Monday, February 6, 2012

Digging the Low-Budget Films!

Today I am letting author Stephen Tremp take over and trash my blog with some low-budget movies. But don't worry - I invaded HIS blog today with an old, neurotic post of mine. So jump on over when you've finished here.

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second stop of my Grand OPENING Tour! And an enormous thanks you to Captain Ninja Alex for having me here today. Thanks Alex!

During a low point while writing OPENING, I took a break to research low budget films that made it big, some even receiving iconic, cult figure status. This was just the diversion I needed to give me back my vision and my hope and inspired me to do something really really big. It helped get me on track and finish my book.

Hence, my Low Budget Films That Made It Big List. Sorry, but no Sharktopus. (Damn! - Alex)

American Graffiti (1973) Budget: $777,000 (estimated) Gross: $115,000,000 (USA) An almost 9,000% return on investment must have made Universal Pictures extremely pleased, especially since they only took on the project after it was turned down by 20th Century Fox, United Artists, MGM, Columbia Pictures, and Paramount Pictures.


 





Clerks (1994) Budget: $777,000 (estimated) Gross: $115,000,000 (USA) This independent film reached out to a generation of slackers, spotlighting two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. I've worked at a 7-11 in a previous life and can relate.





Fargo (1996) Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated) Gross: $60,611,975 (Worldwide) Love this show regardless of the most annoying accent in the human language. Ya! I think the wood chipper was nominated for supporting actor.






 
Halloween (1978) Budget: $320,000 (estimated) Gross: $60,000,000 (Worldwide) Who needs character development? Did you know the original budget was so low the actors wore their own clothes and Jamie Lee Curtis was paid $8,000?






MST 3000 The Movie (1996) It doesn't get any better than this! Born from the Saturday morning cult-classic, Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot, and Tom Servo are still forced to watch the most hideous of stinker movies. Oh, has anyone seen my interociter?






Reservoir Dogs (1992) Budget: $1,200,000 (estimated) Gross: $2,832,029 (USA) Tarantino helped helped make indie films mainstream with this pop-culture masterpiece. Tarantino made careers for some actors while revitalizing those of others.




Rocky (1996) Budget: $1,100,000 (estimated) Gross: $225,000,000 (Worldwide) My all-time favorite sports movie and still inspires me today. Is there a better theme song to get you up and ready to do something great? I don't think so.








SuperSize Me (2004) Budget: $65,000 Worldwide Gross: $29,500,000 Did we really need a documentary into America's obsessive consumer culture to tell us eating fast food is anything but healthy?








  The Blob (1958) Budget: $248,000 Grossed: $12,000,000 A young jobbing actor named Steve McQueen was tapped for the lead and offered a choice: he could take a $3,000 fee upfront or get 10 percent of the gross box-office. Figuring The Blob would be just another creature feature, he opted for the former. Bummer. The movie grossed an astounding $12m, which would've earned McQueen $1.2m and set him up for life (back in the day).


 


I hope you had as much fun with this list as I did. Feel free to agree, disagree, or add a movie or two of your own in the comments! And remember, you don't need a huge budget to hit it big!

Stephen Tremp is author of the recently released suspense thriller OPENING, the second book in the BREAKTHROUGH series. You can visit Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs for $1.99. OPENING is available for download at: Amazon for $1.99 Smashwords for $1.99

Have you seen those movies? At least one? Come on, Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie is a classic! All right then, YOU name some low-budget winners then! And don't forget to visit Stephen's SITE for a glimpse at me two years ago...

174 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I've seen a couple of these...some low-budget flicks are actually pretty good! The Blair Witch Project comes to mind, too...

Retro-Zombie said...

totally in for all your low budget films... have you ever seen any of the evenings with kevin smith, fun stuff.

movies that have a low budget and high return that comes to mind "Paranormal Activity"

great day, boss!

Miranda Hardy said...

I've only seen one of them and it was very disturbing. Supersize me. Ugh.

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welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful reviews Stephen, I see most films on the TV as I don't go to the cinema.
Thanks to Alex for letting him host his blog. Also good luck with your book.

Yvonne.

Anne Gallagher said...

Stephen congratulations again on your new book. It looks awesome.

I loved American Graffitti, all those nobody's turned into stars. And I had no idea Steve McQueen was in the Blob. How sad for him.

The Angry Lurker said...

Clerks, Halloween, Fargo and Reservoir Dogs are classics....

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your book Stephen. I loved Fargo. Didn't realize it was low budget.

Cate Masters said...

Yep, I saw most of these! My first date with my hubby was going to see Rocky. Wow, that makes us old, lol

Li said...

Had no idea American Graffiti was a low-budget flick. I think the only ones I haven't seen are Clerks and Halloween. I think Eraserhead was a low-budget surprise success as well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, that was definitely low budget.

Miranda, it was disgusting, wasn't it?

Anne, that's one of his biggest films.

Natalie, I guess because there were no major special effects.

Brinda said...

I love Fargo. Clerks is one of those I've always wanted to see. I haven't seen several on the list.

Tara Tyler said...

scene em all!
i love when they put out a good movie w/low $. thats called quality!

and i love your cover!

Journaling Woman said...

I've seen several of those. Lately, I've been on the kick of watvhing really old movies 1940's - 1960's. Love them.

T

Ellie Garratt said...

I've seen a few of these, with Fargo being my favourite. Supersize me did well!

Thank you Stephen, and Alex for hosting.

Laura Pauling said...

I've seen a couple of them. I refuse to Supersize Me. I just can't! It's probably not your kind of movie, but Dirty Dancing was expected to not bring in much money and is still popular today!

LynnRush said...

Awesome! Fargo CRACKED ME UP. And it's not just cuz I was born in Fargo, either. Oh, and raised in MinneSOTAAAAA...... LOL.

Loved how they talked in that movie. But that wood chipper scene...Yikes, that was a bit...disturbing.

Great list of movies here. Happy MONDAY!!!

Em-Musing said...

LOved Fargo. Although all of the above were low budget...they obviously were high in something to make them so popular.

Liz Fichera said...

I LOVED MST 3000. Hilarious.

Rusty Webb said...

I've seen most of those and believe they can teach the studios a lesson about how a good story is the most important thing.

Rick G said...

I've seen most of those. Usually of more interest to me are the low budget flicks that go nowhere, ie the b-movies. It's amazing what gems you can sometimes find amongst the crap.

Tonja said...

I loved Fargo and Rocky (only the first one). I own The Blob.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Alex for hosting me and thanks everyone for stopping by! This was a fun post to put together. Lots of other low budget films that made it big too. SOmetimes we see independent films from Sundance, Cannes, and other film festivals.

Matthew MacNish said...

I love several of these, but having gone to high school in Minnesota, Fargo is probably my favorite.

Christine Rains said...

I've seen them all. I was a huge Kevin Smith fan before it was cool to be a Kevin Smith fan. Is it still cool? I've also seen the MST3000 guys riffing a movie live. Lots of fun!

farawayeyes said...

Fun post, some fun flicks. Who woulda thunk.

DL Hammons said...

I've seen five of these, all deserving the classic status. It just goes to prove that a great story idea or characters don't need a ton of money (or high profile publisher) to make it big! :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I saw 4 of them. That's almost the number of movies I've watched in my lifetime. Glad to know I'm a low-budget movie-goer and that these gems did so well. Thanks, Stephen and Alex.

xoRobyn

Justine Dell said...

I've seen almost all of these movies. I was SHOCKED to see Halloween on the list.

~JD

Melissa Bradley said...

Halloween is one of my all time favorite horror films. All of these films are great and just goes to show what can be achieved on a shoe string. Cool post!

Karen Lange said...

I saw Rocky, and watched a little of Mystery Science Theater on tv, does that count? :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, so few can!

Laura, not my type of movie but I have seen it.

Lynn, the wood chipper scene was the best. Especially the line about it in the squad car.

Liz, you have great taste!

Matthew, seems a lot of people here are from Fargo. Who knew?

Christine, MST3K was awesome.

Robyn, we really need to go see a show sometime...

Karen, I think it counts.

Budd said...

stephen, something smells like shoe polish. Kevin Smith sold his comic collection to pay for that movie.

L.G.Smith said...

Never heard of a couple of those, but Fargo and American Graffiti were fantastic. And Rocky, of course. Maybe heart counts more than dollars in some things still. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Reservoir dogs, yes indeed!

Old Kitty said...

The only one on the list I've not seen is... MST The Movie!!!

I loved these films - I loved FARGO - "yeah?, yeah!"

Hello Stephen, hello Capn Ninja!! Take care
x

Sarah Pearson said...

I've seen four of these. Reservoir Dogs has to be my favourite :-)

baygirl32 said...

I've seen all but 1 of these. Reservoir Dogs is one of my fav movies

Sarah Ahiers said...

Man i LOVE the Blob! And MST3K naturally. Also, after i watched supersize me, i stopped eating fastfood all together. Just gave it up. And besides one or two times we couldn't avoid it (road trips etc) we haven't touched it in over a year.

Michelle Gregory said...

gosh, what would the movie industry be like without the creative genius of George Lucas, and the theme song from Rocky?

Stephen Tremp said...

Now I want to put Clerks and Fargo in my Netflix queue. Great shows! Super Size me is so disturbing. As is Food Inc. They literally changes how I eat and probably added years to my life.

Arlee Bird said...

I've seen all of these. Often the lower budget films are my favorites. Too much money means big stars, effects, and other excess that gets in the way of the movie. Then there are the low budget films like the ones Ed Wood made--so bad that they're now classics.


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Southpaw said...

MST is the best! It's a great way to watch those old B-flicks.

Marta Szemik said...

Those are some big rates of return. I've seen a couple, ok, maybe three :)

Alice said...

I saw Rocky. I'm surprised to learn it was a low budget film. What a success!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Budd, really?

Charles, that's what I say!

Kitty, you need to rectify that right away!

Sarah, I almost never ate it even before watching that film!

Stephen, Food Inc. was an eye-opener.

Holly, you have great taste!

Leovi said...

I am struck by the numbers The Blob, Steve McQueen probably had regrets.

Maynard Morrissey said...

I've seen most of them and enjoyed them all, except for The Blob - I prefer the much more entertaining 80s remake.

Stephen Tremp said...

Like Arlee, i like a lot of films that are so bad they're actually good. Wifey and I love Let's To Go To Prison with Will Arnett. Its bad. really really bad. Low budget too. But for some reason we watch it when its on.

Carol Kilgore said...

Some real icons here. I agree about the woodchipper :)

Huntress said...

American Graffiti opened in my town to a line two blocks long.

Yes. I am. Older. Than the Dinosaurs.

M.J. Fifield said...

There are some really awesomely bad movies on this list and some that are just awesome.

I've always loved that Fargo movie poster.

cleemckenzie said...

I've seen three. American Graffiti was my favorite of those, but Supersize me was a close second. Now I have to pop over and say hi ST. Thanks for the link.

Suze said...

'American Graffiti' was a great movie. I remember watching 'SuperSize Me.' I don't eat at McDonald's, anymore.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Great choices, Stephen! I've seen many of those films and they're all fabulous.

Copyboy said...

I must've watched Clerks a zillion times. From 1994 t0 1997.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Wow...no mention of Blair Witch Project or the Paranormal Activity franchise. These define low budget blockbusters!

Nancy Thompson said...

Several scenes in American Grafitti were filmed in Livermore, CA, where I lived for many years. I'll always love that film. And Fargo is even funnier for me than it is for most. It's like walking into a family reunion with all my Norwegian in-laws up in Minnesota!

D.G. Hudson said...

American Graffiti was great, one of those films about wanting to grow up but not wanting to grow up.

Reservoir Dogs - my daughters made me watch it. Lots of blood and male posturing contests with guns.

The Blob - why is a moving pile of 'stuff' so scary? Because Steve McQueen made us think it was.

Fun list, Stephen. Best wishes for your book.

American Graffiti was the best, IMO.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maynard, I remember that one!

Huntress, you're not old!

Suze, I don't blame you.

Copyboy, you were dedicated!

Michael, someone above mentioned them. Most of Stephen's are older films that really set the tone for low-budget.

Nancy, that IS funny!

Ann Best said...

LOVE American Graffitti. It's my era. And Rocky is the all-time great "script" to study for scenes/acts and plot points.

Go, Stephen! Get YOUR story on film!!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I've seen and enjoyed most of these except SUPER SIZE ME. Hey, don't pick on my fast foods! LOL. Great post, Roland

Stephen Tremp said...

Rocky is still far and away my favorite sports movie. Its one people can relate too. I wasn;t born with a lot of athletic ability so its inspiring to see another "just a guy" person work hard and get that one big break.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

I've seen Fargo. Hubby and I were feeling depressed and our GP recommended it!!! I think he wanted us to end it all.;O)
We thought it was depressing and disturbing!
Supersize me we enjoyed. Not seen the others.
How about The Legend of Boggy Creek. Now that's the very definition of low budget!

David P. King said...

Awesome post, Stephen, and thanks for hosting him, Alex. We've watch one too many episodes of MST3K in our house, I have to admit. :)

Shockgrubz said...

The thing I like about American Graffiti most is the cars. The acting was atrocious, save for Harrison Ford playing a convincing douchebag.

Johanna Garth said...

Clerks and Fargo! Did any of us ever look at a wood chipper the same after seeing that movie?

Morgan said...

Thanks Stephen and Alex :D

Er... I'm not much of a movie watcher, let alone low budget ones... but I have seen Supersize me and it was totally disturbing... bleh!

Laura Diamond said...

Cool! Nice list!

Arlee Bird said...

I'll agree that Super Size Me was disturbing, but perhaps the most disturbing thing was that it left me with a craving for McDonald's and I went the next day for lunch. I don't go to McDonald's all that much either.


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Lydia Kang said...

Hmm, I would have thought that Resevoir Dogs made more money than that. Still, all those numbers are fascinating!

Anna said...

I've seen most of these, all great movies. That chipper scene in Fargo was the first movie scene to ever shock and excite me, I was talking about it for weeks afterwards, amazing!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That old Blob movie was so cheesy, but so were many during that time. Reservoir Dogs was a little too violent for me but my husband loved it.

Siv Maria said...

Seen them all, it's not the size(of the budget) that counts :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Madeleine, haven't seen that one but I'll put it in my Netflix queue.

David, that's what's so great about YouTube. I can watch five minute clips of MST3000 when the urge hits.

Shockgrubz, the acting wasn't very good. But it captured a time people are nastolgic about.

Johanna, the wood chipper was classic!

Morgan, still McDonald's stock continues to rise. Amazing.

Laura, glad you liked it!

Lee, that's funny.

Lydia, I wonder about some of these figures. Lots of movies made a killing on DVD. Austin Powers the first movie is a good example.

Jay Noel said...

I've seen every single one of these movies! I guess I'm a sucker for low budget jewels.

What surprised me the most was Halloween. That's pretty shoe-string for a horror classic.

L. G. Keltner said...

I've seen all of these movies. Just goes to show that good writing and a good concept are so much more important than fancy special effects (though I'll admit I enjoy those too).

Empty Nest Insider said...

American Graffiti, Fargo and Rocky were all terrific movies! Thanks Stephen and Alex! Julie

Laura Josephsen said...

I actually don't think I've seen any of these! Apparently I'm more behind on my low-budget films watching than I had thought.

Sarah said...

I'm not a film buff by any means, but I was surprised not to see the Blair Witch Project on here. That movie had to have a huge ROI.

ali cross said...

Ha! I loved this. I've seen almost all of them! Loved FARGO and MYSTERY THEATER. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, then you probably don't want to see it!

David, that makes you uber geek cool!

Lee, that is disturbing.

Jay, Carpenter's raw beginnings.

Laura, so many movies, so little time...

Ali, that makes you Ninja cool!

LynNerdKelley said...

Congrats on your Grand OPENING Tour, Stephen. I love this post. So darn interesting. I love Rocky, too, and totally agree about that theme song making us feel like we can overcome anything. And The Blob, oh man, I saw it at the theater when I was six and had nightmares all night, so my mom wouldn't let me watch scary movies after that! And Fargo, the wood chipper scene was hard to stomach. American Graffiti - another great movie. Who woulda thunk?

I know you've been busy with your book launch lately, but I wanted to let you know that I shared your parenting story in my post on Jan. 30. Here it is when you get a chance: http://lynnkelleyrandomactsofwriting.blogspot.com/2012/01/embarrassing-moments-parenting-plights.html Alex and a few others liked yours the best! LOL!

Stephen Tremp said...

I see Blair Witch Hunt and Paranormal are some low budget favorites. There are a lot to choose from, including black and white films and flicks from the 50s and 60s. I love Netflix. Its cheap and I can watch shows that could never be found at Blockbuster or RedBox.

Stephen Tremp said...

Lyn, I wasn't aware of this one. See what happens when I don;t get out there and visit people as often as I should. Who doesn't like a great kid poo story? Thanks for sharing it!

Clarissa Draper said...

I like many of these movies. Low budget doesn't have to mean bad.

Patsy said...

I've actually seen a couple of those! That's a first for me as whenever I see films discussed it's always ones I missed.

Colene Murphy said...

LOVE IT! LOVE.IT. Clerks? Priceless hilarity. I adore that movie. Halloween is my all time FAVORITE scary movie. Michael Myers is my fav bad guy (beating Freddy by just a hair because he is AWESOME too). Umm...oh! The Blob? Loved that as a kid. Probably 11 when I saw that, I think. Great stuff. That guy really screwed the pooch on that decision.

Shelley Munro said...

The sound track for American Grafiti was awesome. I think I played it to death. Rocky is an excellent and very inspirational movie. I really liked that one.

Abby Minard said...

Wow, I wouldn't think The Blob was that popular! I don't think I've ever seen it! But loved Clerks and Fargo!

Stephen Tremp said...

At the end of a post like this I like to tally which movies get the best shout outs. American Graffiti, Fargo, and Clerks are getting a lot of votes so far.

M Pax said...

I loved Fargo and Mystery Science Theater. :) The Blob is so classic.

I haven't eaten fast food since watching Super-Size me. That's how much it disturbed me. It's been 4-5 years.

Will go visit Stephen's blog now.

Bish Denham said...

American Graffiti is such a classic. We actually have a poster of John Milner standing by the yellow deuce coupe. (Another classic that was made cheap but didn't make it big is Two Lane Blacktop with James Taylor and Dennis Wilson. Yep the singer and the Beach Boy.)

Lynda R Young said...

I've seen the majority of those movies and liked most of them. It just goes to show you don't need a lot of money to create something great.

mooderino said...

Nice selection. David Lynch's Eraserhead can't have cost much to make. Mind you it probably didn't make much either. Still, cool movie.

mood

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow. I'm proud to say I haven't seen most of those movies. I think.

My kids did a stint of filmmaking when they were teens and did a remake of the blob, using a blanket. I think it was better than the original.

Monti said...

Amazing what they have grossed. Halloween had Jamie Lee Curtis? I didn't know. Thanks for sharing all this!

Monti
Mary Montague Sikes

Stephen Tremp said...

I see Eraserhead appear a number of times in the comments. I haven;t seen it. Yet. One more pic to put in my Netflix queue.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I admit to having watched four of them, but only Rocky at the theater.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynn, I remember that story!

Colene, and I think that's the movie everyone remembers McQueen best for as well!

Mary, score another one for MST3K!

Mood, but almost everyone has seen it at some point out of sheer curiosity!

Donna, that's funny!

Monti, it was one of her first films.

Stephen, you've never seen the most bizarre mind-trip of a movie ever??????

Paul S said...

American Graffiti is one of my absolute favourites and it's a tradition of mine to watch it every year on the last weekend in August to mark the passing of summer.

"C'mon take a ride with the Fay-roh's"

Cherie Reich said...

Halloween is one of my favorite movies. :)

Helena said...

I've seen a few, and I and my student pals saw American Graffiti when it first came out, which dates me. Very fun flick.

anthony stemke said...

I enjoyed this post and some of those films. What a coincidence that American Graffiti and Clerks both cost the same and earned the same.

Stephen Tremp said...

Amazing how some movies become tradition. We have our Christmas movies we watch every year. Halloween too. I love Weekend at Bernie's to kick off the summer!

Jo Schaffer said...

Awesome. My hubs and I thrive on low budget films. He works on Hollywood stuff-- but we like watching indies. He's shooting his own this summer! (=

alexia said...

Cool stats! Reservoir Dogs has surely made more than $2.8 mil though, hasn't it? Or was that just while in the theatre?

tfwalsh said...

Personally I'm a huge low-budget, b-grade movie fan... they just you laugh and reminds me to not take everything so seriously:)

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never seen any of these movies . . . I am pathetic when it comes to films. :P

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Paul, you must have it memorized!

Helena, I saw it as well. Wasn't a teen at the time though.

Anthony - what are the odds???

Alexia, I'd assume it was just in the theater.

Golden, some came out long before you were born, so it's cool.

Matthew Vanacore said...

What a fantastic guest post! My Movie Geekasm is off the charts. I love American Graffiti. There is such honesty in the atmosphere and the performances. And Lucas' direction was incredible. And Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, I mean these are such iconic films that are rendered even more amazing by the fact that they cost so little to produce. Great insights, Stephen!

I have to say terrific job, Alex, for graciously allowing Stephen to decorate your blog with some wonderful, low budget movie wisdom!

To the both of you, outstanding work!

Angela M. said...

Paranormal Activity has to be the biggest ever low-budget. It was made with a budget around $15,000 (and man, can you tell!) and it grossed around $190 M--don't remember exactly off the top of my head. I don't know why, though. The movie was terribly boring until the last ten to fifteen minutes. The ones you mention, Stephen, are at least great cult classics. Which leads me to another favorite classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show--made for $1.2 M and grossed nearly $140 M. Other favs of mine are the "college" classics like Night of the Living Dead and Evil Dead. Gotta love the horror flicks ;)

LittleInsect said...

If, like me, you live in the UK, then there is one low-budget movie that is still packing out cinemas 35 years after it was made, and is probably one of the greatest teenage movies ever made in the UK.

'QUADROPHENIA' - fantastic movie

Donna Hole said...

I can see how these low budget films could inspire you to move forward with your own creation. I actually thought about this not long ago - how people are willing to watch low budget, B movies all the way through, but have to be hooked in a novel in the first paragraph or they'll put it down.

But it is good to have something to say "yep, I can do better than that" and then go on and creat something marvelous.

Good luck with your Opening tour Steve.

......dhole

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I tend to stay away from low budget movies because everything is so full of cheese, why the director can't see that the actors look cheesy on set, too. ;P

Thanks for sharing the cheese, Alex!

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Matthew, it was his idea and I knew it would be a hit! Thanks for stopping by.

Angela, can't go wrong with the Evil Dead movies.

Little, never heard of it = will have to see if it's on NetFlix.

Donna, that is ironic, isn't it?

Elizabeth, just swimming in the sea of cheese today!

Susan Fields said...

The only ones on the list that I've seen are Fargo and Reservoir Dogs. My daughter is in sixth grade and yesterday they watched Supersize Me at school. She swears she'll never eat at McDonalds again!

Talli Roland said...

Fargo was low budget? And yes, I agree with you on the wood chipper!

Tracy Jo said...

Ya Stephen...what the heck do ya mean annoying accent? ;-) Great list. I didn't even realize some of these were low-budget.

Signed,
A Minnesoooooooootan

Joshua said...

What is the threshold before a film can no longer be considered low- budget? I would think more than $500K or $1M.

Stephen Tremp said...

I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show appear a few times in the comments. Now I'll be doing the Time Warp all morning hahaha.

Misha Gericke said...

I've actually only seen Rocky, but now I've got some more movies to add to my list.

:-D

Christopher Hudson said...

Missed one of my favorites: Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi from 1992.

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Sangu Mandanna said...

I'm almost ashamed to say I've heard of most of these (erm, Rocky? Who hasn't?) but haven't actually seen any! Gah!

Leovi said...

I liked Fargo, certainly very profitable.

The Happy Whisk said...

Halloween, still one of the best.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan, we'll see how long that lasts.

Tracy, you tell him!

Joshua, I'm not sure.

Christopher, good call!

Sangu, time to watch some movies!

Mark Noce said...

Amen, I luv all these films! Neat idea of "invading" each other's blogs too:)

Maurice Mitchell said...

All great. I didn't know Blob was a "low budget film." A classic.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Fargo is one of my favorite movies and one of few I'll go back to watch again and again.

Stephen Tremp said...

You guys and gals are adding some great flicks to the list El Mariachi was a great low budget film too. Makes me want to go out and make a low budget film. Well, maybe a trailer for my books using those little Lego men.

Mina Burrows said...

I loved the movie Clerks. Such a classic! :)

Blogpirat said...

I agree ... there should be more Indy movies, but today they are a bit harder to find.

Jennifer Hillier said...

I love this post!

THE BLOB made $12 million? How insane is that?

And I loved ROCKY. One of my favorite movies ever.

Liza said...

I saw AG and Rocky...and Rocky was a real surprise! As for a low budget I LOVED...but now I can recall whether or not it was a hit, try Breaking Away.

Biggmove said...

i like rocky...~!!!

Nicki Elson said...

Fargo's one of my all-time favorites! Best thing - pregnant character who remains pregnant throughout the film with no sudden water-breakage.

Really interesting list...somehow I have trouble feeling sorry for Steve McQueen though. Methinks he still did all right for himself.

Thanks for the fun, fellas (& I'll see you both Friday for Tumble 4 Ya. ;))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, everyone!

And ready for blogfest, Nicki.

Lady Gwen said...

I've seen 5 of them. It's really cool that they could be so successful without spending a fortune. Supersize Me was very eye-opening!

Dafeenah said...

how lame is it I've not seen any of those TV/movies was never something I watched often.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Cap'n lex for hosting me on my Grand OPENING Tour! You have a great blog and an awesome group of followers. I met some new people and got reacquanted with some old friends.

And thanks everyone for stopping by and for commenting! This was a fun post and it's great to hear your input of other low budget movies that made it big!

Medeia Sharif said...

I've seen Halloween, Reservoir Dogs, and American Graffiti. I'm surprised I haven't seen the rest. They're big titles, despite the low budget.

I like to watch IFC and other channels for current low budget winners.

Ella said...

Fun post, I love thinking back to those movie days! I loved American Graffiti! I didn't see the BLOB, but heard there was jello involved, ;D

Wishing you the best and I have you on my list! YOU are going to help me for Valentine's Day! ;D

Nicole Zoltack said...

I adore Rocky! It's my dad's favorite movie of all time.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

I have seen most of them, with American Graffiti being my all-time-favorite! I just watched it with my husband a few weeks ago and tried to spot the license plate that said R2D2 (George Lucas's little plug for then upcoming Star Wars)

John Wiswell said...

It's interesting to see the span of movies with low budgets. Clerks revels in its absence of money, while Halloween compensates in almost every scene, lulling you into forgetting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dafeenah, I live for them!

Ella - LOTS of Jello!

Angela, that's right, he did do the license plate.

sonia said...

I love Halloween. Still one of my favorites. And I've always wondered about the sequel to American Graffiti...

TerryLynnJohnson said...

oh yes, I've seen most of these! Clerks - love the writing. Snappy!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex, Hi Stephen, two of my favorite male writers.

I lived in Minnesota for ten years and I can tell you, the Fargo accents are spot on.

Congrats on the release Stephen.
Nancy

Allison said...

I love the show Mystery Science Theater 3000! I had no idea there was a movie.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nancy, I liked the accents!

Allison, you must track it down, now! So many classic lines.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Good Heavens Alex .. thousands of comments! and Stephen .. I haven't seen any of them thankfully - but I'd like to see Reservoir Dogs sometime ..

I'm sure I've seen poor movies - but for now they've left my mind - probably for ever fortunately! .. Cheers Hilary

Jennie Bailey said...

How fun!! I have seen (and loved) all of them. Fargo is my favorite, but Clerks has a special place in my heart. Headed over for a look at you two years ago...

Judy said...

I saw American Graffitt 8 times . . or was it 10??!! Loved it loved it loved it!

James Hunter said...

I always love a low budget film. Though more at the blog in general do you ever look at sci fi books as if you do I recommend a author called Alistor Reynolds.

Also a rather amusing blog about my beginning as a stand up and some amusing posts

http://alcoholicwelshman.blogspot.com/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, it's a good film.

Judy, you're dedicated.

Milo James Fowler said...

Rocky is hands-down one of my favorite low-budget flicks -- and it's as old as I am.

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! I step out for a day at the movies and shopping with wifey (finally saw The Descendants, great flick) and the comments still keep a; coming. You've got a great group of followers Alex!

Veronica and Thomas said...

I was hopeful for Sharktopus! I guess my eleven year old is the only one to agree that it is a cult classic.

Leovi said...

In Supersize Me the protagonist gained weight and faced potential health problems, but it came out very cost effective.

Lola Sharp said...

I love this list.
Reservoir Dogs is one of my favorite movies of all time.
And who doesn't still quote Fargo and Marge's accent and that wood chipper scene?
I won't even admit to how many time husband and I have quoted Clerks. Classic. (KS peaked with that movie, though.)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, it's much younger than me - crap!

Veronica, that's a good one! Suggestion, not movie.

Lola, that woodchipper scene was epic.

Ciara said...

Sorry I'm late for the party. I was out of town for a few days. :) I liked some of these, but I HATED Fargo. My hubby and every other person I knew loved it, but I just didn't get it.

Candy Lynn Fite said...

Interesting post! I've only seen a few of these movies, but had no idea they were low budget. Thanks for sharing!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a great list. It's kind of inspiring that movies with such low expectations could come out on top like they did.

Nigel Mitchell said...

MST3K the movie is awesome. My wife hates the show with a passion, but I got her to watch that, and she admitted it was funny. Perfect balance of bad enough to be funny, but good enough to watch without just gritting your teeth between jokes.

LisaAnn said...

Wow! I can't believe how low the budget was for some of those movies, especially Halloween! Goes to show you...

Shannon Lawrence said...

Seen 'em all! It's obviously been a long time, as I had no idea McQueen was in The Blob. Was Evil Dead low budget? Seems like it would have been. Then again, I have no idea if it grossed anything, either.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ciara, it's a quirky film, so I understand.

Nigel, how can anyone not like MST3K???

Shannon, one of Raimi's first films? Oh yeah, it was low budget!

Laura Marcella said...

I've only seen Rocky, but I've heard of all these. Fun list!

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh man, the BLOB! Epic movie. I watched that one about a million times as a kid.

:)

Angela

Glynis said...

I recognise two in the list. The Blob being one of them.

Sharktopus not on your list? Shame on you, Stephen. :0 lol!