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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."
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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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makes a number of intriguing connections with Paul, and brings to life cultural realities and expectations involving cultic foundations.
Gilders notes that in the world of the text there are various "cultic actors" functioning in the ritual practices.
should be typical of a building intended for worship, and small finds in its vicinity should belong to the cultic practices of a temple.
As for the complex activity of the diviner-priest, we will return to the opposition--or rather complementarity--between his official sacrificial cultic responsibilities and his divinatory-magical practice.
Paul describes their action in cultic terms as an act of worship.
More than his predecessors, Sweeney reads the book consistently against a cultic background, as if he wants to minimize the antagonism between prophets and cultic representatives often stated in Christian Bible interpretation.
Hoge broke the generations into two groups--a "cultic" or "sacramental" model, which "puts emphasis on the sacramental functions of the priest and the distinction between priest and layperson." Those are the younger generation.
Extensive comparisons with the "epic domain of reformed Christians" (108) inhabited by Adam and the Son reveal how deeply Samson's tragic world is riven between visions of a liberating internal worship and an unreformed and fatally limiting cultic mythography.
A valuable point is the observation that not only do the various reactions to gentile worship in the period highlight the range of options on how sacred space and cultic purity are to be maintained, but also appropriate gentile involvement actually guarantees the Jewish right to live according to ancestral custom.
Knight, professor of church history at Andrews University, says: "In terms of the tension between Hoekema and Martin over whether Adventism is a cult or a genuine branch of evangelical Christianity, it seems to me that official Adventism and the large majority of its pastors and membership is definitely within the realm of evangelicalism." But, Knight adds, "a percentage of its members either border on or demonstrate cultic aberrations (in practice even if denied in rhetoric) in their putting the writings of Ellen G.
From Peter Szarka's vaguely cultic, otherworldly Africa '69 or '96, 1992 (Africa is still a faraway "other" to Hungarians), in which a steam-puffing black pedestal was placed over an image of an African rug projected onto the floor, to Gabor Farkas' down-home but spooky niche constructed from a backpack, table, fishing line, and colored chalk scribbles on the wall and floor (at once innocent art-classroom disorder and scene of violent crime), all the works here spoke to our collective fears and desires.
The Israelite system differs from other ancient Near Eastern cults in that placing the ark in the tabernacle is not synonymous with YHWH's presence entering, whereas the cultic statue is synonymous with a god's entering its temple elsewhere.
Looking in turn at the social, scriptural, and exegetical contexts, they consider such topics as the priesthoods of ancient Israel's regional sanctuaries, the historical relationship of tabernacle and temple in light of architecture and iconography, the cultic status of the Levites in the Temple Scroll, and from Levite to Maskil in the Persian and Hellenistic eras.
to note that in P the word kipper--which appears 49 times in Leviticus and seems to be the single one-word explanation the priestly writers of Leviticus offer for the rituals they describe--always describes a cultic action performed by the priests or by Moses functioning as a priest.