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2011-12-18 05:50:24 PM
The Old Dark House (1933)
Freaks (1932)
Forbidden Zone
Delicatessen
Hellzapopping!
Dark Star
(John Carpenter student movie)
Bambi meets Godzilla (a very short subject made suddenly shorter)
Rosalie Goes Shopping
The Life of Brian
The Ruttles
 
2011-12-18 05:52:13 PM
Didn't get past the first listing. 2001 is not a cult film.
 
2011-12-18 06:05:48 PM
Trick R Treat
 
2011-12-18 06:07:25 PM

GAT_00: Didn't get past the first listing. 2001 is not a cult film.


This. There's at least a dozen on the list that fall into the "i don't think you understand what 'cult film' means" list. My personal favorite "WTF is this doing on this list" one is the Star Wars saga. Not the 1977 film mind you, the SAGA. Oh, and The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life are on the list too.

That being said, the blank in the headline, by this list's line of logic, is Office Space. By a farking mile of red Swingline staplers.
 
2011-12-18 06:08:21 PM

GAT_00: Didn't get past the first listing. 2001 is not a cult film.


IOverrated, yes. Cult? No.

Other questionable "cult" films?

Bride of Frankenstein, Casablanca, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Godzilla, It's A Wonderful Life... STAR WARS?! THE WIZARD OF OZ?!?!?

Okay, you know what, over half this list seems to be mainstream and popular films. Where's the cult films? Where's UHF? Where's Head? Where's Cannibal: The Musical or Orgazmo? Those are cult films, not THE WIZARD OF FARKING OZ!
 
2011-12-18 06:14:29 PM
Suspiria.
 
2011-12-18 06:16:29 PM
2001 Maniacs.
 
2011-12-18 06:17:04 PM
Motel Hell.
 
2011-12-18 06:19:48 PM
i agree with the general consensus that the authors had no clue as to what a cult film really is.

A "Cult" film is one that has a small, devoted following, a charismatic leader, and a central temple where they sacrifice unbelievers.

Only fourteen of the films on that list qualify.
 
2011-12-18 06:20:46 PM
Does Airplane still qualify as a cult film? Surely it can't be too popular?
 
2011-12-18 06:23:06 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Does Airplane still qualify as a cult film? Surely it can't be too popular?


It is too popular. And don't call me Shirley.
 
2011-12-18 06:25:32 PM
Nice of it to have some olde school pron.
 
2011-12-18 06:28:48 PM

Daddy's Big Pink Man-Squirrel: Only fourteen of the films on that list qualify.


Okay, for my idea of the meaning of the term, off of their list *(and a few questionable ones too, but whatever):

Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988
Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972
The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1998
Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982
Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, 1978
Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978
Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001
The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981
The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981
Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981
Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975
Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968
Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959
Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975
Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974
This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984
The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, 1984
The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979

The rest are either don't knows or the aforementioned WTFs.

\off my best friends' insane movie shelf, they own at least Rocky (it's how they met), Reefer Madness, Akira, Plan 9, Night of the Living Dead, Donnie Darko... and yes, they do, in fact, own an actual copy of mother farking MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE
 
2011-12-18 06:33:17 PM

FriarReb98:

\off my best friends' insane movie shelf, they own at least Rocky (it's how they met), Reefer Madness, Akira, Plan 9, Night of the Living Dead, Donnie Darko... and yes, they do, in fact, own an actual copy of mother farking MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE


Manos is fairly easy to get. There's an old single disc release, the new Shout Factory MST3K release has the film without riffing, and some guy just discovered an old 16mm workprint, and is endeavoring to bring the film to blu ray.

/MST3K is responsible for quite a few cult films.
 
2011-12-18 06:34:34 PM
Where the hell is Idiocracy?
 
2011-12-18 06:37:39 PM

GAT_00: Where the hell is Idiocracy?


They were going to include it, but they decided instead to put Twilight on the list.
 
2011-12-18 06:38:47 PM
Wasn't expecting to see Don't Torture a Duckling (new window) on there...
 
2011-12-18 06:39:05 PM

GAT_00: Where the hell is Idiocracy?


Came to say this
 
2011-12-18 06:39:59 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Bride of Frankenstein, Casablanca, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Godzilla, It's A Wonderful Life... STAR WARS?! THE WIZARD OF OZ?!?!?


Well Fight Club maybe because it almost didn't get made, a lot of upper level guys at 20th Century Fox got fired over it and it took a while for people to appreciate it.

But all those other ones, no.
 
2011-12-18 06:43:25 PM

Mugato: FirstNationalBastard: Bride of Frankenstein, Casablanca, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Godzilla, It's A Wonderful Life... STAR WARS?! THE WIZARD OF OZ?!?!?

Well Fight Club maybe because it almost didn't get made, a lot of upper level guys at 20th Century Fox got fired over it and it took a while for people to appreciate it.

But all those other ones, no.


Technically, you could say something similar about It's A Wonderful Life, since the movie was a failure until it became cheap or free TV airtime filler for channels in the '60s.

But, at this point, neither It's A Wonderful Life or Fight Club could be considered cult films. They're too popular and well known.
 
2011-12-18 06:44:54 PM
s3.amazonaws.com
/There's nothing better than watching a midnight showing of "The Room"
//Period.
///SPOON!!!!!!
 
2011-12-18 06:46:19 PM
Hot Wet American Summer

/You taste like a burger. I don't like you anymore.
 
2011-12-18 06:48:36 PM
No Princess Bride? Inconceivable!
 
2011-12-18 06:48:38 PM
I applaud the list. But what about:

Valley Of The Dolls
Massacre At Central High
The Lonely Lady
The Last American Virgin
Single Room Furnished
 
2011-12-18 06:49:14 PM

Mugato: FirstNationalBastard: Bride of Frankenstein, Casablanca, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Godzilla, It's A Wonderful Life... STAR WARS?! THE WIZARD OF OZ?!?!?

Well Fight Club maybe because it almost didn't get made, a lot of upper level guys at 20th Century Fox got fired over it and it took a while for people to appreciate it..


Yeah, the definition of "cult" is more than just unexpectedly grew long legs.
 
2011-12-18 06:50:25 PM
List fails without Armageddon
 
2011-12-18 06:50:56 PM
Freddy Got Fingered
 
2011-12-18 06:52:15 PM
where's trainspotting? that movie kinda sucked, but still..probably should be on there.
 
2011-12-18 06:52:36 PM
Where's Avatar?
 
2011-12-18 06:53:20 PM
What, no Birth of a Nation?

What, it's a cult film.
 
2011-12-18 06:53:21 PM
www.monstershack.net
 
2011-12-18 06:53:58 PM
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
 
2011-12-18 06:54:46 PM
and maybe it's just my own tastes in movies but stuff like Romero's "Night of the Living Dead","Dawn of the Dead" and Hooper's "Chainsaw Massacre" went on to DEFINE ENTIRE GENRES of horror movies. That's not "cult"


Not nearly enough Roger Corman on this list either.
 
2011-12-18 06:54:47 PM
Pi, and Primer come to mind.
 
2011-12-18 06:55:12 PM
Is Buckaroo Banzai on there?
 
2011-12-18 06:55:21 PM
Gummo
 
2011-12-18 06:58:21 PM
the ninth configuration
 
2011-12-18 06:58:23 PM

BroVinny: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension


I see you had already had it covered.
 
2011-12-18 06:58:54 PM
Also, a movie about a rising trend in the GOP.

Seriously, they're going to be a problem in California this election cycle.
 
2011-12-18 07:01:03 PM
Darkstar.

/help me dolittle, help me!
 
2011-12-18 07:01:21 PM

that bosnian sniper: What, no Birth of a Nation?

What, it's a cult film.


I thought it was more of a clan film.
 
2011-12-18 07:04:34 PM
Return of the Living Dead

Meet the Feebles
 
2011-12-18 07:05:55 PM
i41.tinypic.com
 
2011-12-18 07:07:50 PM
"Cube" until the sequel. Ditto for "Highlander"

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" HAD cult status at one time but due largely to it's fanatical followers turning it into a performance art it gained widespread exposure.

The author of TFA must be using the Cult definition of : Movies I myself like very much but don't think anyone else does
 
2011-12-18 07:07:53 PM
The Stuff
 
2011-12-18 07:08:29 PM
Meet the Feebles (nsfw window) should be on there.

If only to let people know what Peter Jackson was up to before the D&D midget porn.
 
2011-12-18 07:08:35 PM
Fandango Link
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Link
 
2011-12-18 07:09:08 PM
List definiitely without this:

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
NFD
2011-12-18 07:10:43 PM
List fails without...

Hardware

Black Snake Moan

Death Machine

Wide Sargasso Sea

Child's Play

They Live
 
2011-12-18 07:18:42 PM
Carnival of Souls
 
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