Cult Films / After Dark

Cult Films generally have limited but very special appeal. They are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal. They may have outrageous, weird, cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. Cult films cut across many film genres (science fiction, horror, melodrama, etc.), and though they can be very stylized, they are often flawed or unusual in some striking way. To make a little sense of this unique genre, scroll the motherlode below, or take a side road by clicking a blue sub-heading to yer left... Visiting "Television Shows" and the "Cult Television" sub-feature may be worth checking out, also the "Animation" feature and the "Cult Animation" or "JapAnime" sub-feature will help with the bigger picture.. Right: Henry (Jack Nance) is "Eraserhead".

Voodoo Woman (1957)

Director: Edward L Cahn
Starring: Marla English, Tom Conway, Touch Connors

Science meets sorcery in this A.I.P. shocker that features Tom Conway as a mad doctor who uses a voodoo spell to turn beautiful Maria English into a h... Read more

Vulgaria (2012)

Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Starring: Chapman To, Ronald Cheng, Dada Chan

To Wai-cheung (Chapman To), a long-time film producer, has yet to produce anything resembling a hit. Beset by financial troubles, he agrees to recreat... Read more

Walkabout (1971)

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil

Lost in the Australian Outback after their father takes his own life, two young Brits are found by an aboriginal teenager who shows them how to surviv... Read more

Walkabout (Blu-Ray) (1971)

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: David Gulpilil, Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, John Meillon

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John) into the... Read more

Walker (1988)

Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Ed Harris, Marlee Matlin, Richard Masur, Peter Boyle

Alex Cox directed this hallucinatory bio-pic starring Ed Harris as 19th-century American adventurer William Walker, who abandoned a series of careers... Read more

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

Director: Bert I Gordon
Starring: Sally Fraser, Dean Parkin, Roger Pace, Charles Stewart

A frightened young man races his truck down a dirt road, constantly looking back in terror. He is being pursued by some unseen menace! Undoubtedly it... Read more

Warlords of Atlantis (1978)

Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Cyd Charisse, Donald Boisset, Lea Brodie

AKA 'Seven Cities to Atlantis', this family-aimed fantasy sees the ever-heroic Doug McClure leading an expedition to the lost city of Atlantis. He dis... Read more

Wassup Rockers (2005)

Director: Larry Clark
Starring: Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa, Milton Velasquez, Usvaldo Panameno, Eddie...

Filmmaker Larry Clark ('Kids', 'Bully') again tackles the inner workings of urban youth culture in this comedy drama about a handful of Salvadorian em... Read more

Welcome Home, Soldier Boys (1972)

Director: Richard Compton
Starring: Alan Vint, Geoffrey Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Francine York

Discharged soldiers, just back from Vietnam, decide to drive across country and see the nation they protected. The country, however, doesn't want to s... Read more

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)

Director: Todd Solondz
Starring: Brendan Sexton Jr, Heather Matarazzo, Matthew Faber, Eric Mabius

This Sundance winner follows the travails of Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo), the teen pariah who seems to invite the cruelties heaped upon her by cla... Read more