For every critically or commercially successful movie, there is one or two that is left out of the public’s viewing, and for every Avatar or The Avengers that makes billions of dollars are movies that while critically successful, often don’t make so much in the box office, simply fading out of public consciousness.
However, there are times that these movies are replaced by more commercially successful ones with not nearly as much originality. The trend of cult movies began in the 1970s and is responsible for some of the most beloved movies that are now considered classics, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Harold and Maude.
If it weren’t for their strong and passionate fan bases, these movies would be left in the dark. Whether they are so bad that they’re good or because of their weirdness and unusual plots that they were not financially successful, there are films that could make an impact today like they didn’t when they first appeared.
Here are some movies from the past five years that could have the potential to become cult favorites in the future. Check them out.
John Dies at the End (2012)
Directed by Don Coscarelli, the man who directed the Phantasm series, this film is hilarious in the most bizarre ways. While it does try a bit too hard at times, the film brings off a weirdness that makes it fun to watch.
The movie features some fun cameo appearances by actors who have previously been in cult films, such as Doug Jones, Glynn Turman, and of course, Angus Scrimm, the tall man himself.
Filled with quirky, quotable dialogue, as well as dark humor, John Dies at the End is a great film to watch alone, but an even better experience with a group of people who will want to experience the weirdness together.
Electrick Children (2012)
The movie follows the story of Rachel, a devout Mormon who believes that she got pregnant because of a cassette tape that plays rock music. She then goes to Las Vegas to find out who the person on the tape is as she thinks he is the father of her child.
Electrick Children is a quiet, atmospheric film that is quite hard to describe. It is memorable, mostly because by the acting prowess of Julia Garner and Rory Culkin that made it one for the books.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
This one is already considered a cult classic among many circles, but fans really do have a certain love and dedication for this one. Based on the graphic novel, which has a cult following even before the movie was made, it is as close to a video game as you possibly can due to its faithfulness in adaptation.
Scott Pilgrim is hyper-accelerated and full of pop culture references that it could make any video gamer laugh. The visual style is so much its own that it gives a unique feel to the movie. There is no way to describe the visuals, but it is like a sugar-rush, considering how much of it is filled with bright colors that make you feel like you just ate a pound of sweet, sugary treats.
Upstream Color (2013)
Probably the most “challenging” film on the list, it is due to the complexity of its plot that makes Upstream Color hard to describe. The film is disorienting and leaves a lot of questions, which is why it is almost necessary to watch it more than once, if only to fully articulate what it is all about.
The film creates an atmosphere that is so hard to describe, it is hard to look away from. It may not come at a fast pace, but it makes this movie worth the watch if you have the patience to deal with it.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
This is an example of incredible Iranian Cinema storytelling, and its look and feel compares to no other. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a movie with a completely original look and script to it mainly because it has a more of a western look to it than typical films of its genre.
Shot completely in black and white, the desolate Iranian town in the movie can best be described as a heavy influence of the films of David Lynch, particularly in his first film, Eraserhead. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, this is a refreshing take to the vampire subgenre.
Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The slasher genre is made more fun with Cabin in the Woods as it is the much-needed horror-comedy that is not fully comedic filled with groan-worthy references. The film as written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, an occasional writer for Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The pair was able to make a film that takes the horror genre to something unique and creative.
If you’re wondering just how much terror you will have to get yourself ready for—it’s a lot like Evil Dead but with a very smart twist.
Starry Eyes (2014)
This is a great at this kind of horror film, which uses the body to explore deeper topics like addiction, loss of one’s self, as well as the lengths that someone is willing to go through to become famous.
The body-horror movie about an aspiring young actress and the lengths she is willing to go through to become famous is done so in a dark and gory way. It also takes a lot from the 70s and 80s flicks, taking influences from the likes of David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and Dario Argento. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s unique body horror gem actually makes the more gory parts memorable—with the soundtrack that makes it even better.
The most “mainstream” movie is both a commercial and critical success, which is pretty unusual for a horror movie at this day and age. However, it is largely deserved considering how it is well-paced as it is not every day that you see a psychological horror film that is more about character development and back story than showcasing jump scares. Oculus is a solid horror with a smart script provided by writer and director Mike Flanagan.