cult classic

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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."
See also: cult
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I'm excited to be turning another passion of mine into something I do for a living with the launch of The Secret Cinema Club and what bigger way to launch than with a cult classic on Halloween night?"
These four macabre, uncanny and unsettling stories are some of the most thrilling ever written in the field of weird fiction, and since their first publication in 1895 have become a cult classic, influencing many writers from the renowned master of cosmic horror H.P.
However, it soon gained popularity as a cult classic through midnight screenings.
This Finnish-German co-production has such a surprisingly keen sense of humour it is likely to become a cult classic - there are certainly enough echoes of films from Star Wars to Raiders of the Lost Ark to make it feel engagingly retro.
While not an initial box office success, the film has become a cult classic with impressive DVD sales.
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo is a cult classic and has been voted one of the best vivid bluish-red lipstick on the market.
"IT WAS A CULT CLASSIC BEFORE THERE were cult classics," playwright John Longenbaugh says of The Man Who Was Thursday, the phantasmagoric 1908 novel of eccentric anarchists, philosopher-detectives and a riddle-writing criminal mastermind who just might be God.
This popular tale of mystery, romance, and science fiction by the author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has become something of a cult classic.
The press kit that came with my copy of Gordon MacKenzie's Orbiting the G/ant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace (Viking, 1998) describes the book as "originally self-published and already a business cult-classic." That such a thing exists should surprise no one: so far has business writing evolved in the last thirty years, so many subgenres has it spun off, that the notion of a cult classic is today but one of the many ways in which this former publishing industry niche now constitutes a fairly complete parallel literary universe.
WHEN Belfast balladeer Peter Wilson released Adventures In Gramophone two years ago, it remained a cult classic. Now, it's been picked up by Virgin, its songs re-recorded and setlist updated to include newer material.