Category: Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: Pi (1998)

Written and directed by a debuting Darren Aronofsky,  Pi follows Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) an unemployed man who lives in a shabby Chinatown apartment in New York City. Max is a number theorist who believes that everything in nature can be understood through numbers. He is capable of doing simple arithmetic calculations […]

Lord Shango (1975)

“Sacrifice your soul to Shango in the blood ritual of life and death!” Jenny (Marlene Clark) is a small-town single mother to teen Billie (Avis McCarther). Yearning for another child, Jenny heeds the advice of her shifty boyfriend, Memphis (Wally Taylor), who suggests she let the local preacher baptize her. […]

Split Second (1992)

In the year 2008, global warming and heavy rainfall has left large areas of London flooded. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin (Neil Duncan) is assigned to partner with Harley Stone (Rutger Hauer), a burnt-out and highly cynical veteran homicide detective who, according to his commanding officer, survives on “anxiety, […]

Krull (1983)

The planet Krull is invaded by an entity known as “The Beast” and his army of futuristic “Slayers”, who travel the galaxy in a mountain-like spaceship called the Black Fortress. The Slayers attack the wedding of Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) and Princess Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) – who are marrying in a […]

Displaced (2006)

Stel, a humanoid alien (Mark Strange), teams up with a British soldier John Marrettie (Malcolm Hankey). They are searching for a top secret file which contains information about advanced energy production, captured alien spacecraft and the extraterrestrial pilots. The missing include Stel’s father, Arakawa, who was shot down […]

Death Machine (1994)

Written and directed by Stephen Norrington, Death Machine takes place in an excessively violent 2003 where megacorporation Chaank Armament is the world’s leading manufacturer of cutting-edge weapons and military hardware. Unfortunately Chaank Armament  has a cybernetically-enhanced supersoldier codenamed Hard Man who malfunctions and massacres the patrons of a roadside diner. Hard […]

The Anomaly (2014)

Co-written (with Simon Lewis), directed and co-produced and starring Noel Clarke, The Anomaly is set in a future where a battle exists over control of the mind and of cutting-edge biotechnology. We follow ex-soldier Ryan Reeve (Clarke) who wakes up in the back of a van next to a young boy, Alex […]

La Caverne Maudite (1898)

In La Caverne Maudite (aka Cave of the Demons) a young woman stumbles across a cave that is populated by the spirits and skeletons of people who died there under mysterious circumstances in this Georges Méliès directed horror film. The film was innovative in many ways including the […]

Cult Movie Essentials: Le Manoir du Diable (1896)

Viewed by many as the first horror film and first Vampire film, Le Manoir du diable (aka The House of the Devil, The Haunted Castle, The Devil’s Castle) is an 1896 French short silent film written and directed by Georges Méliès. The film opens with a large bat flying into a medieval castle. The bat circles the room, before suddenly […]

Armed Response (1986)

One of the men of dangerous Tanaka (Mako) has stolen a statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between local Yakuza and the rival Chinese Tong. Tanka hires two private investigators for the exchange of bailout money to restore the statue, but the deal goes wrong and Clay […]

The Alien Dead (1980)

Directed by Fred Olen Ray, The Alien Dead stars Larry “Buster” Crabbe (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon) as Sheriff Kowalski in what would be his final appearance on screen. The film opens with a meteor striking a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town, which causes the drug smoking teenagers onboard to become […]

Demented Death Farm Massacre (1971)

Producer Fred Olen Ray bought the footage and rights to an obscure limited released film called Shantytown Honeymoon. He then shot several new scenes with John Carradine as the Judge of Hell and got the film a limited theatrical release. In the film we meet a group of jewel thieves on the […]

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Biologists Dr. Mary Robinson (Janice Logan) and Dr. Bullfinch (Charles Halton) are summoned by Dr. Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) to his remote laboratory in the Peruvian jungle. Thorkel’s work is shrouded in mystery so they jump at the chance to go. They embark on their journey accompanied by mineralogist […]

Black Friday (1940)

Tragedy strikes when Dr. Ernest Sovac’s (Boris Karloff) best friend, college professor George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges), is run down while crossing a street. In order to save his friend’s life, Sovac implants part of another man’s brain into the professor’s. Unfortunately, the other man was a gangster who was involved […]

Below The Belt (1980)

Filmed in 1974 but not released until 1980, Below The Belt paints the picture of one woman’s journey through professional wrestling and life. When waitress Rosa Rubinsky (Regina Baff) tires of serving food, she decides to change her career and become a professional wrestler named “The Mexican Spitfire.” She […]