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Little known gems of films that you would recomend taking a chance on


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Initial post: 24 Mar 2012 09:06:06 GMT
XRNOHPORTER says:
For instance: FRANKENFISH. Giant mutated fish escapes into Louisiana bayou, sounds like a bad Scyfy channel movie but trust me, it's very good. DEEP RISING, luxury liner attacked by squidy-type monster, starring Treat Williams, big action, great characters, nasty nasty monster. FEAST. Hungry, vicious, horny creatures target people trapped in isolated bar/diner. Very funny, very gory, action never slows down. THESIS. Alejandro Amenabars' first film about a film student who discovers a trade in snuff movies being made by someone at her university. A little dated but a first class thriller. THE BEAST. Russia tank lost in Afghanistan fights to return to base. Great performances all round

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 18:37:24 GMT
Bauer says:
Boondock saints ! I would like to think this film is more well known than I think it is and it's just everyone I know that stares blankly when I tell them how good it is !

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 18:57:18 GMT
I loved The Beast.
And Deep Rising scared me from never using a toilet on a ferry ever again hahaha (I was young when I first saw it).

Stranded is a good film - very hit and miss depending on reviews, but I thought it was a decent film. French soldiers in Algeria tracking down a crashed aircraft to recover 'something'; end up being hunted by the local insurgents and supernatural beings.

I can't really think of anything else .. I watch too much I forget xD

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 19:00:46 GMT
Anita says:
Personally I was scared even of rain puddles for a couple of days after that (not a horror film, suspence instead of monsters, loved it).

Amsterdamned (DVD)

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 19:06:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2012 19:07:38 GMT
+100 for Deep Rising and The Beast!!! Great films that went under the radar.

I'd say Bunraku and Rififi both deserve a watch.
Bunraku is a strange/brilliant martial arts action with a great cast. It's about a Drifter Josh Hartnett), a Samurai (Gackt) and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) who each have their own reasons to bring down the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs led by Killer #2. (Kevin McKidd)
I love it myself but I can see it's not for everyone's taste.

Rififi is a french black and white heist movie, great plot and a brilliant scene where they do the job in complete silence for around 15 minutes!!!

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 19:29:48 GMT
Did anyone ever see Renaissance ?
I reeeeally wanted to see that when it was released, but never got around to it...and after 6 years I've just remembered it again lol

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 19:35:10 GMT
Renaissance [DVD]
Yeah i've seen it, enjoyed it too from what I remember. I watched it around 2am after a night out!! It's pretty cheap on here, worth a go i'd say.
Daniel Craig as the lead character, good Noir style animation!!

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 22:05:05 GMT
I'm not sure how popular it is in the wider world, but Dog Soldiers is absolutely worth a watch
Lost Highway is a David Lynch film that received a *very* limited run on DVD and rarely plays on network TV, but it's brilliant and the Blu-ray is out soon
Memories of Matsuko is a brilliant oddball of a movie, full of visual panache and quirky characters
Session 9 is a really good, unknown horror/suspense film
The Cat Returns is a brilliant animated film that isn't really a "little known gem" but perhaps is under-rated in the US & UK. Studio Ghibli rock!
Julia's Eyes is a great Spanish thriller that bypassed the radar. Made by the people who did one of the greatest films of the last decade - The Orphanage

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 08:34:03 BDT
XRNOHPORTER says:
What is Boondock saints about ?

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 09:01:25 BDT
XRNOHPORTER says:
This is great, I'm going to check out these films you've mentioned. Dog Soldiers!, oh how could I forget that one, fantastic film. Someone tell Neil Marshall that a bigger budget doesn't make a better film! I'd like to add THE HIDDEN, a 1987 Jack Sholder film starring Kyle Maclachlan about 2 bug type aliens that live inside humans. One uses host bodies to commit crimes ,drive fast cars and shoot stuff up 'cos it loves the freedom it has on this world and all it has to do is switch bodies when the present one dies. The other alien bug is a alien cop, who takes over a FBI agents body! He teams up with human cop to hunt the alien baddie. For a small budget it has it's fair share of shoot outs, car chases and plays it all dead straight. A true gem.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 02:24:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2012 02:25:56 BDT
mister joe says:
OVERNIGHT tells the story of Boondocks Saints director Troy Duffy who after signing a big movie deal with Miramax proceeds to destroy and hurt everyone round him in a SHOCKING display of megalomania.You must ALL see this movie,rather then the frankly lame actual movie Boondock Saints.
Lost Highway in no shape,way or form is a "lost gem",its a recognised Lynch classic.Nor is Dog Soldiers or Session 9.
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The Hidden is a cool,cool movie.

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Posted on 27 Mar 2012 12:54:06 BDT
Yes to The Beast. The Hidden and Deep Rising!!!!

I have a soft spot for Michael Mann's "The Keep" and he marvellous "Class Of 1999" - a Stacey Keach android high-school movie. Mr Keach is also in the extraordinary "The 9th Configuration". Oh, and c'mon - "The Prophecy" with Christopher Walken (and a great cast) and Michael Tolkin's "The Rapture".

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 12:54:07 BDT
Yes to The Beast. The Hidden and Deep Rising!!!!

I have a soft spot for Michael Mann's "The Keep" and he marvellous "Class Of 1999" - a Stacey Keach android high-school movie. Mr Keach is also in the extraordinary "The 9th Configuration". Oh, and c'mon - "The Prophecy" with Christopher Walken (and a great cast) and Michael Tolkin's "The Rapture".

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 14:38:31 BDT
XRNOHPORTER says:
It's not lost films, it's those little gems of films that get seen more by word of mouth because they didn't get a big cinema release or have a huge marketing campaign. And why the hell is The Hidden not available on dvd, damn it.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 14:40:57 BDT
Ah, The Hidden is available on Region 1 - no idea why not in the UK - it had quite a big cinema release here in the 1980's - I certainly saw it at the cinema. Claudia Christian's stripper-with-a-shotgun is one of cinema's great treasures.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 20:28:05 BDT
"Lost Highway in no shape,way or form is a "lost gem",its a recognised Lynch classic.Nor is Dog Soldiers or Session 9"

1) Lost Highway isn't a 'recognised classic' at all - Lynch's acclaimed works are Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man, whilst films like The Straight Story, Lost Highway and Wild At Heart are mostly unknown to all but Lynch fans

2) Session 9 is the definition of 'little known gem'

3) Dog Soldiers was never a commercial success and I think its fair to say only a tiny percentage of Brits have ever heard of it

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 20:32:53 BDT
A. D. Smith says:
the hidden is avaliable on region 2 just brought it top film

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 20:54:44 BDT
Hmmm. I'm showing my age here - I seem to remember "Dog Soldiers" being very popular on its release - it's certainly a student favourite . Maybe it's dropped out of favour. There's a task - to find out exactly how any people have seen "Dog Soldiers". Mark Kermode would know.

Anyone a fan of the loopy low - budget British aloen movie "Xtro" - with its mime robot nightmare sequence, fully-grown man birth and genuinely disturbing make-up effects?

Oh, and Sam Fuller's final movie, "Street Of No Return" - wild noir / musical / revenge drama filmed in France, with a great Bill Duke performnce.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 23:15:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2012 23:17:12 BDT
mister joe says:
Errrr....once again Lost Highway is in no shape,way or form some lost movie no one knows about.Get over it.I must've read around 10 magazine editorials concerning Highway,click on google you'll find thousands upon thousands of reviews.
Virtually everyone i know has seen Dog Soldiers from my beer drinking brick layer friends to city commuters.
Its just my opinion so don't sweat.
Xtros more like it!Love that movie,saw it as a kid freaked me out big time.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 23:18:41 BDT
mister joe says:
Errrr....once again Lost Highway is in no shape,way or form some lost movie no one knows about.Get over it.I must've read around 10 magazine editorials concerning Highway,click on google you'll find thousands upon thousands of reviews.
Virtually everyone i know has seen Dog Soldiers from my beer drinking brick layer friends to city commuters.
Its just my opinion so don't sweat.
Xtros more like it!
Saw that as a kid,freaked me out awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 06:38:09 BDT
XRNOHPORTER says:
Thank you J.Bowmar I've just found it on Amazon. I swear to God it wasn't there a month ago ! It looks like a new release and under a fiver. Buy it now people.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 07:20:02 BDT
XRNOHPORTER says:
A little gem I came across on tv a few years back, Citizen X, 1995 Directed by Chris Gerolmo about the hunt for the Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo by a forensic scientist played by Stephen Rea. Despite it's subject matter it's not a gory horror flick, rather, a slow paced but thoroughly absorbing story of one mans persuit of the truth despite the resistance of his superiors who refuse to accept that such a person can exist in a communist regine, saying that serial killers are, "a western" plague. It's brilliantly acted especially by Stephen Rea as the scientist and Joss Ackland as the commie hardliner.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 08:17:01 BDT
I think it's quite hard to know what is 'little known' in the context of this thread title.

Dog soldiers was mentioned above and to most casual film goers this totally passed them by, at least the ones I know. To film fans, particularly of British cinema and horror fans in general I think it's reasonably well known. Cracking film.

I'm a big fan of Bruce Campbell and I don't know many people who have seen bubba ho tep. It's a total classic in my eyes but it's a bit of a cult favourite so would this be a 'little known' gem.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 14:51:46 BDT
A little known movie called Primer made a few years ago. It's a seriously-minded and disturbing time-travel movie whereby two scientists create a time machine and the very disturbing implications thereof. It's very complex and you have to really concentrate to follow the different time-lines inherent in the movie. But it's worth it, imho.
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