Weird but wonderful

by Finty290 | created - 13 Nov 2011 | updated - 02 Feb 2012 | Public

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1. Rubber's Lover (1996)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Scientists use a brain-altering drug to conduct experiments, after one such project goes astray, they need to find another test subject in this Japanese splatter-punk film.

Director: Shozin Fukui | Stars: Nao, Norimizu Ameya, Yôta Kawase, Mika Kunihiro

Votes: 668

Well, maybe not wonderful, actually it's pretty bad, but by far the most insane film i've ever seen. INSANE.

2. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 38,664

Classic surrealism, great!

3. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 10,466

Hilarious, and delightfuly bizarre.

4. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 56,687 | Gross: $0.11M

Great premise, lots of black humour and very strange characters.

5. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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57 Metascore

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 41,101 | Gross: $2.00M

Original premise, executed brilliantly. Very funny and great performance by Bruce Campbell.

6. Bijitâ Q (2001 Video)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.8
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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô

Votes: 13,076

Probably my favourite movie, totally nuts! I love Takashi Miike.

7. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

7.9
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 35,538

Solid horror, with actual freaks!

8. May (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

6.7
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58 Metascore

A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval

Votes: 28,905 | Gross: $0.15M

Great character study of a mentally disturbed, lonley girl looking for love.

9. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 60,328 | Gross: $0.70M

Not weird per se, but some strange scenes. Good movie.

10. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 153,746 | Gross: $3.22M

A great example of how you don't need money to make a great film, just a good idea.

11. Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,120

Comedy/Horror/Musical from Takashi Miike

12. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 109,647 | Gross: $3.80M

My favourite Lynch film, eerie, strange, engrossing and totally nonsensical.

13. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

6.1
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A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 7,056 | Gross: $0.21M

Just a fun, strange B-movie.

14. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 53,362 | Gross: $0.34M

15. Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma (1990)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A man searching for his long-lost lover is kidnapped by her killers, an insane, mother-daughter duo, and they force him to commit various sexual atrocities with them.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Meredyth Herold, Panos Thanassoulis, Michele Valley

Votes: 1,747

Nuts from the get go, an erotic nightmare!

16. Survive Style 5+ (2004)

120 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

7.7
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Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director: Gen Sekiguchi | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Reika Hashimoto, Kyôko Koizumi, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 8,414

Japanese wackiness has never been so good! With added Vinnie Jones!

17. Rabbits (2002)

43 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts

Votes: 5,959

I dare you to make sense of it...

18. Street Trash (1987)

Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

6.2
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A liquor store owner sells alcoholic beverages to homeless people, unaware of what the bottles actually contain: toxic brew.

Director: James M. Muro | Stars: Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto, Mark Sferrazza

Votes: 7,057

Another solid B-movie, lots of homeless people melting into pretty coloured piles of goop.

19. Trash Humpers (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.0
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33 Metascore

Follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Harmony Korine

Votes: 3,377

An interesting insight into the world of senior delinquents, mediocre movie.

20. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 46,394 | Gross: $0.75M

Hard to get through (for me anyhows, alot of lynch fans class this as their favourite), very weird.

21. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)

55 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A violent, guitar-playing, electrically charged boxer faces off against an electronic wizard half-merged with a metallic Buddha.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Tadanobu Asano, Masakatsu Funaki, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 1,898

JAPAN

22. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.0
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In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

Votes: 9,638

JAPAN

23. Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)

63 min | Horror

5.5
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An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores all over her body that begin to pustulate and bleed. He uses what oozes from her sores to... See full summary »

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Shigeru Saiki, Mari Somei, Masami Hisamoto, Gô Rijû

Votes: 1,675

JAPAN

24. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

6.6
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49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 98,217 | Gross: $0.40M

Strange story, and one of the only films that literally made me jump out of my seat in shock. Mediocre movie overall.

25. Crash (1996)

NC-17 | 100 min | Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 45,298 | Gross: $2.04M

Loved the premise, good movie.

26. Encarnação do Demônio (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror

6.0
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The gravedigger Zé do Caixão continues his search for the perfect woman to bear his son.

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Jece Valadão, Adriano Stuart, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 1,305

Solid horror movie, lots of surreal dream sequences and hallucinations.

27. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

7.4
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 81,340 | Gross: $7.00M

Lynch again, another good example of how money doesn't equate to a good movie, originality does!

28. Gummo (1997)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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19 Metascore

Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds

Votes: 26,905 | Gross: $0.02M

The scariest thing about this movie is that it's all so plausible.

29. Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

7.0
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A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Beverly Washburn

Votes: 4,781

Good horror flick.

30. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

6.0
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 43,716

Totally depraved (well what would you expect when turning a Marquis De Sade book into a film).

31. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 628,326

Classic, I don't think I need to say anything about this.

32. Spiral (2000)

90 min | Drama, Horror

6.2
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62 Metascore

The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director: Higuchinsky | Stars: Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin

Votes: 6,278

Good horror, lost of strange visual effects and goings on.

33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 752,030 | Gross: $34.40M

Excellent movie

34. La moustache (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery

6.7
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71 Metascore

Marc is sitting in his bath one morning and asks his wife, "how would you feel if I shaved off my mustache?" She doesn't think it's a great idea, for the 15 years they've been married, ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Carrère | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 4,416

Great premise and very engrossing, let down by the end.