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; “Am I Normal? A Film About Male Puberty”; 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; Avida; Baby of Macon; Bad Lieutenant; Bad Taste; 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); Carnival Magic; 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; 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 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; “The Flood”; “Flowers and Bottoms”; Following; The Fool and the Flying Ship; Four Rooms; Frankehooker; Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster; Freeway; Frequencies [AKA XVO: The Manual]; From Morn to Midnight; 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; Gothic & Lolita Psycho; Goto: Island of Love; The Great McGonagall; Green Snake; 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); ‘Hukkunud Alpinisti’ hotell [Dead Mountaineers Hotel]; Human Animals Human Nature; The Hunger (1983); Hysteria; I Am Here Now; I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle; Ichi the Killer; The Idiots; I Married a Strange Person; I’m Not There; Impolex; Imprint; “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]; It Couldn’t Happen Here ; I Think We’re Alone Now; It’s Such a Beautiful Day; 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; Juliet of the Spirits; 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; The Lickerish Quartet ; 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. Blot’s Academy; 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”; La Razon de Mi Vida; Re-Animator; “Red, White and Zero”; 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; 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;Sonatine; Space Is the Place (official re-review); Space Thang; Speed Racer; 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; Spork; “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; 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; Track 29; 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; 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; The Wild World of Batwoman; 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. Don’t Torture a Duckling (Italian: Non si sevizia un paperino) is a 1972 Italian giallo film directed by Lucio Fulci.

  2. Hello!
    Here’s some choices that could make it to the list.

    U Turn (1997) – Such an odd film by Oliver Stone. Especially at this point of his career when he was making somewhat out there films at this time.

    The Big Lebowski – Where everyone except the main character are out there, and the “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition my Condition Was In)” being a highlight that is out of the ordinary.

    Raising Arizona – The story, the camera shots, the character are pretty out there!

    The Frighteners- a Peter Jackson film that is all over the place. Including an intriguing performance by Jeffery Combs.

    The Bad Batch (2016)

    1. We could do U-Turn, it’s always intrigued me but I’ve never seen it. I’ll put it in the queue.

      Lebowski is great, obviously, but not weird enough, IMO. Raising Arizona is intriguing, but you and I may be the only ones who find it “weird” (wouldn’t mind hearing others opinions). Not really interested in The Frighteners, but we’ll do The Bad Batch when it comes to home video. Thanks for the suggestions!

    2. Glad to see “U-Turn” on the list — it’s probably Oliver Stone’s most playful movie, and its ensemble cast is hard to top. (Also, it was the first widescreen VHS movie I owned; glorious days.)

  3. Recently saw Human Highway, the 1982 surreal comedy movie produced, directed by, and starring Neil Young, along with Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, and Devo. It’s mostly improvised, and most definitely weird, though not a movie I can necessarily recommend. That said, I’ve never seen anything else like it.

  4. Skins (2017) Directed by Eduardo Casanova
    In a strange world where people share numerous deformities, the same problem we all face challenges each of them: to find someone who accepts you as you are. Sometimes, that means finding yourself first.

    1. Skins is a 2017 Spanish drama film directed by Eduardo Casanova. It was screened in the Panorama section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

  5. Back in the 90s, Joe Bob Briggs was the Go-To for weird movies. One of his recommendations was Blood, Bullets, Buffoons , which found me staring in awe and wonder while friends are scratching their heads. We had to special order the VHS from the local Video Store to rent. Never seen another copy anywhere again. Dont know if it made it to DVD. Very micro budget.

    1. I love Joe Bob! Blood, Bullets, Buffoons did make it to DVD, it appears, as part of a double feature with something called In the Flesh. I’ll put it in the queue if JB said to check it out, but it is last in an extremely long line.

  6. Hello! Thanks for putting U-Turn on the queue!

    I just wanted to add my two cents on other films.

    Beetlejuice (1988) – I know it has been talked about, but can we see it getting an official review for this movie. This one sticks out as Tim Burton’s weirdest film.

    Sleepy Hollow (1999) – It’s hammer influence and Christopher Walken as the headless horseman is something that needs to be looked at again.

    Lolita (1962) – It’s subject matter and a very dark humor makes this movie weird.

    The Shining (1980) – I think it has the same feel and odd air like Eraserhead.

  7. Jigoku aka The Sinners of Hell (1960)

    The visuals in the last 30-40 minutes are bizare, as well as some odd parts before that.

  8. I’d encourage fans of Begotten to check out Paxalkol’s short submission (, again). I forwarded it to shorts Czar Cameron.

    Haley and Angelo: Because of the enormous length of the queue, I’m becoming much more selective of what I add and I’ve started requiring someone to second nominations I’m on the fence about before I’ll put them into the queue. Both Lars and the Real Girl and Don’t Torture a Duckling fall into that category.

  9. Galaxy Turnpike. It’s a Japanese sci fi comedy. You can find clips on YouTube.

    Here’s a review clipped from another web site:

    “Galaxy Turnpike” begins in 2265 on an off-ramp from Route 246666, which connects Earth to a space colony located between Jupiter and Saturn. Here a married couple, Noa (Shingo Katori) and Noe (Haruka Ayase), run the venerable fast-food joint Sandsand Burger, now in its 150th year of operation.

    Their customers, space aliens all, are a varied lot. At a corner table a shy doctor (Kanji Ishimaru) sits with a sketchy pimp (Koji Yamamoto) flipping through a photo album of alien hookers, some of whom look vaguely human. At a nearby booth a bespectacled bureaucrat (Yasunori Danta) taps at his PC, with chirping cartoon birds, a yapping cartoon dog and a mincing elderly mime (Kazuyuki Asano) hovering nearby. Don’t ask why.

  10. Bolivar El Heroe (2003), a very insane Colombian animated biopic of Simon Bolivar which borrows some aspects from various anime. It was thought to be lost until 2015 when somebody posted it on YouTube which it’s still on there to this day:
    and War God (1976), a rare Taiwanese kaiju movie about the Chinese god of war, Guan Yu fighting giant aliens. It’s also on YouTube if you want to watch it:

  11. There were 2 70’s movies I’m trying to find.
    The first one had a father who kidnapped his own kids and the mother has to kidnap them back.

    The second one had a young mother who abused and smothered her daughter with a pillow.

  12. Just wanted throw once again my two cents on these.

    Frida (2002) – dir. by Julie Taymor

    The Tempest (2010) – dir. by Julie Taymor

    Cloud Atlas (2012) – dir. The Wachowski’s and Tom Twyker

    Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) – dir. by Christophe Gans

    Mishima: Life in Four Chapters (1985) – dir. Paul Schrader


  13. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)
    The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out to be a vampire while the evil owner Malatesta rules over a gaggle of ghastly ghouls who watch silent movies when they aren’t feasting on human flesh.

  14. I would consider ” Ice Pirates” a weird movie.
    Three things:
    Space herpes
    Tickle torturing a tyrant who’s just a head
    Time compression causes hero to get too old to save the day, but at the same time his son grows up enough to save the day.

  15. Fateful Findings (2013)
    Directed by Neil Breen (AKA God)

    Fateful Findings is possibly the best movie I have ever seen. The plot is nearly impossible to make out but I will do the best I can. Neil Breen stars, directs, writes, produces (you get the idea) this fantasy drama about a man who is killed by being struck by a car (in one of the best scenes I have ever scene in all of film) and develops magic powers. He then (for some reason unknown to the audience) starts to hack into “the government”. There is also a sub plot of him reconnecting with his childhood sweetheart that makes absolutely no sense. The film tries to make overt and blanketed statements about corruption in government but fails in the most wonderful way possible. Along with the nonsensical plot, the film is full of god awful acting, obvious technical errors and awkward dialogue that sounds like an alien from another planet wrote it. Put all of this together and you get the hilarious and obscure film, Fateful Findings. I highly recommend watching this piece of art along with Neil Breen’s other movies (oh yes there’s more) as I think this and his other films are really overlooked in the weird cinema scene. Watch this movie if you want to laugh more than you have in a long time, yell at the screen in frustration and be quoting it for days on end. Enjoy the Breen-ius that is Fateful Findings.

  16. I suggest; Izo (2004)

    —DISCLAIMER; The following isn’t meant as a personal attack, I just don’t understand your definitions for weird. I have not seen all the movies on the list nor have I read all the reviews. What I did read I’m not sure I follow.—

    Also, why are there so many non-weird movies in this list?
    Do you simply not understand movies with multiple outcomes to an action and/or multiple timelines?(Run Lola Run, Donnie Darko)
    Or maybe you don’t understand what the spirit world is…(Ink, Spirited Away, Cat Soup)
    Then again, it’s possible you can’t even follow a straightforward plot… (2001: A Space Odyssey, Adaptation, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Delicatessen, Escape from Tomorrow, House, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Natural Born Killers, The Tingler, Vertigo)
    Maybe you think it’s weird to adapt a comic book to film? (Batman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Sin City, Tekkonkinkreet, Tokyo Gore Police)
    Or never taken any psychedelic drugs? (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pink Floyd the Wall, A Scanner Darkly, Yellow Submarine)
    Perhaps you are unfamiliar with mythology? (Pan’s Labyrinth)
    Or cults? (Beyond the Black Rainbow, The Lair of the White Worm, Manos: The Hands of Fate, The Wicker Man)
    Maybe you find dystopian futures weird? (A Boy and His Dog, Brazil, A Clockwork Orange, Dead Leaves, Paprika, Repo Man, Zardoz)
    Maybe you failed to get that some movies are comedies? (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Bubba Ho-Tep, Cemetery Man, Dead Alive, Evil Dead II, Kung Fu Hustle)
    Or fantasies…(Akira, Barbarella, Fantasia, Fantastic Planet, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb, Time Bandits, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
    Or even horror…(Phantasm, Silent Hill)
    Maybe you have trouble with philosophy? (Pi, Tree Of Life. etc.)
    And Shakespeare…(Prospero’s Books, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest)

    Again, this was not meant as an attack… and I almost deleted it all together. But maybe it’ll spark some form of discussion on what weird really is…. Feel free to discuss any of this with me, either individual movies or their concepts.

    1. I’ll add Izo to the queue.

      It’s fine to discuss what the slippery concept of “weird” means, although I think the discussion might go better on the “About” page (especially since this page is to be temporarily closed soon).

      Also, I’m glad you made the disclaimer, because the post could come out as hostile without it. (I mean, how could you suggest we would fail to see Evil Dead II as a comedy, especially when we tagged it as a horror/comedy?)

      You can read individual justifications for why each film was chosen in the “what makes it weird?” section of the entry. (And remember, we tend to favor beautifully made buy slightly weird films over poorly-made but very weird films—though there are a lot of those as well). Our “about” page has a long discussion of our philosophy of weirdness. We tend to go with the dictionary definition of “weird”: “Strikingly odd or unusual (synonyms: bizarre, eccentric, grotesque, odd, preternatural, surreal).”

      Now, you start declaring a bunch of movies that you say are “not weird” without every explaining what “weird” means to you. “Weird” is an inevitably subjective term. But you list a lot of qualities about movies (multiple timelines, comic book adaptation, comedy) which would neither make a movie weird nor not weird on its face. Any film containing one of those qualities could be weird, or conventional, depending on the oddness with which the material is handled.

      It’s sort of hard to continue a discussion when you seem to have a definition of “weird” in your mind, and feel that numerous movies on our list fall short of that mark, but you haven’t divulged your definition to us.

    2. Following up on what the boss has said, yes, the site has a difficulty: by looking for the “best weird movies” we necessarily have to cope with defending two incredibly subjective criteria (both “best” and “weird”). I, too, would be interested to hear your definition — or, failing that, maybe a list of movies that you consider weird.

      One movie I wrote about could be interpreted, on its face, as a straight-forward (if rambling) crime thriller. “Inherent Vice” has, yes, a detective detecting, a policeman policing, and bad guys doing their thing. The story of “Inherent Vice” could be reduced to these run-of-the-mill elements; however, like most weird movies (on our list, at any rate) what shifts it from Noir-procedural to Weird is its execution (as Greg said in his comment). I’ll let the review mostly speak for itself, but enough of odd elements found in it (fervently pointless notebook entries, drug dentist consortium, and “Go away, little hippie”) add together, in this case as more than the sum of their parts.

      Writing that now, what we look at is both subjective AND comparative. “2001” is a science-fiction movie. It is also, however, less conventional than a host of other movies that fall in that genre. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” isn’t really Shakespeare, it’s been accurately described as a “worm’s-eye view” of Shakespeare. It is weird to see a whole movie devoted to the reasoned-but-pointless actions of two nobodies thrust into the epic scope that Shakespeare generally attained with his work. And so on.

      Our infallibility aside, we are welcome to constructive criticism. But the nature of the place means we cannot be all things to all people.

      At any rate, have a good one.

  17. Thanks Jose, I’m going to move your suggestion here:

    and shut this page down for comment for the time being.

    Any further suggestions should be posted here:

    for the time being, Thanks!

  18. Please consider the new movie Felt. I didn’t know how I “felt” after seeing it, it’s truly weird and I’m not sure what else.

  19. Guys! Guys! You should check out the work of F.J. Ossang. His last film ‘9 Doigts’ just won him the Best Director prize in Locarno. It’s his only film I’ve seen so far and while I can’t say I enjoyed it, it’s definitely something worth checking out. His older work is apparently even better. In short: you cannot finish the list without checking him out. He’s ambitious, pretentious, poetic, philosophic and weird.

  20. There was this movie that there were these mice who lived like humans and they heard something in the attic and turns out it was a giant crow shadow

  21. Joe: Essex Spacebin actually looks halfway decent and had definitely flown under our (and everyone else’s) radar. Looks like it’s an Amazon Prime exclusive. Thanks!

    Sean: We reviewed Twilight of the Ice Nymphs here. Sword of Doom, while highly regarded, appears to be a normal samurai film—I’d only put it in queue at this point if someone seconds your suggestion. But thanks!

  22. Funny Bones (1995), co-written and directed by Peter Chelsom, is wonderful and kind of indescribable, but it’s sort of Ealing Studios meets Jacques Tati meets Max Wall as King Bruno in Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, and takes place in Blackpool but somehow seems very French.

  23. The Legend of Hillbilly John (1972) is based on the Silver John stories by Manly Wade Wellman, in which a recent returnee from the Korean war goes walkabout in the Apallachian mountains collecting songs and hoodoo magic lore and killing monsters with his silver stringed guitar. Nobody knows quite what to make of this thing, but if you can imagine a counterculture Ray Harryhausen movie you won’t be too far off track. O, Ugly Bird!

  24. Stephen Poliakoff’s Hidden City (1987) stars Charles Dance as a British statistician in the midst of something of a middle-aged crisis. Waylaid by an aggressive (and abrasive) young woman who claims he cost her her job at a government film archive, he finds himself draughted into the search for a series of apparently benign industrial films that have inexplicably wound up classified as secret. At first unwilling to take part in the quest, he gradually becomes sucked into a bewildering secret world hidden within and beneath London, where bowler-hatted Masons have to pick their way through the garbage piled in front of the alleyway entrances of their secret meeting halls, and decades worth of classified information piles in drifts in decomissioned underground air raid shelters. In the process the two seekers, who are united only by their vague sense of dissatisfaction and a need for something – anything – else, discover that so many secrets are being kept by their government that the reasons much of it was ever considered sensitive have themselves been lost to time. Worse yet, the accumulation has grown so enormous that random culls are being implemented just to make room in the archives for the latest generation of secrets, with stacks of film and documents selected at random for disposal. When the second film in the series they have been seeking turns out to contain a glimpse of what might be an abduction in the background of a street scene, it’s a race against time to find the next instalment, which may already have been sent to a rubbish tip…

    Melancholy, romantic, utterly modern, and only sort-of a conspiracy film, it is incomprehensible that ‘Hidden City’ has somehow managed to avoid building the cult following it so richly deserves.

  25. The Vagrant (1992)
    Successful professional Graham Krakowski (Bill Paxton) has just moved into his new home. He is also up for a promotion at work, and his girlfriend is flying into town to visit. However, when a vagrant (Marshall Bell) shows up at his house, his life suddenly changes for the worse. Small mind games quickly escalate, and Graham is framed for murder. As the vagrant lurks around his house and people continue to die, Graham feels as if he can no longer trust anyone, including himself.

    This one has slippery genre slides . . .

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