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: Doom Generation (1995)

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Cast:
James Duval: Jordan White
Rose McGowan: Amy Blue
Johnathon Schaech: Xavier
Director: Greg Araki

SYNOPSIS:

A teenage couple with a f*ck the world attitude encounter bizarre, brutal, and morbidly comical scenarios after a sleazy drifter hops into their car during a brawl.

REVIEW:

The Doom Generation is actually the second film in what is considered a three part set. The viewer can watch the film completely … Continue reading

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Film Review: Logan’s Run (1976)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Logan, a Sandman, is forced to search for Sanctuary – a place to which people have apparently escaped from the sealed city of the future in which he lives. Jessica is caught up along the way and becomes his companion fugitive as they are both pursued by Francis, a fellow Sandman. Sanctuary is not what they expect.” (courtesy IMDB)

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Welcome to the Twenty-Third Century – seventies style! Here, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become ‘good friends’. The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people.” (courtesy IMDB)

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This week I wish to discuss the second film in my Charles B. Griffith retrospective, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rollerball (1975)

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SYNOPSIS:

The year is 2018. There is no crime and there are no more wars. Corporations are now the leaders of the world, as well as the controllers of the people. A violent futuristic game known as Rollerball is now the recreational sport of the world, with teams representing various areas competing for the title of champion. The defending championship team, the Houston team led by the determined ten-year veteran … Continue reading

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Film Review: Faster Pussycat Kill Kill (1965)

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SYNOPSIS:

The life of a go go dancer can get pretty boring at times. That’s why God created sports cars, alcohol and drag racing after all isn’t it? After committing a murder three go go dancers hit the road with a hostage and discover an independently rich elderly man and his two sons. Can the three girls get away with the murder, the hostage and the money?

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Directed by: Russ Meyer
Year: 1965
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Film Review: Inland Empire (2006)

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SYNOPSIS:

An actress’s perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed

REVIEW:

It almost goes without saying that what David Lynch creates rolls off the directors slate as instant cult style films. Whether the film itself becomes a “cult hit” is a different matter. Though taking on a film like “Inland Empire” as … Continue reading

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Film Review: El Topo (1970)

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SYNOPSIS:

This violent and allegorical Mexican western attracted a cult following in its day. It is the story of El Topo, a gunslinger who sets out for revenge against the outlaws who slew his wife. He ends up getting his revenge and saving the life of a woman who is being terrorized by bandits. She leads El Topo (which means “the Mole” in English) on a search for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Arnold (1973)

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SYNOPSIS:

Karen Llewelyn is the new gold-digging bride of a corpse. She marries Arnold at his funeral and continues to get his money as long as she stays by his coffin. Meanwhile, various oddball relatives after Arnold’s wealth are being killed in a creative variety of ways.

REVIEW:

A rare classic and somewhat of a cult film that never made it to DVD release…at least not yet. I still remember seeing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Santa Sangre (1989)

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 SYNOPSIS:

A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving … Continue reading

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Film Review: Salo 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

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(Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma)

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Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom), commonly referred to as Salò, is a controversial 1975 Italian film written and directed by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini with uncredited writing contributions by Pupi Avati. It is based on the book The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. Because of its scenes depicting intensely … Continue reading

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Film Review: Carnival Of Souls (1962)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Boy And His Dog (1975)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Don Johnson plays a young man in a post-nuclear war world who has an interesting friend, a telepathic dog. The dog gives him an advantage in dealing with the barbaric world he lives in. When Johnson finds one place that has escaped the devastation of the war, he also finds some rather odd attitudes.” (courtesy IMDB)

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A Utopia is a good place. A Dystopia is a bad place. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Taste (1987)

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SYNOPSIS:

“Derek and his friends must investigate the missing people in a small village. Then they find out its human formed aliens that are really big headed monsters that used all the people in the small village into there snack burgers. Now, Derek must save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the meat eaters strikes the whole planet. Will Derek kill all the aliens?” (courtesy IMDB)

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Film Review: Back To The Future (1985)

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SYNOPSIS:
“Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean time machine invented by slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future.” (courtesy IMDB)

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In September of 1980, filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Bob … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

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“Alice Spages is a withdrawn twelve-year-old girl who lives with her mother, Catherine, and her younger sister, Karen. Karen gets most of the attention from her mother, and Alice is often left out of the spotlight. But when Karen is found brutally murdered in a church before her first holy communion, all suspicions are turned towards Alice. But is a twelve-year-old girl really capable of such savagery? As more people begin … Continue reading

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