"Play it again, Sam" is the motto of cult film enthusiasts, who will watch their favorite movie over and over, "beyond all reason." What is the appeal of cult movies? Why do fans turn up in droves at midnight movies or sit through the same three-hanky classics from Hollywood's golden era? These are some of the questions J. P. Telotte and twelve other noted film scholars consider in this ground breaking study of the cult film.
About the Author
J. P. Telotte is Professor of Literature, Communications, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Table of Contents
- I. Introduction: Mapping the Cult
- 1. J. P. Telotte. Beyond All Reason: The Nature of the Cult
- 2. Bruce Kawin. After Midnight
- 3. Timothy Corrigan. Film and the Culture of the Cult.
- II. The Classical Cult Film
- 4. J. P. Telotte. Casablanca and the Larcenous Cult Film
- 5. Larry Vonalt. Looking Both Ways in Casablanca
- 6. James Card. Confessions of a Casablanca Cultist: An Enthusiast Meets the Myth and Its Flaws
- 7. T. J. Ross. The Cult Send-Up: Beat the Devil or Goodbye, Casablanca
- 8. Wade Jennings. The Star as Cult Icon: Judy Garland.
- III. The Midnight Movie
- 9. Allison Graham. Journey to the Center of the Fifties: The Cult of Banality
- 10. Barry K. Grant. Science Fiction Double Feature: Ideology in the Cult Film
- 11. Gaylyn Studlar. Midnight S/Excess: Cult Configurations of “Femininity” and the Perverse
- 12. Robert E. Wood. Don’t Dream It: Performance and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- 13. Gregory A. Waller. Midnight Movies, 1980–1985: A Market Study
- 14. David Lavery. Gnosticism and the Cult Film.
- A Selective Cult Film Bibliography.
- Notes on Contributors.