Archive for the category “Cult film”


1- Ravenous (1999)


Almost made 2 millions Dollars in the US, Because the inability of the marketing department of the studio to sell the film correctly. Is it a western? In a sense yes, but not that. An authentic horror movie? Clearly yes, but it would be too reductive. A political film? Absolutely, but it’s not enough to define it. All this at once and more? Certainly. Vorace, an unclassifiable work that brews several genres, without belonging to one in particular. A puzzle for the marketing department , who failed to position and sell the film.



2- Fight Club (1999) 

fight club

The marketing departments of the studio were faced with a headache: they did not know how to sell the film. They thought by putting Brad Pitt is not going to be enough to draw the female audience. And yes with the word sprayed around and the DVD sales skyrocketed which the film became cult status.


3- Repo Man (1984)

repo man

Humor radioactive guaranteed 100% Alien technology and crazy soundtrack from Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, The Plugz and The Circle Jerks, Repo Man unfortunately only held a week in the US rooms. And I do remember that I went to see it one week the next it was gone. Today it has become the cult classic.


4- Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Once upon a time in America, was unfortunately a bitter commercial failure, since it only brought in $ 2.5 million out of a colossal budget for the time, of nearly 40 million. Contractually,  Leone was required by Warner to deliver a montage not exceeding 2h45. But he finally delivered a version of 4h25. The studio and the producer of the film, Arnon Milchan, were horrified, and naturally refused this montage. On his own, Sergio Leone cut a few scenes to lead to what would later become the European version of 3h49, a version he could not bring himself to reduce further without this messing the narrative logic. The Major and the producer ignored Leone’s wishes, and planed the film for a duration of 2h19 for her American operation. The result, a commercial disaster. Not only was the film cut in half, but everything was put back in chronological order, which completely distorted the work.  In Europe, and particularly in France, the film was much better received, even though it did do well there either.Today restored in its full version of 4h29, Once Upon a Time in America has become a cult film and praised  by moviegoers around the world.


5-The Warriors (1979) 

The Warriors (1979) 

A Walter hill film that began quickly a cult film. But the negativity of the violence scenes the press bashed the film but later became the great classic film anyway that god of the sales off Video tapes.



6- Heaven’s Gate (1980) 

Heaven's Gate (1980) 

The film has all the craziness of a filmmaker then at the height of his glory: Michael Cimino. Endless shots (up to 50 takes per scene); meadow repainted because  not green enough; demolition and rebuilt  of an entire neighborhood because of bad spacing between buildings, rumor of spending $ 50,000 in cocaine on the set … On arrival: a montage of 5h25, unusable, reduced to 219 min. Well of course it is going to be a 5h25 film what do you expect with cocaine in his blood stream. The bad publicity and the murderous critics have already ruined the film, even if it was well received in Europe and especially in France. The studio thought it was an Anti-western but later got his cult status. It almost cost the career of the director.


7- Blood Simple (1984)

Blood Simple

A little gem of neo noir film, populated by a gallery of twisted characters Rednecks all more twisted than each other, bursting with humor (noir and fierce), Blood Simple marked the first incursion to the realization of the Coen brothers . The film was largely ignored by the public, and made just over $ 1.6 million in revenue on US soil. Abroad, it did not do better: $ 1.03 million. In all, 2.73 unfortunate millions dollars  for a film that already cost 1.5 million dollars.


8- Blade Runner

Blade Runner

If Blade Runner is recognized today not only as a cult piece, but also as one of the greatest SF films in the history of cinema, of course they didn’t say that when it was released in 1982. Bad marketing from the studio because ET came out 2 weeks prior which people ignore Blade Runner. Except for me. I did go see it. The film was a huge financial failure, and it took years before the film won its cult status.


9- Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko

Alternately scary, funny, moving, Donnie Darko is a pretty unclassifiable, surrealist film, at the crossroads of several genres. After it was release in a small number movie theatre it did not do much at the Box Office. But the word of mouth that got around it became this great cult film.


10- Eraserhead (1977)


The budget was clearly insufficient, and the financial aid paid out almost nothing , to the point that David lynch was even forced to sleep for a year in the room that serves as a bedroom to the character of the film. Almost silent, the film was simply incomprehensible to most Executives of the production studio, and it is just if the film managed to make its way into the movie theaters . And again: the day of its release in the United States, Eraserhead was only seen by … 25 people.




HAIR (1979)


A film by Milos Forman

Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo

Claude Bukowski, a young farmer from Oklahoma, wants to visit New York before leaving for Vietnam. At Central Park, he became friends with a group of hippies. This meeting will turn his life upside down……

Milos Forman directed adaptation of the hit Broadway show captures the essence of the drop-out hippie culture of the late 1960’s while changing the storyline and the order of the songs and in some cases which characters perform them. Berger (Treat Williams) is the leader of his little gang of hippies which includes Hud, Woof and Jeannie. They are later joined by rich girl Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo) and Hud’s (AKA Lafayette’s) baby mama and his infant son. Oh and Jeannie is pregnant by either Hud or Woof and by the way welcome to the late 1960’s. So cool the costumes where dead on and very colourful like in the 60’s. You really feel like you were there and back them that is the way it was, singing, drugs , sex and whatever. “Sodomy”, the title song and the medley of “Black Boys” and “White Boys” are all fun songs with ironic and/or sexually explicit lyrics. “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In” are uplifting pop melodies that soar, and they are going to stick with you.“Donna” and “Manchester, England” are tunes that are upbeat you even can sing along. Forman captures the essence of the sixties even the decor are dead on., you feel it right off at the opening scene of the film. A familiar face Edna Garrett in the ‘80’s sitcom The Facts of Life, is in the scene where Berger and his friends crash Sheila’s party. At the time in 1979 it was the best musical and still is it became a cult film, that will nor age. Do not miss this one.



FREAKS (1932)


A film by Tod Browning

Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Love, sex, infidelity and vengeance at the Tartellini circus. Lover of the acrobat Cleopatra, Hans, the Lilliputian, abandons his fiancee, the microscopic rider Frieda. Cleopatra does a tour de force once she learn that Hans has this fortune that he inherited. But beware some serious shit could bite her in the ass.

I went yesterday at my favourite UCG movie theatre to see the film cult Freaks finally digitized. We had that manager of the place who is going to be transfer at the end of April I was not crazy about him I hope they put an other one better and friendlier this time I told us that he wanted to buy a copy of this film so we could get to see it on the big screen before he got transfer. The dude here the cinema historian that we have here in France was there to talk about the film. He is like the one Robert Osborne on TCM. So he tells us that the film came out and that the people did not like it at all they were repulse by it. Browning who got penalised for this film got to do 4 more after that and had to retire. He is from the silent film era he later died of throat cancer and he could not talk however he never did an interview until the end where he said that he had fun to direct all those films and that he knew that Freaks was the film who got him out of the business. Funny how that is that a film director from the silent era did of throat cancer and towards the end he could no longer talk how nostalgic. Anyway for this film he hired real people who are deformed some dwarf etc…. In France however this sort of circus where Freaks were on display was not allowed however in the U.S. well it was. A terrific film here that works but back then people were not comfortable with it. Years later 30 years later some film buffs remastered this film for people to see. And thank god foe that. What a master piece.





A film Danny Boyle

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

The movie, based on a popular novel by Irvine Welsh, is about a crowd of heroin addicts who run together in Edinburgh, England. The story is narrated by Renton (Ewan McGregor) who introduce us to his friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) who’s never seen a movie of Sean Connery sober, Tommy (Kevin McKidd), who returns to drugs too many times , and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who brags about not using drugs but is a psychotic and throws bottles of  beers at the patrons. There a nice little bunch that you would mind your daughter be dating.

Those guys are trying to score drugs get high, bed girls, drinks, swear, gets drunks, they are not settled in any way and home is no where. It is a bingeing fiesta at its best.Former alcoholics and drug abusers often report that they don’t miss the substances nearly as much as the conditions under which they were used. How funny is that. But a promising drug deal comes along and may the disturbing imaging begin. When one of them test the drugs the word wonderful comes out of his mouth. Drugs makes you feel good but you are going to crash big time and you are going to fell like shit. They film feels like what it is to be a junkie and it is dark as hell at times. Violence in their life is there. The thing about drugs (I never done them) as one told me makes you feel to want more. What is this baby doing in this film? Yeah! Whatever!!!!





A film by Terrence Malick

Cast: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

The first time they meet, he sees here baton-twirling, she on the other hand thinks he looks like James Dean. As he goes to his job as a garbage man he sees her for the first time. He is so impressed with this 15 years old girl who talks like a woman. within a few weeks they will be hunted by the police because he left a dozen dead bodies on his path.

Here is a great film that became a cult film. Terence Malick’s bad land was inspired by the characters Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate. They went on a wild ride in 1958 that ended with eleven people shot dead.He killed because the kids at school kidded him about his bowlegs. Starkweather got the electric chair on June 25, 1959.However Fugate got jail for life. Considered to be a model prisoner, Fugate was paroled in 1976 after serving 17 years. She claimed she was kidnapped and forced to go along with Starkweather. Yeah! the jury believed it . They are not stupid. At the trial it was like she said, he said. The man here was a little deranged that is for sure but now days kids are killing kids over an argument you see it in the news everyday. Back then ii was a shocker. Martin Sheen good choice for the casting get underneath the skin of their killer. Like other serial killer he gets no pleasure from killing he sees it as necessary.Starkweather was offended by his death sentence. Well he thought He did do too much traveling nor seeing a sport game etc….Well dude don’t shoot anybody and you could have done all those things. He even explains his killings. The film here capture the raw essence of the two characters of which Sissy Spacek shines here big time. It is the second time that I see this film I saw it today on the big screen so cool.   Malick’s work inspired Bruce the Boss Springsteen those  songs:  darkness on the edge of town album (1978) and Nebraska.





A film by Bryan Singer

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri 

The usual suspects are five men: Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), an ex-cop-turned-crook ; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), a psycho man; Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), a hardware specialist; Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), McManus’ partner; and Verbal Klint (Kevin Spacey), a crippled con man. As the movie opens, these five are being in a lineup. A truckload of stolen guns has been hijacked and the cops, led by U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), will to get their man. But no one cracks, and as the criminals sit together in jail waiting to be charged or released, they hatch a plan for an elaborate emerald heist.

Yes it is cult film Thursday and here is the one that I love and seen on the big screen Twice now and once on cable and I still love this film. Christopher McQuarrie’s inspiration for the character of Keyser Soze was a real-life murderer by the name of John List, who murdered his family and then disappeared for 17 years. The story is told in two different time frames. In the present, looking back on events, Klint sits across a desk from Kujan, unfolding the tale as he remembers it. Did it really happen? Nothing seems to be as they appear. Director Bryan Singer, who debuted in 1993 has crafted this story as a film Neo-Noir Thriller. The film borrows heavily from dozens of sources — Hitchcock, Scorsese, the Coen brothers, and just about every master of the genre, past or present nothing wrong with that. Singer’s greatest strength is to collect moments from other sources and using them in his own mold like does Quentin Tarantino. The serpentine plot provides the perfect playground in which a series of deliciously devious characters can have fun.The Usual Suspects constantly raises the suspense. Slowly the audience is drawn into the story. And yes they will be deceptions, going back to present and future. Singer will keep you guessing and distracted somewhere else , he is like a magician. The Usual Suspects doesn’t take any prisoners.The cast is enigmatic.Kevin Spacey ,  throws in the best performance of the film, is completely convincing. The cast is perfect. The Usual Suspects is an accomplished film Neo-noir. Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery” in June 2008. Shot on a budget of $6 million over a period of 35 days. See it now.





A film by Dennis Hopper

Cast:  Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

Yes the thing is here is this I have a UGC card to go to the movies unlimited for about $22 a month the thing is you can not get out of it you have to do the all year then you can get out of it. It is in France only we have that for about 16 years now. Yes every Thursday I keep forgetting it is cult thursday and yes this Thursday it is Easy Rider. This is the first time I am seeing it on the big screen and yes it is a cult film. Plus I have the carte of the Cinémathèque in Paris for about $12 a month I can visit the Cinémathèque their library museum, and see older film like the one from the 20’s 30’s 40’s 50’s 60’s on the big screen. They do have directors stopping by to discuss film there too.  How cool is that. And I can go to the library To get DVDs and I have Netflix Video streaming only. A paradise for a cinéphile like me.

So the story goes like that a couple of bikers smuggles cocaine into Mexico and yes is a no-no. But during most of the picture they have cash money hidden in their gas tanks, not dope. They sold their dope to the establishment headed by Phil Spector. As soon as they sell the dope they go to Louisiana to see Mardi Gras festival.


Okay Now Dennis hopper and Fonda started to write the script it was not even done so they started to shoot the film and make up the rest of the way as they went along , to top it all off they smoked real marijuana. The motorcycle were made they were chopper they had six of them which 2 of them burned and 4 got stolen towards the end of shooting. Dennis Hopper was going to be a teacher if he was not going to direct this film. Can you imagine Hooper being a teacher, it goes like this Hooper goes in the classroom and says to the students 1st lesson in life in my left hand I have a funny little cigarette in my right hand I have a lighter, you light it up like that you inhale than exhale any questions? Here is one for you Fonda was good friends with Nicholson who was trying to get in the business for a few years, he had enough and said to Fonda that he was going to be a producer or be a writer then Fonda announce too him I have a small part for you in the film that I am going to make. Jack took it several  studios saw the film and Jack’s career took off. Here is two guys who made this great film in the late 60’s about this two characters who decided to get out of the old grinder by selling drugs and making some money so they can do what they want. It is awesome to see that on the big screen.This is the thing, it is late 60’s you are making this film stone out of your mind with your friends and have a great time. Damm I love the 60’s.





A film by S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox

Here is an original idea for a western , well it is a western / horror genre film. Shot in 21 days 45 miles outside of L.A. Bone Tomahawk never feels like your typical western.
The story goes like this a female doctor, and Two others are taken from a jail. It looks like it is the Indians who has abducted them but is it really Indians ? And if so what kind of Indians are they?

This film is going too become a classic cult film. The dialogue is outstanding here is  some of the great dialogue plus there are the fluid boundaries between criminality, the law and savagery, sacrilege and faith. Here is 4 guys one with crushes who is on a the trail to find and rescue the others that has been taken. It is the wild that is going to be a challenge and then later a plan to get the others. Pay attention to the dialogue here. I think Hollywood needs to learn from independent film making here. This western surprised me here big time a little warning there some gore into it and  it is going to be unpleasant to watch. The film is at its purest raw form.  Kurt and the rest of the cast are fantastic in it their chemistry are flowing through their veins. I am going to get that one in my collection.



BLOW UP (1966)


A film by Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles

Americans flew to “swinging London” in the 1960s; today’s Londoners pile onto the charter jets to Orlando. Yes you are going to get used to this film with the loopy psychedelic colors and no I do not recommend that you take LSD watching this film although there is smoking marijuana although out this film well it is the 60’s and back then that was in fashion sort of speak.


The movie stars David Hemmings, who became a 1960s icon after this performance as Thomas, a hot young photographer with a Beatles haircut, a Rolls convertible with models wanting for him to get a chance to pose for him. Nice life right? He spends his days in tightly scheduled photo shoots the model Verushka plays herself like I said nice life. Thomas wanders into a park and sees, at a distance, a man and a woman. Are they struggling? Playing? Flirting? He snaps a lot of photos. The woman (Vanessa Redgrave) runs after him. She desperately wants the film back. He refuses her and takes off.

Why does she wants the pictures? Well Thomas decided to find out. He boos up the pictures and sees something but what is it? There are different interpretation here and you will see what I mean when you see the film. I have my own and I bet it is different from yours. Yes there is a menage à trois scene and today, the sex seems tame, and what makes the audience gasp is the hero’s contempt for women. I put this film on my category of great movie  Do not miss it.


THE PARTY (1968)

the party

A film by Blake Edwards

Cast: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova 

Let Peter Sellers be Peter Seller but than it was a little different. It is a simple story an indian actors get invited to a party by mistake.

You guessed it Peters Sellers  (Hrundi V. Bakshi) plays the indian dude who is filming his new film production Son of Gunga Din. And yes there are a few incidents on the the sets due that Bakshi is a little clumsy, well a little is an under statement. Now by mistake he gets invited to a party in the home of a Hollywood studio chief. if you have not guessed it and I know you have ,there will be a series of incidents. Edwards starts it low key with some jazz music while everyone nods politely and Sellers’ shoe floats over the waterfall in the living room.The insanity gradually escalates, which is going to bring are two birds together. For the first two-thirds of the movie the events remain painfully close to life. But towards the end Edwards like most directors can not resist to make a grand finally complete with an elephant in the pool and bubble bath. What I did not know is that the French actress Claudine longet is in this film. And her english is perfect with no accent. She is a joy to watch, of course she is aging well.  You see at UGC movie theater in Paris there is cult Thursday movie so I am going to starts this new category cult films. And yes I saw this one on the big screen.



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