Legitimate and perverse pleasures

by danthepoetman-58594 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Those movies that are not great, generally not beautiful, but fun fun fun! Those movies you wouldn't admit loving to your most snobbish friends. And some others, not of the highest intellectual value, but nonetheless really good.

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1. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 52,116 | Gross: $2.02M

2. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 346,163 | Gross: $13.78M

3. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland

Votes: 11,692

4. La Chevre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 7,413

5. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 23,492

6. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 140,521 | Gross: $5.92M

7. Dead Alive (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 88,340 | Gross: $0.24M

8. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,748

9. The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

115 min | Comedy

Energetic priest Don Camillo returns to the town of Brescello for more political and personal duels with Communist mayor Peppone.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Arturo Bragaglia, Édouard Delmont

Votes: 2,139

10. 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: 96,309 | Gross: $14.56M

11. The Man from Acapulco (1973)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Vittorio Caprioli, Hans Meyer

Votes: 4,113

12. I, Madman (1989)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A bookshop clerk finds that an insane and murderous doctor from one of the store's horror novels has come to life.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge

Votes: 2,550 | Gross: $0.15M

13. My Best Fiend (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 9,811 | Gross: $0.10M

14. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 17,686 | Gross: $6.00M

15. Bug (1975)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A scientist (Bradford Dillman) experiments with mutated insects freed by an earthquake, making matters worse.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland, Jamie Smith-Jackson

Votes: 1,822 | Gross: $3.60M

16. Doghouse (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke, Emil Marwa, Lee Ingleby

Votes: 20,523

17. Severance (2006)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, Toby Stephens

Votes: 35,489 | Gross: $0.14M

18. Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

68 Metascore

Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre

Votes: 5,895

19. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

54 Metascore

Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 24,025

20. Topaze (1951)

136 min | Comedy

Albert Topaze, sincere schoolteacher addicted to "rote" morality, works at a private school run by supremely money-grubbing M. Muche, whose daughter, also a teacher, makes cynical use of ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Fernandel, Hélène Perdrière, Jacqueline Pagnol, Marcel Vallée

Votes: 293

21. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 106,280 | Gross: $5.10M

22. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 56,851 | Gross: $20.77M

23. The Taint (2011)

75 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

The water is tainted. The Taint poisons the minds of men. It turns them into raging misogynists: monsters who want nothing more than to crush women's heads with rocks (or other objects). ... See full summary »

Directors: Drew Bolduc, Dan Nelson | Stars: Drew Bolduc, Colleen Walsh, Cody Crenshaw, Kenneth Hall

Votes: 1,092

24. The Raven (1963)

G | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Votes: 9,762

25. The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza

Votes: 11,583

26. Adam Chaplin (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Horror

His life was torn apart when his wife was murdered by Mafia boss Denny. Filled with vengeance, Adam summoned a demon that endowed him with god-like strength so that he might survive his journey through Heaven's Valley.

Directors: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi | Stars: Emanuele De Santi, Valeria Sannino, Chiara Marfella, Christian Riva

Votes: 1,572

27. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

A female journalist decides to traverse the Amazon Jungle after going undercover in a mental asylum and witnessing a disturbing behavior from a rescued white woman, who she believes was raised by a cannibalistic tribe long thought extinct.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Nieves Navarro, Donald O'Brien

Votes: 2,433

28. Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Votes: 42,331

29. Blood Punch (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Horror, Thriller

A young man is lured into a dangerous love triangle that begins to take a series of shocking and grisly supernatural turns.

Director: Madellaine Paxson | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, David Whaley, Bloss Flores

Votes: 2,136

30. The Signal (2007)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

63 Metascore

A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry | Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah

Votes: 19,887 | Gross: $0.60M



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