This week we continue our journey through Sunnydale with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Four (original also Season Five, but due to an extended runtime and discussion of the #SnyderCut, we split the ep into two... something Snyder could have done too!).
This week we're starting our Buffy series by taking a look at all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One.
In light of recent allegations against the series showrunner and creator, Joss Whedon, we thought it was important to say that we at Cultish Movies do not condone his actions, nor do we seek to ignore or excuse them.
Buffy, along with all the other television shows and movies Whedon has been a part of, is the result of hard work by many exceptionally talented people who deserve credit and recognition. It would be unfair and unjust to deny them the praise they have earned because of the unacceptable behavior of one man.
For all of us at Cultish Movies, Buffy was an important and influential show in our most formative years, and we want to celebrate it for the good it has done, and for the good people who made that happen.
We're taking a dive into the strange and surreal world of Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's divisive second outing, Southland Tales. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Sean William Scott, Southland Tales details an alternative 2008, in which America is trapped by a fascistic Republican Party using fear to control the population, and an unusual new energy source might just lead to the apocalypse.
A tale of two Dredds. There have been two adaptations of the iconic 2000AD character Judge Dredd. The first, 1995's Sylvester Stallone starring Judge Dredd, is a bombastic and over the top mid-90s Hollywood action movie. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was a box office flop, with audiences and critics alike snubbing the movie for its tonal inconsistencies and use of Rob Schneider. 2012's Dredd, however, served to rectify the faults, and, despite a much lower budget, was a critical success. Both films have since become cult classics, with their own, very separate followings. But why?
Takashi Miike's controversial thriller follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who uses a series of fake auditions as a way to find a new wife. However, when he becomes involved with Asami (Eihi Shiina), he begins to realize that she isn't quite who she appears to be.
We conclude our Planet of the Apes series by delving into the recent prequel trilogy, which reboots the franchise with state of the art effects and a killer central performance from the brilliant Andy Serkis. But are these movies any good?
Continuing our journey through the Planet of the Apes franchise, we take a delve into Tim Burton's 2001 reboot, starring Mark Whalberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti, and Michael Clarke Duncan. Despite becoming a box office success, the film was poorly received by critics and has since been largely forgotten, but does it deserve another look?
We're continuing our journey through the Planet of the Apes this week by taking a look back at the 1974 live-action television series, Planet of the Apes, starring Roddy McDowell, and the 1975 Saturday morning animation, Return to the Planet of the Apes. While both only lasted a single season, they have become cult favorites. Why?
This week we're continuing out Planet of the Apes series by taking a look at 1970's Beneath the Planet of the Apes and 1971's Escape from the Planet of the Apes, both of which see the series take a strange turn into the more fantastical and sci-fi realms.
This week we begin our Planet of the Apes series by diving headfirst into the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell. An absolute classic of the genre, the film spawned four direct sequels, two television series, a remake, and a prequel trilogy - not to mention a slew of merchandise beyond - but why?
This week we're breaking from our usual movie output to take a look at the cult comedy sitcom Spaced. Written by Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg, and directed by Edgar Wright, Spaced is most notable for its pop-culture references and for featuring the team behind the Cornetto Trilogy in an early role. But why has it gained such a cult following?
This week we're taking a look at Leigh Whannell's excellent underseen sci-fi thriller UPGRADE, from 2018. Starring Logan Marshel-Green and telling the story of a technophobe who, after an accident, is paralyzed and implanted with an experimental computer chip called STEM that enables him to walk.
This week we're wrapping up our Peter Jackson series by taking a look back at what we've learned over the last few episodes, and discussing some of the films he has worked on outside of his role as a director.
We're continuing our Peter Jackson series with 2009's The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, starring Mark Whalberg, Rachel Weiss, Saorise Ronan, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci.
We're leaving Middle Earth, for now, and heading to Skull Island with Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of the iconic 1933 classic, King Kong. Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrian Brody, and Andy Serkis in the title role, King Kong is an odd movie, but does Jackson bring any of his cult sensibilities to it?
And so we reach the end of our first delve into the world of Middle Earth with Peter Jackson's trilogy closer, The Return of the King. It's bold, mainstream, iconic filmmaking, so just how does a cult director like Jackson bring his splatter-movie sensibilities to this critically acclaimed, award-winning epic?
And so we continue to delve into Middle Earth, and into the work of cult director Peter Jackson, who brings his splatter-fest sensibilities to the operatic and sweeping world of J R R Tolkein. The Two Towers, released exactly one year after The Fellowship of the Ring, continues to story of Fodo, Sam, and the fellowship, while expanding the universe.
This week we're taking our first step into Middle Earth as we continue our Peter Jackson series. Despite being labelled unfilmable, Peter Jackson adapted J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings into one of the most successful movie trilogies of all time. But just how did the cult director behind gross-out splatters wind up producing this epic trilogy?
Continuing with our Peter Jackson series, this week we're talking all things Jackson's 1996 horror comedy, The Frighteners. Starring Michael J Fox as Frank Bannister, a man who can see ghosts and uses this ability to con unsuspecting townsfolk into paying him to perform exorcisms, The Frighteners was a box office disappointment, but has since gained a cult following. Why?
We're continuing our look at Peter Jackson this week by talking all things 1994's Heavenly Creatures. Based on the true story of two young friends who find their grip of reality increasingly uncertain, Heavenly Creatures introduced the world to Kate Winslet, and was a critical success upon release, even winning awards. Since then it has gained a small cult following. But, why?
We're continuing a Peter Jackson series this week with 1992's horror comedy Braindead! When his mother is bitten by an infected rat monkey, awkward and bumbling Lionel must prevent her from turning his hometown in zombies. A flop on release, the film has since become a cult favourite. But why?
This week we're beginning our Peter Jackson series by taking at look at his first two movies. 1987's Bad Taste was Jackson's debut as director, and has earned a cult following for its gross out effects and unique humour, while 1989's Meet the Feebles is a satire of the entertainment world with some Muppet-esque creations. But why do these films remain cult favourites?
We're headed to the skies this week as we take a look at the father of the modern spoof, Zucker/Abrams/Zucker's Airplane!, from 1980, and its sequel, Airplane II, from 1982. Spoofing airport disaster movies of the time, Airplane! introduced the world to countless gags, and even gave us the first Leslie Neilson comedic role! But what is it about these films that earned them their following?
This week we're delving, for the first time, into the world of television. In 2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was aired on a late night slot on channel 4. Although it received poor viewing figures, its blend of knowing homage and spoofing of low-budget 80s TV saw it gain a strong and loyal cult following. But why?
This week we conclude our Psycho Series by taking a look at the legacy of the franchise and the other key parts of it. From Anthony Perkins' last appearance as the iconic Norman Bates in Psycho IV: The Beginning, to the near shot-for-shot remake starring Vince Vaughn and the prequel/re-imagining of TV show Bates Motel, the Psycho franchise remains as popular as ever. But why?
Continuing our Psycho series, this episode we're talking all things 1986's Psycho III. Directed by Anthony Perkins, who also reprises his role as the infamous Norman Bates, Psycho III leans closer to slasher territory than the previous movies, and was something of a flop on release. Despite this, it maintains a cult following. Why?
Continuing our Psycho series, this episode we're taking a look at all things Psycho II. Directed by Richard Franklin and written by Tom Holland (of Fright Night and Child's Play fame), Psycho II sees Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles reprise their roles from the original, as Norman Bates is released 22 years after the Hitchcock original. A critical flop upon release, the film has since earned a cult following. But why?
This week we're beginning our Psycho series by taking a look back at Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic. A critical and commercial success upon release, Psycho has since become recognised as one of the most iconic films of all time, casting a long shadow over Hollywood cinema, and horror cinema in particular. But what is it about this film that earned it such a strong and loyal cult following?
Still not ready to leave Christmas behind? Well, neither are we, so this week we're talking all things Joe Dante's Gremlins. Written by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg, Gremlins tells the story of a small American town at Christmas, overrun by mischievous and deadly creatures. A critical and commercial success, Gremlins has become a Christmas staple and has a strong, loyal cult following. But, why?
Merry Christmas, this week we're taking a look at all things Chris Peckover's 2016 holiday horror Better Watch Out. A critical success upon release, Better Watch Out tells the story of a young babysitter who, during the Christmas period, comes under threat from a home invasion. Flying under the radar, it none the less has a small and loyal cult following. But why?
This week we're heading into a post-apocalyptic wasteland to talk all things Richard Stanley's Hardware. When she uses a salvaged kill-bot in her artwork, an artist finds herself trapped in her flat with the deadly machine after it reactivates and goes on a rampage. Since its release Hardware, and Stanley himself, have gained a loyal cult following. But why?
We want you to get up, go over to your device and listen to Cultish Movies as we talk all things Paddy Chyefsky's Network. Starring William Holden, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall, Network was directed by Sidney Lumet and received massive critical and commercial success on release. Since then it has gone on to become a cult film, but why?
Here we go again, and this week we're talking all things 2008's musical comedy smash, Mamma Mia! Starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical of ABBA classics, based on the stage show of the same name. A critical flop, the movie was the highest grossing film in the UK on release, and has since gained a strong cult following... but, why?
We're feeling spooky this week, and to celebrate All Hallow's Eve we're taking a look back at the original sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween, Halloween II. Seeing both Jaimie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance return to the franchise, Halloween II picks up mere seconds after the original left off to complete the night HE came home. Since its somewhat lacklustre release it has developed a cult following, but why?
We're delving deep into Joe Dante's 1981 breakout horror/comedy The Howling this week, to begin our October spookfest for Halloween. Released the same year as John Landis' An American Wereworlf in London, The Howling received critical acclaim on release but was overshadowed by Landis' monster, and has since gone on to become a cult film. Why?
What's in the box!? That's right, this week we're talking all things David Fincher's Se7en. Starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, Se7en tells the story of two Detectives on the hunt for a serial killer who kills his victims based on the seven deadly sins. A critical and commercial success on release, Se7en has since gone on to earn a cult following, but why?
It's party time! P-A-R-T-Why? Because this week we're talking all things 1994's The Mask. Starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz, The Mask was a box office smash on release, and catapulted its stars to international fame. Since then it's become something of a cult movie, with a small, but loyal. cult following. Why?
This week we're strapped to a bed and fearing for our ankles as we talk all things Rob Riener's 1990 Stephen King adaptation, Misery. Starrying James Caan and Kathy Bates, Misery tells the story of Paul Sheldon, a famed novelist who, after crashing his car during a blizzard, finds himself at the mercy of a crazed fan. A critical and commercial success upon release, Misery now has a cult following. But, why...?
We're gonna need a bigger podcast, since this week we're talking all things Stephen Spielberg's shark thriller Jaws. Often cited as the first summer blockbuster, Jaws tells the story of a small island community plagued by a man-eating Great White Shark, and the town sheriff, who must protect the citizens. Since it's release it has grown a strong and loyal following, but why?
Will you take the red pill or the blue pill? This week we're following the white rabbit to see how deep the rabbit hole goes, with the Watchowski's 1999's sci-fi action blockbuster The Matrix. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie Anne Moss, The Matrix was a critical and commercial smash on release, and has since gone on to form a strong a loyal cult following... but, why?
This week we find ourselves trapped in the spooky town of Silent Hill, Christophe Gans' big screen adaptation of the iconic video game of the same name. Starring Rhadha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger and Sean Bean, Silent Hill was a critical flop but a commercial success upon release, and has since gone on to become a cult classic. But why?
What's in the box!? No, we're not talking Se7en, this week we're delving deep into the mind of Joel and Ethan Coen and their ode to writer's block, Barton Fink. A bizarre and surreal tale of the creative process, starring Johns Tuturo and Goodman. A flop upon release, Barton Fink has gone on to become one of the Coen's most culty of films, but why?
We're hungry this week, and we need feeding! We're talking all things Audrey II and Frank Oz's 1988 musical-horror-comedy Little Shop of Horrors. Starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Ellen Greene and Levi Stubbs, Little Shop of Horrors was a critical success upon release but didn't do well at the box office. Since then it has gained a loyal cult following, but why?
We don't feel anything this week, because we're busy talking all things Kurt Wimmer's 2002 action/sci-fi/dystopian movie Equilibrium. Starring Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson and Sean Bean, Equilibrium received negative review on release and did poorly at the box office. Despite this it has since gained a small but loyal cult following... why?
This week we're talking all things Robert Zemeckis' underappreciated horror comedy Death Becomes Her. Starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and a career-best performance from Bruce Willis, Death Becomes Her received mixed reviews upon release but has since gone on to develop a cult following. Why?
We're back after our 100 episode extravaganza to take a dive into the weird and surreal dreamworld of David Lynch's masterpiece Mulholland Drive. Starring Noami Watts and confusing the hell out of audiences since 2001, Mulholland Drive had an interesting journey to the big screen but has since become a cult classic. Why?
To celebrate 100 episodes we're taking a look back at the last 20 movies we've reviewed and picking our favorite. Each 20 episodes we will pick a winner until episode 100, when all the winners will battle it out to win the Cultishest Cult Movie of Cult Movies. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? And who even cares?
100 episodes!!! To celebrate we're heading back to the future with Lt. Ellen Ripley and talking all things Alien3. A critical and commercial failure on release, Alien3 had a troubled production and nearly caused its director, one David Fincher, to never return to film. Since then it has gone on to be recognized as a cult classic. But why?
This week we're delving into the seedy world of the late 70s and early 80s porn industry with Paul Thomas Anderson's sophomore feature, Boogie Nights. Released in 1997, and featuring one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever committed to film, Boogie Nights was a critical and commercial success on release and has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
We're on tour this week, and we're tapping into Rob Reiner's feature debut, This is Spinal Tap. A mockumentary following the disastrous American tour of fictional heavy mental band Spinal Tap, This is Spinal Tap received a lukewarm reception upon its release but has since gone on to become a cult classic. Why?
This week we're staring in the mirror and saying his name five times. Based on a short story by Hellraiser's Clive Barker, Candyman stars Tony Todd and Virginia Masden and was a critical success upon its release. Since then it has gone to become a cult film, often cited as one of the best modern horror has to offer. But why?
They aim to misbehave. This week we're taking a look back at Joss Whedon's feature debut, the feature follow-up to cult sci-fi TV show Firefly, Serenity. Despite critical acclaim Serenity performed poorly at the box-office, but has since gone on to become a cult movie. But, why?
We're talking Elvis, comic books and the Tarantino scripted, Tony Scott directed True Romance this week. Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and a whole host of famous faces in a spectacularly impressive ensemble cast, True Romance was a success upon its release and has since gone on to earn a strong cult following, but why?
This week we're diving deep into the world of straight-to-video micor-budget horror with Alex Chandon's Cradle of Fear. Starring Dani Filth, of Cradle of Filth, Cradle of Fear homages the old Amicus portmanteau movies on the 60s and 70s, and received a lukewarm reception on release. Since then it's gone on to become a cult movie, but why?
This week we're taking a look back at Universal's classic monster movie, 1933's The Invisible Man. Directed by James Whale, starring Claude Rains in the iconic title role, and adapted from H G Welles' novel of the same name, The Invisible Man was revolutionary upon release and remains a cult classic to this day. But why?
It's off to the Old West this week with Mel Brooks' satire comedy Western Blazing Saddles. A critical and commercial success upon its release, Blazing Saddles has since gone on to become a beloved cult movie, but why?
So, following on from our episode last week (and the mini-ep), this week we're taking a look at Neil LaBute's 2006 remake, The Wicker Man. Starring Nicolas Cage in the Edward Woodward role, The Wicker Man 2006 is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. And yet it has a strong and loyal cult following. Why?
We're being burned alive with The Wicker Man this week as we talking Robin Hardy's 1973 folk horror cult classic. Arguably one of the most influential and infamous horror films to have come out of Britain in, well, ever, The Wicker Man drew strong critical praise upon its release and has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
Thisss week we're talking all things 1997's creature feature Anaconda. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight and Ice Cube (also sort of Eric Stoltz but not really) Anaconda was, inexplicably, a success upon its release and has since gone on to become a cult favorite... but why?
This week we're talking all things Team America: World Police. Released in 2004, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the hit TV show South Park, take down everything from action-movie blockbusters to American Foreign Policy with their satirical homage to Jerry Anderson's Thunderbirds. Since then it's become a cult movie, but why?
Happy New Year! For our first episode of 2019 we're delving into the world of HP Lovecraft's Re-Animator, directed by Stuart Gordon, produced by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton. Well received upon its release Re-Animator has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
Happy New Year! This week we're celebrating with When Harry Met Sally, as Rob Reiner genre hops once again with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Nora Ephron's romantic comedy is often consider one of the classics of the genre, with critical and commercial success upon its release it has since grown a large and loyal cult following, but why?
Merry Christmas! 'Tis the season to be jolly, so to celebrate we're talking all things 2010's fantasy action horror Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. A critical success upon its release, Rare Exports began life as a short film before being adapted into a feature. Since finding life on home video the film has gained a small but loyal cult following, but why?
With the Christmas season upon us we've decided to take a look back at Shane Black's directorial debut, the comedy thriller neo-noir Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was a quiet film upon release but has since gone on to gain a loyal cult following. Why?
This week we're taking a look at Seth Gordon's 2008 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Detailing the rivalry between reigning Donkey Kong world champion Billy Mitchell and underdog challenger Steve Wiebe, The King of Kong received critical acclaim upon its release and has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
So, it's come to this. Our episode this week is on 1999's sci-fi thriller Virus. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, Virus tells the story of the crew of a tugboat who find themselves under threat from an alien life form hellbent on turning humanity into cyborgs when the discover a large ship abandoned in the middle of a storm... and it's awful.
Heads will roll this week as we take a look back at Tim Burton's 1999 adaptation of Washington Irving's classic short story in Sleepy Hollow. Starring Johnny Depp (obviously, this is Burton after all), Sleepy Hollow was a success upon its release but has since dropped from the public conscious to become more of a cult film. But why?
To celebrate 80 episodes we're taking a look back at the last 20 movies we've reviewed and picking our favorite. Each 20 episodes we will pick a winner until episode 100, when all the winners will battle it our and win the Cultishest Cult Movie of Cult Movies. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? And who even cares?
This week we're off to the Mexican border for Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. Dismantled by the studio and maligned upon its release, Touch of Evil was re-cut in the 90s and reappraised as one of Welles' classics. Since then it has gone on to become a cult movie, but why?
John Lithgow, Don Ameche and David Suchet star in this week's movie, Harry and the Hendersons. Telling the story of a typical American family who, when they hit Bigfoot with their car, are forced to care for the gentle giant in their suburban home, Harry and the Henderson was a flop upon its release but has since earned a cult status. Why?
We're in search of fame and recognition this week with The Lone Rangers, as we discuss 1994's underappreciated comedy Airheads. Starring Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler as a band who, in a desperate attempt to get some air time for their demo, hijack a radio station and hold the employees hostage. A flop upon release the film has since become a cult classic, but why?
Finishing off our Halloween special series, we return to the wonderfully weird and bizarre world of Dr Phibes. Starring Vincent Price in the titular role, Dr Phibes Rises Again sees the murderous Dr return to wreak havoc on those who stand in his way of the mythical River of Life. Since it's release the film has become a cult classic, but why?
We're lost in the woods on the hunt for a mythic witch this week, as we attempt to unlock the secrets of 1999's The Blair Witch Project. Literally changing the shape of cinema upon its release, The Blair Witch Project is most notable for popularizing the found footage sub-genre and it's inventive viral marketing strategy. By why does it have such a cult following?
We're in Haddonfield celebrating Halloween this week with Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, discussing John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her first feature film, Halloween spawned the slasher sub-genre and has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
We're stuck on the road and being hunted by an insane killer this week discussing the much underappreciated 1986 horror thriller The Hitcher. Starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the Hitcher was maligned upon release but has since grown a cult follow, why?
Brother, mother, any other sucker, this week we're heading to cockney London with Guy Ritchie's Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. A critical and commercial success upon its release, Lock Stock launched the careers of its cast and crew and change the face of British cinema forever. But what is it about this low budget comedy that gives it its cult following?
We're heading down to the Double Deuce roadside bar this week to talk all things 1989's Road House. Starring Patrick Swayze and directed by Rowdy Herrington, Road House tells the story of a bouncer named Dalton who must protect a town from a corrupt businessman. Despite a poor critical reception upon its release the film has earned a cult following and is often considered the best bad movie. But why?
This week we're heading to Transylvania (or rather Bray Studios, in London) to talk the iconic Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee Hammer Horror Dracula. Released upon an unsuspecting public in 1958, Hammer's Dracula has since gone on to earn cult status, spawing eight sequels, countless rip-offs and practically inventing British Gothic Horror Cinema. But why?
This week we're heading to Angel Grove to discuss the original Power Rangers movie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Released in 1995 to warm audience reception by poor critical reviews, the Power Rangers have since gone on to gain a loyal cult following (and their own festival) but why?
This week we're delving into the world of nightmares with David Lynch's feature debut Eraserhead. Released to critical panning the film gained notoriety as a midnight movie and has since gone on to become a widely regarded masterpiece and cult movie. But why?
We're off into the wacky world of Steve Martin and Carl Reiner's 1983 science fiction comedy The Man With Two Brains. A disappointment on its release The Man With Two Brains has since gone on to earn itself a reputation as one of Martin's best works and a cult following in its own right. But why?
This week we're looking back at Ben Stiller's directorial debut with the Jim Carrey vehicle The Cable Guy. Considered a critical and commercial failure upon its release, The Cable Guy has since gone on to gain a cult following, with some considering it to be both Stiller and Carrey's most underrated works. But why?
This week we're heading into the realm of the Goblin King with Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy adventure Labyrinth. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connolly Labyrinth is notable for its use of puppetry. Since it's release, which saw a poor critical reception, the film has developed a strong and loyal cult following, but why?
This week we're delving into the dark minds of two of horror's greatest icons, George A Romero and Stephen King. United by a shared love of EC Comics, Creepshow sees Romero and King pay homage to their favourite graphic novels with a series of five bizarre and unsettling tales. Since its release the anthology has spawned a sequel, a comic book series and a newly announced TV show, but why?
We're taking part in the Transcontinental Death Race this week, discussing Roger Coreman's cult classic Death Race 2000. Starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone, Death Race 2000 has spawned a prequel series, a sequel, comic books, games and countless rip-offs and homages. But what is it that makes it endure?
This week we're picking Flick and talking all things Election, Alexander Payne's 1999 high-school comedy that has more in common with All The President's Men than it does Ferris Bueller, despite starring Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick. Since it's rather poor box office performance Election has gone on to become a cult film, but why?
We're delving into the dark recesses of Uwe Boll's video game adaptation House of the Dead this week. Based on the popular arcade game of the same, House of the Dead is often cited as the worst video game movie, and sometimes one of the worst movies ever made. So, what is about this film that has earned it such a strong and loyal cult following?
This week we're delving into the first of the so-called 'Unholy Trinity' of Folk Horror film, Michael Reeves' 1968 cult classic Witchfinder General. Starring Vincent Price as the infamous Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General plays fast and loose with historical accuracy, but manages to convey an unsettling authenticity none the less. Since it's controversial release the film has gained a loyal cult following, but why?
To celebrate 60 episodes we're taking a look back at the last 20 movies we've reviewed and picking our favorite. Each 20 episodes we will pick a winner until episode 100, when all the winners will battle it our and win the Cultishest Cult Movie of Cult Movies. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? And who even cares?
Thank you for your co-operation. This week we're talking all things Paul Verhoeven's 1987's classic Robocop. Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox, Robocop tells the story of Police Officer Alex Murphy who, when he is killed by a gang of murderous thugs, becomes a super human cyborg known as Robocop. Since its release the film has become a cult classic, but why?
This week we're heading to the Winchester with Shaun and Ed as we tackle Edgar Wright's feature debut Shaun of the Dead. Released in 2004 Shaun of the Dead was a critical and commercial success and has since gone on to gain a strong and loyal cult following. But just what is it about the irreverent and often times bizarre movie that has earned it its cult status?
This week we're playing a game with David Cronenberg's spirital sequel to 1983's Videodrome, 1999's eXistenZ. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law and a whole host of British actors doing outrageous accents, eXistenZ questions the very nature of reality and how creators interact with their creations. Somewhat forgotten upon it's release the film has gone on to gain a loyal cult following, but why?
This week we're headed into the very stupid and dangerous territory of the Jackass crew with their would-be send off, Jackass The Movie. Billed as the finale to the show, Jackass The Movie catapulted the controversial stunt men and pranksters into the mainstream and has since gone on to gain a rabid cult following, but why? Why? Whyyyyyyyy?
We're "split" this week discussing Brian De Palma's return to Hitchcockian thrills with 1992's psychological thriller Raising Cain. Re-edited after a poorly received test screen, De Palma's Raising Cain, starring John Lithgow in perhaps the performance of his career, has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?
We're stuck in detention this week with John Hughes' 1985 cult classic teen dramedy The Breakfast Club. Starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club was a critical and commercial success upon its release, catapulting its cast to super stardom and earning itself a cult following along the way, but why?
This week we're talking The Avengers! Not the movie that kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nope! Instead we're talking 1998's adaptation of the cult 70s British sci-fi action adventure show about two secret agents who must battle a crazed Sean Connery who is intent on controlling the weather. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Jim Broadbent and Bond himself, 1998s The Avengers is often considered one of the worst films ever made, why?
Join Alex, Warren and Paul for a mission to Central America, where we'll be talking all things Predator. Starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by John McTiernan, Predator is today best known for fighting the Aliens. But before pop-culture threatened to destroy this beast, Predator introduced the world to a deadly killer from outer space. Since its initial release the film has gained a large cult fanbase, but just what is it about this odd little (or muscular maybe) film that has earned it its status.
We're off to Toon Town this week with Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg's 1988 animation/live action hybrid Who Frames Roger Rabbit. Featuring a cast of characters from Warner Bros. through to Disney, Who Framed Roger Rabbit tells the story of Eddie Valiant, a Private Investigator who must exonerate the titular cartoon star, Roger Rabbit, when he is framed of murder. Since its release the film has gained a cult following, and we're going to find out why.
This week Alex, Warren and Paul are heading to the Old West with some badly dubbed anti-heroes in Sergio Leone's game-changing western A Fistful of Dollars. Starring Clint Eastwood as the now iconic The Man With No Name (who's name is Joe...). A Fistful of Dollars, along with its two sequels, introduced American and the UK to the Spaghetti Western, and altered the cinematic landscape in the process. But just what is it about this mean spirited, gritty film that has earned it such a strong and loyal cult following?
To celebrate 50 episodes we're taking a look back at the 50 movies we've covered so far and picking out our absolute worst. It's a showdown for the ages, or, at least forty or so minutes. We've covered some stinkers in our time, and we've had some controversial opinions, but which one of our 50 movies is going to be crowned Best Worst Movie?
To celebrate 50 episodes we're heading back to where it all began, with the follow-up to Ridley Scott's classic Alien, James Cameron's Aliens. Starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Aliens is often cited as the greatest sequel ever made, and continues to draw people into it's already pretty hefty cult following. But just what is it about this slightly cheesy, 80s action romp that has earned it such a cult following?
Round and round the garden we go this week with the BBC's controversial and groundbreaking TV movie, Ghostwatch. Starring Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Craig Charles and Mike Smith, Ghostwatch terrified the nation and was banned from broadcast immediately after it aired. It has since gone on to become one of the most legendary pieces of television ever, with a strong and loyal cult following. But why?
We're putting the band back together this week with John Landis and Dan Ackroyd's musical comedy The Blues Brothers. Released in 1980, and starring Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, The Blues Brothers tells the story of petty criminals Jake and Elwood Blues, who, in an effort to save the orphanage they called home, go on a mission from God to get their blues band together. With a host of cameos from blue musicians and comedy legends The Blues Brothers has become a beloved cult classic, but why?
This week we're pulling a reverse Home Alone with Wes Craven's forgotten horror comedy The People Under The Stairs. A satire of the Reagan era and a mad-cap caper about a young boy named Fool who finds himself trapped in a booby-trap laden house with some very frightening foes. And we haven't even got to those pesky stair dwellers yet! Despite being all but forgotten by the mainstream The People Under The Stairs has gained a cult following. But why?
We're in the Bath House this week with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. Often cited as one of the greatest animated films of all time, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl who finds herself trapped in the spirit realm when her parents are turned into pigs. But just what is it about this strange, imaginative and weird movie that has earned it its cult following?
The podcast! You opened it, we came! This week we're blurring the lines between pleasure and pain with Clive Barker's feature debut Hellraiser. Famous for kicking starting the Hellraiser franchise ad introducing the world to Pinhead and the cenobites, Hellraiser is a surprisingly low-key affair, but just what is it about this creepy little horror that has earned it it's cult following?
We're not even supposed to be here today, but we are, and we can assure you we're open. This week we're talking all about Kevin Smith's debut feature Clerks. Shot on a minimal budget in grainy black and white, Smith's debut film is also the first entry into his View Askew-niverse and introduced the world to Jay and Silent Bob. But just what is it about this cheap, foul mouthed, rough around the edges comedy that draws in a loyal cult following?
In this episode we're signing up for the mobile infantry with Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey and Neil Patrick Harris in Paul Verhoeven's 1997 satire Starship Troopers. Something of a dud upon its initial release, criticized for it's poor acting, fascist tendencies and seemingly pro-war story, recently Starship Troopers is being recognized for th film it actually is, a cold, hard satire of fascism. Having spawned three sequels and an animated series, just why does this film have such a cult following?
We are the one and only, and we're coming to you from the dark side of the moon talking Duncan Jones' seminal feature debut Moon, starring Sam Rockwell and Sam Rockwell. Arguably one the best science-fiction movies of the last twenty years, Moon has developed a solid cult following that shows no signs of slowing down, but why?
This week we're pissing into the wind with Deep Blue Sea, the sharkiest shark movie since Jaws: The Revenge. Starring Samuel L Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows and some guy called LL Cool J, Deep Blue Sea is the story of a group of scientists trapped by super smart (and size changing) sharks of their own creation. Yes, you read that right. Now sing it with us, "deepest, bluest, my hat is like a shark's fin!"
To celebrate 40 episodes we're taking a look back at the last 20 movies we've reviewed and picking our favorite. Each 20 episodes we will pick a winner until episode 100, when all the winners will battle it our and win the Cultishest Cult Movie of Cult Movies. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? And who even cares?
We've had a bad week and we want to make it even worse so this week we're talking Howard the Duck, George Lucas' first attempt at destroying a beloved franchise. Starring Leah Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins, for some reason, Howard the Duck is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made, and yet it has a loyal cult fan-base. Why?
It's back to high school this week with Mean Girls, Tina Fey's way-better-than-it-should-be 2004 teen comedy. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Fey herself, the film was well received upon its release but has since gone on to become something of a bizarre cult classic. But why? Join us as we attempt to find out.
We've taken a trip to a cabin in the woods with Sam Raimi's cult horror classic The Evil Dead. Starring Bruce Campbell and a heap of tortured unknowns, The Evil Dead was made on a shoe-string budget from a script written on napkins and went on to become one of the most infamous video nasties in the world. But just why does this insane, controversial and ridiculously low-budget B-Movie have the massive cult following that it does? Well, "join us" as we try to find out.
This week we're chowing down on Big Kahuna Burgers with Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. A critical and commercial success, Pulp Fiction saw the writer/director shoot to super stardom, and reinvigorated and kick started the careers of it's stars, John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis. But just why does this tale of LA's seedy underbelly have such a lasting impact, and what makes it one of the most famous cult movies of all time? Join us as we find out.
We're getting extremely violent this week with the Arnold Schwarzenegger starring action movie satire Last Action Hero. Directed by John McTiernan, written by Shane Black, and co-starring F Murray Abraham, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan and a really irritating kid (not John Connor!) Last Action Hero was a flop upon release but has since grown a cult following. Why? Join us to find out.
This week we're stuck on a train with Dr Terror and his House of Horrors - although that's not a literal house. From Amicus Productions, professional Hammer Horror rip-offs, comes a tale filled with dread and thrills only the 70s could imagine! From two of British horrors biggest icons sharing the screen once again (and one of them facing off against a severed hand!) to Donald Sutherland in one of his earliest screen credits, Dr Terror's House of Horrors has become a cult classic, but why?
Happy New Year! To celebrate we're up North with Wallace and Gromit as they take on the ferocious and terrifying were-rabbit. Based on the beloved stop-motion shorts featuring the titular characters, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit sees the dynamic duo head to the big screen in a suitably grand adventure! But just what is it about these two that gives them such a lasting impression and cult following?
Merry Christmas you filthy animals (wrong movie, we know). Hope you're having a great day. We certainly are! And to celebrate the holiday season we're taking a look at the Billy Bob Thornton starring Bad Santa, a hilarious crime caper imbued with a sense of cynicism only appropriate for the season to be jolly! But just why has this hateful little comedy capture the hearts of so many? Join us to find out, and have a wonderful Christmas time!
As it's almost Christmas we decided we had to earn that Christmas special, and so we're earning it by watching Tom Green's surrealist comedy thing Freddy Got Fingered. Panned by critics upon release, in more recent years the movie has been undergoing a sort of reappraisal, with some going so far as to call it a misunderstood masterpiece. But why?
Join us as we investigate strange goings on up in Beverly Hills. Rich boy Billy suspects there's something very wrong with his mum, dad and sister, but he can't quite put his finger on it. Are they really involved in an incestuous relationship or is it, as his therapist says, all in his mind? Or maybe it's something much sinister.
After the success of Re-Animator and From Beyond, Producer Brian Yuzna took the step into a director's chair and produced this cult classic. But why does the film have a cult following, and why isn't it better known?
Join us for this special mini-episode where we try to work out just what the hell makes something a Christmas film? Is there an algorithm we can use to prove, once and for all, that Die Hard should stand up there with The Muppets Christmas Carol and Scrooged, or are you humbuggers destined to forever complain about John McClain and his lack of festive cheer?
This week we're locking ourselves in The Room (a place where either good or bad things can happen... apparently). We need to be locked in, otherwise we'd just get up and leave for Tommy Wiseau's head scratcher - and not in the "cool" Matrixy way - The Room. Made on a ridiculous large budget considering what we see on screen, and starring a cast of... people? The Room is an oddity as much as it is an odyssey, and we're going to try and work out just why the so-called "worst movie ever made" has such a large cult following.
This week we're on a quest with the knights of the round table to see if we can't figure out just what makes the surreal, madcap misadventures of Monty Python and the Holy Grail so enjoyable, captivating and hilarious for multiple generations. A modest success upon its release, the film has gone on to become arguably the most successful cult movie of all time. But why?
This week we're headed through Casablanca and we're trying to decide if this classic, often heralded as one of the greatest movies of all time, is a plane worth being on. In more recent years older movies have become under-seen, and is now the time to reappraise Casablanca and the like as cult classics rather than masterpieces of cinema? Have you see Casablanca, and if not do you regret it? Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life? Does Casablanca deserve to be rediscovered.
This episode we're braving the cold and trying to solve the attempted murder of the Batman franchise with Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin. Panned by critics upon its release, is now the time to reevaluated this oddity of a movie? Probably not.
Today we're blowing up parliament with V and Eve in the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel V For Vendetta. Penned by the Watchowski brothers (they were then) and directed by a total newcomer, V For Vendetta is arguably the only film we've covered that is so ingrained in popular culture it has its own culture around it. And yet, no one talks about it. Why?
Would you like to play a game? Well, we're going to as this week we find ourselves chained to pipes in a dirty bathroom ready to play along with John Kramer, AKA Jigsaw, talking James Wan and Leigh Whannell's Saw. Despite kick-starting a gory torture porn franchise, known for its horrific and violent traps, 2004's Saw focuses more on the investigation that it does the stomach-churning horror. But just why does this little movie (featuring a little Danny Glover) have such a loyal and vocal fanbase? That's the question we're asking in celebration of the release of the latest entry in the franchise - Jigsaw.
We're beyond the final frontier with the crew of the NTE Protector this week to figure out just why Galaxy Quest, the hilarious sci-fi send up starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell doesn't have more of a cult following. We don't care how long it takes, we're figuring this one out - never give up, never surrender!
With Blade Runner 2049 our in cinemas we thought now was the time to take a look back at the original 1982 movie, Blade Runner. Or maybe it's one of the other cuts? We're not sure. Regardless, released to critical and commercial failure, Blade Runner has become one of the most popular cult movies of all time, but why?
On the panel today is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
In this episode we attempt to see what's on the other side as we flat-line with Kiefer Sutherand, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. With the Ellen Page staring remake currently in cinemas we want to know: why has this cult movie suddenly found new life and appreciation, and does it really deserve it?
On the panel is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse
Today we're taking a closer look at our household products with The Brave Little Toaster. A fan favorite among those who have seen it, but under-seen and (possibly) underappreciated. Just why didn't The Brave Little Toaster hit the big time when other films did, and what is it about this low-budget little independent animation that keeps viewers coming back?
To celebrate 20 episodes we've decided to take a look back at the movies we've reviewed so far and pick our favorite Cult Movie so far. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? Listen and learn.
On the panel are Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're heading to the murder capital of the U.S. to sleep all day and party all night with The Lost Boys. Considered by many to be the ultimate 80s movie, and often cited as one of the best vampire movies ever made, The Lost Boys has a large fan base and is most definitely a cult movie. But why?
On the panel today is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're going on holiday by mistake with Withnail and I. Considered by many to be the ultimate British cult movie, this blackly comic tale of two struggling actors heading off for a week in the country has become a favorite among movie enthusiasts, but why?
On the panel to find out are Keith Huckfield and Warren Badenski.
This week we're taking a look at Canon Film's 1987 attempt at their very own Star Wars, Masters of the Universe. Cheap, tacky, cheesy and featuring unexpected cows, Masters of the Universe is the very definition of a bad movie. So, why such a cult following?
Joining the panel to find out are Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse
This week we're taking a look at Tobe Hooper's 1974 game changer, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Often considered to be one of the most influential and important horror movies ever made, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a huge and very loyal cult following. But what is it about this crazed, gritty and almost bloodless (that's right!) film that keeps people so enthused about it?
Joining the panel today our Paul Woolhouse and Warren Badenski.
This week we're talking Richard Linklater's stoner classic Dazed and Confused. Starring a whole host of famous faces before they were famous, Dazed and Confused tells the story of high-school kids on the last day before summer, 1976. It has a massive and loyal cult following, but why?
Joining me to find out is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're erasing our memories and meeting in Montauk with Charlie Kauffman and Michael Gondry's science-fiction, romantic comedy thingamajig Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Released in 2004 and starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst and the Incredible Hulk. the film was a modest success at the box office but has since earned a loyal cult following. Why?
On the panel today are Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're taking a look at Woody Allen's Annie Hall. Starring Allen and Diane Keaton, Annie Hall tells the story of a neurotic comedian and his relationship with the titular character. Considered by many to be Allen's best film, Annie Hall used to have a vocal cult following but has become lesser known in recent years. Why?
On the panel is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're taking a look at Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's bat-shit crazy From Dusk Till Dawn. Starring George Clooney, Juliette Lewis and Tarantino himself, From Dusk Till Dawn is one of the most absurd and memorable action/horror movies ever made, but just what makes it such a cult classic?
On the panel today is Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse. Be cool.
Today we're playing organ and exacting absurdly poetic revenge with The Abominable Doctor Phibes. Starring Vincent Price in the title role, Doctor Phibes is a precursor for some of the most famous horror movies ever made (including Seven and Saw). But this cult classic has been somewhat forgotten in recent years, why?
On the panel today we have Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse.
This week we're heading South to the murky swamps of and sleezey bars of John McNaughton's Wild Things. The movie received a lot of controversy upon its release for it's explicit (by the standards of the day) sex scenes, but has largely been forgotten. Starring Nerve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon and an always excellent Bill Murray, Wild Things is a movie destined for cult status, but why?
On the panel to find out is Warren Badenski and Keira Georgeson.
On the 16th July 2017 the world lost one of the most influential and important filmmakers ever. George A Romero created the zombie movie as we know it, and his influence can be felt throughout the entire medium of movie making. He was the very definition of a cult master.
Our panel, featuring Warren Badenski and Keith Huckfield, joined together to pay tribute to the man who brought us some of the most cultish movies of cult movies. RIP George A Romero.
This week we're on the sofa with Wayne and Garth, talking Mike Myers' debut feature Wayne's World. An hilarious romp through Aurora, IL - but this is a film that seems to have been forgotten in recent years. Why? Joining us on the panel to figure it out are Warren Badenski and Paul Woolhouse. Party on, guys!
David Cronenberg's techno-surrealist horror Videodrome has become a cult film since it's release in 1983, but despite it's ever relevant subject matter the question remains: does it deserves its status as a cult movie?
Join us as we find out! On the panel is Keira C Georgeson and Warren Badenski.
This episode we're discussing John Carpenter's cult classic The Thing, poorly received when released it has since had a reappraisal and is often considered one of the best films ever made. But why does this tale of shape-shifting aliens and paranoid humans have such a cult following? Joining the panel are Keith Huckfield, Warren Badenski and Ashley Robson.
It's the end of the world, or it will be in 28 days, and so this week we're discussing Richard Kelly's spectacular debut Donnie Darko. Arguably the very definition of a cult film, Donnie Darko struggled to find an audience upon release and has since become one of the most successful independent features of all time. But why? On the panel we have Ashley Robson and Warren Badenski.
This week it's all about suburbia, and we're talking Joe Dante's Tom Hanks starring comedy horror The 'Burbs. A mad tale of a neighborhood gripped by fear, paranoia and, probably, a little bit of boredom, The 'Burbs is considered by man a cult classic, but does it deserve the title? On the panel is Ashley Robson and Paul Woolhouse.
Today we're talking about 2014's It Follows. A critical success upon its release, despite a fairly low budget, It Follows isn't yet a cult classic, but it appears a cult following is fast growing around it. Why is this? And is the film really all it's cracked up to be? On the panel today is Warren Badenski and Keith Huckfield.
This week we're looking at Mike Judge's feature debut, the workplace comedy Office Space. Based on his popular Milton cartoon, Office Space was poorly received upon release but has since become a cult classic, even making it into the top 10 best selling DVDs in 2003. So why has it found an audience of die hard fans?
Today we're discussing the John Carpenter's sci-fi, political satire action movie They Live, starring "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and the world's longest fist fight. Why has this film earned the following it has and what makes it such a success in the realms of cult films? On the panel this week are Keith Huckfield and Warren Badenski.
Today we're discussing the Coen Brothers' stoner noir The Big Lebowski. Why has this film earned the following it has and what makes it such a success in the realms of cult films? On the panel are Keith Huckfield, Keira Georgeson and Warren Badenski.
Today we're discussing Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi horror Alien. What gives this film the staying power that it has, and does it deserve the cult film label it's been given? On the panel are Keith Huckfield, Sam Spencer and Keira Georgeson.