What is cult cinema? How is it defined? Characteristics of cult films range from being “so bad they’re good” to having cult-like fanbases to being underground or obscure. Amongst fans of cult cinema, it remains difficult to pinpoint an exact definition, as this film classification spans genres and decades. In this Decal, we will study the history, social and cultural influence, and various subcategories of cult cinema in order to broaden our understanding and engage with discourse surrounding its many definitions.
CLASS STRUCTURE: Each week, there will be a short lecture followed by a screening of a film (including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Big Lebowski, The Room, Eraserhead, and more!!). Articles will be assigned for required reading, and a brief reading response will be due after each class. At the end of each of the four units, there will be a class discussion and a 1-page paper due about your thoughts on the films.
ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend each class, as the film screenings will be necessary to participate in discussions and write unit papers. Attendance counts for 30% of the total course grade. That being said, we're willing to work with you and accommodate you if you need an excused absence. Don't hesitate to reach out!
NOTE: Many of these films fall into the “cult” category because of their explicit nature. Students should be aware that these films contain some graphic content.