Surely you might have heard of those movies which were critically destroyed at the time of their release, probably bombed at the box-office, but then, with the passing of time, they proved to be literally adored by the audiences. Movies like The Thing or Blade Runner didn’t say much when they were first viewed in the cinematographs. What happened afterwards made them history.
Nevertheless, we will probably not mention the cult favorites or the cult greatest – if we may, it is all about the underground cult.
1. The Room
Some might have said that this movie was like being stabbed in the head. Some might have compared it with the Casablanca of the bad movies. The script is literally composed of words glued together, the acting resembles a bad child’s play, and the directing is worse than a first time homemade movie – all the congratulations go to Tommy Wiseau. Nevertheless, this movie is regarded now as one of the “so bad it is good” movies of all time, getting regular late-night screenings all over the world.
2. Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke
What started as a dumb stoner comedy became after ten years, once the first motion picture was released, the go-to comedy for all those who enjoy the high-altitude and low-oxygen jokes of the Mexican-exploitation. It may not be very funny the first time you see it, but it will grow on you like Mary Jane under ultraviolet light.
3. They Live
What else do you need for a cult movie than a pair of shades, chewing bubble-gum and a bad scenario? That’s right, if you buy a pair of sun-glasses from whatever store you like and you say “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum”, most chances are that you have played in one of the most likeable alien bad movies.
4. The Evil Dead
This is a roller-coaster of clichés, which makes it one of the go-to movies if you are in for cheap thrills and tons of very expected gore. This movie made Bruce Campbell the B-movie legend he is with nothing else than the joy of film-making and tons of imagination. This is a statement that you don’t actually need big budgets in order to make history.
This is yet another low-budget movie which really packs a punch… a very comedic punch. How else would it be, if all of it happens in a store where the clerks are, well, Clerks? This is one of the most enjoyable movies, especially if you play a game called “the drinking game”: rest assured, nobody will walk away unharmed.
6. From Dusk Till Dawn
Do you want to know why the series won’t work? Because cult movies cannot be remade with the same… lack of success. This Robert Rodriguez movie can be viewed as part crime saga, part searching for God story, and part over the top vampire movie. If it sounds like a great time, than it really is a great time.
This is quite a hefty movie which combines social and political commentaries with mystery and with very relatable comedy. While 1984 and other dystopias count only on the tragic element of the story, this Terry Gilliam masterpiece actually emphasizes the absurd and the comedic side of it all, while still making a statement. It is all a dream, really, from a certain point in time.
8. Plan 9 From Outer Space
While some movies are so bad that they are good, this movie actually goes well beyond into the realm of “did somebody do this with a purpose?” Of course, one could debate an entire night on Ed Wood’s true intentions – which will certainly make one lose the entire point of the film. And the point is… well, nobody really knows. Yet.
When you have a line which goes like “Jesus wept” you certainly expect some hefty philosophical interrogations. It is not the case of this movie, which might as well be called the precursor of the torture-porn genre, with its questions about the connection between pleasure and hell. Wait – this actually sounds pretty philosophical actually. Do you understand now why this is a cult movie?
David Lynch. Do you need any further explanations?
11. A Clockwork Orange
“I’m singing in the rain” – who is the one who doesn’t know these lyrics? Most certainly Alec DeLarge knows them pretty well. A Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, this ultraviolent movie is all about being good because you have chosen so. No, this is actually about being bad because you had the liberty of being so, even if his means killing a woman with a huge, giant penis-like sculpture.
12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Do you want to know what the critics said about this movie? Here it is: “Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle’s gone” and “The picture might have made a pretty good college show… But the wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same.” It has made more than 100 million dollars since it has debuted. That must certainly says something.
This is a cartoon. This is a Japanese cartoon. This is a Japanese cartoon which deals with the fear of the nuclear holocaust. This is a Japanese cartoon which deals with the fear of the nuclear holocaust and which made the entire world attentive to the power of suggestion packed in a simple cartoon. Akira.
14. Black Dynamite
In the true legacy of the exploitation genre, this movie may seem to be quite late for the party. However, the humor is so sincere in its simplicity and the attention to details is so carefully selected that this can only mean but one thing: a return to the genre which makes one feel quite nostalgic about the times when someone was really sticking it to the man.
15. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
So you have your black assassin from an average American town, who reads the Art of War, who follows his own set of principles, and who ends up being betrayed by his employers. What’s next? Well, of course, it is revenge, which is a dish best served every time, especially when it is dealt by such a great and carefully built character – Ghost Dog.
So these are our choices for the somehow cult movies. Why somehow you might ask and not simply the greatest cult movies? Well because now it is quite debatable how a movie can become a cult one, because now even a mindless and heartless blockbuster has the chances of becoming a cult hit.
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