Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A Bit of a Cult

Once again our glorious Midnight Warriors leader The Mike has projected The Warrior signal skywards to bring us together once more this time to tackle 70s cult films. The Mike intends to compile ‘The Midnight Warriors' Most Essential Cult Films of the 1970s’ and he needs our help with the super exciting project. Initially he would like us to create our own top five list of films of the decade. I urge you all to take part in this and you can find full details here.

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.


  1. Kudos Jinx for Fritz the Cat (I saw it in the cinema when it was released o_O) and for The Warriors, a def inclusion for me...

  2. Wow, super cool! It is awesome, isn't it? And The Warriors just had to be there. Have you done your list yet? I'm really looking forward to reading them all.

  3. Hi, Morgan! Thank you so much.

  4. Now, THAT is an excellent list!
    I especially like Pink Flamingoes.

  5. I like the non-horror approach. ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE is pretty cool; I was only disappointed by the shockingly fake blood--even for its day--at the end. THIS IS MY HAPPENING AND IT FREAKS ME OUT

    Also, yes, "amount of whiskey."

  6. I gotta admit, I'm woefully bad at this list. I've seen The Warriors, and that's it. :(

    Alas, I shall change that. Thanks much for participating, Ms. Jinx!

  7. Thanks so much, Andrew!

    Hi, Will. I couldn't have done a horror list, I'd never have been able to narrow it down. You do have a point about the blood, it really is rubbish. I'm just a big sucker for bikes though. And whiskey.

    Wouldn't have missed it, Mike. This project is awesome. I have a whole list of films to see now from everyone else's lists and hopefully there'll be even more to come. Thank you so, so much for initiating it.

  8. Thanks for letting us know about this! I'm going to have to have a couple of margaritas this weekend and think on my own list....

  9. A very good list. The only ones I would add are "El Topo" and "Eraserhead."

    Lazarus Lupin
    Art and Review

    PS. Today's secret code: She's a little lighthouse when she opens up her glowing eyes." Again, "She's a little light house when she opens up her glowing eyes." Yeah, yeah. Today's colour is collide-o-scoptic. Today's author has bought another round. That is all, maho maho.



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