What’s the Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen?

I’ve been obsessed with obscure, hidden or forgotten cinema for as long as I can remember. I’ve bought over 10 books on the subject, and I’ve thought about creating either a YouTube channel or maybe just writing articles here about the subject.

I’ll start things off with one of my favorites:

  • Litan (1982)
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IMDB describes it as:

Nora and Jock arrive in the strange village of Litan during the Festival of the Dead.

That’s pretty much it but imagine if Ken Russel took acid and remade Silent Hill; that’s Litan.

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So let’s hear your personal favorite obscure films.

  • 1 2 3 4

    Hearts and Armor, cheesy 1980’s medieval fantasy.

  • sailor monsoon

    All i remember is the nudity

  • Lydia Deetz

    Essentially the movie portrays her as a ditsy whore (There really isn’t a nice word for it). On top of this, Norma Jean is used as an abusive split personality. The drug use is exaggerated and the nudity is abundant.

    I… Love… Love… Love… Dr Giggles.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I used to see lots of strange and obscure things, but the most obscure would have to be Gunslinger, PI which screened at a local movie theater where I lived many years ago. I don’t remember why I was even there. I think I had a friend in the cast/crew. It was a movie about a guy and his talking Toyota Corolla that was made for no budget by a bunch of teenagers. Feature length.

  • Schizo_Frog

    Haven’t seen AF Reunion since I was a kid. Don’t even remember it. But you’d think Curry as Gomez would be a winner.

    Haven’t seen the others. What was dirty about the Marilyn film?

    Btw that first one reminds me of the old horror film Dr Giggles. I believe you are a big old school B horror movie guy.

  • sailor monsoon

    I actually haven’t but i know of it

  • Lydia Deetz

    Somebody else actually saw this movie?

  • sailor monsoon

    The clown murders.
    That’s a deep cut

  • sailor monsoon

    You should watch it again.
    It’s pretty incredible

  • Lydia Deetz

    Here’s a few more obscure movies from said dusty bin….

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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3d7f4c6ed1b68e54e6d9d87315275cf22c1095aa9a40e35ba1a5ab96e3ef4cc.jpg

    Side Note: This movie is so sleazy, I needed a shower after…..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac75b8daad2d702db3f146ee3878b4a549835be15ede7d15ca6882a1d980e8d6.jpg

    Side Note: I was excited when I found this but that quickly faded away when I actually watched it. Even Tim Curry couldn’t save this train wreck.

    I highly recommend none of these.

  • Lydia Deetz

    Yes, I recommend it.

  • Schizo_Frog

    Lol… that’s why I summoned you. I forgot the last time we talked about it. All I remember are the bewbs and the bloody. Not the title.

  • sailor monsoon

    I will not disagree with that statement

  • sailor monsoon

    Pieces.
    I’ve already told you this!

  • oreodogvomit

    Mostly hosting colorized screenings of Forbidden Zone in his underpants I think.

  • Schizo_Frog

    What’s he up to these days?

  • Schizo_Frog

    LOL I feel like a stupid frog tonight.

  • Schizo_Frog

    Think you just described 90% of Burton’s current output.

  • Schizo_Frog

    Living in a dusty VHS bin…LOL

    I’ve seen Coonskin and American Pop. Bakshi is awesome.

    I only vaguely recall Dreamanic… iirc not something I want to revisit.

    Anyone know the name of the old cheesy slasher horror movie where the guy on college campus kills women to build a Frankenstein-esque monster and at the end it comes alive…?

  • Schizo_Frog

    Nope! By the time I had heard about it I was already worn out on Zombie movies and shows! I’m still trying to recover! But if you recommend it, I’ll check it out.

  • oreodogvomit

    Saw it at a screening with Richard Elfman

  • Schizo_Frog

    Forbidden Zone may be the most surreal movie I’ve ever seen. Have you seen it colorized?

  • Schizo_Frog

    Do their cucumbers taste better pickled?

  • Schizo_Frog

    Oh I underhand… its bad because it’s meant to be bad. Same thing Rob Rod says about the Machete films.

  • sailor monsoon

    I remember it having a good score.
    That’s all i remember

  • Kemosabe

    Well you can edit together any web series on youtube and call it a movie. Frog thought it was an actual movie. For anyone confused, it wasn’t.

  • Kemosabe

    It’s a parody. So maybe if you look at it through that lens, you’ll appreciate it for it’s intentional ridiculousness.

  • Lydia Deetz

    The Night After Halloween needs to stay obscure…. If I ever watch it again, I’m sticking my head in a wall.

  • Lydia Deetz

    @Schizo_Frog:disqus have you seen this?

  • sailor monsoon

    True but they put em all together and made the best thing that’s ever existed

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh and lower your expectations.
    It’s ok but it does have some cool set designs

  • sailor monsoon

    No.
    Some things are obscure for a reason
    It was some PSA’s the Chicago bears did and they had enough to make a video and from what i can remember there’s a werewolf or monster born from steroid use

  • sailor monsoon

    It’s crazy fun

  • Schizo_Frog

    LOL yeah I always say Madness instead of Sadness 🤣

  • Schizo_Frog

    But will it turn me white?

  • Lydia Deetz

    Ratboy looks interesting, I may seek it out.

  • sailor monsoon

    I forget what qualifies as obscure to people because I’ve seen things that aren’t even on IMDB

  • sailor monsoon

    The astrologer.
    Welcome to the club

  • oreodogvomit

    Where to begin?
    Ratboy
    Dangerous Men
    The Astrologer
    Turkish Captain America
    Forbidden Zone
    Mazes and Monsters

  • oreodogvomit

    Belladona of Sadness? The Japanese watercolor movie?

  • Lydia Deetz
  • Schizo_Frog

    It’s definitely become more popular over the ages. I was going to list some Quay Brothers stuff but they too have become more well known over the years.

  • sailor monsoon

    Is el topo considered obscure to people?

  • Duke

    Haha the title said Italian spiderman (2007). It’s a parody of films of the 60/70s.

    I thought you’d have heard @sailormonsoon:disqus talk about that film for weeks prior you’d have known it was a web series and whatnot lol

  • Duke

    I watched Rubber at like 2 in the morning. I sort of forget it all, thank god

  • Lydia Deetz

    I’ll have too look it up then.

    Interesting.

  • Jooshua

    Rubber was so weird. I remember watching it the same day as Hobo With a Shotgun. Strange movie day that was lol.

  • Schizo_Frog

    A web series? *google* wow, why did no one clear that up in the thread we did? I really thought that pile of garbage was from the 70s.

  • Schizo_Frog

    Oh it’s on YouTube now. Finally.

    Like most teens I loved Burton. And every Burton fan would have sacrificed a goat to see his illustrious Hansel and Gretel film that only aired once in tv history. There were so many rumors and mystique surrounding it. Ultimately I couldn’t help but be disappointed. When I really think about it, it’s not that bad. But it couldn’t possibly stand up to years of anticipation. In my mind it was this fairy tale masterpiece that probably fell somewhere between Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice. Instead it’s just an extremely piece of cheap cobbled together scenes made on a shoestring budget with poor acting, bad lighting, and a handful of decent Buton designs.

  • Duke

    True but since we sort of watched the connected film version I’m counting it as honorable mention. Rubber still remains my top pick. Maybe Fatso as well.

  • Lydia Deetz

    Tim Burton’s Hansel and Gretel? How? I’ve been looking for a copy.

  • Lydia Deetz

    Is Coonskin or American Pop obscure? It’s been a while but I saw both of those. I would consider American Pop my favorite obscure film if so.

    I would definitely consider all these obscure and awful, except for Sleepy Hollow (I actually enjoyed it)….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df70ac2533c725ebf0f7aa726c18f8688c1f1a0c0e0a5fe2909b7740ea05a698.jpg

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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d44544389b485f5a67e7d168ab1026549e0839c5342204540e0b214731fa1dd4.jpg

    I basically live in a dusty VHS bin, I’ve seen some obscure sh*t I wish I never saw…..

  • Schizo_Frog

    El Topo
    Svankmajer’s Alice- stop motion adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, by far the weirdest. The caterpillar is a stop motion sock, for example.
    Pixote- old brazilian film about how kids are used by criminals to smuggle drugs
    Belladona of Madness- think that’s the title
    Tim Burton’s Hansel and Gretel- boy was that awful.

  • Kemosabe

    Italian Spider-Man was a web series.

  • DryButSoupy

    Even though it was pretty acclaimed when it came out, these days it’s probably pretty obscure, but worth a watch. As timely now as it was in the early 80’s. Koyaanisqatsi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jM2WA2WbDc

  • Duke

    Rubber. And I’d add Italian Spider-Man but that’s not really obscure anymore around these parts.