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You know that movie you love and everyone else hates because it’s too cheesy, or it has a horrible plotline, etc. and you know it but you don’t care. There’s a good chance it’s a cult classic. I think cult classics are the best kind of movies. They make for fun, good-natured arguments and they bring people together. Here are my favorites:
Donnie Darko (2001) is a dark drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie Darko, Maggie Gyllenhaal as his sister Elizabeth and even the late Patrick Swayze who plays Jim Cunningham. Donnie is a troubled teen that sees visions of a weird-looking rabbit that gets him to commit crimes. The movie is bizarre and twisted in an odd way, not scary. It is one of those you don’t see the end coming.
S. Darko (2009) This sequel to Donnie Darko stars Daveigh Chase as Samantha Darko, Donnie’s younger sister. Samantha’s family is broken in the wake of Donnie’s demise. She goes on a road trip with her friend Corey from Virginia for L.A. To start over. However, she finds herself in the middle of a time mess just like her late brother. Frank appears here too but has a new look.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) This hysterically, far fetched movie stars Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley and Sebastian Haff, don’t worry I will explain in a second, Ossie Davis as Jack and Bob Ivy as the title character Bubba Ho-Tep. Bruce Campbell plays Sebastian Haff who is really Elvis Presley. They switched identities when they were younger and now Elvis is stuck being Sebastian because Elvis died. In any case, he is now in a nursing home. One fellow resident, Jack, thinks he’s JFK and Elvis are all that stand between the residents of the nursing home and a displaced Egyptian mummy.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) This is a star-studded cast. Alexa PenaVega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, and Paris Hilton all-star in this interesting movie. When an epidemic of organ failures happen, a biotech company offers organ transplants for a ridiculous amount of money. If you miss a payment, the repo men come to repossess the organ(s). Surgery addiction is a major problem but the Graverobber is there to ease your suffering with Zydrate.
Pineapple Express (2008) This nutty movie star Seth Rogen and James Franco who plays Dale Denton and Saul Silver respectively. Saul is Dale’s weed dealer and is looking forward to a strain called Pineapple Express. After Dale witnesses a murder that was done by a crooked cop, Dale and Saul must run for their lives. The film is ridiculous but in the funniest of ways.
Sharknado (2013) plus all the sequels that came out once a year until 2018. There are so many stars in this whole series, unfortunately not so much the first one. It was epic! In the first one, there was Tara Reed and Ian Ziering playing the now iconic April Wexler and Fin Shepard. Taking a page out of the fantastic, there is a freak hurricane off the coast of Mexico that sucked up sharks from the ocean and is throwing them all over Los Angeles and they are eating the way through the city. As the series goes on.
The Prophecy (1995) and the rest of the series. They are movies starring Christopher Walkkins, at least the first 3 anyway. In my opinion, the last two are trash anyway. I own all 5 and have only watched 4&5 to find out they are horrible. Anyway, back to the first one. Christopher Walkins plays the angel Gabriel who wants to end the stalemate the second war in Heaven is going through. To end the war, Gabriel must steal a soul meant for Hell. A teacher, a little girl, and a priest turned cop stand in his way. They even manage to get Satan’s aid without selling their souls.
Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil (2010) In this gem we have Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine playing the title characters Tucker and Dale respectively. The hilarity that ensues almost as soon as the movie starts is incredible. Tucker and Dale buy a vacation house in the middle of the woods and are heading out to fix it up. On the way out, they meet a group of college kids on vacation. Once Tucker and Dale get to said house, hysterical chaos ensues.
Princess Bride (1987) If you don’t know the movie The Princess Bride, then I feel sorry for you. It is only my most favorite movie in the whole world next to The Exorcist. It stars Fred Savage as “The Grandson” I kid you not that is his name for the movie. It’s even on IMDB. Robin Wright is Buttercup aka the Princess Bride, Andre the Giant is Fezzik, Wallace Shawn is Vizzini, Mandy Patinkin is Inigo Montoya and Cary Elwes is Westley. Westly and Buttercup are in love and he goes off to get riches so he can give Buttercup the life she deserves. Instead, he dies and she is to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) when the Dread Pirate Roberts shows up to kidnap Buttercup. The movie has a pretty landscape, action, comedy, love, and miracle workers. What else do you need in a movie?
Evil Dead (1981) and the rest of the original trilogy. Bruce Campbell stars in this campy B Movie as Ash. He and a group of friends go to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of fun. Things go horribly awry when incantations are read out of an evil book. Once read, the dying begins. It is probably Bruce Campbell’s best role. One that just got better all the way up to Ash vs The Evil Dead.
As I go back and re-read my article, it occurs to me, my list looks quite dark. I promise you there is plenty of comedy and romance in there. Plus so much fun! Did I name any of your favorites? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below. Til next week…