100 Cult Films (BFI Screen Guide)

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"Some films should never have been made. They are too unsettling, too dangerous, too challenging, too outrageous and even too badly made to be let loose on unsuspecting audiences.

Yet these films, from the shocking Cannibal Holocaust to the apocalyptic Donnie Darko, from the destructive Tetsuo to the awfully bad The Room, from the hilarious This Is Spı¨nal Tap to the campy Showgirls, from the asylum of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari to the circus of Freaks, from the gangs of The Warriors to the gangsters of In Bruges and from the flamboyant Rocky Horror Picture Show to the ultimate cool of The Big Lebowski, have all garnered passionate fan followings.

Cult cinema has made tragic misfits, monsters and cyborgs, such as Edward Scissorhands or Blade Runner's replicants, heroes of our times. 100 Cult Films explains why these figures continue to inspire fans around the globe. Cult film experts Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik round up the most cultish of giallo, blaxploitation, anime, sexploitation, zombie, vampire and werewolf films, exploring both the cults that live hidden inside the underground (Nekromantik, Café Flesh) and the cult side of the mainstream (Dirty Dancing, The Lord of the Rings, and even The Sound of Music).

100 Cult Films is a true trip around the world, providing a lively and illuminating guide to films from more than a dozen countries, across nine decades, representing a wide range of genres and key cult directors such as David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch."

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Ms .45

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bad Taste

    1987, in 4 top lists Check
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    Baise-moi

    2000 — a.k.a. Rape Me, in 2 top lists Check
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    Begotten

    1990, in 2 top lists Check
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    Behind the Green Door

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
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    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    1970, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 24 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Blue Sunshine

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Brood

    1979, in 3 top lists Check
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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
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    Café Flesh

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cannibal Holocaust

    1980, in 3 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
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    Coffy

    1973, in 2 top lists Check
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    Les lèvres rouges

    1971 — a.k.a. Daughters of Darkness, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dawn of the Dead

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
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    Deadly Weapons

    1974, in 0 top lists Check
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    Debbie Does Dallas

    1978 — a.k.a. The Games People Play, in 0 top lists Check
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    Profondo rosso

    1975 — a.k.a. Deep Red, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dirty Dancing

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Django

    1966, in 4 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 20 top lists Check
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    Non si sevizia un paperino

    1972 — a.k.a. Don't Torture a Duckling, in 1 top list Check
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    Edward Scissorhands

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
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    Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali

    1977 — a.k.a. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, in 0 top lists Check
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    Emmanuelle

    1974, in 1 top list Check
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    Enter the Dragon

    1973, in 11 top lists Check
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    Eraserhead

    1977, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Evil Dead

    1981, in 6 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 16 top lists Check
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    Flaming Creatures

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    Freak Orlando

    1981, in 0 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    Ginger Snaps

    2000, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Gods Must Be Crazy

    1980, in 1 top list Check
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    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Harder They Come

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
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    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
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    Häxan

    1922, in 14 top lists Check
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    Hellraiser

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    La montaña sagrada

    1973 — a.k.a. The Holy Mountain, in 7 top lists Check
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    La casa dalle finestre che ridono

    1976 — a.k.a. The House of the Laughing Windows, in 2 top lists Check
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    I Walked with a Zombie

    1943, in 8 top lists Check
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