Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cult Classic Movies

I grew up in a family where movies were watched quite frequently. We grew up quoting movies and still do on a regular basis. It was easy for us to have a movie memorized after only watching it once (not that that's a great accomplishment or anything). But I have to say, if movies = math & science I would be the smartest girl alive! haha Some of my all time favorite movies growing up are now considered cult classics.

What is a cult classic movie?

I define a cult classic movie by it's limited but very special appeal. They are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal movies, with outrageous, weird and unique plots and decorative sets. Many of these cult classics did not do so well at the box office when first shown, but years later achieved cult movie status, developing a loyal fan base over time and often through word-of-mouth recommendations. They are often poorly made and/or ridiculous, yet still enjoyable and appreciated. They tend to follow no rules or patterns either. And some of them are only popular among certain limited groups of audiences friends or family. Below is a list of my top five favorite cult classic movies.




Caveman (1981)

Plot:
A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman

Why We Love It:
This is definitely a cult classic in my family. Some movies are to be taken seriously, this is not one of them. It's a comical look at prehistoric life. It's not supposed to be accurate in historic detail, it's supposed to make you laugh and this movie does just that. It's wildly funny. Ringo Starr is great as the unlikely hero Atouk and his wife at the time, Barbara Bach plays the sexy prehistoric temptress wonderfully. Watch for scenes with Shelley Long and Dennis Quaid and you get a glimpse of their early careers.

Favorite Quote
"Atouk Aluna Lana."






Flash Gordon (1980)

Plot:
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, to save Earth.

Why We Love It:
This is an absolutely insane movie. Flash Gordon should be a total disaster, but it's not. For unknown reasons it just works. The set designs are remarkable, as are the costume designs (my personal favorite is Princess Auro's pink satin dress), and it has a pounding rock soundtrack provided by Queen. Personally I love this movie. Sure it has plenty of weaknesses, but more than all these things it is incredibly fun to watch! Sing it with me now – `FLASH! AH-AH! HE'LL SAVE EVERYONE OF US!'

Favorite Quote:
"Go Flash Go!"










Plot:
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.
Why We Love It:
Most people talk about how hokey and cheesy this movie is. The visual effects are not cutting edge. There’s not a drop of contemporary cynicism in the entire movie, giving it a weak look and feel to it. There's simple hand drawn animation and stop-motion effects. But that’s why we love it. It takes balls to be Buddy Holly in an era of punk.

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Favorite Quote:
"A titan against a titan!"






Plot:
Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Why We Love It:
This movie is most definitely just that - one excellent adventure! This is just an all around FUN movie! The plot is far from anything serious, but deep down there are some good morals and such things to take from this film. "Be Excellent To Each Other" That is some good advice, is it not? And it has to be said, Kaenu Reeves will never be able to live this role down.





Favorite Quote:
"Ted, you and I have witnessed many things, but nothing as bodacious as what just happened. Besides, we told ourselves to listen to this guy."








The Goonies (1985)
Plot:
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.
Why We Love It:
One word - Chunk. He seriously made this movie. The truffle-shuffle, spilling his guts to the Fratelli's, breaking things etc. I just love him! This movie had everything you could want, from thrills, spills, pirates, booty, adventure, freaks and bad guys. I wanted to be a Goonie or go on a Goonie style adventure when I was little. Even the place where they lived was cool. A big old house in a picturesque bay town. This movie will forever be a favorite cult classic among the masses.



Favorite Quote:
"But the worst thing I ever done - I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa - and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life."



What are some of your favorite Cult Classic Movies?


5 comments:

julhick said...

Cult movies are the best!!! We always watched "Princess Bride" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

Jeff said...

Such good movies!!! All of them! Hahaha. Great stuff :)

Dave said...

Love Princess Bride, Flash Gordon, Dark Crystal, Caveman and Bill and Ted's.

To be a cult classic, the movie must be highly quotable (which is just about any movie in our family), but it also must be one you stop and watch while channel surfing.

Annie said...

I'd like to throw Labyrinth and The Neverending Story in for good measure.

By Dave's measure, Mean Girls could count as a cult classic as well--I still quote it almost daily.

Is there any age requirement for a film to achieve cult classic status?

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