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Earning Cult Status: How Some Movie Franchises Keep Going

Qualifying a film to “cult” status is a matter of debate. Typically, they are films that could rarely compete (financially) in a summer market and are usually not viewed as having a mass-market appeal. Some have instant appeal to recruiting fans (Kick-Ass) while others take time and fans hammering others into screenings (The Boondock Saints). Some even have to be so-bad-they’re-good, like nearly any of Ed Wood’s films. Regardless of genre or box-office tally, one universal trait to a cult film is the pure, unadulterated dedication of the fans to said film.

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