Cult Films

Cult films have given the world so many priceless things: a drag queen eating dog poop, Transylvanian transvestites, the proper use of the word”myriad” in a suicide note. Think of how many pop culture references would be lost without these cult classics. From campy to creepy, the editors at Screen Junkies have vowed to leave no oddity unturned when compiling our movie lists to enrich your knowledge of the out there and the obscure.

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The Film Cult Presents: Say Amen, Somebody
Saturday, June 6 by

Here at The Film Cult, we—I—have thing for documentaries, especially those documentaries that haven’t found a wide audience for whatever reason. Say Amen, Somebody is one such documentary. Known only…

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The Film Cult Presents: What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Friday, May 29 by

When I was fifteen, my English teacher assigned a biography book report. I chose an Audrey Hepburn biography because I’m a homosexual. The next day, another student had already chosen…

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The Film Cult Presents: The House of the Spirits
Friday, May 15 by

I saw The House of the Spirits on VHS when I was a preteen adolescent. I didn’t often say out loud that I wanted to be a writer. Though, I…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Great Muppet Caper
Friday, May 8 by

After writing about the madcap mayhem of Thoroughly Modern Millie last week, I thought I’d follow up this week with an even zanier, campier movie. And now that it’s been…

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The Film Cult Presents: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Friday, May 1 by

I have a working theory that anyone who encounters Julie Andrews in person bursts into tears. It’s happened to two of my friends, so I’m saying my theory has been…

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The Film Cult Presents: The House of Yes
Friday, April 24 by

“You be him, and I’ll be her.” When I checked to see if I’d already written a column about The House of Yes, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t. Movies come…

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The Film Cult Presents: Tremors
Friday, April 17 by

I was a scared kid, panicky. I was so afraid of “Thriller” by Michael Jackson that to this day, in my thirties, my stomach tightens when the first brass chords…

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The Film Cult Presents: Bill Cunningham New York
Friday, April 10 by

There are two amazing moments in the soon-to-be-classic documentary Bill Cunningham New York, one devastating, which we’ll talk about in a minute, and the other just plain bad-ass. The later…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Hours
Friday, April 3 by

We’re going to have a literary nerd-out here at The Film Cult Presents this week. What do you get when you mix a prosthetic nose, “buckets of roses”, and a…

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The Film Cult Presents: I Am Love
Friday, March 27 by

Warning! Major Spoilers Ahead! As a follower of fashion, I first heard about I Am Love from various fashion publications. Articles on Tilda Swinton’s Raf Simons-designed wardrobe and her singular…

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The Film Cult Presents: Weekend
Friday, March 20 by

I know what I’m about to say is controversial, but I have to say it anyway. Gay-themed movies tend to suck, and no I don’t mean blowjobs. I’ve seen maybe…

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The Film Cult Presents: Grey Gardens
Friday, March 13 by

Last week, Albert Maysels, one of our great documentarians, passed away. I thought it only right then that I devote this week’s column to my favorite of his films, Grey…

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The Film Cult Presents: Truth or Dare
Friday, March 6 by

Last week, Madonna took a rough tumble down a flight of stairs at the Brit Awards. Because she’s the creamy, smooth Queen of Pop she got right back up and…

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The Film Cult Presents: Where the Wild Things Are
Friday, February 27 by

About a quarter of the way through Where the Wild Things are, Max, the kid who’s just bitten his mother, is convincing the wild things not to eat him by…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Bridges of Madison County
Friday, February 20 by

Okay, okay. I get it. I know this is a romance movie steeped in genre stereotypes: frustrated housewife, discovered letters from a dead mother, the rough ’n tumble stranger driving…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Beach
Friday, February 13 by

I often imagine storylines extending past the end of films. For instance, I consider Revolutionary Road as the extended storyline of Titanic had Jack not drowned. Jack and Rose are…

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The Film Cult Presents: Office Space
Friday, February 6 by

If I’m totally honest, I didn’t love this movie the first four times I saw Office SPace. Yes, that’s right, four times. Friends showed it to me, then my brother,…

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The Film Cult Presents: Only Lovers Left Alive
Friday, January 16 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I didn’t want to give Only Lovers Left Alive a chance. Hipster vampires hanging out in Detroit? No, thank you. In fact, I waited until the Facebook…

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The Film Cult Presents: Beetlejuice
Friday, January 9 by

None of us truly knows what happens when we die. We live our lives knowing the journey will end. What Beetlejuice proposes is that maybe death isn’t the end but merely a hilarious beginning.

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Five Cult Movies That Should Receive the Netflix Series Treatment, ala ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
Wednesday, December 17 by

With the (unofficial) announcement that a Wet Hot American Summer series is coming to Netflix, it’s become clear that yesterday’s cult films are becoming today’s television shows. Here are a few more options Netflix should consider.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hard Candy
Friday, September 19 by

The revenge Page’s character takes out on Wilson is calculated, diabolical. It’s hard to argue that Wilson’s character doesn’t deserve it, so I won’t. That said, there is a sense of the predatory to Hayley. She’s been working at this.

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The Film Cult Presents: Contact
Friday, September 12 by

Based on the Carl Sagan SciFi classic of the same name, and directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame, Contact is the tale of Ellie Arroway, a scientist who has devoted her life to finding evidence of alien life.

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The Film Cult Presents: The Heat
Friday, August 29 by

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! I’ll admit it: I’m not the biggest Sandra Bullock fan. I find her precious nature to be cloying and often tedious. I can’t sit through any of…

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The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo
Friday, August 22 by

The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo, the 1980 film about sex and fashion that became a cult classic for its eighties aesthetic.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hook
Friday, August 15 by

Like the rest of the world, I too have been mourning the untimely and tragic death of supernova comedian Robin Williams. My Facebook newsfeed has been blossoming with tributes, some…

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The Film Cult Presents: Go
Sunday, August 10 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! In the spring of 1999, just before I graduated from high school, I met a young man named Zoe. He was a few years older and, I…

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The Film Cult Presents: Cookie’s Fortune
Friday, August 1 by

Cookie’s Fortune was not a financial success, making just shy of one percent profit, and ask most people if they’ve seen it, they’ll probably reply in the negative. And yet, it’s a perfect film.

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The Film Cult Presents: Toys
Friday, July 25 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Toys didn’t get a fair shake. I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and the visual effects mesmerized me. It was a Magritte…

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The Film Cult Presents: Elizabethtown
Friday, July 18 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Five movies after the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played eternally-fare, arrow-wielding Legolas, Orlando Bloom teamed up with Cameron Crowe to…

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Viewer Discretion Advised: Eight Of the Most F*cked-Up Movies Ever Made
Monday, July 14 by

By Dustin Seibert During a recent transatlantic flight, I had the occasion to watch Martyrs, a 2008 French horror film that just made its way to iTunes this year. Part…

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