*****UPDATE - 4/4/2019: Some of these titles are being removed by themovieDB. They do not want me or other editors to add movies that have not formally been released in theaters, so I will add and document these unlisted titles here. *****
These are films that I (and many others) have wanted to see for ages. You've read about them in blogs, books, and magazines...but you have never seen them and chances are, you never will. They're somewhere out there but time will tell if they ever resurface and see the light of day. This list is just a comprehensive collection of the ultimate LOST films. As time goes on, and as we discover more strange titles, it only grows. Have you seen these movies? Notice any titles that are missing? Please comment below!
These are titles that I have tried adding but cannot because they're not allowed by Letterbox'd guidelines or by movieDB's guidelines. Nonetheless, they deserve to be documented. If you have seen these movies, contact me!
ADULT TITLES/TITLES I CANNOT ADD/UNRELEASED PICTURES:
Him (1974): Gay Jesus Porno that infamously played on 55th Playhouse in NYC back in the 70s as well as the Bijou in Chicago. This is a real film, and allegedly exists at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana on 16mm. If you know or have seen this film, please contact us!
Karla (1968): Joseph W. Sarno Adult Title about a married woman who anticipates the arrival of a guest. The only surviving version of this film is on a French Canadian VHS, but it has never been screened or uploaded online.
The Dream of Hamish Mose (1968) - Unreleased OJ Simpson Oddity. Supposedly partially unfinished, and directed by Cameron Mitchell,
Patty (1976) - Unreleased Adult Patty Hearst Spoof. Rights purchased in 2005 (added this to the database)
Scream, Evelyn, Scream (1970) Unreleased Horror by Cougar Pictures LTD. A lonely and sophisticated 30 something places a lonely hearts ad in the paper, and sets up an unsuspecting date with a serial killer. Was completed but did not get a formal release. (This title was removed from the database because it was unreleased)
Oceanic Opera - A Sea Odyssey - Unfinished/Unreleased Craig Denney documentary, featuring “no actors or actresses, but an all-nature cast” accompanied by “live orchestras.”
That Girl From Boston (1975) - Shelved Matt Cimber production starring George Buck Flower and featuring Mamie Van Doren.
Used Guys - Budget-Bloated expensive Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller comedy that has been kicking the bucket for years in post production limbo on the Fox Studio Lot. Some footage has been shot but it is unknown as to how the film currently exists. The project became so expensive that Fox killed it early on, afraid that its rising production value would make it impossible to break even in the box office.
The plot is as follows: set in the future, two Sex Robots awaken in a world that is run and dominated by women who discard men freely.
For more info, visit: variety.com/2009/film/markets-festivals/ben-stiller-recycles-used-guys-1118003184/
New Jersey Turnpikes - Shot in Toronto, this mockumentary about a fictional basketball team in the 70s stars a young Jason Segel, Kelsey Grammar and Orlando Jones, and was rolled out by Universal. During production, Universal Studios underwent a management change and its new executives showed no interest in the project but were reluctant to sell it to other studios because they had sold "Shakespeare in Love" to Miramax, which went on to win Oscars. After it had a poor test screening, Studios forced first time director Bryan Buckley to re-edit the film. Buckley, in retaliation, showed his cut of the movie to the press, including Keith Olbermann, who reviewed the film. Universal preceded to bury the movie, and Buckley has gone on to sue them for litigation and to release his film.
You Better Watch Out - Keith Olbermann's same review lists a unique film called "You Better Watch Out" to be released for the same year. The plot is as follows: In Hudlin’s holiday tale, a group of inner-city kids take Santa hostage. While this sounds ominous, the film is envisioned as replicating the mischievous spirit of “Home Alone,” with the kids ending up discovering the true meaning of the holiday.
The picture was slated for Christmas of 1999 and to be directed by Reginald Hudlin, with Kyle Baker as the writer and Ruben Cannon as a producer. More Info here: variety.com/1998/voices/columns/hudlin-on-holiday-watch-foul-jersey-err-1117488586/
Temptation (2004) - This Rock Musical is a creative retelling of Faust, with only sung dialogue. A woman who works at a Nightclub makes a deal with the devil so that her boyfriend will have a career, but loses her voice after she breaks her end of the bargain. Can her friend Howie save her, even if it will cost him his soul? Starring Zoe Saldana, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley. Film was finished but only screened at a Music Festival in 2004. Producers felt the movie needed more work and has not been seen since.
Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime (1992) - Unfinished Ghengis Khan biopic starring Charleton Heston, Richard Tyson as Ghengis Khan and John Saxon. There were originally plans to air it as a 6 Hour TV Miniseries.
Production issues began when crew filmed in Kyrgyzstan around the collapse of the Soviet Union (Kyrgyzstan was apart of the Soviet Union at the time). After the project exchanged hands through 3 directors (and political turmoil created conflict in the region), producers were forced to abandon the project and post production would not resume until 2010. Since then, the film has remained in Limbo.
Broadway Brawler (1997) An infamous fiasco of a film that was sunk by the ego of one bloated movie star, Bruce Willis, this romantic comedy about a down on his luck hockey player trying to romance Maura Tierney was never finished. Willis had a producer title on the project and wrangled with cast and crew on a day to day basis, going as far as firing the director Lee Grant to replace him with Dennis Dugan. He also fired the director of photography and several cast and crew members. After costing Disney 17 Million dollars, Executives put Broadway Brawler out of its misery and Willis was forced to take on a 3 picture deal to avoid being sued by Disney. In weird sheer luck, he more than made back the money he cost them by signing onto Armageddon (!), the Sixth Sense (!!) and Disney's The Kid (meh). Willis, however, would learn that actions have consequences, and was forced to take a massive pay cut for doing these films. Till this day, the filmed footage of Broadway Brawler has never appeared but written accounts of the production drama can be found online.
PARTIALLY FOUND / REDISCOVERED TITLES:
There's nothing better than when a lost film gets found! Some of these titles are not what I consider "lost" in the classical sense, they are definitely out there and your friends may have even seen them in 35mm, but the average person still cannot see these movies. Nonetheless, here are some films which thankfully have been rediscovered. Any films that are still formally lost will be added nonetheless to the list.
The Manson Massacre (English Dubbed Copy that was Screened at Skyline Drive In under the title "Girls in Bondage". Widely available in German on DVD)
Ensalada Bauldeaire (English Dubbed Copy that was Screened at Nighthawk Cinema, but can be seen in Spanish DVD rip online)
Nest of the Cuckoo Birds - 1965 - Black and White Exploitation beauty that has been unearthed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The Prince and the Nature Girl - Doris Wishman lost picture recently rediscovered. Has a beautiful Bluray/DVD release
Brand X (1969) - Lost Counter Culture Product Spoof by Wynn Chamberlain that was rediscovered and screened at The New Museum on the Bowery in 2011. Currently no plans for home video release.
Private Property (1960) Infamous Crime Drama directed by Leslie Stevens, creator of Outer Limits and director of Incubus. Infamously lost after being dubbed "disturbing" by the Catholic League of Decency, it disappeared for thirty years before being unearthed again to universal acclaim in 2016.
Black the Ripper (1975?) - Unfinished Blaxploitation spin on serial killer from the director of Blackenstein that was unearthed in 2014. For more information, visit: dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/black-the-ripper-1975/
Hangup / Superdude (1974) - A rookie cop on the undercover narcotic squad falls for the junkie who can help him nab a ruthless pusher/killer. Recently screened at Nitehawk Cinema as apart of it's Deuce Showcase Series and premiered at Endangered Fest in Austin, TX.
The Dirty Dolls - Screened at Endangered Fest at the Alamo Ritz.
The Astrologer - Craig Denney plays (and directs) a scamming fortune teller who discovers he has real psychic abilities and figures out how to profit off of his psychic talents! An absolutely whacky film, with music by The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and many more! Due to licensing issues, the chances of this one being released on Blu-ray are slim. Screened at Endangered Fest at the Alamo Ritz in 35MM, Hellfire Video Club at the Cube in the UK, and many other locations.
UPDATE: I recently spoke to Alamo about screening this particular film and was heavily rebuffed. Alamo digitized this film back in 2014 after a successful Indiegogo campaign. UNFORTUNATELY, Alamo does not own the rights to screen this film, and Paramount has forbidden them from trying to screen the film in public. Outside of the limited screenings it has had, the chances of The Astrologer being seen again are slim to none.
Naked Fog - Lost Joe Sarno picture that was supposedly found on Ebay recently.
The Day the Clown Cried - Partially Found/Released Jerry Lewis drama about a clown that gets sent to a concentration camp. theMovieDB has told me that they plan on removing this title nonetheless from their database because it is technically an "unreleased" film, so stay tuned.
Blood Circus - Plot: Santogold, 80's informercial faux jewelry huckster, has a hypnotic dream of wrestlers fighting aliens at the Baltimore Civic Center Arena. A blatant promotional vehicle for his jewelry line, Santogold leased one theater in Baltimore, which is the only place where this movie played back in the 80s, where he handed out barf bags, and sent around a promotional screener video on Betamax (he sells copies of this same promotional video on his website today) before his movie disappeared. After the failure of Blood Circus, he did prison time for selling fake credit cards, and it is believed that his assets, including the print for Blood Circus, were seized. As recently as 2016, an existing 35mm print of Blood Circus was seen at a secret screening at the Alamo Ritz and was sold on eBay. It's current whereabouts are unknown, and it is believed Santogold himself does not have a copy of his own movie.
The Activist - Plot: a woman becomes involved with her roommate's boyfriend, who is a political activist that takes incredible risks with his cause and academic career. Can their love survive his political ambitions?
Recently screened at the Roxy Tribeca Cinema. Currently apart of a 35mm collection.
Redneck Miller - Not a "lost" film per-say; Copies of this film are included in private collections and it has been screened at Exhumed Films Guilty Pleasure's Marathon and Tarantinofest...but nonetheless an obscure movie.
Plot: A philandering DJ gets more than he bargains for when he gets mistaken for stealing a shady gangster's bike. Complications ensue when he helps out the Gangster's girlfriend and demands she pay him back in trade *wink wink*.
Moment of greatness from Redneck Miller:
"Baby, you can take a lot of loving, but I can only die once."
ALTERNATE CUTS/UNCUT LOST PRINTS:
These movies may still be viewed, but in a highly altered state. Where are the original, uncut versions? We may never know what the original artistic vision of these movies were, but can only guess from what exists.
Bogard/Black Fist - Original X Rated release of Black Fist/Black Street Fighter. A sequel was also shot under the title BOGARD II but never released. Bogard also had an R rated release called Black Fist which is also lost and was pulled by New Line in the 80s. For more info, head to templeofschlock.blogspot.com.
Cuckoo Clocks of Hell - Rumored 3 Hour Cut of Last House on Dead End Street
Food Fight - The Original lost version of this animated travesty that was allegedly stolen from Threshold Entertainment's HQ.
Welcome to Oblivion / Ultra Warrior- Original Roger Corman version that was recut into the weird franken-movie nonsense known as "Ultra Warrior"
God Bless Dr. Shagetz/Evil Town - Original version of this horror film that never had a formal release in theaters in 1977 but came out on VHS many years later on 1987 as "Evil Town" with new footage. A doctor invents a serum that keeps a small town of old folks alive and young, but unfortunately, he's going to have to find living, willing victims to source his serum. Any unlucky soul who stops there into that ultimately got turned into a terrible direct to video mess.