Suggest a Weird Movie!

Please do not ask “what was that movie?” questions on this page. We set up an entire site here to answer those questions. This page is for suggesting movies to be reviewed.

Know a weird movie? Something strange that glued you to the screen with awe, amazement or reverence, while your more mundane minded friends left the room (or theater) in boredom, confusion or disgust? A movie whose omission from a list of the 366 weirdest movies of all time would offend you on a personal level? Something even I haven’t heard of or considered? There are potentially thousands of forgotten films, critically dismissed films, foreign or independent films that never got a proper release, or misplaced oddities hiding out there that may deserve a place at the table. One man can’t be expected to track them all down. Here is the place to mention those treasured curios that no one else seems to have even heard of. Nominate a movie in the suggestion box and I’ll move it up on my review queue, or at the very least, explain why I’m not going to review it.

NOTICE: The “Suggest of Weird Movie!” feature has become a victim of its own success.  At the time of this update, we have about 250 reader suggestions (!) in queue. (More than that since I last updated the page)! Since we can only do 1 or maybe 2 reviews a week, be aware there may be a huge delay—currently, possibly over a year!—between the time you make a suggestion and the point at which it’s actually reviewed.  I considered shutting down the suggestion box as of 2011, but I decided to let you keep your suggestions coming (if nothing else, it tells us what types of movies readers are interested in seeing reviews of). Just be aware that when you make a suggestion, it may not receive the promptest of attention. The best you can really hope for at this point is to bring something to our attention that we might have overlooked. (Also note that although we prioritize the earliest nominations later suggestions may get reviewed before earlier ones if they receive a re-release on DVD or Blu-ray, or interest us for our own inscrutable reasons).

If you can’t wait for one of our staff to review your movie, why not review it yourself and submit it to us via the contact form?  We can’t swear we’ll publish every submission we receive, but we want reader participation and we are fairly liberal.

All serious suggestions will receive a response, as well as all most non-serious ones.

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  1. Here’s the review queue of reader suggestions that have yet to be reviewed, in alphabetical order. You can always see this list ordered according to (very rough) intended order of publication in the weekly “What’s in the Pipeline” column (published on Sundays). Of course, at this point the list is so long that it is likely we will have to leave the task of reviewing the items at the end of the list to our children, but whatever.

    1Day; The 4th Man; 8 1/2 Women; The 10th Victim; 11:14; 12 Monkeys; Aaaaah!; “The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes”; Adam’s Apples; The Adolescence of Utena; The Adventures of Picasso; “Afraid So” from “The Films of Jay Rosenblatt, Vol. 2″; The Aimed School; “Alicia” (1994); Alien Alibi; Allegro; Alphaville; Alucarda; Amazon Women on the Moon; Amanece, que no es poco; “Analog”; Anatomy of Hell; Andy Warhol’s Bad; L’Ange; Angel in the Flesh: The Confidential Report on Mr. Dennis Duggan AKA The King of Super 8 (if it’s ever released); Anguish [Angustia]; Anna and the Wolves; The Annunciation; La antena; The Appointment (1981); Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters; Arrebato; Ascension; As Filhas do Fogo; The Assignment: The Witches Talisman; Audition; Avida; Baby of Macon; Bad Lieutenant; Bad Taste; Bad Timing (AKA Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession); Battle in Heaven; Beauty and the Beast (1978); Beg! (1994); The Beguiled; Berberian Sound Studio; Bernie (1996) (depending on availability); Bhoner; Bibliotheque Pascal; The Big Crime Wave [AKA Crime Wave]; Big Man Japan (official review); Big Meat Eater; Big River Man; Big Time; “The Big Shave”; Birth of the Overfiend; Black Devil Doll; Blind Beast; Bliss; Blue (1993, Jarman); “Bobby Yeah”; Bone; Born of Fire; BoXed; Boxing Helena; Brand Upon the Brain!; The Brave Little Toaster; Breakfast of Champions; Brick; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia; Brothers of the Head; Bruce Lee vs. Gay Power; Bubble Bath; Buddy Boy (1999); Buffet Froid; La Cabina [AKA The Telephone Box]; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Cafe Flesh; Calimari Union; Calamari Wrestler; Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?; Cannibal! the Musical; Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death; The Cannibals (1988); Casshern; Cast a Deadly Spell; Catch-22; The Cat in the Hat; Cat Sick Blues; Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari; Celine and Julie Go Boating; The Cement Garden; Chappaqua; Charly: Dias de Sangre; Cheap Smokes; Che strano chiamarsi Federico [How Strange to Be Named Federico]; Christ the Movie; The Chumscrubber; La cicatrice intérieure; Citizen Dog; City of Pirates; Coming Apart; The Complaint of an Empress; Confessions; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Cool Cat Saves the Kids; Cool World; Coonskin; Crank: High Voltage; Crash (Cronenberg); La Cravate; Creating Rem Lezar; Creatures of Destiny; Crimewave; Criminal Lovers; Dance With The Devil; Dandy Dust; Dante’s Inferno (2007); Dark Arc; The Dark Side of the Heart; Dark Star; Darktown Strutters; Dark Waters; Daughter of Horror; Daymaker; Day of the Wacko; Dead Billy; Deafula; Death Powder (1986); Decasia (second review); Decoder; Deep Dark; Detention; The Devils; The Devil’s Chair; Devil’s Rain; Diamond Flash; Die Fighting; Dirty Duck; La Distancia; A Dog Called Pain; The Dog’s Night Song; Dolls (2002); The Doom Generation; The Double Life of Veronique; Dreams That Money Can Buy; The Drifting Classroom; Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam; Drunken Wu Tang [AKA Taoism Drunkard]; Dumplings; The Earl Sessions; Earth Girls Are Easy; Earth Minus Zero; Edward II; Eika Katappa; Einstein’s Brain [AKA Relics: Einstein’s Brain]; Electric Dragon 80,000 V; Electric Dreams; The Element of Crime; Emperor Tomato Ketchup; Encounters at the End of the World; Endgame (2000); The End of August at the Hotel Ozone; The End of Evangelion; End of the Road; The Eternity Man; Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend; Evil Ed; Excision; Executive Koala; The Fabulous Baron Munchausen; The Falls; Fateful Findings; Fatty Drives the Bus; Faust: Love of the Damned; Fear X; Feherlofia; Felidae; Felix the Cat: The Movie; Fellini’s Cassanova; F for Fake; Fiend (1980); Fiend Without a Face; The Fifth Season; Fight Club; Finisterrae; Fish Story; Flaming Creatures; Flaming Nipples; “Flowers and Bottoms”; Following; The Fool and the Flying Ship; Four Rooms; Frankehooker; Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster; Freeway; Frequencies [AKA XVO: The Manual]; Frontier; Funeral Parade of Roses; Future War; Gahjini; Galaxy of Terror; Gandu; Genius Party; George Washington; Gerry; “Ghosts Before Breakfast”; The Giant Claw; The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai; “God Hates Cartoons”; The Godmonster of Indian Flats; Golem (1980) (depending on availability); Goodbye 20th Century; Gorod Zero; Gory Gory Hallelujah; Goto: Island of Love; The Great McGonagall; Green Snake; Grendel Grendel Grendel; Grimm Love; Gwen le Livre de Sable; Haggard; Hail the New Puritan; Hair Extensions; Hands of God (2005, d. Alyson Levy); Hanger; “Hansel and Gretel” (T. Burton, 1983); Hanzo the Razor; Happiness; Happy End (Czech, depending on availability); Hard Candy; “Harpya”; Heartbeeps; Heat; Helter Skelter (2012); “Hen, His Wife” [AKA “His Wife is a Hen”]; Hentai Kamen; Hitler: A Film from Germany; The Hole; Homebodies (1974); “Hospital Brut”; Hotel (2001); House (1986); Hugo the Hippo; ‘Hukkunud Alpinisti’ hotell [Dead Mountaineers Hotel]; Human Nature; The Hunger (1983); Hysteria; I Am Here Now; I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle; Ichi the Killer; Idaho Transfer; The Idiots; I Married a Strange Person; I’m Not There; Impolex; Imprint; In a Glass Cage; “Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome,” Incubus; I Never Left the White Room; The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer; L’Inferno; In Search of the Titanic; Insidious (2010); In the Realm of the Senses; The Intruder (2004) [L’intrus]; I Think We’re Alone Now; It’s Such a Beautiful Day; I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse; Jabberwocky; Jack and the Beanstalk (1974, Japan); Jacky in the Kingdom of Women; Jigoku no Banken: Akai Megane [The Red Spectacles]; Johnny Aquarius; A Journey Into Bliss; Journey Through the Past; Journey to the West [Xi you]; Jubilee; Junkie; Kafka; Kamikaze Girls; Kárate a muerte en Torremolinos (depending on availability); The Keep; Killdozer; Killer Nun; Killer Condom; The Killing Room; Kin-Dza-Dza; Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors; King Lear (1987, Godard); Koyaanisqatsi; Krysar (AKA The Pied Piper of Hamelin); Kultur Shock!; Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave; Kung Pow; Lakki… The Boy Who Could Fly (AKA Lakki… The Boy Who Grew Wings); The Last Days of Planet Earth; Last House on Dead End Street; Last Life in the Universe; The Last of Us; The Last Wave; Last Year in Marienbad; The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser (2012); Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural; Let the Right One In; LFO; Liquid Sky (re-review); Litan; Little Deaths; Little Murders; Little Red Riding Hood and the Monsters; Live Freaky! Die Freaky!; The Living and the Dead; Lo; The Loved One; Love, Honor and Obey; Lucia (2013); Lucky; Mad Detective; Magdalena Viraga; The Magic Toyshop; The Magus; Makkhi; Man Facing Southeast; The Manipulator; The Man Who Wasn’t There; Marebito; Marketa Lazarova; Marutirtha Hinglaj; The Mask; Matador; “Max Headroom” (TV); Mazeppa; Me and You and Everyone We Know; Mécanix; Meet the Feebles; Melancholie der Engel;Memento Mori; Memoirs of a Survivor; Mermaid in a Manhole; Messiah of Evil; Le Météore; Metropia; Mickey One; The Midnight After; Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater; Midori; “The Mighty Boosh” (TV show); The Million Dollar Hotel; Mind Game; The Mirror [Zerkalo]; Moebius (1996); Mom (1986); Monday (depending on availability); Mondo Candido; Mondo Trasho; Monobloc; “The Monster of Nix”; Motel Hell; “Mouse Soup”; Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium; Murder Party; Mutant Aliens; Myra Breckenridge; The Mysterians; The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians; Mystery Men; Mystics in Bali; Naboer [Next Door]; Nails; Neighbors; Neji-shiki [AKA Screwed]; Never Belongs to Me; Newsboys: Down Under the Big Top; Nick the Feature Film; The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz; Nitwit; No Smoking; Oh Dad, Poor Dad (Momma’s Hung You In the Closet & I’m Feeling So Sad); Om Dar-B-Dar; One Eyed Monster; One Point O; “One Soldier”; Onibaba; Onirica: Field of Dogs; Only God Forgives; Open Your Eyes; Operation: Endgame; Organ; Orlando; Le Orme [AKA Footprints on the Moon]; The Outskirts; Overdrawn at the Memory Bank; Overturn; A Page of Madness; Palindromes (re-review); Paperhouse; Passages from Finnegans Wake; The Passion of Darkly Noon; Pastoral Hide and Seek; “Penda’s Fen”; Perfect Blue; Perfect Sense (2011); Perils of Gwendoline; Period Piece; Phase IV; Pink Narcissus; Pistol Opera; The Pit; Plague Dogs; The Point; Pola X; Porcile [AKA Pigpen]; “Possibly in Michigan”; Post Tenebras Lux; Poultrygeist; Prayer of the Rollerboys; “Premium” (if it can be found); The President’s Analyst; Príncipe Azul; “Prometheus’ Garden”; A Pure Formality; Quicksilver Highway; The Quiet Earth; A Quiet Place in the Country; “Rabbits”; Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure; La Razon de Mi Vida; Re-Animator; “Red, White and Zero”; Reflections of Evil; Remainder; Return to Oz (official review); Revolver; Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki; The Ring Finger; River of Fundament; Rock n’ Roll High School; Roller Blade; Rows; The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea; Santa Claus (1959); Sauna; Savages; Save the Green Planet; The Sea That Thinks; Screamplay; The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb; Shakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space; Shakes the Clown; Shinbone Alley; Shock! Shock! Shock!; The Shout; Sh! The Octopus; Siesta; The Signal; Silver Heads; Singapore Sling (official re-review); Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Sitcom; Skeletons; Slaughterhouse Five; SLC Punk; The Slit [AKA United Trash]; “Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions”; Snow White and Russian Red; Something Weird; Something Wild; Sonatine; Space Is the Place (official re-review); Space Thang; A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness; Spermicide; Spermula; Sphere; The Spirit; Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds; Spirits of the Dead; Spookies; “Star Maidens” (TV show); Static; Straight to Hell; Strange Circus; Strangers in Paradise; Subway (1985); Suddenly Last Summer; Suicide Club (re-review); Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story; Survive Style 5+; Surviving Life: Theory and Practice; Svidd neger (depending on availability); Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; Symbiopsychotaxiplasm; Tag (2015); Takeshis’; Tales of Hoffman; Talking Head; Talk to Her; Tammy and the T-Rex; Tampopo; Tasher Desh; The Taste of Tea; Teknolust; The Tenant; Terror 2000; La Teta y La Luna; That Day; That Deadwood Feeling; Themroc; Theodore Rex; They Came Back; Things; The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta; Three… Extremes; Thriller: A Cruel Picture; Throw Away Your Books Rally in the Streets; THX 1138; Tierra; Time Masters; Tokyo Decadence; Tomorrow Night; Totò che visse due volte; Tough Guys Don’t Dance; Tourist Trap (1979); Tout Va Bien; Toys; The Tracey Fragments; The Tune; Turbo Kid; “Turkish Star Wars” [Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam]; Turn in Your Grave; The Twonky; Uncle Meat; Underground; Underwater Love; Until the End of the World; Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer; Uzumaki [AKA Spiral] (official re-review); Vakvagany; Vase de Noces; Vegas in Space; Velvet Goldmine; Vermillion Souls; Versus; Vigasiosexploitation; Village of the Damned (1960); The Virgin Psychics; Visions of Suffering; Visitor of a Museum [Posetitel muzeya]; Viva la Murete; Waiting for Godot; Waltz with Bashir; The War Zone; Wave Twisters; We Are the Strange; Welcome Home Brother Charles; Welcome to the Dollhouse; Werckmeister Harmonies; Where the Dead Go to Die; White Tiger; Who Can Kill a Child?; “Wild Palms”; Wild Tigers I Have Known; Wings of Desire; Wise Blood; Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies; Without Warning; A Woman’s Face (1940); Womb; Wool 100%; The World’s Greatest Sinner; A Writer of Ghost Stories; W.R.-Mysteries of the Organism; You Never Can Tell (1951); Youth Without Youth; Zachariah.

    1. Nuts, nuts. We’re nuts.

      A quick count shows we have 575 titles to review. That’s one a day for the next year and a half or so. (And only That quickly if we stop accepting suggestions.) To quote Homer, “Duff Gardens … hurrah!!” *collapse*

    2. We’re obviously not getting to all of those titles. People just want their votes counted. Some don’t understand what we’re doing here, they think they’re on reddit. Right now the queue serves as a kind of “honorable mention” list.

    3. Some movies that I think would be good to watch and see if they can apply.

      Glory to the filmmaker (2007) Takeshi Kitano

      Hardcore Henry (2016) Ilya Naishuller

      Un homme qui dort AKA The man who sleeps (1974) Bernard Queysanne

      Tarnation (2003) Jonhatan Caouette

      Truman Show (1998) Peter Weir

  2. After the recent (March 31st of this year) passing of Radley Metzger, The Lickerish Quartet (1971).

  3. I’d like to suggest three movies for the list:
    1. “Gothic & Lolita Psycho” (2010) by Go Ohara
    2. “Familienradgeber” (2006) by Olaf Ittenbach (there’s also a sequel but I have only seen the first one)
    3. “Another Gay Sequel” (2008) by Todd Stephens (the first movie isn’t as weird as the sequel)

  4. “The Naked Witch” directed by Larry Buchanan and
    Claude Alexander, 1964. Not much to it, just a hot young student visits a German Settlement in Texas, meets a mega sexy German girl and promptly uncovers the bones of a witch who was burned at the stake in the 1600s. The witch comes back to life, we discover that she has a rocking bod, is nude all the time, and has the most overzealous eyebrows in the country. Then she kills people. The ending is yours to discover. It’s a national treasure, 11/10.

  5. I just saw Messe Noire (1928) which is ‘apparently’ the only recording of an actual satanic black mass in existence. It was quite unusual and a bit rude.

  6. Really glad to see Happy End (1967) on the list to be viewed. One of the most ingenious concepts ever devised and one of the most deserving films of a place on the list!

  7. So long as you guys understand that, given the length of the queue, the realistic possibility of us ever reviewing these movies is nil, I’ll keep adding them, though we are becoming more selective and requiring people to second questionable choices. I’d hate to shut down the suggestion feature entirely since it’s so popular.

    Bpilgrim: I’ll queue The Lickerish Quartet (probably Metzger’s weirdest film).

    Martin Canine; I’ll queue suggestion 1 (Gothic & Lolita Psycho).

    Willowb: Larry Buchanan? Ick. You are trying to torture us. I’ll require someone to second it before queuing The Naked Witch. Alfred missed it in his 1961 exploitation film survey, he may have to go back and revise the article to mention it.

    Steve: Hmm… the IMDB description makes “Messe Noire” sound like an early stag film. In all honesty I don’t think we’ll have a chance to get to it.

    Maaxwell: Now if we can only locate a copy!

  8. Gregory, In terms of new web content, what happens to the site after you guys do eventually anoint #366?

  9. A suggestion:

    Given the massive quantity of recommendations, what would you think of the suggestion of giving devoted fans of the site the opportunity to lobby for those films yet to be reviewed, but, given the parameters laid out by the 366 site, that we feel are almost certain inductees — ie, move those really acknowledged weirdos to the top of the reviewing pile.

    I can think of a few that need consideration sooner rather than later:

    I am almost positive these would make the list:

    Celine and Julie Go Boating
    Crime Wave (1985)
    Emperor Tomato Ketchup
    I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse
    The Karen Carpenter Story
    Mind Game
    Survive Style 5+

    There’s a ton of worthy films on that list. And a quite a few that’s not. Have you ever considered allowing fans to vote on the films that need to be bumped up to the top of the list?

    1. Fans will get one more chance to vote for candidates to make the List. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that we often ignore the queue order and review movies out of sequence, anyway. An I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse review is coming up this week, for example. Priority goes to films released or recently re-released on DVD, because I hate to review something only to have a Criterion Collection edition come out a few months later.

  10. I believe that “The Wild World of Batwoman” would make an excellent “film” to review. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean!

    1. We almost reviewed Batwoman in earlier days of the site, but it continually got pushed aside for higher priority reviews. It is in the so-bad-it’s-weird genre, so I’ll add it to the queue with the understanding that we’ll probably never get to it. (Note: I would recommend watching the MST3K version of this one).

  11. Thanks for the inclusion of I Will Walk Like A Crazy Horse. Sorry about all the “I wish I could un-see that” moments…’cause I agree!

    If there’s anyway to view Mind Game (was actually on Netflix) or Survive Style 5+ (no North American distribution of which I am aware), you won’t be sorry.

  12. Yeah, I know you’ll never get around to it, but you need to add Andre Getty’s The Evil Within to the list. The heir to the J.P. Getty oil fortune spent the last 15 years of his life (before he died of complications from being a meth addict) obsessing with seeing his nightmarish visions preserved on film — including the $5-6 million spent out of pocket when he converted a room in his mansion into a post-production studio, as part of a 15-year production process where he constantly tweaked and edited effects footage until is was “just right”. The money he invested is all on-screen, warts and all. A flawed film, to be sure, but even moreso: an absolutely fascinating film, a grand example of uncomfortable, outsider art.

  13. Okay I found this trying to watch something else online.

    Its set in a rural town in america. A police officer finds a man on the road crawling and finds he’s injured. He takes him to the local hospital which is mostly closed because its moving to a different building.

    After he brings the guy in on his way out he finds a nurse stabbing a patients eyes out and had apparently cut her own face off.

    Later the policeman gets stabbed by a guy in a cloak with a black triangle covering the face. He’s treated inside but finds the hospital surrounded by other guys like the one who stabbed him.

    Also the girl who was cutting her face off was shot by him but came back to life as a weird tentacle monster growing out her back.

  14. Pieles aka Skins (2017) directed by Eduardo Casanova. Differently bodied people try to find their place in the world. This includes a girl born without eyes, a boy who wants his legs removed so he can be a mermaid, a young woman with her asshole and mouth on the wrong ends, a woman with facial deformities dating a man with severe burn scars to the face, a pregnant woman with achondroplasia whose child may inherit it. Pink and lavender color scheme. It’s very weird and very awesome.

  15. Megan: we passed on reviewing The Skin I Live In when it came out (good movie, but not weird enough for coverage here). But if by The Untamed you mean this one from 2016, we will keep an eye out for that when it comes out on home video.

    Russ: We can also review The Evil Within (2017) as a new release—looks like the DVD just dropped this month.

    Clyde: The same goes for Pieles [Skins]–new release review when it’s available in the U.S.

    C.M. Calzacorta: The Cell review.

    Clive Desmond: Wrong place, you want our sister site, I Remember This Movie.

  16. Slack Bay.

    Bruno Dumont really broke out the weird stick with this on. And then proceeded to smack Juliette Binoche upside the head with it. Almost makes L’il Quinquin seem “normal.”

  17. It’s not way-out-there surreally weird; more of a subtle weirdness:


    Directed by: Gisaburo Sugii and Arlen Tarlofsky

    Featuring: Mayumi Tanaka and Chika Sakamoto

    Plot: Two anthropomorphic kittens go on a magical, mystical, metaphysical train journey along the Milky Way.

    Indelible Image: Many commenters highlight the old lady singing “Nearer My God to Thee”, but I prefer the scene where the young tutor explains how he and his two charges wound up on the train….

    Three Weird Things: “Nearer My God to Thee”, the man grabbing herons out of the sky, geometric shapes floating in the void….

    What Makes it Weird: That a story so intensely steeped in Buddhist philosophy and Christian imagery would somehow be made into and marketed as a children’s film.

    What the Reviewers Say:

    “Night on the Galactic Railroad is old-school fantasy, filled with gentle platitudes and a general sense of wonderment towards the world. As children’s entertainment, however, it prompts the question – would kids today even enjoy this? It’s gently paced, largely eerie, and not funny at all…. This film may not be for every child – especially the younger ones – but the ability to sit down, get enveloped in a work, and process complex emotions may be undervalued in today’s youth. It might stick with them for the better.” – Gabriella Ekens, Anime News Network

    “The idea of subtlety seems to be lost on today’s children, who are used to Disney epics and zany cartoons, and leads less to revelation than a good, long nap. Which is a pity, because there is a very good lesson to be learned from this movie, and if you really do pay good attention, you too may be wiping tears from your eyes at the end as I was.” – Carlos Ross, T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews

    “With its meditative pace, unstructured plotting, and rambling, often incomprehensible discourses on morality and mortality, this is about as kid-friendly as a morning in church. For those with patience, however, it is a beautiful, frequently enlightening trip.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

  18. Nice write-up, Richard. It jives with my thoughts from an old capsule review: “This 1985 animated film by Gisaburo Sugii is not based on an anime, but on the 1927 literary classic by Kenji Miyazawa. It tells the story of two friends (all of the characters are anthropomorphically portrayed) who take a mysterious journey on a train that transcends both time and spatial boundaries to explore the spiritual nature of… well, the meaning of life, death and friendship. It’s hard to describe: it has the look of an innocent children’s fable (most of the characters are very cute cats), but the themes it explores are of a darker, yet very honest, nature. It offers a unique blend of iconic Christian symbolism and otherwordly surrealistic imagery; very dreamlike and downright profound. The religious imagery is somewhat heavyhanded, but not really offputting, and certainly not to the detriment of the film. The animation is exquisite and is very reminiscent of Studio Ghibli works. Moreso than any other piece of Japanese animation, this one feels like it belongs on the art-house circuit. Yes it’s “slow”, but it never really drags. It’s very thought-provoking and contemplative, while at the same time very emotionally draining. It also has a beautiful “ambient” soundtrack that seems to predate that movement’s popularity by a few years (the incorporation of the train sounds, particularly, reminds me of the KLF Chill Out CD) I don’t have children, but if I did, this is the film I’d sit down to watch with them. The leisurely pace, breathtaking animation, and intellectually stimulating ideas handle the difficult themes of death and the afterlife in a refreshingly mature fashion. It offers a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to explore topics not easily broached in everyday conversation.”

    Consider this another vote, Gregory.

  19. Although it’s only a short sex ed school movie, it might make you cringe… anyway, I added AM I NORMAL? A FILM ABOUT MALE PUBERTY to the lineup of shorts I run before my regular midnight movie’s from 1979, obviously a more..uh..innocent… era in our social development. The questions little jimmy asks his local zookeeper and the response he gets, well…. it’s midnight-y…

  20. Ryo: Borgman has actually been reviewed here more than once. Seconds was reviewed here.

    Nathan Reynolds: It’s a little bit outside our normal (!) focus, but since we’ve never reviewed any educational shorts I suppose it may be time to give “Am I Normal? A Film About Male Puberty” a try.

    Jone: Thanks for catching that! Pieles has been on our “to check out” list, but I wasn’t aware it made it onto Netflix already.

  21. Not a movie per se, but a television special and therefore probably quicker to review: Japp Drupsteen’s TV production of Stravinsky and Balanchine’s The Flood. It’s a very abstract operatic adaptation of Genesis with a vibe that’s kind of like Peter Greenaway mixed with 60s acid aesthetic and very liberal use of fisheye lenses.

  22. Dan M.: Tommy is already a List Candidate, but no one has suggested Walker yet.

    Chris R.: Good list but we’ve already reviewed (and passed over) more than half of those. Paperhouse is already in the queue above, as well. It Couldn’t Happen Here is one title we missed, though.

  23. Haven’t seen this here yet, so posting for possible consideration:
    “Mister Blot’s Academy” (1984) – this is a cult Polish movie from the 80s, based on the children fantasy novel written by Jan Brzechwa.

    The story is definitely unusual and surreal at times with things such as:
    – dreams of children stored in a special book, with the best ones chosen and read afterwards,
    – army of wolves, being soldiers in wolf armour (though they should definitely be animals.. or I don’t know…)
    – psychodelic projection of images from Jupiter and its inhabitants recorded by the third eye of the titular character sent to space in a balloon
    – flying trip to dogs’ heaven and back
    – evil barber and his robo-child
    – completely confusing and WTF ending

    Here are some clips:

    Thanks for the awesome list and cheers,

  24. Dan M.: I liked Bringing Out the Dead but I don’t see it as weird enough to have a chance of making the List.

    Urugwhy: I’ve never even heard of Spork before so I guess I’ll have to add it to the queue.

    Lukasz: Mr. Blot’s Academy sounds good, into the queue it goes.

  25. Femme Fatale (2002) (I know, i know, it’s Brian de Palma but for me it’s a masterpiece that the best way to describe it is as a Lynchesque Basic Instinct);
    Dans La Maison (2012);
    Coherence (2012) (actually quite surprised how it didn’t make the cut yet; it is a rather mainstream option in the weird sci fi movies lists);
    Surviving Life (2010) (It’s Czech… I think this says a lot already.)

    Btw, great initiative you do have here. Regards!

  26. Goodnight Mommy, a psychological thriller film that i saw in a small indie theatre a year or so ago. Very artistic, yet incredibly unsettling and shocking. The ending scene breaks the “fourth wall” rule of filmmaking, and is very very very unsettling.

  27. With less than 100 titles left to add to the List and over 300 reader suggestions already, we’re becoming more selective about what we put in the queue.

    João: not convinced on Femme Fatale (although Alfred Eaker is a huge Brian De Palma promoter, so he might conceivably check it out). Same for Dans la Maison (without the De Palma caveat). We liked Coherence and even interviewed the director, but passed it over for the List of the Weirdest Movies (mainly because, to take your quote slightly out-of-context, it’s a “rather mainstream option”). However, you can take some comfort in the fact that Surviving Life is already in the queue (though at this point I’m starting to think it will never get a U.S. release—maybe Jan Svankmajer’s latest project will spark a revived interest in uncovering Surviving Life).

    Faith B: Goodnight Mommy is worth seeing and a little bit weird, but we passed it up when it came out, and considering how much is on our plates already we’re not going to circle back to it.

    1. I formally attempt at addition to your site the following:

      3 WOMEN (1977) seriously, this fuckin’ Altman movie is just not right, and for much different/nefarious reasons than usual!

      LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (2004) quite distinctive and unusual
      premise, action AND execution, even though it’s French!

      REFLECTIONS OF EVIL (2002) so what if it’s shot on video and also a bit of a cheapo show, it’s fuckin’ unsettlingly strange and those neverending sequences of people on the street arguing and attempting to kill everybody they meet packs quite a wallop! The 1970s Universal Studios Tour stuff is AMAZING, too! Plus the refusal to supply an ending= BRILLIANT!!

      TRACK 29 (1987) probably the last `good’ (depends upon your perspective) picture Nic Roeg ever did (discounting of course THE WITCHES, and possibly even forgiving COLD HEAVEN) and certainly registers on the so weird it’s indifferent level!

      WHITE OF THE EYE (1987) no matter what anyone might say, Donald Cammell’s third (out of four) films is possibly one of the greatest, most subtle examples of scripting, casting and filming abnormal psychological tendencies of any other, great stuff!

      NIGHTDREAMS (1981) porno, but still exceptionally weird!!!

      DR. CALIGARI (1989) or is this too low-brow for you guys?

      GREASER’S PALACE (1972) to my mind, Downey sr.’s indisputable masterpiece of surrealism and absurdist wit.

      THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001) Probably the best (and strangest!) rock (or whatever!) contemporary musical of it’s kind since ROCKY HORROR or THE APPLE. it’s a feel good about killing others `family’ movie! Killer!

      and finally,
      have you ever heard of or seen

      Decidedly not at all good, nor entertaining, but fuckin’ WTF in spades, dude! I don’t even really understand why anybody would’ve ever been moved or prompted forward to envision, let alone actually produce a 90-min + film of such expression!

      That’s all folks! Hopefully I was able to shed some light on things I definitely perceive of as extraordinarily `weird’ that I believe (anyway) you had previously avoided, disregarded or deemed `not weird enough’. Take it easy, ya’ll!

    2. I appreciate the time you took writing this so I don’t want to sound cross or ungrateful, but how could you miss the fact that we already put 3 Women on the List? It’s literally the very first entry in the sidebar! That said, most of these we’ve already covered or are already in the queue, but one that’s not is Track 29, which is something I can add as we’ve had our eye on it for years.

  28. Hey guys! I’ve been enjoying recent entries so much! I have a new one to suggest: the unique, creative, divisive Wachowski masterpiece/disaster Speed Racer. I saw it for the first time recently and was blown away by its audacity. It’s a real trip and deserves at least a mention, if not a full-on certification.

    1. I’ve seen that Wachowski movie — and I’m kind of inclined to agree with you. Not sure if they were trying to be as off-kilter as they ended up, but it can’t be denied that “Speed Racer” is unlike most big budget blockbusters. With “Batman Returns” now on the list (and, in my opinion, justifiably so), I wouldn’t be averse to seeing more of Hollywood’s “accidental” forays into 366 territory.

  29. Might I Suggest: Café Flesh – 1982

    Set in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse, 99% of the world’s survivors are irradiated to the point that they become violently ill if they attempt to have sex. The remaining minority of people who are still sexually functional are hunted down and forced to engage in carnal theater for entertainment in clubs like Café Flesh.

    It’s very dark, and extremely weird, with an incredible 80’s synth soundtrack that all comes together into a bizarrely engrossing film.

  30. I’ve been watching one silent movie a week and just came across ‘From Morn to Midnight,” a German expressionism film from 1920. Avant-garde set design, primitive effects, and lots of great little moments make it a strange little movie that I thought was a lot of fun. I know the “Suggest a Weird Movie” list is pretty packed, but I wanted to throw this title in the mix anyway.

  31. I’d like to suggest The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (also known as Dr. Jekyll and his Women.) It blurs the line between exploitation and art film, with Udo Keir being as weird as ever.

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