6Music of the Heart Was Directed by Wes Craven
Premiering in 1999, this Oxygen Channel-esque dramatic biopic tells the story of a professional violinist (Meryl Streep) teaching music to a group of underprivileged Harlem kids, giving them a gift they could never imagine. If that last part sounded cheesier than the whole state of Wisconsin, don't blame us: That's the film's tagline. Music of the Heart achieves its trifecta of inspirational movie cliche when Streep and her students must organize a fundraising concert to save their music program, and the phrase "Play from the heart" is uttered without a shred of irony.
As expected, the poster is virtually indistinguishable
from a pamphlet for feminine hygiene product.
But it was made by ...
Wes Craven, creator of some of the most iconic horror films in history. Most notably, Wes Craven is the dark, twisted mind behind A Nightmare on Elm Street, a story about a sadistic dream demon who murders a bunch of teenagers because their parents burned him alive. So ... not exactly a bundle of kittens and sunshine.
Although really, it depends on how you combine the kittens and the sunshine.
To this day, Music of the Heart remains Wes Craven's only full-length non-horror/thriller movie, and nobody knows why. In 1999, Craven was still riding high on the success of the Scream films, so even if he was fighting a crippling addiction to albino rhino blood, it couldn't have been about the money. Roger Ebert suggested that with this film, Craven tried to break out of the "horror guy" typecast and start doing other stuff, which totally explains why he later went straight back to horror and never left. Only, you know, not.
5Ghost Was Directed by Jerry Zucker, aka the Naked Gun Guy
Ghost is the movie where Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore have steaming ghost sex over a lump of wet clay. Swayze is a banker, learns something he shouldn't have, gets murdered and comes back in spirit form to protect his wife from the people who killed him.
Why hello, every banker ever, who isn't Patrick Swayze.
A lot of the film is dedicated to themes like coping with the loss of your loved ones and eternal damnation, as two characters are dragged to hell at the end of the movie.
Damn you, pre-CGI era cartoon demon hands!
But it was made by ...
Jerry Zucker -- who is famous for being one of the Zs in ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), a trio of filmmakers responsible for every major slapstick comedy in the 80s and 90s. Zucker's credits in particular include directing Airplane! (which launched Leslie Nielsen's comedy career and the misconception that quoting a funny movie makes you funny) as well as writing all of the Naked Gun films. The man has spent his entire career making us laugh at other people's suffering.
Ghost wasn't Zucker's only "serious" movie. In 1995 he also directed First Knight, a story of the struggle between love and loyalty set in medieval Europe, sandwiched between Naked Gun 33 1/3 and Rat Race like fine caviar between two slices of Wonder Bread. But what makes Ghost stand out is how insanely successful it was. The movie is mostly remembered today through parodies, but what we tend to forget is that Jerry Zucker's Ghost has made more money than all of his other films combined.