The B-Movie Gimmick From The '60s (That We Want Back)

We’ve discussed William Castle here at Cracked, the all-time king of horror movie gimmicks. And among all his contrivances to get butts in theater seats to watch B-grade schlock, there's a particularly clever one used in one of his ‘best’ movies, Homicidal.

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Clerks $28K CRACKED.COM Considering it made Kevin Smith a household name (and also $3.2 million at the box office), it's unfathomable that the budget was measured in K's.

Garden State $2.5 MILLION CRACKED.CO This saccharine Zach Braff quirk-gasm pulled in $36 million in theaters, and, more importantly, got The Shins added to every mixtape on the continent for half a decade.

A Fish Called Wanda $8 MILLION CRACKED.COM A couple of Pythons mingled with some American actors for this all-time classic love/heist/action- comedy, to the tune of $178 million in theaters.

Source: SBS

Shaun Of The Dead $6.1 MILLION CRACKED.COM Before anyone saw it as the foundation of a massive comedy-horror trilogy, this overachieving -around spoof made a cool $30 million in theaters.

Source: RadioTimes

Lost In Translation $4 MILLION CRACKED.COM Surprisingly low-key performances from Anna Faris and Bill Murray raked in almost $120 million at the box office.

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Source: EW

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