Don’t get me wrong, I love conventional cinema as much as the next guy. But Cult Films are amazing, and here are my top 5.
Sometimes a certain movie comes along that is so strange and different to what we are used to seeing that it takes your breath away. Or maybe the characters or themes in the film just strike a chord with us in a special way that only cult classics can.
It’s hard to pin point exactly what makes a cult classic but the best way to describe a cult film is that it is great for some but not for others. These films attract a very niche but dedicated following. The reason being is that cult classics often centre around weird characters and plots and have very memorable lines of dialogue. Often times these films totally bomb at the box office but over the years attract a loyal, ‘cult’ like following.
This list of top 5 cult classics is in no way an official recommendation based on ratings – that would be very un-cult like. These are just some of my personal favourites:
5) Fight Club (1999)
“The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about fight club.” Well too bad because I’m about to talk about it right now. This cult classic is known for being a counter cultural icon for men around the world. Nothing quite speaks to the male ego like bashing a dude’s face in the basement of a bar to release the stress of the week. Brad Pitt’s larger than life character, ripped fucking abs (omg so hot *blushes*) and inspiring dialogue just want to make you kick over your can of beer and start fighting random men for no apparent reason. For obvious reasons this film wasn’t such a hit with the ladies, but it still remains one of the most memorable cult films of the ’90s!
4) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Unlike so many cult classics, Pulp Fiction was actually a commercial success upon its release. To this day it still attracts a loyal following and is very popular at midnight movies screenings. John Travolta was just another washed out actor who was in a thing or two a long time ago (Grease), but Quentin Tarantino’s decision to cast him back into the spotlight turned out to be the right decision after all. Pulp fiction is known for its quirky criminals and comic book like dialogue: “Zed’s dead baby” – god I love that line!.
But what really sets this film apart is the black humour sprinkled over the incredibly stylised and violent plot points. Its just plain cool and incredibly funny. Pulp fiction will forever remain one of the most well respected cult classics of all time. Treat yourself and give it a watch!
3) The Evil Dead (1981)
Many horror films have later become cult hits, but the film that stands above all the rest is The Evil Dead. Anyone that dares call themselves a horror geek has seen this film at least 731 times and could probably recite entire scenes from the film. This film is the epitome of ‘cult classic.’ When you have evil demons trapped inside a cassette that posses people to go on a murderous rampage then you know have a recipe for cult film royalty.
2) The Big Lebowski (1998)
For some, a cult classic isn’t just a film, but a way of life. Years after its release, The Big Lebowski has become a lot more than just a stoner comedy. Fans of this film even created a religion called Dudeism and a festival named the Lebowski Fest, in which dedicated fans from around the world gather every year to partake in dude-like festivities. The truth is The Dude also has a special place in my heart. He’s a simple man thrust into an outrageously complex case of mistaken identity. In true cult like fashion, the film contains a weirdly convoluted plot that never quite ties the room together (pun intended). Satirical characters and hilariously memorable dialogue firmly places this film in the cult classic hall of fame. A must watch!
1) The Rocky Horror pictures show (1975)
I couldn’t resist including this deliciously theatrical master piece as my first pick. I mean, it ticks all the boxes if you like big musical numbers and lingerie. This low budget cult classic tanked when it was released, but thanks to the good old midnight screenings, a die hard audience began to show up at cinemas dressing like the crazy characters in the film and singing along the lyrics. Like too many cult films, there was a kind of sequel (shock treatment) that didn’t come close to the original.
So are you a cult fan of any of these films? Or maybe of a different film entirely? Let us know in the comments!