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Unexpected Treats

by Johnny DuBiel
For those of us who got our first major exposure to new films at the video store, you certainly must remember hitting a point where you had seen just about everything and started becoming more adventuresome in your selection. You browsed the covers of movies in the catalogued sections trying to find worthwhile gems. Once you had exhausted THIS avenue, you had to become even more daring. This is the moment where you started taking REAL chances, reaching WAY out there for titles you NEVER would have gone for had you not already seen everything else (remember, these were the days before NetFlix queues). More times than not these films would… Read more

For those of us who got our first major exposure to new films at the video store, you certainly must remember hitting a point where you had seen just about everything and started becoming more adventuresome in your selection. You browsed the covers of movies in the catalogued sections trying to find worthwhile gems. Once you had exhausted THIS avenue, you had to become even more daring. This is the moment where you started taking REAL chances, reaching WAY out there for titles you NEVER would have gone for had you not already seen everything else (remember, these were the days before NetFlix queues). More times than not these films would range from mediocre to outrigh horrid, but every once in a while, you’d find something worthwhile.

The following is a short compilation of films that, either due to genre, people involved, or reputation that many might avoid or simply not think to watch. However, all of them are worthwhile to some extent (many are quite good), and are pleasant surprises coming from unexpected places.

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