There is nothing like an old horror movie to give you the creeps. It’s not just the scary plot or the boogeyman they deploy. The simple unfamiliarity of the past adds up to the disorienting effect. And what is horror but a disruption of whatever you think is normal?
What is a cult classic movie? As the “cult” part hints, it’s a film that awakes profound devotion in a small but enthusiastic audience. There is a redemptive quality in this. It usually applies to disreputable products that go against the reigning concepts of quality and good taste. They might begin their lives as critical and economic failures. The mainstream hates them or, worse, ignores them. But we, who know better, love it. Maybe they are just too odd. They are more at ease at the Art House than at the Multiplex.
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