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".

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Anna Lee

This gothic psychological chiller from director Robert Aldrich stars Bette Davis as former child star Baby Jane Hudson, driven by jealousy and dementi... Read more

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Director: Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois

Bill Murray takes on the role of American 'gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson whose passion for writing was equalled only by his love of drugs, alco... Read more

White Comanche (1968)

Director: Jose Britz
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Rosanna Yanni, William Shatner

AKA: "Hour of Vengeance," "Rio Hondo." Filmed in Spain during a hiatus on "Star Trek," this campy Western melodrama stars William Shatner as twin brot... Read more

White Crane Chronicles ( aka Kung Fu Killer ) (2008)

Director: Philip Spink
Starring: Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Cheng Pei-Pei, Osric Chau, Kay Tong Lim, Lim Yu-B...

China, 1929. As the Republic crumbles, only the legendary Wudang monks dare to defy the ruthless warlords trafficking in the opium trade. Among them i... Read more

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