Some of them might be Hollywood hits, but most of them are not. Cult movies tend to come out of nowhere and grab a hold of people, spawning followers all over the world. I love cult films and there are so many I will watch every couple of months, but these are the top ten I think everyone should watch at least once in their lives.
In Mel Brooks‘s parody of the Sci-Fi classic Star Wars, Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) along with his best friend Barf (John Candy), has to rescue Princess Vespa from the evil Lord Helmet (Rick Moranis), who is trying to steal Planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air.
This is one of my all time favourite movies. Brooks is a genius comedian and he manages to create a really compelling story… well maybe more funny then compelling. This is a great movie if you want a good laugh, with Brooks playing two of the characters, and is really something you can watch over and over, and still laugh out loud.
9. Fight Club
An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton – need I say more? This is one of those cult movies that gets referenced in other movies and books, you can play a tune from it and everyone will know where it’s from. It’s also the movie that spawned ridiculous fight clubs around the world. There are some great moments, including the legendary “Rules of Fight Club” and a really shock, surprise ending.
A movie that didn’t get a lot of hype and kinda flew under the radar Memento is about a man, suffering from short-term memory loss, who uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
With a brilliant performance from Guy Pearce, this movie would have been nothing more than average, if it wasn’t for the fact that the whole movie starts at the end. The storyline isn’t anything special but the way it’s put together is pure brilliance. We are put into the shoes of Guy’s character and feel just as lost and confused as he is. After about 30 minutes of the movie I had to shake myself and say “what the f*** just happened?”. But that’s the key thing to remember, this movie needs your full and undivided attention, or you’ll have NO idea what’s happening. It’s truly worth it though.
7. The Princess Bride
A quirky comedy with lines you’ll never forget, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).
I love, love, love this movie. It’s silly and fun with Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and Robin Wright keeping you in stitches. This movie won’t change your life or feed your soul, but it will put a smile on your face, and sometimes that’s all you need. The movie has a huge cult following with people being able to quote half the movie.
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
6. This is Spinal Tap
A British mocumentary about a rock band in the 80s – Spinal Tap, the world’s loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Why? Well, why not? It’s really hysterical. The movie features a few well-known names who were nobodies back then. The music isn’t half bad and resulted in the fake Spinal Tap becoming an actual band (for like a minute, but still, impressive). Although that was a result of the misguided audience who thought this was an actual documentary.
5. Office Space
Based on the comic strip Miton, this movie is the tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
This movie makes anyone who has a 9 to 5 job, feel a little better about themselves. The characters are so well cast and you really do wish you could do what Peter Gibbons does. This movie won one man $250 000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the printer scene has thousands of views on YouTube.
4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
This movie has been featured and mentioned in countless other movies, with screenings including people dressing up and acting out scenes while watching. It’s a classic and the music is great!
3. Donnie Darko
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
I’ve reviewed this movie before, it’s one of my favourites. It’s the first movie I ever saw Jake Gyllenhaal in and it totally stuck in my head as a benchmark for his acting. It’s a twisted and weird movie, that most just don’t seem to get, but I love it. It will play with your head and have you asking some very deep questions after it.
2. Harold and Maude
Ok so this one’s going old school. Made is 1971 it follows the story of a young, rich kid obsessed with death, Harold, who finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
This movie was banned in some countries for years because of the, I’m going to say, uncomfortable content. I’m not going to give anything away on that side but I will say that there is a scene near the end that is a bit unsettling. Having said that, the movie is brilliant with a riveting soundtrack made up solely of Cat Stevens songs. The characters are captivating and you get rather attached to them. The fake suicide scenes are funny in their weirdness, putting this movie firmly in the black comedy category. I love it and recommend it to any true movie addict.
1. The Shawshank Redemtion
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Based on a Stephen King novel, in my opinion, Shawshank is one of the most brilliant movies every made. I can watch it any time, and over and over again. In fact, I watched it last night. With a cast of stars like Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and William Sadler how could this movie be anything but great? Though it’s more than just the acting, the scriptwriting and story are phenomenal, the screenplay was adapted by Frank Darabont who really did a great job with it. The movie is heartwarming and even though you know that these are criminals, you still bond with them and cry when they are hurt. This is also one of those movies that get’s referenced in other movies and books. I love it and recommend it to everyone!