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Top 100 Cult films of all time

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Shaw, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. Shaw

    Shaw Well-Known Member

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    This I think would be a much more fascinating and intriguing look at the movies. These would be films that are not necessarily American, not box office hits(Star Wars is too mainstream for a list like this)
    These flicks must go against the grain. Stuff like Cast Away and Forrest Gump are out. It's practically a requirement if the film is not popular amongst the general public.
    Although the AFI list has greeat selections, I don't think flicks like "Tootsie" are really deserving of such honors.
    Tom Hanks is not, in my opinion on par with someone like Orson Welles... hmmm?
    Here is a selection of films that have cult status for one reason or another.
    This list is in no particular order. I have not seen some of these films, but my brother has.
    1. Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark
    2. The Wicker Man
    3. The Fall Of The House Of Usher
    4. Evil Dead
    5. Night Of the Living Dead
    6. The Bounty
    7. Dawn Of The Dead
    8. Evil Dead 2
    9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    11. Mad Max
    12. Fitzcarraldo
    13. Plan Nine From Outer Space
    14. The terminator
    15. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    16. A Christmas Carol(1951 with Alistair Sim as Scrooge)
    17. The Iron Giant
    18. The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
    This is not a complete list basically because I'm making it up as I go along.
    My real problem with movies these days is the Hollywood Dream Machine. They continue to churn out pointless garbage(for the most part) year after year. A recent exception is the wonderful and unique "Iron gian". My wife just picked that up and it is an exception to the rule these days of amking animated flicks where Cats or Animals sing.
    I personally see this ome as a sleeper that is going to take on greater and greater significance as time goes on. Don't let anyone tell you the CGI of the Giant isn't any good. Mixed in superbly with the traditional animation. A truly amazing film
    My movie list will include unique, underrated, campy, horror, comedy, sci-fi, etc. A list of highly unique and rarely seen footage. Any contributions welcome. This is all for fun after all.
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  2. Perry Jonkheer

    Perry Jonkheer Well-Known Member

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    Here are a few...
    Mall Rats
    Chasing Amy
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  3. Rich Malloy

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    My nominations:
    Eraserhead
    El Topo
    Tales from the Gimli Hospital
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Pink Flamingos
     
  4. JonZ

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    These movies have gotten more popular over the years, but heres some off the top of my head:
    Re-Animator
    Blade Runner
    Excalibur
    Evil Dead Trilogy
    The Rocketeer
    Ed Wood
    Pink Floyd The Wall
    Robocop
    Halloween
    The Thing
    Jacobs Ladder
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me
    Basketcase
    The Doors
    Natural Born Killers
    Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    Dick Tracy
    Dragonslayer
    Highlander
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  5. Samuel Des

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    How should we define Cult Film?
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  6. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Well-Known Member

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    I would generally define a cult film as one who, due to performing badly in a commercial sense, is an unknown to the general populace. Some time afterwards, typically on video shelves or midnight runs, the movie gains acceptance by a loyal fan base who champion it in whatever way they can. This can be recommending it whenever possible, attending social situations built around it, or various other situations like collecing memoribilia about it. Cult films usually fall outside the standard formula, and sometimes defy classification. This is often given to horror and sci-fi films, but there are plenty of romance and comedy titles that qualify (in my eyes) as cult films.
    I also say they generally have to be minor blips on the box office, because otherwise the cult like behavior is no different from the fan reaction given to Titanic and The Godfather.
    As with any definition, there are innumerable exceptions or variations, but I think this applies to many of the commonly stated cult films, and all of the ones that I own and classify as cult.
     
  7. Todd Terwilliger

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    How about these?
    Phantom of the Paradise
    C.H.U.D.
    Killer Klowns From Outer Space
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Big Trouble in Little China
    They Live
    Escape From New York
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
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  8. Rob Tomlin

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    When I think of Cult films, the number one movie that comes to my mind is:
    Blade Runner
    Highlander gets a mention here as well.
     
  9. Todd Hostettler

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    Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery
    Being John Malkovich
    Branded To Kill
    Caddyshack
    Casino Royale
    Clerks
    Destroy All Monsters
    Enter The Dragon
    Freaks
    Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster
    Harold And Maude
    Hudson Hawk
    Kelly’s Heroes
    Kentucky Fried Movie
    Meatballs
    Meet The Feebles
    Mighty Peking Man
    Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    Monty Python’s Life Of Brian
    Murderer’s Row
    Our Man Flint
    Pink Flamingos
    Plan 9 From Outer Space
    Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
    Re-Animator
    Roger And Me
    Strange Brew
    Superbus
    The Big Lebowski
    The Blues Brothers
    The Harder They Come
    The Killer
    The Quick And The Dead
    The Story Of Ricky
    The Street Fighter (with Sonny Chiba)
    The Untold Story
    [Edited last by Todd Hostettler on October 23, 2001 at 03:32 PM]
     
  10. Darren Davis

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    most definitely the list has to have:

    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Evil Dead
    Clerks
    Monty Python's Life of Brian
    Spinal Tap

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  11. Matthew Chmiel

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    - EVERY film David Lynch has ever made.
    - EVERY film David Cronenberg has ever made.
    - Any Kevin Smith film (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy[/b], Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).
    - Any Monty Python film (Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Meaning of Life).
    - Any Evil Dead film (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness).
    - Peter Jackson's first three films (Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Dead-Alive).
    - Any George A. Romero film that has zombies (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).
    - Most of John Carpenter's films (Big Trouble In Little China, They Live, Escape From New York, etc).
    - Killer Klowns from Outer Space
    - Hairspray
    - Pink Flamingos
    - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    - Shock Treatment
    - Pink Floyd: The Wall
    - Plan Nine From Outer Space
    - Strange Brew
    - Kentucky Fried Movie
    - Amazon Women on the Moon
    - The Beastmaster
    - This Is Spinal Tap
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  12. Grant B

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    Even Hitler had a girlfriend
    Re-Animator
    Hellraiser
    Quadrophenia
    Clockwork Orange(~~marginal mainstream)
    The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
    The Magic Christian
    They might be Giants
    Faster Pusycat, Kill Kill
    Vixons
    Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    Eraserhead
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  13. Mitty

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    Some that I don't think have been mentioned:
    Carnival of Souls
    Two Lane Blacktop
    Gone in 60 Seconds (the original)
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
     
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    Don't think these have been noted:
    My Dinner with Andre
    Crumb
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    Educating Rita
    Cinema Paradiso
    ...and...what the hell's the name of that musical with the Venus Fly Trap...Rick Moranis...Feed me, Seymore.....can't believe I'm drawing a blank on this one....
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  15. Matthew Chmiel

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    You know which films I'm gonna mention!
    If these aren't quite cult films, they ought to be!
    The Ninth Configuration
    The Reflecting Skin
    Santa Sangre
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  17. bill lopez

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    So if a Cult Movie must be a bomb, a lot of these shouldn't be on here. Like HALLOWEEN, ENTER THE DRAGON etc. etc.
     
  18. Bill Huelbig

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    If I had to name the first cult film that comes to mind, I'd say Roman Polanski's THE TENANT. It's really way out there (and very scary), and Paramount is considering a DVD release for it next year for which I am extremely grateful.
    --Bill
     
  19. Rich Malloy

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    How in the world could I have left Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! off my list? Thanks for bringin' it up, Grant!
     
  20. Brad_W

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    Speaking of cult films and them being unnoticed by the general populus: When I was reading, "If Chins Could Kill..." by Bruce Campbell at work one day (part of my job requires me to sit in the hallway at school and wait for kids to 'go off' so I can restrain them) and nobody knew his name or ever heard of the EVIL DEAD movies. How ignorant of me to think everyone has heard/seen these great movies.
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