Best Cult Movies You Will Never Forget
Cult films are usually left out at the box office mostly because one) a greater bulk of them are low-budget and two) they’re too unfathomable for the mainstream media to make any commercial sense. The following list contains some cult classic flicks that proved the genre also had all the stamps to command repeated viewings from a good section of the population.
Withnail and I
Director: Bruce Robinson
Writer: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths
Just about the same time he released “I’ve got My Mind Set On You” Robinson produced “Withnail and I”, hysterical comedy about two actors in London struggling to make things happen. Tired of city life, they head north to a cottage, and that’s where all the adventure unfold.
The Big Lebowski
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
It’s not uncommon for fans to act like they see on movies. It could be the dress code, the slanging, or any other not-so-major imitation. But when fans go to as far as imitating the props and appendages, then that becomes a whole new, different story as with “The Big Lebowski” film.
Army of Darkness
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
In this movie, we have Bruce Campbell being sent back in time to the year 1300AD. He has to find a way to go back to the present. The movie uses both comedy and horror, which makes it one of the movies whose viewers just won’t stop playing over and over again.
Director: Jim Henson
Writers: Dennis Lee (story), Jim Henson (story)
Stars: David Bowie, Jenifer Connelly
David Bowie is portrayed as the Goblin King, who plots to steal away the baby brother to the movie’s heroine Sarah.
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Writer: Tommy Wiseau
Stars: Juliette Danielle, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Kyle Vogt
Everything in “The Room” is awfully wrong, especially the script. With endless talks about “future wives” when referring to wives, the movies have a whole lot of misplaced subplots. It even goes as far as advising viewers to keep their comments in their pocket. But that didn’t stop it from attracting the devoted following behind it.
Dazed and Confused
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Adam Goldberg, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey.
Editor’s Note: I tried to add the plot summary that I prepared for this movie a thousand times without any success. I am not implying a conspiracy here, but I definetely will have to watch this movie again.
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
Donnie Darko is a troubled teenager from Middlesex Virginia. One day while sleeping he’s woken up by a figure covered in an outrageous rabbit costume who leads him outside and introduces himself as “Frank”. He then proceeds to tell Donnie how the world will be ending in 28 days, 6 hours and 42 minutes and that Donnie is the only person to save it.
Director: Michael Lehmann
Writer: Daniel Waters
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Heathers is regarded as the first movie ever to blow the cover off high-school life. The movie revolves around four girls, three of whom share the name, Heather.
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Stars: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
Clerks might have been vulgar as some people report, but its ability to stand the test of time proves it still had some universality. The movie skirts around four individuals: Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob.Dante and Randall are portrayed as patron saints of wise wage slaves, while Jay and Bob represent the freedom of life outside timecard conformity.
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle
The film spins around Samantha Eggar, a young maiden who’s so good at channeling her rage towards those close to her, including her friends, parents, and husbands. She gets so good at it that every time she’s angry at someone, she births several monsters that brutally attack whoever angered her.
Director: Roger Vadim
Writers: Jean-Claude Forest (comic “Barbarella”), Claude Brulé (collaborating writer)
Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg
Jane Fonda plays the role of a secret agent who has the tendency of hopping from planet to planet and has trouble keeping her clothes on. Directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim, the movie is regarded as one of the best cult movies of the 60s.
The Princess Bride
Director: Rob Reiner
Writers: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
The Princess Bride is an amazing romance/fantasy film written by Rob Reiner. It has been regarded as one of the most brilliantly cast films of the 80s. The film received rave reviews immediately after its release, and it’s amazing how its reputation has continued to grow drastically over the years.
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Darren Smith (screenplay), Terrance Zdunich (screenplay)
Stars: Paul Sorvino, Alexa Pena Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton
The events in the movie unleash in the year, 2056 when the world is crammed by the problem of organ failure. There’s one huge corporation giving transplants to those willing to pay for it. But if you miss paying, expect a visit from the repo man.
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Writers: John Cameron Mitchell (book), Stephen Trask (book),
Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Andrea Martin
Hedwig & The Angry Inch debuted as a musical flick back in 1998. Though the film didn’t bring many returns, it was able to recoup a huge chunk of its budget through DVD sales.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
The early 80s favored the nerds. There were new and very exciting video games hitting galleries every month. Home computers were becoming available, and Star Trek was making a huge comeback. Life couldn’t be any sweeter for nerds. And then there was the Blade Runner, one of the best war films that didn’t struggle to attract a massive following of cult-like devotees.
Director: John Landis
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway
Blue Brothers serves as solid proof that movies based off Saturday Night Live can still be great. The film revolves around Jake and Elwood Blues, two young men sent by God to save an Orphanage. Some of the great musicians of the time make appearance, staging one of the biggest concerts ever seen in a movie.
Director: David Lynch
Writer: David Lynch
Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
Eraserhead is an American surrealist horror film written by David Lynch. The film is about Henry; a man left to care for his deformed child in a desolate landscape. Henry is seen throughout the movie hallucinating about his child and a lady in a radiator.
Bride of Frankenstein
Director: James Whale
Writers: Mary Shelley (novel), William Hurlbut (adaptation)
Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger
Bride of Frankenstein was a sequel to the 1931 Frankenstein movie. It’s regarded as the wildest and greatest of all classic Universal horror flicks.
Harold and Maude
Director: Hal Ashby
Writer: Colin Higgins
Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles
Harold, a compulsive suicide-faker, manages to run away from his bossy mother so he can be free to have a steamy relationship with Maude. What follows are intriguing subplots of comic, gloom, and drama.
Director: Mike Judge
Writers: Mike Judge (Milton animated shorts, screenplay)
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
The hero in this movie is an Introvert with some weird fixation. You’re free to anything you want but don’t touch his Red Swingline.
Director: Mike Hodges
Writers: Mike Hodges (screenplay), Ted Lewis (novel)
Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
Michael Caine is a returning hard man trying to investigate his brother’s murder. He has to go against a tide of the uninviting housing estate and grim club workers to get to the bottom of the case.
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: Ray Nelson (short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning”), John Carpenter (screenplay)
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Roddy Piper accidentally discovers a pair of sunglasses that can show how the world is. From alien teeming to unlawful conniving, prepare for a kick ass moment from Roddy Piper.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Writers: Catherine Johnson (screenplay), Catherine Johnson (musical book)
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski.
Mamma Mia is both brilliant and absurd, and hence a perfect cult fodder. The film is adapted from the 1999 West Broad musical going by the same name (based on the songs of a famous pop group called ABBA).
The Evil Dead
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York
The legions of kids that happened to have watched the film in the 80s, particularly before 1984, can’t help becoming Raimi’s devoted fans. The movie rotates around five college students on vacation in an isolated cabin located in a forested area. Part of the group eventually suffer from some demonic possession, and that’s where the story begins.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Kim Henkel (story), Tobe Hooper (story)
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Teri McMinn
A grinding horror classic that still brings chills to viewers several decades after its release. Though produced on the budget less than $300, 000, the film attracted a massive audience that loved every single bit of it.