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".

White Dog (1981)

Director: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Burl Ives, Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Jameson Parker

Samuel Fuller's throat-grabbing expose on American racism was misunderstood and withheld from release when it was made in the early eighties; today, t... Read more

White Heat (1949)

Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

This quintessential gangster film contains James Cagney's most frightening role, that of a psychopathic mother-obsessed gunman. This riveting crime dr... Read more

White of the Eye (1987)

Director: Donald Cammell
Starring: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Art Evans

What on the surface appears to be just another psycho-on-the-loose thriller is actually a visually rich and offbeat sleeper, a suspense movie that coo... Read more

Whoops Apocalypse (1981)

Director: John Reardon
Starring: John Cleese, Richard Griffiths, Alexei Sayle

Aka 'The Mushroom Button'. A re-edited version of the satirical TV series, that chronicles the funny set of mishaps that result in WW3. Done in the fo... Read more

Whoops Apocalypse (1986)

Director: Tom Bussmann
Starring: Loretta Swit, Peter Cook, Michael Richards

Based on the popular TV series, this satire follows the events leading up to a nuclear conflict, and though fun is very occasionally made of the Russi... Read more

Wild at Heart (1990)

Director: David Lynch
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Crispin Glover, Isabella Ros...

If Lula (Laura Dern) knows one thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage) - no matter how man... Read more

Wild at Heart ( Blu-ray ) (1990)

Director: David Lynch
Starring: Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern,...

If Lula (Laura Dern) knows one thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage) - no matter how man... Read more

Wild Side (1995)

Director: Donald Cammell
Starring: Christopher Walken, Joan Chen, Anne Heche

A torrid, erotic, suspenseful drama about a beautiful banker (Anne Heche) moonlighting as a prostitute who gets involved in more than just a blackmail... Read more

Wild Zero (2000)

Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi
Starring: Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endo, Kwancharu Shitichai

When aliens start turning the population into flesh-eating zombies, only rock fan Ace and his favourite band, Guitar Wolf (and they're a real band!) h... Read more

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Director: Mel Stuart
Starring: Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole

One of the most memorably strange children's films ever made, equally influenced by the dark underpinnings of Roald Dahl's original book ("Charlie and... Read more