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A cult in the traditional sense is an assemblage of adherents of any exclusive system of religious beliefs and/or spiritual practice.
Cult following - used to refer to any work or creative artist who has not gained mainstream (mundane) fame, but has attracted a smaller, but loyal fan base.
Cult (status) - which is achieved by a work or creative artist with a cult following.
scifipedia.scifi.com /index.php/Cult   (159 words)

  Cult film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cult film is a colloquial term for a film that has accrued a small but devoted group of fans, having failed to achieve fame outside that group.
Although films of all genres and plot conventions may become cult films, the horror and science fiction and experimental film genres have become the focus of those wanting to identify a film as a cult film, perhaps due to the relatively young and cynical nature of these genres' fan bases.
The identification of a film as having cult status is particularly dependent upon generation x, whose members are most interested in the concept and its films.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_film   (1305 words)

 Cult following - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cult followings establish their own canons and cherish the notion of cult classics, which are individual items with cult followings.
Cult classics are generally films that capture the imagination, defining a new world or reflecting events in society, and are often science fiction or horror films.
Cult followings are usually generated through a film or television show having targeted a particular genre, typically fantasy, sci-fi, comedy or horror, but occasionally (though rarely) a romantic film or tv series will fall into a cult following.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_following   (1382 words)

A cult is also a religious group held together by a dominant, often charismatic individual, or by the worship of a divinity, an idol, or some other object.
Cult followings are often dedicated enough that many of the people in them have at least heard of each other due to their meeting at conventions, concerts, internet chat rooms or shops featuring the item in question.
A cult classic is a work of fiction, it can be a film or television show or book, that is extremely popular with a select audience.
www.jahsonic.com /Cult.html   (680 words)

 Cult - Uncyclopedia
Cults are often accompanied by smaller groups of musicians whose sole purpose is to play music that goes "DA-DA-DAAAAAAAA!" every time one of the cultists says something that could be construed as scary or threatening.
Cults are also heavily invested in weather-control technology, the end result of which will be the power to summon forth scary forks of lightning and thunder to punctuate any expositional statements.
However, the cult practice of 'love bombing' (actually originally started out as 'glove bombing' but then the typewriter got a little broken and they took off the gloves) where people are showered with praise and told that they are actually worth something makes cult initiates accept whatever the cult leaders tell them.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Cult   (522 words)

 Mind Control in Twenty Minutes
Cult belief systems are bi-polar because they encourage the aspirant to identify with this imagined ideal new self, and then, from the perspective of this new self, to see their old self as comparatively inferior and flawed.
A cult is rather like a card sharp [3], who will let a newcomer win the first few games, in order to take all their money in the long run.
On the other hand, to the extent that the cult belief system fails to retain credibility and is eschewed, to that extent an ex-member will tend to feel shame at their foolishness and gullibility in having once adopted beliefs and aspired to ideals which they now regard as unrealistic.
www.ex-cult.org /fwbo/MC20mins.htm   (2638 words)

Cult TV is often distinguished by its high style, its innovative subject matter (such as improved roles for women), its sexual outrageousness, or its uncompromising political stance.
Therefore, most new shows hoping to cultivate a cult following tend to appeal to existing interpretive communities, particularly the large umbrella of sci-fi fandom which has in place an infrastructure of fanzines, newsgroups, and conventions.
What distinguishes cult shows from typical fare is that a relatively large percentage of the viewers are avid fans and that these fans have relatively high visibility compared to the avid fans of other shows.
www.members.tripod.com /~ukculttv/Whatis.html   (536 words)

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A cult, however it is defined, depends on faith and deindividuation--that is, remove the power of reason in followers and make them dependent upon the group and/or the leader.
Rand and her followers were, in their time, accused of being a cult which, of course, they denied.
Rand's verbal attack was followed by a six-page open letter to her followers in her publication The Objectivist (May, 1968).
www.ex-cult.org /Groups/Objectivism   (4706 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
The Cult Information Centre reports that "therapy" or "personal development" groups, which may have a slicker, more corporate approach, are increasingly giving cause for concern.
One parent whose son was recruited into a cult found out only when his bank contacted her about the five-figure debt he had run up within his first two terms.
The National Union of Students, which works with the Cult Information Centre to disseminate information on cults to student unions, advises students to be wary of invitations to meetings or lectures where the objectives are not clearly stated.
www.guardian.co.uk /Archive/Article/0,4273,4292265,00.html   (1303 words)

 Cult Films
Cult films are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal, with outrageous, weird, unique and cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets.
Most cult films cut across many film genres (science fiction, horror, melodrama, etc.), although some film genres are also more prone to being cultish, such as the horror or sci-fi genres.
Another highly-regarded cult film is Monte Hellman's low-budget Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) - a late 60s to early 70s entry in the road film genre - that was both an existential character study and a car-chase/race film.
www.filmsite.org /cultfilms.html   (1151 words)

 10 Ways to Build a Cult-Like Following
Keep in mind that one cult leader, 2000 years ago, would speak to anyone who would listen but he granted his most sacred attention to his 12 closest disciples.
People will also respond to the same basic needs being fulfilled; the need to be needed, the need for hope in a tough time, the need to feel in control, the need blame something else for their troubles, the need to learn about something they don't know or not supposed to know.
The hardest of the responsibilities is simply living up to what you are presenting to people.
www.mindpowernews.com /BuildACult.htm   (1326 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
Some have been intimidated by threats of legal action; others fear that cults have abandoned a stall at the Freshers Fair for the more sophisticated and harder-to-police tactic of student plants in halls of residence.
Questions about what constitutes a cult and what a new religious movement, what is exploitative and what a matter of individual choice, are crystallised around young adults' membership of sects and belief groups.
Stephen Williams, senior Anglican chaplain to universities in the diocese of London, takes a dispassionate view, telling parents not to be alarmed when they come to him with concerns about the group their son or daughter has joined.
www.guardian.co.uk /Archive/Article/0,4273,4031255,00.html   (1656 words)

 Cult following: Students may find themselves the target of religious sects seeking new members - religious cults and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
One organisation, the International Church of Christ, describes campus evangelism as "the goose that laid the golden egg".
Audrey Chaytor of Fair (Family Action Information and Resource), an organisation that supports families and individuals who have been hurt by cult involvement, estimates that up to half of the calls she receives are from families of students.
Cults: a practical guide is published by The Cult Information Centre, pounds 3.99, BCM Cults, London WC1N 3XX; tel: 01689 833800; www.cultinformation.org.uk
www.apologeticsindex.org /news1/an011110-10.html   (1179 words)

It's been 37 years since the Kunsthalle project and the cult of Christo is showing no signs of attrition.
Yes, the followers of Christo have studied the gospel, but that doesn't mean they can explain his role as an artist.
Christo and his wife, you see, lay claim to all the glory without getting their hands dirty -- not that his disciples are looking for much credit.
www.blacktable.com /plocek050210.htm   (1127 words)

 Cult films: what we want - Features
Another, much more obvious sign of a movie's cult status is a year-round midnight showing of the movie with fans dressed as characters in attendance.
The cult following for "Plan 9" cannot be attributed to its quality; it has received its status, instead, because it is ineptly made on every level imaginable.
No list of cult films is complete without "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Starring Tim Curry as the transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter, this good-natured send-up of B-movie horror and sci-fi films has quite possibly the biggest and most devoted cult following of all films.
www.bsudailynews.com /media/storage/paper849/news/2005/04/25/Features/Cult-Films.What.We.Want-1306779.shtml?norewrite200608190126&sourcedomain=www.bsudailynews.com   (1706 words)

 TorontoSun.com - Mary Dickie - Cult following   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
They won't see 40 again, they've broken up at least twice, their glory days were two decades ago and they haven't released an album of new material in five years.
It's a mystery why this particular city should be so smitten by The Cult's combination of big guitar riffage and wailing vocals, but the band was wise enough to be loudly appreciative, sending out lavish thank-yous along with the flying tambourines and non-stop rock.
The Cult has had a strange history filled with musical left turns, revolving rhythm sections, awkward hiatuses, rehab stints and waxing and waning sales.
www.torontosun.com /Entertainment/Columnists/Dickie_Mary/2006/05/27/1600562-sun.html   (494 words)

 What is the Ruckmanite Cult? - Moriel Ministries
Ruckmanites are a neo gnostic cult following the beliefs of Peter Ruckman.
Ruckman and his followers hold the 1611 edition of The King James Bible as authoratative and infallible instead of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, and maintain that KJV additions are "further revelation".
It is not an institutional cult with a formal organization, but a network of mini cults sharing common heretical beliefs and paranoidesque delusions.
www.moriel.org /articles/discernment/ruckmanism/what_is_ruckmanite_cult.htm   (477 words)

 High-energy CNBC program 'Mad Money' develops a cult following on college campuses - The Boston Globe
A few times a week, just before dinner, he and his roommates gather around the television to watch a guy pick stocks.
But among college students, Cramer has developed a cult following since the show began broadcasting in March 2005.
Or, on the morning of the Boston College show, when Cramer proposed a how-to on getting a brokerage account: "I think this would be boring and almost insulting to your audience.
www.boston.com /business/markets/articles/2007/01/14/mad_money_talks_students_listen   (1115 words)

 CANOE -- JAM! Music: Live Review: The Cult in Calgary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Cult are still a lean, lycanthropic beast, delivering howl after howl of bloody slabs of meaty rock.
The trio of other musicians filling out The Cult this tour were just as subtly superb, adding the right weight when needed, and pulling back on demand.
Last night, for whatever reason, The Cult showed up and showed they are a dog that still loves to bark at the moon.
jam.canoe.ca /Music/2006/05/21/1590642.html   (548 words)

 The Cult
Created by Canadian Cult fan Jon Taylor, Cult Central was *the* place to go to for Cult news and carthasis for all of the years when the band was no more.
Jon's site was the glue that kept many Cult fans together, and the band should be greatly indebted to him for his perseverance and loyalty.
Sanctuary was the unofficial Cult fanzine from "Sonic Temple" through to "The Cult" and the band's demise in 1995.
www.squidoo.com /thecult   (1116 words)

 Cult Following.. you don't say! - www.ezboard.com
In order to distinguish a cult figure from a cult film he cited the example of Woody Allen and his film Annie Hall.
While the filmmaker is a cult figure, Annie Hall cannot be considered a cult film.
Cult films run the gamut from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes to Star Wars.
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This was a Christian destructive, doomsday cult founded and led by James Warren Jones (1931-1978).
Jones developed a belief called Translation in which he and his followers would all die together, and would move to another planet for a life of bliss.
Mass suicides were practiced in which his followers pretended to drink poison and fell to the ground.
www.religioustolerance.org /dc_jones.htm   (1706 words)

 Playlist: The Cult of iPod
In Cult of iPod (No Starch Press, November 2005), I look back on the years between then and now, detailing how the iPod came be and how it has profoundly changed music culture.
The iPod has put Apple back on the map, and may propel the company to domination of the upcoming revolution in home computing and digital entertainment: Every aspect of our lives is going digital, and the iPod is fast becoming a mass-market platform that Apple is already using to get the jump on other markets.
Leander Kahney is an editor at Wired News and author of Cult of Mac, a coffee-table book about Macintosh culture, and the Cult of Mac blog.
playlistmag.com /features/2005/11/02/cult/index.php   (2785 words)

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The Cult: Following a succession of name and stylistic changes, the Cult emerged in 1984 as one of
Following a pair of unsuccessful records, the Cult split in 1995.
At only their fifth concert, the band was attracting audiences of 2,000.
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 The UK Festival Awards 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
We excel in this category because we were the first to specialise in bringing to the UK many bands who rarely play here, and offer them a much bigger stage to play.
These disparate groups are united under a Wickerman flag of convenience for the duration of the event.
Cult music meets cult cinema to re-create a counter culture vibe sadly lacking in other events hi-jacked by the corporate leviathans.
www.virtualfestivals.com /awards/2005/best_cult_following.html   (304 words)

 Archives 3
According to Loomis, cults on the WVU campus include The International Church of Christ, The Way, the Roberts Group, The Edification Church and a Japanese Buddhist group.
February 21, 2000 Cults a growing campus epidemic, by Kimberly A. Brehm, Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago (...These are the college students that campus cults target.
These cults realize college students are experiencing feelings of total isolation from family and friends and are looking for a group to identify with and emulate...
www.cultsoncampus.com /archives3.html   (1452 words)

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