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Every month, The State of Things hosts a conversation about a topic in film. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University. And we want to hear from you. Submit your choices by email or tweet us with #SOTMovies.

Movies On The Radio: Your Favorite Cult Films

The Rocky Horror Picture Show on a theater marquee.
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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” spurred one of the biggest cult movies phenomenons. But the sci-fi musical mashup did not impress at the box office when it opened in 1975. In fact, a Halloween show in New York City and a national rollout of the film was canceled due to terrible reviews. Decades later, the film has been running continuously in movie theaters for longer than any other movie — with many of the showings happening at midnight on weekends.

On the next Movies On The Radio, we want to know your favorite cult film: a movie that wasn’t popular when it opened but gained a big following years later. The often unexpected gems run the gamut from “Donnie Darko" — a box office flop that gained a wider following in the years after it opened — to “Heathers” or “Harold and Maude.”

Film experts Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes will dissect your picks. Submit yours by emailing us at or tweet at us with #SOTmovies for a chance to be on the the show.

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