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Cult Cinema

Camp controversies and obscure outsiders: Cult Cinema champions the underground unloved and the fervently rediscovered.

Our collection includes Hollywood outcasts such as Plan 9 From Outer Space, while also celebrating the netherworlds of UK cult cinema, from the London mondo film to the cautionary perils of the British sex film.

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Witchfinder General 1968 15

A witchfinder traverses 17th-century England executing those he suspects of witchcraft.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Reeves

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Night of the Living Dead 1968 15

Landmark film from 'zombie godfather' Romero, whose makeshift heroes fight for their lives against a new and terrifying enemy.

95 mins USA Director. George A. Romero

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Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls 1932 PG

A highly controversial adaptation of the H.G. Wells story about a mad scientist creating half human/half animal creatures on his island kingdom.

70 mins USA Director. Erle C. Kenton

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Shaun of the Dead 2004 15

The original ‘rom-zom-com’: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the slacker mates tasked with battling a zombie apocalypse in Crouch End.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Edgar Wright

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Possession 1981 18

Andrzej Zulawski’s out-of-control horror masterpiece is one of cinema’s most bare-souled and open-veined accounts of a broken relationship.

124 mins France Director. Andrzej Zulawski

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Betty Blue 1986 18

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix

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The Big Lebowski 1998 18

Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).

113 mins USA Director. Joel Coen

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Wild at Heart 1990 18

Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are the lovers on the run in David Lynch’s violent, sexy and surreal road movie, a Palme d’Or winner in 1990.

120 mins USA Director. David Lynch

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Peter Ibbetson

Peter Ibbetson 1935

One of the most unjustly overlooked fables from Hollywood’s golden age, a stunning romantic fantasy about two divided lovers united in a dream world.

88 mins USA Director. Henry Hathaway

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All the Right Noises 1969 12

A taboo-busting drama about a young married man (Tom Bell) who has an affair with a teenage girl (Olivia Hussey). Directed by Gerry O'Hara.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerry O'Hara

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That Kind of Girl 1963 12

A cautionary tale about VD and the dangers of free-love set against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs and evocative London locations.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerry O'Hara

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Lunch Hour 1962 U

Shirley Anne Field stars in this stylish, highly enjoyable story of simmering tensions and sexual conflict in the work place.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hill

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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Plan 9 from Outer Space 1958 PG

Notoriously dubbed one of the worst films ever made, this deranged 50s sci-fi remains a hilarious and extraordinary example of outsider cinema.

79 mins USA Director. Edward D. Wood Jr

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Fantastic Planet 1973 PG

René Laloux and Roland Topor’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi animation imagines a world in which humanoid creatures are kept as pets by a race of giants.

72 mins France Director. René Laloux

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Fiend without a Face 1957 PG

What horror lies behind a series of grisly murders? A psychopath? Alien invaders? The truth is weirder still in this cult low-budget sci-fi horror.

74 mins United Kingdom

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Suspiria 1977 18

Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visual to create a horror classic.

98 mins Italy Director. Dario Argento

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The Mask of Satan 1960 15

Italian horror classic from acclaimed Italian horror auteur Mario Bava, about a beautiful witch Asa (Barbara Steele) who rises from her grave to take revenge upon her enemies.

Italy Director. Mario Bava

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City of the Living Dead 1980 18

Lucio Fulci’s sensationally gory zombie horror finds undead hordes overtaking a sleepy New England town, with only a reporter and a local psychic to stop them.

92 mins Italy Director. Lucio Fulci

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Quadrophenia 1979 18

The ultimate Mods vs Rockers clash, based on The Who’s double-album rock opera, stars Phil Daniels as a mod on an odyssey to Brighton.

117 mins United Kingdom Director. Franc Roddam

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Privilege 1967 PG

An exalted pop star holds the country's youth in his thrall, but secretly his popularity is being carefully managed by the state.

103 mins United Kingdom

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How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 15

Richard E. Grant and director Bruce Robinson’s companion piece to Withnail and I is a dark satire about an ad-man who grows a second head.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Robinson

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The Pleasure Girls 1965 15

A trio of models enjoy a weekend of parties, blossoming friendships, and romantic encounters in London. Starring Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski.

88 mins United Kingdom

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London in the Raw 1964 15

Low-budget movie mogul Arnold Louis Miller concocted this exploitation-style documentary which peers behind the grimy net curtains of British life.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Arnold Louis Miller

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Primitive London 1965 15

Arnold Louis Miller's follow-up to London in the Raw lifts the lid on society’s decay with its sideshow spectacle of 60s London depravity.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Arnold Louis Miller

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Videodrome 1983 18

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

87 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill

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Silent Running 1971 PG

Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.

89 mins USA Director. Douglas Trumbull

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Her Private Hell 1967 15

The cautionary tale of an innocent girl abroad who gets caught up in the sleazy world of modelling.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman J. Warren

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Man of Violence 1968 15

Pete Walker’s low-budget gangster thriller is packed with sights and sounds from a Britain about to swing out of the 60s and into the grim 70s.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Pete Walker

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The Big Switch (Strip Poker) 1968 12

Tough gangster film directed by British exploitation stalwart Pete Walker in which a man-about-town is implicated in the murder of a blonde

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Pete Walker

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 18

Nicolas Roeg’s cult sci-fi stars David Bowie as an alien attempting to amass a fortune to save his home planet, but unable to escape his decadent earthly lifestyle.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Nicolas Roeg

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The Company of Wolves 1984 18

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

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The Final Programme

The Final Programme 1973 15

Wild adaptation of Michael Moorcock's novel about a playboy's search for the lost designs of the perfect self-replicating human.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Fuest

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Pink Narcissus

Pink Narcissus 1971 18

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

64 mins USA Director. James Bidgood

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The Beast 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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Totally F***Ed Up

Totally F***Ed Up 1993 18

Gregg Araki's typically excessive and eccentric portrait of the lives of a group of six gay and lesbian teenagers in Los Angeles.

75 mins USA Director. Gregg Araki

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Eyes Without a Face

Eyes Without a Face 1960 15

Georges Franju’s gorgeous, poetic horror film about a surgeon’s dark obsession with restoring his daughter’s disfigured face.

France Director. Georges Franju

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Trans-Europ-Express 1966 15

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier.

105 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-grillet

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Deep End 1970 15

A darkly comic and compelling coming of age story set during a time of social change.

88 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

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Captured 1959 15

Previously only shown to a restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured is a stunning Prisoner of War drama.

United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Bread 1971 15

A fun tale of hippies and rock and roll directed by the legendary Stanley Long and featuring cult British rock bands Juicy Lucy and Crazy Mabel.

79 mins United Kingdom

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Bronco Bullfrog 1969 15

A fascinating record of 1960s suedehead youth culture which is largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from east London

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

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The Black Panther 1977 18

Gripping crime drama charts the killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther, perpetrated across England during the mid-70s.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Merrick

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Deadlier than the Male 1966 12

Richard Johnson is Bulldog Drummond, a freelance investigator who attracts the attention of a pair of deadly female assassins, played by Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina.

97 mins United Kingdom

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Assault 1970 15

Violent British crime film about a murderer on the loose near a girls’ school, starring Suzy Kendall and Lesley Anne-Down.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Hayers

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Death & The Compass

Death & The Compass 1996 15

Alex Cox’s visually stunning, deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

82 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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The Organ of a Thousand Moods 1951

Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the company of organ maestro Nick Olson, tickling the ivories at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Minnis Bay, Birchington.

5 mins United Kingdom

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The Jah People 1981

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

22 mins United Kingdom

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Hold Tight / Hideaway 1966

Hold Tight! Take a very groovy road trip with beat group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich in this marvellous 1960s pop promo.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Cool for Cats

Cool for Cats 1958

The only known existent edition of this long-running 1950s ITV pop show features songs by Tommy Steele, Paul Anka and Connie Francis.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Taylor

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Discomania

Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.

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The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage 1969

The Bonzo Dog Band freak out at the farm and strange sounds abound in this cheery, charmingly childlike stream-of-consciousness music short.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. David Korr

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Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 1973

Prepare to be freaked out big time by a thoroughly theatrical 1970s psych-prog-folk-rock fairy tale from English eccentrics Jethro Tull.

7 mins United Kingdom

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