Underseen/Underrated

My picks of movies that need a wider audience, or that I enjoy more than most. Let me know what others would make your list!
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1.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S... (118 mins.)
“ Blattys true sequel to The Exorcist...completely different (though some similar themes) and genre defying classic. ” - TTKKane
 
2.
The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Cops investigate a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly. (96 mins.)
“ Anthony Wong is FANTASTIC...not for the squemish, but a true Hong Kong Cat III iconic flick ” - TTKKane
 
3.
The Day of the Beast (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal fan and an Italian connoisseur of the occult, to prevent the birth of the beast and the end of the world. (103 mins.)
“ Great Spanish horror comedy ” - TTKKane
 
4.
Blue Sunshine (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Very different, very enjoyable...VERY 70's ” - TTKKane
 
5.
Santa's Slay (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. But when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways. (78 mins.)
Director: David Steiman
“ Much funnier than it has a right to be ” - TTKKane
 
6.
Phantoms (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that's only the beginning... (96 mins.)
Director: Joe Chappelle
“ Great little horror movie...a bit cheesy in places but effective... ” - TTKKane
 
7.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ Great mind bending thriller, needs to be more recognized ” - TTKKane
 
8.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ Awesome British revenge movie ” - TTKKane
 
9.
Black Dynamite (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
“ Pitch perfect 70's blaxplotation homage ” - TTKKane
 
10.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ This is for the whole series... ” - TTKKane
 
11.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. (88 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
“ Like Slither? Watch the better original version (btw I liked Slither quite a bit) ” - TTKKane
 
12.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Ben Kingsley is phenomenal! ” - TTKKane
 
13.
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them. (81 mins.)
Director: Douglas McKeown
“ Even for the low budget its much better than much 80's fare... ” - TTKKane
 
14.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ Unfairly judged as a Matrix clone...excellent action sci-fi movie ” - TTKKane
 
15.
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Really smart, claustrophobic sci-fi greatness ” - TTKKane
 
16.
Phase IV (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants... (84 mins.)
Director: Saul Bass
“ I love this movie...even if it was given the MST3K treatment ” - TTKKane
 
17.
Chopper (2000)
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Eric Bana is amazing in this ” - TTKKane
 
18.
Final Approach (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Col. Jason Halsey (USAF) has just had a terrible air disaster and can't remember a thing -- even his name... (100 mins.)
“ Oddly marketed as a Top Gun type movie...a mind bending mystery ” - TTKKane
 
19.
Skyline (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. (97 mins.)
“ This has gotten a LOT of flack...but I really enjoyed it! ” - TTKKane
 
20.
Frankenfish (2004 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
When the body of a man is found completely destroyed in the swamps in Louisiana, the medical investigator... (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Dippé
“ One of the best sci-fi originals (is that a back handed compliment) ” - TTKKane
 
21.
Idle Hands (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. (92 mins.)
Director: Rodman Flender
“ Remember this one! ” - TTKKane
 
22.
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer". (99 mins.)
“ Most of the Hellraiser straight to DVDs movies are terrible...this one is actually pretty good ” - TTKKane
 
23.
The Dentist (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
“ CB is great! ” - TTKKane
 
24.
Sunshine (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ People hate on the ending, but I don't mind it..overall excellent ” - TTKKane
 
25.
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw. (103 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
“ Action all the way! ” - TTKKane
 
26.
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Iscove
“ Fantastic made for TV movie about the USS Indianapolis sinking ” - TTKKane
 
27.
Pontypool (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ A different take on the zombie flick ” - TTKKane
 
28.
Altered (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Fifteen years ago, a group of men's lives were forever changed by a strange occurrence. Now, the same group of men will spend a night together ... in terror. (88 mins.)
“ Straight to DVD, but excellent sci-fi alien horror ” - TTKKane
 
29.
Blind Fury (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier. (86 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Underseen 80's action comedy with some heart ” - TTKKane
 
30.
Pandorum (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. (108 mins.)
“ Its so underseen... ” - TTKKane