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Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre Films PART 1

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Possession (1981)
If David Cronenberg, David Lynch and John Cassavetes teamed up to make a drama/horror blend about a divorce of epically fucked up proportions, this would be it. A genius work of pure psychosis. Don't watch trailers. Don't read any more about it. Just watch it.

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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Miracle Mile (1988)
Tagline - "Be prepared to be blown through the back of the theater!"

Bout right.

Avoid all plot summaries, avoid all reviews, hell don't even look at the poster to your left SERIOUSLY DONT LOOK OVER THERE YOU SON OF A BITCH! Go into this as ignorant as possible because it'll add a ton to the overall viewing experience of what I say is one of the most underrated films of all time.
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People who added this item 314 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Like a beautiful, supremely warped version of Hal Ashby's Being There.

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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7
A phenomenal Australian film with one incredible sequence, shot, character, etc. after another plus Donald Pleasance showing up as an alcoholic outback doctor. Considered by many to be the best film to come from Down Under. A true masterpiece of unknown filmmaking.
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People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Cockfighter (1974)
Warren Oates might've been the coolest person to ever live.
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People who added this item 741 Average listal rating (340 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
"I ask of film what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs." - Alejandro Jodorowsky
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People who added this item 74 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Let It Ride (1989)
My favorite comedy of all time. Dreyfuss is KING.
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Cat (1992)
Some of the most fantastic crazy trash Asia has ever produced. Actual dog vs. cat choreographed fight scene is beyond awesome. OFF ITS ROCKER FILMMAKING.
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The story of Bob Flanagan, the man who holds the medical record for living the longest with cystic fibrosis, 43 years, who also happens to be a masochistic performance artist. Roger Ebert called it one of the most agonizing films he's ever seen and I call it my favorite documentary of all time.

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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Robert Altman's weirdest and perhaps most imaginative film. Love it so.
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People who added this item 430 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Visitor Q (2001)
You haven't truly laughed at a necrophilia joke involving feces until you've seen this dysfunctional masterwork by Takashi Miike.

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People who added this item 553 Average listal rating (299 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Must see mad man cinema. THEY LITERALLY PULL A SHIP UP A GODDAMN MOUNTAIN! Herzog and Kinski's strongest collaboration of murderous ambivalence.
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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 4.8
Samurai Cop (1991)
The greatest bad movie ever made. There is not a single solitary lull in the filmmaking ineptitude. It's breathtaking. Joe Bob Briggs commentary is absolute gold too.
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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
One of the best old school blood n' guts kung fu flicks ever.

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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Weekend (1967)
Godard's masterpiece of cinematic insanity.

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People who added this item 324 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8
The Rookie (1990)
Action doesn't get much more over the top, loud, and dumber than this. It is SPECTACULARLY STUPID and then some. Clint just says fuck it.

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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
The most underappreciated dark comedy out there?
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People who added this item 515 Average listal rating (286 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Inside (2007)
The best of the recent wave of brutal French horror films imo. So much wonderful, gruesome stuff in this one. WTF moments a plenty.

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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Spency Tracy whips so much ass. If you didn't know that then watch this movie and you will.


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Miami Blues (1990)
This is what Catch Me If You Can would have looked like if Leonardo Dicaprio's character was a complete sociopath. Alec Baldwin is cruel and hilarious. Jennifer Jason Leigh is naive and sensational. And Fred MOTHERFUCKING Ward is well, the grooviest man to ever step foot on Earth. Tippy top notch black comedy.
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People who added this item 325 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Amazing thing after amazing thing after amazing thing after amazing thing.
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People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Bug (2006)
Starts off so normal then HOLY SHIT WHAT THE FUCK. Michael Shannon all day.
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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.9
Shakedown (1988)
Absurd n' ambitious action, buckets of grit, and a truly WTF DID I REALLY JUST SEE THAT? type ending. James Glickenhaus violence is some of the funnest type of 80s violence out there.



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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Kenny (2006)
Simple yet perfect character based filmmaking. #14 on my top 50 of the past decade. I recommend it and THEN SOME.

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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Next of Kin (1982)
Creepy, atmospheric Ozploitation horror with some sweet slow motion scenes of terror. Tarantino has likened it to The Shining.
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 5.8
Deadly Prey (1987)
This is a crappy 80s action flick that'll make you shit your pants brown. Already developed a huge cult following. Budget estimated at $87.31.

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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Bubble (2005)
Experimental minimalist masterpiece.


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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Politically incorrect buddy cop movie that rules the planet.
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"Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more."

A sterling example of what documentary filmmaking can accomplish when it's firing on all cylinders.
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Rubin and Ed (1991)
A buddy comedy like your world has never known. Cult classic to the max.

"My cat can eat a whole watermelon!" - Crispin Glover

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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7
Noble Willingham should've gotten an Oscar nomination. Seriously. Best cussing fits in cinema history. Low budget weird indy filmmaking at its finest.
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John Waters didn't direct this but you'd probably swear in court that he did. Bill Paxton, Judd Nelson and Wayne fucking Newton compromise the main cast, yeah I know, what the shit!? James Caan cameo is one for the wtf ages.


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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
The first Takashi Miike I ever saw and perhaps still my favorite. It will make your jaw hit the floor and your eyes geyser out of your head. This film is SLATHERED IN LUNACY.

Vagina blow darts. Nuff said.
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People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Superbly acted, disturbing, Ben Kingsley, cat n' mouse, psychological, Sigourney Weaver, one setting, Polanski, exhausting. I think that sums it up.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.1
As far as gambling movies go I consider it a minor classic. One of Hal Ashby's unappreciated brilliant pieces of work...with only a 5.2 on IMDB??? FUCK EM!
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.7
Gary Busey getting revenge, 80s style!


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People who added this item 510 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Bergman does horror. Well.

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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Baby (1973)
Holy crap balls this flick is fucking trashy. It's about a full grown man who is still treated like a newborn baby. Might make you feel all weird n' tingly in a very icky way while watching. Makes for a good double feature with Girly.

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People who added this item 275 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
Nicolas Cage delivers possibly the most over the top comedic performance in the history of celluloid. IM A VAMPIYA! IM A VAMPIYA! IM A VAMPIYA! IM A VAMPIYA! IM A VAMPIYA! IM A VAMPIYA!

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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
The first feature film from one of the best filmmakers working today, Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Mother, Snowpiercer). A dark, bizarre character comedy.
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Schizopolis (1996)
A comedy so brazen, experimental, and creative you'll probably wonder how shit like this even gets made. And from the mind of mainstream Oscar winning director, Steven Soderbergh. Comedic genius in my book.




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Pin (1988)
If Lars and the Real Girl was all twisted and disturbing.
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Talhotblond: (2009)
Harrowing documentary on internet relationships. This did what one HIGHLY PUBLICIZED AND WELL-KNOWN documentary did before it did it. I would say the title but I'm a spoiler nazi so I just can't bring myself to it.
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Lighthearted good ole boys trying to get their train jobs back. Funny as hell with genuine characters, Kevin Bacon and Wilford Brimley!

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Watch Coppola go mad on and off the many sets of Apocalypse Now. I remember watching this in film school, being truly blown away then rewinding the VHS and watching it all over again right away.
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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6
Eat the Rich (1987)
Weird ass UK comedy with Lemmy of Motorhead and Paul friggin' McCartney doing cameos and featuring a great "huh?" kind of ending. It's a great "huh?" kind of movie all around.
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Stylized Argento influenced visuals, eclectic soundtrack, sick n' pretty murder scenes, beautiful shots of the Arizona landscape, bizarre score by ex-Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and bad ass David Keith. Overall, a full blown mess of insanity.



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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Robert Altman is the director. George Segal and Elliot Gould are the two degenerate gamblers. Spectacular is the flick.
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Street Smart (1987)
Morgan Freeman as Fast Black is the best pimp that movies have ever done seen. AN OSCAR NOMINATED PIMP FOR CHRISTSAKES!
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Most nihilistic ending ever?
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Not every flick here is a top to bottom masterpiece (well some are dammit) but I will guarantee you that every flick is filled with an OH SHIT moment or two or strives for something big n' bold n' ballsy or will be branded into your brain until the very day you die. Or just all 3. Enjoy ya rat basta'ds!

Also, some are just amazing some are just underrated some are just obscure and some are just bizarre but most of the time there's a little mix n matching crossover action going on but don't expect each flick to meet all four criteria. All I know is that all these flicks just need a little bit more love.

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Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Sep 3 21:51
Nice to see someone who appreciated "The Cat"(1992).
Bad Boy Bubby - Is one of those films that gets recommend from time to time but I have never sat down and watched it. So, thanks... great list :)
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Sep 29 3:52
rightfuckingon Jay.

Bad Boy Bubby may be the greatest thing ever.
Edit: 6 years, 10 months ago
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Sep 29 11:43
great list possible add on would be Martyrs,
:)
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 1 6:42
great list, have you seen leaving las vegas yet?
that film, I really enjoyed personally
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 5 3:42
Great list! Never heard of "the cat" (no 8) I really like your taste..
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Jun 28 5:49
I love this list, great job! I'm gonna have to start searching for some of these.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Jun 28 12:43
nice list. more movies added to "want to watch"
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Sep 26 12:49
My God I'm so curious with Possession. I saw the clip of the abortion scene on youtube and had to say it triggered my curiosity immensely, esp since I'm also a movie buff and I also like this kind of movies. Btw I'm voting this list for sure.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Nov 3 11:58
Still only 5 movies seen... Damned!
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Nov 3 12:39
Soooo many ive got left to watch , great, the first thing that stood out to me was hands on a hard body, do you happen to know where i can watch this one online? Ive gooogeled the web but couldnt find a single working link........would be great if someone knew where to watch this one
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 6:28
Thanks for this list. Inspired to watch all of the films listed.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jun 9 11:24
OK, HAVE TO! HAVE TO! HAVE TO see "Miracle Mile" "The Holy Mountain" and "Wake in Fright" now! Thanx for the mentions, looking for forward to something NEW!!!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jun 15 12:55
I don't know many of the movies, but you sure got my curiosity. Good job.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Aug 28 0:31
haha did it win you over?
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Sep 3 20:52
I'm in love with this list series. Your taste in movies makes me so happy.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Sep 24 14:32
really good collection and taste! I added most of them to my watchlist, thank you.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 18 13:52
damn...these are my kind of movies. You have excellent taste. Thanks for making this list. I have so many to watch now.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 14 18:00
a great list, enuf said!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 3:34
love your series of lists! gems! ^_^
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Dec 20 13:38
dude you're a gold mind for the wicked :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 16 1:11
Jay, you posted on one of my IMDb lists a while back and I'm just now clicking on the link to this wonderful list. I wish I had done so sooner! Anyone who loves Street Smart, The Baby, and Wake in Fright gets my highest thumbs up! Pin and Five Element Ninjas just went to the top of my want to see list! You blow my mind!
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 30 12:14
So many interesting films on this list. Possession, Wake In Fright and Fitzcarraldo are masterpieces!

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