Here is a brief list of some popular (and not so popular) cult films:

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (science fiction 1952) – This movie was good enough for a remake in 2008 but the original B/W movie is the best. Starring: Michael Rennie as Klaatu, Patricia Neal as Helen Benson, Sam Jaffe as Professor Jacob Barnhrdt.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (science fiction 1959) – Perhaps the worst movie ever made. Starring: “Vampira” and  Bela Lugosi.

DR. STRANGELOVE (satire 1961) – Stanley Kubrick’s first production. Filmed in B/W. Starring: Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.

THE ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (a.k.a. “Matango”) (1963) – Another Japanese horror movie.

FAHRENHEIT 451 (science fiction 1966) – Based on Ray Bradbury’s SF novel of the same name. Excellent casting and acting performances. This movie is in the top-10 of SF movies.

THE PRESIDENT’S ANALYST (satire, comedy 1967) – A 1960’s hippie-era movie that lampoons the US government and The Telephone Company. Stars: James Coburn as the President’s analyst. Hilarious.

2001: A SPACE ODESSEY (science fiction1968) – Stanley Kubric’s masterpiece of cinematography.

THE MONITORS (science fiction, satire 1969) – Produced by Bell & Howell and patterned after the SF novel “The Monitors” by Keith Laumer this movie lampoons the “establishment” of the 1960’s era. Psychedelic cinemagraphics in beginning and ending.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (comedy 1974) – Mel Brooks at his finest. Filmed in B/W with a well-chosen cast made this movie a box-office hit in the mid-seventies.

BLADERUNNER (science fiction 1983) – Many SF fans consider this to be the best overall SF movie ever made.

BRAIN CANDY (satire, comedy 1996) – A Canadian scientist working for a Pharmaceutical company invents a highly effective anti-depressive drug that becomes so popular it becomes the number one drug in the country. Unfortunately, the drug has some weird side-effects.
BRAVE NEW WORLD (science fiction 1980, 1998, 2011) – Based on the novel by Aldous Huxley. You be the judge of which version is the best.

Keywords: English Course for Japanese speakers, weird movies, science fiction, horror, comedy. 日本人のための英語コース、奇妙な映画、サイエンスフィクション、ホラー、コメディ。

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