Cult Films

A Cult Film is a film that have a limited but very special appeal, because is a film that has acquire a highly devoted but specific group of fans. Many cult movies have transcend from their original cult status to became a classic, and then also know Cult Classic.  While other remain in the obscure status “so bad it’s good”.

Cult Films are usually eccentric, don’t follow traditional standards, and many of them are often consider controversial because they are outside from the standard narrative and technical convention. And usually  they have a poor income in the box office.  So with out further do, I will make a list of the best cult movies.

10. Cluless (1995)

Written and Directed by Amy Heckerlling

The movie based in the book “Emma” by Jane Austen Cher is rich, pretty, blonde, popular and knows how to talk anyone into doing just about anything. When she can’t get a teacher to give her a better grade, she and her friend Dion match him up with another teacher to make him happier… and maybe a but laxer on his expectations. When a girl named Tai transfers to Cher’s school, she and Dion give her a makeover and attempt to find her a boyfriend. Cher soon realizes that she wants a boyfriend herself, but no one seems right. She goes through a spiritual makeover and realizes that there’s more to life than clothes and popularity before she finds the boy of her dreams.

9. Planet 9 from outer Space (1959)

Written and Directed by Ed Wood Jr.

“Can your heart stand the shocking facts about Graverobbers from Outer Space?” That’s the question on the lips of the narrator of this tale about flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones. A pair of aliens, angered by the “stupid minds” of planet Earth, set up shop in a California cemetery. Their plan: to animate an army of the dead to march on the capitals of the world. (The fact that they have only managed to resurrect three zombies to date has not discouraged them.) An intrepid airline pilot living near the cemetery must rescue his wife from this low-budget terror. “Can you prove it *didn’t* happen?”

8. Heathers  (1988)

Written by Daniel Waters. Directed by Michael Lehnmann

Veronica Sawyer is sick of being part of the Heathers, the most powerful clic of Westerberg High; making fun of Martha Dunnstock (“Dumptruck”), the fat girl, or doing some stupid polls is something she’ll never get used to. Meanwhile she meets JD, a cool rebel guy who wouldn’t mind shooting a gun at school just to make his point. Remington University’s party is where Veronica has to go as a Heather, and there’s where she gets her ultimatum as a Heather from Heather Chandler, the head of the Heathers. So Veronica and her lover JD “accidentally” kill Heather Chandler and manage to cover it up by making a suicide note. Will this be just the beginning of the assasination-turned-suicide serie of Westerberg High which nor the FBI, the CIA or the PTA would be able to stop?

7. Blade Runner 

Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Directed by Ridley Scott

Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K Dick.  Los Angeles 2019: Rick Deckard is a Blade Runner, a police man of the future who hunts down and terminates replicants, artificially created humans. He wants to get out of the force, but is drawn back in when 4 “skin jobs”, a slang term for replicants, hijack a ship back to Earth. The city that Deckard must search for his prey is a huge, sprawling, bleak vision of the future. This film questions what it is to be human, and why life is so precious.

6. Easy Rider (1969)

Written by: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hoper, and Terry Southern. Directed by Peter Fonda.

This film is landmark in the counterculture films.  Two young “hippie” bikers, Wyatt and Billy sell some dope in Southern California, stash their money away in their gas-tank and set off for a trip across America, on their own personal odyssey looking for a way to lead their lives. On the journey they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities who despise and fear their non-conformism. However Wyatt and Billy also discover people attempting ‘alternative lifestyles’ who are resisting this narrow-mindedness, there is always a question mark over the future survival of these drop-out groups. The gentle hippie community who thank God for ‘a place to stand’ are living their own unreal dream. The rancher they encounter and his Mexican wife are hard-pushed to make ends meet. Even LSD turns sour when the trip is a bad one. Death comes to seem the only freedom. When they arrive at a diner in a small town, they are insulted by the local rednecks as weirdo degenerates. They are arrested on some minor pretext by the local sheriff and thrown in jail where they meet George Hanson, a liberal alcoholic lawyer. He gets them out and decides to join them on their trip to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras.

5. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Written and Directed by Ethan and Joel Cohen.

Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is the ultimate LA slacker, until one day his house is broken into and his rug is peed on by two angry gangsters who have mistaken him for Jeffrey Lebowski, the LA millionaire, whose wife owes some bad people some big money. The Dude becomes entangled in the plot when he goes to visit the real Lebowski in order to get some retribution for his soiled rug, and is recruited to be the liason between Lebowski and the captors of his now “kidnapped” wife.

4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Written adn Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

This is movie is based in the movie in the novel of the same name from Anthony Burgees.  Alex is an “ultraviolent” youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he’s arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programed to detest violence. If he goes through the program his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex’s ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating.

3. Donnie Darko (2001) 

Wirtten and Directed by Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank – a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie’s mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Written by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman. Directed by Jim Sharman.

Brad and Janet, newly engaged, stumble onto the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter during a rainstorm. Taking refuge in the castle, they’re present for the doctor’s unveiling of his newest creation, Rocky. Over the course of the night, Frank seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet and Rocky become involved biblically, Dr. Everett Scott arrives looking for his son Eddie, and it all goes to pot when the guests discover that Frank is actually an alien (a transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy Transylvania) who’s succeeded in creating the Sonic Transducer, “an audio-vibratory physiomolecular transport device” capable of “breaking down solid matter and then projecting it through space and, who knows, perhaps even time itself.”

1. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert (1994)

Written and Directed by Stephan Elliot

Three friends, two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transexual (Bernadette),contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla; with their colorful, extravagant show in a road movie that brings culture clash to the forefront of a comedy of errors. En route, it is discovered that the woman they’ve contracted with is Anthony’s wife. This trip will help them to discover their true feelings, their reality, themselves and etc.

 

 

 

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