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Cult Films / After Dark

Cult Films generally have limited but very special appeal. They are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal. They may have outrageous, weird, cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. Cult films cut across many film genres (science fiction, horror, melodrama, etc.), and though they can be very stylized, they are often flawed or unusual in some striking way. To make a little sense of this unique genre, scroll the motherlode below, or take a side road by clicking a blue sub-heading to yer left... Visiting "Television Shows" and the "Cult Television" sub-feature may be worth checking out, also the "Animation" feature and the "Cult Animation" or "JapAnime" sub-feature will help with the bigger picture.. Right: Henry (Jack Nance) is "Eraserhead".

15 (2003)

Director: Royston Tan
Starring: Melvin Chen, Melvin Lee, Erick Chun, Vynn Soh, Shaun Tan

Singapore too squeaky clean for street kids? Director Royston Tan would disagree, as would his cast of real-life delinquents, many of whom are now mi... Read more

1941 (Director's Cut) (1979)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christoph...

Steven Spielberg's monumental comedy spectacular, based on a true incident, about the war panic that erupted in Southern California after a Japanese s... Read more

1941 (Theatrical Cut) (1979)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Ned...

Steven Spielberg's monumental comedy spectacular, based on a true incident, about the war panic that erupted in Southern California after a Japanese s... Read more

1990: Bronx Warriors (1983)

Director: Enzo G Castellari
Starring: Stefania Girolami, Mark Gregory, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williams...

In the shattered wasteland of inner-city New York, a desperate alliance of beleaguered gangs arm themselves for a final, apocalyptic battle against ru... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter,...

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more

2019: The New Barbarians (1982)

Director: Enzo G Castellari
Starring: Fred Williamson, Giancarlo Prete, George Eastman

This post-apocalyptic gem is remembered for its el-cheapo budget and uncompromising doses of outrageous violence by one of the masters of Italian cult... Read more

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Danny Cunningham, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson,...

This riveting film captures the meteoric real-life exploits of Tony Wilson (great performance by Steve Coogan), a savvy Manchester-based TV impresario... Read more

300 (2006)

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael F...

A hyper-real, testosterone-laden interpretation of the Spartan legend, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel and drenched in the same CGI-enhanced gol... Read more

300 ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

A hyper-real, testosterone-laden interpretation of the Spartan legend, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel and drenched in the same CGI-enhanced gol... Read more