What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

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Postby Nullifidian on Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:11 am

There are about five films I've seen which can fit, and haven't been mentioned.

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First is an absolutely hilarious scorching black comedy called The Ruling Class, based on the Peter Barnes play. The 13th Earl of Gurney dies in an act of autoerotic asphyxiation, wearing the top of a British military dress uniform complete with sword and scabbard, and a tutu on the bottom. The 14th Earl of Gurney becomes the heir, but he thinks he's Jesus ("How do you know you're God?" "Simple. When I pray to Him I find I am talking to myself."). He also believes he is in love with Violetta Valery, Dumas' Lady of the Camelias, so the unscrupulous members of his family set up a family member's mistress to pretend to be his beloved Violetta, then she'll have a child by him, he can be tossed out into the loony bin, and they'll have the guardianship of the child-heir. But something happens that throws all their plans in an uproar: Jack Gurney becomes "cured" (and I won't ruin it for you to say how he was cured or what he was like afterwards). Along the way they sing Vaudeville songs, Verdi duets, college songs, etc., and deal with a Bolshevik butler who longs to see the rising up of the oppressed masses begin with the slaughter of his employers.

Highly recommended, and it's available on The Criterion Collection.

Then there's The Quiet Earth. An unnamed project for tapping an endless grid of energy in the air goes horribly awry and leaves only three people in New Zealand alive. Everyone else has literally disappeared, and things get progressively weirder both physically and in the interpersonal dynamics as the grid is about to do its thing again and sentence them to a potential non-existence.

Another weird film I've seen is Paperhouse, which follows a very lonely young girl into the world she's created with her drawings. She tries to improve it by including a friend in the house she's drawn, but she finds out that he doesn't have any working legs (she's drawn him just as a face at a window) and so cannot play with her as she wants him to. So she draws a pair of disembodied legs...and that's what she gets. She also tries to draw a father figure in the pages. It goes on and gets progressively more troubling until she decides to get rid of her fantasy world by scrawling all over it, which turns out to be a very bad idea, since the house is now boarded up, trashed, and there's a disfigured father who wants to kill her.

Then there's The Calamari Wrestler which is a parody, IMO, of the Rocky franchise, featuring a wrestler who dies and is reincarnated as a man-sized squid. Everything goes fine with his career until he has a genuine, loving, sexual relationship with his girlfriend as a squid and then changes back into a human. Don't you just hate when that happens? So he wants to be turned back into a squid and so does his girlfriend--the movie was tragically vague on the bedroom details. Then he fights other man-sized seafood and becomes king of the ring, with all sorts of perks like endorsement deals.

Lastly, there's Death Bed: The Bed that Eats. A human woman dies in the arms of a demon who loves her, and this demon weeps drops of blood which cause the bed they're having sex on to become a murderous, bloodthirsty bed that eats anything that sits or lays down on it. The story is told from the perspective of a soul who was a victim of the bed and is now trapped in the painting behind the bed. Very, very, very strange.
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Postby Baggy on Wed May 09, 2007 1:18 pm

The Wizard of Oz What the deus is going on there?

It seems that now it's part of our cultural history you never really notice the strangeness of the whole thing. A talking Lion, a talking scarecrow, munchkins! The whole thing is mental.
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Nightwatch on Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:30 am

A strange but fascinating/intriguing movie is "Waking Life"... this movie is not made for the intellectually lazy... Can we control our dreams? What is the difference between Waking Life and the Dreamworld? Philosophical ideas are discussed between the main character and other various characters, but nothing is really answered, the movie leaves the ultimate answers to the viewers... great movie....!!!!
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:24 pm

Hmm. Probably either Donnie Darko or Fight Club.

They're both awesome, still.
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby black bart on Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:41 am

Erazerhead...never, ever watch it...*shudders!!*
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:15 am

black bart wrote:Erazerhead...never, ever watch it...*shudders!!*

E. Razer's head?

I'm just kidding. It's that bad?
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:02 am

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:
black bart wrote:Erazerhead...never, ever watch it...*shudders!!*

E. Razer's head?

I'm just kidding. It's that bad?


Very strange wun oi be told , tis a cult film , mite be worth a gandarr .

Moss early Cronenberg be very strange wuns a swell .
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby black bart on Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:03 am

Here's a synopsis of the dream sequence from Eraserhead:

The film's title comes from a dream sequence occurring during the last half hour of the film. In it, Henry’s head detaches from his body, sinks into a growing pool of blood on a tile floor, falls from the sky, and, finally, lands on an empty street and cracks open. A young boy (Thomas Coulson) finds Henry's broken head and takes it to a pencil factory, where Paul (Darwin Joston), the desk clerk, summons his ill-tempered boss (Neil Moran) to the front desk by repeatedly pushing a buzzer. The boss, angered by the summons, yells at Paul, but regains his composure when he sees what the little boy has brought. The boss and the boy carry the head to a back room where the Pencil Machine Operator (Hal Landon, Jr.) takes a core sample of Henry's brain, assays it, and determines that it is a serviceable material for pencil erasers. The boy is then paid for bringing in Henry's head. The Pencil Machine Operator then sweeps the eraser shavings off of the desk and sends them billowing into the air.


*Shudders again.*

PS. It is true that E Razer's head was just as unfathomable.
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:38 pm

Right. Right. Sounds pretty weird. Scratch that, sounds extremely weird.

Hmm.
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:03 am

Didnt read many of the other posts, but just a few of the truly strange ones include:

"Jacobs Ladder" (f*cked up on SO many levels)
"A Clockwork Orange" (ditto)
"Funny Games" (crap. Total garbage. 2 hrs of your life that you'll never get back. I GET that they wanted to do something different, but they FAILED!)
"Fido" (a kid comes to love his family's zombie servant...even after it kills, REALLY fun)
"Alien Apocalypse" (Bruce Campbell comes to a future infested with humanoid alien termites that crave human flesh)
"Evil Aliens" (bad, bad, bad film! NO TREATS FOR YOU! but if you like "B" flicks you'll like this one)
"Bubba Hotep" (Bruce Campbell (as a man who thinks he's Elvis) teams up with a african american man (who thinks that he's JFK) to stop an out-of-control mummy.)
"Ed Wood" (just give it a chance)

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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby darkstone on Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:51 pm

Bubba Ho-tep
Fido(the zombie movie mentioned above)
Escanaba in da' moonlight
Donnie Darko(I heard they're making a sequel)
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby fueledbycoffee on Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:30 pm

I saw Un Chien Andalou a few years back, and remember being in a constant state of "WTF?" the entire time. I'd say that takes the cake here.
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Elastoman on Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:42 pm

fueledbycoffee wrote:I saw Un Chien Andalou a few years back, and remember being in a constant state of "WTF?" the entire time. I'd say that takes the cake here.


/seconded. Dali + movies = eh wot?! Wif yar sister? An whoz eye?

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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby fueledbycoffee on Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:12 pm

Hehe, got me a movie, I want you to know! Slicin' up eyeballs, I want you to know...
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Re: What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

Postby Moral Minority on Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:36 am

Leon.

Fucking weird.

But cool nonetheless.
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