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No Budget, No Limits: Inspiration for Amateur Production

"Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest capacity. The most important part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them."
- Maya Deren

100 films for low/no-budget inspiration. Formal ingenuity, creativity, new ways of approaching film - all made on very low budgets. The more movies I watch, the more I realize that the cheapest tend to be the most exciting. List assembled on 11/25/19 based on current tastes, will go untouched.

There are 20 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • The Angelic Conversation
  • Begotten
  • Biotherapy
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Combat Shock
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • Elephant
  • The Evil Dead
  • Falconhead II: The Maneaters
  • The First Love
  • The Flying Luna Clipper
  • Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood
  • Guinea Pig 5: Mermaid in the Manhole
  • Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part I
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • In the Shadow of the Sun
  • Muscle
  • Noisy Requiem
  • Shuffle
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man