odd, obscure + dusty

some of these movies are good, some are bad, some are weird. some of them are kind of off the beaten-path and worth a look, some might as well be left unseen.
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1.
Thirteen Women (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula... (73 mins.)
“ Myrna Loy plays a Eurasian with a grudge who offs racist sorority sisters by means of supernatural powers. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
2.
Three on a Match (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. (63 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ A group of female friends face the various ups and downs of life, some better than others. Great salacious pre-code sudser has some great acting and an energy that was wiped out by the Hayes Code a few years later. Grade: A ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
3.
Kongo (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This remake of West of Zanzibar made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity... (86 mins.)
Director: William Cowen
“ A very strange, racist potboiler set in deepest darkest Africa. ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
4.
Supernatural (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her. (65 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
“ Weird, convoluted, wacky tale of Carole Lombard possessed by a female serial killer. Grade: B- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
5.
Chained for Life (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime? (81 mins.)
Director: Harry L. Fraser
“ Real-life conjoined twins play singers in a lousy vaudeville show. They fall in love with two men, then grow resentful of one another, and contemplate a dangerous operation that will separate them forever. This is a contender for worst movie ever made, with cheap sets, a terrible script, and horrendous acting. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
6.
The Whisperers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies... (105 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ An old woman's bleak life in Manchester is made worse by paranoid delusions and unscrupulous neighbors. Grade: B+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
7.
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A dictatorial film director (Finch) hires an unknown actress (Novak) to play the lead role in a planned movie biography of a late, great Hollywood star. (130 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Bitchy, campy, and borderline nonsensical. Kim Novak (Vertigo) once again plays dual roles. Everyone chews the scenery, no wonder there's no bannister on the stairs. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
8.
The Anniversary (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ Bette Davis plays a rich bitch with an eye patch. Grade: B- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
9.
The Gay Deceivers (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it. (97 mins.)
Director: Bruce Kessler
“ Pre-DODT and it's eventual repeal, during the Vietnam War, men could fake being gay to avoid going to fight and/or die. This is a comedy about that. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
10.
Trog (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave. (93 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Joan Crawford discovers the missing link living in a cave in England. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
11.
The Student Nurses (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Sexy young nurses apply special therapy in their daily rounds. (89 mins.)
“ Don't judge a book by it's cover. A great low budget exploration of being young and female in Los Angeles in 1970. Grade: B+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
12.
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade. (136 mins.)
“ An ugly film. Depicts the transatlantic slave trade with vidid but salacious detail. It doesn't hold back in it's judgements, but seems to get off on the humiliation aspects of slavery. Grade: I ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
13.
Wake in Fright (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ A tense, disturbing journey through the sweltering hot Australian, Outback. Grade: A- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
14.
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
“ Bewitched she ain't. Elizabeth Montgomery plays the legendary axe murderer. With a bigger budget and a theatrical release she may have won an Oscar (or at least a Golden Globe.) Grade: A- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
15.
Criminally Insane (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating. (61 mins.)
Director: Nick Philips
“ A fat lady doesn't want to stop eating, and kills anyone who tries to take her food away. Grade: D+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
16.
The Ritz (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells... (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Weird and dated. A fast-paced gay comedy where all the main characters are straight. It's still an interesting time capsule with a fun performance from Rita Moreno. Grade: C ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
17.
Alucarda (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work? (75 mins.)
“ Great costume design meets a wack-a-doo storyline that disregards pacing and development. Instead we get shock after shock, hysterical scream after scream, and random demonic twist after twist. It's pretty nuts. grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
18.
Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is... (94 mins.)
Director: Cliff Roquemore
“ Heads would explode if something like this came out today. Grade: C ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
19.
Nasty Habits (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In a Philadelphia convent, two nuns battle it out to be elected to the position of head abbess, and neither is about to let anything stand in the way of getting what she wants. (96 mins.)
“ A comedy about nuns that satirizes the Watergate Scandal. Stars past Oscar winner and present British MP Glenda Jackson as the Nixon-inspired Mother Superior. The definition of dated, but it's still kinda good. Sandy Dennis is also funny. Grade: B- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
20.
Sextette (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Marlo Manners is enjoying her honeymoon with Sir Michael Barrington, husband number 6. As luck would have it... (91 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
“ Legendary sex symbol Mae West's finest hour as a battleship adrift in harbor. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
21.
Moment by Moment (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
A lonely socialite and a young drifter enter into a May-December romance. (102 mins.)
Director: Jane Wagner
“ Lily Tomlin slowly falls in love with John Travolta under the washed out southern California sun. They have the same hair cut and sometimes they look related. I'll be amazed if this is ever available to stream/buy. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
22.
Rabbit Test (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man! (84 mins.)
Director: Joan Rivers
“ The only film that legendary stand-up comic Joan Rivers ever directed. Watch it and find out why. Grade: D- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
23.
The Manitou (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit. (104 mins.)
Director: William Girdler
“ Filled with unintentional laughs, bad acting, and really stupid ideas, this rivals 'Exorcist II' as the weirdest mainstream horror flop. Grade: D ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
24.
Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board... (93 mins.)
“ Episodic and dull. Was the TV show also this bad? Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
25.
Remember My Name (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Just released from prison, a young woman arrives in town to "start a new life", but soon begins stalking a married construction worker for no apparent reason, turning his life inside out and eventually terrorizing him and his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
“ A drama with a storyline that could have been a thriller. Geraldine Chaplin gets out of prison and tracks down Anthony Perkins. Altman produced this, and fans can will definitely spot some regulars. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
26.
Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Based on the off-Broadway smash of the 1970's; a poor Harvard student's romance with a girl hits a rough spot when he realizes , on his 21st birthday, that he's in love with her brother. (107 mins.)
Director: Richard Benner
“ Not even the late, great Madeline Kahn could save this limp adaptation of a play. It starts off OK but loses it's way pretty fast. Maybe the play was funnier. EGOT Rita Moreno appears again on this list. Grade: D+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
27.
First Family (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Bob Newhart stars as President Manfred Link in this zany, wonderfully cast comedy from veteran funnyman Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait, The Graduate). (97 mins.)
Director: Buck Henry
“ A fan of comedy would take a look at the cast list and want to watch this. It really stinks. Really, really stinks. Who was Madeline Kahn's agent at the time? Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
28.
Fatso (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin... (93 mins.)
Director: Anne Bancroft
“ Anne Bancroft directs and costars with Dom DeLuise in this sensitive, warm exploration of a man struggling to lose weight and find love. Deserves a release. Grade: B+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
29.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S... (118 mins.)
“ According to writer-director William Peter Blatty, the astronaut character in this film is the same one who Regan McNeil tells is going to die up in space, right before peeing on the floor in The Exorcist. A great drama with odd, glimpses of anarchic madness, and a great cast. Grade: A- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
30.
Serial (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual... (86 mins.)
Director: Bill Persky
“ A dated satire of liberal values in San Francisco neighbor Marin County. Has many funny moments that are still relatable today, but many jokes fall flat due to it not being the end of the 70's any more. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
31.
Windows (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Shire is the subject of a perverse obsession by a Lesbian neighbor, Andrea, who not only is in lust... (96 mins.)
Director: Gordon Willis
“ Talia Shire (Rocky's wife, Michael Corleone's sister) is stalked by a lesbian. Could be a great double feature with William Friedkin's Cruising (1980.) Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
32.
HealtH (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Robert Altman tries to skewer the exercise, health food, and organic movement and the results seem like dailies for a weird promo video for a cult. It's bad, weird, and very unfunny. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
33.
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw... (107 mins.)
“ A failed ensemble comedy that most people probably forgot a month or two after they watched it. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
34.
Butterfly (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before... (108 mins.)
Director: Matt Cimber
“ A weird movie that I thankfully hardly remember. Pia Zadora shines. Grade: D ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
35.
Night Warning (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs. (96 mins.)
Director: William Asher
“ An overprotective aunt is in love with her hot nephew, but he's dating Stephanie from 'Newhart' and wants to go away to college. (He may also be in the closet and might be sleeping with his coach.) Things come crashing down when his crazy aunt butchers the coach's lover and claims he tried to rape her. Things get weirder and bloodier from there. Deserves a release! Grade: A ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
36.
Partners (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A straight police detective is unnerved when ordered to go undercover with a gay police clerk, as a couple, to solve a series of murders in the gay community. (93 mins.)
Director: James Burrows
“ Ryan O'Neil plays straight pretending to be gay in order to bust a case. Stupid sitcom-like set-ups didn't go far enough with the sex appeal or the comedy. Grade: D ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
37.
Mystère (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Assassins are after a prostitute who has come into possession of a cigarette lighter that, unbeknownst to her, contains the negatives that show a politician's assassination. (84 mins.)
Director: Carlo Vanzina
“ One coincidence after another brings evidence of a murder to the purse of a prostitute in Rome. Of course, some dangerous people are after it, and then after her. Carol Bouquet, former Bond Girl, is pretty hilarious as the call girl. AKA as 'Dagger Eyes.' Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
38.
The Wicked Lady (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ Faye Dunaway's career descent continued in this Cannon Film swashbuckler. Dumb and funny. Similar to 'Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers.' Grade: C- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
39.
The Lonely Lady (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
A young screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of "making it" in Hollywood. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Sasdy
“ Pia Zadora plays a screenwriter who sacrifices much to achieve very little. Supposed to be a drama, but it's really funny instead. Grade: F ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
40.
Mixed Blood (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Brazilian drug dealers in the lower east side of Manhattan start a war with a rival gang of Latino drug dealers... (98 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrissey
“ What the *beep* was the lead guy talking about? Grade: B- ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
41.
The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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
 
42.
Stick (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour... (109 mins.)
Director: Burt Reynolds
“ Burt Reynold's is kinda hot in this kinda homoerotic crime comedy action thriller. Grade: C+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
43.
Nothing Underneath (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Thriller in Milan, Italy, where a serial killer uses scissors to assassinate top-models. A Yellowstone park ranger... (90 mins.)
Director: Carlo Vanzina
“ Stylish 80s giallo with great Italo-disco tunes & a Pino Donaggio soundtrack. The story's convoluted but what giallo wasn't? A fun, bloody film. Grade: B+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
44.
“ More models are killed by a masked killer. Either made as or released as a sequel to 'Nothing Underneath,' it's none-the-less a worthy followup to the stylish, trashy predecessor. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
45.
The Beast of War (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost... (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ Americans play Russians in this thought-provoking war drama. Grade: B+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
46.
Pass the Ammo (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two... (93 mins.)
Director: David Beaird
“ A somewhat broad and very dated satire of the televangelist preachers and their crazy wives. Designing Women's Annie Potts steals the show as Tim Curry's Tammy Faye-inspired wife. Grade: C+ ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
47.
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces... (114 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Smoldering Neo-Noir with a brooding Jason Patric. Grade: B ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
48.
Whore (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man... (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ A movie where the content (intentionally?) does not match the tone. The tone is kinda 'Pretty Woman,' the content is kinda harrowing. Grade: A ” - DeathOnHoliday
 
49.
Docks of San Francisco (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Barbary Coast, San Francisco. The gangster moll Belle gets deeply entangled with gangsters led by her boyfriend Vance... (64 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
50.
The Mad Genius (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when... (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
51.
Svengali (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves. (81 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
52.
Life Begins (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily... (71 mins.)
 
53.
Runaway Train (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving. (111 mins.)
 
54.
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft. (80 mins.)
 
55.
Some Call It Loving (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality. (103 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
 
56.
God Told Me To (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to." (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
57.
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A family looses everything in the crash of 1929 except for their yacht. In order to make money they rent out the yacht... (64 mins.)
Director: Paul Sloane