Put simply, a cult classic is a film with a devoted following. They are also usually late bloomers: while there are a few cult movies that had successful opening weekends, like The Wizard of Oz and Mean Girls, more often they are box office flops that found their fandom later in life through home video sales, or repertory screenings at art house cinemas. A cult film can arise from any genre and have a budget of any size, so what do they all have in common? To inspire lifelong devotion in its audience, a cult film must be adventurous—both in execution and subject matter. The movies in our popular On the Fringe series break social taboos, are visually unique, pioneer new special effects, and celebrate countercultures neglected by the mainstream. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of cult cinema.

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In This Series


January 4, 2019
8:00 pm10:25 pm

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February 8, 2019
8:00 pm9:50 pm

Directed by John Boorman (UK/USA, 1974, 105 min.). Digital.


How to Get Ahead in Advertising
March 7, 2019
8:00 pm9:40 pm

Directed by Bruce Robinson (UK, 1989, 95 min.). 35mm.


Death Becomes Her
April 12, 2019
8:00 pm9:50 pm

Directed by Robert Zemeckis (USA, 1992, 104 min.). 35mm.


The Man Who Fell to Earth
May 2, 2019
7:30 pm10:05 pm

Directed by Nicholas Roeg (UK, 1976, 139 min.). Digital.