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Top 100 Cult films of all time


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#1 of 74 OFFLINE   Shaw

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Posted October 23 2001 - 08:11 AM

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. Shaw Moncton, NB Canada
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Posted October 23 2001 - 08:23 AM

Here are a few... Mall Rats Chasing Amy ------------------ PJ [Edited last by Perry Jonkheer on October 23, 2001 at 12:37 PM] [Edited last by Perry Jonkheer on October 23, 2001 at 12:37 PM]
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Posted October 23 2001 - 08:26 AM

My nominations: Eraserhead El Topo Tales from the Gimli Hospital Rocky Horror Picture Show Pink Flamingos
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Posted October 23 2001 - 08:39 AM

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 Led Zeppelin The Song Reamains The Same ------------------ Visit My Pathetic WebPage "....With that in mind,I humbly add my own prophecy of what the dawn of the new millennium shall bring forth- one thousand more years of the same old crap" Jose Chung [Edited last by JonZ on October 23, 2001 at 11:39 AM]

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Posted October 23 2001 - 08:40 AM

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#6 of 74 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted October 23 2001 - 09:24 AM

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.

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Posted October 23 2001 - 10:33 AM

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 ------------------ Todd. "Ah, mercury, sweetest of the transitional metals..." - Sealab 2021
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#8 of 74 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted October 23 2001 - 11:19 AM

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.
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Posted October 23 2001 - 11:40 AM

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]

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Posted October 23 2001 - 12:33 PM

most definitely the list has to have: Rocky Horror Picture Show Evil Dead Clerks Monty Python's Life of Brian Spinal Tap ------------------

#11 of 74 OFFLINE   Matthew Chmiel

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Posted October 23 2001 - 01:33 PM

- 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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Posted October 23 2001 - 03:20 PM

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 ------------------ "My, my, so many guns much anthrax-esque white powder around town these days, and so few brains." Humphrey Bogart
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Posted October 23 2001 - 03:49 PM

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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Posted October 23 2001 - 07:23 PM

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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Posted October 23 2001 - 07:31 PM

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...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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Posted October 23 2001 - 10:06 PM

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 ------------------ My top ten movies that need to be on dvd: 1. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams 2. Freaks 3. Men With Guns 4. The Ninth Configuration 5. The Reflecting Skin 6. Santa Sangre 7. Treasure of the Sierra Madre 8. Voyager 9. White Heat 10. Wings of Desire

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Posted October 24 2001 - 08:16 AM

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.

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Posted October 24 2001 - 11:18 AM

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

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Posted October 24 2001 - 12:00 PM

How in the world could I have left Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! off my list? Thanks for bringin' it up, Grant!
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Posted October 24 2001 - 02:00 PM

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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