freaky fridays archive 2005 late night cult

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Forbidden Planet
Worship at the temple of cult cinema every Friday - featuring the enigmatic, the anti-establishment, the quirky, the outrageous and movies that are so-bad-they're-good!

Cultists don't merely enjoy their favourite films, they track them down on the big screen (even when they have just played on television), watch them again and again, and persuade anyone who will listen that they should be appreciated, regardless of what the critics and reviewers say.

Sound familiar? Join the converted throng every Friday at 10pm.

Curated by Lisa Pieroni

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The Fearless Vampire Killers

A dementedly camp vampire spoof that sees Professor Abronsius and assistant Alfred attempt to destroy a family of Solvonic Vampires.


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Radio On

Cult British (anti)road movie Radio On offers a unique and compelling vision of late 70s England.


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The Asphalt Jungle

John Huston's sparse, gritty and tense film is considered the definitive heist or caper movie, copied and paid homage to by dozens of later films.


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Foxy Brown

In a knockout performance, Pam Grier is Foxy, a furniture thrownin', good lovin', high-octane heroine in a one-woman war against the pusherman.Ya dig?


Forbidden Planet

This sci-fi version of Shakespeare's The Tempest remains one of the most ambitious and intelligent films of the 50s intersteller genre.


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Bullitt

Steve McQueen plays Frank Bullitt, an all-guts-no-glory San Francisco cop determined to find the person responsible for the death of a key witness.


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Braindead

A highly dynamic blend of horror, outrageous comedy and romance, Braindead is a wild ride of gore for zombie fans.


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The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers is a cleverly scripted thriller re-enactment of the 'lonely hearts club murders' which made headlines in 1940s America.


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The Detective

NYPD detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) discovers links to official corruption in NYC and delves into a world of sex and drugs along the way.


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The Weather Underground

Powerful and timely, The Weather Underground depicts radical politics at its best and most disastrous.


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Mars Attacks!

Enjoyable spoof of 50s alien-invasion movies, directed by the inimitable Tim Burton.


Valley of the Dolls

Tawdry, trashy, and totally diviiiine, Valley of the Dolls is a definitive camp classic!


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Heavy Metal

The cult animation that broke new ground bringing Japanese anime to the West.


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The Curse of Frankenstein

Terence Fisher's lurid and highly successful work elevated Peter Cushing to star status.


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The Misfits

John Huston's hauntingly melancholic story of cowboys and wild mustangs in the Nevada desert.


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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Robert Aldrich's feverish, quasi-Hitchcockian thriller concerns two aging sisters, showbiz has-beens and desperate rivals.


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The Blob

Endearingly campy 50s sci-fi classic featuring 'Steven' McQueen in his first starring role.


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A Streetcar Named Desire

Steamy and subversive, Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play stars Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.


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Brazil

Terry Gilliam's dazzling vision of future society is a 'Python-esque' fusion of Kafka and Orwell.


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The Wicker Man

A cult classic thriller guaranteed to generate nightmares for many years to come.


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Drunken Master

An undisciplined boy must learn 'Drunken Fist Kung Fu' in order to stop an assassin.


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Bad Day at Black Rock

A one-armed man arrives suddenly in a small Western town, intent on uncovering the skeleton in the town closet.


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This is Spinal Tap

Mockumentary chronicling an aging British rock group that's a working example of the term 'loser'.


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Beach Party

Surf, sun and silliness abound in the Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello beach movie that started them all.


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Pink Flamingos

John Water's no-budget, deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste has attracted a legion of admirers.


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Poltergeist

Sensationally scary ghost story about a family home invaded by unfriendly spirits who 'kidnap' a 5-year-old girl.


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Hard Boiled

Masterful Hong Kong action director John Woo's (The Killer, Face/Off) pyrotechnic tale of warring gangsters and shifting loyalties.


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The Last of Sheila

Movie producer Clifton Greene (James Coburn) invites six Hollywood 'friends' to his yacht to identify who ran over his wife Sheila.


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Straight to Hell

This punk comedy homage to the spaghetti westerns, directed by Alex Cox, is full of over-the-top madness.


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The Ordeal

This Belgian-made thriller is a highly effective venture into the 'Backwoods Brutality' genre, as popularised by 1970s films like Deliverance.


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Deliverance

Adapted from James Dickey's apocalyptic novel, Deliverance is not only an action-packed adventure film, but one that will continue to haunt you.


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Invaders from Mars

In this 50s sci-fi tale of a Martian invasion, David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) hears noises in the night and sees a spaceship land.


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A Clockwork Orange

Kubrick's anarchic cult classic starring Malcolm McDowell.


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Meet the Feebles

As television celebrities, the Feebles are adored by the outside world, but those behind-the-scenes know the real story.


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The Lost Boys

Joel Schumacher's exhilarating vampire horror/suburban comedy stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman.


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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Cult director Roger Corman's X is considered by many to be his best film.


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Black Christmas

Bob Clark's 1974 sorority house horror classic set the template for slasher films to follow, John Carpenter's Halloween most notable among them.


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The Twelve Chairs

Abounding with Mel Brooks' signature flourishes, The Twelve Chairs is a comic gem of gentle humour and genuine subtlety.



 
 
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