Danny Peary's CULT MOVIES 2by mifunesamurai | created - 30 Apr 2011 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
Danny Peary's Cult Movies 2 - published in 1983. You can view the movies and trailers in this playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVKpeyxdq9f30xO45E1jyqANUR5GBitMh
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1. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Votes: 26,761 | Gross: $19.85M
I find no director as infuriating as Ken Russell, but I admit some admiration for his work on Altered States - Danny Peary
2. The American Friend (1977)
Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
The most dazzlingly daffy suspense-psychological thriller to be imported to the United States within memory - Danny Peary
3. Barbarella (1968)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
Few would argue that this is as witty as Vadim intended - Danny Peary
4. Basket Case (1982)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.
A stunningly creative little horror gem that provided a needed spark to the midnight movie scene - Danny Peary
5. Beat the Devil (1953)
Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...
The remarkable fascination of Beat The Devil, certainly the fifties most peculiar A-budget film, has much to do with its background as with its zany characters, performances and tone - Danny Peary
6. Bedazzled (1967)
Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.
Stanley: You're a nut case! George: They said the same of Jesus, Galileo... Stanley: They said the same of a lot of nut cases, too.
7. The Big Heat (1953)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
A truly exciting, intriguing political film, brimming with clever twists, sparkling touches, and wonderfully offbeat characters - Danny Peary
8. Blood Feast (1963)
Not Rated | 67 min | Horror
An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.
Votes: 4,630 | Gross: $4.00M
When you talk about tasteless cinema you must begin with the self-professed "Wizard of Gore," Herschell Gordon Lewis - Danny Peary
9. Blood Money (1933)
Passed | 65 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Bill Bailey is a Los Angeles bail bondsman who lives in a world of complete, casual corruption, where all he has to do is pick up the phone to get the charges against a client dismissed. He... See full summary »
A real curio - Danny Peary
10. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
A violent, sexy, sometimes vulgar black comedy - Danny Peary
11. Breathless (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Votes: 59,211 | Gross: $0.34M
The sort of film where anything goes - Godard
12. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
There are many reasons why Bride is better than its predecessor - Danny Peary
13. Children of Paradise (1945)
Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance
The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.
One of the glories of the cinema - Danny Peary
14. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
The most fiercely debated film of the seventies - Danny Peary
15. Cutter's Way (1981)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Votes: 4,100 | Gross: $1.73M
An original, endlessly fascinating work, one that involves you in the lives of real people - Danny Peary
16. Dark Star (1974)
G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.
It is an impressive film, surprisingly nonindulgent for a new director, and worthy to be called the poor, poor, poor man's 2001 - Danny Peary
17. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
R | 87 min | Horror
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.
The most stylish of horror films and might very well be the most perverse - Danny Peary
18. The First Nudie Musical (1976)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Musical
The son of famous studio owner is forced to make porno films to keep the bankrupt studio from being made into a shopping center. In an attempt to get back on the high ground he makes a ... See full summary »
The most remarkable thing about this movie, considering its subject matter, is that it is totally inoffensive - Danny Peary
19. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.
Gojira was, and still is, the king - Ed Godziszewski
20. The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)
R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Explosive drama and action when two sexy girls go on a bank robbing binge.
One of many New World sexplotation films that hit it big in drive-ins and small-town America in the seventies - Danny Peary
21. High School Confidential! (1958)
Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama
A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »
A once thriving school in middle-America has literally gone to pot - Danny Peary
22. His Girl Friday (1940)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.
For most who see it for the first time, it is a wonderful surprise - Danny Peary
23. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 41,272 | Gross: $36.14M
This must be the most powerfully erotic movie ever made and it may turn out to be the most liberating movie ever made - Pauline Kael
24. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
R | 139 min | Sci-Fi, Drama
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Votes: 19,838 | Gross: $0.10M
Flawed yet fascinating - Danny Peary
25. Marnie (1964)
PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.
Votes: 37,681 | Gross: $7.00M
One of Hitchcock's disturbing and, from a woman's point of view, most important film - Molly Haskell
26. Massacre at Central High (1976)
R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller
A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors.
A Witty, surprising, very entertaining low-budget movie - Vincent Canby
27. Mommie Dearest (1981)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 12,187 | Gross: $19.03M
It's staggering how much unintentional humor can be found in Mommie Dearest - Danny Peary
28. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 424,560 | Gross: $1.23M
It truly can be hilarious watching a bunch of distinguished looking Englishman running around acting, talking, singing, and dressing like fools - Danny Peary
29. Morgan! (1966)
97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.
One of the major pre-midnight movie cult films - Danny Peary
30. Ms .45 (1981)
R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.
Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Nicholas St John didn't want to satisfy the sick (perverted) men in the audience - Danny Peary
31. My Darling Clementine (1946)
Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Western
The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
A different kind of western - Danny Peary
32. Curse of the Demon (1957)
Approved | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.
Certainly deserves its cult following - Danny Peary
33. Nightmare Alley (1947)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir
The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.
The grimmest of forties melodrama- Danny Peary
34. The Parallax View (1974)
R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller
An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.
The Parallax View is our blueprint for conspiratorial machinery - Danny Peary
35. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.
I loved the picture - Danny Peary
36. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
Votes: 27,864 | Gross: $0.23M
I believe Miranda has taken herself and three others into a sexual never-never land - Danny Peary
37. Pretty Baby (1978)
R | 110 min | Drama
A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.
Votes: 8,204 | Gross: $5.79M
Accusers worried that Brooke Shields would be traumatized for life from having posed nude for Malle (director), played scenes with nude adults, and had an adult lover in the film - Danny Peary
38. Quadrophenia (1979)
R | 120 min | Drama, Music
Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.
The most exciting, stiring, perceptive youth fiml since Rebel Without A Cause - Danny Peary
39. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.
Today, Salt of The Earth, has lost none of its impact - Danny Peary
40. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
No Bergman film so captured the imagination of American viewers - Danny Peary
41. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 198,998 | Gross: $25.00M
It is endlessly clever, briskly paced, deliciously acted, daring - Danny Peary
42. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.
It's the best Sturges film - Danny Peary
43. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 580,020 | Gross: $28.26M
Someone living a life like a taxi driver, drifting through a sewer in an iron coffin, surrounded by people, but alone - Paul Schrader (writer)
44. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, War
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.
Just as effective as propaganda as it is as farce - Danny Peary
45. Vanishing Point (1971)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.
A document of its time - Danny Peary
46. White Heat (1949)
Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.
Cagney's portrayal of maniac Cody is something to behold - Danny Peary
47. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Votes: 54,091 | Gross: $0.06M
The Citizen Kane of horror films - Cinefantastique
48. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 147,031 | Gross: $4.00M
Stands as the strangest children's film ever made - Danny Peary
49. Wuthering Heights (1939)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.
There is much in Wuthering Heights that makes it superior viewing - Danny Peary
50. Zardoz (1974)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
I wanted to make a film about the problem for us hurtling at such a rate into the future that our emotions are lagging behind, the growing gap between our technological development and where we are emotionally - John Boorman