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Great underappreciated films

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People who added this item 165  Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
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.
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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
2. The Band's Visit (2007)
The trailer doesn't quite do it justice, as it's much funnier. Also, I have no idea why even the English language dialogue is given subtitles.

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People who added this item 316  Average listal rating (214 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
3. Black Dynamite (2009)
Hands down one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. There were parts that I was crying from laughing so hard.

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People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
4. Breakfast with Hunter (2003)
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.
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People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
5. A Bucket of Blood (1959)
I watched this during my October horrorfest, and fell in love with it.

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People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
6. The Business of Being Born (2008)
A must-see for anyone planning to have children in America.

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People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
7. Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Tho... (2006)
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People who added this item 216  Average listal rating (113 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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.
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People who added this item 98  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.8 
9. Fear(s) of the Dark
Excellent animation & excellent storytelling.

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People who added this item 108  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
10. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
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.
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People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
11. Fuck (2005)
A documentary about the F-word. I like that it doesn't take itself too seriously, and they got some awesome people to discuss their ideas about said word.
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People who added this item 156  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
12. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Sl... (2006)
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.

Highly recommended.
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People who added this item 165  Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
13. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Th... (2008)
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People who added this item 337  Average listal rating (237 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating 4.3 
14. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
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.

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People who added this item 221  Average listal rating (140 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating
15. Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
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.)

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People who added this item 200  Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
16. House (1986)
An excellent horror-comedy written by Fred Dekker who also did The Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps.

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People who added this item 188  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
17. Iron Monkey (1993)
One of the best martial arts films of the 90s. I've watched it more times than I can count & it's still highly entertaining.

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People who added this item 129  Average listal rating (83 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.3 
18. Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Hilarious & highly quotable. I've watched it countless times and still laugh throughout the whole thing.

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People who added this item 190  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
19. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
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.

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People who added this item 109  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.7 
20. Kuffs (1992)
I realize Christian Slater is basically a Jack Nicholson clone, but I've enjoyed his films anyway. This one earns bonus points for breaking the 4th wall, and it's an excellent action-comedy.

(The only trailer I could find for Kuffs was too horrible in quality to share.)
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21. The Machine Girl (2008)
Over-the-top and completely ridiculous revenge flick that's a lot of fun to watch. If you liked Planet Terror or Shoot 'em Up, this one's for you.

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People who added this item 169  Average listal rating (83 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
22. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
One of my favorite Richard Linklater films....

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People who added this item 366  Average listal rating (192 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
23. Mother (2009)
Excellent film about a mother's love for her son & her efforts to prove his innocence of a crime he may or may not have committed.

Currently available on Netflix instant watch. Go there now.

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People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.5 
24. Neighbors (1981)
Dan Aykroyd & Cathy Moriarty move next door to John Belushi & Kathryn Walker and immediately prove they're the most insane neighbors ever. Hilarious from start to finish.

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People who added this item 85  Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
25. A Night in Casablanca (1946)
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.
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People who added this item 132  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 5.8 
26. Novocaine (2001)
One of my favorite Steve Martin movies.

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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.5 
27. PCU (1994)
One of my favorite comedies...watched it more times than I can count.

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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.2 
28. The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
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.

Check the trailer out here
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People who added this item 59  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
29. The Power of One (1992)
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People who added this item 179  Average listal rating (87 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
30. The Raven (1963)
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.

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People who added this item 154  Average listal rating (96 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
31. The Ref (1994)
Denis Leary & Kevin Spacey in one of the best Christmas films ever.

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People who added this item 39  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 4.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
32. S.F.W. (1994)
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.

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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
33. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
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.

The trailer can be viewed here.
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People who added this item 202  Average listal rating (129 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
34. Silent Movie (1976)
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.

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People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (84 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
35. Silver Streak (1976)
Any movie Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor are in together is totally worth watching.

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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
36. Six-String Samurai (1998)
One of the best, most original movies I've ever seen.

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People who added this item 46  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
37. Slam (1998)
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.
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People who added this item 67  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
38. Spider Baby (1968)
Truly original.

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People who added this item 103  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
39. Tales of Terror (1962)
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People who added this item 125  Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
40. Theatre of Blood (1973)
By far Vincent Price's best performance.

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People who added this item 206  Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
41. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
I recommend you turn the volume up for this one, as the sound quality is lacking.

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People who added this item 578  Average listal rating (352 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating 4.9 
42. Toys (1992)
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.

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People who added this item 166  Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
43. Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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People who added this item 231  Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
44. American Masters The Doors: When You're Stra... (2009)
It's possible my high rating for this documentary is colored by the fact that The Doors are one of my all-time favorite bands.

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People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
45. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Did I mention I'm a Hunter S. Thompson fan? Bill Murray & Peter Boyle are excellent in this comedic look at HST.

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46. World's Greatest Dad (2009)
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People who added this item 46  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
47. Young @ Heart (Young at Heart) (2007)
A great documentary, definitely worth seeing for anyone who loves music. When I'm old I hope this chorus is still around so I can join it.

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People who added this item 244  Average listal rating (145 ratings) 4.5  IMDB Rating 4.2 
48. Zombie Strippers! (2008)
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.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 2 4:06
Ha, I agree with most the others I haven't seen so I'll take your recomendations.

Oh... "The Ref" Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis, pretty much my dream cast. Alas, Judy Davis hasn't been in that many great films.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 2 5:00
Wow, so much to catch up on! You steered me right with "Spider Baby" some weeks back, so I look forward to a number of the horror pics. And thanks for reminding me that I need to see "Me and Orson Welles".

I've been excited but nervous about watching "The Power of One" because I loved the book so much...
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 2 5:20
This list gets a vote for Iron Monkey! Best of the 90's? Heck, it's one of the best martial arts movies of all time, at least among the more theatrical ones.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 2 5:56
Some weird stuff... But that's a compliment ! I really liked "Slam" aswell and I have seen only 2 other movies...
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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 2 9:50
glad to see my favorite movie at #1
Posted: 3 years ago at Mar 24 23:19
Glad to see WAKING NED DEVINE and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH on here. I feel the only reason H3 is hated so much was the fact it lacked Michael Myers.

I guess I should check some of these other ones out.
Posted: 3 years ago at Apr 14 2:24
This is a very interesting list. I as of late have been interested in learning more about Hunter S. Thompson after reading an article about his strange death in (of all places) High Society. If I am not mistaken many of these films can be viewed on Netflix. As a horror fan, Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher constantly keeps on getting recommended and is now defiantly on my must watch list.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Aug 16 16:02
I 100% agree with your H3 - SOTW comment..
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Oct 9 7:07
I am a big fan of Toys and the Ref! They are unappreciated Gems.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 2 15:24
I've only watched one of these films from the list and 6 of these are on my want to watch list. I might watch Halloween III in October and I probably will watch Toys because I am a fan of Robin Williams.
Posted: 4 months ago at Dec 16 11:15
Trailers have been fixed on this list.
Posted: 4 months ago at Dec 16 12:13
Nice to see The Band's Visit on here. I'd recommend checking out "Off White Lies" for another good Israeli film.
Posted: 4 months ago at Dec 16 15:05
@Nocturne - Thanks! I've added it to my queue.
Posted: 4 months ago at Dec 16 17:55
Great list! I love the old Universal monster movies, too; as well as Abbott & Costello... and Vincent Price! It was a nice surprise seeing Kuffs here, as I'm the only person I know who liked it (until now!).

Oh, I think I need to see Machine Girl now, too; I loved Planet Terror and Shoot 'em Up.
Posted: 3 months, 4 weeks ago at Dec 19 10:22
Toys - I am glad I am not the only person who liked that film...I think peace message type movies do not particularly sell to the public

Spider Baby - simply by the title I am going to see that one!

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