The label “cult movie” is typically applied to any motion picture that under-performs or goes largely unnoticed upon release, but still manages to amass a cult-like fan following. Usually, it’s for an older film, but occasionally cult interest will spring up around a critically panned disaster, sometimes ironically, but oftentimes not.
Achieving cult status isn’t always easy though, since word of mouth is pretty much the only way people hear about movies that were released years ago that nobody saw in theaters. So to help inform fans of offbeat cinema that there are still a few underappreciated gems out there, we’ve put together this list of 10 movies that are on the brink of becoming cult classics.
In Slither, a small American town in South Carolina is hit by a meteorite and discovered by a man who is considering cheating on his wife. When he is attacked by something from the meteor, he becomes host to an alien creature that infects him with the overwhelming desire to eat meat and find someone he can use as an incubator for thousands of alien larvae. While the movie did poorly in theaters, it was largely attributed to the movie’s blend of comedy and horror, as many people were expecting more of a straightforward terrifying monster experience. For more open-minded moviegoers and fans of John Carpenter films, Slither was an instant hit that perfectly captured the spirit of the horror-comedy genre. Especially the over-the-top gore and grotesque human transformations. Plus, it stars Nathan Fillion, a man who’s pretty much impossible to dislike in any role.