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Cult movies
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:35:29 AM »
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OK, so my Father's Day thread hasn't garnered much attention, but now and again cult movies are brought up on this board. Figured I'd make a thread for it. Actually, I think I made such a thread a long time ago, but whatever—this is the NOW!

I've been rewatching a lot of Miike flicks. (Well, "a lot" in comparison to his body of work would be like 50+, which I've watched nowhere near that many.) Ichi the Killer, the Dead or Alive trilogy, and now I'm going through Gozu again with Audition to follow. Then I intend on seeing some of his flicks I haven't yet seen, like Fudoh and others.

The dude's great 'cos there's a lot of weirdness and craziness to the movies I've seen, but there's a strong sense of drama amidst it all (particularly Dead or Alive 2: Birds—that movie makes me want to cry it's so convincingly moving). SUDA51 is clearly inspired by Miike, and while I certainly love his style, I kinda wish he'd one day try something a little more serious. killer7 is pretty dramatic but is still filled to the brim with absurdities. Suda should make drama the focus of his next video game story.

What kinda cult flicks you people like or have seen recently?
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Re: Cult movies
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 01:06:28 AM »
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Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 04:11:57 AM »
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That movie sucks, though—like, it isn't even entertaining. Best thing to come out of it is the movie Ed Wood, which is the only other Tim Burton movie beside Pee-wee's Big Adventure that's any good. (Well, maybe Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice can be thrown in there. Maybe. Haven't seen 'em in forever so can't say.)



Just watched The Deadly Spawn for like the third time. Crying shame the Blu-ray looks so lousy. Oh well, the DVD looks real good at least, so I can live with that.

Love how the first boss in Splatterhouse 2 is totally modeled after the mother spawn from the movie.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 05:51:32 AM »
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The whole enjoyment factor of Plan 9 is that it is the worst movie ever made. If you somehow missed that, then you offend me the same way you would if I walked in on you strangling my grandmother. ;D
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 09:41:30 AM »
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I've seen some of those Pee-wee movies and could never really understand what was going on. Everything was all messed up visually. Even the plots were lost on me. I had a much easier time watching Pee-wee's playhouse.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2012, 01:57:39 PM »
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Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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While I do not deny it as a cult movie, if you've watched any of Mystery Science Theater you will know there are even worse movies out there. And not just straight up boring, either, but pure, unfiltered terrible.

Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders comes to mind. An awful and grotesque, vaguely kiddy story about Merlin is tacked onto the beginning of the film, while the second half consists of a previously-released horror film from the 80's. Yeah.

What's even better is that the box art presents it as a family, fantasy adventure film. It must be seen to be believed.
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Re: Cult movies
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 02:25:31 AM »
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Dammit you guys. Dammit. This thread should be booming.

Watched Modus Operandi again. Great flick. Trailer followed by a short review I wrote on Letterboxd.

Modus Operandi Teaser

A little 8mm independent film from Milwaukee that captures the late '60s, early '70s exploitation feel far better than any of the other current throwbacks (unless you include Jim VanBebber's excellent The Manson Family, which started production in the late '80s). Loads of fun, and loads of women. Plays kind of like an Italian crime/spy film but with a bit of blaxploitation and kung fu sprinkled here and there. Danny Trejo's in it, as is Mark Borchardt from American Movie, man.

Third time watching it, this time on the distributed DVD from Kino, and it's as fun as ever. Much better quality than the poorly-encoded DVD-R sold through the director's website, and with some neat extras (excepting the "very special" introduction by Sasha Grey [thankfully separate from the movie], which makes me want to scramble my brain with a fork). Definitely something worth buying, although the director has expressed desire for by-mail Netflix subscribers to request the film, which will increase its chance of streaming.

The story isn't much. A swap for some stolen briefcases goes wrong. The CIA call in an ex-assassin of theirs to the job, a man now drunken and lowly, promising to give him the name and location of the man who murdered his wife upon retrieval of the briefcases (not being informed of their contents). You're in it for the experience and rich textures of filmmaking (good cinematography and an ability to do much with little money); the plot kind of takes a back seat although certainly is what gives the movie purpose, and it unravels in an interesting way. Highly recommended if you're in for a fun genre flick shot on glorious Super 8.
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