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500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide [Paperback]

Jennifer Eiss , JP Rutter , Steve White
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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7 Jun 2010 500 Essential
There are distinct qualities that make a movie a cult: a devoted and niche following, popularity based on word-of-mouth enthusiasm, and a tendency to remain in fans memories years after release, as well as many other intricacies, often hotly debated by film buffs. 500 Essential Cult Movies sifts through the greatest movies ever made, to bring together a list of the best cult classics that ever graced the cinema screens or didnt, in some cases! From Carpenter to Lucas, Cronenberg to Lynch, Scorsese to Spielberg the big names in cult are all there, as well as the more obscure films that may have sneaked below the radar. Sorted into chapters based on genre, this vast collection includes plot synopses, reviews and further viewing recommendations for each title. 500 Essential Cult Movies is a must-read for all film aficionados and aspiring buffs alike.


Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX; 1st edition (7 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814886
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Eiss is a freelance writer, book editor and award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history (it's fun!). She's published books on film and zombies and will watch just about any film or TV show with ghosties and beasties, even if it's pants. You can find out more about her at www.jennifereiss.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE FILM 21 July 2010
Format:Paperback
As a not-so-young movie aficionado (and not just a 'cult' movie goer) this book really hit the spot. It's like being re-introduced to many old favourites across every genre and it's written in a way that just makes you want to go and see them again. As the introduction says, you can either read straight through it, or use it as a reference guide - either way, I think it's a great addition to anyone's library of film books and clearly a labour of love on the part of the author.

As far as the definition of 'cult' goes, I agree with the author when she says that a cult movie can also be a mainstream movie and if the Star Wars series isn't 'cult', then I'm not sure what is.

The layout is excellent, the pictures are well-chosen and the suggestions for further viewing are very interesting and, if you're a neophyte filmgoer, very helpful.

If I have a criticism, it is that I hate the headline typeface. But maybe that's just me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as shown 25 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book is fine, arrived promptly, but is not as shown in illustration. I suppose it's just a different cover design. It's a good read tho'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A matter of opinion. 7 July 2012
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, books of this nature invariably come down to whether or not you agree with the author's choices. Regrettably, most of the so-called Cult Movies featured in this book are far from that. Indeed, the majority are mainstream films, with foreign language and Art House featuring hardly at all. I bought this as a gift for a Film Studies student, and was frankly a bit embarrassed to give it to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best essential guide to cult movies 30 Oct 2010
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This is quite simply the best guide to cult movies on the market. Jennifer Eiss hits the mark time and again, highlighting the more obvious film faves, but also reminding me of forgotten cult classics and unearthing a few complete gems of which I had previously never heard. Her descriptions are erudite, enlightening and entertaining while offering a deep and unique insight to both an aficionado and amateur film buff alike. She is the Eiss queen of cult.
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