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Weekend Recs: Cult Classics

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

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If you’re someone who enjoys movies, you’ve probably heard a film, typically one that didn’t hit it off with mainstream audiences, get called a “cult classic.” While these films may not be everyone’s cup of tea, cult classics take off with one niche audience, a cult-like audience that turns into a passionate, loyal fandom.

While cult classics can come from any genre, it does seem that cult classics and Halloween sometimes go hand-in-hand, with the most famous example being The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This weekend’s recs will share some cult classic recommendations that might just get you ready for Halloween.

If you have 10 minutes…and want to read about a recent film that’s slated to be a “cult classic,” read this article about M3GAN.

If you have 15 minutes…and want to know what makes a movie a “cult classic,” read this article.

If you have 1 hour and 37 minutes…and like cheesy “scary” movies, watch The Lost Boys. While calling this vampire cult classic a “horror movie” might be a stretch, it’s just spooky enough to get you into the Halloween spirit.

If you have another 1 hour and 37 minutes…and like horror, watch the quintessential zombie film Night of the Living Dead, available to stream through Falvey. If you like contemporary zombie movies, this movie might be considered required watching.

Bonus: if you want to watch another horror cult classic (although it might just be an actual classic), watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, available to stream through Falvey. It may have come out in 1960, but it surprisingly still manages to be suspenseful and creepy today.

If you have 1 hour and 57 minutes…and Halloween movies aren’t your thing, watch The Big Lebowski, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection. This movie features some recognizable faces, including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore (among others).

If you have 4 hours…and you like musicals, go to a screening of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Or, if you want to plan a night-in with some of your friends, you can host your own screening. If there’s one thing about Rocky Horror, it’s always better with good company.

If you have 8 hours…and prefer books, read satirical cult classic Fight Club, available at Falvey.

Bonus: you can also watch Fight Club, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection.

If you’re in the mood for even more Halloween fun, stop by DCDE’s Tricks and Treats from the Vault event this Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 12-2 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner for some festive treats and activities. 

Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.



Last Modified: October 27, 2023

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