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62. House Of The Dead

We're delving into the dark recesses of Uwe Boll's video game adaptation House of the Dead this week. Based on the popular arcade game of the same, House of the Dead is often cited as the worst video game movie, and sometimes one of the worst movies ever made. So, what is about this film that has earned it such a strong and loyal cult following?


61. Witchfinder General

This week we're delving into the first of the so-called 'Unholy Trinity' of Folk Horror film, Michael Reeves' 1968 cult classic Witchfinder General. Starring Vincent Price as the infamous Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General plays fast and loose with historical accuracy, but manages to convey an unsettling authenticity none the less. Since it's controversial release the film has gained a loyal cult following, but why?


Best Cult Movie... So Far: Part III (Mini - Episode)

To celebrate 60 episodes we're taking a look back at the last 20 movies we've reviewed and picking our favorite. Each 20 episodes we will pick a winner until episode 100, when all the winners will battle it our and win the Cultishest Cult Movie of Cult Movies. What movie will win, and what movies will loose? And who even cares?


60. RoboCop

Thank you for your co-operation. This week we're talking all things Paul Verhoeven's 1987's classic Robocop. Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox, Robocop tells the story of Police Officer Alex Murphy who, when he is killed by a gang of murderous thugs, becomes a super human cyborg known as Robocop. Since its release the film has become a cult classic, but why?


59. Shaun Of The Dead

This week we're heading to the Winchester with Shaun and Ed as we tackle Edgar Wright's feature debut Shaun of the Dead. Released in 2004 Shaun of the Dead was a critical and commercial success and has since gone on to gain a strong and loyal cult following. But just what is it about the irreverent and often times bizarre movie that has earned it its cult status?


58. eXistenZ

This week we're playing a game with David Cronenberg's spirital sequel to 1983's Videodrome, 1999's eXistenZ. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law and a whole host of British actors doing outrageous accents, eXistenZ questions the very nature of reality and how creators interact with their creations. Somewhat forgotten upon it's release the film has gone on to gain a loyal cult following, but why?


57. Jackass The Movie

This week we're headed into the very stupid and dangerous territory of the Jackass crew with their would-be send off, Jackass The Movie. Billed as the finale to the show, Jackass The Movie catapulted the controversial stunt men and pranksters into the mainstream and has since gone on to gain a rabid cult following, but why? Why? Whyyyyyyyy?


56. Raising Cain

We're "split" this week discussing Brian De Palma's return to Hitchcockian thrills with 1992's psychological thriller Raising Cain. Re-edited after a poorly received test screen, De Palma's Raising Cain, starring John Lithgow in perhaps the performance of his career, has since gone on to become a cult classic, but why?


55. The Breakfast Club

We're stuck in detention this week with John Hughes' 1985 cult classic teen dramedy The Breakfast Club. Starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club was a critical and commercial success upon its release, catapulting its cast to super stardom and earning itself a cult following along the way, but why?


54. The Avengers (1998)

This week we're talking The Avengers! Not the movie that kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nope! Instead we're talking 1998's adaptation of the cult 70s British sci-fi action adventure show about two secret agents who must battle a crazed Sean Connery who is intent on controlling the weather. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Jim Broadbent and Bond himself, 1998s The Avengers is often considered one of the worst films ever made, why?


53. Predator

Join Alex, Warren and Paul for a mission to Central America, where we'll be talking all things Predator. Starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by John McTiernan, Predator is today best known for fighting the Aliens. But before pop-culture threatened to destroy this beast, Predator introduced the world to a deadly killer from outer space. Since its initial release the film has gained a large cult fanbase, but just what is it about this odd little (or muscular maybe) film...


52. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

We're off to Toon Town this week with Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg's 1988 animation/live action hybrid Who Frames Roger Rabbit. Featuring a cast of characters from Warner Bros. through to Disney, Who Framed Roger Rabbit tells the story of Eddie Valiant, a Private Investigator who must exonerate the titular cartoon star, Roger Rabbit, when he is framed of murder. Since its release the film has gained a cult following, and we're going to find out why.


51. A Fistful Of Dollars

This week Alex, Warren and Paul are heading to the Old West with some badly dubbed anti-heroes in Sergio Leone's game-changing western A Fistful of Dollars. Starring Clint Eastwood as the now iconic The Man With No Name (who's name is Joe...). A Fistful of Dollars, along with its two sequels, introduced American and the UK to the Spaghetti Western, and altered the cinematic landscape in the process. But just what is it about this mean spirited, gritty film that has earned it such a strong...


Best Worst Movie (Mini - Episode)

To celebrate 50 episodes we're taking a look back at the 50 movies we've covered so far and picking out our absolute worst. It's a showdown for the ages, or, at least forty or so minutes. We've covered some stinkers in our time, and we've had some controversial opinions, but which one of our 50 movies is going to be crowned Best Worst Movie?


50. Aliens

To celebrate 50 episodes we're heading back to where it all began, with the follow-up to Ridley Scott's classic Alien, James Cameron's Aliens. Starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Aliens is often cited as the greatest sequel ever made, and continues to draw people into it's already pretty hefty cult following. But just what is it about this slightly cheesy, 80s action romp that has earned it such a cult following?


49. Ghostwatch

Round and round the garden we go this week with the BBC's controversial and groundbreaking TV movie, Ghostwatch. Starring Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Craig Charles and Mike Smith, Ghostwatch terrified the nation and was banned from broadcast immediately after it aired. It has since gone on to become one of the most legendary pieces of television ever, with a strong and loyal cult following. But why?


48. The Blues Brothers

We're putting the band back together this week with John Landis and Dan Ackroyd's musical comedy The Blues Brothers. Released in 1980, and starring Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, The Blues Brothers tells the story of petty criminals Jake and Elwood Blues, who, in an effort to save the orphanage they called home, go on a mission from God to get their blues band together. With a host of cameos from blue musicians and comedy legends The Blues Brothers has become a beloved cult classic, but why?


47. The People Under The Stairs

This week we're pulling a reverse Home Alone with Wes Craven's forgotten horror comedy The People Under The Stairs. A satire of the Reagan era and a mad-cap caper about a young boy named Fool who finds himself trapped in a booby-trap laden house with some very frightening foes. And we haven't even got to those pesky stair dwellers yet! Despite being all but forgotten by the mainstream The People Under The Stairs has gained a cult following. But why?


46. Spirited Away

We're in the Bath House this week with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. Often cited as one of the greatest animated films of all time, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl who finds herself trapped in the spirit realm when her parents are turned into pigs. But just what is it about this strange, imaginative and weird movie that has earned it its cult following?


45. Hellraiser

The podcast! You opened it, we came! This week we're blurring the lines between pleasure and pain with Clive Barker's feature debut Hellraiser. Famous for kicking starting the Hellraiser franchise ad introducing the world to Pinhead and the cenobites, Hellraiser is a surprisingly low-key affair, but just what is it about this creepy little horror that has earned it it's cult following?