By Open Book
The quirky, poor box office, offbeat, strange, not tied to any conventions of today are words often attributed to cult classic films. The cult followers are not worried about film critics but are more interested in the film-makers choices. As often with films that achieve cult classic status the rule book is thrown out to explore new ways of expression. This article will attempt to understand the evolution of cult classic films and their impact on films today.
The process of achieving cult classic status can be quite complicated. With little commercial marketing or mainstream appeal what defines a cult film-maker is their style. John Waters, Ed Wood, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers (to name a few) have left an impression with their individualistic style and perspective. Cult films follow no rules or patterns and only popular among certain audiences. They often don’t catch on until a year after their released. (1)
There are conflicting arguments in regards to what makes a film a cult classic. Some say a cult film can’t be a blockbuster hit while others claim it’s the uniqueness that earns the status. With a controversial plot, odd or quirky alarming characters that appeal to audiences only after a long period of time.(2) What films today do you think might be considered a cult film?