Underseen/Underrated

by TTKKane | created - 20 Jan 2012 | updated - 20 Jan 2012 | Public

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)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.2
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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. soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out ... See full summary »

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

Votes: 4,832

Blattys true sequel to The Exorcist...completely different (though some similar themes) and genre defying classic.

2. The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.0
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Cops investigate a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly.

Directors: Danny Lee, Herman Yau | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Danny Lee, Emily Kwan, Siu-Ming Lau

Votes: 2,711

Anthony Wong is FANTASTIC...not for the squemish, but a true Hong Kong Cat III iconic flick

3. El día de la bestia (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 14,239 | Gross: $0.02M

Great Spanish horror comedy

4. Blue Sunshine (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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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?

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Mark Goddard, Robert Walden

Votes: 1,972

Very different, very enjoyable...VERY 70's

5. Santa's Slay (2005)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.4
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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.

Director: David Steiman | Stars: Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith, Emilie de Ravin, Robert Culp

Votes: 7,907

Much funnier than it has a right to be

6. Phantoms (1998)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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26 Metascore

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 17,397 | Gross: $5.66M

Great little horror movie...a bit cheesy in places but effective...

7. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 79,074

Great mind bending thriller, needs to be more recognized

8. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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52 Metascore

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Stuart Wolfenden

Votes: 43,202 | Gross: $0.01M

Awesome British revenge movie

9. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 39,051 | Gross: $0.23M

Pitch perfect 70's blaxplotation homage

10. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 25,950 | Gross: $11.99M

This is for the whole series...

11. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 16,472 | Gross: $0.59M

Like Slither? Watch the better original version (btw I liked Slither quite a bit)

12. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 46,916 | Gross: $6.95M

Ben Kingsley is phenomenal!

13. The Deadly Spawn (1983)

R | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown | Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler

Votes: 3,320

Even for the low budget its much better than much 80's fare...

14. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 281,262 | Gross: $1.20M

Unfairly judged as a Matrix clone...excellent action sci-fi movie

15. Five Million Years to Earth (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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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.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,868

Really smart, claustrophobic sci-fi greatness

16. Phase IV (1974)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.6
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Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Bass | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford

Votes: 5,672

I love this movie...even if it was given the MST3K treatment

17. Chopper (2000)

Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 33,199 | Gross: $0.23M

Eric Bana is amazing in this

18. Final Approach (1991)

R | 100 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.6
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Col. Jason Halsey (USAF) has just had a terrible air disaster and can't remember a thing -- even his name. Now he must go head-to-head with the psychiatrist Dr. Gottlieb as his only chance ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steven Stahl | Stars: James Sikking, Hector Elizondo, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 517

Oddly marketed as a Top Gun type movie...a mind bending mystery

19. Skyline (2010)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.4
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26 Metascore

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.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause | Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel

Votes: 80,237 | Gross: $21.37M

This has gotten a LOT of flack...but I really enjoyed it!

20. Frankenfish (2004 TV Movie)

R | 84 min | Horror

4.8
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When the body of a man is found completely destroyed in the swamps in Louisiana, the medical investigator Sam Rivers is assigned to investigate the murder. He travels with the biologist ... See full summary »

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Tory Kittles, K.D. Aubert, China Chow, Matthew Rauch

Votes: 4,437

One of the best sci-fi originals (is that a back handed compliment)

21. Idle Hands (1999)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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31 Metascore

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 35,586 | Gross: $4.00M

Remember this one!

22. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000 Video)

R | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.6
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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".

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley

Votes: 12,278

Most of the Hellraiser straight to DVDs movies are terrible...this one is actually pretty good

23. The Dentist (1996)

R | 92 min | Horror

5.2
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An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree

Votes: 6,913

CB is great!

24. Sunshine (2007)

R | 107 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 207,132 | Gross: $3.68M

People hate on the ending, but I don't mind it..overall excellent

25. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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30 Metascore

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 53,591 | Gross: $7.95M

Action all the way!

26. Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, History

6.4
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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.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Steve Landesberg, Don Harvey

Votes: 714

Fantastic made for TV movie about the USS Indianapolis sinking

27. Pontypool (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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54 Metascore

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak

Votes: 24,939 | Gross: $0.00M

A different take on the zombie flick

28. Altered (2006)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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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.

Director: Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Adam Kaufman, Catherine Mangan, Brad William Henke, Michael C. Williams

Votes: 9,258

Straight to DVD, but excellent sci-fi alien horror

29. Blind Fury (1989)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.3
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A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Brandon Call, Noble Willingham

Votes: 11,809 | Gross: $2.69M

Underseen 80's action comedy with some heart

30. Pandorum (2009)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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28 Metascore

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue

Votes: 130,530 | Gross: $10.33M

Its so underseen...