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Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« on: 15 Dec 2012 - 12:04 »

Gents, some help please.  As some of you know, I am currently finishing my PhD, which has to be submitted by early January  :o.  So many of you here have been helpful in offering your experiences, for which I am a very grateful and will acknowledge you in the final publication.  :P

I am about to rewrite a piece defining European cult cinema.  The question I have is: where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?  My conclusion is that the term was created by fans themselves to describe the kind of films that we talk about on sites such as this.  Prior to this there was the term Eurotrash, which I assume came from Ledbetter's fanzine, European Trash Cinema.  My first experience of it was on message boards such as Mobius and DVD Maniacs.  Can anyone shed further light on this?

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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #1 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 12:30 »

  My first experience of it was on message boards such as Mobius and DVD Maniacs. 


Exact same for me too. Before getting a PC and internet access in about 2002 I always referred to them (the films) by their particular genre - Italian Crime, Giallo, Horror etc - rather than putting them all in a single category.
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #2 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 12:46 »

I've just been through a random sampling of pre-internet zines and can find no mention of the term anywhere. Perhaps it did originate online?
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #3 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 13:34 »

That's the conclusion I have come to, I haven't come across it in any of the Euro-Cult focused fanzines I have looked at.  I'll have another flick through Giallo Pages and Eyeball.
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #4 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 13:47 »

I pretty much checked most of the  Eyeball issues. Haven't got round to Giallo Pages yet. I even checked the classifieds in a couple of issues of Samhain.

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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #5 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 14:21 »

I owe you a beer, or two, or three.
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #6 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 15:08 »

Just had a scan through some early issues of Video Watchdog, nothing there either.

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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #7 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:02 »

  My first experience of it was on message boards such as Mobius and DVD Maniacs. 


Exact same for me too. Before getting a PC and internet access in about 2002 I always referred to them (the films) by their particular genre - Italian Crime, Giallo, Horror etc - rather than putting them all in a single category.

That was my understanding/terminology in a nutshell too.

I didn't hear of the term Eurocult until I got into forums four years ago.
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #8 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:08 »

You've been on forums longer than four years.



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Re: Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #9 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:26 »

You've been on forums longer than four years.

This one is five years old!
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Re: Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #10 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:34 »

You've been on forums longer than four years.

This one is five years old!


And the other one was around for about a year before that!
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #11 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:39 »

I always referred to them (the films) by their particular genre - Italian Crime, Giallo, Horror etc - rather than putting them all in a single category.
Same here.


For me it's "Italian Crime" and always will be. I notice since the doc a lot of people are saying Euro Crime, sorry, I'll rephrase that, Eurocrime.
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Re: Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #12 on: 15 Dec 2012 - 16:43 »

I always referred to them as 'Parma ham' but it never caught on....
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Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #13 on: 16 Dec 2012 - 16:06 »

Isn't it used more by U.S. fans online rather than those of us actually in Europe, at least originally?
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Where did the term Euro-Cult originate from?
« Reply #14 on: 16 Dec 2012 - 16:21 »

That's how it appears, I think it was used to reflect a more appreciative tone than the term Euro-Trash did.
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