Like to be scared, but don't want to be too mainstream about it? Join us as we count down our picks for the top 10 cult classics - category: horror

For this list, we've picked our favorite horror flicks that were not necessarily successful at the box-office, but which gathered sizeable followings over the years. That means movies that made a respectable amount of money in theatres do not qualify.

Cult classic horror movies have a dedicated and passionate fanbase, often for their unique style, subversive themes, or unconventional storytelling. Here are ten cult classic horror movies that have left a lasting impact on the genre:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A campy, musical horror-comedy that has developed a massive cult following, complete with audience participation during screenings.

The Evil Dead (1981)

Directed by Sam Raimi, this low-budget, gory horror film became a cult classic and spawned a successful franchise.

Eraserhead (1977)

A surreal and nightmarish film by David Lynch that has become an art-house horror classic, known for its disturbing imagery and atmospheric dread.

Donnie Darko (2001)

A mind-bending psychological horror film that gained a dedicated fanbase for its complex narrative and themes of time travel and mental illness.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Tobe Hooper's gritty and visceral horror film about a group of friends who encounter a family of cannibals in Texas.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

While not a traditional horror film, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's novel explores themes of violence and free will in a dystopian society.

The Wicker Man (1973)

A British folk horror film that blends mystery, suspense, and pagan rituals, with a memorable performance by Christopher Lee.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

A highly controversial Italian horror film that blurs the line between fiction and reality, known for its graphic violence and shock value.

Basket Case (1982)

A low-budget horror-comedy about a man who carries his deformed, homicidal twin brother in a basket. It's a quirky and memorable cult classic.

Phantasm (1979)

A surreal and dreamlike horror film that blends elements of science fiction and fantasy, centered around a sinister mortician known as the Tall Man.

These cult classic horror movies offer a wide range of styles and themes, and while they may not have achieved mainstream success upon release, they have found devoted audiences who appreciate their unique and often subversive qualities.


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