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135. FORBIDDEN ZONE (1982)

“…[a] spontaneous creation without thought to logic, reason or consequences.”–Richard Elfman on Forbidden Zone

DIRECTED BY: Richard Elfman

FEATURING: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Phil Gordon, Matthew Bright (as “Toshiro Baloney”), Viva, Danny Elfman

PLOT: A curious girl wanders into the surreal “Sixth Dimension” located behind a door in her basement. There she . . . → Read More: 135. FORBIDDEN ZONE (1982)

READER RECOMMENDATION: CHRONOPOLIS (1982)

Reader review by Morgan Hoyle-Combs.

DIRECTED BY: Piotr Kamler

FEATURING: Michael Lonsdale

PLOT: In a lost city, that may only be found in time, monolithic figures try to break free from

their continuous state of immortality by crafting, and destroying, time itself. Two keys to their demise are a curious white sphere and long . . . → Read More: READER RECOMMENDATION: CHRONOPOLIS (1982)

94. PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982)

“It was like nothing anyone had ever seen before—a weird fusion of live action, story-telling and of the surreal.”–Pink Floyd the Wall Director Alan Parker on the movie’s Cannes premiere

DIRECTED BY: Alan Parker

FEATURING: Bob Geldof, Kevin McKeon, Jenny Wright, Bob Hoskins

PLOT: The movie begins with a man sitting motionless in a . . . → Read More: 94. PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982)

CAPSULE: THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

DIRECTED BY: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

FEATURING: Jim Henson, Frank Oz (puppeteering); Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw (voice acting)

PLOT: A meek Gelfling sets out on a journey to fulfill the prophecy that he will heal the Dark

Crystal. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST:  With its advanced puppetry and dazzling color, The . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

LIST CANDIDATE: PINK FLOYD:THE WALL (1982)

Pink Floyd the Wall has been promoted to “Certified Weird” status.  Comments have been closed; please post all new comments on the official entry.

DIRECTED BY: Alan Parker

FEATURING: Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins, Jenny Wright

PLOT: A rock singer, “Pink,” isolates himself in a hotel room and reflects upon his life while

slipping . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: PINK FLOYD:THE WALL (1982)

SHORT: VINCENT (1982)

DIRECTED BY: Tim Burton

FEATURING: Vincent Price

PLOT: A seven year old boy wishes he could be just like the Vincent Price he sees in old

movies. WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD:  It’s not quite weird; more mildly macabre.  But it sure is cool.

COMMENTS:  Vincent is a 5 minute poem, narrated by the . . . → Read More: SHORT: VINCENT (1982)

RECOMMENDED AS WEIRD: LIQUID SKY (1982)

DIRECTED BY: Slava Tsukerman

FEATURING: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr, Bob Brady

PLOT: Tiny aliens land their flying saucer on the roof of a New York City penthouse and

begin sucking the brains out of sex-addicted New Wave beatniks. WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST:  Tsukerman’s filming style is free-form . . . → Read More: RECOMMENDED AS WEIRD: LIQUID SKY (1982)

CAPSULE: BASKET CASE (1982)

DIRECTED BY: Frank Henenlotter

FEATURING: Kevin van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner

PLOT: Duane checks into a derelict Times Square hotel carrying a wicker basket under his

arm; inside is something about 1/4 the size of a person, that eats about 4 times the hamburgers a person would. WHY IT WON’T MAKE . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: BASKET CASE (1982)

CAPSULE: CAT PEOPLE (1982)

DIRECTED BY:  Paul Schrader

FEATURING:  Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O’Toole, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr.

PLOT: A young woman struggles with an ancient family curse while pursuing the purrfect

mate. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Cat People, loosely based on the Val Lewton original, is a slightly atypical, high quality . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CAT PEOPLE (1982)

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