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Welcome to the new (& hopefully improved) version of our Hidden Gems series, now affectionately titled "Dumpster Diamonds"!

In honor of my 10th list of forgotten classics, obscure favorites, and cult oddities I have decided to revamp the look of these lists. If you wanted to go back to the 1st Hidden Gems entry, you'll notice that it's clunky-looking & difficult to read (especially on mobile devices). In later iterations, I made an attempt to use more images and create a better experience for folks on phones & tablets. The problem is, there's still too much of me jabbering on and too little actual recommending of movies. So, I'm throwing away virtually all of the jibber-jabber!

For the uninitiated, a "Dumpster Diamond" is a highly recommended cult film (any genre, any decade) that has fewer than 5,000 votes on IMDb. They're hand-selected by the CineMania crew to assist movie maniacs in finding something that's off the beaten path. As always, you can buy any of the following movies through our Amazon Associate links (provided below), and we'll get a few pennies to help keep the site up. We provide the entire CineMania website free of charge and without advertisements or any corporate influence, so I'd really appreciate the clicks.

Click on any poster below for more information. It's just that simple!

Kraa! The Sea Monster (1998)

Dir: Aaron Osborne, Dave Parker

Starring: Kraa, Alison Lohman

Plot: Full Moon studio's answer to the American remake of Godzilla is replete with cardboard buildings and toy tanks!

 Kraa! The Sea Monster<br/>(1998) on IMDb

The Magic Serpent (1966)

Dir: Tetsuya Yamanouchi

Starring: A giant toad and an even gianter dragon.

Plot: A young man seeks to avenge the death of his parents, using powers he gained from a wizard. Plus, there's monsters.

 The Magic Serpent<br/>(1966) on IMDb

Zarkorr! The Invader (1996)

Dir: Michael Deak, Aaron Osborne

Starring: Zarkorr, Peter Looney.

Plot: A mailman has to fight a 185-foot-tall reptile to save the world. Another low budget attempt from Full Moon features!

 Zarkorr! The Invader<br/>(1996) on IMDb

KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER
1998
THE MAGIC SERPENT
1966
ZARKORR! THE INVADER
1996

Equinox (1970)

Dir: Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee

Starring: Frank Bonner, Fritz Leiber Jr.

Plot: While on a picnic, four friends are attacked by a demon.

 Equinox<br/>(1970) on IMDb

For Y'ur Height Only (1981)

Dir: Eddie Nicart

Starring: Weng Weng!

Plot: Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor's invention, the N-bomb, to hold the world hostage.

 For Y'ur Height Only<br/>(1981) on IMDb

Killing Spree (1987)

Dir: Tim Ritter

Starring: Asbestos Felt

Plot: A man suspects his wife of adultery and goes on a killing spree, eliminating all he believes are sleeping with her, but his victims don't stay dead.

 Killing Spree<br/>(1987) on IMDb

EQUINOX
1970
FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY
1981
KILLING SPREE
1987

Never Too Young To Die (1986)

Dir: Gil Bettman

Starring: John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons

Plot: A spy is murdered, leaving his son to battle the hermaphroditic gang leader responsible!

 Never Too Young to Die<br/>(1986) on IMDb

Pulgasari (1985)

Dir: Sang-ok Shin

Starring: A giant Korean kaiju!

Plot: The most glorious Kim Jong-Il produces the most glorious monster movie in North Korean history.

 Pulgasari<br/>(1985) on IMDb

The Oily Maniac (1976)

Dir: Meng Hua Ho

Starring: Danny Lee, Hsieh Wang

Plot: A cripple takes revenge on criminals by using a magic spell that transforms him into an oily monster/superhero.

 The Oily Maniac<br/>(1976) on IMDb

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE
1986
PULGASARI
1985
THE OILY MANIAC
1976
 
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