1001 movies to watch after you die: a rejection of the traditional cinematic canon

by edwarddfrankenstein | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Mainstream cinema is for squares. This is what you should be watching.

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1. The Astro-Zombies (1968)

92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Plan - to build a super human; How? - by murdering innocent convenient victims and using various bits of them; The Result - Creatures on the rampage.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick

Votes: 1,949

2. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 5,274 | Gross: $4.00M

3. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 34,125

4. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.

Director: Harold P. Warren | Stars: Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Adelson, Harold P. Warren

Votes: 33,748

5. Robot Monster (1953)

Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi

The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle

Votes: 4,207 | Gross: $1.00M

6. Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When an atomic war on Mars destroys the planet's women, it's up to Martian Princess Marcuzan and her right-hand man Dr. Nadir to travel to earth and kidnap women for new breeding stock. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gaffney | Stars: Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, Lou Cutell, Nancy Marshall

Votes: 1,004

7. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director: Joseph Green | Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna, Adele Lamont

Votes: 5,708

8. Teenage Zombies (1959)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A crazed female scientist uses nerve gas to turn local teenagers into her unquestioning slaves.

Director: Jerry Warren | Stars: Don Sullivan, Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, J.L.D. Morrison

Votes: 868

9. Reefer Madness (1936)

PG | 66 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 7,352

10. The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

Director: Ray Kellogg | Stars: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone, Shug Fisher

Votes: 3,226

11. The Giant Claw (1957)

Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill

Votes: 2,895

12. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley

Votes: 2,542

13. Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King

Votes: 6,145

14. The Sinister Urge (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine, Carl Anthony

Votes: 1,265

15. Blood Freak (1972)

X | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A biker comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girl's sister, then follows her to a turkey farm owned by her father, a mad ... See full summary »

Directors: Brad F. Grinter, Steve Hawkes | Stars: Steve Hawkes, Dana Cullivan, Randy Grinter, Heather Hughes

Votes: 1,338

16. Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

GP | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.

Directors: Al Adamson, Samuel M. Sherman | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Zandor Vorkov, Anthony Eisley

Votes: 1,629

18. Starcrash (1978)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 5,487

19. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 22,969

20. 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: 337,611 | Gross: $13.78M

21. Tales from the Quadead Zone (1987 Video)

62 min | Horror

Actress Shirley Latanya Jones returns from the director's first film (Black Devil Doll from Hell) to be in front of Turner's camcorder, and reads two spooky tales to the ghost of her dead ... See full summary »

Director: Chester Novell Turner | Stars: W.J. Rider, Doug Daverport, Johnnie Tanguy, Chris Calloway

Votes: 254

22. Miami Connection (1987)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.

Directors: Woo-sang Park, Y.K. Kim | Stars: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith

Votes: 4,174

23. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 74,001 | Gross: $0.56M

24. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010)

Not Rated | 64 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Uganda's president gives Captain Alex the mission to defeat the Tiger Maffia, but Alex gets killed in the process. Upon hearing the tragic news, his brother investigates to avenge Alex, hence the title Who Killed Captain Alex.

Director: Nabwana I.G.G. | Stars: Kakule William, Kakule Wilson, Sserunya Ernest, G. Puffs

Votes: 5,304

25. Fateful Findings (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A computer scientist/novelist reunites with his childhood friend and hacks into government databases, while facing the dire and fateful consequences of his mystical actions obtained as a child.

Director: Neil Breen | Stars: Neil Breen, Klara Landrat, Jennifer Autry, Victoria Viveiros

Votes: 3,844

26. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Thriller

A horde of mutated birds descends upon the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, California. With the death toll rising, Two citizens manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

Director: James Nguyen | Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren, Janae Caster

Votes: 19,603

27. Zaat (1971)

PG | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.

Directors: Don Barton, Arnold Stevens | Stars: Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell, Paul Galloway, Gerald Cruse

Votes: 4,481

28. Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982)

91 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two space cadets crash-land on a desert planet, where an evil wizard seeks the ultimate power to take over the world. Although the movie borrows some background footage from Star Wars, the plot is mostly unrelated.

Director: Çetin Inanç | Stars: Cüneyt Arkin, Aytekin Akkaya, Füsun Uçar, Hüseyin Peyda

Votes: 6,954

29. Disco Godfather (1979)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Robert Wagoner | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones

Votes: 1,004

30. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 20,355 | Gross: $0.18M

31. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 59,525

32. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 23,370 | Gross: $1.30M

33. Monster a-Go Go (1965)

TV-PG | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A space capsule crash-lands on Earth, and the astronaut aboard disappears. Is there a connection between the missing man and the monster roaming the area?

Directors: Bill Rebane, Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Philip Morton, June Travis, George Perry, Lois Brooks

Votes: 9,229

34. Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! (1984 Video)

52 min | Family, Music

This is an educational video, where Mr. T attempts to instill good values (honor thy mother, don't give in to peer pressure, etc..) to kids through Rapping and Breakdancing, among other ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Margolis | Stars: Gabriel Gonzalez, Martha Gonzalez, Martika, Jerry Sharell

Votes: 514

35. Mothra (1961)

Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yumi Itô

Votes: 3,165

36. The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

G | 88 min | Horror

A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham, Vanessa Howard

Votes: 1,077

37. Blood Beach (1980)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: David Huffman, Marianna Hill, Burt Young, Otis Young

Votes: 2,055

38. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)

85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Mutant humanoids from outer space kidnap young Earth females in order to interbreed and save their species from extinction.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: John Saxon, Maurice Denham, Patricia Haines, Alfred Burke

Votes: 601

39. 4D Man (1959)

Unrated | 85 min | Action, Horror, Romance

A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces, but he also rapidly ages, which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies.

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. | Stars: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon, Robert Strauss

Votes: 1,424

40. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

Approved | 77 min | Sci-Fi

An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 1,121

41. The Flesh Eaters (1964)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of young adults trapped on a desert island find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh-eating organisms.

Director: Jack Curtis | Stars: Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Barbara Wilkin, Rita Morley

Votes: 916

42. Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after hitting it with their car.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 1,388

43. The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In Britain, a group of survivors fights off a deadly alien invasion that uses robots and a poisonous gas to take over the Earth.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters

Votes: 1,232

44. Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)

92 min | Sci-Fi

A Japanese village is menaced by a plesiosaur from the depths of the sea. Meanwhile, deep in a cave of ice, a prehistoric egg begins to hatch. The plesiosaur and the mystery creature ... See full summary »

Director: Junji Kurata | Stars: Tsunehiko Watase, Nobiko Sawa, Shôtarô Hayashi, Tomoko Kiyoshima

Votes: 543

45. Ape (1976)

PG | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A newly discovered 36-foot gorilla escapes from a freighter off the coast of Korea. At the same time an American actress is filming a movie in the country. Chaos ensues as the ape kidnaps her and rampages through Seoul.

Director: Paul Leder | Stars: Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Nak-hun Lee

Votes: 1,424

46. Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

A maniacal murderer kills tourists in the woods.

Director: James Bryan | Stars: Nick Cleland, Mary Gail Artz, James P. Hayden, Angie Brown

Votes: 2,424