The Bible of Cult

IMG_20160324_214423323_HDROn Christmas morning 2002, I had an epiphany, if you will. My 15-year old self had a spiritual awakening. Not the New Testament did I seek refuge in, on BabyJesus’s birthday, it was a different sort of book. A much weirder one. Well, slightly weirder one, I guess.

My parents bought me Videohound’s Cult Flicks and Trash Pics, edited by Carol Schwartz. To me, Carol Schwartz was certainly some sort of Modern-Day King James. And this book, the distillation of her collective wisdom. The cover holds not crucifixes but flying saucers and Godzilla. There is no Norman Rockwell-esque wide-eyed Jesus peering back at me, just Jack Nance from Eraserhead. The only divinity that of Divine, pointing a pistol our way. There are no monk-drawn intricacies, tapestries, elegant calligraphy—instead a leopard print pattern, a mustard-colored bubble surrounding text the same flamingo-red of Divine’s frilly dress. And at the bottom: “Foreward by Bruce Campbell” one of the key players! It was as if Noah had left an introduction to be placed before the Old Testament.

A reference work, which in those early days of the Internet were still cherished tomes— facts unattainable else-where. The book details a number of ‘cult’ and ‘cult-like’ films, with descriptions, ratings, and occasional small feature pieces about the films, filmmakers, and actors. For a budding film-weirdo like myself, the work’s 850-odd pages were solid gold.

And I still run to the book’s battered pages after checking Wiki or IMDB, just to see what other juicy tidbits I can glean from inside, as it is a thorough text I can trust. I’m not sure if it’s a regional mind-set type thing (the work was published just across the state from me in the small town of Detroit), or if it just happens to be a collection of voices with which I have much common, but either way this is my cult film foundation. This is where it all started for me.

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My To-View List

As many Cult and Trash films as I have seen, and as much as I pride myself as being knowledgeable on the subject, there are still so many I have yet to view.  Even some of the “Classics”!

And so, as I discover them, remember them, and forget about ones I’ve already seen, I will add them to this list.  As I view them, I will try to write some sort of review or critical work about them.

THE LIST:

 

  1. A Boy and His Dog
  2. Amazon Women on the Moon
  3. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul
  4. Basket Case
  5. Battle Royale 2
  6. Beastmaster
  7. Beat the Devil
  8. Big Meat Eaters
  9. Blades
  10. Bride of Re-Animator
  11. Captain America (1990’s Version)
  12. C.H.U.D.
  13. Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
  14. Chopping Mall
  15. Class of Nukem High part 3
  16. Coffy
  17. Cotton Comes to Harlem
  18. Crash
  19. Darkman 2
  20. Dawn of the Dead (Dario Argento cut)
  21. Death Spa
  22. Delicatessen
  23. Detroit 9000
  24. Doom Generation, The
  25. Driller Killer
  26. Eaten Alive
  27. Fantastic Four (Corman Version)
  28. Far Out Man
  29. Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid
  30. Flesh
  31. Ghosthouse
  32. Gingerdead Man Vs Killer Bong
  33. Head
  34. Heat
  35. Holy Mountain
  36. Howling 3, The
  37. I Am Curious (Blue)
  38. I Am Curious (Yellow)
  39. I Spit on Your Grave
  40. Julien Donkey Boy
  41. Kentucky Fried Movie
  42. Killer Condom
  43. KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park
  44. La Femme Nikita
  45. Liquid Dreams
  46. Liquid Skies
  47. Living in Oblivion
  48. Maniac
  49. Mask, The (1961)
  50. Masters of the Universe (Re-watch)
  51. Mondo Trasho
  52. Movie 43
  53. Ms. 45
  54. Naked
  55. Nekromantic
  56. Nightmare Alley
  57. Pi
  58. Possession (1981)
  59. Punisher (Dolph Lundren Version)
  60. Quacker Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
  61. Rabid (1977)
  62. Rabid Grannies
  63. Redneck Zombies
  64. Reflecting Skin, The
  65. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  66. Santa Sangre
  67. Shatter Dead
  68. Slam
  69. Sonny
  70. Straw Dogs
  71. Street Trash
  72. Switchblade Sisters
  73. Targets
  74. Tenebre
  75. Tetsuo 2
  76. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
  77. The Wizard of Gore
  78. This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse
  79. Three on a Meathook
  80. Tokyo Drifter
  81. Trash (1970)
  82. Trekkies
  83. Troma’s War (Re-watch)
  84. Turbo Kid
  85. Unsane
  86. Venus in Furs
  87. Violence Jack
  88. What’s Up Tiger Lily
  89. Wild in the Streets
  90. Wing Commander
  91. Women in Revolt
  92. Zardoz

 

Thanks to

http://theretroset.com/zardoz-is-a-big-zardoze/

for Zardoz image.