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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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Cult Cinema
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The Greasy Strangler 2016 18

A father-son love triangle unleashes the unstoppable urges of the Greasy Strangler, in this gloriously deranged hybrid of gross-out comedy and gonzo horror.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Hosking

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Eve's Bayou 1997 15

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

109 mins USA Director. Kasi Lemmons

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The Wiz 1978 U

NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

127 mins USA Director. Sidney Lumet

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Psychomania 1972 15

The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Sharp

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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire 1985 PG

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Bunny & the Bull 2009 15

Anarchic comedy from the director of Paddington and The Mighty Boosh, following an odd-couple’s wild European adventure.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul King

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Symptoms 1974 15

The official British Palme d'Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. José R. Larraz

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Beat Girl 1960 12

A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Edmond T. Gréville

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Expresso Bongo 1959 12

Val Guest's 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard)

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

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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 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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The Reflecting Skin 1990 15

Stunningly photographed drama about a young American boy caught up in the nightmare of a sinister rural community.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Ridley

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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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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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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 15

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 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 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 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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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire 1985 PG

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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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

Jane Giles' Cult playlist

Jane Giles' Cult playlist

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