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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective


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.

RoboCop (1987) dir: Paul Verhoeven, starring Peter Weller

The controversial Dutch director's comic-book sci-fi action flick both revels in and slyly subverts its own genre, twisting itself into a razor-sharp corporate satire in the process. The action is exhilarating, the comedic skits are stingingly funny and the cast is superb.

Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop

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Repo Man (1984) written and directed by Alex Cox

This defiant cult debut mixes drama, satire, sci-fi, action and punk music in a deconstruction of the myth of America's success story.

Emilio Estevez and Zander Schloss in Repo Man

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Flash Gordon (1980)

Dino de Laurentiis's adaptation is a gaudy, Queen-scored cult classic.

Zarkov, Flash and Dale meet Ming

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​Lifeforce (1985)

A love-hate relationship with this space sex vampire flick from Cannon Pictures.

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The War of the Worlds (1953)

George Pal's adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel is still chillingly relevant despite some dated aspects.

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​The Sorcerers (1967)

Crimes committed by mind control in Michael Reeves's cult favourite.

Boris Karloff in Michael Reeves' The Sorcerers

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