From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Moviedrome was a BBC2 series where a cult movie was introduced before it was shown. Moviedrome first showed up in 1988 when director Alex Cox hosted the introductions. Cox hosted Moviedrome (shown every summer) until 1994. In 1997 the show returned with movies chosen and introduced by Mark Cousins, to less popular appeal.
In its first broadcast, Cox explained what cult films were to him:
- "What is a cult film? A cult film is one that has a passionate following, but does not appeal to everyone. James Bond movies are not cult films, but chainsaw movies are. Just because a film has become a cult movie does not automaticall guarantee quality. Some are very bad; others are very, very good. Some make an awful lot of money at the box office; others make no money at all. Some are considered quality films; others are exploitation movies.
- One thing cult movies do have in common is that they are all genre films - for example gangster films or westerns. They also have a tendency to slosh over from one genre into another, so that a science fiction film might also be a detective movie, or vice versa. They share common themes as well, themes that are found in all drama: love, murder and greed." --Alex Cox, in the first show of Moviedrome, 1988
Implied in his choice are also many one-hit wonders.
List of films
The Wicker Man (May 8th), Electra Glide in Blue, Diva, Razorback, Big Wednesday, Fat City, The Last Picture Show, Barbarella, The Hired Hand, Johnny Guitar, The Parallax View, The Long Hair of Death, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Fly (1958), One From The Heart, The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, One-Eyed Jacks
The Man With The X-Ray Eyes Jabberwocky D.O.A. The Thing From Another World The Incredible Shrinking Man California Dolls THX 1138 Stardust Memories Night of the Comet The Grissom Gang The Big Carnival Alphaville Two-Lane Blacktop Trancers The Buddy Holly Story Five Easy Pieces Sweet Smell of Success Sunset Boulevard
Assault on Precinct 13 Brazil Get Carter Goin’ South Dead of Night The Terminator The Honeymoon Killers Ulzana's Raid The Loved One An American Werewolf in London Yojimbo A Wedding The Phenix City Story Walk on the Wild Side Il Grande Silenzio Quien sabe?
The Beguiled Vamp Knightriders Something Wild Carnival of Souls Badlands / The Prowler Performance At Close Range The Duellists / Cape Fear The Music Lovers Manhunter Hells Angels on Wheels / Rumble Fish Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? Solaris Mishima
Mad Max II / F for Fake Dead Ringers / Rabid Inserts The Serpent and the Rainbow Les Diaboliques La Strategia del Ragno Escape from New York Alligator / Q - The Winged Serpent Wise Blood / The Witchfinder General Lolita Play Misty For Me Walker Tracks The Day of the Locust / The Big Knife
Darkman House of Games Escape from Alcatraz / Un condamné à mort s’est échappé The Hill Cry-Baby / Lenny Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) / Romance of a Horsethief Gothic/ The Navigator The Terminator Get Carter / Week-end Rebel Without A Cause / 200 Motels Django / Grim Prairie Tales Run of the Arrow / Verboten! The Long Riders The Big Combo Face to Face Requiescant Qué he heche yo para merecer esto? Carrie
1994 (Alex Cox's final year)
The Andromeda Strain / Fiend Without A Face Talk Radio Carnal Knowledge Coogan’s Bluff / The Narrow Margin The Harder They Come Salvador The People Under the Stairs Halloween / The Baby Carny Girl on a Motorcycle / Psychomania Race with the Devil / Detour Rope / 84 Charlie Mopic To Sleep with Anger / Le Mépris Excalibur / Nothing Lasts Forever Naked Tango / Apartment Zero Major Dundee / Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Kiss Me Deadly
Scarface Westworld / Demon Seed The Fly / Society Exotica Blue Collar / American Gigolo Dazed and Confused / La Vie Sexuelle des Belges The Girl Can’t Help it / Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana The Warriors / La Haine Spanking the Monkey Logan’s Run / Fahrenheit 451 The Fog / Darkness in Tallinn Storyville / Ruthless Vanishing Point / The Devil Thumbs a Ride Targets Liebestraum Bad Timing The Conversation All That Heaven Allows / The Reckless Moment
Clockers Ed Wood / The Body Snatcher Prêt-à-porter Videodrome / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Carlito’s Way The Osterman Weekend Mommie Dearest Johnny Guitar Branded to Kill The List of Adrian Messenger One-Eyed Jacks
Blood and Wine / Plein Soleil
Rumble in the Bronx / Clubbed to Death
The Killers (1964) / On Dangerous Ground
The Underneath / The Hitch-Hiker
Walkabout / Don’t Look Now
White of the Eye
The Last American Hero