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cult classic

A film that has a passionate fan base despite lacking critical acclaim, box office success, and/or mainstream interest. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Big Lebowski," and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" are often cited as examples of cult classics. A lot of cult classics are considered to be "so bad they're good."
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cult film

A film that has a passionate fan base despite lacking critical acclaim, box office success, and/or mainstream interest. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Big Lebowski," and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" are often cited as examples of cult films. A lot of cult films are considered to be "so bad they're good."
See also: cult, film

cult following

Collectively, the passionate fans of a film, TV show, book, or other creative work, typically one that has not had mainstream success. How did "Twin Peaks" manage to create a cult following in just two seasons?
See also: cult, following
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When he focuses on cults per se, Deikman is very effective.
The attraction of cults to America's youth has been a source of study for the past 30 years (Singer & Lalich, 1995).
OVER 45 SEMI-FINALS M Lints (David Lloyd Aberdeen) bt P Fernandes (Rubislaw) 6-1 6-0; J Mordente (Cults) bt G Edward (Cults) 2-6, 6-3, (10-3).
The institute is a cult. A bishop introducing a cult to a Catholic parish is like introducing a rattlesnake to a hamster habitat.
Three cults that shocked the world OSHO Indian mystic man Osho, who had his books translated into more than 60 languages, still boasts a large following decades after his death in 1990.
Sources close to the Udu Council of Elders said that within the last two weeks, about nine persons had been killed in series of attacks and reprisals between two rival cults in the area.
5 entitled "What Doomsday Cults Can Teach Us About ISIS Today." The pieces directly compare the people joining ISIS with the people who join Jim Jones' People's Temple, the cult that infamously committed mass-suicide by drinking cyanide-laced kool-aid.
There were double cup wins for Cults Seniors and Under-13s this week and the Under-14s followed up with another success.
The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos: Cult, Polis, and Change in the Graeco-Roman World, by Guy Maclean Rogers.
Since the early work of Walter Martin nearly fifty years ago, there has been a tremendous amount of scholarly research done in the field of cults. one of the primary tasks of that research has been to define what a cult is by its deviancy from the norms of Christian belief and behavior.
These often overlapped and interacted with each other, he says, in the Pauline cult as well as cults of other saints.
Campus secret cults could be viewed as one of the greatest contemporary social problems confronting the Nigerian education system today.
Cults use sophisticated mind control and recruitment techniques that have been refined over time and can work on anyone, given the right circumstances.
Cargo cults, as one of the most famous themes in the history of melanesianist anthropology, stand here mainly as a pretext to debate about post-modern culture-critical approaches to culture.
Klaus Heller and Jan Plamper, eds., Personality Cults in Stalinism/Personenkulte im Stalinismus.