So then, my list. I purposefully steered away from horror films here because, frankly, that would be too easy, I could go on about my favourite 70s horror films for days and most of them would probably qualify as cult. So instead this list will be my top five favourite non-horror cult films of the 70s. Also, I’d never ever have been able to pick only five. I love cult films, I really do, so I found this really difficult, I’m also quite changeable so am naturally disinclined to commit to favourites, and I get terribly carried with new ideas so, given the right circumstance (mood, amount of whiskey, company), almost anything can find itself proclaimed my favourite film EVER on a Friday night (this dubious honour currently belongs to Demonium). Also, while we’re on the subject, I like saying cult. It’s a fabulous word and feels good on my tongue. Cuuullllt. And it sounds a bit rude, especially if you say it in a French accent.
Sorry, enough of this rubbish, I will now stop messing about and present my Top Five Essential Cult Films of the 70s. (Still giggling at ‘cult.’).
1. Pink Flamingos (1975, John Waters)
2. Fritz the Cat (1972, Ralph Bakshi)
3. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970, Russ Meyer)
4. The Warriors (1979, Walter Hill)
5. Electra Glide in Blue (1973, James William Guercio)
Ok, some are a little predictable there, but I decided it was best not to think about it and went with my gut and that's what came spewing forth. (Not one of my nicer mental images there, sorry). I really do urge all Midnight Warriors to take part in this, and if you're not a Midnight Warrior yet, become one, it's easy, and super fun. Thanks to The Mike for being the king of all things cool and coming up with this. Now I'm just going to say cult one more time: 'Cult!!'. Awesome. I'm like a twelve year old, a really embarrassing twelve year old.