British Cult Cinema: Mind the Gap | Offscreen
Mind the gap is more than just a warning phrase on the London Underground, it's also the favourite saying of the troglodyte cannibalistic killer in the British horror film Raw Meat. Mind the gap: you could also consider it a warning when it comes to watching cult films, a collective term for those films that hide in the deepest recesses of the mainstream. Unclassifiable and transgressive, these are the beloved bastard children of cinema: guilty pleasures, sentiments of youth or unsung masterpieces adored by fans, freaks and film fetishists. Offscreen has compiled a fine selection of hidden pearls, low-budget rarities and offbeat genre-excursions: from the B-films of the early 60's, the Hollywood-financed productions of the 70's, to the exploitation films of the 80's that provided the grindhouses and video stores of their weekly stock. Some have finally gained their rightful spot in the British film canon, while others still remain hidden in the dark cellar of English production houses, only saved from oblivion by a bevy of cult film aficionados and admirers of superior trash.
An inspector enquires over mysterious disappearances, which include that of an important politician within the tunnels of the London metro. The always awesome Donald Pleasence plays an audacious cop who fights against a family of troglodyte cannibals.
An American tourist makes a stopover in a small British port where he fixates over a beautiful local. After fighting with her brother, the lovers hide in a cave where they discover strange children enrolled in a top secret military program. A Hammer sci-fi wonder!
A young single mother tries to pick up her daughter, Bunny Lake, after her first day of school. But to her horror, the child has gone missing and nobody seems to remember her existence. A psychological thriller directed by the masterful Otto Preminger.
A gang of psychotic motorcyclists decide to make a pact with Satan, who will give them eternal life if they accept to lose their current one first. Freshly undug from their graves, zombie bikers are out to start their reign of terror in the neighborhood.
A young hippie decides to take some down time at Dr. Storm’s Health Hotel, a seemingly peaceful and isolated community retreat. He will quickly realize that his only reason for being accepted there is to play guinea pig to Dr. Storm’s sickening experiments.
An adventurer stumbles on a mysterious statue in the jungle which takes him back in time. He finds himself in a prehistoric society where women warriors have the upper hand. However, two gangs are constantly in each other’s hair: the blondes and the brunettes. Let the camp fest roll!
Robert L. Stevenson’s classic tale gets an unexpected twist – because when Dr. Jekyll drinks that infamous potion, he turns into a gorgeous yet deadly femme fatale! An excellent Hammer horror classic with sharp camera work and Martine Beswick in a starring role.
When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie travels to a remote island to investigate. But this pastoral community is not what it seems, as the devout Christian detective soon uncovers a secret society of wanton lust and pagan blasphemy... The cult classic finally in its definitive version!
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