I Always Wanted To Be In a Cult

Posted: December 15, 2011 by veeshir in Ask a Moron, The Big Screen

Via Nicole we find Dustbury listing 100 cult classics from a forthcoming book.

As Nicole says, in lieu of content, here you go.

It’s below the fold cuz it’s long (100 titles long), the ones I’ve seen are in bold

There are a few that are just not cult classics, Casablanca? Really? How can a movie that’s on just about every “Top movies of all time” list be a cult classic? Ditto Wizard of Oz.

And why isn’t Dr. Strangelove in there? Really.

2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (way, way overrated)

Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988

Angel of Vengeance, Abel Ferrara, 1981

Bad Taste, Peter Jackson, 1987

Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000

Begotten, E. Elias Merhige, 1991

Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972

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 (Way overrated)

Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982

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 (This is a cult classic? Buh?)

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

Deadly Weapons, Doris Wishman, 1974

Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978 (One third as good as Deepthroat)

Deep Red, Dario Argento, 1975

Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino, 1987 (Jeniffer Gray had a nose job after this and lost her allure, too bad)

Django, Sergio Corbucci, 1966

Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001

Don’t Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, 1972

Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990 (Two words, luh and ame)

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Aristide Massaccesi, 1977

Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin, 1974 (Thank you Skinemax)

Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse, 1973

Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977

The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981 (Should have had Army of Darkness instead of this lame-o)

Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999

Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith, 1963

Freak Orlando, Ulrike Ottinger, 1981

Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932 (Real freaky carnival freaks in a freaky-deaky movie. )

Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett, 2000

The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981

Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954

The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, 1972

Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971 (I tried to watch this one, I have two words for it, Luh and Ame)

Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922

Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987

The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973

The House with the Laughing Windows, Pupi Avati, 1976

I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur, 1943 (How did I miss this one?)

Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, 2001

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 (This is a cult classic? Buh?)

The Killer, John Woo, 1989

Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1988

The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981

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

Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966

The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964 (Good flick)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975

Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow, 1987

Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit, 1987

Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968

Pink Flamingos, John Waters, 1972 (The most sick, twisted, demented movie I’ve seen)

Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978

Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959

Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985

Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936 (unintentionally hilarious)

Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984

Ringu, Hideo Nakata, 1998

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975 (Pretty much the definition of a cult classic)

Rome Armed to the Teeth, Umberto Lenzi, 1976

The Room, Tommy Wiseau, 2003

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975

She Killed in Ecstasy, Jesús Franco, 1971

Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995 (This is a cult classic? Buh? It’s best with the sound down)

Soul Vengeance, Jamaa Fanaka, 1975

The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965 (This is a cult classic? Buh?)

Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005 (This is a cult classic? Buh?)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes, 1988

Suspiria, Dario Argento, 1977

Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995 (Underrated IMO)

Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974

This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984 (over-rated IMO)

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 (heh)

Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971

Two Thousand Maniacs!, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964

The Vanishing, George Sluizer, 1988

Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983

The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979

Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, 1968

Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson, 1987

The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939 (This is a cult classic? Buh?)

Still from Pink Flamingos, Divine then eats the offering, on camera. Don’t watch this movie unless you’re already going to hell.

  1. Reader #4 says:

    You haven’t seen Fight Club?! Dude, watch it, especially if you like psychological um, instability stories.

    Also, why the hell aren’t The Thing and Escape from New York on this list?

  2. Scoop11 says:

    What I’ve seen from that list:

    Bad Taste
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
    Blade Runner (own on DVD)
    Brazil (Own criterion collection edition on DVD with the European version of the film and “Love Conquers All” studio cut)
    Dawn of the Dead
    Dirty Dancing
    Donnie Darko
    Edward Scissorhands
    The Evil Dead (although if I remember correctly I turned it off around the “tree raping” scene)
    Fight Club
    Freaks (watched in a film class)
    Gods Must Be Crazy
    Godzilla (Gojira)
    It’s a Wonderful Life (I think this one is listed because I don’t know anyone who’s actually sat there and watched the whole thing — it’s usually just bits and pieces that you happen to catch when it’s on)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Night of the Living Dead
    Plan 9 From Outer Space (If you go to Hulu, they have a RiffTrax version of this film up there)
    Reefer Madness
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The Room (This is one you have to see if only because of how bad it is)
    The Sound of Music
    Star Wars (Cult of fanboys, maybe?)
    Tank Girl
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    This is Spinal Tap
    The Toxic Avenger
    The Wizard of Oz

    You may question it, but “Showgirls” should definitely be on this list — it was supposed to be the film that would legitimize the NC-17 rating, but instead ended up bombing badly at the box office. Soon after that it went the “Rocky Horror” route with the midnight showings and was on its way to cult status.

    Considering that I have a degree in film studies, I’m surprised I haven’t seen more of these.

  3. Russ from Winterset says:

    Videodrome: Confusing dreck, not exactly Cronenberg’s best work. James Woods is good, but isn’t he always good, no matter how bad the material is?

    Near Dark: I saw this one on HBO “back in the day”. An interesting take on vampire movies, worth a rental if you can find it.

    The Killer: I’ve got this one on an old videotape. Double feature with “Hard Boiled”. Good Hong Kong movie, worth a watch.

  4. Kowboy says:

    Two not on the list I’ve seen more times than I can count:

    A Boy and His Dog (One of Don Johnson’s first)

    Trancers with Tim Thomerson

  5. alexthechick says:

    Manos! Hands of Fate! Best MST3K ever.

    I don’t know if it’s made yet, but there was a plan to remake Toxic Avenger as PG13. Talk about blasphemer against God and men.

    • veeshir says:

      Hollywood has no shame.

      I saw that there was supposed to be a remake of Starship Troopers. I wonder if they’re going to screw it up worse or will the writer/director do more than mine the book for names.

    • Scoop11 says:

      “TA” remake I think is still in development…the only remake I can think of made from a Troma studio release that’s actually been released was “Mother’s Day.”

  6. Elliott says:

    I’d like to second A Boy and His Dog. That movie hit all the right spots.

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