Cult Classics

Ultimately a collection of the unclassifiable, these original and ground-breaking cult classics exude pure style however obscure, offbeat or controversial.

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  • The Wicker Man

    After receiving an anonymous tip, a policeman ( Edward Woodward ) travels to the Scottish island of Summerisle to search for a missing girl. When he arrives, the Islanders, most of whom seem to be practising pagans, claim to have never seen or heard of the young girl. The mystery leads to our pro...

  • That'll Be the Day

    In 1959 two friends take different paths when finishing school; one looks to achieve academic success, and the other becomes a drifter, working on funfairs, before realising his true calling: rock 'n' roll. Starring David Essex as the fairground worker with rockstar dreams, That'll Be The Day is ...

  • The Final Programme

    This cult adaptation of Michael Moorcock's novel stars Jon Finch as hip, party-hungry adventurer Jerry Cornelius, troubled by the recent passing of his father but reluctantly on the hunt for the mysterious 'Final Programme': dad's design for the perfect self-replicating human. Terrific performan...

  • Paperhouse

    Bernard Rose’s cult adult fantasy draws us into the story of Anna Madden, a disillusioned young girl who immerses herself in a world of notebook illustrations. Each time she dreams, however, these drawings come to life – she has discovered another world to explore. After drawing a boy into her dr...

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    David Bowie cemented his unearthly persona in Nicolas Roeg’s startling cult film; playing an alien stranded on Earth while on a mission to find water for his own world, he initiates a plan to amass a fortune to help save his home planet.

  • The London Nobody Knows

    James Mason takes us through the unfashionable areas of London. From the gentlemen's lavatory at Holborn station to Bedford Theatre, to Chapel Market this psychedelic documentary does well to retrace the steps of Geoffrey Fletcher, the author of the film's source.

  • Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

    When they stumble across the tomb of the evil sorceress, Queen Tera (Valerie Leon), a team of British archaeologists bring her sarcophagus back to London, in an attempt to uncover whatever secrets she holds. However, when Tera's spirit possesses the daughter of one of the archaeologists (also Val...

  • Hoffman

    Peter Sellers gives a rare - and remarkable - dramatic performance as Benjamin Hoffman, a lonely middle-aged businessman who blackmails a beautiful young secretary (Sinead Cusack) into spending a week with him. But what begins as a seemingly sinister ordeal will slowly reveal itself to be an unco...

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    In a remote corner of England's Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed. But even weirder is that Lady Sylvia steals the skull for use in worshipping - very erotically - her pagan god, The White Worm, who hungers for the taste of virginal flesh. Ken Russell has great fun revelling in the d...

  • The Raging Moon

    In this sensitive and ground-breaking drama, Malcolm McDowell plays a passionate young man who has developed a degenerative disease. In despair he decamps to a home for disabled people where he meets a woman with polio (Nanette Newman) who instils him with hope, leading to a passionate relationship.

  • Peeping Tom

    Much criticised at the time of its release, Michael Powell’s psychological study of a shy camera technician who films for his home movies the death throes of the women he kills is now widely regarded as a dark classic. Less a straightforward serial-killer thriller than a Freudian meditation on ho...

  • Britannia Hospital

    A hospital is sent into disarray by striking workers on the eve of a royal visit, all whilst a doctor uses National Health funds for his own horrifying means. Britannia Hospital is the comical, and also controversial final film in Lindsay Anderson's 'Mick Travis' Trilogy, following If... (1968) a...

  • Dr. Who and the Daleks

    Peter Cushing fires up the Tardis for the Doctor’s big-screen debut, as he and his companions travel to a devastated planet to help the persecuted Thals in their battle against the villainous Daleks.

  • Dust

    While attempting a robbery, Edge (Adrian Lester), a burglar, is held at gunpoint by an elderly woman and forced to hear a story. The story involves two brothers at the turn of the 20th Century, as they feud over a young woman. Ingeniously switching between two entwining stories from the past and ...

  • The Nightcomers

    Set in Victorian England, The Nightcomers follows two orphans - Flora and Miles - as they are left by their tutor in a mansion, under the care of the elderly housekeeper Mrs Grose, the governess Miss Jessel, and the groundskeeper Peter Quint. When Grose attempts to have the master of the house fi...

  • Personal Services

    When Christine (Julie Walters) is unable to pay her landlord rent, she has to get creative. Based on the real-life experiences of Cynthia Payne, Personal Services is the raunchy comedy that isn't afraid to say sex! As Christine becomes the madame of a suburban brothel, with older men as her clien...

  • Scars of Dracula

    When he is banished from the village, Paul Carson (Christopher Matthews) winds up at Castle Dracula, where unbeknownst to him, the Lord of the Undead (Christopher Lee) has been reanimated. Searching for Paul, his brother Simon (Dennis Waterman) storms Castle Dracula with his fiancée, unaware of t...

  • Salome's Last Dance

    It is 1892, and Oscar Wilde (Nickolas Grace) is enjoying the company of his lover, Bosey, and other young men in a brothel. While he does so, workers put on an elaborate production of Wilde's banned play, Salome. In the play, King Herod begs his stepdaughter to dance for him, however, her mother ...

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself

    Conservative executive Harold Pelham (a harrowing and atypical performance by Roger Moore) is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he's eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that an exact double of him has recently been seen in places that he's never be...

  • Pink String and Sealing Wax

    Two worlds collide in this melodrama set in Victorian Brighton: a repressive household, run by a tyrannical chemist, and a sleazy tavern, presided over by a passionate landlady. The chemist's son (Gordon Jackson) finds himself, understandably enough, in thrall to the landlady (Googie Withers). Hi...

  • Timeslip

    The tension never slackens in this fast-paced tale of atomic-era espionage, starring American actors Gene Nelson and Faith Domergue as crusading reporters investigating a sinister scientific plot. Atmospherically shot on the shadowy, rain-spattered streets of 1950s London, this taut, ingenious th...

  • Creep

    The tube will never look the same again. Franka Potente plays the young Londoner who falls asleep on the way home, waking up trapped in a deserted London Underground. As she tries to make her way to the surface she discovers she’s sharing her subterranean sojourn with a terrifying, malign presence.

  • Gothic

    Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne) promises his guests a night of horror only a mad poet can deliver and after partaking in hallucinogens, the guests tell ghost stories while exploring the dark corridors of his home - and of their minds. If any director is suited to retelling the wild night that conjured...

  • Incident at Loch Ness

    Legendary director Werner Herzog plays up to his intrepid documentarian persona, cultivated in films like Grizzly Man, in this hilarious mockumentary about a film crew travelling to Scotland to try and find the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Pitched somewhere between Waiting for Guffman and The Blair...