Cult Movies

December 9, 2011 - 6:24 pm
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Sorry for the intermittent free ice cream. We’ve been long on busy and rather short on inspiration. In fact that last part hasn’t really changed, which is why I’m leaping on Peter’s meme like a starving otter on a sardine.

Seems NPR is helping some dude promote his book on “cult movies” by putting out a list of the top 100, which is one of those things that’s always guaranteed to get a large portion of the internet, including this one, devoting energy to a topic they normally care about somewhere below the level of “favorite breakfast meat” but above “best brand of toothpaste”.

I’m a little more generous with the definition of “cult movie” than Peter is- I don’t think it has to be good, or even technically qualify as a story, I just think it has to be something that, for whatever reasons, never gained mainstream popularity but did gain enough of a tiny niche with enough people that it still gets watched years or decades after it was made.

List below, what I’ve seen bolded, with comments italicized where I have ‘em.

2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968 I’ve seen it twice, and neither time was I able to successfully stay awake the whole time. One of the most majestically boring movies ever made.

Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988 It was relevant in 1988, it’s relevant if you’re interested in the history of anime, much better things to do with your time have been made since.

Angel of Vengeance, Abel Ferrara, 1981

Bad Taste, Peter Jackson, 1987 Worth watching once if you like Peter Jackson. Dead Alive is almost the same movie, only good.

Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000
Begotten, E. Elias Merhige, 1991

Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972 I’ve watched a lot of classic porn, but not this one. Couldn’t be bothered.

La belle et la bête, Jean Cocteau, 1946
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer, 1970

The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1998 The Coen brothers are hit or miss for me. This was a hair-parting miss, though it had some priceless lines.

Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982 I rate it as moderately diverting and worth watching at least twice to figure out what the fuck is going on. Stingray likes it a lot more than me.

Blue Sunshine, Jeff Lieberman, 1978
Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985
Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, 1935
The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920
Café Flesh, Stephen Sayadian, 1982
Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, 1979
Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, 1942
Un chien andalou, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí,1928
Coffy, Jack Hill, 1973
Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971

Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, 1978 Seminal to the zombie genre. Brilliant for its time. Romero hasn’t really had anything new to say since, though the remake was a good remake.

Deadly Weapons, Doris Wishman, 1974

Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978 Modern porn doesn’t have anywhere near this much of a sense of fun anymore, which I find really sad.

Deep Red, Dario Argento, 1975 I haven’t watched this specific one, but the thing about Dario Argento is you either like him and should see absolutely everything he’s made, or hate him and only see one thing. Sadly I saw two.

Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino, 1987
Django, Sergio Corbucci, 1966

Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001 This is one of those things I always really mean to see and always wind up more or less concluding I don’t actually need to.

Don’t Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, 1972 It’s in our Netflix queue. Close enough?

Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990 Tim Burton tries to do John Waters. Mixed results.

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Aristide Massaccesi, 1977
Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin, 1974

Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse, 1973 Every Bruce Lee movie is the same movie, but this is probably the best of them. Everyone should watch something with Bruce Lee just to see near-complete physical perfection achieved by fanatical and creative training.

Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977 One third of it, before we concluded paying for a headache wasn’t worth being able to say we’d seen David Lynch’s issues with women and pregnancy at full length.

The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981 The next two were better, but the first is Raimi proving a point and rather effectively at that.

Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999 I can actually say I saw this one in the theater at midnight before anyone knew how big a hit it was going to be. Fun times, and it holds up surprisingly well.

Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith, 1963
Freak Orlando, Ulrike Ottinger, 1981

Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932 Good movie. Pity it essentially destroyed Browning’s career.

Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett, 2000 Part of. I was a self-absorbed angsty teenage girl for too long to particularly enjoy watching a re-enactment with werewolves.

The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981 No, but I want to. In fact I think I’ll check to see if any of our streaming movie services have it tonight.

Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954 It’s a big rubber monster. Sort of interesting strictly as watching Japan work out its issues onscreen, until that kept going for twenty years.

The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, 1972

Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971 Part of. Combine the dullness of Space Odyssey with the angst of Ginger Snaps and there you have it.

Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922

Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987 It’s very pretty. If you try to make sense of it you will go insane. Is that meta, for horror movies?

The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973
The House with the Laughing Windows, Pupi Avati, 1976
I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur, 1943

Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, 2001 In the Netflix queue. We’ve seen Audition by the same director and it was terrifying.

In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, 2008
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956
Invocation of My Demon Brother, Kenneth Anger, 1969
It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946
The Killer, John Woo, 1989
Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1988

The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3 The first two. I understand they are a wonderful adaptation of Tolkien’s world and works. I don’t like Tolkien. Also, why is this “cult”? It was massively popular!

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981 Was there any doubt? As violently nonsensical as the first one, but with better set pieces.

Man Bites Dog, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, 1992

Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966 Through the Mystery Science Theater filter. It wasn’t enough.

The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975 Just to be contrarian, I will not quote it. At all.

Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow, 1987
Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit, 1987

Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968 This scared the piss out of suburban America when it was aired. Now, not so much.

Pink Flamingos, John Waters, 1972 No, but I’ve enjoyed other Waters when he wasn’t working out his issues quite so pressingly.

Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978
Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959

Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985 Good movie. Incredibly vile in places, but a good movie.

Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936 Yes, but I can barely remember any of it, and no, not for the obvious reason. This one is so nonsensical you don’t need chemical help to be disoriented.

Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984

Ringu, Hideo Nakata, 1998 Only the American remake. I really ought to see the original.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975 Yes, and I want those hours of my life back. I think this one is only fun with the audience participation.

Rome Armed to the Teeth, Umberto Lenzi, 1976

The Room, Tommy Wiseau, 2003 I’ve seen parts of it. There aren’t enough drugs in the world to make me think seeing all of it unfiltered is a good idea.

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975
She Killed in Ecstasy, Jesús Franco, 1971
Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995
Soul Vengeance, Jamaa Fanaka, 1975
The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965

Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005 Yes and I hated it. AGAIN HOW ARE THESE CULT MOVIES? Being science fiction or fantasy does not automatically make a movie cult!

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes, 1988

Suspiria, Dario Argento, 1977 This is one of the Argentos I saw. Whether you like it depends on whether the imagery is so captivating for you you don’t care if it makes any sense or not.

Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995 Seen it, have it on DVD. Like it a lot. Even though it, also, makes no sense. To enjoy this one you have to like 90s comics and Lori Petty.

Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974

This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984 No, but I’ve seen most of the mockumentaries it inspired.

Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974
Thundercrack!, Curt McDowell, 1975
El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970

The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, 1984 Troma films are love/hate. This is probably the best of them. I did not love it.

Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971

Two Thousand Maniacs!, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964 No, but I saw the Wes Craven remake, which was actually kinda good for what it was.

The Vanishing, George Sluizer, 1988
Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983

The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979 Have the DVD, even. Stingray likes it more than me. It’s kind of like being on cough syrup without the syrup, and prettier.

Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, 1968
Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson, 1987

The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939 When I was a very small girl. It’s actually a pretty damn scary movie to show a little kid. Return to Oz is much worse, and why the fucking Disney channel aired it as a kids’ movie is a mystery to me. Actually, why isn’t Return on this list? It’s got a much better claim to being a cult movie than some of these.

Why Bad Taste and not Dead Alive? Same director and they’re both obscure, but Dead Alive is a vastly better movie. Why so much Italian horror but no Devil’s Backbone or Orphanage, del Toro before he hit popularity in the states? Why Ichi and not Audition? Why don’t I see any of the Korean cult hits on here- no Old Boy or Tale of Two Sisters?

And thus, NPR gets me to react exactly as I am supposed to to lists like these.

Your turn.

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  1. wfgodbold Says:

    Takashi Miike is just weird. The last two movies by him I saw were Zebraman and Sukiyaki Western Django.
    Zebraman was a basically Kick-Ass, only he dressed up as a Kamen-Rider style hero instead of a comic book style hero. And then things get weird.
    Sukiyaki Western Django was a bunch of Japanese actors reenacting the Genpei War, only instead of samurai, they’re all spaghetti western style cowboys, and for some reason speak English. Badly.
    I’m looking forward to what he does with the live action adaptation of Phoenix Wright.

  2. Joe in PNG Says:

    11 of those films are a bit too mainstream to be on any kind of ‘cult’ list. As for many of the others, what kind of cult films are we talking about? Classic bad movies? Small, influential films that few have seen, but with a massive influence on moviemaking? Movies that are almost a college rite of passage? Popular films with fanatical fan base?
    Trying to mix the above into a single top 100 list is pretty lame. You’ll miss some essentials (what, no “Flash Gordon” or “The Thing”?), and include a few that cause folk to scratch their heads (LOTR? Really?).

  3. Mike James Says:

    My favorite breakfast meat, but more crucially the unarguable best breakfast meat, is ham. The best brand of toothpaste is Pepsodent.

  4. Kristopher Says:

    The Wizard of Mars. There are points in this film that will make you beat yer head on the floor. It’s that gloriously stupid.

    Zardoz. A young Sean Connery riding around on a horse with a Webley-Fosbury revolver and a red diaper while killing evil telepathic Eloi. “The Gun is Good. The Penis is Bad!”

  5. Justthisguy Says:

    What! “Forbidden Planet” is not on the list? Wotthehell is wrong with those people?

    At least they have “Rocky Horror” and “Eraserhead” which are best seen while tripping, just to test the strength of one’s mind. Or, so I hear from other folks…

  6. Justthisguy Says:

    “The Forbidden Zone” is right cool and strange, as well. It, too, has its loyal fans.

  7. Wayne Conrad Says:

    “The Seven Samurai” deserves to be on the list.

    Of the ones on the list you haven’t seen, I think you might like “Brazil.”

  8. Joe in PNG Says:

    “Zardoz” is a must see- Kristopher is just scratching the surface of the 151proof WTF that is Zardoz.

  9. mikee Says:

    Quest for Fire – beautiful cinematography as cavemen try to stay warm. The best scene ever filmed of sudden enlightenment.

  10. acairfearann Says:

    I have always thought that Wizard of Oz (the books are horrid writing but suggest some truly interesting hallucinations and imply exceptionally graphic violence) was right up there with Alice in Wonderland, just begging for a really good director, but unfortunately sabotaged by Disneyfication.
    What is cult anyway? sci-fi cult a la Brazil or modern disfunctionality as it might Trainspotting (not on the list), simply so bad a movie it is good? Social commentary in an obscure fashion, peculiar art (Pink Floyd’s the Wall comes to mind)?
    Maybe it ought to be based on the amount of money it made…

  11. Reno Sepulveda Says:

    Wow, Blue Sunshine made somebody’s list? A nasty batch of LSD that causes you to lose your hair and go into a homicidal rage 10 years later.

    Hilarious.

  12. gamachinist Says:

    “The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939 When I was a very small girl. It’s actually a pretty damn scary movie to show a little kid. Return to Oz is much worse, and why the fucking Disney channel aired it as a kids’ movie is a mystery to me. Actually, why isn’t Return on this list? It’s got a much better claim to being a cult movie than some of these.”

    My Mama still teases me about running and hiding from those apple throwing trees 45 plus years later……..

  13. Tam Says:

    I cannot believe that those midnight movie staples, The Wall, Wizards, and Heavy Metal did not make the list.

  14. Will Says:

    Hell Comes to Frogtown. No way it’s a cult film without Frogtown. And dare I mention Big Trouble in Little China? The only decent thing Kim Cattrall has ever been in?

  15. karrde Says:

    WTF?

    It’s a Wonderful Life is a cult movie?

    Maybe, if the definition of Cult Movie is that it didn’t do well in theater, but has a big following. (It did poorly on-screen, but became a Christmas hit after the big-3 TV networks put it on for a Christmas season in the 1970s.)

    However, LoTR and Star Wars both fail that test, as they did stunningly-well in theaters.

    (And you haven’t seen it? I didn’t think anyone in America could reach adulthood without seeing It’s a Wonderful Life at least once.)

  16. LabRat Says:

    You can if you begin your career as a cynic from very, very early on…

  17. Janeen Says:

    Given the brony phenomenon – where’s “My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic”?

  18. alath Says:

    Have you really not seen Casablanca, or did you just overlook it? One of the few “Best of…” that is really one of the best.

    Agree Brazil is very well done, but not sure I can recommend it. Watching an extremely well made dystopian movie is a mixed blessing. I was depressed for a week after seeing this in the theater.

  19. Chris Says:

    Well played, Will. Both classic cult movies.

  20. LabRat Says:

    I’ve really not seen Casablanca either. Love stories are not my favorite thing.

    …I’m aware this isn’t really an excuse, but it’s a lot easier to get me to watch classic horror than classic romance.

  21. Mycroft Says:

    In what universe is The Sound of Music a cult film?
    It doesn’t even fall into the SF / Fantasy ghetto that might explain the inclusion of LOTR and Star Wars.

  22. Pop N Fresh Says:

    Ichi was great, audition was okay but it seemed to make up for a slow pace with scantily clad/naked Asian women (some among us would not call this a bad thing I am sure.)

  23. Don Johnson Says:

    For “Majestically boring,” I submit Barry Lyndon.
    Visually gorgeous, but the pacing of a sloth.

  24. JD Says:

    A young friend of mine (lit-nerd and old movie buff) finally saw Casablanca. When I asked what she thought of it she said, “It’s so full of cliches.”

  25. ravenshrike Says:

    In Bruges is really worth seeing, Colin Farrel doesn’t actually make me want to punch him and Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, and the midget make the movie more than worth it.

  26. Will Brown Says:

    That’s dwarf; the vertically challenged can be a bit prickly about the distinction I’m told. They’re certainly at the right height to drive home the point with vigor at any rate. :)

    As for Jordan Prentice, he would be more properly identified as being a disproportionate dwarf I think. Ravenshrike is right that his performance makes the movie less Colin feral.

  27. thornharp Says:

    A Boy And His Dog (1975): A shaggy dog story that speaks for itself.

    Phantom of the Paradise (1974): Paul Williams, directed by Brian de Palma. How could any cult film list leave this one out?

    Buckaroo Banzai — I know, I know, this one was purpose built as a cult film, so it doesn’t count.

  28. Silverevilchao Says:

    The Lord of the Rings is a cult series? Since when?

  29. Justthisguy Says:

    I never got to see “A Boy and his Dog”, but I did read the story, and it was Harlan Ellison at his creepiest.

    May I also recomment “The Beguiled”, in which Clint Eastwood did not win, having come up against a bunch of scary Mississippi wimmenz?

    My Mom’s side of the family is from Mississippi. Believe me, those gals are _dangerous_!

    Bonus: The whole movie takes place at night, with mist and fog.

  30. Matt G Says:

    Will, Big Trouble In Little China may be fun, but it’s not a good movie. And I think we must agree that Ms. Catrall’s alleged side-movie that she had made made on the bridge of the Enterprise during a break in filming Star Trek VI (in which she wore nothing but Vulcan ears) must have been worth a look.

    I could see some contributors looking at the definition of “cult movie” as being “Any movie that has a cult following, regardless of its popularity.” This would include the LoTR movies, the Star Wars flicks, and It’s A Wonderful Life because I know people who watch it every single Christmas, with cult-like fascination.

    FWIW, Debbie Does Dallas is largely regarded as the reason why the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are contractually forbidden from fraternizing with the players, ever.

    Frank Baum’s book “The Wizard Of Oz” wasn’t nearly as scary to the kids. The flying monkeys, for example, are unwilling slaves of the Wicked Witch Of The West, and are actually quite friendly to Dorothy’s gang. And when the group is beset upon by giant wolves, the Tin Man neatly dispatches them all with his axe. A GREAT kid’s book, if you ask me. The movie had its scary parts, though, it’s true.

    Brazil is quite good, for if nothing else the parable on government, and the dry humor.

    I’m shocked that you haven’t seen The Gods Must Be Crazy. It’s a favorite of my wife and me.

  31. Rob K Says:

    Casablanca is not (in my opinion) really a love story. It’s in there, but it’s so much more than that. You should see it. There are some great dialog exchanges in there that aren’t the famous ones

  32. BobG Says:

    I can’t believe that Army of Darkness is not on the list. I think it has a larger cult following than The Evil Dead.

  33. LabRat Says:

    I’d actually argue Big Trouble In Little China is a brilliant movie- if you see it as Jack Burton thinking he’s the hero of a Western action movie, when in fact it’s a Hong Kong action movie in which he’s Wang Chi’s comedic sidekick.

  34. Eric Says:

    Did I miss ‘The Princess Bride’ or is it too popular?

    I don’t get to watch a lot of movies lately except for ‘Charlottes Web’, ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Pinnochio’. Why yes, I do have a 3 yr old daughter….

  35. Beaumont Says:

    “Razorback”. It’s certainly not a great film, but it does have very cool, spooky cinematography.

  36. Douglas Says:

    “I Spit on your Grave.”
    “The Wanderers.” (a personal favorite.)
    “Heaven Help Us.”
    “The Outsiders.”
    “Hudson Hawk.” Did lousy in theaters, and was considered the worst movie of the year, but I absolutely loved it.
    Any Hammer Horror flick, like “Die Monster Die.”

    “Cannibal Apocalypse” was crap, it gained attention for being banned pretty much everywhere, the pornography that included violent rape and murder, as well as the slaughter of a giant fresh water tortoise. Also it used to be available for free through google movies, but I think that’s changed.

  37. Douglas Says:

    I will add that I did a count, and while I watched 51 of the movies all the way through, I remember very little about many of them.

  38. Aperture Says:

    Now I’m waiting for XKCD to put up some kind of qualitative measure of “cultness” of a movie …

    Between the Coen Brothers, Lynch, and Kubrik I can’t count how many hours of my life I’ve tragically lost.

  39. Moro Says:

    I second Phantom of the Paradise.

  40. Sigivald Says:

    I am somewhat confused as to how 2001 can be a “cult movie”, being immensely famous, continuously in print, fawned over, and given homage everywhere

    Likewise I’m not sure Hellraiser is really “cult”, though it’s a fine, fine horror film.

    (Agreed, Eraserhead is terrible.

    Big Trouble In Little China belongs even if you think it’s not a good movie – because “cult” doesn’t mean “good”. Also, if you think that it’s not a good movie, you’re wrong, but I digress.

    Tetsuo was pretty good, if somewhat incomprehensible.)

  41. North Says:

    My wife bears a striking resemblance to the girl in Dead Alive.

    Most liquid blood ever used on a set, according to rumor.

  42. North Says:

    http://northwest1524.blogspot.com/2011/07/dead-alive.html

  43. Robert Says:

    I’m just going to do the ones I’ve seen, otherwise this will be too long…

    The Big Lebowski: A college roommate of mine was really into it. It was decent, but isn’t really something I’d watch more than once unless it was playing on TV and there wasn’t anything else on.

    Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982: Watched it once, just to see what it was about. Again, not something I’d want to re-watch a lot.

    Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985: Only made it about 3/4s of the way through. It went from a good send up of an overbearing paternalistic nanny state (is that an oxymoron?) to “WTF Land” a little over half way through and I couldn’t get it through it.

    Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero: I think I’ve seen it, or at least the remake. Some of those zombie movies kind of blend together, probably because they were trying to copy this one, and I was never really a big enough horror fan to figure out which was which.

    Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly: My cousins really liked it; I thought it was trying too hard.

    Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse: Liked it the first couple of times I saw it. AMC showed it too often though and I got tired of it.

    The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi: I pretty much had the same conclusion.

    Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999: I’ve seen it once or twice, but never really got into this one. Don’t know why.

    The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981: A different roommate really liked this one, so I watched it with him. It was fun, but I don’t think I’d watch it again.

    Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987: I went on a binge of Hellraiser movies (watched 1-6 or something ridiculous like that) about two Halloweens ago. The first two or three are good, but it goes rapidly downhill from there.

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956: I think I’ve seen the 1970s or 80s remake. Wasn’t impressed, but remakes are often not as good as the original.

    The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3: I’m a Tolkien fan, so I liked them. Caught the last two in theaters. I agree that these don’t belong on a “cult movie” list.

    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981: Big fan of this one and the third one. Never could get into the first one, though. One of the few series where I think the sequels were better than the originals.

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975: Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science?

    Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968: Can’t remember if I’ve seen this one or not.

    Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978: I think I saw this one as a little kid. It had the same effect on me as Jurassic Park, except at least with Piranha I could just stay out of the water…

    Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985 Good movie. Incredibly vile in places, but a good movie.

    The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965: I’ve seen parts of it; does not qualify for cult status.

    Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005: Liked the first two, the third one was kind of crappy (Ewoks?! Really?!); I don’t acknowledge the existence of any other Star Wars movies.

    Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995: Not a fan of 90s comics or Lori Petty but I still liked it.

    This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984: Tried to watch it; couldn’t get into it.

    The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939: HOW IS THIS A CULT MOVIE?! It’s probably one of the most mainstream movies there is. I also wasn’t really all that much of a fan of it, though it beats a sharp stick in the eye.

  44. Robert Says:

    Re-Animator should have been deleted (I just copied your list and deleted your commentary and the ones I didn’t see). I’ve never seen it.

  45. Mark Says:

    What? No Spacehunter Adventures in the Forbidden Zone? I’m shocked.

  46. ryan Says:

    Just been turned on to your site. Nice. I agree this is not a list of “Cult” movies. Maybe movies that people over 65 think are “Cult”?
    Anyway I have a funny story about Tank Girl. if’n you like
    A friend of mine was in high school when they where filming it in an abandoned open pit mine near his house. (south of Tucson) He and a friend knew about a little known dirt back entrances to the pit. It was summer and they where board so they drove in the back way and found the tank just sitting in the middle of the mine. They didn’t want to mess anything up so they were just hanging out looking at it, when this “normal looking guy” drive up in a pickup, he gets out and says “Hey, pretty cool hu?”
    They all stand there looking at the tank for a few minutes and then the guy says “Hey you guys want a job?”
    They say, “Sure, doing what?”
    “Keeping punks like you off my movie set” :-)
    So they got paid for half the summer to sit under a shade on a dirt road in the desert stopping anyone that came along. He brought a generator so they just play video games and said the catering truck was awesome.