The movie world is a vast place, filled with hot and heavy romances, gut-wrenching tragedies, laugh-out-loud comedies and thrilling adventures. Because of this vastness, there is also an obscenely large number of movies out there that the average movie watcher has never heard of. Not because the movies aren’t good–some are fantastic. Blame poor marketing, small budgets or picky movie executives. Take a look at these five awesomely intriguing movies you probably haven’t heard of.
5 “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie” (1996)
In the not-too-distant future, Mike Nelson (himself) and his robots are trapped on a spacecraft, forced to watch terrible low-budget movies by mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Bellieu) as part of his scheme to conquer the world. Dr. Forrester sends Mike a really craptastic movie from 1955 to watch, “This Island Earth.” Just like in the hit TV series, as the movie is screened, Mike and robots Crow and Tom Servo provide a hilarious running commentary of this awful film involving aliens coming to Earth looking for brilliant scientists to help them win a war, and a lobster creature dressed in pants. So an unknown movie that forces you to sit and make fun of another unknown movie. Win.
4 “Tell No One” (2006)
“Tell No One” is a French film about a pediatrician, Alex, whose wife, Margot, was brutally murdered, and he was the prime suspect in the investigation. Eight years later, Alex receives an email from his dead wife on the same day two more bodies are discovered in the same place Margot was killed. This kicks off a spiral of events involving murder, conspiracy and lies, with some of the best chase scenes you’ll find in a film with such a modest budget. A lot more happens, but can’t tell you – spoilers!
3 “Layer Cake” (2004)
And here we see how Daniel Craig got the role of James Bond. Craig plays an unnamed, successful cocaine dealer respected among England’s Mafia elite, who receives two tough assignments from supplier Jimmy Price on the eve of his planned early retirement. Charged with finding the missing daughter of Jimmy’s old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite, while also negotiating 2 million pounds’ worth of Grade-A ecstasy with a small-time gangster, Craig is confronted with a labyrinth of double crosses, a love interest (of course) and Serbian drug dealers. The ending will make you want to beat your head against a wall.
2 “The Iron Giant” (1999)
In this amazing animated sci-fi/fantasy movie, a 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, befriends a giant alien robot from outer space in Maine during the Cold War 1950s. In an attempt to hide the robot from a paranoid government agent who wants to destroy it, Hogarth is forced to hide him in a junkyard. “The Iron Giant” features the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr. and Vin Diesel.
1 “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002)
In this absurd horror-comedy based on the short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, “Bubba Ho-tep” tells the “true” story of two old men in an old folks’ home (Bruce Campbell and the awesome Ossie Davis) who face a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy, fighting for the souls of the other nursing home residents. But wait, there’s more. Campbell’s character, Sebastian, believes he is Elvis Presley, and Davis’s character, Jack, believes himself to be JFK. JFK was Caucasian, and Davis is African-American. His response? “They dyed me this color! That’s how clever they are!”