Unusual Movies

Movies more people should know about, but for some strange reason, don't.
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1.
Trainspotting (1996)
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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ You'd be surprised how many people have never even heard of it. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
2.
The Machinist (2004)
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ He ain't heavy, he's my delusion. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
3.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Macbeth in the original Japanese ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
4.
Rope (1948)
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ They're gonna rope around the jock, tonight, they're gonna rope, rope, rope until the early light. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
5.
The Man from Earth (2007)
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
“ Cool bit of religious wistfulness. Viewable for the faithful and atheistic alike ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
6.
Blue Velvet (1986)
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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Don't step on his blue suede grass ants, cause they call him blue elvis. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
7.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ One of the all time great animated movies. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
8.
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Watch this right after 'The Machinist' for a great double bill. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
9.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
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A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
“ Cover your eyes for a minute to miss the full frontal and you wind up with a great movie. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
10.
Runaway Train (1985)
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Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving. (111 mins.)
“ No beast but knows some touch of pity, but I know none, and therefore am no beast. Or something like that. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
11.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Weeding out the freshman class. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
12.
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz... (180 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ It's the truth, carnal! ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
13.
Scanners (1981)
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A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ Will blow your mind. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
14.
Cop (1988)
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An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him. (110 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
“ I'm down to my stolen credit cards. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
15.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
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A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C... (118 mins.)
“ The list is about unusual movies. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
16.
Wolfen (1981)
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A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. (115 mins.)
“ Are New Yorkers really good enough to eat? ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
17.
The Hidden (1987)
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An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in L.A. A human cop, detective Tom Beck, and an alien cop posing as a young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher both pursue the parasite who frequently changes his human hosts. (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
“ It looks a lot better on the inside. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
18.
Capricorn One (1977)
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Who knew O.J. wasn't allowed on Mars? ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
19.
Time After Time (1979)
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H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period. (112 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ About an illegal alien named Jack hanging out in L.A. Watch out for his knife hand. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
20.
Into the Night (1985)
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Ed Okin's life is somewhat out of control. He can't sleep, his wife betrays him, and his job is dull... (115 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Cool little comedy I found, almost by accident. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
21.
Streets of Fire (1984)
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A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ If you loved the 80's, watch it for the music. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
22.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
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A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ There is no spoon. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
23.
Screamers (1995)
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(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding... (108 mins.)
“ We all go a little screamy sometimes. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
24.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ I will conquer the world with my toothpick if that's all I have left. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
25.
Brainstorm (1983)
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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people... (106 mins.)
“ Chris----topher WA---lken, athisbest. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
26.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
“ Trippy, dude. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
27.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Perhaps Gilliam's best? ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
28.
My Science Project (1985)
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A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind. (94 mins.)
“ Never realized what a jerk the hero was until I recently re-watched this. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
29.
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
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A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future. (102 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
“ Classically satisfying B-movie Sci-Fi. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
30.
Fortress (1992)
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A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control... (95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Future condo for the prison class. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
31.
Return to Oz (1985)
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Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Murch
“ A childhood favorite of mine. Who wouldn't want a Tick Tock (and it has nothing to do with Ke$ha) ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
32.
Prison (1987)
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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor. (102 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ Vintage Viggo. Give him back his ball, and he'll give you yours. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
33.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
“ Very cool imagery from Mr. Jeunet. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
34.
A Wind Named Amnesia (1993 Video)
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A wind has swept the Earth taking all the memories from everyone. No one knows who they are, how to speak... (80 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Yamazaki
“ Cool stories abound in anime. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
35.
White Water Summer (1987)
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The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
“ Six degrees of painful summer fun. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
36.
The Asphyx (1972)
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English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Newbrook
“ Capture it and live forever. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
37.
Cronos (1993)
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A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
“ Another great double bill, this time with The Asphyx. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
38.
The Black Hole (1979)
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A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
“ Can't remember why I liked this when I was younger, but everyone should see it once. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
39.
Explorers (1985)
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A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what? (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ The ultimate kids making cool gadgets movie... until the last 20 minutes. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
40.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
“ Can't recommend it. But if you like weird s**t, this one's for you. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
41.
Blue Sunshine (1977)
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A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before? (94 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
“ I've lost my hair, too, but so far no killing spree. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
42.
Shocker (1989)
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After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police. (109 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Who knew Skinner was so depraved? ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
43.
Troll (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives. (82 mins.)
“ Stay out of the basement. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
44.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Prada model SPR07F sunglasses ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
45.
Under the Skin (2013)
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A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Like the next movie on the list, this is a movie that's high on style and pretty low on substance, but if you like movies that make you uncomfortable and are pretty to look at, this one's for you. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
46.
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune. (110 mins.)
Director: Panos Cosmatos
“ Not much of a story here, but some of the visuals are astounding. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
47.
Ex Machina (2014)
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A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (108 mins.)
Director: Alex Garland
“ Don't judge a sexy robot by its cover. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
48.
Phenomena (1985)
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A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders. (116 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Argento really knows how to bug people. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
49.
Deep Red (1975)
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After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Profondo Bloody. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
50.
Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
“ Just a bit o' the old ultra sh*t disturbing. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
51.
Videodrome (1983)
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When he acquires a different kind of programming for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality. (87 mins.)
“ Cronenberg does strange and unusual very, very well. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
52.
Liquid Sky (1982)
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Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New... (112 mins.)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
“ A zombie Warhol couldn't have made it any weirder. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
53.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ This is the original, but if humor is more your speed, you could also try "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
54.
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ The eye that sees us all. ” - frankjohnstone-1
 
55.
Pom Poko (1994)
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A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development. (119 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Shape-changing raccoons. Enough said. ” - frankjohnstone-1