Manborg – 2011 – United States
Following the Hell Wars, Nazi vampires from Hell (who look like cenobites from Hellraiser) enslave humanity. Manborg is a cyborg gladiator incarcerated by the vampires in a high-tech prison. He teams up with Justice (a wise-cracking Australian), Mina (a blue-haired girl who looks like an anime character), and #1 Man (a martial artist) to destroy Count Draculon and his legions of vampires, mutants, and robots.
Horror Express – 1972 – England/Spain
In the year 1906, an English anthropologist finds the “missing link” in a Manchurian cave. He is traveling with the specimen on the Trans-Siberian Express when the creature comes to life and prowls the train. Whoever meets its glowing red gaze dies suddenly. Their eyes turn white and (an autopsy reveals) their brains become completely smooth. It turns out that the creature is actually inhabited by an alien parasite made of pure energy. The alien steals people’s memories in hopes of gaining the scientific know-how to get home.
The Witches’ Mountain – 1975 – Spain
In the first scene of The Witches’ Mountain, a woman returns to her house and discovers something amiss. One of her wigs has been cut up, a doll has been impaled, and her cat has been killed. It’s the work of a little girl (maybe the woman’s daughter) and her pet snake. The woman then lights the bratty girl on fire. This scene is mostly unrelated to the rest of the film.
A photographer breaks up with his girlfriend (the woman in the first scene) and takes a trip to the mountains where he meets a beautiful new girlfriend. The photographer and his girlfriend stay in a decrepit mountain village occupied by a single old lady. Roaming through the woods is a coven of witches who kidnap the travelers and abuse them in magic rituals.
The Spy Who Came – 1969 – United States
An unsavory Arab brainwashes women into sex slaves and uses them to blackmail dignitaries. A detective named Harry is blackmailed into helping the slavers, but he is actually a double agent. Teaming up with a French spy, he infiltrates and destroys the slavery ring.
I Dream of Dracula – 2003 – United States
Priscilla has recurring dreams about being a vampire. She does some research and discovers that she is descended from a long line of vampires. She also learns that vampires are not undead humans, but their own species. It turns out that all the myths are wrong. Vampires can go out in sunlight, eat real food, and see their reflection. They only drink blood because they like to.
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America – 1991 – United States
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America is a satirical documentary composed entirely of stock footage from sci-fi films, newsreels, advertisements, and training films. In ninety-nine brief chapters (with titles like “Pagan Necromancy”, “Rivers Turn to Blood and Run Upstream”, and “Exterminating Angels”), the film describes how aliens arranged the events of the Cold War by manipulating countries in Latin America. These aliens (called the Quetzalcoatl) are mutant birds who breed with snakes and live in cities of their own excrement in the Earth’s hollow interior. They are responsible for the Kennedy assassination, the rise of Fidel Castro, Howard Hughes’ erratic behavior, the Easter Island Moai, the Bermuda Triangle, and the sinking of Atlantis.
When Heaven Comes Down – 2002 – United States
The Savior is a serial killer in a mask, a trench coat, and a crazy wig. He is looking for a morally pure woman to “carry his seed”, and kills anyone that does not meet his expectations. He kidnaps a woman named Sam, but she resists, which leads to the Savior’s capture and incarceration.
Three years later, Sam struggles to put the traumatic event behind her. She copes by leading a support group for abused women. She also has a nice boyfriend, but is scared to become physically intimate with him. Soon, a Savior copycat begins murdering women and Sam becomes his target.
Devil Times Five – 1974 – United States
Five psychotic kids escape a children’s psychiatric ward during a blizzard. They travel through the mountains on foot and reach a snowbound mansion. Pretending to be survivors of a car crash, they ingratiate themselves with the mansion’s adult occupants. The adults try to get help for the kids, but the phones are down and the roads are closed. As days pass, the adults suspect there might be more to these kids than meets the eye. Around this time, the kids begin murdering everyone with homemade weapons and traps.
Nerve – 2016 – United States
Nerve is a movie about an internet game also called Nerve. Nerve is described as “Truth or Dare without the truth”. Participants choose to be a “watcher” or a “player”. Anonymous watchers follow players on social media, devising and voting on dares. Players complete the dares to gain money and additional followers.
Highlander: The Search for Vengeance – 2007 – Japan/United States
During the Roman invasion of Britain in the 1st century AD, a Briton named Colin becomes immortal after imbibing a magic potion. He no longer ages and cannot be killed except by decapitation. When the Roman general Marcus Octavius (also an immortal) kills Colin’s wife, Colin begins a campaign of vengeance lasting two thousand years. Marcus resurfaces in various historical epochs as an authoritarian leader, and Colin unsuccessfully tries to kill him each time. They duel as samurai in medieval Japan, and dogfight in planes during World War II. Eventually, Colin encounters Marcus again in post-apocalyptic New York in the year 2187 AD. Marcus has become ruler of a high-tech enclave and Colin leads a group of guerilla fighters to destroy him. Colin finally manages to kill him, but only after falling in love and realizing the pointlessness of revenge.