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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.

Full $13  Concession $10 

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The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis' wildest comedy casts him as chipmunk-faced college professor Julius F. Kelp, who engages in Jekyll-&-Hyde transformations.

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was released independently, became a huge hit and effectively spawned the blaxploitation genre.

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The Hudsucker Proxy

The Coen brother's wickedly funny satire of big business stars Tim Robbins, Paul Newman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Bob Fosse's mesmerising portrait of comic mastermind Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman, was a highlight of 70s cinema.

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I Love You Alice B. Toklas

Cult movie hero Peter Sellers stars in director Hy Averback's comical take on 1960s emerging psychedelic culture.

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Cisco Pike

This off-beat 1970s classic follows ex-rockstar/recently reformed drugdealer Cisco Pike's hurried weekend to unload a haul of stolen marijuana.

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Colour Me Blood Red

A witty mix of dark humour and slasher horror, Colour Me Blood Red is the third in the 'blood trilogy' from gore pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis.

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The Immoral Mr Teas

A box office record breaker, Russ Meyer's debut feature chronicles the misadventures of a door-to-door salesman with a special gift.

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An enormous box office hit, Meyer's Vixen! zestfully follows a Canadian bush pilot and his oversexed wife who makes love to almost everyone.

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Setting the standard for Meyer's 'bosomacious melodramas', Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has become the Rolls Royce of trash epics.

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Mudhoney combines raw, sadistic emotional conflict, a clever jazz score and spare cinematography to create one of Meyer's most underrated works.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Lavish, ludicrous and howlingly funny, Meyer cheers on all-girl rock group, the Carrie Nations, as they set out to make it in L.A.

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Meyer creates a bizarre and unforgettable world in this amalgam of sex, violence, busty women, slapstick comedy and more sex.

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Meyer's teasing whodunnit, co-scripted by Roger Ebert, features all his tried-and-true elements.

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Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens

Russ Meyer's 1970s swan-song is a bawdy, burlesque satire of small-town mores.

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Two for the Road

Funny, cynical, and consistently entertaining, Stanley Donen's Two For the Road is an honest film about marriage.

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End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones

Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia's moving rockumentary is a celluloid love letter to innovative New York punk group 'The Ramones'.

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The Boston Strangler

While Boston detectives were not convinced that the murders of 13 women (1962-1964) was the work of a single individual, the public did not agree.

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'The result is a truly original American movie - a film like no other. Barfly is one of the year's best films' Roger Ebert

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Merging the hard-boiled, Cockney gangster world of the Kray twins with the sex/drugs/rock'n'roll scene of the sixties.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

As a result of arctic nuclear testing a prehistoric rhedosaurus dinosaur thaws out and makes its destructive way down the east coast of North America.

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Night of the Demon

One of England's greatest thrillers, with brilliant cinematic dialogue between belief and doubt, fantasy and reality.

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The Devils

Russell's fast-paced and disturbing take on Devils Of Loudon was a scandal on release, and remains one of the most unforgettable of the 1970s.

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Fritz the Cat

Revelling in all sorts of sexual and social chaos, Fritz the Cat is a paean to 1960s counterculture.

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Sad and tragic, this is an absolutely spellbinding horror film with a rare emotional twist.

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Rosemary's Baby

Roman Polanski's possession thriller is the 'mother' film that defines the genre.

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The Sentinel

Playing 'bridesmaid' to Satanic thrillers such as The Exorcist and The Omen, this highly entertaining shlocker boasts an impressive cast.

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Angel Heart

Alan Parker's sensuous and depraved Angel Heart mixes private-eye flick, supernatural horror and stylistic excess in equal measure.

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A peculiar and utterly unique piece of cinema starring real 'freaks' which was banned for many decades - endowing the film with cult status.

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Night of the Living Dead

Shot in B&W on a budget of just over $100,000, the lean, mean no-nonsense approach to horror influenced countless future directors of the genre.

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El Topo

Latin American avant-gardist Alejandro Jodorowsky's obscurely mystical and grotesquely violent film is the definitive cult spaghetti western.

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Sourcing elements from abstract art, surrealist painting and minimalist cinema, Eraserhead makes for a riveting 90 minutes.

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The Harder they Come

Charismatic reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is electrifying as singer/revolutionary Ivan Martin in Jamaica's first-ever feature film.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The ultimate, quintessential and undisputed definition of cult film, covering all bases: sci-fi, horror, parody and musical glam-rock extravaganza!

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Z Channel: Magnificent Obsession

Xan Cassavetes' magnificent documentary chronicles the rise of Z Channel under the influence of maverick programmer Jerry Harvey.

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Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Set in contemporary Mexico, Peckinpah's slow and meditative film weaves inextricable links between sex, death, music and violence.

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Le Magnifique

François Merlin is a writer of pulp espionage thrillers who, pressured by deadline fever, slips into the fantasy world of his novels.

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Dog Day Afternoon

Sidney Lumet's richly detailed, meandering crime drama is based on an actual 1970s New York bank robbery.

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Two-Lane Blacktop

In this story of an existential cross-country drag race, speed freak/con artist GTO pits his Pontiac against the zombie rock star's souped-up Chevy.

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Turks Fruit (aka Turkish Delight)

Dutch bohemian sculptor Erik lives, and loves, without regard for social niceties, taking full advantage of the 1970s sexual revolution.

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Seduced by the lure of cheap drink, drugs and sex, American photojournalist, Richard Boyle, travels to El Salvador in search of a story.

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Bad Timing

This painfully close examination of a tortured affair takes the form of a detective mystery, delving into a labyrinth of memory and guilt.

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Rock All Night

Corman's appealing rock n' roll drive-in teen flick stars The Platters. Screens with Christian Blackwood's 1970s documentary.

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The Raven

Very loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem, The Raven is a wacky, slapstick comedy with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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The Wild Angels

Corman's biker gang exploitation film earned critical respect for its gritty documentary style.

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A Bucket of Blood

Arguably one of the first horror films to exploit black comedy to its full advantage.

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The Trip

The Trip follows a burned-out TV ad director (Peter Fonda) as he tries to get in touch with his inner self through LSD.

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The intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison.

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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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withnail & l

An exclusive screening of Withnail & I introduced by Richard E. Grant. Imported print courtesy of Handmade Films.

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the exorcist

The Exorcist's creepy awfulness remains embedded in the mind well after the credits have rolled.