Have signed up for Nicholas Winding Refn’s film site for unearthed and restored cult films etc. (bynwr.com) – watched two of the things on it so far and I’m very impressed. But what’s on it at the moment might not be for everyone (despite the tagline)
The Nest of The Cuckoo Birds (1965) is a genuinely great rediscovery: amateurish and auteurish at the same time, a weird, sweaty everglades-based southern gothic horror, with over the top melodramatic performances, intense, stark lighting, incredible soundtrack (almost constant) by the director’s wife. Not a conventionally good film, but exactly what I was hoping for.
Shanty Tramp (1967), on the other hand is a sleazy and unpleasant film about the entanglement of small town prostitution, hypocritical preachers, motorcycle gangs, racism and racial violence, alcoholism and familial abuse. Remarkable in its entirely amoral way, even if it wasn’t much fun to watch. The synopsis on imdb completely misrepresents the film though.
The other film in the first batch, Hot Thrills and Warm Chills, looked like it might be pleasingly incoherent but maybe too much go-go dancing etc. for my taste so I haven’t bothered.
I am quite hoping there’s some lost Andy Milligan stuff that will end up on there, but if there is they’re keeping it quiet for now.