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What do you define as a 'cult' movie classic?
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 11:59 am on Tuesday October 21 2003 x
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x AudioHeaven I hear people talk about films they consider to be cult classics, and have even dared to name a few myself, but I'm still unsure.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 1:51 pm on Tuesday October 21 2003 x
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x Universal Sea still popular 10 years after its release, people dressing up like the characters, going to screenings dressed up llike the characters.

For me, the definition of Cult Movie Classic is...


Rocky Horror Picture Show
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x Unread post xZoe   - at 3:14 pm on Tuesday October 21 2003 x
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x Zoe i fuckin luv that film! ive seen it 10 million times n i no all the words 2 the songs lol

i brought theatre tickets 4 my mum n dad 4 crimbo. they cried lol
even tho they av seen it loadz of times
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x Unread post xste-van-nee   - at 4:54 pm on Tuesday October 21 2003 x
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x ste-van-nee one of my favourite films, and possibly one which can be perceived as a cult classic is The Crow. a great movie
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 7:46 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x AudioHeaven Is the Crow ten years old???

Hang on, let me check...............

1994 according to my vid. One year to go so may aswell be.

Rocky Horror Show - forgot that one.

I suppose films like Shawshak Redemption, Resevior Dogs, etc, which everyone still talks about would come into that category then.

Good, I wasn't talking bollocks the other night.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 9:56 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x Universal Sea i don't think shawshank redemption has a cult following... it was widely accepted on a mainstream level

a great movie, but cult movie?
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 10:45 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Tricky. Sometimes it's labelling depending on how the distributors think they can push it.

I find the tem "cult classic" applied more and more to films the investors thought were going to be huge, and in the final analysis weren't, but then got a small hardcore following. To me that isn't a cult movie.

Because "cult" is becoming marketed as mainstream-cool in the same way that...ahem..."alternative" music is cool - (bearing in mind that most "alternative" is just mainstream music in a different box designed to sell more units) it means we have movies popping up all over the place that are suddenly "Cult". Box sets. Special Editions. Companion DVD's with loads of extras.

For example, "Trainspotting" was a cool, low budget movie from a reasonably unknown director that then acheived cult status. I would say it will become cult cinema given a few years.

"Human Traffic" was a film that I didn't think was very good, but it is being marketed in the same "this is cult cinema" way because...well, it's about taking drugs.

My idea of cult is a movie that was made in order to pander to nobody else but the vision of the writer / director / producer - not to be made for profit, but because they are good films.

I view a lot of the David Lynch movies as cult cinema.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 10:47 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x Universal Sea i definitely believe the UM movie is going to be a cult classic.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 10:58 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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Posted by universal sea:

i definitely believe the UM movie is going to be a cult classic.


Cool. Are you gonna host movies now?
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 11:04 am on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x Universal Sea we're producing a UM movie starting in 2004

everybody on here can be in the movie or involved somehow
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x Unread post xste-van-nee   - at 5:06 pm on Wednesday October 22 2003 x
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x ste-van-nee the lost boys, can this be a cult classic? certainly a great film, and over 15 years old. i love that film
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x Unread post xJizz Master Zero   - at 10:44 am on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Jizz Master Zero Anything that provokes 2+ hours of discussion could be cultish, depends on how many people talk.

Where does something cross the line from CULT to MAINSTREAM though?

I could say the Matrix was a a cult movie for a few weeks or whatever, then everyone loved it off, so it was mainstream. Means it would never be a CULT CLASSIC.

But I still think there's lots of neat images in there that Siskel and Ebert / Roeper would never have dug into. I'm not talking about the boring Messianic stuff neither.
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x Unread post xDas Behaelter   - at 1:52 pm on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Das Behaelter Top Ten "Cult" Movies (I think)
By Das.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Edward scissor-hands
Plan 9 From outer Space (Ed Wood)
Heavy Metal (Cartoon, does it count?)
Any Cheech and Chong Movie
Any Beatles Movie
Valley of the Dolls
American Graffitti
Pulp Fiction
The Shining

Runners up...

Brazil
The Exorcist
Moulin Rouge
Apocalypse Now
Blade Runner
Lost Boys
Soilent Green
Logan's Run
C.H.U.D.
The Morning After
Night of the Living Dead
Star Wars
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x Unread post xWolf   - at 2:48 pm on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Wolf Finally some one mentioned Apcalypse Now - this has got to rate as a Classic cult movie "I love the smell of Napalm in the Morning"!
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 2:57 pm on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Universal Sea Porky's

a cult movie for frat boys.
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x Unread post xJizz Master Zero   - at 3:23 pm on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Jizz Master Zero Dumb and Dumber is pretty good, but we haven't got a cult yet.

I like the Rhode Island Slut magazine that Jim Carrey picks up.
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Edited by Jizz Master Zero on December 30 2003 at 2:23 pm
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x Unread post xJess   - at 9:38 pm on Tuesday December 30 2003 x
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x Jess Coz Fritz the Cat and Aeon Flux should be on the list along with Anime classix Akira and Ghost in the Shell (I love that one, the comix too)
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x Unread post xZoe   - at 1:22 pm on Wednesday December 31 2003 x
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x Zoe i like edward scissorhands

thats a good film
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x Unread post xB_D_T   - at 11:58 am on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x B_D_T Those already mentioned:

Any Cheech and Chong Movie
Apocalypse Now
Blade Runner
Star Wars
American Graffitti
Pulp Fiction
Porky's

And a few other of my Favourites:

The History of the World ("It's good to be the king!")
Animal House
Kelly's Hero's
Airplane
Blazing Saddles
Bachelor Party
The Breakfast Club
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Life of Brian

I Could go on, and on.............rockin
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 1:27 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x Universal Sea airplane and The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Life of Brian

good selections
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x Unread post xB_D_T   - at 7:45 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x B_D_T You cant tell me you didn't enjoy Animal House?
  
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 9:19 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x Universal Sea forgot one of the biggest of all time:

  

Clockwork Orange
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x Unread post xJess   - at 9:36 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x Jess Animal House was like one of my dad's favourite movies therefore it cannot count as "cult" status.. Same goes for Easy Rider. I don't care if Dennis Hopper is in it.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 9:37 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x Jess I'm just pretending to be a film snob so don't mind my overly pretentious attitude. lol
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 9:48 pm on Thursday January 1 2004 x
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x Universal Sea what about Mad Max?

Or anything with W.C. Fields.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:51 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Harold and Maude.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:55 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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Posted by universal sea:

Clockwork Orange


Didn't like. Wanted to like, as I love Kubrick, but I think it just wasn't that well made, written or realised. Just because it deals with a potentially inflammatory subject matter doesn't save it for me. I just found it to be a nasty, mis-shapen little product of the early seventies, which used supposedly wry humour to try and make what was just ugly palatable.

I haven't read the book, (which I have heard deals with the conceit much more effectively), but I infer that it might be easy to project the quality of the book on to the film. I loved reading "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and projected that on to the film when I first saw it. Looking back at it now, it seems like an unfocussed mess slapped together in half an hour.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:57 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Bad Taste and Brain Dead.

The true genius of Peter Jackson at work, before all this twatting about with Hobbits and such.

(Actually I did really enjoy the LOTR trilogy).
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:59 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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Posted by Jess:

Coz Fritz the Cat and Aeon Flux should be on the list along with Anime classix Akira and Ghost in the Shell (I love that one, the comix too)


Aeon Flux rocks from orbit. I love the way the plot continually digests itself and makes less and less sense as it continues. I'm surprised there hasn't been more of a revival of this. It's pretty much disappeared in the UK. I like the fact that it had manga sensibilities, but a very dirty, base, european mentality that set it apart.
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x Unread post xDas Behaelter   - at 10:43 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Das Behaelter I actually considered Harold and Maude, but forgot to add it.

Have we mentioned?:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Flash Gordon
Repo Man
Evil Dad
Army of Darkness
Three Amigos
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Space Balls
Time Bandits
Labyrinth
2001
The Space Pirates
A Night at the Roxbury
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I can't believe I forgot to mention the first time...The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! I actually saw that one in the theatre.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 11:50 am on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Ahhh....Peter Weller. Such limited skill. But such entertainment value.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 1:05 pm on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Jess this reply gonna go all over the place so bear with me..

I read A Clockwork Orange and yeah, there is a major difference in tone from the book. You really don't get the sense of character development in the movie as you do in the book. The book, of course, is written in a future, bastardised dialect of English which, until you're maybe a third of the way in, loses some things in the translation. But by the end seems to be almost a useful device that allows the reader to slip into the protagonist's headspace. You really get the feeling that you're in the mind of a poorly educated, angry and misunderstood young man who has some inkling of a "better way" but lacks the proper tools to help him find it.

All of that seems to be lost in the movie, which to me seems to just packages up the violence in some semi-palettable form and tries to be shocking; but since you don't have that personalised frame of reference of the main character, it's just empty shock value. It seems to tell rather than show - against the cardinal rule of narrative and character revelation.

Anyway, after posting Aeon Flux, I was thinking, well it's not really a movie. It's actually a collection of short films I believe first aired on MTV wasn't it? Maybe Nickelodeon.. Anyway, I guess since they put it all on a single tape, it has gained "movie status" and with that "cult status." So if any movie counts, I guess it would be that one. The scrambled, non-linear storyline is really just a result of it not being on any one standard timeline. But it works because A- it's a cartoon and obviously doesn't try to be realistic or have any plot consistancy and B- it creates this sort of mythological atmosphere that just screams "cult status." I especially liked the really whacked out one where she's got this crickety spine that gets all fucked up when she gets "hurt" (she gets hurt a lot but being a cartoon, she doesn't seem to die or feel pain.) The drawing in that one was just so far beyond anything else they had done and it just left you going "whaaaaaa?."

And Repo Man.. Another good one that I've seen a few times but for some reason never remember. A lot of cult films are like that with me. No idea why. I think my brain wants me to see it again and again and so it just shuts off while I'm watching to make sure I do. lol
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x Unread post xJess   - at 1:08 pm on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Jess and did anyone post "Heavy Metal" yet. That one is like several cult movies in one. Some of it's just so cheesy it's painful to watch but you just can't help yourself..

I think that's another good indication of a cult movie right there. You know it's probably wrong but it feels so good to be watching it. grin
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x Unread post xJess   - at 1:09 pm on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Jess yeah I guess Das, did. Sorry man. Yes I guess the answer to your question is "YES cartoons DO count!" grin
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x Unread post xDas Behaelter   - at 1:31 pm on Friday January 2 2004 x
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x Das Behaelter Aha! :-D
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x Unread post xB_D_T   - at 11:44 am on Saturday January 3 2004 x
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x B_D_T In that case, I'd like to add Bambi, the only film to make me cry (I was only 6)
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 6:54 am on Monday January 5 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo The original Buster Crabbe "Flash Gordon" series.

Oiled men in shorts. Hilarious and strangley arousing.
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x Unread post xJizz Master Zero   - at 11:13 am on Monday January 5 2004 x
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x Jizz Master Zero Clockwork Orange was a very good book, not a lot of the feel of it was in the movie though. Also, the funny English / Russian patois was much more pronounced in the book, I think there may have even been a glossary (i.e., Zoobies are teeth, Rookers are fists, so if zoobies go flying, I'll assume someone was tolchoked with a rooker... and the red red kroovy will flow...)

One thing it did though is make me feel sad whenever I see the very poorly aged Malcolm McDowell on screen, I think of him always as Alex DeLarge, just singin' in the rain...
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x Unread post xJizz Master Zero   - at 10:38 am on Tuesday January 6 2004 x
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x Jizz Master Zero I forgot a great movie, RUSHMORE.

Jeez I can't even remember who was responsible for it, but it's the same guy (guys?) as did the Royal Tenenbaums. Rushmore is really good.

Very quirky, lots of good dialogue.
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x Unread post xpsyklone   - at 4:41 pm on Tuesday January 6 2004 x
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x psyklone Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Orgazmo
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Newer movies, but definitely cult material.
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x Unread post xxBilly_Tascademo   - at 5:03 am on Thursday January 8 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo I love the nightmare before Christmas. Henry Selick took all the good production design that Tim Burton is always too lazy to use properly and created something both very twisted and utterly charming. Great Danny Elfman music too.
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