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Summer is upon us now. The best way to avoid the sweltering temperatures and surprise rainshowers it brings is to stay at home, close to your well-stocked home video library.

Here’s a dozen titles to consider for viewers interested in the lesser-known or forgotten corners of commercial cinema.  Highlights include a campus unrest drama with a musical score by Meat Loaf songwriter Jim Steinman, a chilly bio-engineering thriller/thoughtpiece from the pen of Michael Crichton and a film with Richard Burton playing a closeted gangster. You also get two early directorial vehicles from future Cannon Films honcho Menahem Golan, one of them a Jewish gangster biopic with Tony Curtis and Milton Berle!

Please note that Dark Night Of The Scarecrow has received a full-length review at Schlockmania since these capsule reviews were written – just click on its title below to access the feature review.

100 FEET: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/100-feet-v432947/review

BANK SHOT: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/bank-shot-v3888/review

DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/dark-night-of-the-scarecrow-v12256/review

FIREFOX: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/firefox-v17421/review

HELL HIGH: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/hell-high-v22056/review

LEPKE: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/lepke-v28973/review

OPERATION THUNDERBOLT: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/operation-thunderbolt-v36548/review

RUNNING HOT: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/running-hot-v42360/review

A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/a-small-circle-of-friends-v45226/review

THE TERMINAL MAN: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-terminal-man-v49098/review

VILLAIN (1971): https://www.allmovie.com/movie/villain-v115614/review

WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON: https://www.allmovie.com/movie/wrangler-anatomy-of-an-icon-v462220/review