In response to a recent NPR post on Cult films, I have generated a list of films that almost made it to cult film status… based on the premise that most cult films have a “poor man’s” equivalent.
This list is appropriately short. With due respect to NPR, I know their list is compiled from a top 100, but 100 is simply too long.
So, without further ado, here is your Poor Man’s Cult Film Equivalent list:
CULT FILM: The Big Lebowski (1998) / PME: King Pin (1996)*
* This one puzzles and angers me. King Pin was released two years prior to TBL and yet, the Farrelly Bros never get the acclaim they deserve.
CULT FILM: Usual Suspects (1995) / PME: Suicide Kings (1997)
CULT FILM: Pretty in Pink (1986) / PME: Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
CULT FILM: Pulp Fiction (1994) / PME: Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
CULT FILM: Play Misty for Me (1971) / PME: Fatal Attraction (1987)
I’m leaving it at these five, folks. The more I research this topic, the more this turns into a piece about rip offs, and frankly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Of course, I’m always open to disagreement and/or criticism… and I adore the occasional profanity shower… Send me yours, if you dare.