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TCM sometimes shows really bad modern movies, and one they show a couple times a year is called "Heavenly Bodies." Len Maltin rated it "BOMB" and said, "The first Aerobics Musical, and with any luck, the last." It's an unintentional comedy.
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1967 - The Day The Fish Came Out with Candice Bergen.
I think I came across it in the mid 70's on PBS. Haven't been able to find it on streaming services.
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A possibility for the strangest but biggest box-officed ones I've seen is Yellow Submarine.

Speaking of Terry Gilliam, there is Tideland, which is pretty controversial, but I like it. (trailer)

Similar in that it stars a young girl is Jan Švankmajer's Alice, a mix of stop-motion and live-action and based on Alice in Wonderland. (trailer)


Similar in being stop-motion is Blood Tea and Red String. (trailer)



I especially like Naisu no Mori/Funky Forest (whole damn movie--watch it) And by the same director Cha no Aji/The Taste of Tea. (trailer) (fan-made trailer)


Japan has plenty of candidates for strangest, though--for instance, Big Man Japan. (trailer) (movie)
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For mainstream, after watching Even Cowgirls Get the Blues I was left wondering "what the fuck did I just watch?". I still couldn't describe the plot to this day, other than Uma Thurman had huge thumbs.
I see from the wikipedia page that Leonard Maltin agreed with me.
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Streets of Fire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Fire

It's just really odd. Most of it is like they started something and then gave up. I don't mean because it's multi-genre; that is probably the underlying reason, but multi-genre films can work well. This felt like everyone on a student project being given a camera and a cast and then someone put it all together at the last minute. The overall feel is really, really weird.
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I saw Time Bandits bombed out of my mind, which is really the only way to watch it.
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What, no mention of Freaks ?

And 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, with Tony Randall playing seven odd roles.

And then there's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

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Hmm I could make a long list, but you'll be able to google for similar lists. Off the top of my head, picking ones obscure enough I don't remember others talking about them...

Wax or the Discovery of Bees in Television (something like that) about a worker in some sort of airforce flight simulator installation who gets mentally obsessed or possessed with some sort of bee archetype

Drawing Restraint 9, a thematic conclusion of sorts to abstract things artist Matthew Barney (?) does art about, starting him and Bjork as lovers who conduct a ritualistic tea ceremony on a whaling ship which turns them into sea creatures. You have to be able to enjoy a slow hypnotic but kinda trippy pace, but if you do, it's fascinating.
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The Mad Butcher was pretty weird:

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Ghost Story. Boy, I hope I can watch a woman eat a pie for ten straight minutes! Then I hope I can watch a guy in a sheet stand there. And there. And over there.
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The strangest movie I've actually watched in its entirety is Cube, a science fiction/horror film released in 1997 about a group of people trapped in a maze of cube-shaped rooms.

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you know theres 3 or 4 sequels to that? syfy runs them in order occasionaly

weirdest m9vie ive ever seen is one where this youngish chick had psychologial problems and hurt someone as a little kid so her parents raised her as some sort of bdsm submissive (she lived in a cage that had shackles and a special swing whole th8ng filled filled the second floor of the house) .... and at some point she became her older sisters playmate/sex toy (which of course they showed soft core style)

well the 'rents died and the older sister moved back to take care of the sister and the relationship resumed but after a while older sis found a guy she liked and was going to marry younger sis flips out and kills the guy .....but to pun8sh the younger sis she ties her self up in the cage and slowly starves to death

odd thing about it is it had will geer who was known as grandpa walton when the movie originally released....... i cant ever remeber the title but i was like 11 when i watched it the first time........
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What, no mention of Freaks ?

And 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, with Tony Randall playing seven odd roles.

And then there's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
At least with Dr. Lao, you understood what they were doing. "Hey, Tony Randall is a B-level star who does a bunch of great foreign impressions. Let's showcase that in a movie." It's not Peter Sellers in The Mouse That Roared, but I get it.

As for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, I can't believe I forgot about it. I actually have a pact with friends to alert each other when we see it pop up on the TCM schedule.

After reviewing Terry Gilliam's entire body of work, I nominate him for a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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I also accidentally saw Synecdoche New York. It's very bizarre, got very good ratings, and I disliked it rather a lot.
I started to watch it a few weeks ago. I kept hoping it would get better. Nope. I ejected the DVD about 70% into the movie.

As for weird/strange films I've seen, here are a few that come to mind:

Gummo
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TCM has also shown "The Baby", an early 1970s film about a single mother and her children, all of whom have different fathers and none are in the picture, and her only son is a teenager who is kept infantile, as in he sleeps in a crib, wears diapers, eats from a bottle, and apparently does not speak even though he does not appear to be mentally disabled in any way. There was a weird sexual undercurrent about the whole thing.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069754/

I've never seen "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" nor have I seen it mentioned here until now. Has anyone here seen it, or will admit to it? When it came out, and for several years afterwards, THAT seemed to define "strange movie."

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097108/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

There's also the short film "Sunday's Game." Watch at your own risk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RW1Yil7ZRk
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I own most of the movies mentioned here already, so I'll try and just add a few:

The Twonky

Turbo Kid

Videodrome
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'Possession' is shown on Turner Classic movies once or twice a year in the middle of the night.

Last month, people, I turned on TCM in the middle of the night and happened to come across 'Maitresse' a stylish S&M movie featuring Gerard Depardieu, and observed an S&M dungeon in several shots, and a lovely lingering segment showing a gent actually getting his testicles nailed to a board. ...... OK, enough tv for tonight! I said to myself...
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There are a lot of interesting films mentioned here, so I won't repeat any of those.

For a film that really hit me as strange and unforgettable, even though the director may not have been aiming for that, I think that "The Double Life of Veronique" by Krzysztof Kieślowski, is in a class of its own. I am less affected by the strangeness when it is clear that it is the intent of the director, I just enjoy the ride (as in "Brazil",for instance).
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If you liked Koyaanisqatsi then I would recommend Samsara. IMO, it is better than Powaqqatsi and Nagoyqatsi.
And Baraka. Same Cinematographer from Koyaanisqatsi went on to make this and Samsara.
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I've seen a hell of a lot of movies, and to this day, I think the weirdest damn one is Clifford (1994) starring Martin Short and Charles Grodin. It's also one of my favorite movies, believe it or not. It is so outlandishly bizarre in every way, I can't help but love it.
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Definitely Eraserhead.

I watched it three times to try to make some sense out of it. It finally dawned on me that the woman in the radiator was enticing him to commit suicide.

Bummer of an ending.
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Strange in a good way.

Most of Kim Ki Duk's films https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Ki-duk but especially Moebius. Don't worry if you don't understand Korean, there's no dialogue! Warning...while I find all of Kim's films brilliant, I highly suggest getting a few of this films under your belt before you tackle Moebius. Warning again...the plot centers around a mother doing a 'Bobbit" on her son because of her husband's infidelity.

At the other end of the cerebral spectrum is anything by Noboru Iguchi:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noboru_Iguchi, especially The Machine Gir. A high school girl's arm is cut off and replaced by a machine gun. The follow-up short The Hajirai (Shyness) Machine Girl. This time the machine gun is is her butt!
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I've never seen "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" nor have I seen it mentioned here until now. Has anyone here seen it, or will admit to it? When it came out, and for several years afterwards, THAT seemed to define "strange movie."

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097108/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
I've seen it. Quite bizarre, but I liked it.

Peter Greenaway, the director, was quite the rage in the late 1980s as I recall. I've seen a couple of his other movies.

A Zed & Two Noughts is quite strange as well. I've also seen The Draughtsman's Contract which is unconventional but not as bonkers as his others.

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Mmm, for me it's a tossup between Head (starring the Monkees!) or the all-star mess that is the 1967 Casino Royale.
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Tossup between Montenegro and The Honorary Consul.

The former tells the story of a bored American housewife in Sweden, who alleviates the boredom by setting a fire, eating her family's entire dinner, and trying to poison the dog. She ends up in some sort of nightclub with a bunch of really strange people, including a stripper who dances with a radio-controlled truck sporting a dildo. Critically-acclaimed, but it left a lot of us non-critics, saying "What the hell was that?"

The latter featured Richard Gere and Michael Caine, in some sort of Latin America political thriller. Or maybe it was a romantic drama. Or it could have been a romantic thriller, or perhaps a political drama. Who knows? It involved a lot of characters sitting or standing in shadow, supposedly saying something profound, while a ceiling fan totates lazily overhead.
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Movie is out there...
That's my immediate vote as well. Loved the movie, and it excelled beyond the book thanks to purging the repetitive shock value of necrophilia and scatology in favor of interweaving the story with a biography of William Burroughs.
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... while a ceiling fan totates lazily overhead.
Oops! That should be "rotates," of course.
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Tossup between Montenegro and The Honorary Consul.

The former tells the story of a bored American housewife in Sweden, who alleviates the boredom by setting a fire, eating her family's entire dinner, and trying to poison the dog. She ends up in some sort of nightclub with a bunch of really strange people, including a stripper who dances with a radio-controlled truck sporting a dildo. Critically-acclaimed, but it left a lot of us non-critics, saying "What the hell was that?"
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The films of Dusan Makavejev are all weird (and even his sole "mainstream" movie, The Coca-Cola Kid, is stranger that it should be), but IMHO, Sweet Movie is the weirdest. From its IMDB summary:

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In the contest of the "most virgin" Miss Monde 1984, Miss Canada wins, and prize is the marriage with the milk industry tycoon with his fifty billion dollars fortune. In their honeymoon, Miss Canada "does not accept" the golden prostate of her husband, and with the support of the family bodyguard Jeremiah Muscle, she gets boarded to Paris. There she meets a Latin lip-sync singer, El Macho, they have an intercourse in Eiffel Tour and they get stuck together. She moves to an anarchic community of sodomy and later she becomes an actress working in a erotic chocolate advertisement. Meanwhile, the revolutionary, pedophile, and mad killer Anna Planeta makes candy in her boat while sailing through the canals of a city that seems to be Amsterdam. She meets the sailor Potemkin and they have a torrid affair. Meanwhile she uses her candies to seduce young boys and kill her lovers. In the middle of the story, it is presented what seem to be footages of a Nazi doctor and a slaughter in a war with ...
I'd also like to note that the Pier Paolo Pasolini is not getting nearly enough love in this thread. What, is Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom too normal for you?
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Lots of wonderful choices so far.

Let me add two very strange but quite wonderful movies by Robert Altman.

Images (with Susannah York as a disturbed housewife).

The dream-like 3 Women (with Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duval)

I shouldn't forget to mention Polanski's Repulsion (with a young, gorgeous Catherine Deneuve). A rather disturbing film (and not unlike The Machinist).
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Greaser's Palace directed by Robert Downey Sr.
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Speaking of Terry Gilliam, there is Tideland, which is pretty controversial, but I like it. (trailer)
Tideland is odd. Escape from Tomorrow, Darling, and Bunraku are also just as strange, though.
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I've been working through the 366 Weird Movies list, which has many of the films mentioned in this thread.

https://366weirdmovies.com/the-weird-movie-list/

My top four favorite films are all on the list: Vertigo, A Serious Man, Antichrist, and Иди и смотри. As far as the weirdest, maybe Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!, a (very) loose remake of Jodorowski's The Holy Mountain made out of film and Internet dog footage.
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The films of Dusan Makavejev are all weird (and even his sole "mainstream" movie, The Coca-Cola Kid, is stranger that it should be), but IMHO, Sweet Movie is the weirdest. From its IMDB summary:



I'd also like to note that the Pier Paolo Pasolini is not getting nearly enough love in this thread. What, is Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom too normal for you?
John Vernon (Dean Wormer from Animal House) has a cameo in Sweet Movie.

I went on a "weird foreign movie" bender a couple of years ago where I watched nothing but shit like Sweet Movie and Salo and Catherine Breillat, etc. films for a few months.
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Here's my "wide" release example of strangeness: Head.

The answer to the question: What if The Monkees starred in a film co-written by Jack Nicholson?

Look at this list of secondary actors: Victor Mature, Teri Garr, Carol Doda, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Sonny Liston, Timothy Carey, and Ray Nitschke. A classic old time Hollywood star, an up and comer, a stripper, a Mouseketeer/teen idol, an avant-garde musician, a boxer, a character actor known for playing weirdos and a football player.

How could this movie not sweep the Oscars? Because it's crap. OTOH, it is bizarre crap.
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It would be hard to beat Rubber.
Fantastic Planet A French cartoon movie. Enough said.
A Town Called Panic. Imagine if a French director did a stop motion pastiche of Toy Story with a budget of $10,000 and you sort of get an idea of what this movie is.
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Tree of Life. It was also boring as hell.
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The ultimate in strange is probably Un Chien Andalou. The opening scene is still shocking (and gross), and the movie has no actual plot -- just weird images. Which is pretty much what to expect from a Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel teamup.


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I've never seen "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" nor have I seen it mentioned here until now. Has anyone here seen it, or will admit to it? When it came out, and for several years afterwards, THAT seemed to define "strange movie."

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097108/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
I saw it and liked it a lot, but it's definitely strange. Next to the cannibalism, the most memorable bit of weirdness was that the characters clothes would change color when they went into another room.

Peter Greenaway evidently did a lot of weird stuff, but I haven't been able to see much else.
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I found a little list here: https://366weirdmovies.com/category/weird-movies/

I must have seen at least half of them. A few are even masterpieces.
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I saw it and liked it a lot, but it's definitely strange. Next to the cannibalism, the most memorable bit of weirdness was that the characters clothes would change color when they went into another room.

Peter Greenaway evidently did a lot of weird stuff, but I haven't been able to see much else.
Colibri pointed out A Zed and Two Noughts (my strongest memory of that is the two twins who aspire to become conjoined) and The Draughtsman's Contract (fairly conventional). At the other end of the scale you have Drowning by Numbers which largely consists of a series of games - some played by the characters, some forming part of the film (the numbers 1 to 100 appear randomly on objects through the film; if I remember correctly, scenes begin with visual recreations of renaissance paintings, or something like that); it also has a plot, but I won't spoil it for you (Hah!). And then there's M is for Man, Music, Mozart (snippet), my major memory of which is dozens of naked middle aged men slapping their thighs. Nope, me either - but I will always watch, because Greenaway is always......odd. Prospero's Books, His adaption of The Tempest, has John Gielgud speaking the lines of every character (though other actors play the parts). Greenaway's explanation, as I remember it, was that if you have access to a voice like that, you use it. Fair point.

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I have probably seen weirder movies since, but that one broke the 'WTF!? Mold'.
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Mmm, for me it's a tossup between Head (starring the Monkees!) or the all-star mess that is the 1967 Casino Royale.
And "Head" was rated G, no less!
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I've never seen "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" nor have I seen it mentioned here until now. Has anyone here seen it, or will admit to it? When it came out, and for several years afterwards, THAT seemed to define "strange movie."
The strangest guy I've ever known said that it was too weird for him. That made it a hard pass for me.
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The strangest guy I've ever known said that it was too weird for him. That made it a hard pass for me.
Sorry for the late response. Sure, I've seen it. Yes, it's a good film. I didn't even think it was that "weird" (though I have admitted to seeing a substantial chunk of that infamous "certified weird" list, so who knows what are my standards, bear in mind). The thing to remember is, it's an artistic film, so sometimes if someone does something (or if colours change between shots, or whatever), it is metaphorical or symbolic; you are not watching a documentary.
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Sorry for the late response. Sure, I've seen it. Yes, it's a good film. I didn't even think it was that "weird" (though I have admitted to seeing a substantial chunk of that infamous "certified weird" list, so who knows what are my standards, bear in mind). The thing to remember is, it's an artistic film, so sometimes if someone does something (or if colours change between shots, or whatever), it is metaphorical or symbolic; you are not watching a documentary.
YMMV but any film involving cannibalism and scatology is weird in my book.
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I've tried a couple of times to watch Magical Mystery Tour, but the weird factor is just a bit too much for me.
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