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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 November 2013
Ok! This is good value for money, 425 pages of movies with nutshell reviews. For a film fan looking for some titles that may be of interest to them? Then there is undoubtedly some rewards here, where certainly myself has found some I'm very interested in. However, this really isn't a Cult Movie book, oh it has some Cult Movies in here, but it's padded out with about 80% of films that are far from being Cultish, in fact most of the biggest blockbusters and popular films of all time are in here! There's also some mistakes which while not important in the context of a film review as such, but to say that Ben Johnson is the husband of Jean Arthur in Shane is treason to Western fans, and ignorant of the great work that Van Heflin does in that particular role.

But there we go, is Shane a Cult Movie?... 6/10
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VINE VOICEon 21 September 2007
This is without doubt a very useful book.

With hundreds of reviews covering every genre, it's an intelligently written and witty little number, more than capable of pointing you in the right direction of many great films you might not have otherwise considered. It's so user-friendly, in fact, I guarantee you'll be flicking through its pages on a regular basis in relation to your viewing and buying habits. I certainly have, and often still do (LONE STAR, 1996, Dir. John Sayles, p449/Westerns, being my most recent DVD acquisition).

And due to its easily-accessible nature and scale, THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CULT MOVIES, I kid you not, makes for ideal reading matter in the, er, powder room. Trust me, you'll be amazed at your capacity for info-retention during these sessions - I'm rather fond of the following quote, which seems to have lodged itself firmly in the brain for no particular reason: "You're not only wrong, you're wrong at the top of your voice" (Spencer Tracy, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, 1954, Dir. John Sturgess, p412/Thrillers). So, in one end but not always out the other.

Okay then, sit down, relax...and say hello to a small but perfectly formed mini-repository of facts and entertainment. It'll never outstay its welcome, that's for sure.

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on 25 March 2007
Don't be fooled, there is precious little about cult movies in this book. The book starts out with a very dubious definition of what constitutes a cult movie and then seemingly ignores this definition and presents reviews of predominantly mainstream films. Where cult movies do appear they tend to be regarded with disdain rather then reverence. For a much more informative and humorous review of cult movies see Jonathan Ross' excellent book "The Incredibly Strange Film Book".
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on 5 November 2001
Full of fun, daft trivia (I can't get over the idea of David Niven as the Humphrey Bogart character in The African Queen), and probably one too many pictures of Elvis Presley. The genre-by-genre guide makes it east to dip in to. A very good stocking filler if you've got a friend or relative who's enthusiastic about the movies.
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on 27 November 2014
Excellent Little book. Great for any one in cult movies.
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