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Feb 22nd 2010, 13:56
it is a travesty that Donnie Darko is not on this list, it should easily be the greatest cult movie
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Feb 22nd 2010, 13:57
I didn't realise most of these were 'cult' films, I've always just thought of them as films. I've seen about 25 of them and I'm only in my early 20's. God I sound like I'm bragging now, I'm not.
Feb 22nd 2010, 15:08
I'm with balall...was flabbergasted that Donnie Darko was not on the list. I was equally flabbergasted that Mamma Mia was. Unless you count my mum and nan as figures who induldge in 'cult' movies....
Feb 22nd 2010, 15:40
you really need "Carnival of souls" in there
Feb 22nd 2010, 16:11
Nice selection, but I've always thought a cult film has to be somewhat subversive, to the extent that it only has a limited appeal. Or later found a clique following years after their release. Not sure I'd class Mamma Mia, Shawshank or Get Carter as cult films, despite having devoted fans.
Pink Flamingos and Harold & Maude are the real deal, but surely The Wicker Man is the ultimate cult film. Also Blue Velvet, Danger Diabolik, Carnival of Souls, Barbarella and even Carry On Screaming! And why 34 ...?
Feb 22nd 2010, 16:38
yeap donnie darko is a great cult film
Feb 22nd 2010, 20:06
Can someone please explain to me why 'Donnie Darko' is not on this list?
Feb 22nd 2010, 21:57
Mamma Mia. . . really? Yank that from the list right away and replace with Idiocracy. Not only is it one of the funniest films out there but it's so spot on about "natural selection" that its scary. All it takes is one trip to the mall to see that the future may be closer than we think.
Feb 22nd 2010, 22:21
Wow only one John Carpenter film!!!?? Escape from New York and The Thing missing from this list me thinks. Who voted for these? As mentioned above Donnie Darko shouldnt be missing and in my opinion, The Warriors should be so much higher. Lastly, wheres the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Feb 23rd 2010, 0:26
A couple I can agree on, but hows about...
The Bed Sitting Room
A Boy And His Dog
A few midnight flicks that are well worth checking out.
Mama Mia indeed...
Feb 23rd 2010, 6:17
Where is the Blues Brothers?
Feb 23rd 2010, 12:14
Got nervous because I read the comments before the article and all the negative posts made me wary. No need for that bother because it's actually an excellent list. There are always going to films that others want mentioned but you got a good cross-section in your top 34.
Feb 24th 2010, 0:41
No Phantom of the Paradise???
In my opinion it's the ultimate cult movie. I must have seen it 30 times.
Mamma Mia? Really?...
Feb 24th 2010, 2:05
Streets of Fire
Feb 24th 2010, 13:19
Happy with most of the list. Just wondering, should The Crow not be somewhere near the top?
What about Trainspotting? Napoleon Dynamite? Early Tarantino?
I know I'm pretty mainstreem but non did well in the cinema and took off after.
Please take Mamma Mia off!!
Feb 26th 2010, 11:16
Great list guys, but where is Donnie Darko???? Molhulland Drive maybe? Tarantino, i think you could have easily of made a top 50
Feb 26th 2010, 11:25
Shawshank isn't a cult movie, it's a very popular film with everyone.
Where's Donnie Darko, The Ninth Configuration, Blues Brothers, Night of the Comet? Top 25 indeed. Top 25 off the top of your heads more like.
Feb 26th 2010, 14:11
Where's Donnie Darko, Fear and loathing in las Vegas and trainspotting?
Feb 26th 2010, 14:13
How can a film consistently voted the greatest film of all time possibly be a cult film? And Mama Mia? Give me a break.
Where's Manos: The Hands Of Fate?
Feb 26th 2010, 14:24
Some of these films should definitely be on the list - "Rocky," "Labyrinth," maybe even "Fight Club." Like most others who commented, I am surprised that "Donnie Darko" and the ultimate Gen-Y cult film "Napoleon Dynamite" didn't make the list.
Also, whoever wrote this has no concept about female-oriented cult films. "Love Story?" "Mamma Mia?" Seriously? I know maybe two people who own those movies. Where are films like "Newsies?" Talk about a movie with a cult following! And that was even before Christian Bale took over the role of Batman.
Feb 26th 2010, 20:49
I think it's unanimous: Where the hell is DONNIE DARKO??? Hey, Total Film, are you willing to edit this list for us?
Feb 27th 2010, 14:00
Mama Mia? Really? Why not Avatar?
Feb 28th 2010, 4:23
Great list! I have seen some of them and love them - Pee Wee, Freaks, Plan 9 - and some were reminders of ones I have been meaning to watch. One that I love and would recommend is FEED (2005), director Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man). Brett made it in Australia and it is a very dark comedy/thriller. It has become very popular in the last few years due to the star's success in the US, Alex O'Loughlin. It is now being called a "cult film". If you haven't seen it do yourself a favor and go to Amazon and get a copy. Be sure to buy directly from Amazon - some pirated copies are being sold and some of the best parts to watch are the deleted scenes and other extras, which won't be on the pirated DVDs.
Thanks for the list - lots of fun.
Feb 28th 2010, 4:25
Well, I will have to see Donnie Darko, that's for sure!
Feb 28th 2010, 15:07
On the whole, great list. I'm a big fan of some of them on here. Though Mamma Mia...?! Donnie Darko, Bladerunner and Barberella I would like to have seen make the cut.
I've had a bit of a mini rant of my blog if anyone wants to check it out: clairepacker.wordpress.com
I think what makes a film a cult classic is definitely personal choice. While some might be unanimous, others can provoke strong reactions.
Feb 28th 2010, 15:27
Just had a thought, would True Romance, Leon or American Psycho be deemed as cult classics or were they too commercially successful?
Feb 28th 2010, 15:28
Mar 2nd 2010, 3:37
To repeat with equivalent incredulity: NO DONNIE DARKO? Not even Blade Runner, one of the biggest cult movies of all time? You're kidding. You must be. There could be no other legit excuse for the desiccated turd of Mamma Mia in place of either of these cult classics.
Mar 7th 2010, 14:07
Mamma Mia? Seriously? Also I have to agree with the general view here. Where is Donnie Darko? I can't think of several more cult classics. What about Night of the Living Dead, Darkman, The Goonies or Hellraiser. So many missing films! At least Evil Dead made it on though! My favourite cult film of all time!
Mar 24th 2010, 9:54
I would have liked to have seen Bubba ho Tep on there somewhere. There's some pretty mainstream stuff in there for a cult list too, so....
Jun 15th 2010, 15:13
#13, that's what I was gonna say! Phantom of the Paradise is my all time favie, and a HUGE cult classic!
Jul 13th 2010, 2:26
its like you are trying to spread them out to leave no one out...urm EASY RIDER?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Jul 30th 2010, 15:05
I'll not talk about who should have been where on the list but instead tell you 2 movies which have been missed entirely, by yourselves and by the numerous comments on this topic...Performance and If....!
Sep 2nd 2010, 2:29
My personal favourite cult film is 'The Burbs', a huge flop on realease which has been become very popuar over the years with word of mouth.
Missing from the list:
-Donnie Darko (I think some one already mentioned it)
-Dead Mans Shoes
-Jaws IV (s**te but so s**te its funny)
-City of God
-Ichi the killer
-Let the right one in
I could go on all day however Im not sure what TF is judging as cult because if its about sceenings years after release, with a huge following regardless of Box office then surely Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings Trilogies would be on this list ahead of Mamma Mia. However I always assumed it meant a flop or little seen film on original release that built up a fan base through websites, late night screenings or word of mouth. Agreed with a lot of the list though and not everyone will be happy each others list. Great feature TF, at least it got us talking.
Sep 28th 2010, 12:49
All very valid points. If I can I'd like to offer Tremors. Also, a big vote for Night Of The Comet.
While I'm here might as well mention the Fred Savage films Little Monsters and Wizard.
Classic nostalgia cult.
Oct 17th 2010, 19:46
Here's a list of favorite top 10 cult movies from the 80s. If you have the time, please comment on the blog.
Apr 20th 2011, 17:43
Where're Eurotrash cult movies? Italian/Spanish/French?
Jul 12th 2011, 10:05
Great list. Fight Club has to be up there. Check out the other cult film list on the Loathed Film blog : http://loathedfilmbandcultmovies.wordpress.com/
Oct 25th 2011, 5:17
Excellent list. Especially great choices for 1,2,4,6,11,13,14,16,28,31 and 34. Much better than other lists of cult classics on the interwebs. Kudos!
Nov 6th 2011, 0:43
I don't agree with The Shawshank Redemption, just because I believe everyone agrees The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best moves ever.
Nov 8th 2011, 23:25
haha nice list. What about something like Gattaca (http://bit.ly/rsoKDD)? That's pretty cult (or at least nerdy). And Shawshank was nominated for many awards so I doubt it's trashy.
Mar 13th 2012, 23:25
No 2001: A Space Odyssey? You should be ashamed of youselves...
Apr 25th 2012, 22:57
There is a game I've started to decide The Greatest Cult Classic Film Of All Time,
as well as a spin-off game, "Revenge" Of The Greatest Cult Classic etc.
on the amazon.com movies discussion forum--
please come to the most recent page & vote!!!!
Aug 24th 2012, 3:06
Am I too naive to think that any Quentin Tarantino movie should have a spot here? Pulp Fiction at least deserves an honorable mention don't you think?
Aug 28th 2012, 12:37
cannot believe mumma mia is in this list & kill bill/ true romance & donnie darko aren't ridiculous ><
Sep 16th 2012, 1:34
Yes and no Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs !!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 17th 2012, 5:19
To repeat what EVERYONE is saying, HOW is Donnie Darko not on this list?????? Seriously, how?!? I get that everyone has their own opinions and blah blah blah but whether or not you like it as a film, Donnie Darko has unequivocally the biggest cult following of any movie ever. This is like having a list of the greatest Olympians and leaving out Michael Phelps. Having a list of the most successful fast food chains and leaving out McDonalds. It's just ridiculous that Donnie didn't make this list.
Feb 16th 2013, 3:24
Okay, Office Space is one of my favorite movies of all time! It is just a collection of seemingly never ending great moments from the two Bob's to Milton's red stapler.
The sad thing is how accurately it reflects the real work environment to the point where it almost needs to be more of a spoof to be considered a comedy not a documentary. Had a lot of TPS report moments when I was with ADP. Check out my list of moments by googling "Empower Network Vitalitywerks" and selecting "What's your favorite TPS report story?
Feb 17th 2013, 1:41
I have seen lots of nice movies, and I didn't know what a ' cult ' movie was, as someone already said here, I just call them movies. OH God, why isn't Donnie Darko here? Because the author of this list is a d*****s. I agree that The Big Lebowski is a very interesting movie and stuff, but IT IS NOT FAIRLY AS GOOD as Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Drive, 500 Days of Summer and stuff.... maybe I just don't understand what CULT means, that's possible. I don't like "CULT MOVIES" anymore... but I really dig cool movies.
Mar 4th 2013, 6:03
Most of the list I agree with, however some of the movies such as Shawshank I've personally never really considered cult films. Also, the fact that Donnie Darko is not on this list is an appalling oversight.
Apr 23rd 2013, 21:37
Okay, where is Repo! The Genetic Opera? Donnie Darko? Little Shop Of Horrors? Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas? Fido? Pan's Labyrinth? Silent Hill? Maybe even V For Vendetta or Gremlins? All those are great movies, maybe some aren't considered cult classics but many are!
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