Before I list the second part of my top favorite cult classic movies I want to say that most of the movies on this part of the list can now be described as just classics. However, they were at one point cult classics due to their initial audiences being small yet loyal. So without further ado here is the second part of my top 20 all time favorite cult classics. Enjoy!
- The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
- Im starting off the list a little dark with the first two movies but they are really good horror films for their time period. They also both have pretty successful remakes. For the people who don’t know about The Hills Have Eyes here is the definition “On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.” This movie is not for the light hearted and can definitely have its gross moments (it can also get a little cheesy here and there) but it overall is very good. I’m not going to lie, I tend to not like these kinds of movies but this one was so fascinatingly gross and disturbing that I had to watch it. But I must admit I did have to close my eyes or look away a few times because it could be too much. **If you want more information on this movies remake (and its sequels) check out the link below.**
- Trailer (for the original movie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfbZCJ7JPAA
- The Evil Dead (I and II) [1981 & 1987]
- There are actually multiple movies to this franchise but the first two are the most cult classic like. Just like mentioned above these movies also had pretty successful remakes with their own followers. Here is the definition of the first two movies: “Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this.” and “The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.” Just like The Hills Have Eyes these movies can be very dark and gruesome at some parts but were overall really good. Once again I am not a big fan of these types of movies so I had to look away a couple time just because it was too much. **Check out the link below for the description of the Evil Dead remakes**
- Trailer (Movie I): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU92dtYrF9I
- Trialer (Movie 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fIUYxqA0wg
- The Lost Boys (1987)
- I hope that most people have heard of this movie but if not here is the definition: “Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.” This movie is probably one of the best vampire/horror movies of the 80’s. It can be funny and horrifying at the same time, which is actually a pretty great combination. This is one of my mom’s favorite movies (she quotes it all the time) and I can see why,its very thrilling to watch.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lwtRMg0ts
- Tommy Boy (1995)
- This is one of my dad’s all time favorite Chris Farley movies (he loves to quote it). This movie is both hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. “After his beloved father (Brian Dennehy) dies, dimwitted Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) inherits a near-bankrupt automobile parts factory in Sandusky, Ohio. His brand new stepmother, Beverly (Bo Derek), wants to cash out and close, but Tommy’s sentimental attachment to his father’s employees spurs him to make one last-ditch effort to find someone who will buy their products. With his father’s tightly wound assistant, Richard (David Spade), in tow, Tommy hits the road to scare up some new clients.” Ultimately, if you are looking for a good laugh this is a great movie to watch.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nQ4K2bvVxY
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Hopefully all of you have at least heard of the movie Pulp Fiction. This movie is both funny, serious and can be very confusing at parts. This is one of the few movies on this list that I think EVERYONE should see at least once. Here is the description of the movie: “Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, “Pumpkin” (Tim Roth) and “Honey Bunny” (Amanda Plummer).” This movie is mainly known as a classic now but when it first came out it wasn’t that popular due to its unique plot line. Overall, it is considered one of Quentin Tarantino’s better films, which is a big deal since most of his films are really good.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7EdQ4FqbhY
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail is “A comedic send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen.” This movie does a great job of being outrageously funny and making fun of the middle ages. It is really quirky and has a lot of dry humor making it a great movie for everyone.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRkGvhXc8w
- Fight Club (1999)
- Rule #1 of fight club: Don’t talk about fight club. See description of the film in the links below.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8FRBYOFu2w
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- This movie is one of my all time favorite Johnny Depp and Tim Burton movies. I mean that is saying a lot since I love all the movies Johnny Depp has been in and all the movies Tim Burton has made. Edward Scissorhands is about “A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being — the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast.” This movie is beautiful, unique and heartbreaking all at the same time.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M94yyfWy-KI
- The Breakfast Club (1985)
- The Breakfast club is about “Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently — and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.”This is another one of my favorite cult classics that had recent news. Since this year is 30 years since it was released, select theaters are doing showing of the film and they are coming out with a special edition DVD (YAY). This movie will always have a special place in my heart and I will never get sick of it. Its funny, witty and emotional, which are just a few reasons why I love it so much. The actors do a great job and the soundtrack is just as much of a classic as the film itself.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfhIcgGpWhs
- Clueless (1995)
- This is one of my sister and I’s favorite “chick flick” movies from the 90’s. The way it “portrayed” (makes fun of) what average teenage girls acted like in that time period was so entertaining to us. Clueless is about “Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was — and falls for him.” There isn’t anything really special about Clueless. It is a simple, cliche “chick flick” that My sister and I loved/love (almost as much a legally blond). It is a romance movie that can be watched over and over and over again if you live romantic comedies.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHDcD_xhwAo
Lastly here are two honorable mentions that just missed the cut for my top 20:
- Mean Girls (2004) and Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
In the end, I have plenty more cult classics that I love just as much as these 20+ films. However, I feel that these 20 have left the biggest impression on me. They are all very unique and interesting in my opinion, even though they can have their cheesy moments but that is what makes them just as great. If you want more information on cult classics and some of the top cult classics of all time check out the links below.
Once again I would love to hear what you guys think of this list and what cult classics you would have on your list. Don’t be afraid to let me know what you think or what your choices would be! I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I enjoy each of these films.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cult_films (Wiki page list of cult classics)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_Club (Description of Fight Club)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hills_Have_Eyes_(2006_film) (Page on the remake of The Hills Have Eyes)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_Dead_(2013_film) (Page on the remake of The Evil Dead)
http://www.nerve.com/movies/the-fifty-greatest-cult-movies-of-all-time (50 greatest cult movies of all time)
http://www.listchallenges.com/ultimate-cult-movie-list (Quiz about how many cult classics you have seen)