This one probably has a low popularity due solely to age factors, but it's a must-see for comedy & monster movie fans of all ages. It's still as funny now as when I was a child, if not funnier, and a lot of fun from start to finish.
Full disclosure: I love Hunter S. Thompson's work. Therefore any film that provides further insight into the man and his work is completely essential viewing in my book. This and the other two HST documentaries on this list (Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride and Gonzo) may therefore not be as interesting or entertaining to others as they are to me.
I feel like each film is well made and worth revisiting every so often. Or at least worth watching to those curious about HST. Of the 3, Gonzo is my favorite largely because it's made with such sincerity & passion by people whose lives he directly touched.
I'm guessing this one also has a low popularity due to age factors. I admit that I first came across it on TCM late one night, and might have overlooked it otherwise. The story is perfectly told, the acting is stellar, and the effects are amazing for the time.
A personal favorite, probably because I saw it at a young age & fell in love with it (as well as several others of Universal's monster movies). It's not perfect, but it's definitely entertaining throughout.
As I said elsewhere: Excellent documentary detailing the history of the slasher film. I find it interesting that even though Wes Craven didn't pioneer the style, he singlehandedly revived it twice so far. I like that they interviewed directors and special effects artists for this, as both are equally important in the success of any horror film.
If I had any complaints, it'd be that the doc should have spoiler alerts in case you haven't already seen any of the films they discuss...in most cases they reveal the plots AND endings, which is fine if you've already watched the movies but not so cool if you haven't. Regardless, this doc inspired me to revisit some films I haven't watched in a while and check out some I've missed.
Probably my second favorite of the Halloween films, largely because it has nothing to do with the rest of them (which I suspect is why it's mostly hated). Let go of the fact Michael Myers isn't in it, suspend your disbelief & just enjoy.
Hellraiser is one of my favorite horror films (some days I think it's my #1), so when this sequel came along I was excited. It explores the history of the puzzle box and provides an interesting, entertaining tale. It also effectively ends the Hellraiser series, and satisfyingly so in my opinion. (In fact, I haven't watched any of the other sequels inexplicably released after this one.)
The first film from the guys that brought you Airplane!, The Naked Gun, and Hot Shots!. It's getting dated with each passing year, but their spoofs of TV shows, commercials, movie trailers, and Enter the Dragon (yes, all that in one movie) are hilarious.
Actually, the majority of Marx Bros. films seem to have gone unwatched around here (I didn't bother listing all of them), as most have been seen by less than 100 Listal users. That could simply be an age thing though. I got into the Marx Bros. thanks to my parents, and I own all their films on DVD & wouldn't rate any below an 8/10.
Stuart Gordon directs this excellent Poe adaptation starring Lance Henriksen, who plays the Grand Inquisitor as creepy as he can (and that dude's creepy). The acting is excellent all around, and the humor in it works well to offset the serious subject matter. The opening scene where they flog a corpse is especially hilarious, and the film occasionally made me think of Army of Darkness (though it's far less comedic). Definitely worth watching.
Roger Corman + Vincent Price x Poe = excellence. Add to that Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson and it rises above the competition. The effects are silly and it hardly qualifies as horror, but this film is a lot of fun, especially the way it spins a new tale out of Poe's.
I haven't seen it since my early 20s, so it's possible it's not as good as I remember it...but I know there's more to it than this trailer provides. What it's actually about is a couple of teenagers who get held hostage by masked men with guns & a videocamera. After surviving their ordeal, they're turned into celebrities by the media & we see how they deal with that.
Tony Randall is awesome in this, taking on 8 separate roles & playing them all perfectly. The special effects were ahead of their time then & mostly hold up well now, and the story is an excellent one of standing up for what you believe in.
If you enjoyed any of Mel Brooks' movies (or comedy at all for that matter), you owe it to yourself to watch this one. I recently watched it late at night thinking that since it's a silent film I wouldn't disturb my sleeping girlfriend. Turns out my laughing kept waking her up. Oops.
From wiki: "Raymond Joshua (played by Saul Williams) is a young man growing up in the Southeast Washington D.C. area known as Dodge City. Despite his innate gift for poetry and his aspiration to be a rapper, he finds it difficult to escape the pressures of his surroundings: violence and drug dealing."
The performances are tremendous and the story is both entertaining and passionately told.
Sadly, I couldn't find a decent trailer for it. The one on IMDB is barely 30 seconds & gives no sense of what the film is about.
After hearing everyone slam this film, I avoided it for several years. When I finally got around to watching it I spent the entire movie wondering why it's so hated. Robin Williams is hilarious throughout, Joan Cusack is amazing, the film is a visual marvel, and I've been entertained every time I've watched it.
I love films that don't take themselves seriously and are more fun because of it. This is one of them. (Plus, you know, it has zombies)
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Movies that I love that few people have seen (as determined by how many Listal users have watched them) or that have a low global Listal rating compared to my own. Arranged in alphabetical order.
I have tried to post only the best quality trailers I could find when I could find them. That doesn't mean they're all high quality though. Sorry.
From the look of things, not many Listal users watch documentaries. I guess I understand that since I'm not a big fan of docs myself, but I do check out the ones that I think will be interesting. Hopefully the ones included here will interest others as well.