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The idea behind The New Cult Canon is to take a fresh look at the new generation of cult movies that have sprung up in the last two decades, although some older movies are also included into the list. The list is authored by Scott Tobias.

[From 2008 to 2013, starting with Donnie Darko and ending with The Rapture, I wrote a column for The A.V. Club called The New Cult Canon, my homage to Danny Peary’s three Cult Movies books, which were a huge influence on my moviegoing habits as a young cinephile. My idea was to pick up where Peary’s last book left off, in 1987, and explore “The Classics, The Sleepers, The Weird and the Wonderful”—films that have inspired mad obsession since. With The Reveal, I finally have the opportunity to bring it back.]

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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 20 top lists Check
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    Morvern Callar

    2002, in 6 top lists Check
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    Irma Vep

    1996, in 7 top lists Check
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    Miami Blues

    1990, in 2 top lists Check
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    Babe: Pig in the City

    1998, in 1 top list Check
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    They Live

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    Clerks

    1994, in 8 top lists Check
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    Primer

    2004, in 7 top lists Check
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    Pi

    1998, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Blair Witch Project

    1999, in 14 top lists Check
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    Soy Cuba

    1964, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Rules of Attraction

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
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    Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
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    Batoru rowaiaru

    2000 — a.k.a. Battle Royale, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dead Man

    1995, in 11 top lists Check
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    Wet Hot American Summer

    2001, in 1 top list Check
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    The Boondock Saints

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    2002, in 12 top lists Check
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    Wild Things

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    Road House

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
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    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    1966, in 3 top lists Check
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    Troll 2

    1990, in 1 top list Check
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    The Devil's Advocate

    1997, in 3 top lists Check
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    Showgirls

    1995, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sexy Beast

    2000, in 7 top lists Check
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    Sonatine

    1993, in 8 top lists Check
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    1990, in 3 top lists Check
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    Riget

    1994 — a.k.a. The Kingdom, in 7 top lists Check
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    American Movie

    1999, in 5 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 18 top lists Check
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    Sånger från andra våningen

    2000 — a.k.a. Songs from the Second Floor, in 13 top lists Check
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    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 32 top lists Check
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    Gerry

    2002, in 6 top lists Check
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    Irréversible

    2002 — a.k.a. Irreversible, in 11 top lists Check
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    Office Space

    1999, in 6 top lists Check
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    Rounders

    1998, in 1 top list Check
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    Near Dark

    1987, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ôdishon

    1999 — a.k.a. Audition, in 11 top lists Check
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    Kairo

    2001 — a.k.a. Pulse, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Devil's Rejects

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
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    Do lok tin si

    1995 — a.k.a. Fallen Angels, in 5 top lists Check
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    Exotica

    1994, in 7 top lists Check
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    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 26 top lists Check
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    Married to the Mob

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
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    King of New York

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
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    Mysterious Skin

    2004, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bitter Moon

    1992, in 2 top lists Check
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    Velvet Goldmine

    1998, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Limey

    1999, in 4 top lists Check
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