Cult Epics is a film distribution company, originally founded in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1991, specializing in controversial art films with a cult following. The first works Cult Epics acquired for distribution were The Exotic Dances of Bettie Page; Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cannibal Holocaust and Tokyo Decadence. In 1998, Nico B, the company’s founder, moved to the US and continued acquiring rights and releasing cult movies on video in the art-house, horror and erotica genres, specializing in the work of such directors as Walerian Borowczyk, Tinto Brass, Jean Genet, Fernando Arrabal, Rene Daalder, Abel Ferrara, Radley Metzger, and Irving Klaw, among others. The Cult Epics releases Viva La Muerte, The Beast, School of the Holy Beast, Un Chant d’Amour, In a Glass Cage, and most recently Angst have been distributed theatrically across North America, screening at the American Cinematheque, Cinefamily, Lincoln Center Film Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA’s Hammer Museum, and other venues. A retrospective of Cult Epics releases was shown at Harvard University in 2011. Cult Epics has made over 150 titles available on home video and digital in the USA & Canada distributed through Ryko/ADA (Warner Brothers), Entertainment One and CAV.
Cult Epics founder Nico B directed the 1998 underground horror film Pig, the last work from acclaimed singer/songwriter Rozz Williams (Christian Death) before his passing. Pig premiered at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles and went to play at film festivals around the world, including the highly regarded Rotterdam Film Festival. Nico B directed a follow up film, 1334, in 2011. In 2004 he wrote, produced and directed the biographical movie Bettie Page: Dark Angel, which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival. Between 2005-2009 he wrote, produced and directed the film SIN. Cult Epics is based in Los Angeles and continues to release rare cult films, both the sought-after and the unknown, the mainstream and the underground, for a new generation of hardcore fans.