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Top Ten Cult Films Established by Hotdog

According to Digital Spy, Hotdog magazine has published the results of a poll taken to ferret out the top ten cult films of all time. I'll be damned if "The Wicker Man" doesn't top the list. The pagan classic keeps company with--in descending order--"Donnie Darko," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Freaks," "Withnail & I," "The Wizard of Oz," "Plan 9 from Outer Space," "The Crow," "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."

Pretty smooth going ... until you get to "The Wizard of Oz"! What the heck is that doing on the same list as "Plan 9 from Outer Space"? It's got me thinking about the definition of cult, to be honest. Merriam-Webster and American Heritage both emphasize the faddishness of the devotion commonly associated with the term, but it seems to me that we mean to imply something about the size of the devoted audience when we slap cult status on someone or something. And maybe it's not just a matter of how big or small that audience is but what portion of a larger group it represents.

If this last notion is near the mark, maybe "Oz" fits into the list as well as any of the other titles, but if we're really talking about sheer numbers (or sheer faddishness), I'd brush the Wizard aside.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 3, 2006 9:19 PM
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