I love B-Movies and cult films. Guess what? So does my wife, Chie! This is our personal list of our favourite B-Movies/Cult Films. Just 10 of them for now, more later.
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement. (74 mins.)
“ This movie is just so much fun. If you can ignore the offbeat and sometimes offensive content, you'll find the most energetic, passionate, and downright hilarious abstract comedies of all time.
Plus it has Danny Elfman playing The Devil and singing a rendition of Minnie the Moocher, instead singing "Squeezit the Moocher" and forcing a coward raised by chickens to kidnap the ever topless princess for him. That alone is pure gold. ” - Kadath Read
“ This movie is brilliant. Yeah, it's stupid but in some ways it is actually somewhat clever. It makes great use of its idiotic premise, having killer pop-corn rays, Balloon hound dogs, killer shadow-puppets, and many other clever clown related deaths. This movie is one of the ones Chie & I watch whenever we are depressed as it always makes us smile. ” - Kadath Read
Army of Darkness
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
“ You probably already know about this one. This one is a hoot and a holler, and is my favourite of the Evil Dead trilogy. It's also the only one I was allowed to watch at a young age since it's more bone than gore, and so I also love it because it is part of my childhood. ” - Kadath Read
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
“ BrainDead (Not sure why the IMDb calls it Dead Alive...) is a freakin' classic. It is a ton of good, gory fun and is - in my opinion - the best comedy gore-fest, even better than Evil Dead II. My wife got me into this one after she found out that I was a fan of another movie on this list (Hint: #7) which was made by director Peter Jackson and said that if I hadn't seen his earliest works, I had to see them - and this is the first one she showed me. The rest is history. ” - Kadath Read
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids. (89 mins.)
“ We just barely discovered this little gem about two weeks ago, hence its late inception into this list. This movie is absolute heaps of fun though, provided you like dark comedies, and for me a good dark comedy can be so much better than a regular one so I suppose you could say I like my humour like I like my coffee.
This is genuinely one of the most whole-hearted and well made dark comedies in years, and it isn't all pitch black - there are some lighter moments that are funny as well, and the main 3 characters are surprisingly engaging and the villain does a good job at being laughably over the top and at the same time somewhat unsettling.
If you like dark comedies and can stomach a college kid in a woodchipper, then you'll absolutely adore this film. My wife & I can't get enough of it and are trying to poke some more of our friends into seeing it. ” - Kadath Read
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
“ Does this one need an introduction? We love this film to death. Chie & I play Magenta & Riff-Raff respectively every year when the theatre I work at shows this film. Always so much fun. ” - Kadath Read
Two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to make their flesh part of their new special dish at their rundown restaurant while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess. (88 mins.)
“ This one is a hilarious little gem. It's a shame that it's been buried, even in the cult circuits. This is one of the most hilarious B-Movies and Chie & I always chuckle at it - plus she & I often quote it, whenever we have guests over for dinner we ask them whether or not they want some "Finger Fries." x3 ” - Kadath Read
After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead. (110 mins.)
“ This is one of the most underrated films of all time. I'll admit that it's not really what I'd call a true "B-Grade" movie - but due to the fact that its so ignored and the fact that I love this movie so much I consider it a "Cult" film. This was the first Peter Jackson film I saw, and I saw it as a kid - I loved it then, and I love it now. It is a very clever film, and it is funny and intense. Michael J. Fox also gives a great performance, and is as charming as always. ” - Kadath Read
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. (91 mins.)
“ One of the other early Jackson films that Chie showed me. This movie is hilariously bizarre, and while it certainly feels amateurish - it is rife with passion. Jackson was clearly having fun with this one. ” - Kadath Read
Tetsuo, the Iron Man
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ Once again, this isn't really a B-Grade so much as it is a "cult" film in our eyes. Chie showed this to me and it became one of only 3 films that reminded me of my nightmares, due to the dark grainy black & white stock and sickening imagery. Well - at least in the first half, it does become somewhat of an action film towards the end but the first 2 acts of the film are horrific and disturbing. Very, very strange film - but worth a watch for fans of Avant-garde horror. ” - Kadath Read
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
“ This is one of the ultimate "WTF!?" movies. It is surreal, dream like, insane, offensive, sickening, and utterly hilarious. Save for a genuinely disgusting and disturbing death involving a ladle, a prostate, and bloody cum - I enjoyed every moment of it. Chie & I were both cringing AND laughing at the notorious "Incest by birth" scene. We're not sure what was going on in Miike's head when he made this film, but considering how screwed up this pic is.. I don't think we want to know. ” - Kadath Read
Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death. (81 mins.)
“ This movie is very much like the early works of Peter Jackson, and while not as good as a "Bad Taste" or "BrainDead," it has a very similar coda and style. It focuses on dark, gross out humour and uses a pretty simple but fun premise: An every day suburb receives sample pills for a brand new diet drug. The problem? The Diet Drug causes people to mutate and, well, melt.
There is a boring tacked on sub-plot about a couple of kids finding some rednecks out in the sticks, but when it's focusing on people melting in crazy ways - this is lots of goofy, gross fun. The highlight of the film (And I am not kidding you at all here) is when a woman's placenta gets agitated and decides to eat her philandering husband. Genius. Pure genius. ” - Kadath Read
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. (106 mins.)
“ I love this movie. I don't know why it was so reviled, considering what they had to work with (A bunch of controversial bubble gum cards) they turned out a fun and goofy movie that is a fantastic tribute to classic B Sci-fi movies from 50s. The effects are pretty dated at this point, and it shows that they were rushed to avoid the lengthy process of stop animation - but it still has an interesting look to it and my wife & I absolutely adore this film.
ACKACKACK, ACK ACK ACK! ” - Kadath Read
A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (91 mins.)
“ Very underrated slasher. I actually enjoyed this more than Friday the 13th, and Cropsy kicked ass. I also love the poster for this film and the theme song. It isn't a masterpiece, but it is a fun slasher and definitely worthy for fans of the genre. ” - Kadath Read
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
“ Does this really need an introduction? Like Rocky Horror, anyone who enjoys watching stupid B-Movies has probably seen this flick. Don't let the dubious claim of "Worst movie of all time" talk you out from seeing this fun, fun film. Also check out Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," one of my all time favourites. ” - Kadath Read
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. (90 mins.)
“ My wife & I adore the works of Junji Ito. In 1999, the god-awful adaptation of "Tomie" came out and put us in a sour mood. When we heard they were adapting Uzumaki, we were afraid it would end up like Tomie. Did it? No. Uzumaki is an absolute blast! To be fair, it does have flaws; namely in that it doesn't recreate the atmosphere of the graphic novel, and the movie made the poor decision to be made before the graphic novel was even finished.
Regardless - this is a fun, fun movie. It is truly more of a dark comedy than a horror, albeit with a couple creepy scenes. Worth seeing for the absolutely batshit insane premise and scenes though. ” - Kadath Read
“ Don't go into this thinking this is an actual horror movie. Seriously, don't. If you go into this expecting a movie that wants to try and be scary - like the original - you will hate this. Go in expecting one of the most over the top gorror films of the 80s, and you will laugh your arse off. Gruesome, silly, but a lot of fun. ” - Kadath Read
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
“ I'm actually adding all 3 to this list, but for the sake of space and time - let this entry represent them all in one spot. The first one is the best and most enjoyable, but Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator are just as grisly and fun. This is an absolutely fantastic series, and if you are a fan of gore and such, check this and its sequels out no questions asked. I can't wait for the 4th one, which will apparently have our old friend Herbert West visiting the White House. Uh-oh xD ” - Kadath Read
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. (84 mins.)
“ This is a fun as hell film. There are a couple scenes early on that kind of drag, but when it gets going - it's an absolute ton of fun. With limited success the director, Frank Henenlotter, usually makes intentionally "fun" gore-fests. This is one of his more successful efforts and while "Basket Case" appears to be more well known, this is the one we simply prefer. I think it's the voice of Aylmer that really seals the deal, it would be fun even without his voice - but that suave, sophisticated, yet simultaneously deceptive and dark voice makes Aylmer a joy whenever his ugly little blue maw pops up. ” - Kadath Read
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. (97 mins.)
“ So far, this list has mainly focused on "B" movies - the only serious ones I can think of are Tetsuo and I suppose Gozu isn't a "B" movie despite it's exploitative insanity, but here's a film that isn't quite a "B" movie but still fits into "Cult" territory. It's a pretty solid vampire flick that my wife just recently got me into, and it's a surprisingly inventive story even if the direction is a bit cumbersome and clunky at times. Tony can imitate Ridley fairly well at times, at others its just off.
Still - an enjoyable film with a nice little story, and a surprisingly cohesive one - at least when stacked up to the fact it was written by Whitley Strieber, whose accounts of alien abduction baffle even this believer. Also no disrespect to Christopher Walken (I love the guy) but anyone who asks Walken to portray themselves on film is a little twisted. What was I talking about before? Oh yeah, the hunger! Not bad! Check it out if you like vampires. And sapphism. ” - Kadath Read
Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. (94 mins.)
“ The funny thing is, when I first heard of Teeth - it was from a couple friends who said it scared the hell out of them from the standpoint of a man. Okay, yeah, I get why my fellow men would be scared by this premise - but this is an absolutely hilarious movie and I doubt it was meant to be a serious horror film. A perverse dark comedy at its finest.
If you don't mind a minor spoiler (If you do mind - skip along now.) one scene that made me chuckle quite a bit was after a poor gynecologist had his fingers accidentally bitten off by our protagonists genitals, and he's on an operating table about to have them replaced. One of the surgeons asks him "So, are you sure you don't want to tell us how this happened?" and the poor sod just grabs the mask and gives himself the anesthetic. lol. ” - Kadath Read
Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves. (55 mins.)
“ From the perspective of someone who lives in Japan and is married to a Japanese woman, I can get tired of hearing the phrase "Only in Japan" or "Japan is weeeeiiiirrddd" when the internet likes to solely focus on the sub-culture. Yet when I saw Dead Leaves, I found myself making both those comments. I saw honest trailers for this playing on mainstream television, and I had to see if it was some kind of abstract joke - and it.. uhm, kind of was. But it's the insanity of it all that makes it so enjoyable, and clocking in at 45 minutes or so it doesn't become too tiring and it doesn't outstay it's welcome.
If you want something that caters entirely to the ID that's got a lot of action, a stylish visual design, makes absolutely no sense, is completely perverse, and comes across as a prison escape film from the eyes of a psychotic, schizophrenic acid addict - check this out. ” - Kadath Read
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
“ Ahh, here's one for the artsy fartsy crowd. But fear not - it doesn't really feel prentetious, it feels genuinely cohesive in its own way. It's essentially yet another of the millions of re-imaginations of Alice in Wonderland, but of all of them out there - this is the one that manages to do it well. It realizes the story with a grim, "realistic" look - but only in the sense that it is cobbled together from real objects and items, such as the quite literal card guards or the stuffed and stitched together animals. It's still pretty trippy and odd but if you love piercingly original visuals, stop motion, and want to see one of the better Alice in Wonderland retakes - check it out. It's a shame it's so limited in its audience and somewhat hard to find here. Maybe it's easier to find in the states and its native country of Russia, but I wouldn't know. ” - Kadath Read
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
“ I sort of added this one impromptu, because if this list were as long as i would truly want it to be - it might be a little lower, but it is still a fun watch nonetheless. My main problem is the second act isn't sure if it wants to be a cliched horror movie or a cliched horror comedy, but some funny scenes inbetween those bits at least keep you hooked until the movie really picks up; and it does later on, let's just say when you see an ex-wife as filtered by a malevolent haunted house - you'll know the movie is getting a bit more interesting, and it's a hell of a lot of fun from there - and it does help that the main protagonist is at least well played even in some of the slower scenes. ” - Kadath Read