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Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below  Season 3, Ep 3

When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 27, 2018 - 3 comments

Supergirl: The Fanatical  Season 3, Ep 19

A disciple of Coville's escapes from what's left of his cult and gives Kara and James a journal that could help save Sam. Guardian's secret could be exposed. [more inside]
posted by numaner on May 22, 2018 - 11 comments

Wild Wild Country full series  Season 1, Ep 0

In 1981, controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (who later in life went by Osho) moved his ashram of followers from India to a 65,000 acre ranch in rural Oregon. Known for his teachings of free love and open marriage, his fleet of Rolls Royce cars, and his collection of diamond-encrusted watches, the guru, his confrontational personal secretary, and his followers quickly drew the ire of local Oregonians over their plans to turn the commune into an actual city. Over four years, tensions escalated rapidly, leading to the arming of the commune, plots to murder elected officials, busing in hordes of homeless people to overwhelm election voting, and the largest bio-terrorism attack on U.S. soil. [Note: this is meant as a full series thread for the 6-part Netflix series, which IMDB for some reason is listing as only a two hour movie.] [more inside]
posted by dnash on Mar 28, 2018 - 18 comments

The X-Files: Nothing Lasts Forever  Season 11, Ep 9

While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals. [CW: gory surgery and dissection scenes] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 15, 2018 - 15 comments

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: March 7, 2018  Season 3, Ep 2

  • Act 1: The NRA is a Cult
  • Act 2: Alt-Right Killers
  • Doug Bruce Ruined Colorado
  • [more inside]
    posted by numaner on Mar 8, 2018 - 1 comment

    Movie: Possession (1981)

    A spy begins a difficult breakup with his wife in West Berlin, in this hard-to-categorise horror / psychological thriller / drama. This cult French-German "video nasty" was Andrzej Żuławski's only English-Language film, and stars Isabelle Adjani, who won several awards for the role - including Best Actress at Cannes - along with a young Sam Neill. [more inside]
    posted by chappell, ambrose on Feb 13, 2018 - 6 comments

    American Horror Story: Great Again  Season 7, Ep 11

    Ally shares a devastating truth with Kai. Beverly asks a favor. Is the cult larger than any one person?
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Nov 15, 2017 - 4 comments

    American Horror Story: Charles (Manson) in Charge  Season 7, Ep 10

    Kai continues to select poor role models.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Nov 8, 2017 - 0 comments

    American Horror Story: Drink the Kool-Aid  Season 7, Ep 9

    Kai tests the cultists. Ally and Ivy share a meal.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Nov 1, 2017 - 2 comments

    Supergirl: The Faithful  Season 3, Ep 4

    Kara investigates a secretive new group whose leader, Thomas Coville, has a mysterious connection to Supergirl. Meanwhile, Samantha feels like she's letting Ruby down, and J'onn confesses an old secret. [more inside]
    posted by numaner on Nov 1, 2017 - 10 comments

    American Horror Story: Winter of our Discontent  Season 7, Ep 8

    The cult goes all Handmaid's Tale-meets-Fight Club, which is a real problem, since basically everyone in the cult who isn't a stone cold idiot is a woman. Meanwhile, an extended flashback to ramp up the gore and pad the runtime.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 25, 2017 - 4 comments

    American Horror Story: Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag  Season 7, Ep 7

    Bethany encounters a mysterious woman whose past may hold the key to defeating the cult -- or empowering it.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 18, 2017 - 2 comments

    American Horror Story: Mid-Western Assassin  Season 7, Ep 6

    Kai faces a surprising challenge. Meadow explains it all. Ivy confronts her gravest fear.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 11, 2017 - 2 comments

    American Horror Story: Holes  Season 7, Ep 5

    The cult takes a stab at bigger publicity. Kai tests loyalties. [more inside]
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Oct 4, 2017 - 3 comments

    American Horror Story: 11/9   Season 7, Ep 4

    The origin of the cult revealed.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 27, 2017 - 4 comments

    American Horror Story: Neighbors from Hell  Season 7, Ep 3

    Ally finds herself branded "the lesbian George Zimmerman," Winter is somehow still employed, and Kai makes friends.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 20, 2017 - 4 comments

    American Horror Story: Don't be Afraid of the Dark  Season 7, Ep 2

    Ally has an epiphany, and deals with her phobias by adopting a coping mechanism.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 13, 2017 - 9 comments

    American Horror Story: Election Night  Season 7, Ep 1

    An anxiety-prone woman is driven to the brink of madness when Donald Trump is elected president. Meanwhile, a psychopath is inspired.
    posted by kittens for breakfast on Sep 6, 2017 - 10 comments

    Movie: The Circle

    After landing a dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, a woman wrestles with whether the firm's 24/7/365 connectivity agenda represents a brave new world in which "Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better" or a horrifying breach of individual autonomy and privacy.
    posted by carmicha on May 3, 2017 - 5 comments

    Special Event: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again

    Laverne Cox stars in Rocky Horror Picture Show: LDTWA, a new tv movie version of the low-budget '70s cult movie musical. Folks are welcome to get their audience partici...pation on in here.
    posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 20, 2016 - 22 comments

    Strange Club: the return

    Hey all! So Strange Club was going well for a bit in 2015, and then dropped off the radar entirely in 2016. I'm feeling the itch to get it started back up again, though, after attending Fantastic Fest and having my love for inexplicable, visionary cinema rekindled. So let's get back in the saddle. [more inside]
    posted by naju on Oct 2, 2016 - 3 comments

    Mob Psycho 100: An Invitation to a Meeting ~Simply Put, I Just Want to be Popular~  Season 1, Ep 3

    Doubting his chances to become popular through his school club activities, a downcast Mob meets a woman in a smiling mask, who informs him that she can help him become popular. He follows her to an underground meeting area where a cult known as (LOL) has formed in service to a man with the power to make anyone laugh and smile.
    posted by filthy light thief on Sep 24, 2016 - 1 comment

    Movie: Survive Style 5+

    A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
    posted by naju on Dec 31, 2015 - 9 comments

    Strange Club: Holiday Edition?

    We have nothing in the Strange Club queue at the moment, but it makes sense to do one more movie to close out the year. For the selection, I'm seeking recommendations for strange cinema that has a holiday or Christmas element to it. Or just plain winter/snow/seasonal. The theme can be very loose. But it should be bizarre and/or cult and/or artsy. Please share your suggestions!
    posted by naju on Dec 3, 2015 - 6 comments

    Podcast: 99% Invisible: 184- Rajneeshpuram

    Indian philosopher and mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had a vision: he would build a Utopian city from the ground up, starting with 64,000 acres of muddy ranchland in rural Oregon. [more inside]
    posted by computech_apolloniajames on Oct 24, 2015 - 2 comments

    Wonderfalls: Wax Lion  Season 1, Ep 1

    Over-educated and unambitious retail clerk Jaye Tyler is coerced into helping a stranger, against her better judgment and desire to avoid human interaction, when a wax lion at the Wonderfalls gift shop begins talking to her. [more inside]
    posted by The Whelk on Aug 7, 2015 - 24 comments

    Strange Art Club?

    Hey everyone! I've been flirting with the idea of getting together a Strange Art Club on Fanfare. [more inside]
    posted by naju on Aug 3, 2015 - 53 comments

    Movie: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    John Cameron Mitchell writes, directs, and stars as the titular Hedwig Robinson — the sarcastic, bombastic, gender-binary-stomping front(wo)man of Mitchell's award-winning off-broadway musical by the same name — as she tours the country narrating, singing, and shouting her harrowing story from the shadow of ex-lover and rock-darling Tommy Gnosis's nationwide tour. [more inside]
    posted by churl on Jun 29, 2015 - 19 comments

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult  Season 10, Ep 10

    Mac and Charlie think The Master will teach them about fitness and kicking ass. The rest of the gang have other opinions.
    posted by squinty on Mar 19, 2015 - 3 comments

    Helix: Cross Pollination   Season 2, Ep 7

    Alan deals with the events of last night, Peter gets a roommate, Anne grows a little bit, Sarah becomes a babysitter, Amy gets a promotion and Michael decides to start over.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 comments

    The Blacklist: The Kenyon Family (No. 71)  Season 2, Ep 12

    Red has the FBI investigate a notorious apocalyptic polygamist cult in the mountains of Tennessee, then jets off to Russia to access Alan Fitch's safe. Director Cooper worries about his future.
    posted by Small Dollar on Feb 21, 2015 - 4 comments

    Helix: Oubliette  Season 2, Ep 5

    Kyle and Peter leave the wounded Sarah in the care of Grandma Agnes. Brother Michael has a staff meeting to motivate Ann and Amy. Brother Landry and Amy experience ups and downs in their relationships. Alan and Peter try work on their sibling issues. Caleb and Julia have a nice chat around the campfire as he sews up her wounds. Everyone asks lots of questions and the matter of legacies keeps coming up.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 14, 2015 - 2 comments

    Adventure Time: The Mountain  Season 6, Ep 28

    Finn follows the Earl of Lemongrab to a mystical mountain.
    posted by Small Dollar on Feb 12, 2015 - 6 comments

    Helix: Densho  Season 2, Ep 4

    The CDC team continues to not get off the island of Brother Michael and his scary disciples, insisting that they have to find the source of the virus that turns people stabby. Alan, the team's former leader, doesn't care much as he has own reasons for pretending to be a member of the cult. In the future, Hatake tries to bond with his daughter Julia, but she'd prefer her mummy. This continues to anger her dead brother. Sadly, Doreen from season 1 remains dead.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 7, 2015 - 7 comments

    Constantine: The Saint Of Last Resorts: Part 2  Season 1, Ep 9

    John saves himself from the invunche by possessing himself with the demon Pazuzu, but before he can self-exorcise, Pazuzu takes control of his body and kills five gang members, landing John in jail.
    posted by Small Dollar on Jan 17, 2015 - 6 comments

    Cowboy Bebop: Brain Scratch  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 23

    There's a new popular religious cult, calling itself SCRATCH, which is based on the belief that an individual can achieve eternal life by digitizing the soul and uploading it into the Internet. Spike, Jet and Ed notice Faye in some news coverage of the cult, which has been tied to a number of missing people and suicides. When Spike and Jet see that the cult's leader, Dr. Londes, has a sizable bounty on his head, they get involved.
    posted by filthy light thief on Dec 28, 2014 - 3 comments

    Constantine: The Saint of Last Resorts  Season 1, Ep 8

    John and Chas investigate a child abduction in a Mexican convent as a favor to a member of John's Newcastle crew and discover the ancient forces behind the rising darkness. Back in Georgia, Zed's past comes back to haunt her.
    posted by Small Dollar on Dec 13, 2014 - 7 comments

    Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous

    THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB - A documentary crew following a small town beauty contest discover that some people will do anything it takes to win. [more inside]
    posted by The Whelk on Nov 11, 2014 - 3 comments

    Movie: The Wicker Man

    Cult film club: Edward Woodward stars as Sergeant Howie, a naive young police officer sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. When he arrives there, he finds a very tight-knit community that is mistrustful and hostile to outsiders. Soon, Howie begins to realize that the town might be a strange pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possible human sacrifice. Seeking an audience with the oddly civilized Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), Howie hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery, but instead he finds something more shocking than he could have ever imagined. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Oct 13, 2014 - 8 comments

    Cult film for Monday: The Wicker Man (1973)

    The best film ever made, followed the following week by the remake of The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage, which somehow manages to be terrible and wonderful at the same time. See you Monday. Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle.
    posted by maxsparber on Oct 9, 2014 - 4 comments

    Movie: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

    Cult Film Club: Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates, Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is a set-up, and Eddy leaves owing the underworld boss "Hatchet" Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. (Continued) [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Oct 6, 2014 - 10 comments

    Movie: Performance

    Cult film club: "I like that. Turn it up!" Performance is the Altamont of '60s cinema; psychedelic and hallucinatory, decadent and depraved, polymorphous-perverse. And you can dance to it! Melding the sex, drugs, and rock & roll ethos of swinging '60s London with the gangster film, Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell's genre-bending cult classic is so mind blowing that star James Fox did not act in a film again for nearly a decade. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 29, 2014 - 0 comments

    Movie: Hard Target

    Cult film club: The thrill of the hunt. It's the ultimate drug, and the more intense the rush, the higher the price. International superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme teams up with world-famous action director John Woo for this electrifying thriller that WGN Radio hails as "Easily one of the year's best films!" Van Damme is the target of an evil mercenary (Lance Henriksen) who recruits homeless combat veterans for the "amusement" of his clients - bored tycoons who will pay a half a million dollars to stalk and kill the most challenging prey of them all: Man. Laced with dark humor and slam-packed with electrifying action Hard Target is a must see for action fans. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 23, 2014 - 5 comments

    Movie: Enter the Dragon

    Cult Film Club: Recruited by an intelligence agency, outstanding martial arts student Bruce Lee participates in a brutal karate tournament hosted by the evil Han. Along with champions Roper and Williams, he uncovers Han's white slavery and drug trafficking ring located on a secret island fortress. In the exciting climax, hundreds of freed prisoners fight in an epic battle with Lee and Han locked in a deadly duel. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 15, 2014 - 15 comments

    Cult film for Monday: Enter the Dragon

    The Bruce Lee classic. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 comments

    Movie: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Cult Film Club: Step back into the psychedelic ’60s in this sexy, hilarious parody of Valley Of The Dolls, co-written by Roger Ebert. When three fun-loving bombshells with a rock band head for Hollywood to make it big, they find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by an eccentric music promoter. Soon, it seems, superstardom is within reach. That is, if their newfound distractions don’t get in the way! [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 8, 2014 - 3 comments

    Movie: Valley of the Dolls

    Cult Film Club: Lured by their dreams of fame and fortune, three ambitious young women enter the world of show business and discover how easy it is to sink into a celebrity nightmare of ego, alcohol and 'pills' - the beloved "dolls." A prim New Englander (Barbara Parkins) unexpectedly skyrockets from her job as secretary in a talent agency to a glamorous TV model. A determined singer (Patty Duke) finds that Hollywood success can also spell self-destruction. And a beautiful sex symbol (Sharon Tate) is torn between the money commands and the shame of feeling exploited. Based on Jacqueline Susann's phenomenal best-seller about the underside of Hollywood, this fascinating melodrama was once seen as a shocking behind-the-scenes look at how show business creates instant stars, destroys romances and changes personalities forever. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Sep 1, 2014 - 5 comments

    Movie: Zoolander

    Cult film of the week: Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. In addition to Stiller's real-life wife Christine Taylor, Zoolander co-stars his father Jerry Stiller, along with Jon Voight, David Duchovny, Andy Dick, and Fabio. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Aug 25, 2014 - 19 comments

    Forthcoming cult film club film: Monday and into the future

    Fire it up, baby! Zoolander drops Monday. [more inside]
    posted by maxsparber on Aug 22, 2014 - 6 comments

    Movie: Pink Flamingos

    Cult Film Club film of the week: Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American transgressive black comedy exploitation film written, produced, scored, shot, edited, and directed by John Waters. When the film was initially released, it caused a huge degree of controversy due to the wide range of perverse acts performed in explicit detail. It has since become one of the most notorious films ever made and made an underground star of the flamboyant drag queen actor Divine. The film co-stars David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Cookie Mueller, and Edith Massey.
    posted by maxsparber on Aug 18, 2014 - 6 comments

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