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Best Movie One Hit Wonders April 28, 2008

Posted by ashiah in Film.

Ever wonder what happened to the guys who directed the 1999 hit The Blair Witch Project? Of course not. But this article in the New York Times answers that question anyway as they sit down with directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez and discuss what it’s like being unemployed. Just kidding. Myrick and Sanchez still make movies, it’s just that we don’t care.

The Blair Witch duo is yet another tragic case of movie one hit wonder-dom, but there are tons of directors every year who fall victim to the same plague (but for this article, I could only think of three). Below are some of film’s greatest one hit wonders:

Michael Cimino
He won an Oscar for best director, then disappeared into the black hole that is the film business. Sure he released other films, but none of them reached the notoriety of The Deer Hunter, the 1978 film about Vietnam veterans. He currently has a film in production for next year, so maybe he’ll prove everyone wrong.

Mel Stuart
The director of everyone’s favorite childhood film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory surprisingly only directed one huge theatrical release. The rest of his resume are spotted with TV dramas, including Christmas specials of Welcome Back Kotter. Hey, a guy’s gotta eat.

Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
The trio that directed the cult hit Man Bites Dog is probably one of the greatest movie one hit wonders of all time. Andre Bonzel only made one other film before committing suicide in 2006, and his brother Andre Bonzel never directed anything else either. Although Benoit Poelvoorde went on to become a successful actor in his country, he never directed anything else as important as Man Bites Dog.



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