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: eXistenZ (1999)

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Allegra Geller, the foremost game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game named eXistenZ with a special test group. EXistenZ comes with an organic chasse and cord that resembles an umbilical cord that taps into the human mind. The game designer who created this virtual-reality game is also on hand to pre-test with the group. She is attacked by a fanatic assassin disrupting the game test. She flees … Continue reading

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Film Review: Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule (2010)

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Rare, unedited recordings of Dr. Steve Brule’s extremely short-lived TV show. These videotapes would fetch tons of dollars at a standard auction, but now Adult Swim is bringing these rarely-seen treasures to a general audience! See Dr. Steve learn about restaurants, spend time with his family, conquer his fears, and more throughout six informative episodes! Featuring guest appearances by Jan Skylar, Wayne Skylar, and David Liebe Hart! (These episodes are in somewhat … Continue reading

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Film Review: Video Diary of a Lost Girl (2012)

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A rock and roll horror fantasy where we meet the immortal Louise and her beloved Charlie. Unfortunately, due to Louise’s supernatural origins, every man she sleeps with must die! Charlie was Louise’s first love from the 1920’s, who she accidentally killed before realizing what she is: a descendant of Lilith, the mother of all demons! This race of women must feed on the souls of men once every full moon, or else … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frankenstein (1931)

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“Henry Frankenstein is a brilliant scientist who has been conducting experiments on the re-animation of lifeless bodies. He has conducted experiments on small animals and is now ready to create life in a man he has assembled from body parts he has been collecting from various sites such as graveyards or the gallows. His fiancĂ©e Elizabeth and friend Victor Moritz are worried about his health as he spends … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dracula (1931)

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“After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalise the transferal of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

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“A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancĂ©e of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.” (courtesy IMDB)

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The Thing From Another World (1951) made a lot of money and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Barton Fink (1991)

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In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.

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From the often intricate minds of the Coen Brothers comes another darkly ambiguous film … Continue reading

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Film Review: Westworld (1973)

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An unforeseen robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park called Westworld.

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“Delos is the vacation of the future, today” says a stiff and plain looking interviewer at the start of Micheal Crichton’s Science Fiction film “Westworld” released in 1973 Starring James Brolin (Ha, I almost put “Josh” instead), Richard Benjamin and the late Yul Brenner. Westworld is Crichton’s movie directing debut and the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Requiem For A Dream (2000)

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“Pills and heroin offer fulfillment of the dreams of four residents of Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach in the shadow of a crumbling Coney Island amusement park. Sarah dreams of appearing on television wearing a red dress that’s a bit snug. So she starts a diet assisted by uppers. Her son Harry, his girlfriend Marion, and his best friend Tyrone pin their hopes for money on moving up from pushing nickel bags … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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In Mario Bava’s gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers’ family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava’s credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Barbara Steele and him to stardom.

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Film Review: Lost Highway (1997)

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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

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“Lost Highway” seemed to be a perfect title for this allegorical mind screw of a film. I remember first seeing this on its 1997 release date (ya I was hitting blockbuster big time then). It … Continue reading

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Film Review: Meat Weed Madness (2006)

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There is a magical plantation that lies in the not so Deep South called Meatweed Manor, where the farmers cultivate the most powerful ganja on the planet from human flesh. When smoked, this wacko tobacco drives men mad and women mad with lust. On one fateful day, four lovely Southern belles find themselves drawn to Meatweed Manor, where they must confront the evil minotaur Bullpucky, who is determined to smoke them … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fire in the Sky (1993)

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This Science fiction film from 1991 is based on the true story of Travis Walton. It is adapted from his novel called “The Walton Experience.” It stars D.B. Sweeney as Walton and Robert Patrick as his future brother in law Mike Rogers. The film depicts the other worldly events that took place in the woods of Snowflake, Arizona in November of 1975. After a long day of logging, Walton, Rogers and the rest … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Omega Man (1971)

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Charleton Heston stars as an army Doctor, Robert Neville, who has learned to survive a plague that has wiped out mankind. The plague being a result of a war between nations that was waged with biological weapons. Dr. Neville, having given himself an antidote which allows him to ward off the deadly illness, has free reign of Los Angeles during the day. Most of the humans were wiped out with the exception … Continue reading

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Film Review: First Blood (1982)

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A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town’s police force, begins a one man war with it.

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I’ve never found it to hard to convince others what a great films “First Blood” is. While you don’t really place Stallone films into the cult category, this particular entry is probably the closet to that category than anything he has done.

The film that sparked the “Rambo” franchise was … Continue reading

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Film Review: Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

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Mexican outlaw Django is part of a band of thieves that steal a cargo of gold from a stagecoach. However, the Americans in the band betray him, and shoot all the Mexicans. Django is not completely dead though, and crawls his way out of his shallow grave, continuing his pursuit of the gold, and exacting a bloody vengeance.

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Called the most “controversial spaghetti Western ever made!” Well that’s where I might … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

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“Scientist Jan Benes, who knows the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period, escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with the help of CIA agent Grant. While being transferred, their motorcade is attacked. Benes strikes his head, causing a blood clot to form in his brain. Grant is ordered to accompany a group of scientists as they are miniaturised. The crew has one hour to get … Continue reading

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Film Review: Molina’s Ferozz (2010)

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A young, attractive widow is protected from her vicious mother-in-law, by a male relative who practices Satanism, and lusts after the old woman’s sexy adolescent granddaughter.

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“Molina’s Ferozz” is a Spanish 2010 film directed by Cuban director Jorge Molina. Its title was changed to “Ferozz: The Wild Red Riding Hood”, though I’m not so sure there was really much in this film that resembled the old fairy tale of influence. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eraserhead (1977)

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“Is it a nightmare or an actual view of a post-apocalyptic world? Set in an industrial town in which giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise that is inescapable, Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker on and off, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers, and for his only diversion he … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bunny Game (2010)

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A prostitute looking for her next meal hitches a ride with a trucker that leaves her praying for her next breath.

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The Bunny Game is cited as a horror film by director / writer Adam Rehmeier. Its stark black and white presentaion and kinetically introresting editing makes it stnd out among its peers. In fact its a bit of an oddity. It’s painful, hardcore, suffered and yet naturally progressive (also … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Holy Mountain (1973)

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A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide’s assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the … Continue reading

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