You already know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen success on an unprecedented level. Each film managed to be a hit, even if some are more highly acclaimed than others. Either way, not a single film that tied into the universe was a failure, which is nothing short of a miraculous.
Imagine a film about the horrors of war and which encompasses the associated themes of conflict like propaganda, blind faith, and loneliness, and you’ll have an idea of what this brilliant film tackles.
The days of having to trudge to a cinema to see the latest blockbuster are over. There is now a treasure trove of endless entertainment available online, via streaming services such as Netflix. The real challenge can be finding the best Netflix original content, amidst an ever growing sea.
But, make no mistake, Netflix original films are now as good, or sometimes even better, than those made in Hollywood.
Arguably the most enduringly popular of all Batman’s arch-villains, the Joker has undergone an incredible evolution both in the comics and onscreen. His treatment by writers and interpretation by actors all highlights different aspects of the character known for his clown-like appearance.
Found in every genre, cult movies are films that have attracted an audience of fervent fans that take their appreciation of it to the next level. If you are looking for the best introduction to the category, you should start with the most important titles.
The following cult titles have inspired fancy dress events, annual conventions, endless pages of analysis, drinking games, and much more.
5. This Is Spinal Tap
The 1984 release This Is Spinal Tap is credited with being the very first mockumentary. The American film co-written and directed by Rob Reiner is a spoof of 1970s rock band documentaries. The movie features a fictitious UK band called Spinal Tap, which it follows on their tour of America. Incidentally, many viewers did not quite get the joke, and thought the band, and the events portrayed in the movie, were real.
4. The Wicker Man
Released in 1973, director Robin Hardy’s the Wicker Man is a cult movie about a cult. The story of sergeant Neil Howie plays out on Summerisle, an island he thinks he is visiting to investigate a girl’s disappearance. The Christian policeman discovers that, not only have the townsfolk converted to a form of paganism, they also have lured him to the island – and they practice human sacrifice.
3. Withnail & I
Bruce Robinson’s 1987 black comedy Withnail & I was produced by former Beatle George Harrison’s company, Handmade Films. Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Richard Griffiths, Withnail & I is set in 1969, and it follows two out-of-work actors from London to the Lake District, where they arrive horribly ill-equipped to deal with a weekend in the country. The film inspired a drinking game in which viewers match Withnail drink for drink. If you play it, substitute rum or vinegar for the shot of lighter fluid.
2. Pink Flamingos
The 1972 John Waters cult movie Pink Flamingos stars infamous drag queen Divine, and it is not for the faint-hearted. Divine’s character is a trailer park-dwelling criminal named Babs Johnson who relishes her designation at the filthiest person in the world. The arrival of two criminals eager to outdo her in filth puts Babs’ reputation at risk. Just some of the horrors that await you in the film include exhibitionism, vomiting, murder, cannibalism, castration, and the sight of Divine eating dog poo to the tune of How Much Is That Doggy In the Window?
1. Rocky Horror Picture Show
If one title exemplifies the attraction and effect of a cult movie, 1975’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show is it. Starring then-relatively unknown actors such as Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick, the movie follows newly engaged straight-laced couple Brad and Janet into the lair of sweet transvestite alien, Dr Frank-N-Furter and his cohorts, Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia. The movie is still shown at midnight screenings during which audience participation sees confetti thrown, water pistols squirted, and more.
Since the early 1990s, New Zealand has been creating excellent movies that rival even those of Hollywood in their own unique way. The Kiwis have a dark sense of humour and stunning local views, which make for some excellent filming opportunities and movies that have an unforgettable atmosphere to them. Think Lord of the Rings, Black Sheep, and the 1981 classic Goodbye Pork Pie.
Demolition Man was released in 1993, featuring the star-studded cast of Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock. The story, set in 1996 and 2032, revolves around police officer John Spartan, (Stallone,) engaged in a heated conflict against a sadistic crime lord Simon Phoenix, (Snipes.) After a battle between the two reaches a boiling point in 1996, Spartan unintentionally causes the deaths of multiple civilians. He and Phoenix are put into cryogenic stasis as punishment.
There is hardly a person on earth who doesn’t know who Steven Spielberg is. He has had a bigger impact on the industry than virtually any other director. It was him who all but created the concept of a blockbuster. Or, a film that did so well it was seen around the world, made so much money that it defied belief, and was loved by so many that it became a permanent part of culture. What’s more staggering is that Spielberg not only invented the concept of a blockbuster, but has made more than any other director.
Horror films are a dime a dozen, but not many can claim their spots as the best horror movies of all time. Here are the top cult classic horrors you should know about.
Gothic horror was created in the 18th century when Horace Walpole penned the genre’s first novel, the Castle of Otranto, and we have loved it ever since. The most masterful gothic movies ever made deliver familiar themes of darkness and death wrapped up in stunning visuals and campy high drama.