Cult classics are the movies that define a major part of growing up. We repeatedly watch them just to get those initial feelings again, whether it made us laugh, cry, or scared us to our very souls, these movies became a part of us. One we seem to look back on over and over again.
Coming to America, 1988-
Released in the summer of 1988, and starring two young, up and coming comedic geniuses, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, Coming to America is one of the funniest movies of all time. It followed the hilarious story of a prince (Murphy) searching for a bride in Queens, New York. Hall and Murphy come together to deliver comedy gold. Watching this movie will not only bring back fond memories, but it’ll also leave you in a fit of giggles.
The Blair Witch Project, 1999-
Believed at the time, to be the actual last known footage of 3 missing amateur filmmakers, The Blair Witch Project gave us the scare of our lives (along with a spot of motion sickness thanks to the hand-held camera), and nightmares for weeks. By the time it was found to be a hoax, the documentary style movie was already a huge success with a massive following. It paved the way for a whole new genre, of found-footage type of films like Paranormal Activity. It is still one of the biggest horror movies of its time.
Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975-
When Brad and Janet get a flat tire, they end up at an eerie mansion where they meet, Dr. Frank N Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transylvania, and a mad scientist, and his other wacky guests. With a cast including Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a wild, musical ride you won’t soon forget.
Office Space, 1999-
Have you seen my stapler? Who didn’t feel bad for poor Milton? Always being shuffled around and then his stapler gets taken away. Ron Livingston stars as Peter, one-third of a trio of fed up coworkers who hatch a plan to defraud their company. A young Jen Anniston plays Peters love interest. For over an hour of straight hilarity, Office Space is one cult classic you’ll want to see again and again.
It has been over 30 years since Al Pacino first graced our screens as Tony Montoya. Gritty and violent, the film showed us the underbelly of Miami in the early ’80s. Watching Tony epically rise as a powerful drug kingpin, before he has an equally epic fall. Michelle Pfifer stars as the stunningly beautiful yet undeniably messed up, Elvira Hancock.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993-
Tim Burtons stop-motion animated Halloween/Chrismas film is a family favorite. The one-of-a-kind fantasy tells the story of Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who is in search of more. He along with the lovely Sally, and friends go Christmas Town to kidnap Santy Claws, so Jack can take his place. This is a fun cult film loved by children and adults alike.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998-
The screen adaption of Hunter S. Thompson’s book of the same name. The story follows two journalists as they make their way across Vegas out of their minds on psychedelic drugs. A crazy, mind-tripping adventure ensues. Johnny Depp stars as the title character with Benicio Del Torro as his sidekick.
Cult classic gold, Labyrinth stars none other than THE David Bowie who stars as The Goblin King. A magical fantasy that includes Jim Hensen puppets and some really awesome music. Jennifer Connely is Sarah, a young girl who after wishing for goblins to take him away, must search the Labyrinth for her baby brother before he becomes a goblin himself. When she runs into the Goblin King and his cronies, that’s when the fun begins.
The Lost Boys, 1987-
Before vampires got all lovelorn and glittery in the sun, they were scary and tough, and.. Scary. The Lost Boys is the ultimate vampire film starring Kiefer Sutherland and the late Corey Haim. Two brothers move to Santa Carla, California, the murder capital of the world. (Great job on the location mom.) They, of course, end up getting mixed up with the wrong crowd (of the fanged variety) and have to take on the vampires. One of the rare scary films that can still terrify you after watching a hundred time.
Movies are meant to be an escape, sometimes a movie comes along that sticks with you. So the next time you are feeling nostalgic, stream one of these awesome cult classics and transport yourself to a better time.