Here are ten examples of films that I feel deserve a little more recognition.
1. THE QUEST (a.k.a Frog Dreaming/The Go-Kids)
a lake monster known as Donkegin, a creature birthed from Aboriginal legend. He and his summer pals try to find out what's really lurking underneath the waters at Devil's Knob national park. Like most Australian flicks The Quest is extremely well-made, John R. McLean's cinematography is breathtaking, and the music score by Brian May (Road Warrior/Freddy's Dead) is haunting in it's rich composition. This is a film well-worth searching for on VHS as it is currently not on DVD.
2. EYES OF FIRE
3. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
4. DR. CALIGARI
5. VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS
6. THE LOST TRIBE
7. SIMPLE MEN
Simple Men is director Hal Harlty's best film. All of the director's trademarks are present; awkward silences, cyclical dialogues, and characters that act like they just got out of a mental institution. While Hartley's other films like Amateur and Trust were great movies, Simple Men is an extraordinary film. The plot concerns two brothers; one that's a con artist, the other a college kid, searching for their revolutionary father who's been missing for twenty years. The performances by the leading actors are quite mesmerizing, with Martin Donovan (Saved) stealing the show as the eccentric fisherman, Martin.
10. NIGHTKILLER (a.k.a. Non Aprite Quella Porta 3)
Honorable mention: THE LIFT