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Cult Fan Favorites

March 6, 2014

This week we are running a Collector’s Promotion on our Cult Fan Favorites Collection.

What is a “cult movie” anyway?

For me, a cult movie is one that, even though it might not have great acting, superb special effects, or a coherent script, somehow compels me to watch it over and over again. And I’m not talking about watching that guilty pleasure Rom-Com for the zillionth time, I’m talking about films (most of which were box office failures) that are so strangely addictive they spawn a fandom like no other.

Here’s a look at two very different films from this campy, weird and artistic collection of movies.

The Ice Pirates (Warner Bros., 1984)

The Ice PiratesIf you enjoy tongue-in-cheek comedy that includes kung-fu robots, buxom space amazons riding unicorns, and special effects that only slightly rival that of an Atari, then this movie is for you. The plot is almost beside the point, but involves a future where water is scarce and bartered as a commodity and pirates have taken to robbing ice transport ships. The film hosts a remarkably star-studded cast including Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman, Bruce Vilanch and John Carradine and holds a remarkable 11% Rotten Tomatoes rating.[clear]

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (Lionsgate, 1989)

Cook Thief Wife Lover

The combination of audacious storyline and deep satire is what might lead some to call this film “lavishly offensive”… but in a good way. It involves a restaurant owned by a disgustingly abusive gang leader whose wife begins an affair under the silent permission of the cook. Filled with irony, humor, horror and eroticism, this film is deeply layered. It features outstanding performances by Michael Gambon as “The Thief,” Helen Mirren as “The Wife,” Richard Bohringer  as “The Cook” and Alan Howard as “The Lover.”[clear]

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