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    Cult Movies

    I saw that Bob Clark, writer and director of Porky's (and Porky's II), was killed in a car accident this week. As was his son. RIP Bob.

    So, what cult movie did you enjoy ou would recommend other to watch it?

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    My favourite of all time was "Man bites dog"... the best.

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    The Apartment (Appartement L')

    I'm not sure if this is a cult film. It's in French, which more than cultish enough for me.

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    Withnail and I - best cult film.
    Cinema Paradiso- best foreign film (Italian).
    Blood Sucking Freaks- most grossed out cult film.

    Imo, of course.

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    Withnail & I was brilliant! I still have "How to get ahead in advertising"

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    Withnail & I was brilliant! I still have "How to get ahead in advertising"
    I have watched Withnail god knows how many times....it's wonderful, love the scene where he thinks his thumbs are growing at the beginning.
    That's happened to me loads of times.

    Is it really a cult movie though. Everyone I know has seen it and loves it. Isn't a cult movie one that nobody has seen. Not sure....

    Didn't think much of How to get ahead in advertising... I watched it in the student Union Cinema in Aberystwyth in about 1990, there were maybe 4 of us there. That must be a cult movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    My favourite of all time was "Man bites dog"... the best.
    Bastard! I was going to post that.

    Luckily i always have a plan B and this time its:

    The Van



    The Van - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - New York Times

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    ^The book was laugh-out-loud funny. I much prefer Roddy Doyle when he's being funny. Serious people bore me.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Isn't a cult movie one that nobody has seen.
    Chiangmai Noon could never bore me - he's always entertaining.


    What's Eating Gilbert Grape - This film may be as popular as socks as far as I know, but whenever I mention it to anyone they look at me as though I'm mad.
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    I agree w/ CMn's definition of a cult film, so I pick The Dark Backward (1991)



    It has a BIG cast (star wise), but not many people have seen it.

    It's a dark comedy about some guy (Judd Nelson) who has a arm growing out of his back!

    It's a hard to come by, actually I don't think they are releasing it on DVD anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by William
    Withnail & I was brilliant! I still have "How to get ahead in advertising"
    I have watched Withnail god knows how many times....it's wonderful, love the scene where he thinks his thumbs are growing at the beginning.
    That's happened to me loads of times.

    Is it really a cult movie though. Everyone I know has seen it and loves it. Isn't a cult movie one that nobody has seen. Not sure....
    You've sort got into circular logic here, i.e. find a good cult movie, see it & recommend it- then it is no longer a cult movie!
    My definition of a cult movie would be-
    Low budget
    Unknown or relatively unknown actors & Director
    Not made or distributed by a big Studio
    Quirky or different- not following the mainstream 'Hollywood' formula.

    Withnail and I - Cult Classic

    Anyway, what a great film!

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    Not sure I agree with the criteria above, but for cult movies one cannot go past Rocky horror picture show

    and Blues Brothers

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    BTW, here's a great movie that meets all of my definitions of a 'cult' movie, but because of it's instant success (unlike Withnail) didn't really occur to me-
    The Full Monty!

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    Funny as it was, was the Fully Monty a cult movie?

    It's like a movie Goldie Hawn made years ago call Foul Play. The movie was trash, but one scene in the movie had a couple of old grannies playing scrabble, arguing over whether mother fucker was one word or two. That scene had zip to do with the movie, but I still laugh about it now.

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    Also, was Billy Elliott a cult movie?

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    Here's Wiki defining a cult movie-
    Cult film is a colloquial term for a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside of this small group (however, there are a few exceptions.) Some 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. 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 rabid fanbase is necessarily a cult film. The term cult film implies a certain level of obscurity, and widely popular, mainstream movies are not considered to be cult films.

    This is Spinal Tap - surely cult, and good.
    Billy Elliott- Doesn't really have a cult following.
    Full Monty- Seems it's success and mainstream popularity took it out of the cult genre, but then again what about Rocky Horror?

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    ^but a cult movie isn't the same as "B"-movie, is it? The reason I ask is that definition sort of fit more of what I understand to be a "B"-movie.

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    Requiem for a Dream
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    Lawn Dogs
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    Wiki says-
    The term B movie originally referred to a motion picture made on a low or modest budget and intended for distribution as the less-publicized, bottom half of a double feature during the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood. Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continues to be used in a broader sense, referring to any low-budget, commercial motion picture meant neither as an arthouse film nor as pornography. In its post–Golden Age usage, there is ambiguity on both sides: on the one hand, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity; on the other, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient. In some cases, both are true.

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    I plead guilty to the charge of facetiousness in picking up on CMN's definition:

    Isn't a cult movie one that nobody has seen.
    The absurdity of it appealed to me....Just what is a movie that nobody has seen?....Can it even exist?

    For me a cult movie is one that is highly regarded by a minority - The fact that it not appreciated by the majority often leads to it being unknown to many due to its lack of exposure. The fact that a film has not been widely seen does not per se make it a cult; it may just be crap.

    The Piano by Jane Campion: I would classify this film as a cult in that many people dislike it, but a significant few regard it as genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    This is Spinal Tap


    "Eraserhead"
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    The DEvils Rejects has a superb soundtrack

    I dedicated a whole thread to it and nobody listened.

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