COMPLETED MOVIES THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN OFFICIALLY RELEASED

*9/23 UPDATE* Removed The Poughkeepsie Tapes since it will be officially released on Blu-Ray in October.

These are films that have either completed production and have been shelved....or have started production and have been put on hiatus. Some of the films listed have made the rounds at various festivals....but none have ever been released theatrically here in the U.S....or been put out on DVD.
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1.
The Fantastic Four (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
In this Marvel Comic adaption, four astronauts get bombarded with cosmic rays when an accident occurs... (90 mins.)
Director: Oley Sassone
“ German production company Neue Constantin bought the rights for The Fantastic Four for about $250,000 in 1983 and then sat on them until 1992. Faced with the expiration of the agreement and needing to actually make a film in order to retain their rights, they slapped together a hasty, low-budget product in under a month. It's debatable whether or not they actually intended to release the movie at all....or simply shot the film in order to retain the rights. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
2.
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get home to Chewie's family to celebrate Life Day, which includes various forms of entertainment. (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Binder
 
3.
Don's Plum (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of Los Angeles teenagers meet every week at their local diner to discuss their latest misadventures in their miserable lives. (89 mins.)
Director: R.D. Robb
“ As a result of a lawsuit brought by stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire (settled in 1999), this film cannot be shown commercially in the USA or Canada. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
4.
Dark Blood (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower... (86 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ The film is unfinished due to the death of actor River Phoenix on October 31, 1993....11 days before the scheduled completion date. Only a few scenes from Dark Blood were left unfilmed at the time of River Phoenix's death, and although director George Sluizer managed to cobble together a final cut after years of effort, it's never seen release outside of a few film festivals. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
5.
Bill Cosby: 77 (2014 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
This short film documents all that happened at comedian Bill Cosby's 77th birthday.
Director: Robert Townsend
Stars: Bill Cosby
“ Standup comedy special that was shelved by Netflix due to Bill Cosby's ongoing scandal. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
6.
The Day the Clown Cried (1972)
A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
7.
Temptation (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Be careful what you wish for...you may just get it.
Director: Mark Tarlov
 
8.
Prankstar (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
 
9.
Glitterati (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An after-the-fact work intended to bridge between Roger Avary's adaptations of two Bret Easton Ellis novels... (90 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
“ Over 70 hours of supplemental material was shot for the film "The Rules of Attraction" that focused on Kip Pardue's character over in Europe. This material was then edited into an entirely new film. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
10.
Spring Break '83 (????)
The Z-Rows, four friends who are bullied by their graduating high school class find revenge against the now freshman college students while on spring break during 1983.
“ The production was shut down due to the fact that the production company wasn't paying anyone. Even after the plug was pulled, additional filming went forward a few months later and director Mars Callahan told followers his cut had been completed. Big Sky Pictures' website hosted dozens of production photos and even a preview of the beginning of the film, but to date, the completed production is stuck in limbo. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
11.
Hippie Hippie Shake (????)
An account of counterculturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s.
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ Shelved for undisclosed reasons. According to the production company behind it....the movie will never see the light of day. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
12.
Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser. (82 mins.)
Director: Tom Schiller
“ Because of unknown legal issues, the film never made it to either the big screen or home release, though it's appeared on German and Dutch TV, and a single unceremonious airing on Turner Classic Movies. It is said that you can watch the movie online however. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
13.
Empires of the Deep (????)
Set in a mythical world, the story of an unlikely love story between a young human and a mermaid.
“ In December 2014 the movie was announced as complete and due for release in China in December 2015 after almost 5 years of post-production, mostly coming from the visual effects, which had increased the budget to well over USD$140 million. As of September 2016, the film remains unreleased, going through 4 directors, 10 scriptwriters and with many of the actors and production and technical crews still unpaid. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
14.
10 Things I Hate About Life (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two teens unexpectedly fall in love, just before they are about to kill themselves.
Director: Gil Junger
“ The movie has been shelved for undisclosed reasons. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
15.
Gods Behaving Badly (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Greek gods living in modern-day New York intervene in the lives of a young couple. (90 mins.)
Director: Marc Turtletaub
 
16.
Pulse Pounders (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this 'sequel' anthology, the film offers a TRANCERS sequel written by original creators Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo... (77 mins.)
Director: Charles Band
“ Originally shot during 1987/88, the film was unfortunately caught up in the financial wranglings that followed the collapse of Empire Pictures. The movie has been shelved since that time, although it was screened once on 11 August 2012, at Chicago Flashback Weekend Horror Convention. The film features three 30 minute segments, two of which ('The Evil Clergyman' and 'Trancers: City of Lost Angels) can be purchased separately on DVD, The last segment, a sequel to 'Dungeonmaster', is currently unavailable. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
17.
Black Water Transit (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Story follows the divergent agendas of criminals, cops and lawyers as they collide over a shipment of illegal firearms and a double homicide. Earl Pike, a criminal, tries to get his family's illegal gun collection to a safe haven.
Director: Tony Kaye
“ The movie was reported to have screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. However....a seemingly never-ending stream of litigation has kept this film on hold. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
18.
The Brave (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family. (123 mins.)
Director: Johnny Depp
“ After negative reviews....director Johnny Depp forbade the film to have any kind of release in the U.S. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
19.
My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget. (36 mins.)
“ The original cut of the film was approximately 70 minutes....however due to a fire in the processing lab....roughly half of the footage was destroyed. The surviving film was re-cut into a 36-minute short film which has been screened at film festivals....but has never been made available commercially. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
20.
Atrapados (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
2 strangers, a man and a woman are trapped together underground when the building collapses around them, and are forced to create a new world. (92 mins.)
Director: Matthew Patrick
“ This American-made Spanish language film received awesome reviews upon its initial screenings on the film fest circuit in 1980. Then…nothing. The movie was never able to lock a distribution deal, and almost 40 years later, it has never been released in the states. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
21.
Livid (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The suggestion of a big treasure hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become an irresistible lure to a fiendish trap for Lucie and her friends. (92 mins.)
“ Helmed by the French duo that brought us the disturbing film INSIDE, 2011’s LIVID played a handful of festivals around the globe. The story follows a convalescent nurse as she and some friends break into the home of an elderly, disabled patient in hopes of robbing the place. They soon discover that the house holds some very dark, supernatural secrets. Once LIVID gained minor acclaim in the US, the remake and international distribution rights were purchased by The Weinstein Company. They are apparently holding the release of the original French film with the intention of eventually remaking the movie in the states. Thus, LIVID has sadly never been released, even 5 years after its initial festival run. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
22.
Der Kopf des Mohren (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A seemingly contented man's descent into hallucination, paranoia and, finally, total insanity. (120 mins.)
Director: Paulus Manker
“ This movie was written by Michael Haneke who would go on to make FUNNY GAMES and CACHE. An Austrian scientist learns of a toxic gas leak at a nearby chemical plant and becomes convinced the toxic fumes are permeating the air. So he sets up a completely self-sufficient ecosystem in his apartment, sealing himself off from the outside world. Eventually, his wife and kids return home from a trip, but then it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is just in the scientist’s degraded mind. The final moments of this movie are intense and will stick with you! Though it is available in Europe (even playing on some overseas HULUs), it has never been released stateside. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
23.
Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A musical horror film that will make you like musicals! A young girl tries to solve the mystery of her grandmother's disappearance in a haunted theater. (120 mins.)
Director: Kye Soo Jeon
“ This horror musical falls right in line with the likes of ROCKY HORROR or REPO THE GENETIC OPERA, but yet it has never been released in the United States. The musical weaves a fairy tale style adventure of a teenage girl who takes a job at a local rundown movie palace after her grandmother disappears there one evening. She soon discovers the theater is haunted with many ghosts from film history. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
24.
The Ancines Woods (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Benito Freire is a peddler who lives miserably in an environment dominated by ignorance and superstition... (87 mins.)
Director: Pedro Olea
“ This Spanish film is a refreshing and innovative take on the werewolf myth. It treats the werewolf-ism like a disease that is passed from person to person, but it is presented against a small Spanish town that can only see it as a supernatural curse. Think like MARTIN but with a werewolf. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
25.
In the Midst of Life (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Civil War anthology adapts three Ambrose Bierce stories "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chickamauga" and "The Mockingbird." (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
“ Released at the height of New Wave cinema in France, and this quiet, moody anthology war horror became rather disregarded. It was later cut up into segments, and one of those segments was released as a solo short and won an academy award and was also released as a TWILIGHT ZONE episode. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
26.
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A white man goes on trial for having raped a black woman.
“ Pryor shredded the only working print of the *almost* completed movie during the argument just to spite his wife. The film was considered lost for more than 30 years, until clips showed up in a Directors Guild of America tribute to Pryor in 2005. In seems that Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales director Penelope Spheeris (who later directed Wayne's World) had another print, but a lawsuit has kept it from becoming public. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
27.
The Quest (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
5 college guys head to a resort in Cabo to do what college guys do during spring break in Mexico, filming it reality show style. Will the remaining virgin manage to lose his virginity before returning to the US? (80 mins.)
“ Formerly titled 'Drunken Jackasses: The Quest'....the movie was intended to have a theatrical release....but once the movie 'The Real Cancun' tanked in theaters....it was scheduled for a straight to DVD release. Apparently the filmmakers were threatened with a lawsuit over the title being to similar to 'Jackass' soon after....and the movie was shelved indefinitely. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
28.
100 Years (2115)
The content of this film is currently a secret, due to be revealed only when the title is released in 2115.
“ Completed....but it's not scheduled for release until 2115. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
29.
Blood Circus (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Aliens come to Earth to fight has-been professional wrestlers. (101 mins.)
“ The movie never found a distributor and was only screened in one theater in Baltimore, Maryland. Only one 35mm print of the film exists and full rights to it are being offered for $21 million (!?!?). ” - rogerdemarco30
 
30.
The Monkey's Paw (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A mother wishes for the return of her dead son--a wish that is granted by the severed paw of a dead monkey. (58 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
“ Although the movie was in fact released nationwide (which goes against the original conception for this list)....nobody knows what happened to the original negative and prints....so the movie is in fact lost for now. All that is left is some stills and posters. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
31.
Das Phantom der Oper (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(76 mins.)
Director: Ernst Matray
“ No stills, posters, photographs, reviews or descriptions of the film have ever surfaced. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
32.
Grizzly II: The Concert (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
All hell breaks loose when a giant Grizzly, reacting to the slaughter of Grizzlies by poachers, attacks at a massive big-band rock concert in the National Park. (97 mins.)
Director: André Szöts
 
33.
The Good Life (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Three guys move from New Jersey to Miami and two of them end up killing the third. (95 mins.)
Director: Alan Mehrez
 
34.
A Bad Situationist (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
It is May 2001 in a pre-9/11 world. Arthur Lieberman, a ne'er-do-well tennis instructor from West Palm Beach... (82 mins.)
Director: Sam Seder
 
35.
Reality Show (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In an effort to achieve instant celebrity an eccentric millionaire bankrolls his own reality show and... (55 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ The film was first shown at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival on November 21, 2004. In 2006, the film was shown at San Francisco's DocFest and the Milwaukee Film Festival.
As of 2012, the decision was made to bury the film altogether. ” - rogerdemarco30
 
37.
Agent Crush (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
To fight crime, a new hero is created, but there are a few small glitches to iron out. (93 mins.)
Director: Sean Robinson
 
38.
“ This was filmed years ago and it was screened on the festival circuit....but it has not been released on DVD at this time. Some say that it will never be released. ” - rogerdemarco30