There is something special about a cult film. It’s one of those ‘I know it when I see it’ classifications, but there are a couple of tells.
One is that the fans are really devoted. Even years after the movie was released.
Two, the fan base is usually pretty small. So while Avatar has a huge number of people painting themselves blue, it can’t be considered a cult film because it’s supportive audience is too large. There have been exceptions, where a cult movie’s audience grows from a small following to mainstream attention, but as the beginnings are humble they still retain the cult movie title.
Three – the worlds are different from those shown in mainstream films, shucking standard narrative and technical conventions. They are also fully realized, down to the little details.
Cult movies can belong to any genre, romance, horror, drama, but there are a plethora of science fiction titles that have become cult movies. A lot might have to do with how horrible the special effects are compared to today, launching them into the ‘so-bad-they’re-good’ type of cult stardom, but most of the films on this list don’t fall into that category. Though if you’re interested, check out Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
1) Blade Runner – directed by Ridley Scott
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The movie follows blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) as he is forced out of retirement to hunt down a gang of replicants, organic robots that look the same as adult humans. It takes place in a nitty-gritty dystopian LA, following a film noir style, and is an excellent cyberpunk example.
2) Donnie Darko – directed Richard Kelly
A box office flop, this film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie, a teen who has visions of a demonic looking rabbit named Frank. Frank draws a sleeping walking Donnie outside of the house and tells him that the world will in 28 days, and coherers Donnie into committing a bunch of crimes. As well as introduces him to time travel.
3) Plan 9 from Outer Space – directed by Edward D. Wood
The film is about two aliens whose goal is to stop humankind from developing a doomsday device and enact Plan 9 to do so. Plan 9 is resurrecting Earth’s dead, resulting in them walking around like zombies and creating mass panic. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.
4) The Rocky Horror Picture Show – directed by Jim Sharman
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The plot centers around a newly engaged couple who find themselves with a flat tire and lost. They seek aid in a nearby castle and get caught up in the events of the Annual Transylvanian Convention. From there it’s a tangled walk through gay and transgendered culture, all done with humor and songs that stick in your brain.
5) Tank Girl - directed by Rachel Talalay
This film is loosely based on the Tank Girl comics by Alan Martin and
Tank Girl takes place on a desert Earth, it hasn’t rained in 11 years and the water supply is controlled by the W&P group. Tank Girl (Lori Petty) is part of a group of rebels who have their own well, drawing W&P’s attack.
6) Repo! The Genetic Opera – directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
The movie is set in a world where just like cars and houses, your organs can be reposessed if you don’t pay on time. Nathan (Anthony Head) is the head Repo Man, blackmailed into the role to protect his sick daughter (Alexis Vega), who isn’t found of being cooped up as her night forays into cemeteries show.
7) Akira – directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Otomo created the manga by the same name and then went on to direct this
Set in Neo-Tokyo, Akira is a cyberpunk story following two members of a biker gang – Tetsuo who develops God-like super powers and Kaneda who tries to stop his friend from blowing up Tokyo. It's a fact paced action movie, riddled with such realistic art you can't help but be drawn into the world.
8) Tremors – Directed by Ron Underwood
The movie takes place in Perfection, Nevada – population 14. Or was fourteen, as residents are found murdered. But it’s quickly discovered that the killer is one of many underground mutant snakes that the cast has to survive.
9) RoboCop – directed by Paul Verhoeven
Centered around James Murphy (Peter Weller), a cop who is killed on duty and then resurrected as a cyborg, RoboCop is a pure action movie. With cyborgs and robots of course.
10) Army of Darkness – directed by Sam Raimi
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The film follows Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) as he tries to find his way back home to the present day from Medieval England. There’s a couple of undead who try to get in the way, but that’s why he has a chainsaw for a hand. ^_~