Adding mainstream films such as, Married to the Mob, etc. would defeat the purpose of the Underground, since they don't fit the definition and they can be shown on TCM at any time. Adding mainstream films to TCM Underground would destroy the show.
I agree, although only somewhat.
I just returned from the Salt City Horror Festival where movies like this are screened all day in 35mm. Movies like THE LOST BOYS, POPCORN, FRIGHT NIGHT, TREMORS, etc. The audience whoops it up when the "bad guy" is finally killed off, it's like watching Underground with 300 people. Definitely the way to see these first!
These films are truly worth seeing, if only for context, although many are pretty decently made & acted. (esp when compared to CGI movies of today)
I never originally saw all those 80's schlock horror films that have since become cult favorites. To me, they are exactly the same as schlocky 50's horror (& sci-fi) in that they may not be great movies- they miss the mark somewhat- but they are fun entertainment. And reflect their times ie: 80's= teens sex, gory effects, music while 50's = atomic fears, aliens fears, mutation fears.
I think the "usual" TCM viewer might be turned off by these films in prime time, not unlike silents, an acquired taste. Didn't they show some roller skating movie in Underground?