Stride into the multiplexes this weekend and you'll be greeted by standees and ads for high-profile releases like Django Unchained, Les Misérables and Gangster Squad. Hollywood's biggest and best make the immediate grab for attention, but each week as many as 12 new film releases - be it blockbuster, indie or awards-bait drama - could all be staking a claim for your custom.
However, there isn't enough room for everybody. Sometimes external factors like financing and distribution bury movies, sometimes they just fail to catch on with the audience, and far too often they're just terrible sequels in search of a quick buck.
With the demise of HMV and Blockbuster this week (two great resources for unearthing weird and wonderfully obscure films), Digital Spy has decided to take a trawl through the archives to find 20 movies you might never have known about until now.