Danny Peary's CULT MOVIESby mifunesamurai | created - 25 Apr 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
From Danny Peary's 1982 insightful book - CULT MOVIES. You can watch movies or trailers here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVKpeyxdq9f357Y3yIt4UKnS1-2lI_iH1
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1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
To see Aguirre for the first time is to discover a genuine masterpiece - Danny Peary.
2. All About Eve (1950)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 99,416 | Gross: $0.01M
It is one of the most enduring of all American films - Danny Peary
3. Bad (1977)
X | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of ... See full summary »
Andy Warhol's Bad is not for everyone. It is made to be a cult movie - Danny Peary
4. Badlands (1973)
PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
Badlands was the surprise hit of the New York Film Festival in 1973 and made almost every critics Top Ten list the following year and still flop at the box office - Danny Peary
5. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 21,057 | Gross: $0.30M
Cocteau's first feature is the cinema's most poetic work - Danny Peary
6. Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.
Reagan proves to be an adequate screen partner for Bonzo - Danny Peary
7. Behind the Green Door (1972)
X | 72 min | Adult, Drama
A beautiful woman is abducted and initiated into a live sex act on a private stage, participating in lesbianism, interracial sex and a public orgy.
Votes: 1,729 | Gross: $50.00M
8. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.
Votes: 8,567 | Gross: $9.00M
To many moviegoers who hadn't seen a Russ Meyer film, BVD was a revelation - a film that they (mostly college students) considered to be on their own farout wave length - Danny Peary
9. Billy Jack (1971)
GP | 114 min | Action, Drama
Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.
Votes: 4,842 | Gross: $98.00M
One of the weirdest success stories in modern history - Danny Peary
10. Black Sunday (1960)
Not Rated | 87 min | Horror
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.
It is because of Steele, probably even more than Bava, that Black Sunday, in which her screen persona was established, remains a cult favorite - Danny Peary
11. The Brood (1979)
R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.
The Brood is Cronenberg's best film, his one good film - Danny Peary 1981
12. Burn! (1969)
GP | 112 min | Action, Drama
The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »
Marlon Brando returned home after filming Burn! swearing he would kill Pontecorvo (director) if he ever saw him again - Danny Peary
13. Caged Heat (1974)
R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.
Caged Heat turns out to have a truly talented cast, headed by Barbara Steele, the classy cult favorite - Danny Peary
14. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
Votes: 443,896 | Gross: $1.02M
Casablanca is that rare lucky film where everything came together, clicked, and there was perfection - Danny Peary
15. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 340,342 | Gross: $1.59M
No one will dispute that Kane is still regarded as Welles' most important film - Danny Peary
16. Witchfinder General (1968)
Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.
The audience never gets a chance to relax. By the end of the film it is if you have just run a gauntlet - Danny Peary
17. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company ... See full summary »
Dance Girl dance is Arzner's cult film, the most enthusiastically received and widely written-about of her pictures - Danny Peary
18. Deep End (1970)
R | 88 min | Drama, Romance
15-year-old dropout Mike takes a job at Newford Baths, where inappropriate sexual behaviour abounds, and becomes obsessed with his coworker Susan.
There is much to admire in Deep End - Danny Peary
19. Detour (1945)
Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.
Charles Flynn and Todd McCarthy cite Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour as probably the greatest B film ever made - Danny Peary
20. Duck Soup (1933)
Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.
Duck Soup juggles logic and defies gravity, it is outrageous, it is ridiculous, it is funny, it is savage, it is silly. It is s symphony in gagtime, composed by an army and orchestrated by one man, Leo McCarey - Danny Peary
21. El Topo (1970)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.
Significantly, El Topo became the first major Midnight Movie - Danny Peary
22. Emmanuelle (1974)
Unrated | 95 min | Drama
The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.
Votes: 8,183 | Gross: $8.72M
Emmanuell is certainly the best soft-core sex film ever made - Danny Peary
23. Enter the Dragon (1973)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
Votes: 84,285 | Gross: $25.00M
The one and only Bruce Lee, at his remarkable best - Danny Peary
24. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 83,087 | Gross: $7.00M
This is one strange movie - Danny Peary
25. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney
Votes: 78,240 | Gross: $76.41M
The most ambitious of the Disney features - Danny Peary
26. Forbidden Planet (1956)
G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.
Votes: 38,664 | Gross: $3.00M
I have long been baffled as to why there is such a strong loyal cult following to Forbidden Planet - Danny Peary
27. Force of Evil (1948)
Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.
Polonsky's film is the darkest, seediest, most claustrophobic entry to film noir - Danny Peary
28. 42nd Street (1933)
Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.
Votes: 8,939 | Gross: $2.30M
It has elements of camp, but it has unmatched vitality, a strong sense of unity among its characters, and - most important because of the period in which it was made - a great deal of honesty - Danny Peary
29. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
Freaks is moving, harsh, poetic, and genuinelt tender, writes critic Penelope Gilliatt
30. The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Music
A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star.
As a rock 'n' roll movie, it is far and away the best of the many made during the rockin' fifties - Danny Peary
31. Greetings (1968)
X | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »
What makes Greetings so special is that it is the rare film which is made for filmmakers and film students as much as it is for the young, alienated, angry generation - Danny Peary
32. Gun Crazy (1950)
Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.
aka Gun Crazy has been the object of cult adulation - Danny Peary
33. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 180,069 | Gross: $47.00M
Halloween ranks as the most profitable independently made feature of all time - Danny Peary (Eman: That was until Blair Witch Project)
34. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.
Votes: 34,767 | Gross: $13.78M
A real treasure - Danny Peary
35. The Harder They Come (1972)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
Jamaica's stunning first feature - Danny Peary
36. Harold and Maude (1971)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
One of the runaway cult favorites of the seventies - Danny Peary
37. The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.
A strangely captivating, cleverly scripted B-movie-like thriller full of odd yet interesting characters, all wonderfully acted - Danny Peary
38. House of Wax (1953)
GP | 88 min | Horror
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.
Votes: 13,324 | Gross: $23.75M
House of Wax is by no means a great film, but even in the flat two-dimensional version shown on TV it is great fun - Danny Peary
39. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.
Horror and science fiction fans come to realize that the outrageous title is totally unsuited for what is basically an intelligent, atmospheric, subtly made sci-fi thriller - Danny Peary
40. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
More than any other Lewton film, I Walked With A Zombie relies on atmosphere to transmit fright - Danny Peary
41. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
The best of an SF subgenre which deals with aliens taking over the bodies of everyone in a particular community - Danny Peary
42. It's a Gift (1934)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.
Considered one of Field's lesser comedies when released, but Field's cultist now consider it the equal of The Bank Dink - Danny Peary
43. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 327,079 | Gross: $7.27M
For many television viewers the film has become as much a tradition of a joyful Christmas season - Danny Peary
44. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
G | 104 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.
But forget the flaws. Jason is a truly glorious fantasy-adventure film - Danny Peary
45. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
A serious indictment of McCarthyite mob hysteria and bigotry, controversial because Ray (director) and screenwriters dared attack the reactionary American political climate of 1954 by subverting what had always been a politically conservative genre - Danny Peary
46. The Killing (1956)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.
One of the best caper films: a taut, fast-paced thriller made by a clever director - Danny Peary
47. King Kong (1933)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 70,443 | Gross: $10.00M
An irreplaceable part of the twentieth-century American horror-fantasy film ever made - Danny Peary
48. King of Hearts (1966)
Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Comedy, War
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,055 | Gross: $0.02M
One of the most popular cult films of the late sixties and early seventies - Danny Peary
49. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".
One of the dazzling works of the fifties, as swiftly paced, thrilling, precipitous, and jolting to the senses as a ride on a broken roller coaster - Danny Peary
50. La Cage aux Folles (1978)
R | 110 min | Comedy