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: A Trip To The Moon (1902)

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“A group of astronomers study the way to travel to the moon. When they conclude their project, the president selects five other astronomers to travel with him. They embark in a shell and they are shot from a giant cannon to the moon. When they land, they seek shelter in a cave to protect from the snow. They meet the Selenites, the alien inhabitants of the moon, and they are destroyed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Metropolis (1927)

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“Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps … Continue reading

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Film Review: Doctor No (1962)

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“James Bond 007, seductive British secret agent, has been sent to the West Indies to investigate the disappearance of British agent John Strangway and his secretary. Once arriving, 007 becomes suspicious of scientist Professor Dent, who was the last person to have seen Strangway before he disappeared. After learning Professor Dent is working for a terrorist with metal hands, Doctor Julius No, and Strangway is dead, 007 meets … Continue reading

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Film Review: Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challanges the seriousness within the flowerpower generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rockstar, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the role he created for himself, he plots his own murder. When his fans discovers that the murder is … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

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“Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however.” (courtesy IMDB)

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Film Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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“When the world is ruled by apes, one particular group discovers a mysterious rectangular monolith near their home, which imparts upon them the knowledge of tool use, and enables them to evolve into people. A similar monolith is discovered on the moon, and it is determined to have come from an area near Jupiter. Astronaut Dave Bowman, along with four companions, sets off for Jupiter on a spaceship … Continue reading

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Film Review: Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

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A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

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“Thriller: A Cruel Picture” is one of the great “all time” grind house exploitation films of the 70′s. In fact, it was more than apparent that the film’s influence spilled over into Quentin Tarantino’s opus “Kill Bill” which … Continue reading

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Film Review: Upside Down (2012)

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A man searches an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth.

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You haven’t seen a movie like this before! It was a trailer that caught my eye in this bizarre science fiction drama/romance tale that out the box feels alot like a future cult film in the making. The idea of a world that butts up to a sister world “upside down” is a wild concept to begin … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

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Bad tempered, overweight nurse, Martha (Shirley Stoler) lives at home with her overbearing mother. Ray (Tony Lo Bianco), is a Spanish immigrant and a slimey fanny rat who rips off lonely, middle-aged women of their life savings. The pair meet when Martha decides to join a lonely hearts club at the prompting of her friend Bunny (Doris Roberts, who later showed up in the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond). Raymond (another one … Continue reading

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Film Review: Network (1976)

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A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.

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“I’m mad as hell nd I’m not gonna take it”

While it’s quite possible that your more familiar with the words than the plot of the actual film, this 1976 film has long been regarded as a cult classic. A roster of fine actors contribute their talents to this somewhat slow moving … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

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A most peculiar name for a film that only fashions a single flower on its cover..”Magnolia“, as titled refers to the petals of life and their interwoven purpose. “Magnolia”, is A filmed that has become a cult favorite directed by (also cult favorite director) Paul Thomas Anderson. You might recognize the director … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Influence (1990)

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Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in–and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces himself as Alex, and the two go out to an under- ground club. Within a matter of days, Alex wheedles his way into Michael’s life and turns it upside down, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hackers (1995)

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A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus

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1995, things were … Continue reading

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Film Review: Boogie Nights (1997)

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The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian p*rnography industry of the 1970s and 1980s.

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If you weren’t lucky enough to grow up in the 70′s (and watch the transition into the 80′s), then you can still rely on a few films to indulge in an appropriate reflection of the times. One of the great films to focus on “one” aspect, namely the adult film industry, was a movie … Continue reading

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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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