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                    (2003)   Code 46             

A love story set in a Brave New World-type near-future.

Unlike some of the previous entries, this is not an action movie, so there's time to take a breath and think about the severity of the amount of control futurists wish to have over personal interactions.

- Tim Robbins...  William Geld
- Samantha Morton...  Maria Gonzales

                    (2004)   I, Robot             

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Transhumanism is a strong part of Futurism, and films like "I, Robot" offer an entry-point for the masses in order to normalise the concept that transformation from the biological human form is something to desire.

- Will Smith...  Del Spooner
- Bridget Moynahan...  Susan Calvin
- Bruce Greenwood...  Lawrence Robertson
- James Cromwell...  Dr Alfred Lanning
- Chi McBride...  Lt. John Bergin
- Alan Tudyk...  Sonny

                    (2002)   Equilibrium             

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

When one opinion is imposed upon all of society, you get progressivism on steroids.

- Christian Bale...  John Preston
- Taye Diggs... Brandt
- Sean Bean...  Partridge
- Sean Pertwee...  Father
- Angus Macfadyen...  Dupont
- Emily Watson...  Mary O'Brien

                    (1995)   12 Monkeys             

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Terry Gilliam delivers a powerful slice of dystopia with this movie - probably in most people's "top ten" cult movies of all time.

- Bruce Willis...  James Cole
- Madeleine Stowe...  Kathryn Railly
- Brad Pitt...  Jeffrey Goines
- Christopher Plummer...  Dr Goines
- David Morse...  Dr Peters

                    (1972)   Fear in the Night             

A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, and finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man, but nobody believes her.

- Judy Geeson...  Peggy Heller
- Ralph Bates...  Robert Heller
- Joan Collins...  Molly Carmichael
- Peter Cushing...  Headmaster Michael Carmichael

                    (2002)   Minority Report             

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Cult Classics do not usually include successful mainstream movies, but the entire concept of thought crimes/pre-crimes is simply too important to the Futurists to avoid including Minority Report and some of the concepts it contains.

- Tom Cruise...  John Anderton
- Max von Sydow...  Director Burgess
- Colin Farrell...  Danny Witwer

                    (1973)   The Devi'ls Plaything   
a.k.a.  Vampire Ecstasy   
- Der Fluch der schwarzen Schwestern (original title)

Adult Horror (nudity alert) - A lesbian vampire's soul is kept on in the bodies of her descendants. 

The hypnotic drums and painted bodies give the movie more of a voodoo vibe than old European vampire (it is mostly a mind control movie after all, the vampirism is almost an afterthought).

Oh boy, where to begin - this is not a masterpiece by anybody's standards but it is one of the biggest cult movies of all time, 

The biggest controversy was the casting of young Swedish actress Marie Forså as Helga.  By modern standards she was exploited, which led on to her appearing in a couple of porn movies where she got reamed by Harry Reems (Flossie and Butterflies).  Apparently, they had told her all actresses have sex when filming their love scenes, so she agreed, assuming that's what everybody else did too.

                    (1971)   Straw Dogs             

A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

Even in the non-PC days of 1971, the rape scene was considered too controversial for most audiences and was heavily censored/banned.  This is the fully uncut version.

- Dustin Hoffman...  David Summer
- Susan George...  Amy
- Peter Vaughn...  Tom Hedden
- TP McKenna...  Maj. John Scott

                    (1971)   Fright             

Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. Then the real terror begins.

- Honor Blackman...  Helen
- Susan George...  Amanda
- Ian Bannen...  Brian
- George Cole...  Jim
- Dennis Waterman...  Chris
- John Gregson...  Dr Cordell

                    (1971)   Die Screaming Marianne             

Euro-Crime...  After their parents divorce, one daughter lives with her mother in England while the other lives with her father in Portugal. After the untimely death of her mother, the father wants his secrets to remain hidden and the sister wants the money.

One of the movies that made a star out of Susan George.  Technically it's a British movie, but you'll soon see that it's totally a Euro-Crime vibe that the movie has.

- Susan George...  Marianne Evans
- Barry Evans...  Eli Frome
- Christopher Sandford...  Sebastian Smith
- Judy Huxtable...  Hildegard
- Leo Genn...  The Judge

                    1971 was the year Susan George became a sensation when she starred in three movies all released in that year, after having been a supporting actress for a few years.

- Die Screaming Marianne
- Fright
- Straw Dogs

Susan ended up doing as much on British television as in movies because after her sex symbol status happened, all she was being sent were scripts that involved her being naked and/or an assault victim that she didn't want to do.
                    (1974)   Zardoz             

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

If you haven't seen Zardoz before, then buckle-up for a unique experience.  It contains layers of futurist esoterica, but it can feel like a wasted opportunity despite the intrigue it delivers (considered very self-indulgent at the time).

- Sean Connery...  Zed
- Charlotte Rampling...  Consuella
- Sara Kestelman...  May
- John Alderton...  Friend
- Sally Anne Newton...  Avalow
- Jessica Swift...  Apathetic
- Niall Buggy...  Arthur Frayn (Zardoz)

                    (1967)   The Sorcerers             

An aging hypnotist creates a device that allows the user to control the mind of another person, but his wife abuses its power by manipulating a younger man to commit evil acts.

- Boris Karloff...  Prof. Marcus Monserrat
- Catherine Lacey...  Estelle Monserrat
- Elizabeth Ercy...  Nicole
- Ian Ogilvy...  Mike Roscoe
- Victor Henty...  Alan
- Sally (Dani) Sheridan...  Laura Ladd
- Susan George...  Audrey Woods
- Ivor Dean...  Inspector Matalon

                    (1967)   Point Blank             

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the money that was stolen from him.

The 1960's didn't allow the gore of modern movies, but you had a generation of actors that had seen real action in WWII, and they didn't come more badass than we have with Lee Marvin as Walker.

- Lee Marvin...  Walker
- Angie Dickinson...  Chris
- Keenan Wynn...  Yost
- Carroll O'Connor...  Brewster
- Lloyd Bochner...  Frederick Carter
- Sharon Acker...  Lynne

                    (1964)   The Killers             

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

When badass had class - this was the only movie in which Ronald Reagan played a villain, but the badass award goes to Lee Marvin who saw serious action in the Pacific (he was shot by enemy machinegun fire at Battle of Saipan and a sniper shot him in the foot).

- Lee Marvin...  Charlie Strom
- Angie Dickinson...  Sheila Farr
- John Cassavetes...  Johnny North
- Clu Gulager...  Lee
- Ronald Reagan...  Jack Browning
- Claude Atkins...  Earl Sylvester

                    (1973)   The Wicker Man (The Final Cut)              

A puritan Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed; stranger still are the pagan rites that take place there.

The original classic - some scenes have been lost forever, but this is the most complete version (some recovered scenes have noticablly poorer picture quality).  Christopher Lee used to say this was his favourite performance from his career. 

- Edward Woodward...  Sergeant Howie
- Christopher Lee...  Lord Summerisle
- Diane Cilento...  Miss Rose
- Britt Ekland...  Willow
- Ingrid Pitt...  Librarian
- Lindsay Kemp...  Alder MacGreagor
- Russell Waters...  Harbour Master

                    Doris Bither - The Real Entity Story             

Interview with Dr Barry Taff, in which he tells us about the true story behind The Entity, along with highlighting some of the differences between the real events and the dramatisation in the movie.
                    (1982)   The Entity             

Supernatural Mystery Horror - A woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.  Can it be stopped?

This is not actually as salacious as it first sounds... yes, Barbara Hershey does get naked, but in the context of the subject, it's not as exploitative one might at first assume...
...The incredible reason for this is because The Entity is genuinely based upon real events that actually took place (see the following post for interview with Dr Barry Taff).

- Barbara Hershey...  Carla Moran
- Ron Silver...  Phil Sneiderman
- David Labiosa...  Billy
- George Coe...  Dr Weber
- Margaret Blye...  Cindy Nash
- Jacqueline Brookes...  Dr Cooley

                    (1959)   The Killer Shrews (colorized)             

On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.

B movies have a cult following for various reasons.  I feel this is one of the better movies in the "Killer B's" category, presented here in a restored & colorized format.

- James Best...  Thorne Sherman
- Ingrid Goude...  Ann Craigis
- Ken Curtis...  Jerry Farrell
- Gordon McLendon...  Dr Baines
- Baruch Lumet...  Dr Craigis

                    (1994)   The Last Seduction             

A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.

Low-key modern noir - if you looked up "manipulative bitch" in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Linda Fiorentino's character.

- Linda Fiorentino...  Bridget Gregory / Wendy Kroy
- Peter Berg...  Mike Swale
- Bill Pullman...  Clay Gregory