Whether they’re hideous, hilarious, or just plan hard to stop watching, cult movies-over-the-top or quirky movies that develop an obsessively loyal fanbase over the course of generations-can provide some of the most memorable and entertaining connections with cinema that any kind of movie watching experience has to offer.
Even though many of these classics enjoy their status in the absence of box office success or critical acclaim, they offer something else-the opportunity to have a uniquely personal experience with a piece of American pop culture that is often shared with friends, family, or even 123 movies strangers. How many times have you and your brother driven the family crazy at Christmas quoting favorite lines from “Office Space”, for example? Or did your now-husband decide he was in love with you when he realized that you were the only girl he had ever dated who thought that “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was just as hilarious as he does?
If you’re looking for ways to find more airings or public screenings of your favorite cult movies, discover “new-to-you” cult movies or add to your permanent cult collection, these 5 tips can help you successfully connect with some of the best cult movie opportunities available:
One: Get connected with your local movie houses.
If you know of movie houses in your area who sometimes do special screenings of “old” movies, sign up for their newsletter or join their loyalty program or fan club. Not only will you get updates about upcoming events delivered straight to your in-box, you’ll also be the first to find out about deals, specials, and other perks that come from having preferred guest status.
Two: Get creative with your “search” button.
Your favorite cult movie may or may not pop up on the recommendations that your cable company or streaming video services provide, so be sure and use this feature periodically to see if there is a upcoming or current showing of a movie you’ve had a hankering to see. Why? Because sometimes these kinds of more obscure titles can get “hidden” beneath the first few layers of titles that are suggested to you when you log in, or when you look at your tv service’s “guide” function.
Three: Check out your local dine-in movie theaters.
“Dine-in movie theaters” are movie houses that serve chef-driven cuisine, craft beer and creative cocktails, are growing in popularity with each passing year because they offer such an incredible movie watching experience. It’s not uncommon for these movie houses to offer special screenings featuring non-first-run selections, so be sure and follow them on social media (or sign up for email communication, see tip one) to find out when they are having a special event. You never know, the next one might just be your favorite cult movie ever, or a cult movie that’s “always been on your to-do list” but that you haven’t yet gotten around to watching.
Four: Visit your local CD/DVD store.
If you live in or near a big city, the chances are that there are a few non-big-box-retailer places where you can buy movies and music on DVD or CD (and maybe even vinyl albums). These stores are often excellent places to find cult movies both dear-to-you and new-to-you-and even if the store doesn’t have the title you’re after, one of the staff members may be able to give you a lead on where to find it.
Five: Go online.
If you love all things about cult films and want to expand your knowledge, check out the message boards and other content of movie-lover sites like Turner Classic Movies or the Internet Movie Database. There, you’ll find new titles to check out and lots of lively debate and backstory that are sure to enhance your movie viewing experience.