Paxton, Jaime and Shawn are back with the second meet-up of the Cult Film Club. For this episode we decided to side-step a discussion of a particular film in lieu of talking about cult movies as a genre. We attempt to break down what makes a film “cult” (is it the content, the audience, or other criteria), while also tackling some questions about what it takes for a film to maintain that elusive status. Can a movie lose its cult? Can a box office blockbuster be forgotten and become cult over time? We also spend some time looking back at (ranting about) our shared experiences with Kevin Smith’s Viewaskewiverse, and we try to figure out what went wrong. We ended up recording a much longer conversation than anticipated, so we broke this one down into two parts. You can expect part 2 in the coming weeks.
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We do our best to scratch the surface of the general discussion of cult, but it’s impossible to cover it from every angle so we welcome your thoughts, comments and questions on the topic.
Films mentioned in this episode include: Ninja III: The Domination, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, Raising Arizona, Teen Witch, Star Wars Trilogy, Star Trek Franchise, Snakes On a Plane, The Big Lebowski, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Poonies, The Goonies, A Christmas Story, Porky’s, Black Christmas, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, Independence Day, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Ghostbusters II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Punisher: War Zone, Napoleon Dynamite, Drive, Grindhouse, Machete, The Wraith, Eraserhead, Freaks, Human Centipede, Robot Holocaust, Sharknado, Sharktopus, Sand Sharks, Monsters, Switchblade Sisters, Megalodon, The Avengers, Thor, Almighty Thor, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Cop Out, and Pulp Fiction