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A Bloody Good Time: More Of The Most Bizarre Horror Films Ever

July 2, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee


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This week is also by reader request from Christophe (And AG provided last week’s suggestion). He wanted the weirdest horror films. I already did that but horror is continuously outdoing itself in bizarre and strange content so I knew I could dig deep and find even more out there horror films to provide. You can click here, here and here for my initial 2010 look, in which I covered over thirty movies. I’m linking to it because if it’s not here, it’s probably there.

There is certainly no shortage of topics when it comes to a horror film. It’s a lot like porn. In porn there’s all sorts of weird fetishes and whatnot and in horror there’s something different for every type of fear. Most of these bizarre choices never really scare anyone but it’s definitely a genre that lends itself more to creativity. Even though I looked at thirty bizarre movies five years ago (looking at everything from Nekromantik to The Gingerdead Man), I didn’t even scratch the surface. So I’m going to look at more of the dark corners of the horror genre.

There was no rhyme or reason to my choices, I just grabbed a random ten because they’re all…winners? This list also isn’t about quality, it’s just about how weird the movie is. That means it’s pretty much open to whatever crosses my mind that I haven’t covered. Let’s go from least bizarre to most bizarre.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)

This movie actually made my worst of hte year list when it arrived. It’s not because it was “shocking” or whatever people were claiming. As a horror film it was all shock value with no real flow to anything. As a dark comedy, it wasn’t funny. I trashed the film in my original review because it was nothing but gore and it wasn’t really a movie. It was just a special effects reel. That would be fine for ten minutes but this was 91. I’m sorry but I need a little more than as much gross stuff as you can throw at the camera.

As this list isn’t about quality, this film belongs here. It is weird. The main character (admittedly played with gusto by Laurence R. Harvey) pleasures himself with sandpaper, he pleasures himself to the original Human Centipede and he puts together his own creation with zero medical knowledge. He rapes a woman with barbed wire on his private parts. This movie just went as gross and beyond the pale as it could. It was nothing but a shock film posing as a horror film, but you can’t deny that it’s a weird one.

The Refrigerator

Killer appliances rarely make for good movies in general. We’ve seen everything from killer clocks to killer microwaves. A movie about a killer fridge takes the cake, I think. How could this thing possibly kill anyone? Does it just fall on them and no one realizes it’s doing it intentionally? In this case, it kills them in a variety of ways and sends them to hell. Yes, it’s some type of demonic creature working for Satan. I’ll repeat: The devil employs an evil refrigerator to collect souls.

The movie is played for laughs, because how could it not be? No one could ever take this seriously, and any attempt to make a serious horror film like this would be Death Bed with a fridge. If you’re a fan of low-budget z-grade horror then this is probably up your alley. You can also say you’ve actually seen a movie where a fridge kills people and cross that off your bucket list.

Bad Milo! (2013)

You know you’re in for an odd list when a movie about a carnivorous butt demon is fairly low. This horror comedy was one of my favorite horror films of 2013 because while it was plenty weird and bloody, it also was funny and charming. I still want a Bad Milo plush doll and am surprised someone like NECA hasn’t put it together. I guess that’s because this movie really never caught on the way other indie horror favorites have.

The film involves a man who is under a lot of stress and this causes a butt demon to fly out of his innards and kill the people responsible. He eventually discovers that the only way to stop the murder is to bond with the butt demon and he forms a heartwarming relationship with it. I still think this is one of the funniest horror comedies of the last five years and I’d put it up there with Tucker and Dale vs Evil (although not quite as good). Go see this one if you haven’t, and just remember what it’s about before you watch it.

Society (1989)

This movie used to be really hard to find until Arrow released it on blu-ray last month. So now you should have no excuse for not seeing it. Society is Brian Yunza’s first film as a director, after he wrote movies like From Beyond and before he directed movies like Return of the Living Dead III and The Dentist. This one is a kind of infamous entry in the body horror subgenre, which as you might guess, is about various disgusting and weird things happening to the body. The 1986 version of The Fly is a great example if you aren’t sure.

This involves the titular society of people who are up to some crazy things. Bill discovers these events as he is given a tape of what appears to be his family in a blood-soaked orgy. As it turns out, murder and incest are probably not the worst conclusions to jump to. The final twist is pretty crazy and features some of the most grotesque special effects horror history so I don’t really want to spoil it. Buy the brand new blu-ray and see for yourself. You know you’ll be getting something different because it’s a Brian Yunza movie.

The Manitou (1978)

I’ve talked about this before, but it deserves mention once again. It made by “best horror films of 1978” list and I stand by that decision. It’s weird as hell but it’s also a lot of fun to watch. I’m just going to repost what I wrote about what it’s about here, as that basically explains everything. The movie begins with a woman who has a tumor on her neck. It’s thought at first to be a fetus. On her neck. But don’t worry, it’s not a fetus. It’s actually an Indian medicine man who is going to make himself reborn to punish the White Man with his mystical powers.

While a movie about a killer fridge has to be played campy, this movie had to be played completely straight because it would fall apart otherwise. You don’t have a mystical light show involving an EVIL INDIAN actually work if you can’t have everyone in the movie treating it like it’s a serious thing. The plot is all you need to know about this. I said it in October and I’ll say it again. Even if you don’t agree that The Manitou is worth watching, you still need to see it at least once.

Tokyo Gore Police

It’s not hard to wonder what you’re getting with a movie with that title. It’s set in Tokyo, it involves some type of police force and there’s gore. A lot of gore. A ridiculous level of gore. Enough gore to rival Braindead. I’m loosely calling it a horror film due to it’s gore, but I honestly wouldn’t know what genre to place it in. It’s so weird and out there with a lot of strange concepts that it doesn’t really belong to anything else.

It’s really hard to even talk about a movie like this. It has to be experienced and a couple of paragraphs in a column aren’t going to prepare you for it. It’s got mad scientists, violence, sword fights, aliens, amputations, body horror and more. There’s a little something for everyone in this movie and most of it is on the weird side. Don’t believe me, check this out:

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Let’s stick around in Japan for this, a cyberpunk body horror minor classic. There’s no real plot or flow to this movie so it’s going to be difficult to describe. It follows a man called the “metal fetishist” who loves putting scrap metal into his body. After he’s killed by another man, his killer begins to slowly turn into scrap metal which may be caused by his victim. That’s as much of a plot description as you’re going to get because as I said, this movie really isn’t about the store.

What it is about is the strange combination of metal and flesh and the imagery. This would be a movie that you would throw on in the background of some underground rave with industrial metal playing in the background. It’s the same kind of movie that David Lynch or David Cronenberg would have early in their careers and it’s been compared to both. If this movie is something you enjoy, there are two sequels with the same themes.

Begotten

Admittedly, I haven’t actually seen Begotten in full. I’ve seen several clips but it’s the one movie on this list I haven’t at least attempted to watch. It’s not because I think it’s going to disturb me or offend me (although it does rank often on “most disturbing” movie lists) but because it’s so damn hard to find. If you can find a copy, it’s usually very expensive, similar to how Society was before its recent blu-ray release.

I’ve seen enough to know just how weird this thing is, however. It’s a movie that features a lot of disturbing and haunting imagery, some of which you may have seen if you frequent Youtube videos about creepypastas and the like. The movie actually starts with God disembowling himself. That’s how the movie starts. From there it’s 72 minutes of gore, sex, vomit and the strangest retelling of Genesis you’ve ever seen.

Bad Biology (2010)

We meet again, Frank Henenlotter. The director known for Frankenhooker and Basket Case also put together this, which is his most recent movie. It’s a love story about a woman who has seven clitorises and a man who has a penis that thinks for itself and is addicted to steroids. Wait, come back!

If you’ve seen Henenlotter’s other films, you know what to expect here. This is probably the most graphic of his movies but he’s not exactly known for making mainstream movies. The most “normal” movie he ever made was a Frankenstein knock-off involving man trying to bring back his girlfriend after a lawnmower accident. Bad Biology is just the latest in his small but interesting filmography.

Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead (2012)

Just look at that title. It’s called Rape Zombie. It’s about zombies that rape people. I first heard about this movie when all three of them (yes, it’s a trilogy about rape zombies) showed up on my Netflix unexpectedly. They’re normal zombies in that they have craving for flesh but they also have “cravings for flesh”, if you catch my meaning. I hope you do, because the movie is called RAPE ZOMBIE.

Naturally I can’t show you any kind of footage because I’m not sure I can even find a SFW clip. They’re on Netflix if you’re morbidly curious, but they are by far some of the weirdest horror films you’ll ever see. Thanks a lot, Japan.

Ending Notes:

That’s it for me. Agree with my choices? Did I leave anything out? Leave some comments here, on my Twitter or my Facebook.


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