50 Amazing Films You've Probably Never Seen

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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ When the Last Sword Is Drawn (壬生義士伝 Mibu Gishi Den?) is a 2003 Japanese movie directed by Yōjirō Takita loosely based on real historical events. When the Last Sword Is Drawn won the Best Film award at the 2004 Japanese Academy Awards, as well as the prizes for Best Actor (Kiichi Nakai) and Best Supporting Actor (Koichi Sato). It received a further eight nominations. ” - lankalion
Carnival of Sinners (1943)
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Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand... (78 mins.)
“ Otherwise known as The Devil's Hand, is an incredibly atmospheric film. Its twisting plot builds to a surreal climax that has to be experienced first-hand. ” - lankalion
Return from the Ashes (1965)
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In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis. (104 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Return from the Ashes is a 1965 British drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The film stars Ingrid Thulin, Herbert Lom, Maximilian Schell, and Samantha Eggar. It is based on a novel by French crime writer Hubert Monteilhet, adapted for film by prolific screenwriter Julius J. Epstein. ” - lankalion
Cutter's Way (1981)
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Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter. (109 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
“ Cutter's Way (also known as Cutter and Bone) is a 1981 thriller directed by Ivan Passer. The film stars Jeff Bridges, John Heard, and Lisa Eichhorn. The screenplay was by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, based on the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. ” - lankalion
Cremator (1969)
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Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
“ The Cremator (Czech: Spalovač mrtvol) is a 1969 Czechoslovak horror comedy/drama film directed by Juraj Herz, based on a novel by Ladislav Fuks. The screenplay was written by Herz and Fuks. The film was selected as the Czechoslovakian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. In 1972, it won the Festival de Cine de Sitges Best Film award, where it also received awards for its star Rudolf Hrušínský and cinematographer Stanislav Milota.
The story is set in 1930s Prague, where the cremator Karel Kopfrkingl lives and works. The story combines features from black comedy and horror (comedy horror). It is often recognized as a follower of German Expressionist film[2] and also as an example of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The film was banned after its premiere in 1969, and remained in the vault until the collapse of the communist system in Czechoslovakia in 1989.
With the score of 90,2% on the Czech and Slovak Movie Database[3] as well as praise from movie critics, The Cremator is considered to be one of the best movies ever made in Czechoslovakia as well as a referential cult film. ” - lankalion
Tian long ba bu (1977)
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A bookish young man and his sword-loving sister find themselves battling a trio of villains, one of them a beautiful but masked woman who has promised to either marry or murder the first man to see her unmasked. (77 mins.)
Director: Hsueh Li Pao
“ The Battle Wizard is a 1977 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and directed by Pao Hsueh-li. The film centers on the story of Duan Yu, one of the three protagonists of the novel. ” - lankalion
Daimajin (1966)
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A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord. (84 mins.)
“ Daimajin is a 1966 Japanese film of the Daimajin series directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. Its musical score is composed by Akira Ifukube. The film had a brief state-side theatrical release in 1968. Reportedly, it was shown both in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed into English. The English dubbed version was later shown on TV by American International Pictures under the title Majin, the Monster of Terror. ” - lankalion
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (2012)
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A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested. (134 mins.)
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
“ Rurouni Kenshin is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's popular manga of the same name. Directed by Keishi Ōtomo, the film stars Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei. The film focuses on fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
Rumors circulated of a live action adaptation of the manga before it was announced. The Sankei Sports newspaper adds that the staff aims to release the film internationally and eventually make a series. This will be the first live-action adaptation of the manga. During the production, Nobuhiro offered his ideas for the movie, which were used in the filming. The film was distributed internationally by Warner Bros.
Rurouni Kenshin was theatrically released on August 25, 2012 in Japan, grossing over $36 million in that country and over $60 million worldwide as of November 2012. It was released in DVD on December 26, 2012. The film has been licensed for distribution in over 60 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The movie premiered in North America as an opening selection for the 2012 Los Angeles Eiga Fest in December 14, 2012. ” - lankalion
Night of the Devils (1972)
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The patriarch of a wealthy family fears that he will show up one day in vampire form. Should this happen, he warns his family not to let him back in his house, no matter how much he begs them. (91 mins.)
Director: Giorgio Ferroni
“ Essentially a feature-length version of the Wurdalak section in Black Sabbath, this weird, dark and violent film is up there with the best of Bava.

Keep an eye out for a particularly gruesome scene involving fingers. That's all we're going to say about that. ” - lankalion
Viy (1967)
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A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him. (77 mins.)
“ Viy (Spirit of Evil or Vii, Russian: Вий) is a 1967 horror film produced by Mosfilm and based on the Nikolai Gogol story of the same name. ” - lankalion
Killer Party (1986)
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In order to join a sorority, three friends go to a hazing party in an old house where a sadistic bloodthirsty demonic spirit is lying in wait. (91 mins.)
Director: William Fruet
“ Killer Party is a horror film released in 1986. The movie was directed by William Fruet. ” - lankalion
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
“ Come and See (Russian: Иди и смотри, Idi i smotri; Belarusian: Ідзі і глядзі, Idzi i hlyadzi) is a 1985 Soviet war drama/psychological thriller film directed by Elem Klimov about and occurring during the Nazi German occupation of the Byelorussian SSR. Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova star as the protagonists Flyora and Glasha. The screenplay by Klimov and Ales Adamovich had to wait eight years for approval; the film was finally produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II, and was a large box-office hit, with 28,900,000 admissions in the Soviet Union alone.
The film's title derives from Chapter 6 of The Apocalypse of John, in which "Come and see" is said in the first, third, fifth and seventh verses as an invitation to look upon the destruction caused by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Chapter 6, verses 7-8[Rev 6:7-8] has been cited as being particularly relevant to the film: "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see! And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth." ” - lankalion
Mr. Freedom (1968)
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Mr. Freedom is an all-American superhero that destroys everyone who even remotely disagrees with imperialism. The film accounts his latest assignment to save France from being taken over by the commies. (95 mins.)
Director: William Klein
“ Mr. Freedom is a 1969 film by the expatriate American photographer and filmmaker William Klein. Starring the popular French actor Delphine Seyrig, this anti-imperialist satirical farce has cameos by the well-known actors Donald Pleasence and Philippe Noiret, as well as the musician Serge Gainsbourg. ” - lankalion
The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (1984)
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Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer... (105 mins.)
Director: Just Jaeckin
“ The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak, original title Gwendoline, is a 1984 French action/sexploitation film directed by Just Jaeckin, written by Jaeckin and John Willie and starring Tawny Kitaen and Brent Huff. The film is loosely based on the bondage-themed comics of Willie and on the figure of Gwendoline. François Schuiten worked as a graphic designer for the movie.
The story concerns Gwendoline (Kitaen), a woman who, accompanied by a soldier of fortune, Willard (Huff), and her French maid (Zabou), journeys deep into the jungle and desert to capture a butterfly that has eluded her late father's scientific quest. They eventually discover the lost underground realm of the Yik-Yak, an all-female society ruled by a queen who plans to kill Willard after he mates with a female gladiator champion.
Severin Films has re-released the 88 minutes U.S. release of The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak and released a 106 minutes Gwendoline: Unrated Director's Cut based on the French release. ” - lankalion
The Oily Maniac (1976)
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A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero. (84 mins.)
Director: Meng Hua Ho
“ An ancestor of The Toxic Avenger, The Oily Maniac is a monster movie with terrible effects, cheap action and a score that sounds almost exactly like it was found in John Williams garbage pail. Obviously it's brilliant. ” - lankalion
Aachi and Ssipak (2006)
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In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with "juicybars". Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang. (90 mins.)
Director: Jo Beom-jin
“ Aachi & Ssipak is one of the most original and beautiful animations we've seen, Highly stylised and violent, Akira fans with a penchant for toilet humor will love it. ” - lankalion
The Four of the Apocalypse... (1975)
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Four petty criminals, three men and a woman, wander through the trackless terrain of the Wild West Utah and are hounded by a sadistic bandit. (104 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Four of the Apocalypse (Italian: I Quattro dell'apocalisse) is a 1975 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Fabio Testi. It is based on two stories by western writer Bret Harte, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat". It was filmed in Spain, Italy and Austria. ” - lankalion
Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
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After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men. (99 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
“ Horrors of Malformed Men aka Horror of a Deformed Man aka The Horror of Malformed Men (江戸川乱歩全集 恐怖奇形人間 Edogawa Rampo Zenshū: Kyoufu Kikei Ningen?) is a 1969 Japanese film in the Ero guro (erotic-grotesque) sub-genre of Toei's style of Pink film. Directed by Teruo Ishii, the film is considered a precursor to Toei's ventures into the "Pinky violent" style in the early 1970s. ” - lankalion
The Psychopath (1966)
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Four men who were involved in the investigation of a German millionaire at the end of the Second World War are found murdered with tiny dolls left next to their corpses. (82 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ The Psychopath is a 1966 film directed by Freddie Francis and written by Robert Bloch. It stars Patrick Wymark and Margaret Johnston. It deals with a police inspector who investigates a string of murders where the victims have dolls attached to their bodies. The trail soon leads to one Mrs. Von Sturm, who knows a set of dark secrets that may hold the key to the murders. ” - lankalion
King Kong Escapes (1967)
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King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Inoshiro Honda
“ King Kong Escapes, (released in Japan as King Kong's Counterattack (キングコングの逆襲 Kingu Kongu no Gyakushū?), is a 1967 Kaiju (large monster) film. A Japanese/American co-production from Toho (Japan) and Rankin/Bass (USA). Directed by Ishiro Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred both American actors (such as Rhodes Reason and Linda Miller) alongside Japanese actors (such as Akira Takarada, Mie Hama and Eisei Amamoto). The film was a loose adaptation of the Rankin/Bass Saturday morning cartoon series The King Kong Show and was the second and final Japanese-made film featuring the King Kong character.
The film was released theatrically in the United States in the Summer of 1968 by Universal Pictures. ” - lankalion
Vigilante (1983)
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Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott... (90 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ Vigilante is a 1983 vigilante film directed by William Lustig. It stars Robert Forster and Fred Williamson. ” - lankalion
The Power (1984)
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A man comes into possession of an ancient Aztec doll. However, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, which takes over his body. (84 mins.)
“ The Power is a 1968 film based on the science fiction novel The Power by Frank M. Robinson. The final film to be directed by Byron Haskin, it stars George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette. The film concerns a pair of men with the ability to slay somebody with their minds. ” - lankalion
Clan of Amazons (1978)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
“ Clan of Amazons, also known as Clan of the Amazons, is a 1978 Hong Kong film adapted from Xiuhua Dadao of Gu Long's Lu Xiaofeng novel series. The film was directed by Chor Yuen, produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, and starred Tony Liu as the lead character. ” - lankalion
Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973 TV Movie)
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A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him. (74 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
“ Scream, Pretty Peggy is an American television movie directed by Gordon Hessler. The teleplay was written by Arthur Hoffe and Jimmy Sangster. It was produced by Universal Television and broadcast by ABC as a segment of its Movie of the Week series on November 24, 1973.
The title character is a college student and aspiring artist who works as a housekeeper in the mansion of mysterious recluse Mrs. Elliott and her oddball sculptor son Jeffrey. She becomes suspicious when George Thornton comes to the house looking for his missing daughter, who once worked in the position she now holds, and even more so when she learns Jeffrey's sister, whom she was led to believe was on an extended European vacation, actually is mentally deranged and living in the apartment above the garage. Undaunted by warnings from her employer, Peggy is determined to befriend the girl, a decision that leads to a lot of mysterious doings and a Psycho-inspired climax.
The film was shot on location at the old Noah Dietrich estate above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California ” - lankalion
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988 TV Movie)
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It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk... (100 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Corea
“ The Incredible Hulk Returns is a 1988 TV movie loosely based on the Marvel comic books that serves as a continuation of the popular television series. In it, Dr. David Banner has nearly cured himself from being the Hulk. This was also Jack Colvin's last appearance as Jack McGee.
This television movie acted as a backdoor pilot for an unproduced television series featuring the Thor comic book character. This is the first time another character or element from the Marvel Universe appeared in the milieu of the TV series. Thor's appearance differs from the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, resembling a more realistic and divine version of the "Norse God of Thunder" but still closely following the comic in that he is sent to earth to learn humility. This is the first and only time that magical, supernatural or otherworldly elements have been used in the universe of the Incredible Hulk TV series.
Thor was played by Eric Allan Kramer and Dr. Donald Blake by Steve Levitt. In this version Blake does not become Thor, who is a separate character. By holding Thor's hammer Mjolnir and shouting "Odin!" Blake can summon the Viking Warrior to help him, the two interacting and openly discussing their situations: Blake wants Thor off his back, but the latter will not be admitted into Asgard until he has proven himself worthy. The hammer is also not restricted by the worthiness test. ” - lankalion
Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)
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A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy. (94 mins.)
Director: Aldo Lado
“ L'ultimo treno della notte (also known as Night Train Murders, The New House on The Left, Second House on The Left, Don't Ride on Late Night Trains, Last Stop on the Night Train, Late Night Trains, Last House Part II and Xmas Massacre) is a 1975 Italian revenge thriller. It was directed by Aldo Lado, scored by Ennio Morricone and stars Flavio Bucci, Macha Meril and Irene Miracle. It gained notoriety when it was banned in the UK as a video nasty in the 1980s. ” - lankalion
A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
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A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country. (106 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ A Quiet Place in the Country (Italian: Un tranquillo posto di campagna, French: Un coin tranquille à la campagne) is a 1969 Italian-French horror film directed by Elio Petri. It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won a Silver Bear award. ” - lankalion
Streets (1990)
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Serious, well-made story of runaways living in Venice, California, under the threat of a psychotic cop who is a serial killer of prostitutes. (85 mins.)
Director: Katt Shea
“ Streets is an American dramatic film starring Christina Applegate and David Mendenhall and directed by Katt Shea. ” - lankalion
From Hell It Came (1957)
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A wrongfully accused South Seas prince is executed, and returns as a walking tree stump. (71 mins.)
Director: Dan Milner
“ From Hell It Came is a 1957 horror film and science fiction film directed by Dan Milner and written by Jack Milner. ” - lankalion
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
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The Munsters travel to England after Herman discovers he's the new Lord of the Munster Hall. (96 mins.)
Director: Earl Bellamy
“ Munster, Go Home! is a 1966 American film based on the hit 1960s family television sitcom The Munsters. It was directed by Earl Bellamy, who also directed a number of episodes in the series. The film reunited the original cast, except for Marilyn, who was played by Debbie Watson.
This film offered audiences an opportunity to see the Munsters in Technicolor rather than the black-and-white format of the television series, but was not a commercial success upon its original theatrical release. The film also features the DRAG-U-LA custom dragster designed by George Barris.
Although most of the film is set in "Shroudshire, England" the automobile racing scenes were shot at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California. ” - lankalion
The Warped Ones (1960)
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A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and causes reckless mayhem, mostly directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up. (75 mins.)
“ The Warped Ones (Kyonetsu no kisetsu?, aka Season of Heat, Wild Love-Makers and The Weird Lovemakers) is a 1960 Japanese Sun Tribe film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and starring Tamio Kawachi, Eiji Go, Yuko Chishiro and Noriko Matsumoto. It was produced and distributed by the Nikkatsu Company. The story concerns the young hoodlum Akira, his friends, their transgressions and specifically their revenge on the couple that got him sent to jail, a reporter and his fiancée, by means of assault, vehicular and sexual. When the fiancée finds herself pregnant by Akira she enlists his help with her finance who has become distant since the attack.
Often compared by critics to Breathless (1960) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955), it is a stylistic departure from studio norms, driven by its jazz score and employing filmic techniques described as being as energetic and frantic as its characters. It achieved success in Japan and was followed by Black Sun (1964), featuring many of the same cast, crew and characters, with the addition of acclaimed drummer Max Roach to the soundtrack. Audubon Films released The Warped Ones in the United States in 1963 where it was marketed as a sexploitation film. ” - lankalion
Red Beard (1965)
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Red Beard (赤ひげ Akahige?) is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a town doctor and his new trainee. The film was based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection, Akahige shinryōtan. Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Insulted and the Injured provided the source for a subplot about a young girl, Otoyo (Terumi Niki), who is rescued from a brothel. Red Beard looks at the problem of social injustice and explores two of Kurosawa's favourite topics: humanism and existentialism. ” - lankalion
Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
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In WW2, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines. (95 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ Yesterday's Enemy is a 1959 Hammer Films British war film directed by Val Guest and starring Stanley Baker, Guy Rolfe, Leo McKern and Gordon Jackson set in the Burma Campaign during World War II. It is based on a 1958 BBC teleplay by Peter R. Newman who turned it into a three act play in 1960. Gordon Jackson repeated his role from the BBC teleplay as Sgt. Ian Mackenzie. Columbia Pictures co-produced the film with Hammer Films in an agreement for five co-productions a year with Columbia providing half the finance. The film was shot on indoor sets in black and white and Megascope. The film has no musical score.
The TV play was reportedly based on a war crime perpetrated by a British army captain in Burma in 1942. ” - lankalion
Nightmare (1964)
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Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother... (83 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Nightmare is a 1964 horror/suspense film from Hammer Films. The film was directed by Freddie Francis and written by Hammer Films regular Jimmy Sangster. The British Film Institute has the only 35mm print in the UK. ” - lankalion
Mystics in Bali (1981)
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Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts... (116 mins.)
Director: H. Tjut Djalil
“ Mystics in Bali is a 1981 Indonesian horror film directed by H. Tjut Djalil and based on the novel "Leák Ngakak" by Putra Mada. The original Indonesian title is "Mistik" or "Leyak", but the film is also known as "Leák" in some territories and "Balinese Mystic" in Australia.
The film revolves around the Balinese mythology of the leyak (penanggalan) and was originally banned in Indonesia. Nevertheless, pirated copies found their way onto VHS first locally and then internationally.
The film eventually gained cult status amongst horror fans worldwide; particularly after the proliferation of the internet where many reviews of it appeared prior to any DVD release.
The film received a DVD release by Mondo Macabro in 2003 but has since been deleted. Mondo Macabro released a new edition in 2007 that featured a new HD transfer from the original negative.
The film was featured on www.slatev.com as part of an entertaining video series about strange and weird cinema - it was discussed along with the Shaw Brothers' Heaven & Hell and the Filipino film Killing Of Satan, under the title International Buffet (2008) and Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2010). ” - lankalion
The Yellow Sea (2010)
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The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money... (157 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ The Yellow Sea is a 2010 Korean thriller film directed by Na Hong-jin. ” - lankalion
The Runestone (1991)
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A Norse runestone is discovered in Western Pennsylvania. The prophecy upon it tells of the Norse great wolf Fenrir (Fenris)... (105 mins.)
Director: Willard Carroll
“ The Runestone is a 1991 adventure/horror film, the first film written and directed by Willard Carroll. The film is an updating of the Ragnarok legend, with Fenrir being found in a runestone in Pennsylvania unearthed by archaeologists. The film is based upon the novel by Mark E. Rogers, which has never been published. ” - lankalion
The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972)
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A traveling salesman is lured by a precocious teenage girl to her shack in the desert for some sexual escapades. However, a scuzzy biker comes along and they both find themselves dominated and tormented by him. (107 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
“ The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie is a 1972 film directed by Jack Starrett. It stars Bonnie Bedelia and Ken Howard. ” - lankalion
The Skull (1965)
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A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit. (83 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ The Skull is a 1965 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Amicus Productions. It starred the frequently paired horror actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, alongside Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee and Peter Woodthorpe.
It was one of a number of British horror films of the sixties to be scored by avant-garde composer Elisabeth Lutyens, including several others for Amicus. The script was written by Milton Subotsky, from a short story by Robert Bloch, "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade". ” - lankalion
Monster from Green Hell (1957)
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A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters. (71 mins.)
“ Monster from Green Hell is a 1957 B movie shown as a double-feature to the 1957 film The Brain from Planet Arous. It is also seen as a clone of Them!. ” - lankalion
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
“ Beyond the Black Rainbow is a 2010 Canadian science fiction film written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, his feature film debut. The film stars Michael Rogers as "Dr. Barry Nyle". It was produced and filmed in Vancouver, and premiered at the 2010 Whistler Film Festival. It also showed at several film festivals throughout 2011, including Tribeca in New York City and Fantasia in Montreal. Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up the film for US theatrical release. ” - lankalion
Even the Wind Is Afraid (1968)
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Girls that were punished to sat at a boarding school during Spring Break have no idea the school is haunted by the restless spirit of a former student seeking revenge. (88 mins.)
“ It's been described as the greatest Mexican horror film of all time, and for good reason. Creepy, atmospheric and with a gripping story full of twists, this is a very special film. ” - lankalion
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the novel of the same name by George V. Higgins. It was released on DVD for the first time, as part of The Criterion Collection, on May 19, 2009. ” - lankalion
Manborg (2011)
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A soldier, brought back to life as a cyborg, fights alongside a band of adventurers against demon hordes in a dystopian future. (60 mins.)
“ Manborg is a 2011 Canadian science-fiction action film by Astron-6. ” - lankalion
The Return of Doctor X (1939)
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A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood. (62 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
“ The Return of Doctor X (also billed as The Return of Dr. X) is a 1939 American science fiction-horror film directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane, and Humphrey Bogart as the title character. It was based on the short story "The Doctor's Secret" by William J. Makin. Despite supposedly being a sequel to Doctor X (1933), also produced by Warner Brothers, the films are unrelated.
This was Bogart's only science fiction or horror film. He never liked to talk about this film or another film of this period, Swing Your Lady, both of which he felt were among his worst. ” - lankalion
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (88 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a 1960 horror film by Hammer Film Productions. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll, and co-stars Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee and David Kossoff. It was written by Wolf Mankowitz, based on the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
In contrast to other film versions, Jekyll was portrayed as a rather bland and faceless person, while Hyde was presented as suave and handsome. This reflects director Fisher's belief in what critics (such as biographer Wheeler Winston Dixon) called "the charm of evil". The film is also unusual in that it is one of the few where the Jekyll/Hyde character does not die in the story's conclusion.
The film was released in North America under the titles House of Fright and Jekyll's Inferno. ” - lankalion
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
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Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
“ Fiend Without a Face is a 1958 British black-and-white science fiction film directed by Arthur Crabtree. It tells the story of mysterious deaths at the hands of an invisible life-form that steals human brains and spinal columns. The film is based upon Amelia Reynolds Long's 1930 short story "The Thought Monster", originally published in Weird Tales magazine. ” - lankalion
Fragment of Fear (1970)
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Reformed drug addict Tim Brett is holidaying in Italy with his aunt. When she is murdered, he tries to investigate, and soon his whole life is out of control. (94 mins.)
“ Fragment of Fear is a 1970 British thriller film, adapted from the book A Fragment of Fear by John Bingham, starring David Hemmings, Gayle Hunnicutt, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Roland Culver, Flora Robson and Arthur Lowe. The wild British jazz score composed by Johnny Harris was later used by Levi's to soundtrack their European Kung Fu tv advertising campaign in the late nineties. ” - lankalion
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ The Bad Seed is a 1954 novel by William March, the last of his major works published before his death.
Nominated for the 1955 National Book Award for Fiction, The Bad Seed tells the story of a mother's realization that her young daughter has committed a murder. Its enormous critical and commercial success was largely realized after March's death only one month after publication.
The novel was adapted into a successful and long-running Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson and an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Mervyn LeRoy. ” - lankalion
Crippled Avengers (1978)
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Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil. (107 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ Crippled Avengers is a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh and starring four members of the Venom Mob. It has been released in North America as Mortal Combat and Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms.
The film follows a group of martial artists seeking revenge after being crippled by Tu Tin-To (Chen Kuan Tai), a martial arts master, and his son (Lu Feng).
Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms sets the tone of vengeance from the opening scene. Chu Twin, a master of tiger style Kung Fu, returns home to find his wife murdered and his son crippled having his arms cut off from the elbows down. Chu Twin has iron arms constructed for his son and trains him in the art of Kung Fu. Even though Chu Twin and his son, Chu Cho Chang, got murderous vengeance against their wrong doers they were still filled with bitterness and evil. During Chu Twin’s reign over his village, he and his son crippled four men. These atrocities would set the stage for a classic Kung Fu film about brotherhood and bloody revenge. ” - lankalion