Cult Film Reviews

A cult film (also known as a cult movie/picture or a cult classic) is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but specific group of fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside the small fanbases; however, there have been exceptions that have managed to gain fame among mainstream audiences. Many cult movies have gone on to transcend their original cult status and have become recognized as classics; others are of the "so bad it's good" variety and are destined to remain in obscurity.

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Cult films often become the source of a thriving, obsessive, and elaborate subculture of fandom, hence the analogy to cults. However, not every film with a devoted fanbase is necessarily a cult film. Usually, cult films have limited but very special, noted appeal. Cult films are often known to be eccentric, often do not follow traditional standards of mainstream cinema and usually explore topics not considered in any way mainstream—yet there are examples that are relatively normal. Many are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions.

Film Review: Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

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SYNOPSIS:

Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins.

REVIEW:

Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby is a strange one, indeed. This movie centers around a man named, what else, Bubby (played perfectly by Nicholas Hope in his film debut; he would later go on to star in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pig (1998)

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SYNOPSIS:

A young man journeys through a desert, where he is kidnapped by a sadistic stranger clad in a pig mask. The stranger proceeds to brutally torture the young man, who then finds himself escaping into his imagination, with fantasy and reality intersecting.

REVIEW:

It was the special bluray edition release by Cult Epics that finally gave me a resource to check out this long hard to find film. The film had been … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Bed -The Bed That Eats (1977)

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SYNOPSIS:

A truly unusual shocker about a killer bed that devours its users

REVIEW:

Every now and then you come across an odd movie or 2. Some films take all kinds of directions to fill the viewers time with abstract visions and fantastical scenery. “Death Bed: The Bed That Eats” is not that kind of movie. I was at the half way point in this one when I began to wonder … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc. which represent the ten Biblical plagues. The crimes are orchestrated by a demented organ player with the help of his mute assistant. The detective is stumped until he finds that all of the doctors being killed assisted a Doctor Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of Doctor Phibes, but he couldn’t be the culprit, could he? … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tomb Of Ligeia (1964)

SYNOPSIS:
“Erudite recluse Verden Fell is struck by a meeting with lady Rowena, daughter of country lord Trevanion, who reminds him of his late wife Ligeia, both being somehow associated with a black cat and the wild fox the lord loves hunting. They fall in love, marry and resolve he leave the ruined abbey where he buried Ligeia. However Rowena’s devoted gentleman friend Christopher Gough discovers it cannot be sold as Ligeia was … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Raven (1963)

SYNOPSIS:
“The magician Doctor Erasmus Craven, who chooses not belong to the Brotherhood Of Magicians, grieves the loss of his beloved wife Lenore and lives in a castle with his daughter Estelle. One day, a raven knocks on his window and Craven learns that the bird is actually the magician Doctor Adolphus Bedlo who was turned into a raven after challenging the powerful magician Doctor Scarabus who was an enemy of his father. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

SYNOPSIS:
“An American military base in Canada is developing a missile control system based on nuclear energy and is facing problems with the people from the nearby town. When four locals including the Mayor are killed, Major Jeff Cummings (Marshall Thompson) is put in charge of the investigation. When the coroner examines the one of the corpses, he finds that the brain and spinal chord were sucked out and Major Cummings defines the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cadavres (2009)

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SYNOPSIS:

One Halloween, the alcoholic mother of good-for-nothing Raymond suddenly dies, and he throws her body in a ditch. Repenting, he calls his sister Angelie, an actress who he has not seen for ten years, to help find the corpse. But the corpse they bring back in the ruined family home is not that of their mother. The brother and the sister start a sinister adventure involving two gangsters in dire straits, two … Continue reading

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Film Review: CĂ©line And Julie Go Boating (1974)

SYNOPSIS:
“A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives pre-empted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.” (courtesy IMDB)

REVIEW:
Fantasy takes much of its vividness from dualisms, tensions between opposites, often symbolised by the meeting of two different kinds of world. A similar tension to that between modern and ancient is that between the rational and the irrational, the routine versus … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fifth Element (1997)

SYNOPSIS:
“In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing the fifth element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

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SYNOPSIS:

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

REVIEW:

One of the true 1985 essential films of that year, “The Legend of Billie Jean” is a movie that has taken quite some time to arrive for viewers (let alone bluray). The DVD itself wasn’t released until year 2011 with its bluray finally shelving in 2014.

I tend to place this film … Continue reading

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Film Review: It’s Alive (1974)

SYNOPSIS:
“Heavily pregnant Lenore Davis tells her husband, Frank, that she is in labor. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris with their friend Charley and they head to the Community Hospital. Lenore feels that something is wrong and delivers a monster that kills the team in the delivery room and escapes through a skylight. Lieutenant Perkins comes to the hospital to investigate the murder and the press divulges the identity of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Phantom of Paradise (1974)

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SYNOPSIS:

Composer Winslow Leach (William Finley) is determined to seek revenge on Swan (Williams), an evil record tycoon who steals his pop cantana of the Faust legend to launch his enemy’s palace as the mysterious Phantom of the Paradise and continues to plan his gruesome retaliation.

REVIEW:

With this review I think I will be straying a bit from my usual format since the film I … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Boys (1987) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS:

Two brothers and their mother move to Santa Carla with their grandfather. But what they don’t know is that Santa Carla is infested with vampires.

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Directed By:  Joel Schumacher
Starring:
Jason Patric
Corey Haim
Dianne Wiest
Jami Gertz
Kiefer Sutherland

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Film Review: Under the Skin (2013)

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SYNOPSIS:

A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland.

REVIEW:

A unique experience, new film “Under the Skin” is one movie that fits comfortably in the classification of “dreamlike”. Its ambiguous premise is what also makes it a compelling film to watch, one that centers lovely actress Scarlett Johansson at its core. Scarlett plays the role of a nameless character who spends most of the film … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: “Under the Skin” and “Upstream Color”

I caught two American science fiction mind benders at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival last month that have been very divisive among viewers and critics. I enjoyed them both and recommend auteur Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which is his long-awaited follow-up to his debut film Primer, and director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Both challenging works are unique artistic visions, and have the following things in common: minimal dialogue, beautiful cinematography, enigmatic storylines … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Ringers (1988)

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SYNOPSIS:

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

REVIEW:

“I’ve often thought that there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies.”

Cronenberg’s 1988 film is a harrowing character study involving not a single protagonist but two. Specifically, twins Stewart and Cyril Marcus who were found dead in their apartment of barbiturate withdrawal on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ravenous (1999)

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SYNOPSIS:

Captain John Boyd’s promotion stations him at a fort where a rescued man tells a disturbing tale of cannibalism.

REVIEW:

One of the true underrated cult gems, “Ravenous” is a film that has managed to stay under the radar for quite awhile. With its new release to bluray, the film might finally have a chance to garner the respect that it deserves with a fresh cut arriving onto shelves. A film with a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Martin (1976)

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SYNOPSIS:

rge Romero does for vampires what he has already done for zombies – an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be eighty-four years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburgh to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin’s soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin’s loneliness finds other means of release.” … Continue reading

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Film Review: Open Your Eyes (1997)

SYNOPSIS:
“The handsome and wealthy CĂ©sar is very successful with women and is having difficulties getting rid of Nuria, his last affair. His best friend, Pelayo, is unlucky with women and jealous of CĂ©sar. At his birthday party, CĂ©sar meets the gorgeous and sexy Sofia, currently dating Pelayo, but they are immediately attracted to each other and spend the night together in her apartment. The next morning, CĂ©sar finds Nuria outside of Sofia’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fisher King (1991)

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SYNOPSIS:

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

REVIEW:

Every now and then a great film comes along that is worth mentioning. Director Terry Gilliam, was about to introduce one of his greatest creations that while still ladled with some of his trademark stylings, would be a commercial success AND … Continue reading

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