Home Video and Blockbuster Era Movies I've Watched

by hywel82 | created - 25 Mar 2016 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

What I've watched since 2015. What will you find in this list? Movies, direct-to-video movies, TV movies and feature-length pilot episodes for un-commissioned TV series. This list has ended up being mostly genre B-movies with a few mainstream Hollywood movies. Almost every list item is the first time I've seen it. What dates/eras does it span? From the proto-blockbusters of the early 70's, via the home video era to the last few 80's style movies made around the turn of the Millennium. Althought mostly in chronological order of watch date, I keep sequels grouped together. Even those sequels beyond the scope of this list.

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1. After Hours (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 51,290 | Gross: $10.60M

15/08/15 Quirky hidden gem. I enjoyed this free-wheeling misadventure. I originally saw most of it on TV years ago and wanted to watch it properly.

2. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 92,872

10/10/15 More serious than it needed to be. Great cast including Burt Reynolds. Origin of those 'killer hillbilly' movies.

3. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

47 Metascore

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Votes: 13,941 | Gross: $45.00M

17/10/15 I caught a the first few mins. on TV late on night and wanted to watch it properly. This is great fun! A 70's, freedom loving, American road movie.

4. Robot Jox (1989)

PG | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo, Robert Sampson

Votes: 5,322 | Gross: $1.27M

24/10/15 Cheesy 80's sci-fi action with fighting robots in this Italian B-movie.

5. Robot Wars (1993)

PG | 69 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In the year 2041, the rebel Centros are a plague to the survivors of the great toxic gas scare of 1993. A renegade Megarobot pilot and an archaeologist must team up (despite personal ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Band | Stars: Don Michael Paul, Barbara Crampton, James Staley, Lisa Rinna

Votes: 890

17/11/17 A sci-fi B-movie sequel to 'Robot Jox' (1989), again by Charles Band's production company. It took me a long time to discover that this sequel existed. This one was produced by Charles Band and directed by his father, Albert. The robot effects are stop-motion models and minitures. They look dated, but I like how they look, and the whole movie looks fairly good for an early 90's B-movie. But there's only one big robot fight in the movie. And not enough action to compensate for the disjointed, incoherent plotlines. Overall, has some entertainment value, but not as much as the first one.

6. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace

Votes: 27,419 | Gross: $25.00M

30/10/15 Low-ish budet 70's horror classic. Worth watching if you like the 2006 remake.

7. The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

25 Metascore

A group of bikers, heading to a race, become stranded in the desert and find themselves fighting off a family of inbred cannibals who live off the land.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Robert Houston, David Nichols, Virginia Vincent, James Whitworth

Votes: 5,151

31/10/15 Not as good as the first.

8. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 94,406 | Gross: $14.56M

01/11/15 Unique and memorable. One of the best horror films ever. Dated make-up and special effects have taken away the shock value, but you won't care because the story is so original.

9. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 38,208 | Gross: $11.09M

06/11/15 Definitely watch this sequal if you want more of the original. Made by the same people as the first one.

10. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R | 97 min | Horror

50 Metascore

An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Lawrence Mortorff

Votes: 25,405 | Gross: $12.53M

07/11/15 Not made by the same people. Only watch if you're a fan of the first two.

11. Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

21 Metascore

In the 22nd century, a scientist attempts to right the wrong his ancestor created: the puzzle box that opens the gates of Hell and unleashes Pinhead and his Cenobite legions.

Director: Kevin Yagher | Stars: Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Doug Bradley, Charlotte Chatton

Votes: 17,981 | Gross: $16.68M

08/11/15 Deeply flawed and not made by the same people. It fills in gaps in the history. Make this the last one you watch.

12. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000 Video)

R | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer".

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley

Votes: 13,989

13/11/15 Avoid.

13. Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002 Video)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A shady businessman attempts to piece together the details of the car crash that killed his wife, rendered him an amnesiac, and left him in possession of a sinister puzzle box that summons monsters.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Rachel Hayward

Votes: 10,434

14/11/15 Avoid.

14. Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

Gamers playing a MMORPG based on the "Hellraiser" films find their lives endangered after being invited to a rave, the host of which intends to show them the truth behind the Cenobite mythos.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Khary Payton

Votes: 9,037

15/11/15 Avoid.

15. Hellraiser: Deader (2005 Video)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A journalist uncovers an underground group who can bring back the dead and slowly becomes drawn into their world.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Kari Wuhrer, Paul Rhys, Simon Kunz, Marc Warren

Votes: 8,441

20/11/15 Avoid.

16. Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

R | 75 min | Horror

Two friends discover a puzzle box in Mexico, which unleashes cenobite Pinhead.

Director: Víctor García | Stars: Steven Brand, Nick Eversman, Tracey Fairaway, Sebastien Roberts

Votes: 6,446

21/11/15 The worst one yet. Avoid.

17. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

20 Metascore

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 12,820 | Gross: $10.50M

Unlike the rest of the list, this one is out of order! I watched it after The Hills Have Eyes Part II and before Hellraiser. I wasn't as organised early on! 18/10/15 American Ninja is an upper-end martial-arts B-movie. Lots of action. Not bad.

18. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

39 Metascore

On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway

Votes: 7,489 | Gross: $4.00M

05/12/15 Unmemorable, but not bad sequel.

19. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

An expert fighter leads an assault on the island lab of a madman making a virus for terrorists.

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele B. Chan

Votes: 4,543 | Gross: $0.90M

6/12/15 Unmemorable.

20. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama

The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, James Booth, Dwayne Alexandre

Votes: 4,146 | Gross: $0.36M

12/12/15 Not as good as it could have been. Does have some unexpected Mad Max inspired elements.

21. American Ninja 5 (1993)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

When a scientists daughter is kidnapped, American Ninja (David Bradley), attempts to find her, but this time he teams up with a youngster he has trained in the ways of the ninja.

Director: Bob Bralver | Stars: David Bradley, Lee Reyes, Anne Dupont, Pat Morita

Votes: 3,642

13/12/15 Intended to be a different, family friendly ninja movie, this had the American Ninja name slapped on it. Pretty awful.

22. Death Wish (1974)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats

Votes: 32,798 | Gross: $22.00M

16/01/16 Really enjoyed this. Got it's dark moments, but the theme of fighting back is compelling.

23. Death Wish II (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

11 Metascore

Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 13,341 | Gross: $16.10M

17/01/16 As above, not a bad sequel.

24. Death Wish 3 (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

18 Metascore

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam

Votes: 12,957 | Gross: $16.12M

23/01/16 A guilty pleasure movie! So bad it's good. Lots of cheesy 80's action. A must watch for cheesy 80's B movie fans. Watched it before, would would it again.

25. Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Kay Lenz, John P. Ryan, Perry Lopez

Votes: 8,110 | Gross: $6.88M

24/01/16 Forgettable sequel. Less cheesy but still a OK 80's B movie.

26. Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

25 Metascore

Paul Kersey is back at working vigilante justice when his fiancée, Olivia, has her business threatened by mobsters.

Director: Allan A. Goldstein | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lesley-Anne Down, Michael Parks, Chuck Shamata

Votes: 6,446 | Gross: $1.70M

28/01/16 Forgettable sequel.

27. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 703,902

30/01/16 Awesome. A modern classic. Great music, locations, script, everything.

28. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

At Medfield College, an accident with a donated computer gives Dexter Riley the ability to remember any knowledge learned instantly and perfectly.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, William Schallert

Votes: 3,914

02/02/16 Fun Disney campus comedy. Very dated. Oldest movie in this list.

29. Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)

G | 88 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A chemistry student invents a spray that makes its wearer invisible. A crook finds out about it, and plans to steal it for himself.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Jim Backus

Votes: 1,616

04/02/16 Another fun but dated Disney campus comedy.

30. The Strongest Man in the World (1975)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Dexter Riley and his friends accidently discover a new chemical mixed with a cereal seems to give anyone temporary superhuman strength

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Eve Arden, Cesar Romero

Votes: 2,404

07/02/16 Caught a few moments of this on TV once and thought it (and the whole series) were worth watching properly. The last fun but dated Disney campus comedy.

31. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 340,108 | Gross: $232.91M

Either on 08, 09 or 11/02/16 Great film, though dated makeup and special effects makes it less spooky than it would have been.

32. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | 117 min | Horror

39 Metascore

A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow

Votes: 20,157 | Gross: $30.75M

13/02/16 Diabolical. One of the worst films I've ever seen.

33. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 22,651 | Gross: $26.10M

17/02/16 Better than the first sequel, but still has lots of problems.

34. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

30 Metascore

Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Remy Sweeney

Votes: 32,016 | Gross: $41.82M

20/02/16 Don't bother with either of the mid-00's prequels.

35. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu leads to the rediscovery of his faith.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar, Billy Crawford

Votes: 9,857 | Gross: $0.25M

21/02/16 Don't bother with either of the mid-00's prequels.

36. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,511

27/02/16 First of the Burt Reynolds 'hick-flicks'. Lots of car chases, stunts and action. Slightly dated pacing, but it great movie. I highly recommend this.

37. Gator (1976)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Crime

41 Metascore

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed

Votes: 3,303 | Gross: $11.00M

03/03/16 Not as good as the first (White Lightning (1973)). Above average.

38. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 15,811

05/03/16 Pretty good fun! I like the theme of fighting back against authority.

39. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 22,936 | Gross: $8.00M

10/03/16 Lower budget than it needed. I like the risk taking and originality of this movie. Very dated but a must-see 70's road-movie B-movie.

40. Rollerball (1975)

R | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

56 Metascore

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 20,796 | Gross: $30.00M

11/03/16 This is brilliant. Bit dated that doesn't detract from this compelling futuristic vision. Highly recommended.

41. Eat My Dust (1976)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, Brad David, Kathy O'Dare

Votes: 643

19/03/16 Ron Howard, a Chevy Camaro, car chases and stunts. You wouldn't know this road movie is fairly low budget. Dated but still fun and holds up well.

42. Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers, Barry Cahill

Votes: 2,401

24/03/16 More mad-cap than the first one. Also low budget but you wouldn't know it. Lots of fun, car chases and stunts.

43. The Omega Man (1971)

PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo

Votes: 27,044 | Gross: $8.72M

25/03/16 Modern classic. High recommended post apocalyptic adventure.

44. The Big Bus (1976)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Action

The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the ... See full summary »

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, John Beck, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 2,769 | Gross: $3.54M

27/03/16 I caught a few mins. of this on TV and wanted to watch it properly. Parody of 70's disaster movies, not as funny as it should be. Still a fun 70's road movie.

45. Cannonball! (1976)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

35 Metascore

Racing across the country from L.A. to New York, a plethora of exotic cars carry contestants hoping to win a very large sum.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 4,004 | Gross: $3.27M

02/04/16 LA to NYC illegal road race. Lots of 70s cars, chases, stunts and action. Lots of fun. Look out for things that would influence Tarantino.