Trapped In Home Video Limbo

by cheapthriller79 | created - 11 Jun 2014 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Films which used to show up on cable TV or Mom-n-Pop video stores, but now, for all intents and purposes, languish in the Land Of Unavailability.

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1. Savage Harvest (1981)

PG | 87 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

A family in Africa finds itself under attack by a pride of lions.

Director: Robert L. Collins | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Michelle Phillips, Shawn Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 394

There are two Beatles songs performed by the cast during a crucial scene in the movie. Apparently, the music licensing costs for those two songs are astronomical, dwarfing any realistic budget for a home video release. Chances of this one getting a release are slim, for that reason.

2. The Fifth Floor (1978)

R | 90 min | Thriller

College disco dancer is wrongly committed to an insane asylum.

Director: Howard Avedis | Stars: Bo Hopkins, Dianne Hull, Patti D'Arbanville, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 196

Every once in a while, an Amazon seller will offer an old VHS of this for upwards of $50 to $100, but, otherwise, this has been off the market for years.

3. The Farmer (1977)

R | 97 min | Action

Kyle Martin returns as a silver star hero, but realizes running a one man farm is not profitable, and the bank wants to foreclose, despite returning as a hero. Then a gambler Johnny has a ... See full summary »

Director: David Berlatsky | Stars: Lewell Akins, Gary Conway, Michael Dante, Dave Graig

Votes: 102

4. HealtH (1980)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 600

5. Massacre at Central High (1976)

R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors.

Director: Rene Daalder | Stars: Derrel Maury, Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 1,462

Finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray release in 2016 from Synapse Films!

6. Dark Places (1974)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

A scheming couple plot to conceal a hidden cache of stolen money from its rightful owner. The only problem is that the house they plan to hide it in is haunted.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Herbert Lom, Jane Birkin

Votes: 473

7. In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Because of a severe drought in Kenya in 1984, ninety thousand starving baboons go on a murderous rampage, killing humans and animals alike.

Director: Raju Patel | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Timothy Bottoms, Irene Miracle, Michele Carey

Votes: 334 | Gross: $0.18M

8. Phobia (1980)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A psychiatrist involved in a radical new therapy comes under suspicion when his patients are murdered, each according to their individual phobias.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, David Bolt

Votes: 387 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Wolf Lake (1980)

R | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

War veterans visit a lakeside cabin for a week of shooting, drinking, etc. but find the cabin being looked after by a young caretaker named David. When David's status as a war deserter is revealed, all hell breaks loose.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Rod Steiger, David Huffman, Robin Mattson, Jerry Hardin

Votes: 189

Set for an October 2015 Blu-ray release!

10. Shoot (1976)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

Two groups of armed men eye each other across a body of water. An deadly incident ensues and the first group returns to their town in fear of the consequences, which never come.They realize that far greater danger is offing.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Ernest Borgnine, Henry Silva, James Blendick

Votes: 263

11. Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973)

PG | 90 min | Mystery

A teenage drifter becomes embroiled in the lives and mysteries of the residents in a small coastal fishing village while searching for his family roots.

Director: Darren McGavin | Stars: Patricia Neal, Cloris Leachman, Bobby Darin, Tessa Dahl

Votes: 124

12. Open Season (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Three young men take a young woman and a middleaged man to an isolated cabin, where they are terrorized in different ways.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Peter Fonda, Cornelia Sharpe, John Phillip Law, Richard Lynch

Votes: 441

13. The House by the Lake (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazy young men. The men find out where the ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres

Votes: 838

14. Spasms (1983)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A gigantic serpent is captured on a remote island and shipped to an American college for experimentation. A British millionaire and an American scientist find themselves in hot pursuit of ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Peter Fonda, Oliver Reed, Kerrie Keane, Al Waxman

Votes: 812

Released by Code Red DVD in 2016.

15. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

When college professor Peter Proud begins to experience flashbacks from a previous incarnation, he is mysteriously drawn to a place he has never been before but which is troublingly ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder, Cornelia Sharpe

Votes: 1,347

16. Sunday in the Country (1974)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Three vicious thugs are on the run in rural America after robbing a local bank. They seek refuge at the home of a reclusive farmer, but he is prepared for their arrival and holds them at ... See full summary »

Director: John Trent | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLaren, Louis Zorich

Votes: 314

17. Foolin' Around (1980)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A working-class boy falls for a girl from a wealthy family, and must compete for her with a rich boy who also wants her.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Gary Busey, Annette O'Toole, John Calvin, Eddie Albert

Votes: 379

18. Remember My Name (1978)

R | 94 min | Thriller, Drama

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.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins, Moses Gunn, Berry Berenson

Votes: 706

19. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton

Votes: 6,011 | Gross: $16.90M

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