I'm not entirely sure what makes a cult classic or a top cult movie - I don't really know how to define it, because, after all, over time a cult movie becomes mainstream - It can't always live in the shadows.
So, I guess one way to define a cult classic would be if the movie didn't have any mainstream love or attention. Here's an expansive list of some of my favourites, some of the very best cult classics.
A list of cult movies isn't easy, but this one was the first I thought of. From the first time I saw Dogma, I thought it was going to be one of my favourite cult movies and now even after a decade Dogma is still one of my favourite cult movies ever. First and foremost the casting was brilliant, secondly the story just worked. Sure at the time it was opinionated and controversial but that's what made it so special. It was the first time I'd seen a movie which had balls. For me the standout performance above any other was Alan Rickman. In dogma he gave was one of the most awesome performances ever, he played the role perfectly.
For those that aren't familiar with Kevin Smith's Dogma be sure to check out the trailer below. It shows just how great cult movies can be.
For the top spot in my classic cult movie list it was a tossup between Office Space and Dogma, I eventually went with Dogma just because of my fondness of the movie during my childhood. However, a close second is definitely Office Space. When you think of a top cult list Office Space shines bright. Mike Judge's Office Space has probably become one of the most well known and adored movies for it's time. I think the great thing about Office Space is that anyone working in an office can kind of relate to the protagonist, Peter Gibbons. Office Space is kind of a black comedy, a bunch of company workers who hate their jobs and want to get back at their boss, Lumbergh (played by the awesome Gary Cole). Office Space has it all, a great cast, storyline and is just a really well put together movie, deserving a top place on the pantheon of cult greatness.
Another one of Kevin Smith's little gems. Made back in 1994, Clerks is a movie that just shows what a bit of talent, hard work and perseverance can do. Back in 1994 Kevin Smith made this movie for peanuts (not literally) and is now regarded as the holy grail of cult classics. For me, Kevin Smith just knows how to make a fun indie movie work. I think for any list, Kevin Smith's Clerks has to be near the top.
Eraserhead is a movie Directed by the brilliant David Lynch, the movie is set in black and white and was Lynch's first full movie. Eraserhead was one of those movies that was difficult for Lynch to find funding, it took a number of years before the movie could actually be made. Which, inevitably was a great risk that paid off. The movie follows a man, Henry Spencer, who has to look after his child who is deformed....Eraserhead is a movie that is quite difficult to understand, even after multiple viewings. Over the years, the movie has picked up a huge cult following and is regarded as one of Lynch's best. Check out the bat shit crazy movie trailer for one of the most awesome and disturbing movies ever created.
I think it was time for a bit of David Bowie magic. I don't think there's anyone that can deny Labyrinth is one of those movies that just becomes iconic, as soon as you've seen it. It's hard to see how it could of ever been classed as a cult favourite. It was though. Even now, there's always one or two people you know who haven't ever seen Labyrinth. I think even for it's time Labyrinth was incredibly well done, the puppetry is outstanding too, not to mention the brilliant performances by the cast. This is the movie that set Bowie apart as being a great actor.
Donnie Darko was a movie conceived and created by the mind of the brilliant Richard Kelly. The movie starsJake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and the late Patrick Swayze, Donnie Darko was filmed over only 28 days, which is incredible considering it's now known as one of the best cult movies of all time, I guess that's probably why It's so brilliant though, he really knew he had to put all his eggs in one basket. At the time the movie only made 7 million, since then it's received huge acclaim by critics and cult fans alike. Donnie Darko is a movie that will always be up there with the cult classics.
Bottle Rocket was the movie that kick started Wes Anderson's leap into superstardom (it actually took him quite a few movies but it did get him into the map). Bottle Rocket stars Luke Wilson & Owen Wilson (which was also both the Wilson brothers first movies). The movie see's a group of friends who plan a robbery, it doesn't really go as well as expected. Bottle Rocket is about as awkward and brilliant as a Wes Anderson movie can get and probably one of Owen Wilson's best performances.
I think Bruce Campbell epitomises the term 'cult hero', Bruce Campbell unlike no other has the most hardcore cult fans known possible. The Evil Dead franchise really catapulted into huge fame and notoriety and rightly so, the Evil Dead franchise is brilliant, I love them all. My favourite however is Evil Dead II. I don't know why it just is. I think this is the movie that really gave Sam Raimi a huge platform, after the success of the first Evil Dead it was up to Raimi to deliver something even better and that it did.
I guess it's fair to say Spinal Tap could be considered the godfather of cult classics. It holds all the ingredients, for starters, most of the dialogue in the movie is ad-libbed and on top of that Directer Rob Reiner created a bootleg version of the movie at a whopping 4 and a half hours long. I think that's about as cult like as you can get. Spinal Tap is a mockumentary, which follows the band Spinal Tap who're trying to make a comeback tour, the movie is a brilliant piece of satire.
I think this is a cult movie that really needs no introductions, the brilliant satirical American Psycho is a movie that's turned into a fan favourite for the last 10 years. In my opinion this is Christian Bales best performance, I think he plays the role of Patrick Bateman perfectly. Preparing for the role he would work out religiously up to three hours per day, he even hired a personal trainer to help him get in perfect shape for the role. Patrick Bateman was a man who had to blend into society to hide who he truly was, he didn't see the world through the eyes of a normal man, he saw it differently. American Psycho is a movie that was ahead of it's time. It's shocking to see that when the movie was first shown the audiences were split down the middle, some loved it and others hated it. After being so widely controversial, overtime It's turned into one of those little brilliant masterpieces. I guess some movies just need time to appreciate.
When I was younger I remember being quite frightenered of the movie Drop Dead Fred and it wasn't until later in life I could appreciate the brilliance for what it was. The beautiful Phoebe Cates and the eccentric Rik Mayall both give incredible performances in Drop Dead Fred, it's a movie I'll always remember and appreciate, I think the rating it's received really doesn't do it justice. It was so unique, versatile and honest for it's time and looking back now, I'm glad I appreciate it as much as I do.
How can anyone not say Event Horizon is one of the most awesome space movies of all time?. Well for me, it was and still is. Looking back at Event Horizon it's a movie that delivers everything you want from a Sci-Fi horror movie. At the time the critics were overly harsh on the movie and it hasn't been until later on that Event Horizon has reached so much acclaim. At the time of it's release Rotten Tomatoes gave it only 22%. It just shows you critics don't really have a clue about a good cult movie.
Zoolander is probably one of my favourite cult classics. I think this is Ben Stillers best role, he oozes awesomeness as Derek Zoolander, international male super model. Not to mention we have the brilliant Will Ferrell. For me, I think the Orange Mocha Frappuccino is one of the greatest scenes in cinema history. Enjoy.
Noteable cult classic mentions
I hope you've enjoyed the list of the best cult classics, be sure to comment and tell me some of your favourite cult classic movies that aren't already on the list!