10 Creepy Cult Classics to Watch This Halloween Season, Ranked by IMDb

The Halloween season has officially begun, and it’s time to make sure your monthly watch list reflects it. There is no universal definition of a “cult classic”, but there are several signifiers. Usually used in relation to underground movies, midnight movies and box office bombs, what holds any cult classic together is its ardent fan base.

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A film is usually crowned a cult classic when it has a small but dedicated following that forms an elaborate subculture around it – hence a “cult”. There are many niche movies that are perfect for watching this spooky and spooky time of year.


‘Jennifer’s Body’ (2009)

As a high school cheerleader (Megan Fox) demonically possessed after a satanic ritual gone awry, she feeds on the flesh of her male classmates to satiate her cannibalistic cravings. As the film’s opening line states, “Hell is a teenage girl.”

Jennifer’s body has a dismal rating on IMDb of 5.4. Needless to say, it was a box office bomb, dismissed as a trashy horror comedy experiment by critics and audiences alike. However, this could have been due to the marketing of the screenwriter Diablo Cody explained, “everything was wrong”. Jennifer’s body has since been cherished as a cult feminist horror film in the wake of MeToo.

‘X’ (2022)

In 1979, a group of adult filmmakers traveled to rural Texas, where they met a reclusive elderly couple who caught them in the act. A tribute to the grindhouse movies of the 70’s, director Ti West‘s love of the slasher genre oozes from every scene and every crevice. Mia Goth and Jenna Ortega also shine as Gen Z scream queens.

With a relatively low rating of 6.6 on IMDb, X has what it takes to be a modern cult classic. The film is an uncompromising declaration of love to its influences, made for a specific group of horror fanatics.

‘Titan’ (2021)

To Julia Ducournauhis directorial debut, Rawa cannibalistic coming-of-age film, left viewers swooning, her second film was highly anticipated. titanium follows a young woman (Agatha Rouselle) with a titanium plate on her head and a disturbing obsession with cars. It also follows a father who is reunited with his missing son. How these two stories are intertwined will probably surprise you.

The film’s average rating of 6.6 on IMDb proves it’s not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. Body horror fans will love it titaniumbut it’s definitely not for everyone.

‘Heath’ (1989)

At Westerburg High, Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) struggles to fit into the cheeky Heathers clique: Duke (Shannen Doherty), McNamara (Lisane Falk) and Queen Bee Chandler (Kim Walker). When a mysterious newcomer and a James Dean look-alike arrive, complete with a cocky grin and a leather jacket, Veronica’s teenage angst suddenly causes a body count.

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Over two decades after its initial publication heather still influencing iconic teen movies, including the new Netflix release take revenge. If that, along with his 7.2 rating on IMDb, doesn’t cement it heather‘Cult classic status, I don’t know what will.

‘Videodrome’ (1983)

Written and directed by the King of Body Horror, David Kronenberg, videodrome follows a programmer (James Woods) at an adult entertainment TV station that encounters nightmares: a mysterious broadcast signal of snuff movies. As he attempts to uncover the source of the signal, he becomes increasingly disconnected from reality through a series of disturbing and bizarre hallucinations.

Despite being a box office bomb with mainstream audiences in 1983, it was heralded as a cult classic in niche circles and Cronenberg’s best film to date, with a 7.2 rating on IMDb.

‘Hereditary’ (2018)

When her unstable mother dies, Annie (Tony Collette), her husband, son and daughter mourn the loss. Wracked with grief, Annie and her children begin experiencing strange visions and compulsions. In the director Ari Aster‘s twisted and nightmarish notion, the generational trauma is monstrous and inescapable.

Described as of this generation The Exorcist, Hereditary is truly terrifying, with an average rating of 7.3 on IMDb. midsummer isn’t far behind with a 7.1 rating, and Aster’s much-anticipated third film has been described as a four-hour “nightmare comedy.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)

When a no-nonsense young couple’s car breaks down, they are forced to stay at the home of Dr. Frank N. to seek refuge. Continue (Tim Curry), a mad cross-dressing scientist about to reveal his latest creation. As Brad and Janet indulge in absolute pleasure, it’s clear this night will be remembered for a long time.

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Any conversation about cult classics would be incomplete without mentioning it The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has an IMDb rating of 7.4. Since the film’s midnight release more than four decades ago, die-hard fans have dressed up as the film’s quirky characters to screenings, singing along and shouting in response.

“Grindhouse” (2007)

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez band together to pay homage to the exploitation doubles features of the ’60s and ’70s. death proof is a slasher flick with the most satisfying ending while planet terror shows the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The two films are linked as in the good old days with fake trailers in between.

While it currently has an IMDb rating of 7.5, grinding house was a box office bomb in 2007. It was a move by and for cinephiles. A love letter to a long-extinct style of cinema that mainstream audiences just didn’t understand.

“The Wicker Man” (1973)

When Sergeant Neil Howie, a devout Christian, arrives in a remote Scottish island village in search of a missing 12-year-old girl, he stumbles upon a strange pagan cult that engages in disturbing fertility rituals and denies the existence of a missing girl.

Described by Cinematic as the Citizen Kane of horror films”, The Wicker Man has an IMDb rating of 7.5. On its original release as a “B feature” in a double bill alongside it don’t look now, the film was met with confusion from critics and viewers alike. However, over the next twenty years, the film attracted new audiences and gained its status as a cult classic.

Donnie Darko (2001)

After narrowly escaping death, a troubled teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by disturbing visions of a man in a large bunny suit calling himself Frank. When Darko discovers that the world will end in 28 days, he becomes drawn into a series of bizarre events that may reflect his fading sanity.

With an impressive IMDb rating of 8, Donnie Darko is a chilling cult classic that will leave viewers scratching their heads long after the credits have rolled. While it may seem confusing at first, the satisfaction of peeling away the film’s endless layers is worth it all. Perhaps the only truly inexplicable element of this film is that only two people appeared at one evil Dead Demonstration on Halloween.

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