There is a strange phenomena that makes some films seem invisible to the majority, despite the fact that they are amazing. Some people might call them cult films, but since some of these movies may not have been given cult status I’ll just call them invisible gems. Some movies may be great but not have a popular cast (at the time), some movies have an awesome cast but for some reason didn’t really take off, or it may even have come out at the wrong time. I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be amazing films that when I refer to them, nobody seems to know what I’m talking about.
- 10. Beerfest (2006) – This movie is made by The Broken Lizard comedy group, which is the guys that made ‘Super Troopers’ which was legendary. This movie suffers the same fate as another funny movie called ‘Black Sheep’ starring David Spade and Chris Farley. Even though it’s REALLY funny, it has almost entirely the same cast as another really funny film and people just simply overlook it. Which is a real shame because Beerfest is hilarious!
- 09. Dead Silence (2007) – This movie was actually really creepy, and of the truck loads of horror I’ve seen this one actually stood out to me as scary. The way they made Mary Shaw look, and that creepy little dummy was perfect, and if you like creepy films give it a chance.
08. Mr. Brooks (2007) – This movie had some bigger actors in it, but still seems to be swept under the rug for some reason. This is a film where Dane Cook isn’t funny, and Kevin Costner plays a serial killer. The story is pretty awesome too so check it out.
07. eXistenZ (1999) – Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Willem Dafoe are in this movie. This is the only movie on the list that NOBODY I know has never heard of. It’s about a new video game that takes over all of your senses and makes you really believe you are in another world, I know that some of you may be rolling your eyes about now, but trust me you’re making the mistake everyone else is making!
06. Idiocracy (2006) – I remember this movie coming out, and it really didn’t appeal to me. Months later I found myself scrolling through one of the movie channels on U-Verse and saw this movie on and watched it. This movie is pretty damn funny, and the factor that really stands out to me is the originality to it all. A soldier of average intelligence is placed in an experiment capsule with a prostitute and wakes up in the future where everyone is total idiots and he is the smartest man alive, and it’s a riot.
05. Thank You for Smoking (2005) – I can understand how people can overlook this movie to be honest. I’m not sure why but from the outside perspective of a person never having watched it, this movie seems like a documentary which it’s not. It’s about a man that nobody should like, but you do anyway. It’s about a lobbyist for the tobacco industry and how he wins while in a position that looks like total defeat. I seriously vouch for this movie guys, you should watch it at least once.
04. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) – This movie stars Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer. The story is neat, the dialog is funny, and the actors they chose were perfect. A man is brought to LA to read for a role in a movie and has to take lessons from a real private investigator and ends up getting mistaken for a real investigator. This movie is awesome.
03. Equilibrium (2002) – This movie was released in the eclipse of ‘The Matrix’. Although it’s not really much like The Matrix, it was somehow overlooked because people seem to think it was imitating it. This movie is really original and the action sequences are pretty amazing! Christian Bale did a really great job as a highly trained man that fights underground rebels in a Utopian society. If anything this movie reminds me more of ‘Gattaca’ with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman than it does The Matrix.
02. Lucky Number Slevin (2006) – This is the one movie on this list that totally blows my mind, how people could have over looked it. It stars Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, and Ben Kingsley. The story is amazing, the characters are all acted out very well, and the camera work is really well done too. This movie is memorable and original but somehow for the life of me, hardly anyone I talk to about this movie has seen it, and it bugs me.
01. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) – I remember seeing the trailer for this movie and thinking it would be good, but not seeing it until I rented it at Blockbuster. Holy Crap, was it good. Keep in mind that I’m a horror junkie, and this movie really covers a large area called ‘Slashers’. This is a mock-umentary about a film crew following around an up and coming serial killer named Leslie Vernon. The research for the film was done very well and it really let you in on the life of the protagonist in a slasher film, and all the work and skill involved with choosing a location and rigging the environment. It’s hilarious and at the same time insightful. The characters were played very well, although for whatever reason I couldn’t help thinking that Dane Cook would have been a good choice for Leslie. Check this movie out if you like the Slasher genre.
A tip of the hat: Honorable Mentions
- From Paris With Love (2010) – This movie was really good, but it’s almost too new to put in this list. Lots of people I talk to didn’t see it because they thought John Travolta was an odd choice for a badass. Let me be the first to say that John Travolta did an AWESOME job in this film and so did Jonathan Rhys Meyers (from The Tutors).
The Quick and the Dead (1995) – I didn’t add this movie because it gets some decent air time on TV and it’s more popular than the other films on the list. A good majority of my friends have at least seen parts of this movie which makes it less overlooked. To be honest I think it wasn’t as popular because ‘Tombstone’ came out in 1993 and was an AMAZING film, but who knows it’s just my opinion.
Gattaca (1997) – This movie is really overlooked but since my Highschool science classes played this every year for whatever reason, I can’t really add it. This movie is good, but it’s not really ‘Great’ is another reason I didn’t add it. If you haven’t seen it I recommend watching it at least once.
They Live (1988) – This movie was directed by John Carpenter and starred a professional wrestler by the name of Rowdy Roddy Piper. This movie has been seen by a ton of people and in my opinion it gets overlooked, but more for the fact it’s made in the 80′s and less because it was unpopular. The film had some success but has basically died down over the years. The story is pretty awesome and original and I’d give it a watch.