Welcome to the Cult Film Club, a monthly podcast and blog about MOVIES WE LOVE TO DEATH despite how bad, weird or obscure they are. In fact, we love them because they’re bad, weird or obscure! We discuss and analyze cult films from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Collectively we possess an impressive amount of useless pop culture knowledge, but we’re no movie snobs–just a couple of guys (and a girl) who really like movies.
Now that you’re here, grab a Big Kahuna burger and a tasty beverage–our Feature Presentation is about to begin!
Meet the hosts!
Pax began loving the weird and obscure films of the 70s-80s during the early boom of the video rental store. This was the time before Blockbuster and the only video rental place in town was actually in the back of a swimming pool supply store. With a thankfully videophile father, Pax was able to rent almost anything he wanted. Pax began gorging himself on cheesy horror and martial arts flicks until the pool supply store videos had been exhausted and he had to join another rental place. Pax and his dad belonged to at least three different rental stores in the same town and even a few out of town. Pax also enjoyed watching cable on Sunday afternoons or late at night to catch crazy movies like Flying Guillotine, My Science Project, Zapped! and High Plains Drifter.
When not watching Midnight Madness, Pax can be found curating the pop culture blog Cavalcade of Awesome and co-hosting the Nerd Lunch Podcast.
All-Time Favorite Cult Film → Young Guns (1988)
Biggest Cult Film Crush → Heather Thomas - Zapped! (1982)
Favorite Cult Film Badass → Sho Kosugi in anything he’s ever done. EVER.
At the age of 10 Shawn began exploring the seedy underbelly of the cinematic universe after his parents gave him free reign over their local video store rental card. With explicit instructions to stay away only from the section in the back behind the beaded curtains, he immediately made a b-line towards the horror, fantasy, and sci-fi section and proceeded to rent his way through every VHS tape from A to Z. Though he hasn’t seen every cult film ever made, he has kept track of the two thousand plus flicks he’s seen on a highly annotated list that took him three years to research and compile.
When he’s not obsessively adding film experiences to “The List”, Shawn runs Branded in the 80s, a website dedicated to remembering what it was like to be a kid during one of the most heady times in pop culture history.
All-Time Favorite Cult Film → Rad (1986)
Biggest Cult Film Crush → Michelle “Jordan” Meyrink - Real Genius (1985)
Favorite Cult Film Badass → Tie between Diabolik – Danger: Diabolik (1968) & Christina Lindberg – Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974)
Jaime’s love for cult films began at an early age when she’d sneak out of bed to stealthily watch movies filled with sex, violence and other themes inappropriate for children (she thanks her older sister and detached parents for enabling her). A child of the 80s, she fondly remembers the days of tacky VHS box art and top-loading VCRs–a time before Google and IMDB, when it wasn’t so easy to prove that weird-ass movie you just saw on USA’s Up All Night at 2 AM actually exists. She strongly believes synthesizers can enhance any movie soundtrack, has a deep affection for cheesy montages, and likes to pretend the Star Wars prequels don’t exist.
Jaime’s love for bad movies is matched only by her passion for gaming. She blogs about both of these things and other geeky interests at ShezCrafti.
All-Time Favorite Cult Film → Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Biggest Cult Film Crush → Ralph Maccio – The Karate Kid (1984)
Favorite Cult Film Badass → Lucas - The Wizard (1989)