100 Greatest Cult Films by Christopher J. Olson is a recent addition to the nonfiction book collection at the Lititz Public Library. From highly influential movies to trash masterpieces, the book showcases the most provocative, intriguing, entertaining and controversial films produced over the last century. A selection of films included in the book, like those listed below, are available to borrow from the library.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
An ambitious nineteen-year-old in search of fame befriends the most notorious criminal of the 1880s.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A hapless loser who loves bowling is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name and gets drawn into a kidnapping.
Blade Runner (1982)
Set in the future, an expert “blade runner” must identify and execute four genetically engineered, virtually-human beings which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Discovering the home where they were raised by nuns needs $5,000 within the next eleven days to stay open, two brothers put their blues band back together with a plan to raise the money by staging a big show.
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1992)
A popular California high school girl is selected by a mysterious old man to kill the vampires that are terrorizing Los Angeles.
A pair of overworked retail clerks brave a nonstop parade of unpredictable shoppers, while managing to play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and straighten out their offbeat love lives.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Derby-topped hooligan, who has a good time at the tragic expense of others, volunteers to be brainwashed into a proper citizen, but things don’t go as planned.
Based on the popular board game, six guests are invited to a house to solve who killed Mr. Boddy.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A delusional high-school student, visited by a demonic rabbit with sinister visions, comes face-to-face with his dark future.
A Hollywood stunt driver, who moonlights as a getaway driver for hire, finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to help his beautiful neighbor’s husband.
Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
Three aliens crash land in a valley girl’s swimming pool and she gives them a makeover for a night on the town.
Grey Gardens (1976)
Documentary portrait of Jacqueline Kenney Onassis’s cousin Edie, who left her career as an aspiring actress to care for her aging mother in their decaying East Hampton mansion, and never left again.
Hot Rod (2007)
A self-proclaimed stuntman plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather’s life-saving heart operation.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Plant-like extraterrestrials invade a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed pods and taking possession of their souls while they sleep.
Stranger than Paradise (1984)
A New Yorker’s inert lifestyle is interrupted by his Hungarian cousin.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Nearly twenty years after they had a hit song, a band clings to some measure of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America.
V for Vendetta (2005)
Set in a futuristic totalitarian world, a young woman is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man, a revolutionary who urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.
October 19, 2018