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(NPR)   Top 100 cult films. List fails without _______   ( divider line 280
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2011-12-19 01:33:05 AM  

FrankTheYank: P.S.

thattitanguy: All these things properly define "cult"

The term "cult movie" has an established usage that can't be derived from the definitions of "cult" and "movie." I remember how taken aback I was when my college roommate told me his father had a huge collection of teen exploitation movies. Like anybody else who had never heard the term before would have, I thought he was talking about his father's porn collection. The meaning of words used together doesn't always have the obvious or strictly logical relationship with what the words mean separately.

Everything comes from somewhere, I suppose that someone could have coined the term "marginally appealing movie that for some reason small, yet occasionally larger, groups of people like, but others may or may not, but those that do really, really, really like it", but that's no where near as catchy.

While it's true that a strictly logical interpretation of the individual words of a phrase are not necessary to understand what that phrase means, words do mean things. We can't just dismiss them because we feel like our interpretation of the phrase is the truest best meaning.

The problem ultimately is that the term has been and will continue to be used in the most broadest of terms with all sorts of variety of films to be included in it's domain. I maintain that a movie on any list of cult movies are primarily included because of the nature of it's fans rather than any other criteria. And the word "cult" was used specifically because of the audience's reaction and participation in their enjoyment rather than any other matter of genre, nostalgia, intertexual-ness, shocking material, level of quality or size of fan base that could be attributed to the movie.
2011-12-19 01:59:46 AM  
2011-12-19 02:15:52 AM  
Wikker Man (1973)
Danger Diabolik (1968)
IF (1968)
2011-12-19 02:19:46 AM  
Ice Pirates
Welcome to Woop Woop
Sweet Movie
2011-12-19 03:06:38 AM  

Sliding Carp: Ice Pirates
Welcome to Woop Woop
Sweet Movie

For some reason, I tried describing Zardoz to someone last week. They thought I was crazy.
2011-12-19 03:31:49 AM
2011-12-19 03:48:10 AM  
Blood and Roses (1960, d. Roger Vadim)

Tension (1949, d. John Berry)

Scarlet Street (1945, d. Fritz Lang)

M (1931, d. Fritz Lang)

Detour (1945, d. Edgar G. Ulmer)

The Saddest Music in the World (2003, d. Guy Maddin)

Targets (1968, d. Peter Bogdanovich)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, d. Shane Black)

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1983, d. Nicolas Roeg)

Rock and Rule (1983, d. Clive A. Smith)

Performance (1970, d. Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg)

The Final Programme (1973, d. Robert Fuest)

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, d. Robert Fuest)

Once Were Warriors (1994, d. Lee Tamahori)

Red Rock West (1992, d. John Dahl)

Bagdad Cafe (1987, d. Percy Adlon)

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains (1982, d. Lou Adler)

Phantom of the Paradise (1973, d. Brian DePalma)

Yellow Submarine (1968, d. George Dunning)

Enter The Void (2009, d. Gaspar Noe)

Paris, Texas (1984, d. Wim Wenders)

Wings of Desire (1987, d. Wim Wenders)

Mommie Dearest (1981, d. Frank Perry)

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007, d. Andrew Dominik)

Hard Boiled (1992, d. John Woo)

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953, d. Roy Rowland)

Metropolis (1927, d. Fritz Lang)

The Stunt Man (1980, d. Richard Rush)

Bound (1996, d. The Wachowskis)

The Last Seduction (d. John Dahl)

Over The Edge (1979, d. Jonathan Kaplan)

Danger: Diabolik (1968, d. Mario Bava)

Barbarella (1968, d. Roger Vadim)

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974, d. John Hough)

The Driver (1978, d. Walter Hill)

After Hours (1985, d. Martin Scorsese)

Stuck (2007, d. Stuart Gordon)

Fritz The Cat (1972, d. Ralph Bakshi)

The Thing (1982, d. John Carpenter)

Wizards (1977, d. Ralph Bakshi)

Night of the Comet (1984, d. Thom Eberhardt)

Death Race 2000 (1975, d. Paul Bartel)

Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979, d. Allan Arkush)

Basket Case (1982, d. Frank Henenlotter)

Last Night (1998, d. Don McKellar)

Charley Varrick (1973, d. Don Siegel)

Zelig (1983, d. Woody Allen)

Hopscotch (1980, d. Ronald Neame)

The Last of Sheila (1973, d. Herb Ross)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, d. Joseph Sargent)

Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, d. Sam Peckinpah)

My Own Private Idaho (1991, d. Gus Van Sant)

Rolling Thunder (1977, d. John Flynn)

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, d. John Carpenter)

Pontypool (2008, d. Bruce McDonald)

Night of The Creeps (1986, d. Fred Dekker)

The Rocketeer (1991, d. Joe Johnston)

Ed Wood (1994, d. Tim Burton)

Zardoz (1974, d. John Boorman)

The Ref (1994, d. Ted Demme)

The Duelists (1977, d. Ridley Scott)

The Grey Fox (1982, d. Philip Borsos)

Time After Time (1979, d. Nicholas Meyer)

The Ninth Configuration (1980, d. William Peter Blatty)

The President's Analyst (1968, d. Theodore J. Flicker)

Caligula (1979, d. Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione)

Serenity (2005, d. Joss Whedon)

The Fall (2006, d. Tarsem Singh)

Shortbus (2006, d. John Cameron Mitchell)

Drive (2011, d. Nicolas Winding Refn)

Super (2010, d. James Gunn)

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011, d. Jason Eisener)

Hausu (1977, d. Nobuhiko Ohbayashi)

Johnny Guitar (1954, d. Nicolas Ray)

7 Men From Now (1956, d. Budd Boetticher)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994, d. Stephan Elliott)

A Scanner Darkly (2006, d. Richard Linklater)

Goodbye, Uncle Tom (1971, dir. Jacopetti & Prosperi)

Dolemite (1975, d. D'Urville Martin)

Truck Turner (1974, d. Jonathan Kaplan)

Used Cars (1980, d. Robert Zemeckis)

Re: the list in the article:

Any list that can introduce me to four films *I've* never even heard of before in any capacity is a list that holds worth to me. I also widely smiled upon seeing that it also included Daughters of Darkness (a seriously under-appreciated [and absolutely gorgeous] Eurohorror cinematic wonderment).
2011-12-19 04:00:18 AM  

Ennuipoet: 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.

It's an entirely different kind of movie. Altogether.
2011-12-19 05:02:01 AM  
sorry - late to the party - my list of honorable mentions that haven't been honorably mentioned as of yet...

In the Company of Men
Thank You for not Smoking
Flash Gordon
Silent Running
Sid & Nancy
Rumble Fish
Rosencrantz & Gildenstern are Dead
Romper Stomper
Resovoir Dogs
Ninja Scroll
Natural Born Killers
Easy Rider
Cry Baby
Cool World
Angel Heart
American Psycho
2011-12-19 05:52:38 AM
2011-12-19 06:13:15 AM  
Farkers have covered most of mine. So I will simply say:

Time Bandits

That is all.

/ah like leetle things hitting zeach other!
2011-12-19 06:31:18 AM  
river's edge
2011-12-19 07:14:32 AM  
Get Ready to be Boyzvoiced (2000)

Think Spinal Tap, but with a Norwegian boy-band that sings about such heartbreaks as finding that out that your girlfriend who told you she was 16 is in fact only 12, and falling in love with your cousin. Their failing career is revived when they secure a sponsorship from a fish-stick manufacturer.

The guy who plays the lead singer (and a few other roles) is a farking comic genius.
2011-12-19 07:22:57 AM  
Hollywood Knights
2011-12-19 07:50:13 AM  
The Princess Bride
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
The Goonies
Serenity (seriously... Brown coats epitomize cult :) )
Gleaming the Cube or Pump Up the Volume
Hedwig & the Angry Inch
The Crow
Galaxy Quest
Escape from New York
Big Trouble in Little China
Tropic Thunder (while a decent box office hit, look at its key phrases persisting)
Aliens (nuke it from orbit)

So many to choose from...
2011-12-19 07:57:49 AM  
Credit for including Thundercrack!

Credit taken away for pretty much every other reason in this thread.
2011-12-19 08:20:04 AM  
Okay, as has been said by many...Casablanca is a cult film? How about Titanic? What about ....eff that.

The other thing I want to say is...Dirty Dancing? Are you farking kidding me? Top 100 piece of shiat.
2011-12-19 08:27:57 AM  

optional: List fails without Brick.

/lousy two-bit yeggs

Glad I'm not the only oone who loves that film.

also, Miller's Crossing and In Bruges
2011-12-19 08:32:23 AM  

FriarReb98: 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.

I would have to agree with the wrong use of cult films. Star Wars, 2001, Its a Wonderful Life, LotR... All big and famous films. Now there are some cult favorites on there, Evil Dead for example... But where is Office Space (or is it to famous to be considered cult any more).
2011-12-19 08:41:02 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: [ image 400x300]

Surely I'm not the only one??

Wheres my Rolex... I said I wanted a Rolex!
2011-12-19 09:16:28 AM  
I second the Ice Pirates suggestion. Come on, how can you not like space herpes?
2011-12-19 10:43:20 AM
Cemetery Man.

See it.
Know it.
Love it.
2011-12-19 10:54:51 AM  
Good to see thy Manos: The Hands of Fate is mentioned.
2011-12-19 11:01:53 AM  
WTF, did Peter Jackson's publicist write that piece of shiat list. Quentin Tarrantino isn't listed at all. I would think at least Reservoir Dogs...

What about...
Boxing Helena
Super Troopers
Boondock Saints
2011-12-19 11:16:17 AM
2011-12-19 11:21:24 AM  
At this point I would hardly call The Big Lebowski a cult film. I do fancy this other Buscemi piece, however: (new window)
2011-12-19 11:31:31 AM
2011-12-19 11:41:22 AM  
Hudson Hawk
Big Trouble in Little China
2011-12-19 11:54:37 AM  

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

Glad to see someone here has their head on straight.
2011-12-19 12:36:25 PM  
2011-12-19 12:41:05 PM  
Judge Dredd

the Beastmaster
2011-12-19 12:41:31 PM  

albert71292: Kentucky Fried Movie
Groove Tube

Yes, and Amazon Women on the Moon for that matter

Yes Buckaroo Banzai, was that not on the list? How could that not be on the list?

friedlinx: [ image 430x586]

I don't know if you caught the TCM Remembers clip this year yet, but they do a double take on her that made me laugh.

Here, since I'm in a film thread, let's share that (new window) since they honor and regard the cult films as highly, if not more so, than the regular or ..popular....films.

Tura is shortly after Jeff Conway. When you see it, you'll lol.
2011-12-19 12:48:26 PM  

jmr61: List definiitely without this:

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2011-12-19 12:52:11 PM  
The Dark Backward needs more love as a cult film.
2011-12-19 01:08:03 PM  

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

It's an entirely different film genre altogether.
2011-12-19 01:44:19 PM  
Children. Of. Men.
2011-12-19 01:47:45 PM  

Sabyen91: evilmousse: List fails without

...being by someone other than npr

Shoulda been Breitbart...Wolverines!

uh, how about c) none of the above?
i wasn't being a conservative partisan, i genuinely dislike npr's wine-and-cheese kinda taste. breitbart doesn't do nonpolitical cultural fluff like this anyway to my knowledge. how about cracked's webpage instead--they'd make a list i'd be more aligned with.
2011-12-19 02:05:41 PM  
List fails without the porn everyone shot with your mom.
2011-12-19 02:31:51 PM  
+1 Buckaroo Banzai
2011-12-19 02:38:00 PM  

jn1512: FirstNationalBastard: Does Airplane still qualify as a cult film? Surely it can't be too popular?

It's an entirely different film genre altogether.

It's an entirely different film genre.
2011-12-19 02:53:31 PM  
list looks good .. off the top of my head how about

Blue Velvet

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2011-12-19 02:59:42 PM  

Evilsmurf: CTRL-F Spinal Tap.

Not found.

List fails.

If you were a real fan, you would know the title is This Is Spinal Tap. List fails?
2011-12-19 03:38:23 PM  
Holy crap, TCM is showing Dalek's: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. tuesday 27 at 1:15 AM, after Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers and The Man From Planet X
2011-12-19 03:46:34 PM  
Puppet Master
Ginger Snaps
Highway to Hell
Deep Rising (hey, I liked it. The creature's like something out of Lovecraft)
Children of the Corn (in both senses)
2011-12-19 03:59:32 PM  
The wizard of speed and time Link -- both the original short and the feature length are unrecognized classics.

Kentucky Fried Movie Link

Mother Jugs and Speed Link

Think the author of the article needs to learn the meaning of the word 'cult' as applied to movies. It has nothing to do with the idolatry of celebrity worship and everything to do with great films.
2011-12-19 04:07:24 PM  
Star Wars?!
Dirty Dancing?!

The writer should be dragged behind a hot rod by Tura Satana.
2011-12-19 04:16:05 PM  

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

Neither is Star Wars

Too bad, thattitanguy.

Seriously, if there is any film in the world that says "cult film" it's Star Wars. People eat, breathe and shiat Star Wars. I freaking went to the theater 18 times when it was released. Not because of how popular or successful it was, but because I was an avid fan of the film and so was every other kid in our neighborhood, but many people didn't understand our fanatic devotion to it.

I say again: Cult status is about how obsessive their fan base is; not about whether or not there are a lot of fans or a little. If people are judging cult status on whether or not a movie had a lot of people saw or liked it then many flops could be a cult movie because there's bound to be someone out there who likes it. Obviously that's not the case, because I'm not likely to have someone come up to me at DragonCon dressed up as their favorite character from Ishtar.

I'm not saying you're wrong, but if you are correct, Harry Potter should be number 1 on that list. Stupidest, most obsessive fans evar.
2011-12-19 04:44:17 PM  
Did anyone say Frankenweenie yet? (new window)

BTW, he's remaking it.(new window)
2011-12-19 05:03:08 PM  
No love for Rad?
2011-12-19 05:30:06 PM  
Kicking & Screaming


I'm always surprised more people don't know of this film.
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