Whether they’re “so bad, it’s good,” filled with nostalgia, a beloved B-movie, or are in the the guilty pleasure category, cult classics have a special place in every movie fan's heart. They’ve been around since the early days of cinema, and show no signs of stopping - thank goodness.
Here are five of my favorite cult classics in the horror genre:
1. The Crow (1994)
Not only is it a tradition to watch The Crow during Halloween, it's a film that you can watch over and over again regardless of the time of year. The film’s premise, unique visual style, emotional depth and its tribute to the late Brandon Lee, have contributed to its massive fan base.
2. Battle Royale (2000)
An action thriller adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name, this film reigns supreme among cult classics. Since its debut, it has influenced filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, been part of the inspiration for films such as Smokin’ Aces, The Hunger Games, Kill Theory, and The Tournament, and has developed an international following.
3. Tank Girl (1995)
I saw this film for the first time ever back in March and I instantly became a fan. I love Tank Girl’s quips, the action and the comedy. The film was ahead of its time, and when it first came out Tank Girl received negative reviews and was considered a failure at the box office. However, over time, viewpoints have changed and Tank Girl has developed a cult following that won’t ever die.
4. Scream (1996)
Prior to its release, the popularity of the horror genre had waned, and when Scream came out, it gave new life to the genre. With its well-known cast and a script that made fun of, but also embraced, the cliched conventions of horror, this film changed the status quo when it came to horror films. Scream made such an impact that many believe its legacy to be the creation of a distinct era of “post-Scream” horror films.
5. Heathers (1988)
Another example of a film that flopped at the box office but became a cult classic. This film is so messed up that it’s good. It hacks out what a conventional high school movie is supposed to be and turns it all upside down and inside out. Heathers is dark, cynical and subversive and changed the game for all the teenage-related comedies that came after it.