5 Underrated Movie Gems That Deserve a Second Chance

5 Underrated Movie Gems That Deserve a Second Chance
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It often happens that a film fails at the box office at the moment of its release, but then becomes popular.

We have picked out the ones where the initial flop did not prevent the movie from becoming acclaimed.

1. Van Helsing

An exciting action movie by Stephen Sommers, who directed the legendary Mummy at the turn of the century.

The story unfolds in mysterious Transylvania, where evil lurks around every corner and nightmare beasts take shape as the sun sets. The narrative follows Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter.

Hired by a secret society, Van Helsing travels to Transylvania to stop the ruthless vampire Count Dracula.

Despite mixed reviews, the film has managed to find its fans who are fascinated by the clever combination of fantasy, adventure and horror.

2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Superhero action based on Alan Moore's comic book brings together a group of iconic literary characters who join forces to save the world from a dangerous villain.

The movie is often criticized for its weak direction and skimpy plot, but so far The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen impresses with the scope of its idea, which fell a little short of being a great motion picture.

3. The Chronicles of Riddick

One of the few roles before Vin Diesel is head over heels in family and machine oil. The sci-fi action movie takes viewers on an epic journey through a dark and dangerous universe where Riddick faces off against a powerful empire.

The film showcases a beautifully crafted world and a visually stunning experience that can still give any superhero movie a run for its money.

4. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Ritchie has made a lot of movies that have failed at the box office, but the King Arthur mythos was almost a major commercial disappointment of the year.

Still, the movie had its audience, but due to a poor marketing campaign, many people simply missed this flick in theaters.

The plot tells an alternative version of the legend of King Arthur and his journey to Excalibur and the throne of the kingdom.

The director has once again managed to create a fine story and good visuals, using his trademark editing style and British sense of humor.

5. Warcraft

Based on the video game of the same name, Duncan Jones' film takes viewers to the world of Azeroth, where humans and orcs clash in an epic battle.

Although critics hated Warcraft, Jones captured the incredible atmosphere of a magical realm and told a compelling story with beloved characters.