Cultcore is an aesthetic centered around the themes of cults. It often involves idealization, religious imagery, mind control, and god complexes. It mostly focuses on following false, unrealistic leaders and ideals and the longing for purity but being corrupted. Extremist religions or focusing on one leader, any type of cult. It can also consist of escaping or overthrowing. Some with religious trauma may use this aesthetic.
Cultcore visuals include groups of people, usually all in black or white clothing, candles, crosses, light gore, open skies, and rainbows. Cryptic or spiritual figures and settings such as churches and forests are often used. Quotes of phrases, words and especially chants relevant to control, religion, power, corruption are popular.
- Communes in remote locations
- Imagery that has become emblematic of certain cults in history, such as purple Kool-Aid or black Adidas tracksuits
- Light gore
- Disciples - Captain Murphy
- Boards of Canada (especially "Geogaddi")
- 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙖 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧? from the podcast idyllia by Kaiti, but it is similar to a song
- Children of the Corn (1984)
- Waco (2017)
- Outlast 2 (2013)
- Far Cry 5