Defining Cult Movies  

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Defining Cult Movies : The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Tastes (2003) is a book on cult films by various authors, edited by Mark Jancovich, Antonio Lazaro Reboli, Julian Stringer and Andrew Willis.

About the authors

Mark Jancovich is Reader and Director of the Institute of Film Studies, Antonio Lazaro Reboll is Lector in Hispanic Studies, and Julian Stringer is Lecturer in Film Studies, all at the University of Nottingham. Andrew Willis is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at the University of Salford.


This collection concentrates on the analysis of cult movies, how they are defined, who defines them and the cultural politics of these definitions. The definition of the cult movie relies on a sense of its distinction from the "mainstream" or "ordinary." This also raises issues about the perception of it as an oppositional form of cinema, and of its strained relationships to processes of institutionalization and classification. In other words, cult movie fandom has often presented itself as being in opposition to the academy, commercial film industries and the media more generally, but has been far more dependent on these forms than it has usually been willing to admit. The international roster of essayists range over the full and entertaining gamut of cult films from Dario Argento, Spanish horror and Peter Jackson's New Zealand gorefests to sexploitation, kung fu and sci-fi flicks. --from the publisher

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