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'The Strangers' isn't the first movie to fake it

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The De-Imagining Of Jamie Lee Curtis part two

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The De-Imagining Of Jamie Lee Curtis

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What the '80s did to vampire movies

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'Diary of the Dead' is a zombie film for the YouTube generation.

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Asian horror remakes like 'The Eye' are never as scary as the original versions.

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How monster movies got their groove back, thanks to 'Cloverfield.'

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It's a shame the Weinstein Company didn't include 'Grindhouse''s fake trailers as extras on the DVDs for 'Planet Terror' and 'Death Proof.'

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Silicon Valley's weirdest film event.

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'You're Gonna Miss Me': cult documentary of the year.

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Lee Marvin don't know karate, but he knows ka-razy when he gets his big payback in 'Point Blank.'

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H.G. Lewis in the Bay Area with one of his best.

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Former Bay Area TV horror host John Stanley gets his due.

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Hunting down Bunuel's surrealist masterpieces in Spain.

Cult Leader: 'I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski and What Have You'
New 'Lebowski' book really ties the legacy together.

Cult Leader: 'Blowup'
Dear Antonioni: Lamenting the lost legacy of the 1966 Swinging London flick.

Cult Leader: 'Rescue Dawn'
Herzog vs. Herzog: The trouble with remakes.

Cult Leader: 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'
I, Pod: Where you gonna hide from the invasion that never ends?

Cult Leader: 'The Night Stalker'
Stalk of the Town: Kolchak defined spooky cool.

Cult Leader: 'Metalstorm' vs. 'Spacehunter'
'80s sci-fi that dared to suck in 3-D.

Cult Leader: 'Bug'
Buggin': The problem with movies that witness madness.

Cult Leader: Movie mashups
Retrailers can turn your favorite movies upside down.

Cult Leader: '28 Weeks Later'
No one ever says they prefer fast zombies.

Cult Leader: David Hess of 'Last House on the Left'
'Krug' looks back at this early Wes Craven flick.

Cult Leader: Bob Clark
'DeathDream' was the cultiest of cult movies from a true B-movie maestro.

Cult Leader: Grifter movies
A former confidence man rates the great con flicks.

Cult Leader: 'Showgirls'
Paul Verhoeven has a new World War II movie, but the 1995 cult favorite was his first experience with bombs.

Cult Leader: 'The Hills Have Eyes'
Hansel and Gretel vs. mutants in 1977 cult shocker.

Cult Leader: 'Manos, the Hands of Fate'
MST3K's Kevin Murphy relives his 'Manos' ordeal.

Cult Leader: 'Blood Car'
Somebody bust this movie out of the festival circuit; it's got 'cult hit' written all over it.

Cult Leader: Suicidal tendencies in David Fincher movies
What is Fincher's deal?

Cult Leader: 'Cutter's Way' and 'The Big Lebowski'
A forgotten 1981 Jeff Bridges movie is the precursor to Bridges' later work in 'Lebowski.'

Cult Leader: True teen crime from 'Over the Edge' to 'Alpha Dog'
The 'JD' movie has a remarkable history stretching back to the bug-eyed camp of 'Reefer Madness.'

Cult Leader: 'Breakdown'
It's a shame more action movies can't pull off an Everyman Hero as complex and convincing as the one Kurt Russell played in this underrated 1997 thriller.

Cult Leader: Watching older movies like 'Double Indemnity' and 'The Mark of Zorro'
Why stoners should dig Douglas Fairbanks.

Cult Leader: 'The Proposition'
This grimy Aussie western was the best cult film of 2006.

Cult Leader: Fangoria Weekend of Horrors
Keep an eye on new Bay Area talent when the Weekend of Horrors makes its San Jose debut.

Cult Leader: Cult greats who died in 2006
Giving some greats their due.

Cult Leader: Musical moments in 'Black Christmas' and other scary Christmas movies
Let scary movies ruin your favorite holiday tunes!

Cult Leader: 'The Transformers: The Movie'
Autobots, roll out!

Cult Leader: 'Fitzcarraldo'
Herzog vs. Coppola: Bet on 'Fitz.'

Cult Leader: 'Infernal Affairs'/'The Departed'
Hong Kong cult thriller vs. Scorsese remake.

Cult Leader: After Dark HorrorFest 2006
The horror event gives fans a chance to see eight films that were too much for the studios.

Cult Leader: Tenacious D
The main thing they still do is rock your socks off.

Cult Leader: 'Scarface'
Nothing exceeds like De Palma's excess.

Cult Leader: Halloween viewing guide
Halloween, A to Z: A holiday viewing guide.

Cult Leader: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning'
Meat is murder—and so is every 'TCM' spin-off.

Cult Leader: 'Friday the 13th'
One conversation about '13' things.

Cult Leader: Harlan Ellison vs. the Terminator
When cult culture gets hijacked.

Cult Leader: '80s 'Twilight Zone'
Part 2 of Steve Palopoli's look back at one of '80s network TV's biggest flops.

Cult Leader: '80s 'Twilight Zone'
The Leader's always had a soft spot for this barely remembered show, which suffered from always being compared to Rod Serling's incomparable original.

Cult Leader: Fuzzy movie memories
Is there a movie that left a mark on you but you can't remember the damn title? Well, Cult Leader is here to help. Email the details you can remember about your own lost movies, and the Leader will tell you what they are.

Cult Leader: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'
Fright Spread Fred: A Craven 'Nightmare' reconsidered.

Cult Leader: 'Tron'
Almost 25 years later, Disney's failed sci-fi flick is a midnight movie—and a geek cause celèbre.

Cult Leader: 'The Brak Show'
Adult Swim's cultiest show gets its due.

Cult Leader: Mutant movies
Inbred Circus: Movie mutants love country livin'!

Cult Leader: 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'
Thick As a Brick: The cult of 'Anchorman.'

Cult Leader: 'Nightmares'
Battlin' the Bishop: 'Nightmares' is a cult classic from the post-'Creepshow' heyday of '80s horror anthologies.

Cult Leader: Gary Busey
Gingerdead End: You can catch Busey in 'The Gingerdead Man,' but what the hell are you going to do when you've got him?

Cult Leader: Philip K. Dick movies
Dick Tracing: In time for 'A Scanner Darkly,' a look back at Philip K. Dick movies.

Cult Leader: 'Smitten'
Get Smitten: Mad love triumphs as an offbeat Cinequest selection goes nationwide.

Cult Leader: Evil car flicks
This time, it's mechanical.

Cult Leader: Chan-wook Park
As 'Lady Vengeance' gets its U.S. release, a look at the previous revenge films of the Korean director.

Cult Leader: 'Serenity' daze
Joss Whedon worldwide; plus, a report from the 'Monster Squad' mash.

Cult Leader: Songs based on movies
Steve Palopoli lists his favorite songs inspired by cult movie characters.

Cult Leader: 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'
Worst Film Ever?: Revisiting Ed Wood's legacy as 'Plan 9' comes to the Camera's midnight series.

Cult Leader: 'The Monster Squad'
Camera Cinemas brings director and cast of cult favorite to San Jose June 10.

Cult Leader: H.P. Lovecraft on film
Andrew Migliore offers his top picks for Lovecraftian film adaptations and variations.

Cult Leader: Movies that almost happened
No Movie for You: In some alternate universe, Darth Vader repeatedly snorts laughing gas and shouts, 'Don't you f----n' look at me!'

Cult Leader: 'Battle Royale'
Japanese Nightmarez: The infamous 2000 shoot-'em-up is satire on the edge.

Cult Leader: Cult movies on TV
You haven't lived until you've seen Henry Rollins bark 'This week, the films of Rainer Fassbinder!'

Cult Leader: Merciless movies
The panic over horror flicks is nothing new.

Cult Leader: Films about musicians
How do you capture the soul of a mad musician?

Cult Leader: 'Slither'
A cult film is born.


Steve Palopoli's weekly column focuses on the state of cult movies and offbeat corners of pop culture.