Danny Peary's Cult Movies 1, 2 & 3

This is a list of the 200 films that make up author Danny Peary's trio of indispensable guides to the cult movie world. I encountered Peary's first volume in the mid-'80s just as I was really beginning to tear into film history. I still haven't quite seen all of the films (though I am extremely close to completing the task), but for the most part, these volumes were crucial to how I approach film watching today.

Peary did not select all of these films because he necessarily loved, liked or even respected them. In fact, there are some for which his words betray his dislike. The films were chosen because, at the time these books were conceived, there were either…

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  • All About Eve
  • Bad
  • Badlands
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bedtime for Bonzo
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Billy Jack
  • Black Sunday
  • The Brood
  • Burn!
  • Caged Heat
  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • Witchfinder General
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Deep End
  • Detour
  • Duck Soup
  • El Topo
  • Emmanuelle
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Eraserhead
  • Fantasia
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Force of Evil
  • 42nd Street
  • Freaks
  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • Greetings
  • Gun Crazy
  • Halloween
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • The Harder They Come
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Honeymoon Killers
  • House of Wax
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • It's a Gift
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Johnny Guitar
  • The Killing
  • King Kong
  • King of Hearts
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • La Cage aux folles
  • Land of the Pharaohs
  • Laura
  • The Little Shop of Horrors
  • Lola Montès
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Mad Max
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Man of the West
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Nutty Professor
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Out of the Past
  • Outrageous!
  • Pandora's Box
  • Peeping Tom
  • Performance
  • Petulia
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Pretty Poison
  • The Producers
  • The Rain People
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Red Shoes
  • Reefer Madness
  • Rio Bravo
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Searchers
  • Shock Corridor
  • The Shooting
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Sylvia Scarlett
  • The Tall T
  • Targets
  • Tarzan and His Mate
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Top Hat
  • Trash
  • Two for the Road
  • Two-Lane Blacktop
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Up in Smoke
  • Vertigo
  • The Warriors
  • Where’s Poppa?
  • The Wild Bunch
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Altered States