12 May 2016

Damien Greco’s top 10 cult films

We speak to the man behind Cult Cinema Sunday about his must-see cult movies.

Cult Cinema Sunday, run by Damien Greco, is the cult movie strand of local film exhibitors Hull Independent Cinema. Screening every 3rd Sunday at Früit on Humber Street, they show the original, challenging and just plain cool from the world of cult and genre film.

We caught up with Damien to talk about his favourite cult films – and find out which ones make his top 10.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The quintessential “cult” film of all time. Weird, sexy, hilarious, and featuring some the most memorable songs to ever grace a musical. Best seen in suspenders at midnight.

The Warriors (1979)

70s on the run classic, featuring a multitude of colourful and unique street gangs. Mixes tension, comic book cheese and violence with aplomb. Can you dig it?

The Evil Dead (1981)

Grisly, visceral and wince-inducing horror didn’t get much better, or terrifying, in the Video Nasty era than Sam Raimi’s cabin in the woods splatter-fest.

Ms. 45 (1981)

New York set revenge thriller classic. Famed for the now iconic gun-blazing heroine in full nun fancy dress costume. Sleazy, oddball, violent, gritty and very cool.

The Monster Squad (1987)

80s gem which sees a group of high school monster movie geeks face off against the real Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolfman, Mummy and Gill Man in their home town. The cooler, gorier, swearier film The Goonies wishes it could be.

Roadhouse (1989)

It doesn’t get any better (or cheesier) than this slice of Patrick Swayze kicking bar room ass. Featuring throat rips, monster trucks, a blind guitarist and a multitude of broken beer bottles. Special mention should go, of course, to Swayze’s mullet.

Freaked (1993)

Under-seen gloriously gonzo comedy, directed by Alex Winter (Bill from Bill & Ted fame). Featuring a madcap freaks sideshow including a giant British human worm, Mr-T as The Bearded Lady and a near unrecognisable Keanu Reeves as the Dog Boy. Track down a copy of the film, you won’t regret it.

Clerks (1994)

Setting the template for low budget 90s indie film making, Kevin Smith has never bettered his foul mouthed, cynical and insanely quotable black and white convenience store comedy about minimum wage and hating on the customers.

The Room (2003)

The worst film ever made – awful acting, direction and love-triangle/drama script, are the reasons why it’s the unintentionally hilarious best film ever made. Full-on audience participation brings screenings to life: toss plastic spoons at the screen, throw round the American football, slow-clap the awful sex scenes and accompanying music, shout out the dialogue callbacks.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Insta-cult classic, having bombed at the box office, going on to grow its dedicated fan-base on home format. Edgar Wright brings Scott’s video game world to life in a visually sumptuous, kinetic and hilarious way. Continue not needed, Scott Pilgrim takes it to the final level with ease.

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