From “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “The Big Lebowski” and everything in between, this fascinating deep-dive documentary begins its celebration of the greatest cult movies of all-time discussing the birth of the midnight movie.
This is a three-volume documentary that’s available on April 21st, volumes 2 and 3 will be released on May 19th and June 23rd. It is a fascinating documentary. Hosted by Joe Dante, John Waters, Illeana Douglas and Kevin Pollak. In the first volume they discuss the midnight movies, the cult films.
Time Warp is directed by Danny Wolf and written by: Paul Fishbein, Irv Slifkin, and Danny Wolf.
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time: Volume 1 Midnight Movies.
Being in a quarantine during a pandemic is horrible and fascinating at the same time. Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Part 1- Midnight Madness, hosted by director Joe Dante. There are so many special guests talking in this amazing documentary. Pam Grier, Malcom McDowell, Kevin Smith, Gary Busey, John Waters, Patricia Quinn and many more. Joe Dante and John Waters talks cult movies and how you should never call it a “cult film.” The first film that they discuss… The LEGENDARY, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), a film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien who also wrote the original musical play. Meatloaf and Patricia Quinn, Nell Cambell.
People started going to midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Patricia Quinn demonstrating the Time Warp, a dedicated and fun dance that if you don’t get up and dance, what are you even doing in life? Dr. Frank -N-Furter and Riff Raff, one of the coolest onscreen characters ever. Tim Curry playing this sexually, lovable, naughty fun character. “Don’t dream it, be it.” It’s like the epitome of a film that you could watch every day and every night.
Okay, moving on to The Big Lebowski (1998) starring Jeff Bridges and written by the Coen Brothers. Jeff Bridges playing The Dude and John Turturro playing Jesus Quintana. It is amazing. The cast discusses the film and shares memories. It is another cult classic film. It is a funny movie that you can just watch and you find some interesting people throughout the movie like Mark Pellegrino, Flea, Peter Stormare and John Goodman. People will quote the movie, “Nobody f*cks with the Jesus.” “The dude abides.”
You can go on and on. The interview with Bridges is great. He shares memories and this is just some of the best stuff. “New sh*t has come to light.” Movies like Foxy Brown (1974) and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) An exploitation, kick-ass movie directed by Russ Meyer. Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams star in this movie. A cult classic forever. A movie that is quoted in movies, songs and played at midnight showings. The Cramps covered the main song. Varla says, “I never try anything, I just do it.” Rob Zombie would use that in a song and Varla is forever. Russ paved the way for many directors and films. Even, grindhouse movies. “Oh, you’re cute… like a velvet glove cast in iron.” Meanwhile, Joe Dante and John Waters talking about films is a great of this documentary. Point Break (1991) joins the list. Johnny Utah and Bodhi. Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time Part 2 – Horror & Sci-fi
Okay, lets get to it.
Bruce Campbell shows up, Pam Grier and many more to talk about these legendary films. Cult horror is next. Joe Dante talks beautifully about this. I could listen to this man talk about everything.
George A. Romero leads this off with Night of the Living Dead (1968) one of the most influential films for the horror community, zombies, the dead and it was in black and white. It was beautifully shot. Tom Savini shows up and a beautiful moment with George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea. It is so relevant especially for today. Look at our world. We are in a pandemic, walking around with masks on and struggling to maintain safety. George A. Romero knew maybe?
The Evil Dead (1981) Bruce Campbell… That remote cabin in the woods. Written and directed by Sam Raimi is forever a classic. A cult classic, an amazing movie. So much fun to watch.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005) “I am the devil and I am here to do the devils work.” It is the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses. Again, Sid Haig appears. Bill Moseley appears. Rob Zombie hated clowns; he isn’t alone. NO offense, you funny f*ckers. Captain Spaulding is great. It is a brutal, over the top to some and oddly enough family oriented with the cast. The ending of this movie is insane, Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd makes it even better.
They pick a few more films and this volume of Horror & Sci-Fi is great. It is good to see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) on this list.
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time Part 3 – Comedy & Camp
The third installment brings us to comedy. Comedy and camp cult. Moves like, Fast Time at Ridgemont High made an impact. Directed by Amy Heckerling it’s one of those movies you just love. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) is on the list. Directed by Allan Arkush with Joe Dante who was not credited. P.J. Soles playing Riff Randell.
This is a great documentary to watch. It is fun and it may bring back some fun memories of movies that you love or lust. These movies are forever. They are movies that people will always be watching. Make sure to check out Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time.