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TCM Underground SUGGESTIONS...

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Boy, what a great list of movies from everyone. I wouldn't mind seeing all of these suggestions appear someday. As for a new host for the Underground series, I think the best choice would be Quentin Tarantino. He has incredible taste in movies like these and he has a great on screen presence, funny and charismatic. He would definitely get my vote.

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Out 1, oli me tangere (1971)


Various adult cartoons, like "Down and Dirty Duck" and "Once Upon a Girl"


The Movie **** (1968)


1900 (1976) and other Bernardo Bertolucci films


Koyaanisqatsi (1982)


Powaqqatsi (1988)


Various "video nasties" and "banned in the UK" movies


Harlan County, USA (1976)


Salt of the Earth (1954)


Scum of the Earth (1963)


In the Realm of the Senses (1976)


Pier Paolo Pasolini's films, like "Teorema" and "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom"


Salesman (1969)


Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)


Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969)


This is Spinal Tap (1984)


Through Navajo Eyes (1966)


Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)


Woodstock (1970)


Stranger Than Paradise (1984)


Friday the 13th (1980)


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)


Mario Bava's films, like "Black Sunday" and "Twitch of the Death Nerve"


Black Christmas (1974)


The Tin Drum (1979)


A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


Halloween (1978)


Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)


Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)


Born Innocent (1974)


Pretty Baby (1978)


Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)


The Incredible Torture Show/Blood Sucking Freaks (1976)


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


Nekromantik (1987)


Ghoulies (1985)


Ghoulies II (1987)


Hell's Belles (1970)


Creepshow (1982)


Graveyard of Honor (1975)

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Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)


Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)


Galaxina (1980)


Hammer Film Productions' movies, like "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" and "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed"


Week End (1967) and other Jean-Luc Godard films


Dreamwood (1972) and other James Broughton films


The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)


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Shaft (1971)


The Woman Hunt (1973)


Rocketship X-M (1950)


The First Nudie Musical (1976)


Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)


Piranha (1978)


The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)


The Poseidon Adventure (1972)


Earthquake (1973)


The Towering Inferno (1974)


Airport (1969)


Blood Simple (1985)

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Hi everyone,


I was just made aware of this thread today! Thanks for all the suggestions, they are really great! I'll try to let you know about a few of these...


"Beyond The Valley of the Dolls" - one of my favorites, might have some S&P issues with the nudity and stuff but still working on that for sure


"El Topo" - would LOVE to play this and "Holy Mountain" -- trying to find distributor and stuff (if there are no S&P issues with this too)


"Mom and Dad" is a great suggestion - would love to play this


I've also wanted to show "Polyester" - it's probably one of the JW we might able to get away with, content wise...hopefully we can work this one in next year...same with "The Forbidden Zone"


"Panic In Needle Park" would be amazing to play, although I think it's good enough for prime!


We were trying to see if we could air some of the Andy Warhol films last year - still working on that, maybe


I would kill to air "Titicut Follies" or any of the Wiseman stuff (I'm a huge fan) - those might be good for prime too, actually...


"Fritz The Cat" was originally in the schedule for this season but we had to take it out due to S&P issues. I think "Last House on the Left" was as well, and was taken out for the same reason.


"Black Sunday" is a great suggestion - it played once in Imports about six years ago and I would love to have it for Underground.


Also, we're showing "Reefer Madness", "Marijuana", and "The Cocaine Fiends" all together in May for Underground so stay tuned!


Thanks everyone for the suggestions -- keep 'em coming!!

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I've been requesting Johnny Got His Gun (1971) for quite a long time from you guys. Venus in Furs (1970) is another film tailor made for Underground. Finally, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970) might not venture into explotiation or shock, but it's truly a great film valued by a small part of the film world (Isn't this a cult film defintion?).


Waddya say Underground1, got any room for these gems in the big scheme of life?

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"S&P issues?"


Sure. This isn't anything new. While TCM won't edit films for content, they will reject entire films outright due to content "unacceptable" to a non-subscription cable channel.


Certain films ("R" rated, etc.) can be shown only after 9pm PST. And I would bet that a film's nudity and/or language issues are acceptable only if the context is "correct" (i.e. Non-titlating, violent or lacivious.) The S & P department would make those decisions.


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You've got to be kidding!


Other basic cable channels show R and NC-17 movies all the time. (*cough* IFC *cough*)


Why can't TCM show them?


TCM's "Underground" block airs at 2 AM.


Fox Movie Channel has aired "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" uncut.


Besides, the MPAA rating system is extremely inaccurate. Everybody knows that.


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"You've got to be kidding! Other basic cable channels show R and NC-17 movies all the time. (*cough* IFC *cough*)"


I am sure you're right. (Was it IFC that showed The Dreamers in the past few months?)


But each channel is free to create its own "standards" under which they operate. When it comes to "content" issues, I am sure they are sensitive to the expectations of their audience. And the expectations of the viewers of IFC are probably quite different than those of TCM.


Last year TCM "moved" two films of the "Screened Out" series originally scheduled for the early evening to after 9pm PST - The Fox and Staircase - at the direction of TCM's "Standards and Practices" department. They are flexible. And it seems they want to be as accomodating as possible. (Heck, even The Exorcist has been seen on TCM in the wee hours of the night.) But there must be certain content that is considered inappropriate for TCM regardless of the hour. I guess one should look to IFC to catch those films.


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THE BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) starring Mickey Hargitay!

Ray Dennis Steckler

Roger Corman

Mario Bava

Barbara Steele

German Robles

William Beaudine

Ed Wood

Karloff's Mexican films (1968)

Bela Lugosi @ Monogram

George Zucco @ PRC

QUEEN OF BURLESQUE (PRC, 1946) starring Evelyn Ankers



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TCM Underground is also supposed to show movies that would not be shown on regular TCM.




Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)


Fight for Your Life (1977)


Various titles from Something Weird Video


Mommie Dearest (1981)


The Warriors (1979)


The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)


The Evil Dead (1981)


Evil Dead II (1987)


Heavy Metal (1981)


Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)


The Blue Lagoon (1980)


Xanadu (1980)


Heathers (1989)


Monster Hunter (1981)


The Raven (1963)


Killer Nun (1978)


Contamination (1980)


Harold and Maude (1971)


Basket Case (1982)


Robot Monster (1953)


Various "kaiju" movies and "giant monster" movies, like "Godzilla" and "Gorgo"


Shogun Assassin (1980)


Peter Jackson's films, like "Bad Taste" and "Meet the Feebles"


Breakin' (1984)


Thrashin' (1986)


Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)


The Beastmaster (1982)


The Creeping Terror (1964)


Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)


The Toxic Avenger (1985)


Peeping Tom (1960)


Suspiria (1977) and other Dario Argento films


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Yellow Submarine (1968)


The Devils (1971)


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)


A Hard Day's Night (1964)


Help! (1965)


Magical Mystery Tour (1967)


Various Monty Python films


Let It Be (1970)


How I Won the War (1967)


The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)


This Island Earth (1955)


Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)


The Blob (1958)


Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)


The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)


Horror Hotel (1960)

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Hey, thanks for coming in to tell us about some of the upcoming stuff on the TCM Underground!!! Appreciate that the staff do that, it's cool!!! And I'm soooo stoked that you are going to do some of that cool exploitation stuff from the 30's in May, can't wait!!! Yowza!!! :)

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I'd appreciate an extended 'underground' interview with Natalie Trundy:




1968 | Planet of the Apes


1970 | Beneath the Planet of the Apes


1971 | Escape from the Planet of the Apes


1972 | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes


1973 | Battle for the Planet of the Apes



But if (5) continuous titles would spill into uninvited prime territory, then I would settle of any for Tim Burton's films double-featured with his 2001 | Rule the Planet of the Apes.


Or they could simply play each of the originals over (five) consecutive weeks. I'd really just be grateful for my favorite 'Beneath | 1970' sans commercial interruption. But before the 'techni-color talkie' h8ters get started, I'd like to politely remind them 'underground' is past their bed time.






Lawgiver's Sacred Scroll 29: Verse 6





Beware the beast, Man,


for he is the Devil's pawn.


Alone among G?d's primates,


he kills for sport or lust or greed.


Yea, he will murder his brother


to possess his brother's land.


Let him not breed in great numbers,


for he will make a desert of his home and yours.


Shun him! Drive him back into his jungle lair;


For he is the harbinger of death.









The corporations are opposed by the LoTeks, a resistance movement risen from the streets: hackers, data-pirates, guerilla-fighters in the info-wars - William Gibson's 'Johnny Mnemonic' (85-95)

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The Amazing Mr. Bickford (1987)


Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)


Daddy's Deadly Darling/Pigs (1972)


Various "educational" scare films


Dawn of the Dead (1978)


The Cure for Insomnia (1987)


The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World (1970)


Day of the Dead (1985)


Taxi Driver (1976)

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