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We all have a movie that we consider to be “ours.” Whether it be the one that our family showed us as kids, the one we saw on a dark stormy night at a sleepover, or one we just discovered on TV, everyone eventually finds a movie that is as much a part of them as their own vital organs. This seems especially true if that beloved movie of yours maybe isn’t exactly loved by everyone else in the world.

This is where the term of “cult” comes into play. By definition, a “cult following” signifies a group of individuals with an incredible amount of passion for a specific aspect of culture. And with so many books, TV series, Broadway shows and movies that never really got the kind of respect their fandom thinks they deserved, the amount of titles that fall into “cult” category is becoming more and more frequent these days. The internet has only helped build cult followings all the faster.

How do we fall in love with a movie like this? Does the cult film choose us or was it destined for us in the stars long ago? Does it involve how our parents raised us and what fundamentally makes us the individuals we become?  I will now ask you to take a deep breath and travel with me to a slightly embarrassing time and place, the time when I (covered in raccoon eye liner) discovered the movie that changed me: Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise.

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Reader Recommendation: Phantom of the Paradise

/Film reader Phil C sent in this recommendation for Brian De Palma‘s 1974 cult film Phantom of the Paradise. The film was nominated for both an Academy Award  and Golden Globe for Best Music. Apparently a 2010 remake of the film is in development (or was in development?). I personally haven’t seen it, but It sounds interesting.

Have any of you guys seen it? And if so – What did you think?

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Hi Peter/whoever reading this,

I was just wondering if anyone at slashfilm has ever heard or seen the film Phantom of the Paradise, Its a cult film from the 70s, Brian Depalma Directed, amazing film though, one of my favorites. Phantom of the opera, except its a rock opera (Paul willliams FYI). If you haven’t please check it out asap and write something on it. its such a great film and soo little on it and no one has ever heard of this movie, but it is honestly just amazing, i can’t really put into words why anyone should see it or enjoy it but it is just fucking awesome and you see him tipping his hat to many of the great filmmakers eras of film and music, orson welles, hitchcock, german expressionist, 50s rock, everything and its very interesting to see de palamas filmmaking at such an early stage, please check this out and see it.  You wont be disappointed. o yea this beats the fucking shit out of rocky horror picture show.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071994/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n5qVJEg3qA