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cult films

A cult film, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but specific group of international fans. Often, cult movies have failed to achieve fame outside the small fanbases; however, there have been exceptions that have managed to gain fame among mainstream audiences. Many cult movies were flops at the box office, or perhaps were critical failures. Others have gone on to transcend their original cult status and have become recognized as classics; others are of the "so bad it's good" variety and are destined to remain in obscurity. Cult films often become the source of a thriving, obsessive, and elaborate subculture of fandom, hence the analogy to cults. However, not every film with a devoted fanbase is necessarily a cult film. Films such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Jaws, Back to the Future or Scary Movie are too popular. Cult films are often known to be eccentric, often do not follow traditional standards of mainstream cinema and usually explore topics not considered in any way mainstream—yet there are examples that are relatively normal.


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