In fandom circles, radical fearfulness a sojourn from the Suck Fairy. This mythical being alights upon the books, movies, and TV shows you loved arsenic a kid—we’re talking works foundationally important to your development—and taints them with toxic magic. “Oh man, I loved this erstwhile I was 12!” you think, scrolling past an aged amusement connected Netflix. And y
ou click play with an enthusiasm that rapidly fades
arsenic you realize...
oh, this is bad, actually, i
f not profoundly problematic (or downright offensive) successful retrospect.
But if the Suck Fairy has a weakness, it’s nostalgia, and sometimes
nostalgia is stronger than...let’s telephone it “good taste.” This is wherefore truthful galore movies that got unspeakable reviews
upon archetypal merchandise are weirdly reclassified arsenic cult favorites a fewer decades later. It’s not that Steven Spielberg’s Hook abruptly became a bully movie (it did not; the archetypal 29% Tomato-meter score is close connected the money). It’s much that galore of the radical who were watching it backmost successful 1991 were kids, and present they are grown, and they cannot ticker the movie without wistfully recalling a simpler time, a clip erstwhile mohawks, skateboarding, and neon glop nutrient fights were the tallness of cool.
(I’ll spare you my rant astir however I didn’t adjacent similar Hook backmost then, astatine property 10; lest it dependable similar I’m boasting of my precocious bully taste, I’ll afloat admit to spending truthful galore hours watching utter crap. Just not Hook. Which is bad.)
I’m not saying the captious statement is ever right, oregon that assemblage tastes don’t collectively alteration with time. I deliberation immoderate films truly do get connected the country excessively soon (the mainstream decidedly wasn’t acceptable for the overt anime influences of 2008's Speed Racer, an outright weaponry critically and commercially that became a cult classical astir 5 minutes aft it near theaters). But sometimes a atrocious movie is conscionable a atrocious movie. It’s good if you similar it—it’s OK to similar things that aren’t “good” and you tin inactive ticker and bask them—but that doesn’t hole what is incorrect with them.
So I privation to know: What movies person been incorrectly canonized arsenic “actually beauteous good!” successful retrospect, whether by your friends and household oregon the net arsenic a whole? How infuriating bash you find it that I erstwhile polled Twitter and a important borderline of radical said Hocus Pocus (Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%) is simply a amended Halloween movie than The Nightmare Before Christmas (Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%)? What unexpectedly beloved “classics” beryllium that it’s the children who are wrong? Let maine cognize successful the comments, and I’ll circular up your answers successful a aboriginal post. (Hurry, earlier idiosyncratic other mentions the Star Wars prequels!)