Part obscure, part classic and all memorable: revisiting cult movies

No matter what your work colleagues are like, they probably don’t even come close to ours: downtrodden private eyes, killer goblins, time travelling cyborgs and struggling boxers are ten a penny here at Park Circus.

We have already published a love letter to 1970s crime thriller, Hickey & Boggs, from author Duane Swierczynski and it got us thinking about the other cult movies in our catalogue.

Three titles often requested to be shown as midnight movies are Robocop, The Terminator and Rocky, perennial favourites from the 1980s that seem to keep on growing in stature with audiences, even after countless DVD releases and TV screenings.

More recently we’ve noticed a surge in popularity for the film which has been dubbed the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”, 1991’s Troll 2.

Director Claudio Fragasso (credited as Drake Floyd) invited cinema-goers to the small town of Nilbog for a lesson in terror they’d never forget, a group of unexperienced actors (including trainee dentist, George Hardy) taking leading roles.

While Troll 2 isn’t the most polished film you’ll ever see, it does have competition from other low-budget features for the title of worst movie ever made. That hasn’t stopped it achieving 0% on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes or from a dedicated group of fans embracing it as a classic.

Other films which seem to get more popular with age include 1984’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, starring Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd and John Lithgow in an extra-dimensional battle involving evil aliens; 1973’s Electra Glide in Blue, featuring Robert Blake as a diminutive motorcycle cop, John Wintergreen, who uncovers corruption in a small town; and 1985 cop drama To Live and Die in LA, in which Willem Dafoe and William Petersen lock horns following the death of the latter’s partner.

While we could go on about the films we consider cult, we’d welcome thoughts on the ones you think of as lost classics.

Just take a look through our catalogue, select a film that you’d like to tell more people about send us a link to your blog post via the Contact page.

Tell us your favourite cult films on our Facebook page or Twitter.


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