As we’re all finding ourselves inside at home a lot more these days, we might as well make the most of it. My bet is that there are at least a few cult classics on the list below that you’ve never seen, so what better time to remedy that situation?
Cats – Yes, this movie just came out a few months ago, but yes, it honestly is already a cult classic. In fact, that was the exact thought going through my head during my press screening: “This will immediately inspire midnight sing-a-longs where people also dress up like cats.” And that did indeed happen. Now that this star-studded adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical has hit the Box and Redbox on Demand, you can join in on the fun from home.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Speaking of midnight sing-a-longs, this 1975 comedy/horror/musical can’t be beat. Its story of a young couple (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) seeking shelter in a nearby castle after their car breaks down has had dedicated fans doing the Time Warp again (and again) for decades. Tim Curry’s wild Dr. Frank-n-Furter might be one of the best movie characters of all time!
This is Spinal Tap – This 1984 mockumentary about a clueless heavy metal band (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer) has such a following that some of the band’s ridiculous songs can be heard on the airwaves to this day.
The Princess Bride – My all-time favorite movie is about a farm-girl-turned-princess (Robin Wright) who tries to reunite with her true love (Cary Elwes) despite the odds being heavily against them. If you’ve never seen this, please — watch it for me!
Repo Man – This 1984 (what a great year for movies!) sci-fi black comedy is one that’s on my list to watch within the next few weeks, as I’ve never seen it — even though my friends have been raving and laughing about it forever. It stars Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton as repossession agents trying to track down a Chevy Malibu that might be connected to aliens. Yep. Aliens.
Evil Dead – Long before he helmed the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi earned himself a devoted fanbase thanks to this insane story about college student Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), whose friends accidentally unleash demonic spirits while on vacation.
Blade Runner – In some circles, Harrison Ford is best known as Indiana Jones or Han Solo. But for fans of this bleak sci-fi thriller from director Ridley Scott, he’ll always be Rick Deckard, a cop who reluctantly agrees to run down replicants (synthetic humans) … before falling for one himself. Since we got nuthin’ but time, you might want to make it a double-feature and also watch Blade Runner 2049 (where Ford reprises his role alongside Ryan Gosling’s new character).
Fight Club – In this dark and controversial coming-of-age-David Fincher-style story, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton face off against each other. Or do they?
Dazed and Confused – I honestly can’t think of anything more comforting during these times than watching a young Matthew McConaughey say, “Alright, alright, alright!”
Office Space – This satire of cubicle life might be the perfect movie to remind you that it’s not so bad working from home.
The Blues Brothers – Really all you need to know about this Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi musical comedy is: “There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
The Dark Crystal – I honestly don’t even know how to explain this 1982 movie from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. But if you are into high-fantasy stories and puppets, it’s the pick for you!
Escape from New York – This is one of my husband’s favorite cult classics, yet I’ve never seen it, so it will be gracing my screen at home soon. It stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an ex-soldier and current prisoner who’s been tasked with saving the U.S. President after Air Force One is hijacked and crashes amidst a major riot in Manhattan (which has been turned into a maximum-security prison… yes, the entire island of Manhattan is a prison). I can’t wait to finally check this one off my list!
Big Trouble in Little China – Kurt Russell makes the list again, this time leading John Carpenter’s martial arts fantasy-comedy as Jack Burton, a truck driver who tries to help rescue his friend’s fiancée in the back alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Which movies on this list are you planning to watch in the days ahead?