Weird Wisconsin: Cheesy cult movies that make you say UFF DA!

Session Location: 
Webb Theatre
Session Time: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 17:15

Cult films often transcend traditional notions of “good” and “bad” while featuring memorable characters, shocking scenes, and quotable dialogue. Over the years, thousands of movies have earned recognition as cult classics, from influential works of pop art like Eraserhead and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! to trash masterpieces such as Miami Connection and Fateful Findings. Many of these cult films were produced at the margins of Hollywood, but some of the weirdest and wildest cult flicks emerged out of the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. In this talk, Christopher J. Olson, author of 100 Greatest Cult Films (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), talks about what makes a film “cult” and considers how the uniquely cheesy qualities of Wisconsin-produced movies like The Giant Spider Invasion (Bill Rebane, 1975), Blood Hook (Jim Mallon, 1986), and Coven (Mark Borchardt, 1997) help them stand apart from other cult classics. With their thick Midwestern accents, frigid rural locales, and intense love for the Badger State, these Z-grade flicks exemplify the singular character of America’s Dairyland.

Weird Wisconsin: Cheesy cult movies that make you say UFF DA!

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Cult films often transcend traditional notions of “good” and “bad” while featuring memorable characters, shocking scenes, and quotable dialogue. Over the years, thousands of movies have earned recognition as cult classics, from influential works of pop art like Eraserhead and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! to trash masterpieces such as Miami Connection and Fateful Findings.