Low-Publicity Movies Worth Watching

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I watched a small horror flick called Splinter tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love the conventions of the horror genre, so I don't mind a formulaic horror movie nearly as much as a formulaic drama or romcom. That said, there are still a bunch of horror movies that deserve zero audience. This film wasn't like that. It told a tight, suspenseful story, never devolved into lunatic plot elements (cept maybe for the box cutter bit), and kept me wondering who would survive the whole time.

As good as it was, I won't recommend it without first recommending my favorite horror movie that no one saw: Triangle. It's an Australian horror flick about a group of twentysomethings that hit a storm while sailing and wind up on an abandoned cruise ship. There's a generic masked menace out to kill them, but that's dealt with rather quickly. Then the weird crap happens. The trailer will spoil the crap out of it, so don't watch it. I'll just quote a line that might pique your interest: "If anyone comes here, shoot them. Even if it's me." You can find it pretty easily online, and it was well worth my time.

Just felt like recommending that one again, since it's been a while since I've done so. Do any of you know of any good low-budget, small-release flicks that deserved to do a lot better than half the crap in theatres right now? Please share them with me.

I really liked Dread: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1331307/

Its a horror/thriller movie about a couple of guys who set out to study peoples fears. Its a great movie which doesn't set out to just scare you like other horror movies but instead focuses on telling a good story. However, it doesn't quite live up to the short story by Clive Barker that it is based on, which I strongly recommend reading. The ending of the movie is also very weak and misses Barker's point entirely. Still, I really enjoyed it.

Waking Life.

A rotoscoped art film that has no plot (on the surface), instead providing a sequence of captivating conversations and philosophical concepts. Sounds very pretentious, but is actually very fun to watch.

In my film class 2 weeks ago an indie director screened a movies he's gonna release in 2013 (hopefully) called Short Term 12. It was an expanded and reworked story of a short film he directed (also called Short Term 12) that won in the Short Film category at Sundance Film Festival. Also, it was on the shortlist of films up for an Academy Award that same year. Apparently it made the top 10 but not the top 5. That's a pretty big deal as far as I'm concerned.

It was a good movie and well worth the price of admission. It's not life changing but it's a look into a world I didn't know existed until the film showed it to me.

I hope this counts since the movie hasn't actually been released. I guess it's something that you can look out for in the future.

Splinter was OK. The monster design was cool but as far as characters go, I knew who would come out alive after 5-10 minutes.

Triangle was good.

If you like low budget lesser known horror movies, try Mulberry Street. It's kind of like a zombie movie but not really.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473514/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Another one I like is The Loved Ones, pretty messed up but good:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1316536/

Stake Land - a decent vampire apocalypse road movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1464580/

Uzumaki - makes little to no sense but is still entertaining:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244870/

D-Tox - Not really low budget (it has Stallone, Robert Patrick, Tom Berenger, Kris Kristofferson etc.) but due to problems with the studio, it was never properly released so few people know about it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160184/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

That should be enough for now.

id recomend hard candy. small budget film, very confronting and with a tiny cast and will leave you not wanting to get on the bad side of ellen page ever

Primer - movie about time travel. A good movie about time travel. It's fucking brilliant - you have to take notes (really, do scribble them down) and then watch the movie again for it to make sense. I love it.

Centurion, saw no publicity for that movie yet it was SO good.

EDIT: Ok just saw moviebobs video on it...

wombat_of_war:
id recomend hard candy. small budget film, very confronting and with a tiny cast and will leave you not wanting to get on the bad side of ellen page ever

This. AND i would recommend going into that film knowing NOTHING about the plot. It makes it oh so much better.

I will have to again recommend my favourite movie of all time: Pi. Darren Aronofsky's first feature, black and white sci-fi thriller that just does my head in. I've watched it at least 20 times and am still picking up on subtle things that i've missed.

The Loved Ones is awesome, best australian horror movie to date.

Undead also a great comedy/horror from australia.

Centurion was pretty good, but probably the least good of Neil Marshall's films. All are great though, Dog Soldiers, Descent (fuck me was that movies TENSE!!!) and my fav of his Doomsday.

And must recommend korean film "I'm a cyborg but that's okay"

Must look into this Triangle and Primer.

There are lots that i've seen but i'm probably not going to be able to come up with many.

Dark city (really weird, totally underrated)
Push
Pathology
Lolita '97
Cabin in the woods (doesn't count here cos bob publicised it so hard)
Seeking a friend for the end of the world (steve carell, who i usually don't like so much)
Sleeping dogs lie >
God bless america >(saw these 2 at the same time cos of bobcats involvement)
The revenant (i really enjoyed it, kinda long though)
Jumper
Limitless
Sunshine

Very few horror movies. Its funny actually. I wish there were more horror movies on it, one might be led to believe that I don't like horror movies. Its actually just that really good memorable ones are really really rare and actually horror movies are just an excuse to make your date feel more cuddly. Cabin in the woods is a great movie, i don't really think it counts as horror though cos the horror isn't really the point. Dark city is kinda more horror-y but still, more "what the fuck?" than "ahh, i'm scared". The revenant is also kinda in the vain of a horror movie, but again, horror isn't really the point. Its been a long time since there's truly been an evil dead.

Side note. Why the fuck does the spell check on chrome say that "movie" and "movies" aren't words.

The Forbidden Zone, it's not a very good movie, in fact it's pretty damn awful, but it is an experience because of how weird it is. Some examples of its strangeness include a princess who is constantly topless, a version of the three stooges swinging the alphabet where all he'll breaks loose, sets that seem to be made out of card board, and much more that I do not want to spoil. Also as a fun fact this was The first film that Danny Elfman did the score to since this was when he was unknown and the reason he got the job was because his brother was the director.

Princess Blade

Odd movie about a ninja princess on the run from the rest of the ninjas, who meets a terrorist who's been following orders in the hope that one or two more bombings will somehow bring back the happy times.

HardkorSB:
Splinter was OK. The monster design was cool but as far as characters go, I knew who would come out alive after 5-10 minutes.

That's...not a huge accomplishment in a movie with only six characters and

I do recommend Splinter, though. It's pretty much a textbook example of making a good low-budget movie with only a few characters and one main location.

Darren716:
The Forbidden Zone, it's not a very good movie, in fact it's pretty damn awful, but it is an experience because of how weird it is. Some examples of its strangeness include a princess who is constantly topless, a version of the three stooges swinging the alphabet where all he'll breaks loose, sets that seem to be made out of card board, and much more that I do not want to spoil. Also as a fun fact this was The first film that Danny Elfman did the score to since this was when he was unknown and the reason he got the job was because his brother was the director.

Ah the wondrous Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, always love when anyone has any mention of them or Danny Elfman.

OT: Den Brysomme Mannen aka The Bothersome Man was a pretty good movie, gets kinda eerie. I don't remember too much about it, but it was recommended to me by my brother who also recommended movies like Primer.

WWmelb:
I will have to again recommend my favourite movie of all time: Pi. Darren Aronofsky's first feature, black and white sci-fi thriller that just does my head in. I've watched it at least 20 times and am still picking up on subtle things that i've missed.

I was going to mention it, but I wasn't sue how to write a description that does it justice, so I left it off, hoping somebody else would mention Pi. Good movie.

WWmelb:
Must look into this [...] Primer.

Yes, yes you must. The first time I heard of it, was seeing the quote "anybody who claims he fully understands what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar.", that prompted me to read more about it. So I found a description of it that went something like this (can't actually find the original) "The director is a Maths graduate who also too a Physics course, in order to make the most realistic film about time travel". I stopped reading right there (there was more) and went and saw the movie. It was a blast. I later returned to actually read the whole description and the next sentence was "The film had a budget of $7000" - if I hadn't been convinced by the first sentence, this one would have done the trick.

Rubber

It's a little independent movie sitting on Netflix. I put it in my queue due to the description alone but never got around to watching it until @Marter gave me a little push into it. Sweet hilarity am I glad I did that...

Little blurb for movie on Netflx:
A car tire named Robert rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more.

And I'm glad I did. The movie takes a bit to get....rolling (Hee hee! Get it?! I'm hilarious) but once it goes, it is one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. I absolutely adore movies that take regular conventions (see Cabin in The Woods) and turns them on their head for comedic purposes and this movie does just that.

WWmelb:

wombat_of_war:
id recomend hard candy. small budget film, very confronting and with a tiny cast and will leave you not wanting to get on the bad side of ellen page ever

This. AND i would recommend going into that film knowing NOTHING about the plot. It makes it oh so much better.

I will have to again recommend my favourite movie of all time: Pi. Darren Aronofsky's first feature, black and white sci-fi thriller that just does my head in. I've watched it at least 20 times and am still picking up on subtle things that i've missed.

The Loved Ones is awesome, best australian horror movie to date.

Undead also a great comedy/horror from australia.

Centurion was pretty good, but probably the least good of Neil Marshall's films. All are great though, Dog Soldiers, Descent (fuck me was that movies TENSE!!!) and my fav of his Doomsday.

And must recommend korean film "I'm a cyborg but that's okay"

Must look into this Triangle and Primer.

oh yeah hard candy is worth hiring knowing nothing about it. it will mess with your head

Dead Mans shoes.

Honestly one of my favourite films, discovered it completely by accident too.

If you are looking for a great horror film then I recommend "Dead Birds"- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377749/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

If you want an interesting take on the Ramayana (an Indian traditional story) then you can see "Sita Sings the Blues" online for free (do not worry the person who made the movie supports it)- http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/watch.html

I watch a lot of foreign films (mostly German films) so I can name a few that are not well known here in the states but deserve to be-

-Red Cliff (if you watch this one make sure to see the international version because it is about 2 hours longer and the story makes much more sense)- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425637/
-The Tin Drum (for the more philosophical amongst you)- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078875/
-North Face- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844457/
-Stalingrad- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108211/
-Die Welle- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1063669/
-Europa Europa- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099776/

tippy2k2:
Rubber

It's a little independent movie sitting on Netflix. I put it in my queue due to the description alone but never got around to watching it until @Marter gave me a little push into it. Sweet hilarity am I glad I did that...

Little blurb for movie on Netflx:
A car tire named Robert rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more.

And I'm glad I did. The movie takes a bit to get....rolling (Hee hee! Get it?! I'm hilarious) but once it goes, it is one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. I absolutely adore movies that take regular conventions (see Cabin in The Woods) and turns them on their head for comedic purposes and this movie does just that.

Good god that movie gave me a headache.

Kontroll. It's a slightly surreal 2003 Hungarian thriller about the life of a group of Budapest Metro ticket inspectors. Plot-wise, it wasn't very good, but it's worth seeing multiple times because you will never see anything like it. The cinematography and lighting are great and the soundtrack introduced a whole new genre of music to me. Be warned, as the plot goes bananas about 2/3rds of the way through and turns into a surreal European...thing.

After circulating around a bunch of film festivals someone big noticed it and hired the director, Nimròd Antal to make Predators.

Avalon.

Think Matrix-esque, only in Polish, sepia and with an illegal FPS simulation.

Admittedly, the ending is 100% professional grade A shite, and the narrative is as obvious as my sex life, but damn, I was impressed at what it managed.

Go. Now.

EDIT: At what the film managed, not my sex life.

Since nobody besides me and the people I've recommended have seen it (and at this point it would be out of character not to recommend it), I have to say The Scorpion King 3. There. Obligatory mention is out of the way.

Now, I'm only going to go with films with under 10,000 ratings on IMDb, since I figure that's a fairly accurate way to guess popularity.

Snow Angels is what I'll mention first, since it's just such a personal film to me. It makes me cry each time I watch it.

The Tracey Fragments was a very odd, experimental film, and I absolutely adored it. Something to watch for some unique filmmaking.

Vivre sa vie is a wonderful French film from the New Wave period.

The Dead Girl is an emotional film telling a bunch of small stories.

That should be enough for now.

I don't know if Kill List was big in the UK or not but I know that hardly any people know about it in North America. This movie is pretty fantastic. There is so much tension throughout the movie and you always have this feeling that some terrible is going to happen. At first, it feels just like a suspense thriller for about the first two thirds, then it very much goes straight into horror. This is the first movie I've seen in a long time that I was genuinely scared during.

WWmelb:
Another one

wombat_of_war:
Hard Candy recommendation

Count me as a third recommendation of Hard Candy. Page is excellent in it, in my view.

I'd also like to recommend Hobo With A Shotgun. I'll use a description taken from Rotten Tomatoes for the film, "It certainly isn't subtle - or even terribly smart - but as a gleefully gory homage to low-budget exploitation thrillers, Hobo with a Shotgun packs plenty of firepower", I love that film.

I'm not sure how much advertising there was for a black comedy called, 'Bernie' staring Jack Black, but it seems to be one of my favorite movies that most people I know haven't really heard of.

Not a low budget movie but one that really didn't get the publicity it deserved, The Message (1976).

wombat_of_war:
id recomend hard candy. small budget film, very confronting and with a tiny cast and will leave you not wanting to get on the bad side of ellen page ever

WWmelb:

wombat_of_war:
id recomend hard candy. small budget film, very confronting and with a tiny cast and will leave you not wanting to get on the bad side of ellen page ever

This. AND i would recommend going into that film knowing NOTHING about the plot. It makes it oh so much better.

Do I want to watch Dead Candy when I have a long day of college before me tomorrow? Between all this "it will fuck with your head" talk, I'm not so sure. You guys tell me.

OT: I'll echo Dead Mans Shoes. In a way it's really corny but it doesn't give off that vibe. I liked it a lot.

Hesher. A dark but kinda touching story about a kid who makes friends with a squatter.

Good Copy Bad Copy. A documentary about file sharing, peer to peer, and copyright law. Definitely worth a watch.

Gangster High. A Korean movie about a group of friends who create a club to play soccer but get dragged into increasing violent encounters with a local gang. It;s very well done, but some of the violent scenes are extremely graphic. You've been warned.

How To Survive A Plague. A documentary about the AIDS epidemic in the 70s, and the gay rights activists who fought for recognition and treatment, even as they were dying.

Lilja 4-ever. Quite possibly the most depressing movie ever. Disclaimer: it does feature some graphic sequences. That said, it's incredible.

Marebito. Creepy Japanese horror doing what creepy Japanese horror does best: stealing your sleep.

Son of Ranbow. Two kids decide to try and make their own home movie in the vein of Rambo: First Blood.

Waiting for Superman. A documentary about the American school system. It follows several children trying to get into a charter school, which is their only hope for a good education.

Why We Fight. A documentary about the American military industrial complex, and the profits of war.

The Interrupters. A documentary about a group of 'violence interrupters' struggling to save lives in the midst of one of Chicago's bloodiest years.

I'd also recommend the already mentioned Uzimaki, Sunshine, Dead Man's Shoes, and Dark City.

The Moon!

and

Hanna

DoPo:
Primer

I'll second this one. Fantastic film.

I'm looking forward to Upstream Color (by the same writer/director as Primer) which comes out next year.

HardkorSB:
Splinter was OK. The monster design was cool but as far as characters go, I knew who would come out alive after 5-10 minutes.

Triangle was good.

*SNIP*

That should be enough for now.

I wasn't really surprised at who lived, I guess I was just grateful the film let me keep both the characters I wanted. There was no needless, "Let's make it a substantially less happy ending" to it.

Thanks for the suggestions.I'll be checking those out in a week when I don't have to study for a stupid Hebrew final.

Kakistos153:
There are lots that i've seen but i'm probably not going to be able to come up with many.

Dark city (really weird, totally underrated)

YES to Dark City. I saw the trailer for that when it came out (I was around 13) and never truly forgot about it, then I watched the film a few years ago and loved it. Of course, I watched it with the super-explanatory opening monologue, which probably killed part of its appeal, but I still thought it was great. I wish it had come out a year earlier so it didn't have to compete thematically with The MAtrix and could have found its own voice. Oh well.

DoPo:
Primer - movie about time travel. A good movie about time travel. It's fucking brilliant - you have to take notes (really, do scribble them down) and then watch the movie again for it to make sense. I love it.

That's the only film I've ever watched that I legitimately had to view twice to fully understand. That said, I did find it a wee bit boring. The deadpan-20-somethings-who-are-too-smart-for-their-own-good shtick wore on me after a while.

OT: well waking life has been taken.

I guess I'll cheat an say some anime films that I feel transcend the anime demo and stand apart as great films.

The Place Promised in our Early Days.

The Girl Who Lept Through Time.

5 Centimeters Per Second.

Wings of Honneamise.

Robot Carnival (actually 7 short films made by different directors. All very good)

Memories (also a compilation piece, but this time 3 slightly longer short films)

Pretty much anything by Satoshi Kon.

Voices of a distant star (only like 20 minutes, but damn if it doesn't make you wanna bawl)

Haibane renmei (technically a 13 episode show, but definitely worth watching)

Mushi-Shi (also a show, also awesome)

A lot of Mayazaki stuff that's less popular is also very good like Grave of the Fireflies or Whisper of the Heart.

Admittedly some pretty melancholic films to varying degrees, but serious anime tends to be like that.

For non-anime, check out Six String Samurai. Crazy low-budget camp but fun.

I'd recommend D.E.B.S. It's a silly movie, but I somehow find it to be extremely endearing. It always leaves me with a smile on my face.

I'd also recommend the Mexican movies Temporada de Patos (Duck Season in the U.S.) and Matando Cabos (Killing Cabos in the U.S.). The first is sort of an indie dramedy and the second is more of a Guy Ritchie/Quentin Tarrantino style action comedy. In the case of both films, everyone I've shown them to has liked them a lot, so they seem like solid recommendations.

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