Stephen King is regarded as one of the greatest authors of modern times. His stories, which cover a large set of genres, have captivated hundreds of millions of readers over the last few decades, and turned him into a true household name. He’s most well-known for his horror novels, many of which have remained bestsellers to this day.
The film industry has always been something of a mixed bag; where they’ve released some of the worst movies ever made alongside some of the most successful.
Films that have completely flopped at the box office released in the same year as franchises that have pulled in billions of dollars across the world.
World War II is considered by most war historians to be the bloodiest war of all time, with an estimated 30 to 50 million people losing their lives during the conflict. It was a time of technological and military revolution that saw the entire world fall into chaos for a number of years, and much of the damage that was caused took decades to repair.
There’s no denying the fact that some movies are so bad that they end up leaving you in your own state of twilight-zone disbelief. But there are also movies that really don’t get the credit they deserve – the underrated movies that somehow managed to slip through the Hollywood cracks.
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.
Arthouse is the perfect movie genre for those who are hungry for something different. Let’s face it, sometimes you don’t always want to watch a simple movie with tried and tested themes and story lines.
Sometimes you would prefer to watch something totally unique, ingenious and creative instead.
There are a lot of incredible twists from films of the last few decades, and the 21st century is no exception.
And while we haven’t quite reached the same level as the Sixth Sense or anything comparable, there are still plenty of modern films that left their audience in states of disbelief at the unexpected turn of events.
The highest-grossing films of the modern era are often most well known for their spectacular CGI effects, which have become considerably more advanced in recent years.
Before that, however, moviemakers relied on practical effects for their monsters and ghouls, and it proved to be a resounding success for more than half a century.
It’s been almost 25 years since Pixar graced us with the magic of Toy Story (1995) and with the runaway success of the 2nd and 3rd instalments, it’s no surprise that we are once again hanging out with Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 4.
Pixar has always been incredible at bringing forth animated movies melancholic enough to make the viewer search for a deeper meaning and Toy Story 4 is no different.
The next instalment in the iconic film series The Conjuring is here. Annabelle Comes Home is directed by Gary Dauberman, an all-new director on the Hollywood circuit who is dedicated to keeping the thrill of old school horror films alive. Continue reading “Annabelle Comes Home Hits US Theaters”