cult film

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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
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"Gummo", directed by Harmony Korine, is considered a cult film dedicated for adults however it has gained popularity among the cult-productions fan base.
It also ruminates on the peculiar synergy of a cult film depicting a subculture that itself resembles a cult, with Glynn characterising the film as 'a cult film that dares to explore the dangers in being part of a cult; it is a Mod film that points out the potential mindlessness of Mod' (p.
Jeffrey Weinstock's study of The Rocky Horror Picture Show appears alongside studies of Donnie Darko and This Is Spinal Tap as a debut for UK publisher Wallflower Press's Cultographies series, described by the press as a "new series of books on the weird and wonderful world of cult cinema." Combining elements of biography, history, film and cultural analysis, each installment gives readers a comprehensive introduction to and multilayered reading of a cult film; in addition, authors explore how the films informed their personal lives and helped to construct their identities.