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Best Straight to Video (or barely released theatrically) Movie You've Seen?
Topic by: underdog
Posted: December 4, 2008 - 10:32 AM PST
Last Reply: December 5, 2008 - 2:17 PM PST

author topic: Best Straight to Video (or barely released theatrically) Movie You've Seen?
post #1  on December 4, 2008 - 10:32 AM PST  
So the reputation of straight to video movies has always been pretty low and for good reason, but in days when there are more movies being made and less places to screen them, every once in awhile a gem gets lost in the shuffle and unceremoniously dumped right to home video.

What are some good ones you've seen, that you probably had to take a chance on and were pleasantly surprised?
post #2  on December 4, 2008 - 10:34 AM PST  
I actually recall seeing two John Dahl movies that I'm pretty sure barely received a release, and one was You Kill Me. I think it did play in theaters, for like five minutes. Great cast. The script is kind of a mess in places, it has some tone shifting issues, but it's an interesting movie (and partially filmed here in SF, too).
post #3  on December 4, 2008 - 10:39 AM PST  
And the horror genre is particularly full of intriguing movies as of late that never found a home outside of maybe a few fests, heading straight to home video. Anyone seen Feast and Feast II?

Both pretty darned interesting as straight to dvd horror goes...


I guess the Futurama movies would count as straight to video too.

post #4  on December 4, 2008 - 11:00 AM PST  
I'm pretty sure Killer Condom was straight to video, at least in the US. I still don't know the full story behind it, but it's definitely not your average Troma release. I thought it was hilarious.
post #5  on December 4, 2008 - 2:20 PM PST  
Does Film Movement count? ;-)
post #6  on December 4, 2008 - 2:22 PM PST  
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, gotta see to believe
post #7  on December 4, 2008 - 2:29 PM PST  
> On December 4, 2008 - 2:20 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> Does Film Movement count? ;-)
> ---------------------------------

Why yes, I suppose those movies would count! Some of them did get a tiny release at some point... and I was thinking more of American films, since a lot of foreign films don't get a proper release here anyway. But sure, count 'em.

post #8  on December 4, 2008 - 2:30 PM PST  
> On December 4, 2008 - 2:22 PM PST MHeise wrote:
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> Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, gotta see to believe
> ---------------------------------

The movie Patton Oswalt made famous!

And it's sequel, "Rape Stove, the Stove that..." Well, anyway.
post #9  on December 4, 2008 - 3:27 PM PST  
Blue State from last year was pretty decent, likeable.

Was Session 9 S2V? That was great...
Brad Anderson has had that happen to him - this year's TransSiberian is another good one.

Oh! And 100 Girls was surprisingly decent and cute.
post #10  on December 4, 2008 - 3:38 PM PST  
How about Abominable -- I think that played in exactly one theater, and is kind of a sleeper imho.
post #11  on December 5, 2008 - 2:17 PM PST  
Last night I had the pleasure of watching Center Stage: TURN IT UP on the tele. It features less attractive people and much poorer dancing than its predecessor, but still it was offensively enjoyable!

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