A cult film, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following with a specific group of fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside small fanbases; however, there are exceptions that have managed to gain fame among mainstream audiences. Many cult movies have gone on to transcend their original cult status and have become recognized as classics. Cult films often become the source of a thriving, obsessive, and elaborate subculture of fandom, hence the analogy to cults. However, not every film with a devoted fanbase is necessarily a cult film. Usually, cult films have limited but very special, noted appeal. Cult films are often known to be eccentric, often do not follow traditional standards of mainstream cinema and usually explore topics not considered in any way mainstream—yet there are examples that are relatively normal. Many are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions.
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... story plotline, highly unusual for a short film designed to be shown to middle and high school students, Ghost Rider has become something of a cult item in the ... The film gained more attention with its inclusion in the "A/V Geeks" section of the Internet Archive's Moving Pictures Archive both star Edmunds and ...
... are the requirements for transforming a book or movie into a cult object? The work must be loved, obviously, but this is not enough ... Umberto Eco, "Casablanca Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage," 1984 A cult film is a movie that attracts a devoted group of followers or obsessive fans, often despite having failed ... The term also describes films that have remained popular over a long period of time amongst a small group of followers ...
... See also Mystery Science Theater 3000 Many films enjoy cult status because they may be seen as ridiculously awful, for example Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958) or ... the "so bad it's good" class of low-budget cult film through books such as The Golden Turkey Awards ... These films include such financially fruitless and critically scorned films, such as Showgirls, The Lonely Lady, Mommie Dearest, Cool as Ice, Boxing Helena ...
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“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, youve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and youre dumb and blind.”
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