They’re either so bad it’s good; filled with nostalgia; a beloved B-movie; guilty pleasures; or a combination of all of these descriptions. Cult classics have a special place in every movie fan’s heart. They’ve been around since the early days of cinema, and show no signs of stopping – thank goodness. Here are seven of my favorite cult classics mostly in horror genre:
1. The Crow (1994)
Not only is it a tradition to watch The Crow during Halloween, it’s a film that you can watch over and over again regardless of the time of year. The film’s premise, unique visual style, emotional depth and its tribute to the late Brandon Lee, have contributed to its massive fan base.
2. Battle Royale (2000)
An action thriller adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name, this film reigns supreme among cult classics. Since its debut, it’s developed an international following, influenced filmmakers, and has been part of the inspiration or copied for films such as Smokin Aces, The Hunger Games, Kill Theory, and The Tournament.
3. The Craft (1996)
This film was released the same year that Romeo + Juliet was. I didn’t see it for the first time until a few years ago, and I fell in love with it instantly. I’ve never fit in even with groups that I’m supposed to belong to. I will forever be a weirdo. This movie is perfect and there doesn’t need to be a remake of it ever! It strays from the cliches of teen films and features darker themes. It’s a rite of passage for young women and it’s a progressive film.
4. Tank Girl (1995)
I saw this film for the first time ever back in March 2014 and I instantly became a fan. I love Tank Girl’s quips, the action and the comedy. The film was ahead of its time, and when it first came out Tank Girl received negative reviews and was considered a failure at the box office. However, over time, viewpoints have changed and Tank Girl has developed a cult following that won’t ever die.
5. Scream (1996)
Prior to its release, the popularity of the horror genre had waned, and when Scream came out, it screamed new life into the genre. With its well-known cast and a script that made fun of but also embraced the cliched conventions of horror, this film changed the status quo when it came to horror films. Scream made such an impact that many believe its legacy to be the creation of a distinct era of post-Scream horror films.
6. Heathers (1988)
Another example of a film that flopped at the box office but became a cult classic. This film is so messed up that its good. It hacks out what a conventional high school movie is supposed to be and turns it all upside down and inside out. Heathers is dark, cynical and subversive and changed the game for all the teenage-related comedies that came after it.
7. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
This is my first Leonardo DiCaprio film and it came out when I was in 9th grade back in 1996. At that time I was reading Romeo and Juliet in my English Honors class (shot out to my awesome teacher Dr. Whitnowski) so it just perfect timing. Aside from that, this film is one of my favorites because of its take on a Shakespeare classic. Everything about this film makes it wonderful. From the modern setting to the soundtrack and the excellent casting. John Leguizamo as Tybalt Capulet, and Harold Perrineau as Mercutio, were standout additions.
Cult classics are an integral part of film, and with their loyal fan base they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. What are some of your favorite cult classics? Leave your answers in the comments section below or my Facebook page.