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Old 10-14-08, 09:54 AM
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Which cult movies did you see in the theatre?

And by "cult films" I mean:

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside of the small fanbases; however, there have been exceptions that have managed to gain fame amongst mainstream audiences. The term cult film is used to describe a film that has had little to no success commercially and critically upon its initial release but has later spawned a small, but devoted and usually obsessive fanbase.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_film
Or my definition, for the purposes of this thread: "A movie that failed to ignite the box office but found a long life afterwards on home video and cable."

Or, you can use your own definition. But if you call Spider-man 2 a cult film, you will need to defend your incorrect definition.

Off to the top of my head, I can say I saw Office Space in the theatre on opening night.
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Old 10-14-08, 09:55 AM
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Donnie Darko is probably the latest. Saw it opening weekend. Four people were in the theater.
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Old 10-14-08, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by sundog View Post
Donnie Darko is probably the latest. Saw it opening weekend. Four people were in the theater.

you and me both. I saw it at the now closed Janus theatre

are we talking recent, or cult films in general? of the latter:

saw 'Liquid Sky' at the Inner Circle, as well as Lamberto Bava's 'Demons' - that was a wild film to see in the theatre.

- 'Surburbia' (1984)
- 'Prospero's Books' - at UA Bethesda (now Regal) one of the very few art films to be showcased there, before the Landmark opened down the road.
- 'The Gods Must Be Crazy'
- 'Pink Floyd - The Wall' (reissue) - at the Avon theatre in Providence Rhode Island, during a summer sessions Animation class at RISD.
- 'Primer'
-'The Toxic Avenger' (R-rated cut) - of all places, the AFI when it was over at the Kennedy Center
- 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'
- The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
- 'Slacker'
- 'Brazil'
- 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

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Old 10-14-08, 10:05 AM
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Dark City.
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Old 10-14-08, 10:12 AM
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I've seen several on re-release.

On first release I've seen:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Silent Running
Walkabout
Liquid Sky
Akira
This is Spinal Tap
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Old 10-14-08, 10:41 AM
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Cult Films I've seen in the Theater on First run:

Evil Dead
Stranger than Paradise
Polyester (With Smell-o-vision card)
Videodrome
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
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Old 10-14-08, 10:49 AM
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here's a good list of a few cult films:

Selection of Greatest Cult Films
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Old 10-14-08, 11:10 AM
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Dead Alive (aka Braindead)
Ice Pirates
Big Lebowski
Slacker
True Romance
Clerks
Pi
Time Bandits
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

and a bunch of others I can't think of right now. . .
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Old 10-14-08, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by The Bus View Post
Off to the top of my head, I can say I saw Office Space in the theatre on opening night.
I did too, I think there was only five people in theatre when I saw it.
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Mystery Science Theater 3000 are the two that jump to mind. I usually see these kinds of movies on DVD.
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On first run:

MST3K: The Movie
Fight Club
Office Space
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Donnie Darko
Bubba Ho-Tep
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (only as Giles used it, but I think it's a piece of shit)
Napoleon Dynamite
Serenity

Oh, and any Kevin Smith film.

Re-releases:

Blade Runner
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Old 10-14-08, 12:28 PM
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I used to have that poster in my room, everyone was so repulsed by it, I loved it!
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Some of these seem iffy, like Napoleon Dynamite, which was a bonafide indie hit. Fight Club, Office Space and Serenity weren't blockbusters, but they all got a wide release.

My list
MST3K the Movie
Orgazmo
Pecker
May
Christmas on Mars
Six String Samurai
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Dazed and Confused (this one might be pushing it).
Every Todd Solondz film

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Christmas on Mars was released ?!? who knew...
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Yeah, it played a few select cities two weeks back. I think it was only on a Wednesday night. Five or six people in the theater.
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Rocky Horror Picture Show
Lost Highway
Angel Dust
Wild at Heart
Inland Empire
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Night of the Living Dead
Pink Flamingos
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Eraserhead
Flesh
Female Troube
Freaks
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Desperate Living
Polyester
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
The Evil Dead
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Old 10-14-08, 01:10 PM
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^Nice list!

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I used to have that poster in my room, everyone was so repulsed by it, I loved it!
Speaking of the poster, it was the only thing that it had going for it as far as advertising goes. I never saw a trailer/TV spot for it (I'm assuming nobody else in the fairly crowded theater never saw one either) Since I knew nothing about the movie, I was scared shitless before it began. But by about the 15th minute of the movie, I realized that this was going to be one of those horror movies that doesn't have one of those "Made-you-jump" moments.

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Originally Posted by LiquidSky View Post
Night of the Living Dead
Pink Flamingos
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Eraserhead
Flesh
Female Troube
Freaks
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Desperate Living
Polyester
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
The Evil Dead
LiquidSky
Trash



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There are probably more that I've seen but these come to mind.

First Run:

The Wiz
Return of the Living Dead

Re-release:

Akira
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Gojira (1954)
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Near Dark
Night of the Comet
Streets of Fire
Big Trouble in Little China
The Wiz
Dazed and Confused
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Old 10-14-08, 01:48 PM
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From Giles' list:

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Pulp Fiction (can't see how this one qualifies)
The Shawshank Redemption
Se7en
The Usual Suspects
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
Rushmore
Fight Club
Requiem For A Dream
Napoleon Dynamite

Among the others listed here:

Dark City
Pi
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Pecker
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