What's your favorite cult film of all time, and why? What are the essential ingredients for a cult classic?
Blade Runner. Watched it in my early teens on a tiny portable TV, and have adored it ever since.
Most recently I got to be a blubbering fanboy and have Chinese food with Paul Sammon and Charles Lauzirika, respectively the author of the "Blade Runner bible" (Future Noir) and the producer of the Final Cut DVD/Blu-Ray. And wonderful blokes they are too.
I have also been Internet friends (mostly) with a lovely bunch of BR fans for over a decade now, a group that hail from the original Usenet forum for the film.
As for why I like it: there are very few films that capture a science fiction universe so genuinely, and leave you forgetting that it's not real. Factor into that a wonderfully philosophical story, milestone performances, cinematogprahy that makes you cry, and a magical soundtrack.
One day I will buy the Deckard trench coat and consumate the relationship.
Cult classic ingredients: that you have a cult which follow the film. Blade Runner is one of the original cult classics.