Screen Junkies » Cult Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:44:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Five Cult Movies That Should Receive the Netflix Series Treatment, ala ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/five-cult-movies-that-should-receive-the-netflix-treatment-ala-wet-hot-american-summer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/five-cult-movies-that-should-receive-the-netflix-treatment-ala-wet-hot-american-summer/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:38:40 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=268261 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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By Jared Jones

Fondle your sweaters and smear some mud on your ass, because a Wet Hot American Summer series is coming to Netflix! HYEAH!!!

While rumors of a potential Wet Hot American Summer prequel film have been floating around for ages (and were actually confirmed by director David Wain back in June), it appears that the cult hit will instead be stretched into a miniseries set to begin production in January, according to E! News. There have been no details as to whether or not the original cast will be returning, but an unnamed source told Screen Junkies in an exclusive interview that we should all “Shut the f*ck up and eat our corn.”

I’m sorry, not a day goes by where I don’t quote Gene. But with the (unofficial) announcement of a Wet Hot American Summer series coming less than a month after it was revealed that Starz would move forward with an Evil Dead TV show, it’s become clear that yesterday’s cult films are becoming today’s television shows. That being the case, I’ve chosen a few more cult masterpieces that Netflix should consider reviving on the small screen.

The Room

Now this might be considered cheating a bit, as Tommy Wiseau already premiered the pilot of his own sitcom, Neighbors, back in July. But anyone who knows anything knows that the story of the *original* Johnny Football is where Wiseau’s novelty begins and ends. The Room is Wiseau’s opus, his endlessly quotable crowning achievement, and as long as it avoided winking at its own success, a revival of The Room as a series could make for some brilliantly surreal television.

“But Jared, Johnny dies at the end of the movie, you dum-dum.”

Right, except MAYBE HE DIDN’T. Maybe Johnny survived his suicide attempt but is now missing the parts of his brain that allow him to emote or even react correctly to everyday human interactions. Not only does this twist allow the ongoing trials and tribulations of Johnny America to continue indefinitely, but it solves the riddle that is Tommy Wiseau’s acting “technique.” Where once was an alienlike, borderline incomprehensible leading man now stands a sympathetic character trying to piece his life back together after nearly losing everything.

If Netflix isn’t interested, I’m sure Adult Swim will snatch it up.

This Is Spinal Tap 

Parody music experienced a revival of its own this year. Weird Al Yankovic released the only #1 album of his career, Lonely Island locked in a television *and* movie deal, and Taylor Swift continued to delude the masses into thinking she was a talented, interesting person. Whether you’re on board or not, American culture is devolving into little more than an oversized glasses-wearing, nostalgia-grasping “meta” hipster with a crippling addiction to irony.

That being the case, there has never been a better time for the parody band that started them all, Spinal Tap, to grace the stage once again. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer might all be pushing 70, but the album they released in 2009 — Back From the Dead, which reached No. 52 on the American Billboard charts – and successive “One Night Only World Tour” proved that they still have it in them to tear the roof down.

Not to mention, the premise of a potential Spinal Tap TV series practically writes itself. Have it focus on the aging group of former legends as they struggle to deal with the ever-changing music scene, being “passed over” by the public, and of course, the dementia resulting from years of hard drug abuse. Shoot the whole thing found-footage style, and make sure to include a Depends joke or two. Bing. Bang. Theory.

Office Space

With all the mundane workplace comedies being pushed upon us each pilot season, isn’t it about time that one of them was actually good?

To be clear, I’m not proposing that Netflix should revive Office Space as a sitcom, because that would make it almost impossible to interject as many Geto Boys-backed montages as possible. What I am suggesting, however, is that Netflix goes the “Better Call Saul“ route with Office Space, bringing us a series that takes place before the events of the film. Basically, the series would just be 30 minutes of Peter Gibbons and Lawrence discussing/yelling through a wall about basic cable porn and kung fu every week, but tell me you wouldn’t watch that shit.

Galaxy Quest

Like I said, ‘Murica loves it some meta these days, and what’s more meta than a show about a movie that was itself about a show? And better yet, you shoot the Netflix series in the style of Galaxy Quest, the fake space-drama series from the movie! It’s Questception!

Tremors

Be honest, you knew I was going to find a way to talk about this movie, right?

The fact is, Tremors is one of the greatest, nay, THE GREATEST artistic achievement of all time — a flawless (FLAWLESS!) masterpiece that both paid tribute to the classic monster movies which inspired it and (quite literally) broke new ground in the genre. The demise of Old Fred? A prime Reba Mcentire? THE WALL OF GUNS? God, I’m getting a halfy just thinking about two of the three things I just listed.

“But Jared, they already tried a Tremors show back in 2003 and it sucked.”

GOD, you just have to ruin everything with your “facts,” don’t you? Sure, Tremors: The Series was a goddamn disaster, but that’s because it only included one piece of the puzzle. Burt Gummer may be a great character, but enough to carry the entire series on his own? Clearly not.

Just as you cannot enjoy Kiviak without first hollowing out the body of a seal and stuffing it with 500 or so Auks, you cannot adapt a Tremors series without one of two key ingredients (or preferably both). I’m talking about two guys with the know-how, the show-how, and the bro-how to battle mankind’s oldest foe: The Graboid. I’m talking about Val & Earl.

With the announcement that a fifth Tremors movie had already begun filming in South Africa last month, it’s pretty clear that a graboid renaissance is nearly upon us. So pull Kevin Bacon off that nonsense serial killer show for a minute, pull Fred Ward and Michael Gross off their couches, and let’s do this thing.

And you know what? I say bring Grady Hoover back into the mix for good measure. The man single-handedly raised Tremors 2 up to it 5.9 IMDB rating, in my opinion. And if you disagree with my opinion, then I only got one thing to say.

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Screen Junkies Show: Craziest Cult Movies! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-craziest-cult-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-craziest-cult-movies/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:32:38 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262923 Sharknado 2 is on the horizon, and it's just the latest b-movie to be hailed as the new generation of cult films. But is it a cult movie? And which ones are the craziest of all time?

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Sharknado 2 is on the horizon, and it’s just the latest b-movie to be hailed as the new generation of cult films. But is it a cult movie? And which ones are the craziest of all time? We assembled a panel to get to the bottom of it. Oh hai, Mark!

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11 Best Movies Within Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/11-best-movies-within-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/11-best-movies-within-movies/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:17:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246621 I'd buy a ticket to any of these.

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What do you do when you have a movie concept that’s totally stupid and Brett Ratner‘s not available to direct it? You film a short scene from it and dub it satire by sticking it in the film you’re currently working on. Over the years, Hollywood has had fun at its own expense by exaggerating the cliches and tropes for which it is well known.

Here are 11 movies from other movies that I would pay full price for.

Simple Jack (Tropic Thunder)

In the hopes of winning an Oscar, Tropic Thunder’s Tugg Speedman goes a bit overboard in his portrayal of a mentally-retarded adult. Having not received the guidance of never going “full retard,” he put it all out there and doomed his career in the process.

Choice Line: Goodbye Momma. Now you can eat ice cream in Heaven.

You Just Don’t Exist (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World)

Chris Evans steals the show as Lucas Lee, the self-serious action star who Michael Cera must square off against. Just check out this scene from You Just Don’t Exist. Dude is not messing around.

Choice Line: The next click you hear is me hanging up. The one after that… is me pulling the trigger!

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We’re Getting Closer To A ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/were-getting-closer-to-a-killer-klowns-from-outer-space-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/were-getting-closer-to-a-killer-klowns-from-outer-space-sequel/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:11:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241368 C'mon Syfy. Make this happen.

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It’s been a labor of love for the Chiodo Brothers, and they’re finally getting closer to another Killer Klowns From Outer Space film. They now have a script in hand for a “requel” of the late ‘80′s cult horror film. Serving as both a reboot and follow-up of the original, this new chapter would revisit the plot of the original with additional story elements.

In the new version, Mike Tobacco will return to mentor two young people who must save the world when the Killer Klowns return for a second course. They’re currently seeking distribution and funding for the film. I’m surprised that studios or Syfy aren’t jumping at this. It’s an opportunity to make something awesome and original. If I had the money, I’d do it. For now, I can only offer up my services as a wise-cracking victim. I’ll even lift weights for the part if needed.

Which do you think we’ll see first? Return of the Killer Klowns From Outer Space or Ghostbusters 3? (Facebook)

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IF FANS PICKED THE CRITERION COLLECTION http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-fans-picked-the-criterion-collection/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-fans-picked-the-criterion-collection/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Since 1984, the fine people at the Criterion Collection have been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in highest possible quality. But despite their valiant efforts, some important films are still missing from the collection. Luckily, some ingenious folks over at the Jinx World Forums have taken it upon themselves to create distinctive, Criterion-style box covers for those films that have been overlooked. Here are 12 of our favorites in no particular order. Our list is by no means definitive or comprehensive, so head over to Jinx World and take a look for yourselves.   Transformers Posted by Cth

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Since 1984, the fine people at the Criterion Collection have been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in highest possible quality. But despite their valiant efforts, some important films are still missing from the collection.

Luckily, some ingenious folks over at the Jinx World Forums have taken it upon themselves to create distinctive, Criterion-style box covers for those films that have been overlooked. Here are 12 of our favorites in no particular order.

Our list is by no means definitive or comprehensive, so head over to Jinx World and take a look for yourselves.

 

Transformers
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Dude, Where’s My Car
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Manos: The Hand of Fate
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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
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Freddy Got Fingered
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The Crying Game
Posted by MIKE D

Broke Back Mountain
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Back To the Future

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Groundhog Day
Posted by Patton

The Big Lebowski
Posted by The Dean

Fight Club
Posted by Cth

Teen Wolf
Posted by Pia Guerra

Thanks to all the artists at Jinx World Forums

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10 CULT FILMS YOU SHOULD KNOW http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/10-cult-films-you-should-know/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/10-cult-films-you-should-know/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:42:16 +0000 King of NY   Out of the 30,000 movies produced each year only 700 see theatrical distribution. If you do the math correctly, that means that there are exactly one gazillion movies that very few people see -- movies that have their own charms whether those charms be a skewed sense of humor or a dude jacking off onto a chicken. For every watered down family-friendly blowstravaganza like Wild Hogs, there's a truly brilliant gem that has only found itself a small but loyal group of fans. We've turned over a few rocks and come up with trailers for ten crazy little cult flicks.  RUBIN AND ED

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Out of the 30,000 movies produced each year only 700 see theatrical distribution. If you do the math correctly, that means that there are exactly one gazillion movies that very few people see — movies that have their own charms whether those charms be a skewed sense of humor or a dude jacking off onto a chicken. For every watered down family-friendly blowstravaganza like Wild Hogs, there’s a truly brilliant gem that has only found itself a small but loyal group of fans. We’ve turned over a few rocks and come up with trailers for ten crazy little cult flicks.

RUBIN AND ED


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“This is the perfect spot to bury a cat!”

Rubin and Ed looks like an amazingly surreal movie. You’ve got the always eccentric Crispin Glover dressed like an uncool lesbian and Howard Hesseman wearing Stan Lee’s hair. Together the two form an unlikely bond and go on an adventure to bury Rubin’s dead cat. The journey is frought with peril, hallucinations, really high-heeled shoes, waterskiing cats, and pyramid schemes. It’s like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid through the lens of Hunter S. Thompson.

BAD BOY BUBBY

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“God doesn’t like fat people!!”

Definitely the most bizarre of the bunch, Bad Boy Bubby is an Australian cult film about a 35 year old shut-in who ventures into the world for the first tme. The trailer makes it seem tame but trust me the movie is completely shocking due to scenes of incest, blasphemy, violence, menacing, and animal cruelty. The initial release was banned in the UK which is already a pretty seedy place. Need I remind you that’s where George Michael lives?

THE GATE


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“There is a passageway to the most evil place you can imagine… a gate. Behind which the demons wait to take back what was once theirs.” (In other words, the pilgrims dicked over the demons.)

The trailer begins with young Stephen Dorff cracking open a rock that unleashes an army of demons into his suburban home. This seems like a bizarre move considering that all the children around him are extremely demon-savvy. I especially enjoy around the 1:00 mark when the girl exclaims, “Demons? What kind?!!” The perfectly natural response to which would be a sarcastic, “Oh well, let me just grab my copy of Demonology for Dummies and… THEY’RE F***ING DEMONS, THAT’S WHAT KIND!!”

Since its 1987 release, The Gate has amassed a good number of fans including Alex Winter, who has begun work on his own remake of the film. And speaking of Alex Winter

FREAKED


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I am woman. And I like me.”

Alex Winter’s opus, Freaked tells the tale of a spoiled Hollywood super-douche who is kidnapped by a sinister mad bio-engineer and mutated into a side-show freak. He bands together with the other experimentations (including Mr. T as a bearded lady) to fight for their freedom from the oppressive Colonel Sanders wannabe that holds them captive. With inventive freaks and machine gun-toting Rasta Eyeballs, it’s safe to say that Freaked isn’t for every movie-goer but definitely held dear by its fans.

HAPPINESS

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“I’m living in a state of irony.”

I’m a jerk for not having seen Happiness yet. My friends rave about it and demand that I check it out. I’ve watched Todd Solondz’s other films and really dug them so I don’t know why I’ve held out on this one. This trailer is really entertaining and Dylan Baker as a bored psychiatrist cracks my sh*t up. I guess the reason I haven’t seen it is because I’m easily distrac– OOO LOOK! BRIDE OF CHUCKY IS ON AGAIN. I’MA WATCH THIS!

NIGHT OF THE DAY OF THE DAWN OF THE SON OF THE BRIDE OF THE RETURN OF THE REVENGE OF THE TERROR OF THE ATTACK OF THE EVIL, MUTANT, HELLBOUND, FLESH-EATING SUBHUMANOID ZOMBIFIED LIVING DEAD, PART 3


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“Listen up baby. I got a bunch of cracker ass, white zombie honkey muthaf***as jackin’ up my fresh ride. If I don’t waste their white asses they’re gonna come in here and house us.”

This awesomely-titled Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3 (or NotDotDotSotBotRotRotTotAotEMHFESZLD III as I like to call it) is a comedic redub of the George Romero classic Night of the Living Dead. Why? Because the original really didn’t capture the nuances of Black Culture properly. It re-envisions the ill-fated cast as a jive-talkin’ slickster, a blissed out surfer and a racist. Plus everyone’s favorite, wise-cracking zombies!!

EX DRUMMER


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“Ooooo. Look at me. I’m so German.”

I haven’t seen this film but it looks like a really slick trailer. The movie is about three handicapped low-lifes who draft a celebrity author into their band. His handicap is that he can’t play the drums. The visuals look great and I’m definitely adding this to my Netflix queue. It seems to be filled with violence, brutality, and nihilism. Not to mention, the song from the trailer sounds like something Ween would record. Whatever happened to handi-capable bands that visit school auditoriums and encourage hugs over drugs? These dudes definitely don’t look like any hug addicts I’ve ever met.

AMERICAN MOVIE

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“Aw dude. I’m sorry I tried to put your head through that.”

The only documentary in the bunch, American Movie tags along as independant filmmaker Mark Borchardt struggles to make his own cult-quality film. It’s a sincerely one-of-a-kind, hilarious. and heartfelt film and was a darling at Sundance about a decade ago. That’s why I’m surprised when people tell me that they’ve never heard of this. You kids today with your Clarence Clemonses and your jazz-tap dancing. Back in my day we knew how to document!

DELICATESSEN

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“Squeeka squeeka.”

Another fantastic trailer for a crazy movie. Though the plot details are only communicated to us visually we still get perfect sense of the film’s themes of love and cannibalism. Which is good seeing as all dialogue is in the French language and I studied the more practical language of wood shop. I can’t order a crepe but I can build a birdhouse that will just blow your doors off.

ROLLING THUNDER

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“Let’s go clean them up.”

TV cad William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones co-star in this tale about war heroes who return to find their world has changed. Throw in a dead son and a lost hand and you’ve got a recipe for a bloodbath. The pacing of the film itself is quite strange as well. At one point, Tommy Lee Jones’s character is asked, “What are you doing?” He replies stone-faced, “We’re gonna kill a bunch of people.” I don’t want to give away any spoilers but, excluding Two-Face, have you ever known Tommy Lee Jones to lie?

Honorable mentions go to Troll 2 and The Room only because we wrote about them in our Totally Awfulsome Movies post from a few months back.

What are your favorite cult flicks that we have yet to discover? Sound off in the ‘Comment’ section below.

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