Feeling Meme-ish: Donnie Darko

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Feeling Meme-ish: <i>Donnie Darko</i>

It’s been 15 years since Jake Gyllenhaal’s Donnie was awoken by a large, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank and, well, hi-jinks ensued. Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is many things—psychological horror, a rare instance of non-Spielbergian teenager-focused sci-fi, the best combination of two holidays (here Halloween and Easter) since Nightmare Before X-Mas, etc.

And while there are some films whose cult status is only gradually revealed, this was not the case for Donnie Darko, which pretty much came out of the gates a cult fave. Granted, a cult following does not necessarily mean a large, active meme-ing—Boromir will edge out Donnie every time. Nonetheless, here are a few.