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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".

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

M (Fritz Lang) (1931)

8.4/10
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Peter Lorre, Inge Landgut, Ellen Widmann

Uncut for the first time. Harrowing images, shadows and symbolism permeate Fritz Lang's first sound film, an internationally heralded German cinematic... Read more

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

8/10
Director: Charles Laughton
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

Robert Mitchum gives one of his best performances as Harry Powell, a psychotic self-styled preacher who is after the stolen money of a hanged man. Set... Read more

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

7.3/10
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, C...

Director Robert Rodriguez and star-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino throw in everything they can think of in this tale of a pair of bank-robbing brother... Read more

The Terminator (1984)

8/10
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Paul Winfield, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger

A cyborg is sent from the future to present-day Los Angeles on a deadly mission. He's got to kill a young woman whose life will have great significanc... Read more

The Graduate (1967)

8/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels

A landmark film of the late '60s that's still just as pungent and funny. Dustin Hoffman, in his first major film role, plays an ultra-naive college gr... Read more

24 Hour Party People (2002)

7.4/10
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Danny Cunningham, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson,...

This riveting film captures the meteoric real-life exploits of Tony Wilson (great performance by Steve Coogan), a savvy Manchester-based TV impresario... Read more

The Italian Job (1969)

7.3/10
Director: Peter Collinson
Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Maggie Blye

An ex-con creates the world's biggest traffic jam in an attempt to steal millions in gold. Join Michael Caine and his gang of crooks for the ultimate... Read more

Out of the Past (1947)

8.1/10
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

This masterful brooding film noir has Robert Mitchum playing a man with a past embroiled with murder and deceit at the hands of a reckless woman and a... Read more

Suspiria (1976)

7.5/10
Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Alida Valli, Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Stefania Casini, Udo Kier

A dancing school in a small German town is the setting for unholy terror, as modern-day witches seek to resurrect their coven's long-dead founder, in... Read more