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: Mulholland Dr. (2001)

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SYNOPSIS:

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

REVIEW:

The incomparable David Lynch has long thrilled movie goers with his unique brand of storytelling. While each product remains its own beast, you never know how far down the rabbit hole Lynch will take you. Expect … Continue reading

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Top 20 Cult Film Directors

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Celebrate the day! Being a long time follower of cult films over the years, I figured it was due time to create an appropriate Top 20 list of Cult Film Directors for readers who might “still” be seeking out worthy films to indulge in (Director collectives..that is). I knew creating this list that not every favorite cult director would make it on here (meaning in the public’s eye and that it was limited to 20). … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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SYNOPSIS:

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

REVIEW:

Filmed in 1994, The Hudsucker Proxy has been defined as a screwball comedy. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, “The Hudsucker Proxy” is a bit of a step away from their more darker material. While I still feel it has a certain cult appeal, it only contributes to that category slightly opting for … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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“Protagonist Alex is an ultraviolent youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he’s arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex’s ordeals … Continue reading

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Film Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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SYNOPSIS:

Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”, set in the deep south during the 1930′s. In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

REVIEW:

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hit it out of the park with one of the most stylized strange concoctions of a film titled, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. This instant cult classic sets itself in the South with a heavy layer of bluegrass … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gums (1976)

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SYNOPSIS:

A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring – up to a point – any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked.

REVIEW:

So in 1975 Steven Spielberg directs one of the greatest horror films ever made “Jaws” starring Roy Schneider, Richard Shaw, and a then unknown Richard Dreyfuss. This is one of the first well-known summer blockbusters and really the film that launched Steven Spielberg’s career. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Society (1989)

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Bill is worried that he is ‘different’ to his sister and parents. They mix with other ‘upper class’ people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is revealed when Bill returns home to find a party in full swing. Not for the weak of stomach

REVIEW:

If you read my review of “30 Minutes or … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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SYNOPSIS

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

REVIEW:

I have long been a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s work. His film releases have inspired me in other arenas as a source of creative inspiration. While not every film is a complete masterpieces….many are. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dolemite (1975)

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Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of … Continue reading

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Film Review: God Bless America (2011)

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SYNOPSIS:

On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.

REVIEW:

“A Dream To Some…–A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!”
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The television was too loud. It had to be it was competing with the screaming infant in his mother’s arms. The entertainment report was going on about how even more allegations of Michael Jackson being a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Re-Animator (1985)

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SYNOPSIS:

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

REVIEW:

It’s pretty safe to say that any real horror fan from the 80′s remembers the release of the “Re-Animator“. A film that also bases itself on the horrific novels of H. P. Lovecraft (Herbert West: Reanimator), is a horror-meets-science fiction gore-fest full … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

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SYNOPSIS:

In a fantastical 40′s where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

REVIEW:

Does anyone remember this film? If you are a big H. P. Lovecraft fan, then this one has been on the radar for quite some time. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) is one of those legacy films left over from the VHS era that has yet to make the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Toxic Avenger (1984)

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SYNOPSIS:

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

REVIEW:

“He’ll go from cleaning nerd to cleaning crime-fighter”
“Criminals, beware of the Toxic Avenger. He will kick your butt HARD!!”

“The Toxic Avenger” is an underdog cult classic for alot of reasons. The era of the 80′s was taking … Continue reading

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Film Review: Altered States (1980)

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SYNOPSIS:

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

REVIEW:

“Altered States”
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
-Dr. Johnson.

This film is a juggernaut of intellectual and stylistic eye candy, it is apocalyptic in imagery and in its nature this … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

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SYNOPSIS:

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother’s death. So far that she gets them (she and two cousins) on a tour with a washed-out glam-rock group and a rising British punk band, radically changes her appearance, attracts a cult following and national media attention. With luck like this, what could go wrong?

REVIEW:

Another one of those lost gems that took a bit “too … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

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A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name groups like Peter Frampton and Aerosmith.

REVIEW:

While the film itself was created in 1978, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” appears … Continue reading

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