Cult Musicalsby nicoleypoli | created - 04 Nov 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Cult musicals, not your classics with Judy Garland but the whacked out bizarre fever dream musicals (and music-centric films).
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1. Forbidden Zone (1980)
R | 74 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.
Another one of my favorites. Danny Elfman and his brother made this, music by Oingo Boingo. Bizarre and wonderful. Susan Tyrell is magical.
2. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
PG | 91 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.
Music (and acting!) by Paul Williams and Jessica Harper. PG and that is okay. Incredible song writing and performances. One of my favorite movies.
3. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi
Aliens land in the town of "Speelburgh" searching for the source of rock & roll. They find trouble with Dee Dee, Frankie and the pack.
Super cheesy. Originally meant as a parody of B sci-fi movies but they decided to turn it into a musical. It's hilariously bad but somehow the music is catchy. In a way it is rockabilly greasers vs. new-wave aliens. I'm partially ashamed at how much I love this.
4. Shock Treatment (1981)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Musical
Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead.
A sequel to rocky horror. Jessica Harper is delightful with her sultry voice.
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 118,904 | Gross: $139.88M
A classic, duh, but would be remiss not to include.
6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Votes: 28,846 | Gross: $3.03M
Hedwig has one of the strongest stories of these kind of musicals. The music is also fantastic.
7. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical
A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Votes: 2,404 | Gross: $0.09M
The oldest movie I have on the list. It's classic with ballet and opera but it is gorgeous and so bizarre.
8. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Votes: 68,358 | Gross: $22.24M
9. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 162,814 | Gross: $57.23M
10. 20 centímetros (2005)
Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Musical
A narcoleptic transvestite who yearns to become a transsexual dreams up elaborate musical numbers in which she's the star.
Votes: 1,697 | Gross: $0.00M
11. Get Crazy (1983)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Music
Mega-promoter Colin Beverly plans to sabotage the New Year's 1983 concert of small-time operator Max Wolfe. Wolfe's assistants Neil Allen and Willie Loman find romance while trying to save ... See full summary »
Votes: 934 | Gross: $1.65M
Music-centric and oh so good.
13. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
Zombified chickens attempt to kill the fast-food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.
Votes: 6,959 | Gross: $0.02M
Troma, does musical. Worth it for troma, musical part is nothing to rave over.
14. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
R | 118 min | Drama, Music
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.
Votes: 30,946 | Gross: $1.05M
I like glam.
16. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
R | 98 min | Horror, Musical, Sci-Fi
A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.
Votes: 21,977 | Gross: $0.14M
Great visuals, costumes and story. Personally, the music does not do it for me.
17. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music
A young boy travels to an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who also mind-controls his mother.
Jello Biafra's favorite movie.
18. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
Votes: 109,573 | Gross: $12.73M
19. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.
Votes: 18,304 | Gross: $3.92M
Odd interruptions of song, not a true musical but a fun movie nonetheless.
21. Heavy Metal (1981)
R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.
Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks
23. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 260,085 | Gross: $75.08M
25. The Wiz (1978)
G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
Votes: 12,328 | Gross: $21.05M
The Wiz is not quite cult, but it legitimately a fever dream.
26. Rock & Rule (1983)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music
A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.
Votes: 2,714 | Gross: $0.03M
27. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005 TV Movie)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
An outrageous tongue-in-cheek musical comedy adaptation of the classic anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness (1936).
28. Human Highway (1982)
88 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
The new owner of a roadside diner stuck in a town built around an always leaking nuclear power plant plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizare ... See full summary »
29. Sons of Steel (1988)
104 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic Australia, a scheme to blow up the Sydney Opera House is discovered. The only way to stop it is to send an agent back in time to prevent the plotters from hatching it.
31. O Lucky Man! (1973)
R | 178 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors and actresses play multiple roles, giving the movie a stagy tone.
Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
34. The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
PG | 90 min | Musical, Fantasy, Comedy
In World War II, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the Communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a ... See full summary »