I’m a big fan of the thought provoking documentaries that can usually be found on Turner Classic Movies, but every once in a while, I also adore documentaries that just celebrate the magic of film. “Time Warp” is a fun and insightful look at some of the all time greatest cult films, films that have helped shape the cinematic landscape. Before the internet age, cult films were often accidental. They were films that were usually born from word of mouth or crept up from the corners of studios and captured some sense of awe from the gradually growing fan base.
Director Danny Wolf (with host Joe Dante) gathers a large line up of legendary actors and directors to discuss some of the all time best Midnight Madness movies, and examine why they clicked with their audience and continue to live on. Director Wolf splits his retrospective in to chapters, focusing on various kinds of cult films and how they managed to build their cult clout. Among some of the titles, there are looks at “Rocky Picture Horror Show,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Foxy Brown,” “Cleopatra Jones,” “Reefer Madness,” “Freaks,” “Eraserhead,” “The Elephant Man,” and many other masterpieces.
While some of the commentary from celebrities and directors are a lot of praise we’ve heard a thousand times over, there is also a lot of refreshing insight and interesting anecdotes spared. Among some of the better there’s Pam Grier’s discussion about her trepidation making “Coffy,” how Jack Hill invented the controversial label “blaxploitation,” Rob Zombie insisting that “This is Spinal Tap” is a one hundred percent accurate representation of rock life, even at its most absurd. There’s also Rob Reiner’s disbelief at Black Sabbath bad mouthing the movie for allegedly copying their idea for the iconic stone henge prop. “Time Warp” doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but it’s a fun crash course for aspiring movie geeks alike.