October 04, 2010
Cult Classics: That's your favorite? Uh, never heard of it.... So, what is a Cult Classic?
One of the most common misconceptions of cult movies is that there is no middle ground; one will either love or hate the film. Another misconception: if it’s a Cult Classic, it is low budget. Yet, another misconception is that if it has a rabid fan base, then it’s a Cult Classic. So, what exactly is a Cult Classic? According to Wikipedia, "a Cult Classic is a colloquial term for a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside of this small group (however, there are a few exceptions)".
The term cult film implies a certain level of obscurity, and widely popular, mainstream movies are not considered to be cult films. According to one of Oak Grove Branch’s movie buffs, Bob Keyserling, "A cult classic is a movie that has a universal message that has not received a wide audience." Here is a list of films he deems a cult status:
Sling Blade Run Lola Run
My First Mister Repo the Genetic Opera
Little Shop of Horrors One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
Asphalt Jungle Citizen Kane
The Oak Grove Branch also took a poll at the library to find out what your favorite cult classics are! Drum roll, please:
With two votes:
With three votes:
With six votes
Rocky Horror Picture Show
And Oak Grove Branch's Favorite, with Eight votes:
So, what do you think? Did Oak Grove get it right?
Oak Grove Branch