Movie-goers can be fickle (great movies that should've enjoyed huge box-office success)
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a great film, one of his best IMO. For me, it's right up there with Alien (1979) as one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made. And yet one film made anything between $100 - 200 million at the box office whereas the other made only $19 million. Carpenter's classic was unlucky to be released at roughly the same time as E.T.
I totally agree. Those are great movies.
David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988) is another good film. Jeremy Irons plays identical twin gynaecologists Elly and Bev Mantle.
I can't believe it clawed back only $8 million of its $13 million budget.
It's well worth a look.
While in college I took a literature class on the vampire genre, and as part of the class we watched what seemed like every vampire movie made, a bunch of them. One of the better ones was 'Shadow of the Vampire' with John Malkevich. The original Nosferatu was interesting too, if you like silent films.