7 Cool Facts About Popular Cult Films You Might Not Know
By Kaitlyn LaPenn
Cult films are those movies that you hear people rave about, that you probably have never heard of. They are usually not the academy award winners. They can be horror films, comedies, box-office flops, independent films or odd genres that you would never normally seek out. Regardless of where they fall in the categories of films, they are definitely unique. And they generally fit the following seven bullet point list:
- Cult films have quotable lines.
Most of these unique films are quotable. This just means that fans can spend hours spitting out different lines from the movies, and other fans will respond with another one-liner. Savvy movie theaters have picked up on this phenomenon and will host cult-film evenings just so that audience members can quote along with their favorite movie.
- There are entire festivals devoted to some movies.
When a cinematic story develops a large following, there are sure to be some interesting festivals that follow. At such gatherings, you are sure to find those dressed in character, as well as other interesting attractions. Goody bags, multiple showings of the film, book studies and lectures are all elements you might find.
- There is a hard-core following even though the movie has been rejected in the mainstream.
While not everyone agrees on what constitutes a cult film, a broad definition includes the concept that these films have been rejected by the mainstream at the time of release. They are generally not box office hits, and they do not win awards. Oftentimes, they contain counter-culture elements and in many countries, these films have been banned for one reason or another.
- Sometimes, it is the director who is the reason for the following.
Cult films do not always gain their status based on their film qualities. Instead, it is the director who has become famous in the circle of the fans, and any movie he or she makes usually ends up in the canon of cult classics. Quentin Tarantino is a great example of this.
- Intellectuals are always arguing about what makes a cult classic.
Another surprising fact includes the fact that there is no one definition of what allows a movie to gain the status of “cult classic.” Actually, there are great (and sometimes ugly) debates about whether one film qualifies. Many of these debates are taking place on college campuses across the country, with professors joining in the fray.
- Holidays play a big role in establishing a film’s status.
For just about every holiday, mainstream or obscure, there are films that are shown around that time. Halloween is a large category that has many cult films being shown during this time of the year. Halloween also, for obvious reasons, presents itself as the perfect opportunity to dress as a cult character.
- The 80s is the biggest decade, so far, for cult films.
About 70% of all cult films come from the decade that encompasses “the eighties.” These films are almost never serious, and almost always contain a futuristic element, like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. It can be fun for modern audiences to view these oddities and laugh at the ideas the characters had of today’s world.
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