now rests with Wes Craven's estate; should he pass away before 2015, any new entries would likely not include him.

2. Clean Slate (1994)

The film industry invests a considerable amount of money in producing a movie, including wages for cast and crew as well as contingent compensation (the extra money that comes in after bills are settled) and profit participation.

It's no secret that Hollywood budgets have increased over the years. In America alone, 60 movies released between 1995 and 2004 cost over $100 million dollars.

Clean Slate is no exception. It may not be a great movie, but it does offer up some enjoyable visuals and some entertaining moments. Specifically, it explores amnesia as well as some other technological advancements. Plus, there's an impressive all-star cast featuring Michael Murphy, James Earl Jones, Valeria Golino, and Michael Gambon.

3. Celtic Pride (1996)

Despite their substantial budgets, some movies have failed to live up to the lofty expectations of studio hype and failed to make an impression with critics or audiences.

Celtic Pride is a slap-stick sports comedy that follows two overly loyal Celtic fans (Damon Wayans and Daniel Stern) as they attempt to kidnap their opponent's star player in order to ensure their team wins the championship. Unfortunately, the movie lacks substance and ultimately fails to deliver on its promises.

Director Judd Apatow was severely damaged after the movie's failure, taking a hiatus from filmmaking for 10 years. A decade later, however, he would return to screen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin - his first major role since Searching for Bobby Fischer. Subsequently, Apatow focused on television projects until 2005's Million Dollar Baby.

4. Chain Reaction (1996)

The Chain Reaction was an Australian exploitation movie that needed to be seen on a big screen. Starring Steve Bisley as a working-class hero car racer, Bisley gets to do some awesome stunts with his shiny new Mercedes.

It was also a bit of a gamble because it was shot in an old-school part of Australia that had seen better days. With only 25 days to shoot and a budget of three million dollars, this TV movie won't break the bank like its sibling that won the best Australian tv movie award a year later.

It was a risk and the TV media hype may have been overblown, but The Big Sick proved to be an impressive contender for one of the top 10 over-hyped $100 million budgeted movies - and it even came out on top!

5. Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

Nancy Walker has been an accomplished producer, actor and director since The 1940s. At that time she earned two Tonys, four Golden Globes and eight Emmys for her work.

Can't Stop the Music was the inaugural winner of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture and double feature with Xanadu. It was so bad that John J. B. Wilson created The Razzies - an esteemed awards ceremony honoring cinema's worst works.

Can't Stop the Music is an innovative musical that takes MGM's Technicolor classics and modernizes them for disco music. It may be a mess, but its feet never stop tapping along to its infectious beat.

6. Che! (1969)

Cuba, though a Cold War pariah for much of five decades, has managed to retain much of its former grandeur. Most notably, its people remain friendly and the weather usually remains pleasant. It truly is an island nation where life is good. Even during times of political impasse, Cubans have managed to maintain some level of order. They seem to have a healthy respect for their national heritage and an equal or greater regard for neighbors. Unfortunately, recent US history hasn't been kind to Cuba - there have been multiple CIA-backed invasion plans and assassination attempts against their country; not to mention some particularly offensive presidents.

7. A Christmas Carol (2009)

Though some scenes may be too frightening for young children, A Christmas Carol (2009) is one of the most faithful and visually captivating retellings of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Starring Jim Carrey in multiple roles, this animated film was created using motion capture technology.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a cold-hearted miser, hates Christmas and looks down upon those who celebrate it. However, he is given an opportunity to change his ways when the ghost of his former partner visits him on Christmas Eve.

Zemeckis' version of The Polar Express and Beowulf utilizes the same technique he used for these classic tales - darkly realistic yet grippingly captivating. While it might not be the ideal way to experience this beloved story, both adults and kids will gain something valuable from it.

8. Cadence (1990)

The screenplay may have been one of the best of its era, yet it failed to deliver on its promise of an inspiring tale that makes us proud to be citizens of this planet. The plotline is somewhat flat, the camerawork average, and most characters are unnecessarily unpleasant.

In today's age of mega-budget movies, we can't help but be impressed that director Edward Norton managed to make this film 18 years after Jonathan Lethem's book was published. Not only does it boast an intriguing premise and stellar cast - something you don't get everyday - but it's the best motorcycle movie ever made it onto the big screen! We can't wait to see it again - in fact we may even pay for the ticket if necessary! However, given how long until we see its sequel may make this one somewhat overshadowed in our eyes

9. Cops and Robbersons (1994)

When a mob hitman moves in next door to the Robbersons, it's up to hard-charging cops to track him down. In this case, it's the wizened Jake Stone (Jack Palance) who gets the nod and it's only Chevy Chase and Dianne Wiest who stand in his way.

This gimmick-laden flick may not be the sexiest, but it's still entertaining enough to be included on this list. Additionally, it is one of the few heist movies with an engaging storyline which makes it a worthy inclusion on this list. The most impressive aspect of the film are its stunt sequences which are more impressive than their resulting tales of intrigue and mayhem. They make for an exciting highlight in an otherwise dull thriller. Unfortunately, much more time and money should have been invested into something better than what audiences got; otherwise this cynical waste of both time and resources would suggest

10. Point Break (2014)

Point Break, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, was one of the greatest Action Thrillers of its era. Its high intensity and breathtaking stunts contributed to its popularity at the box office.

No matter what problems were faced with the original film, Point Break remains a cult favorite to this day. Its wild and exhilarating moments still inspire those who enjoy extreme sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding, climbing, surfing and even wingsuit BASE jumping.

Director Ericson Core chose not to rely on computer generated imagery in his latest film Point Break, opting instead for real stunts from some of the world's most innovative athletes. These include surfers Laird Hamilton, Makua Rothman and Billy Kemper; skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Eric Koston; wingsuit stunt pilots Jon Devore, Julian Boulle and Noah Bahnson; as well as free climber Chris Sharma.

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