The List Thus Far (Certified Weird Movies)

3 Women (1977)

8 1/2 (1963)

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984)

Akira (1988)

Alice [Neco Z Alenky] (1988)

Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Allegro non Troppo (1976)

Altered States (1980)

The American Astronaut (2001)

Antichrist (2009)

Archangel (1990)

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Barbarella (1968)

Barton Fink (1991)

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Begotten (1991)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Belle de Jour (1967)

The Black Cat (1934)

Black Swan (2010)

Blood Diner (1987)

Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Branded to Kill (1967)

Brazil (1985)

Bronson (2008)

Careful (1992)

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Cemetery Man [Dellamorte Dellamore] (1994)

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

The City of Lost Children [La cité des enfants perdus] (1995)

Clean, Shaven (1993)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Cowards Bend the Knee, or, the Blue Hands (2003)

Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966)

The Dark Backward (1991)

Dead Man (1995)

Dead Ringers (1988)

Delicatessen (1991)

Dillinger is Dead (1969)

Doggiewogiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012)

Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009)

Dogville (2003)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Don't Look Now (1973)

Elevator Movie (2004)

Enemy (2013)

Enter the Void (2009)

Eraserhead (1977)

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Evil Dead II (1987)

Eyes Without a Face [Les Yeux sans Visage] (1965)

Fantastic Planet [La Planète Sauvage] (1973)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Final Flesh (2009)

Forbidden Zone (1982)

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

Glen or Glenda (1953)

Gothic (1986)

Gozu (2003)

La Grande Bouffe (1973)

Greaser's Palace (1972)

Gummo (1997)

Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Help! Help! The Globolinks [Hilfe! Hilfe! Die Globolinks] (1969)

Holy Motors (2012)

The Holy Mountain (1973)

The Horrors of Spider Island [Ein Toter hing im Netz] (1960)

House [Hausu] (1977)

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

I Can See You (2008)

Idiots and Angels (2008)

I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK [Saibogujiman Kwenchana] (2006)

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009)

L'Immortelle (1963)

Ink (2009)


Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995)

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

John Dies at the End (2012)

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

Keyhole (2011)

Kontroll (2003)

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Kwaidan (1964)

The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

The Legend of Suram Fortress [Ambavi Suramis Tsikhitsa] (1984)

Lisztomania (1975)

Little Otik [Otesánek] (2000)

Lost Highway (1997)

Love Exposure (2008)

Lucifer Rising (1981)

Maelstrom (2000)

Malpertuis (1972)

Maniac (1934)

Marquis (1989)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

The Milky Way [La Voie Lactee] (1969)

Mr. Nobody (2009)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Naked Lunch (1991)

Night of the Hunter (1955)

Night Train to Terror (1985)

Nosferatu (1922)

Nostalghia (1983)

O Lucky Man! (1973)

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Paprika (2006)

Performance (1968/1970)

Persona (1966)

Phantasm (1979)

Pi (1998)

The Pillow Book (1996)

Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Floyd the Wall (1982)

Prospero's Books (1991)

The Red Squirrel [La Ardilla Roja] (1993)

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

Repo Man (1984)

A Report on the Party and Guests (1966)

Repulsion (1965)

Robot Monster (1953)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Rubber (2010)

Run Lola Run (1998)

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

Sans Soleil (1983)

Santa Sangre (1989)

The Science of Sleep (2006)

A Serious Man (2009)

Shanks (1974)

Shock Corridor (1963)

Silent Hill (2006)

Sin City (2005)

The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)

Skidoo (1968)

Solaris [Solyaris] (1972) -

Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

Stalker (1979)

Steppenwolf (1974)

Strange Frame: Love & Sax (2012)

Suspiria (1977)

Sweet Movie (1974)

The Swimmer (1968)

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Tales from the Quadead Zone (1987)

Taxidermia (2006)

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Tideland (2005)

Time Bandits (1981)

The Tin Drum (1979)

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

El Topo (1970)

Toto the Hero [Toto le Heros] (1991)

Trash Humpers (2009)

The Tree of Life (2011)

The Trial (1962)

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Tromeo & Juliet (1996)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Upstream Color (2013)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Vertigo (1958)

Videodrome (1983)

Visitor Q (2001)

Waking Life (2001)

Weekend (1967)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

You, the Living [Du Levande] (2007)

Zardoz (1974)


A look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.


The Tree of Life: Terence Malick returns to the screen after a six year absence with this coming-of-age story starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn that’s being described with words like “impressionistic,” “abstract,” and other encouraging (but sub-weird) adjectives.  It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, which is encouraging; also encouraging is the fact that professional troll critic Armond White and professional yahoo critic Rex Reed hate it.  The Tree of Life official site.


You may have wondered why we didn’t provide you with a listing of the films playing Cannes this year last week, while the festival was still running. We want to assure you that we were just waiting to hear who the winners were before we weighed in with our weird picks. We didn’t forget about Cannes. We certainly weren’t only reminded of it when we heard about prankster Lars von Trier’s weird and ambiguous comments about his “Nazi heritage.” Without further ado, we rectify our planned oversight (cough) and cover what’s weird at Cannes:

  • Hors Satan [Outside Satan] – Nearly silent movie about a French hermit who may be Satan. Variety called it “Another ‘WTF?’ film from Gallic writer-director Bruno Dumont.” Un Certain Regard.
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene – Psychological thriller about the mental struggles of woman who has escaped from a cult trying to adjust to “real” society. Un Certain Regard.
  • MelancholiaLars von Trier‘s latest is apocalyptic sci-fi; a planet (called Melancholia) is set to collide with Earth on a woman’s wedding day. Played in comepetition, and Kirsten Dunst walked away from the fest with Best Actress honors.  Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte (Zardoz) Rampling and John Hurt round out the fine cast.
  • The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodovar (who has never gone fully weird, but is certainly always off-center) delivers a mad scientist revenge movie with significant superficial similarities to Eyes Without a Face. Played in competition.
  • Sleeping Beauty – From Australia comes this modern folktale that sounds like it has more to do with The House of Sleeping Beauties than with the classic fairy tale.  We like writer/director Julia Leigh’s quote: “I’m interested in Wonder Cinema…”  Played in competition.
  • Tatsumi – Animated, it combines a biography of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi with adaptations of five of his dark, sad short stories.  Un Certain Regard.

Some previously weird directors have shown up at Cannes this year with more conventional fare: Nicholas Winding Refn trots out the action/character study Drive with Ryan Gosling, while Takashi Miike delivers a second straight samurai epic with Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai. Here’s hoping these gentlemen find their way back to weirdness soon…


The Big Bang (2011): Antonio Banderas stars as a hard-boiled private eye encountering seedy LA weirdos while searching for missing diamonds in a case that turns out to be more than it appears.  Critics branded it “Lynchian,” but also denounced director Tony Krantz (Sublime) as a surrealist hack. Buy The Big Bang.

The Great Dictator (1940): In the not-weird-but-notable category comes the Criterion Collection’s release of Charlie Chaplin’s satire of Adolph Hitler, in which a Jewish barber and Führer lookalike is mistaken for the great dictator.  It features the classic scene of Hitler dancing with an inflatable globe.  Buy The Great Dictator [The Criterion Collection].

Solaris (1972):  Considered the Soviet answer to 2001, Andrei Tarkovsky’s science fiction mindblower involves a cosmonaut’s trip to a planet (that may be alive) where his memories begin to materialize.  This re-release by Criterion corrects a mistake in their previous edition: some scenes were previously presented in black-and-white that were originally intended to be tinted blue. Buy Solaris [The Criterion Collection].


The Big Bang (2011): See description in DVD above. Buy The Big Bang [Blu-ray].

The Great Dictator (1940): See description in DVD above. Buy The Great Dictator [The Criterion Collection Blu-ray].

Solaris (1972): See description in DVD above. Buy Solaris [The Criterion Collection Blu-ray].


Sita Sings the Blues (2008):  An animated account of the Hindu epic “The Ramayana,” intertwined with director Nina Paley‘s autobiographical account of her relationship with her husband and set to the vintage jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.  A very highly regarded debut, made on the director’s laptop and distributed for free.   Watch Sita Sings the Blues free on YouTube.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

1 comment to WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/27/2011

  • Kat Doherty

    For what it’s worth I watched Sita sings the Blues about a year ago, firstly online, and then ordered a DVD copy. The DVD transfer I have is a little less than stellar in one or two places, but hey it wasn’t expensive and I thought it was a hugely enjoyable film. Quirky animation and glorious songs from an artist I had never heard of. I would definitely recommend giving it a whirl on-line and seeing what you think.

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