There is nothing more addictive than a subculture you feel so deeply connected to that you begin speaking in movie quotes as if it’s your second language. At least, that’s how it feels when you’re a part of the fanbase that knows every inch of the cult classic movies they stan.
In this list, we take on part II of the best cult classics around. There are no cinematic details or specific genres that qualify these films as some of the best. But we can almost guarantee you have repeatedly watched some of these films, likely while quoting them line-for-line, and maybe even participating in some audience shenanigans or at-home games with your fellow cult film-loving friends. If you’re looking for more, read up on part I here.
Check out some of the best cult movies below.
The Evil Dead
It starts with five friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods for some good times, but once they begin listening to a random audiotape, they unwillingly release some flesh-eating demons on to the world. As each friend starts to turn into what one can only describe as a possessed demon zombie hybrid, only one friend will be left to survive — if he can make it through the night. It’s also full of some of the most ridiculous gore and cringe-worthy one-liners, so if you haven’t already fallen in love with it, you will not be disappointed when you do.
Army of Darkness
When Ash Williams, the hero of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, is accidentally transported to the past, he needs to find a way to get back to the present world, and fast! To get there, he must face the demons of his past by battling the living dead — again. He does this by gaining the trust of the medieval soldiers who found him in the first place and leads them through battle in order to secure all of their lives — and his ticket home. And yes, the chainsaw hand still remains.
Veronica Sawyer is one of the four girls who rule her high school, but she is quickly becoming bored with the Heather’s poor treatment of each other — and the entire student body. When she starts dating J.D., the school sociopath, Veronica agrees to let him help her teach the ring leader of the clique a valuable lesson. When that lesson ends in murder, it becomes clear to Veronica that she and J.D. have somehow become a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. What follows is a twisted look at the rise and fall of social graces in her high school — and an unsettling intent to continue messing with the students’ lives.
The celebration of nerds and misfits is captured perfectly within the world of Napolean Dynamite, an eccentric teen who isn’t afraid to be himself despite the onset of bullies who surround him. When he makes two new friends at school, including a shy girl named Deb and eager student president candidate, Pedro, things begin to change for Napolean. While allowing his mind to continue to wander in the land of mythical beasts and creatures, Napolean finds unique ways to help his friend Pedro run a winning political campaign against the uninteresting popular girl.
Wet Hot American Summer
The year is 1981, and it is the last day of camp at Camp Firewood. With the summer coming to a close, the young counsellors decide that it’s their last chance to pursue romantic conquests and wrap up other unfinished business before coming back to reality. But when a bunch of idiots runs your camp, it can be difficult to keep things running smoothly. And camp director, Beth is too busy falling in love with an astrophysics associate professor to even bother keeping her counsellors and campers in line. Hilarity (and often insanity) builds as the day slowly begins to come to a close.
The Princess Bride
A grandfather reads a story to his sick grandson about a fairytale that involves the rescuing of Princess Buttercup after three outlaws kidnap her. In this story, Buttercup falls in love with farmhand Wesley, but when he realizes he doesn’t have enough money to marry her, Wesley takes off to retain a fortune to wed. When he doesn’t return, Buttercup is left to believe he is dead. Four years later, Buttercup if is forced to marry Prince Humperdinck but is kidnapped before she walks down the aisle. When a man in a black cap shows up to rescue her, things start to get a little weird.
The year is 2019, and Rick Deckard’s former boss has requested he meet with him. Once in contact, Deckard learns he will be forced back into his role as a “blade runner,” which requires him to track down bioengineered humanoids known as Replicants and kill them. But the tasks to find and kill won’t be as simple as he thought. Before locating the four escaped Replicants, Deckard visits the Tyrell Corporation to gain more information about his prey but ends up falling in love with a Replicant named Rachel, instead.
When a discontent insomniac meets Tyler Durden, a questionable soap salesman, they use their collective disillusionment for society to form an underground fight club. Things seem to go well at first, but Tyler eventually begins to go rogue. In an effort to pull pranks and attacks on corporate America, Tyler selects members of Fight Club to form Project Mayhem. As things continue to spiral out of hand under Tyler’s leadership of Project Mayhem, the unnamed insomniac narrator desperately tries to stop him from going even further out of control.
The last thing you want while in remote Antarctica is to be stuck face to face with an unidentified creature. Unfortunately, for a group of American research scientists, that is exactly what happens. After witnessing a Norwegian pilot accidentally blow up a helicopter and himself, members of the group decide to investigate the Norwegian base. They discover the remains of a malformed humanoid and bring it back to their base. From there, chaos ensues as they slowly begin to discover that whatever “thing” is in their presence can take on any form — leaving none of them safe from each other.