Can watching movies with friends or groups of people that seem similar to you lead to being in a cult?
WHAT IS A CULT MOVIE?
There are many CLASSIC FILMS that are considered to be a masterpiece like Harry Potter, Star Wars or The Titanic. But there is also a plethora of movies called “CULT FILMS.” These films have a low budget, low box office numbers and a low following compared to the most “popular” movies with extremely devoted followers.
“When they go low, a specific cult film audience sometimes goes high.” I consider cult films to be high art, especially the classic Cheech & Chong films.
This comedic duo were OG’s in the cult movie game! Use this link to Browse all Cheech and Chong titles
And if you love Cheech and Chong I know you will love this profoundly serious 1936 film that has become known as one of the most hilarious films that helped to start the cult movie craze….
This golden age classic “REEFER MADNESS” is always a “HIT” at every cult film get together. Use this link to get it.
If you have never seen Reefer Madness I highly suggest seeing it with a group of friends and “unique snacks”
Cult films can be hilarious, horrific, bloody, gory, sexy, strange, evil, weird, naughty, scary and something the popular kids and their parents just don’t understand.
While the mass majority of movie goers shy away from films with questionable content, there are legions of “cool misfits” that just can’t get enough of cult films. In fact, they often see these films over and over again. They are passionate and dedicated to their favorite “off-beat” films. They shout-out dialogue and quote lines from their favorite films. You are highly likely to see people dressing up as characters or actively participating at a local midnight showing of some of the films that made it to “CULT CLASSIC” status .
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cult-classic and the “KING of CULT FILMS.”
“The Rocky Horror Show” started in 1973 as a play in London. The play became a movie and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” premiered on September 25, 1975. For 47 years there have been audiences all over the world dressing up like Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff, Rocky, Columbia, Magenta, Brad, Janet and the other 49 characters. They bring their own props to the midnight shows, they sing, shout out replies to lines in the movie and they famously do the “Time Warp.”
Let’s see if YOU remember how to do the “Time Warp”…no worries, no one is looking
Although I have seen the movie many times I am proud to say that I was one of the original members of the audience at The Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood that attended the live production over a nine-month run in 1974. For the movie premiere myself and my Road Dawg Sheila, went on a bus with cast members from The Roxy theater in Hollywood to the United Artists Theatre in Westwood, California.
The Roxy live audience was much like the midnight movie audience, we dressed up, sang loudly and everyone did the time warp. This was definitely one of the “BEST” times of my life. Shout out to “Sheila” who joined me for many “Rocky” nights at The Roxy. I know she is reading this “cult movie” feature because she is still a cool, unique, weirdo, misfit.
Cult films are NOT to be watched alone.
You must share the “dark beauty” of your favorite cult films with your wackiest, most unique, weird, nerdy, and strange, mis-fit friends. These are typically the friends who are most likely to have ALL their badges from ALL their years attending Comic-Con. And they are always ready to tell you how each year was better than the rest…(these same friends may also be the ones most likely to have body parts in their freezer)….just kidding about the freezer but they WILL have those Comic-Con badges and wristbands.
Do you have what it takes to be a Cult Leader or are you more of a follower?
If you are considering having a CULT MOVIE party or a CULT MOVIE marathon, at your house or a venue, you should take on the role as the “CULT LEADER” for the day.
- The CULT LEADER chooses the CULT FILM or films to bring to the party.
- The followers usually bring the party favors, the junk food and the “brewskis”
It is not easy to recommend Cult Films because they are usually tailored to the specific taste of the viewers. For instance, there are cult groups that are enthusiastic about women’s prison films, naughty nurses, or nuns, while others love zombies, cannibals, and gory horror films.
I will offer some suggestions for a party with a mixture for those who like the popular, big budget cult films and for those that like to dig-deep into the freaky cult film vault.
HERE ARE THE MOST POPULAR CULT FILMS THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN ENJOY.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show… Get your Rocky fix with this link
The Big Lebowski…DUDE, you need to OWN this one! Get the 20th Anniversary edition here
Harold & Maude (a personal favorite) I recommend the Blu-ray, get it here
Friday…Warning: you may need extra snacks for these films. Get all 3 films…1-3 here
Pulp Fiction…Tarantino’s winning CULT CLASSIC is available here
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (If you love British humor, this is for you) Get it here
Fight Club…(Another personal favorite) DeepDiscount.com has the Anniversary Edition here
Labyrinth…Get this dark film, directed by Jim Henson, but this one is NO MUPPET MOVIE. It stars David Bowie and you can get it here
American Psycho…not sure what this says about me, but I LOVE this movie. Get it here
Clerks…This classic Kevin Smith film is available here
Showgirls…This erotic, campy, cult drama centers around strippers and showgirls. Need I say more? Here’s the link
Donnie Darko…Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore are incredible in this dark, sci-fi cult film. Get it here
Dazed and Confused…Star studded cast and A MUST SEE for all cult film enthusiasts. Get it here
The Room…loved this weirdly amazing movie! DeepDiscount.com has it here
There are far too many popular Cult Films to name them all, but now you have a few choices to get your party started.
For those of you who like to dig deep for the hard-core cult films there are a ton more to choose from. Just read the titles because they often give you clues to the content of the films
Look for key words like Zombies, Sex, Evil, Girls, Women’s Prison, Naughty Nurses, Terror, Horror, Blood, Gore, Hell and all your favorite guilty pleasures. You will find the perfect films for those misfit friends I spoke about earlier in this feature.
ENJOY THESE CULT FILMS. When you find one you love, write back, and tell me how it warped your mind…or made you laugh your ass off.