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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.

Cult Films

Film Review: The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Uses a courtroom debate approach to explore the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism around one of the industry’s most famous franchises and its creator. The innovative film combines filmmaker and celebrity interviews with fan films – submitted via the film’s site – to make this the world’s first digitally democratic feature documentary. REVIEW: If anything is to be said ...

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Film Review: The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T. (1953)

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SYNOPSIS: “The bane of adolescent Bart Collins’ existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr. Terwilliker, the only person he admits he detests because of his dictatorial nature. Bart feels Dr. Terwilliker has undue influence for these lessons on his widowed mother, Heloise Collins. The one person who sympathizes with Bart, although quietly ...

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Film Review: Ken Park (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders’ lives and relationships with and without their parents. REVIEW: Sex, drugs, and punk rock and roll is the formula to director Larry Clark’s film career. This old pervert got his start in the 1950’s as a photographer, publishing a book, Tulsa, consisting of photographs of his friends shooting speed and heroin. This ...

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Film Review: Girly (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered. REVIEW: Girly is a bloodless, fully dressed, sober good time (yes it is possible) A group of adults play house like children, taking the ...

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Film Review: Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: 6 young people suffer traumatic experiences which cause a tumor in the collective unconscious. They then draw on this tumor’s energy to become a helmeted, power rangers like action squad known as the Struggled Reagans. In search of their birth tumor, the hindu bird god, Garuda, sends monsters in their path. Join the Reagans In this vibrant and darkly ...

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Film Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in a futuristic society Qohen, an entities programmer has been commissioned to decipher the meaning of life. REVIEW: Directed by: Terry Gilliam Starring: Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton “Zero must equal one hundred percent” From the opening credits the audience bears witness to an infinite black hole, forever spiralling and engulfing ...

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Film Review: Alice (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. REVIEW: “You must…close your eyes…otherwise…you won’t see anything.” Czech filmmaker, Jan Svankmajer, has led an illustrious career with his surrealist films, many of which are told from the perspective of a child. He has influenced filmmakers young and old, from Terry Gilliam to the Brothers Quay with a celebrated catalog of feature ...

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Film Review: The Omega Man (1971) Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: “Two years after much of humankind was destroyed in a global war with biological weapons, Doctor Robert Neville leads a solitary existence in Los Angeles. Those humans that do remain are pigment-less albino creatures that roam the night destroying what remnants that may exist of the previous civilization. Neville, who had worked on an antidote to the virus, is ...

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Film Review: Invasion Of The Bee Girls (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “In the small town of Peckham, California, many men die for excessive effort during sexual intercourse. When a scientist from the Brandt research laboratory is found dead in a motel, the government sends Agent Neil Agar (William Smith) to investigate the mysterious deaths. He suspects that the deaths may be related to some experiments of Doctor Susan Harris (Anitra ...

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Film Review: Hysteria (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: The inmates of an insane asylum are subjected to experiments using collective consciousness and surgically implanted chips in an attempt to create perfect citizens. REVIEW: Trying to track down much about 1997’s Hysteria was “mostly” a dead end. This asylum-themed film is most noted for the role of Myrna Malloy played actress Amanda Plummer. Her lines are delivered poetically ...

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