If there's one thing I love (almost) as much as watching movies, it's talking about them, and today we're going to talk about a specific category: The Weird Movie™.
We've all got 'em, those movies that make us raise our eyebrows and stare in confusion as a giant cartoon "WTF?!" appears above our heads.
I took to social media to ask friends which movies in particular gave them such a reaction, and a lot of the responses were repeats. A great deal of people chimed in with The Holy Mountain, the iconic psychedelic 1973 flick from Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. Other popular responses included any and all of the work of Davids Lynch and/or Cronenberg, Enter The Void, and Holy Motors.
While I agree these are all very strange movies, I'm always on the hunt for more, particularly if they're harder to find. That's why I'm asking you to tell me the movies you consider to be the most bizarre you've seen, and to get your brain gears going, I'll share mine.
If you're exhausted, it's probably not a good idea to watch Hausu (or "House") at 4 in the morning, because the whole experience will feel like an uncomfortably trippy fever dream that you've having no luck of escaping. Hausu is a heady mix of a lot of weird factors, a giddy tale of seven girls who take a Summer vacation to a possessed house that wants to eat them for dinner.
The movie makes me uncomfortable because, as the young girls are picked off one by one, their deaths aren't exactly treated as morbid or frightening but silly and cartoonish, which leaves a yucky "what the heck" taste in my mouth. I don't think I'll ever be able to erase out of my brain the image of a decapitated schoolgirl's head playfully biting another's bum.
As the IMDB page for Shanks puts it, it's a story about "a mute puppeteer [who] uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets."
If I were to edit that, I'd say it's about a mute puppeteer (played by famed mime Marcel Marceau) with a serious complex who uses a deceased scientist's invention to exact bizarre revenge on dead people while holding a child bride hostage. This movie is creepy and uncomfortable while trying to come off as quirky, and it makes me feel icky, plain and simple. I do not like you, Shanks. Not one bit.
The Baby (1973)
In a similar vein of "I hate this, it makes me uncomfortable" is the nightmarish The Baby, a cult film about a social worker sent to investigate the Wadsworth family. The family might seem normal on paper -- a single mother with two grown daughters and an infant son, until the audience discovers the infant son is a 21-year-old man who wears a diaper and hangs out in a giant crib, cooing like a newborn.
The whole movie is start-to-finish demented and bizarre, though, like many of the movies mentioned in this article, would probably be entertaining under the influence of certain substances.
- Have you seen and been perplexed by any of these movies?
- What other movies have left you super-weirded out?
- Is it just me or were all of the weirdest movies made in the 1970s?