Camp controversies and obscure outsiders: Cult Cinema champions the underground unloved and the fervently rediscovered.
Our collection includes Hollywood outcasts while also celebrating the netherworlds of UK cult cinema, from the London mondo film to the cautionary perils of the British sex film.
Withnail & I
Comedy1986107 minsDirector: Bruce Robinson
Richard E. Grant steals the show in the indomitable cult classic following two washed-up actors as they embark on a booze-filled getaway to the Lake District.
The Greasy Strangler
Comedy201693 minsDirector: Jim Hosking
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.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Romance2013123 minsDirector: Jim Jarmusch
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.
Horror197291 minsDirector: Don Sharp
The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.
Bunny & the Bull
Comedy200997 minsDirector: Paul King
Anarchic comedy from the director of Paddington and The Mighty Boosh, following an odd-couple’s wild European adventure.
Horror197795 minsDirector: Dario Argento
Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visual to create a horror classic.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Science Fiction1976139 minsDirector: Nicolas Roeg
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.
Night of the Living Dead
Horror196896 minsDirector: George A. Romero
Landmark film from 'zombie godfather' Romero, whose makeshift heroes fight for their lives against a new and terrifying enemy.
Island of Lost Souls
Horror193270 minsDirector: Erle C. Kenton
A highly controversial adaptation of the H.G. Wells story about a mad scientist creating half human/half animal creatures on his island kingdom.
Horror1981124 minsDirector: Andrzej Zulawski
Andrzej Zulawski’s out-of-control horror masterpiece is one of cinema’s most bare-souled and open-veined accounts of a broken relationship.
The Orchard End Murder
Crime198650 minsDirector: Christian Marnham
An old house near a remote, rural railway station provides the setting for this grisly tale of terror set in 1960s England.
Drama1986185 minsDirector: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.
The Big Lebowski
Comedy1998117 minsDirector: Joel Coen
Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).
Wild at Heart
Drama1990125 minsDirector: David Lynch
Nicholas 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.
Drama193585 minsDirector: Henry Hathaway
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.
Comedy199691 minsDirector: Steve Buscemi
Venerable character actor Steve Buscemi steps behind the camera in this profound character study on a lonely, alcoholic, and unemployed mechanic.
Gangster198787 minsDirector: Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara creates a modern day Romeo & Juliet in gritty New York City, centring on the doom relationship between an Italian boy and Chinese girl.
Drama1997115 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons
Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.
All the Right Noises
Drama196991 minsDirector: Gerry O'Hara
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.
That Kind of Girl
Drama196377 minsDirector: Gerry O'Hara
A cautionary tale about VD and the dangers of free-love set against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs and evocative London locations.
Open Your Eyes
Thriller1997119 minsDirector: Alejandro Amenábar
Alejandro Amenabar’s signature science-fiction drama follows a young man who falls for his dream woman, before he is disfigured in an accident.
Fantasy1978134 minsDirector: Sidney Lumet
NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Science Fiction199784 minsDirector: Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.
Drama1979120 minsDirector: Franc Roddam
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.
Science Fiction1967103 minsDirector: Peter Watkins
An exalted pop star holds the country's youth in his thrall, but secretly his popularity is being carefully managed by the state.
How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Fantasy198994 minsDirector: Bruce Robinson
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.
Fantasy198889 minsDirector: Harley Cokliss
A young woman becomes haunted by terrifying dreams, which soon begin to pull people around her into a nightmarish netherworld.
The Pleasure Girls
Drama196585 minsDirector: Gerry O'Hara
A trio of models enjoy a weekend of parties, blossoming friendships, and romantic encounters in London. Starring Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski.
London in the Raw
Documentary196447 minsDirector: Arnold Louis Miller
Low-budget movie mogul Arnold Louis Miller concocted this exploitation-style documentary which peers behind the grimy net curtains of British life.
Documentary196587 minsDirector: Arnold Louis Miller
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.
Horror197691 minsDirector: David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg’s classic bloodbath introduces us to a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) who hungers for human flesh after some plastic surgery has gone wrong.
Drama200294 minsDirector: David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg directs Ralph Fiennes in this chilling psychological drama about a mentally-disturbed man facing his horrifying childhood memories.
Comedy1972103 minsDirector: George Roy Hill
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.
Science Fiction197289 minsDirector: Douglas Trumbull
Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.
Man of Violence
Crime1968108 minsDirector: Pete Walker
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.
The Big Switch (Strip Poker)
Crime196868 minsDirector: Pete Walker
Tough gangster film directed by British exploitation stalwart Pete Walker in which a man-about-town is implicated in the murder of a blonde
Science Fiction197386 minsDirector: Robert Fuest
Wild adaptation of Michael Moorcock's novel about a playboy's search for the lost designs of the perfect self-replicating human.
20,000 Days on Earth
Documentary201493 minsDirector: Iain Forsyth
The myths and minutiae of musician Nick Cave are explored in the course of this fictional portrait, following 24 hours in the life of a cultural icon.
Only God Forgives
Crime201390 minsDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn
Ryan Gosling takes on Bangkok’s criminal underworld in this kaleidoscopic revenge fantasy from cult director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Thriller201395 minsDirector: Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is a disturbing, visually experimental fairytale about a single mother drawn into a nightmarish netherworld.
When the Wind Blows
Animation & Artists Moving Image198684 minsDirector: Jimmy Teru Murakami
A middle-aged couple prepare for nuclear war in this humorous and macabre cautionary tale, adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman) from his best-selling book.
Gangster1986100 minsDirector: Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan's gritty thriller stars Bob Hoskins as a gangster recently released from prison who falls in love with the prostitute he is supposed to be protecting.
Long Good Friday
Gangster1979109 minsDirector: John Mackenzie
Bob Hoskins charms as a London mob boss brokering a development deal with the American mafia – but somebody wants to see him dead.