Bright Lights Film Journal. Ohio State University Press. Although critics Pauline Kael and Arthur Knight argued against arbitrary divisions into high and low cultureAmerican films settled into rigid genres; European art films continued to push the boundaries of simple definitions, and these exploitative art films and artistic exploitation films would go on to influence American cult films. The Night of the Hunter was a cult film for years, quoted often and championed by fans, before it was reassessed as an important and influential classic. Leonard Kastlewho directed The Honeymoon Killersnever directed another film again.
Unconcerned with genre distinctions, they drew inspiration equally from the nonconformity of European art cinema and experimental filmthe gritty subject matter of Italian neorealismand the shocking images of s exploitation.
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The Cult Film Reader. Oppositional Telebranding and the Cult of the Horror Auteur". What Is Cult Cinema? Violence, gore, sexual perversity, and even the music can be pushed to stylistic excess far beyond that allowed by mainstream cinema. So often we stop with just the silent quickie wank before going off to sleep. They may also watch films idiosyncratically: