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A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

The Exorcist III (1990) directed by William Peter Blatty

This second sequel wisely ignores the John Boorman abomination and tries to craft a true horror masterpiece. While marred by too many talky stretches, it manages some memorably creepy and scary sequences.

The Exorcist III

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Matinee (1993) directed by Joe Dante and starring John Goodman

This unfairly overlooked homage to the magic of old monster movies, set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is one of the director's best films.

The ant-headed Mant in Joe Dante's Matinee

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The Killers (1964) starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson

Don Siegel's adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story overcomes its cheap made-for-TV production values with some hilariously hardboiled dialogue, playful violence and the classic onscreen double-act of Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager.

Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager in The Killers

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Videodrome (1983) written and directed by David Cronenberg

James Woods plays a dealer in cable TV sex and violence who meets his match in the shape of a bizarre and perverse new show. Sonja Smits and Debbie Harry also star in a bodily horror tale which is now widely regarded as being one of the director's best.

James Woods in Videodrome

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North by Northwest (1959) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

While an archetypal mixture of Hitchcockian tropes, this vicariously thrilling and funny adventure stands as one of his very best.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

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This is Spinal Tap (1984) directed by Rob Reiner

This mockumentary parody of the pompous excess and egomania which has tended to surround many heavy rock bands has been endorsed for coming remarkably close to reality by a number of real musicians themselves.

This is Spinal Tap

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Black Christmas (1974) starring Olivia Hussey and Keir Dullea

Director Bob Clark's tense and atmospheric prototype slasher wasn't a major hit in its day but has gone on to be regarded as a horror classic over time.

Olivia Hussey in Black Christmas

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The Masque of the Red Death (1964) directed by Roger Corman

Vincent Price turns in one of his finest performances as Prince Prospero in this adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story.

Masque of the Red Death poster

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) starring Harrison Ford

It's a film which barely needs any introduction! Steven Spielberg's first Indiana Jones adventure has been much sequelled, cloned, parodied and homaged through the years - but never quite equalled.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Duel (1971) - Steven Spielberg’s first major hit

This made-for-TV killer trucker movie was such an eye-opener that it got extended and put in cinemas. It's a film loaded with cat-and-mouse tension and terror ably bolstered by Dennis Weaver's fine performance.

Truck in Steven Spielberg's Duel

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