Monday, September 24

Cult Classics


What makes a film a so-called Cult Classic? Like many things, this can be pretty subjective, but in my opinion, cult films successfully "push the envelope."


I love the definition I found on http://www.filmsite.org/cultfilms.html:

"Cult Films have limited but very special appeal. Cult films are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal, with outrageous, weird, unique and cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. They can be very stylized, and they are often flawed or unusual in some striking way."


Here's what Wikipedia has to say about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_film


The first film that comes to my mind is Rocky Horror Picture Show. Have you ever been to a showing, where you dress up like a transvestite, bring a piece of unbuttered toast, and sing along? If not, this is for you, my dear: http://www.rockyhorror.com/participation/virgins.php
I found out something very interesting at filmsite.org. Did you know that the re-released version of The Sound of Music also had a sing-along audience, and they dressed up as nuns, Nazis and goatheads? What a trip!
One of my all-time favorite films is Life is Beautiful, and in researching this post, I discovered that some consider it a Cult Classic. Office Space, Big Lebowski (which I only recently got my hands on), and Heathers are a few of my favorites. One I didn't enjoy in the least (but might have to rewatch someday as an adult) is A Clockwork Orange. And sadly, I haven't seen a single one on this Top 10 list: http://worldfilm.about.com/od/cultfilms/tp/cultdvds.htm


What is YOUR favorite Cult Film? Here's a list of the Top 50 if you need a little help: http://5mtl.com/ft/culttop.htm

9 comments:

Alyson Noel said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Harold & Maude! But I also love-- Heathers, Rocky Horror, Rushmore, Clockwork Orange, This is Spinal Tap . . .

Gerb said...

I was kind of surprised to see Shawshank Redemption listed. It's one of my all-time favorite movies - I just wouldn't have thought of it as a cult classic. 'Course it was on the EW list...

Sara Hantz said...

I've always wanted to go see the Sound of Music singalong version!!! Got to love that movie. I also love Shawshank, Heathers (seriously love that one), Clueless (which I din't see on the list, but is so GOOD)

Erica Orloff said...

Love cult films/quirky films. Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, Best in Show (and any film by Christopher Guest) . . . My list goes on and on.:-) Fun post!

Wendy Toliver said...

Alyson,
If you love Harold & Maude that much, it's totally on my Must See list.

Gerb,
I was surprised too.

Hi Sara,
The singalong Sound of Music would be a blast.

Erica,
I just barely saw Best in Show when it was on TV. Very funny!

Thanks for weighing in, gals!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Ooh, Tim Curry!

Amanda Ashby said...

I watched the start of Clockwork Orange again quite recently and truly, I hated it even more second time around! But lots of other good ones on the list. Spinal Tap can make me cry with laughter just thinking about it, though no mention of my all time fav - The Princess Bride.

Kelly Parra said...

Oh, mine from the list has to be Heathers!

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