March 22, 2016

Cult movies you have to see?

io9 has a list from a couple years back, and while some of the entries are head-scratchers, there are a few worthy mentions.

Here it is, in their order, with my occasional comments:

#30. ZARDOZ. io9 says "The only way a person could properly appreciate this movie is with cult status, and a handful of LSD. But it's absolutely something you have to experience at least once."

#29. TREMORS. Funny and scary at the same time. What more could you want? And despite io9's complaint that the monsters' origins weren't explained, they actually kinda were -- mutations due to nuclear bomb testing. It was the Nevada desert, after all.

#28. THE WARRIORS.
#27. LOST BOYS. Classic 80s entertainment. Ahead of its time.

#26. BORN IN FLAMES.

#25. SHARKTOPUS. Nothing from SyFy should be on this list, sorry.

#24. TALES FROM THE HOOD.
#23. DEATH RACE 2000.
#22. THE HUNGER.
#21. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
#20. DARK STAR.

#19. SLITHER. A surprisingly good, and funny, horror yarn starring "Castle's" Nathan Fillion.

#18. THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. Been a while since I've seen this, but it's way ahead of its time -- sort of like "Max Headroom" was as a TV series.

#17. TIME BANDITS. Didn't like it as 1) it's British, and 2) they only go back in time. Boring.

#16. EVIL DEAD 2.

#15. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. A true classic and worth repeated viewings. The one that started it (the zombie craze) all.

#14. BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. Absolutely sensational film about black-skinned alien who's pursued by a pair of white-skinned aliens. Not-at-all subtle analogy, natch, but Joe Morton (who played Dr. Dyson in Terminator 2) is terrific as the The Brother, whose empathy and caring you can almost feel yourself.

#13. CHERRY 2000.
#12. ALTERED STATES.
#11. REPO MAN.

#10. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. A true classic in every sense of the word. First saw it when I was eleven, and even then laughed my ass off.

#9. THEY LIVE. John Carpenter's parable about (supposed) Reagan-1980's greed features one of the longest (and needless) fight scenes in movie history, and one of the coolest-ever premises. But you'll be left wondering why in the hell super-advanced aliens, who can travel between the stars using some sort of gravitational lens, headquarter their cloaking tech in an easily destroyed, ground-based TV studio.

#8. PRIMER. You'll have to watch this one numerous times to figure out WTF is going on. And it's well worth it as this is one of the better time travel yarns on film.

#7. NAKED LUNCH.

#6. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. The book is way better, but a young David Bowie does a good job as the alien who poses as a wealthy businessman in hopes of acquiring needed H2O for his desiccated planet.

#5. RE-ANIMATOR. A dude tries to get the right amount of "freshness" in order to bring back the dead. Great fun.

#4. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

#3. ERASERHEAD. I've watched this a few times and remain eeriely intrigued. Still can't figure out what it's all about, though, really.

#2. DONNY DARKO.

#1. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Never a fan, and never got the appeal. My fondest memory of it is when the college band I was in opened up for its midnight showing at the local theatre.

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I REALLY wonder about the order of some of those (Donnie Darko? #2? REALLY?) but it is amusing to see how many GBF has gone over.

Posted by: Nate Winchester at March 22, 2016 03:12 PM

I think later Tremors movies said the Graboids were prehistoric. If nothing else, the fourth movie was set in the 1800s before any nuclear testing.

Posted by: Paul at March 23, 2016 07:06 AM

A true cult film should be truly bad, but possessing some bizarre element that makes them watchable. A few too many films on this list are actually rather good.

Posted by: Captain Qwert Jr at March 23, 2016 01:26 PM

I would throw Android into the mix for SciFi. And The Wraith for Horror.

Eraserhead is over-rated. As is Big Trouble in Little China. They belong on the list, just not that high up.

And why Evil Dead 2 and not 1? Or why not Army of Darkness? It was the funny horror movie of the 3.

The original Mad Max? Earth Girls Are Easy is as good as Buckaroo Bonsai with a similar cult status. And Tank Girl should be on the list, but guys tend to not like the jokes about "feeling inadequate." (Picture Lori Petty riding around on a tank - you get the idea.)

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 25, 2016 11:06 PM

I actually like Time Bandits myself.

Posted by: Carl at March 28, 2016 09:32 PM

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