Saturday, April 23, 2011

CINEMA GALLERY: The ABCs of Cult Movies

In the interest of the recent worldwide blogger call to contribute the ABC's of any given category, I offer now a possible lexicon of cult movie magic:

A is for The Apple. (Menahem Golan, 80)

B is for Belle Du Jour. (Luis Buñuel, 67)

C is for Cutter's Way. (Ivan Passer, 81)

D is for The Devil Rides Out. (Terence Fisher, 68)

E is for Eating Raoul. (Paul Bartel, 82)

F is for The Fall. (Tarsem Singh, 2006)

G is for Gone With The Wind. (Victor Fleming et al, 1939)

H is for Holy Mountain. (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 73)

I is for if... (Lindsey Anderson, 68)

J is for Jackie Brown. (Quentin Tarantino, 97)

K is for Kung Fu Hustle. (Stephen Chow, 2004)

L is for Local Hero. (Bill Forsyth, 83)

M is for Mean Streets. (Martin Scorsese, 73)

N is for 1941. (Steven Spielberg, 79)

O is for Office Space. (Mike Judge, 99)

P is for Pink Floyd The Wall. (Alan Parker, 82)

Q is for Q. (Larry Cohen, 82)

R is for River's Edge. (Tim Hunter, 86)

S is for Some Like It Hot. (Billy Wilder, 59)

T is for Theater of Blood. (Douglas Hickox, 73)

U is for Up In Smoke. (Lou Adler, 78)

V is for The Vanishing. (George Sluzier, 88)

W is for The Wicker Man. (Robin Hardy, 73)

X is for X--The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. (Roger Corman, 63)

Y is for Yellow Submarine. (George Dunning, 68)

Z is for Zardoz. (John Boorman, 74)


Tony Dayoub said...


Dean Treadway said...

Thanks, Tony!

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Lisa said...

Beautiful! I love many of these, and will seek out the ones I haven't seen! As always, you are the MAN, Dean!!

Dean Treadway said...

You flatter me, Lisa! Thanks for that!

joe joe said...

This is a cool list, with several I haven't seen, though I think I might quibble with the idea of calling Gone With The Wind a cult film. Isn't it like the most main stream movie of all time? Also, same goes for Some Like It Hot. I think if I were to pick a Wilder film to be a cult flick it would have been Ace in The Hole. Although you certainly can't argue Eating Raoul isn't a cult film nevertheless I would, in my ideal list, have it as either Eraserhead or Europa; Sisters would be in the S category, and Targets the T, with Dementia 13 in the D. Holy Mountain, though not a fave of mine is, maybe along with Night of the Living Dead and Rocky Horror, clearly the quintessence of cultiness. Oh and I would definitely have Brazil for my B. But I shall get on some of these flicks like The Apple I haven't seen or even heard of.

Dean Treadway said...

The true definition of a cult film is not what you might think it is, joe joe. A cult film doesn't necessarily have to display a radical point of view or a weird sensibility. A cult film is merely a film that is watched, over and over again, by a rabid set of fans (hense a cult). It's just that simple. Being in or out of the mainstream has nothing to do with it. THE WIZARD OF OZ is a cult film, too, by the way.

Dean Treadway said...

Oh, and so is STAR WARS.