Danny Peary Cult Movies List

A Cult Classic on its own.

Danny Peary (born 1949) is a renowned American film critic, who published three influential books about "Cult Movies" in the early 1980s. Each book provides analytical essays about the plot and themes of all the films listed. Peary's books did a lot to attract attention to cult movies in the mainstream media and are often used as a reference guide. He established the definition of the phenomenon as a "movie that polarized audiences on its release and is only popular with a small number of enthusiasts, who spread information about it by word-of-mouth." Some of them are Vindicated by History or Vindicated by Cable. Many of the films he elevated to cult movie status are now considered Cult Classics. His list is very versatile and spans from the silent era to the midnight movie classics of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Sadly, Peary hasn't released any newer editions since, bringing the total amount of movies covered in his series to a mere 200. He explained that to him the disappearance of the midnight movie phenomenon in the late 1980s was the main reason. The AV Club has tried to continue the search for new cult movies with Scott Tobias' column The New Cult Canon.

Danny Peary's book series provide examples of:

The First Edition (1981)

The Second Edition (1983)

The Third Edition (1988)