thing that can happen to the film world is a movie becoming lost: destroyed,
misplaced, or simply left to rot in a vault, never to be seen by a potential audience.
It’s a tragedy for cinephiles, and it has happened quite a few times in the
past with films such as London After Midnight and the Terror.
nothing is more interesting to film history buffs than when a film thought gone
forever winds up in the strangest of places: in the hands of collectors, in the
sheds of the filmmakers themselves, or on the hard drive of an employee who
thought to back up the project when nobody else did.
Nowadays, with the advent of digital production, the phenomenon of rediscovered films
is becoming a thing of the past. Nonetheless, the stories behind the finding of
‘lost’ films are quite fascinating, despite such events being incredibly rare.
Whatever the reason, some films only get to survive to this day through
complete chance, whereupon cult distributors snap up the opportunity to release
such gems to eagerly-awaiting fans. These were the lucky few.