100 % Weird: Cult Kings & ‘Zine Fiends pick the Strangest Movies Ever Made!

Paul Gaita stands in for me once again, shaking out his Rolodex to bring you the weird and wonderful from his private collection of varied and sundry. -RHS

The pursuit and study of cult and outré movies can be a bit like ocean diving – the deeper you go into the environment, the more bizarre the flora and fauna. In honor of our National Day of Disbelief – April 1 – I’ve asked an esteemed panel of writers and filmmakers (all certifiable crackpots, too) to reveal the most mind-altering films they’ve encountered in their cinematic excavations.

DREW FRIEDMAN

(Illustrator, Any Similarity to Persons Living Or Dead is Purely Coincidental – new edition from Fantagraphics; appearing May 19 at Book Soup in Los Angeles)

CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952) has the distinction of being the weirdest Three Stooges film in their canon. When I first watched it as a kid, I felt I was dreaming it. Or nightmaring it. It’s (possibly) a “parody” of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) and/or HARVEY (1950). But it’s almost impossible to figure out what the filmmakers were thinking… or drinking.

The “plot”: a railroad car named “SCHMOW” has been stolen by Larry (playing a Stanley Kowalski-like slob in a torn undershirt), Shemp and two sisters, Lenore (Stella?) and Roberta (Blanche?). Larry wants to marry Lenore, but she refuses until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp is swigging hootch from his “little brown jug” as Moe, an investigator from the railroad who’s also in love with Roberta, shows up.  Shemp, getting drunker, imagines a giant, chirping canary named “Carrie”, crooning to her: “Oh, Carrie, my Love…”

The sisters serve Limburger sandwiches (Moe: “Oh boy, Limburger, my favorite fruit!”) and a skunk wanders in (Shemp: “Oh, a pussycat!”).  They all scream and toss it around as Shemp continues to drink. An electric razor falls down Shemp’s back, and he launches into a crazed, orgasmic dance, kissing both sisters and knocking Moe and Larry out. Carrie shows up again (Shemp: “My BIRD!”) and fades through the door. Shemp pursues her, crashes into the door and passes out.

That’s it. None of it makes sense, but perhaps there’s more there than meets the eye?

Or… maybe not.

Photo by Kathy Bidus

MICHAEL LOUIS ALBO

(Contributor, Los Angeles Times/LA Weekly, The Heroin Chronicles (editor, Jerry Stahl; Akashic Books, 2013); co-author, The Class of ‘89 (Crown Books, 2013)

THE COOL AND THE CRAZY (1958): Now, some might say, “This is just another juvenile delinquent exploitation movie.” But, dig it, daddy-o, it’s also a cautionary tale about the horrors brought on by marijuana. Rumbles, the search for kicks, stick-ups and super-square, tough-talking cops all figure prominently here. In an unintentionally funny scene, shot at a Kansas City dive called Pat’s Pig, a detective is framed in a doorway and right above him we read the word “PIG.” It doesn’t stand for “pride,” “integrity” and “guts.” There’s also a lot of “hep-cat” teen-talk that’s hopelessly dated now, if, indeed, real teens ever talked like that. Best of all is the depiction of what people are like under the spell of the devil’s weed. It makes you wonder if writer Richard C. Sarafian — who later went on to write for TV shows like Batman, The Wild Wild West, and I Spy ever lit up. My guess is no. Don’t miss the scene where one of the teen hoods gets so high he thinks a light post is a woman and tries to dance with it.

LEPRECHAUN: IN THE HOOD (2000): Have you ever caught yourself wishing, “Man, I wish there was an update on those blaxploitation horror movies of the ’70s?” Well, fans of BLACULA (1971) and DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE (1976), LEPRECHAUN: IN THE HOOD will probably leave you disappointed. Fans of weirdness, though, will find several things to enjoy. First, the scary monster is a leprechaun. Wisely, director Rob Spera plays the whole thing for laughs. In reality, ghetto life is hard and often tragic. In this movie, the biggest obstacle to overcome is a little green dude who talks in rhyme and smokes too much reefer. This fifth installment of the series finds the leprechaun — played by Warwick Davis — on a mission to retrieve his magic gold flute from rappers Postmaster P, Stray Bullet and Butch who, in turn, lifted it off Mac Daddy O’Nassas, played by Ice-T. Along the way, the leprechaun kills some locals — using a bong in one incident — encounters a transvestite and a blind grandmother who accidentally stabs the leprechaun in the eye with a fork when she tries to feed him. The leprechaun also raps over the closing credits. You don’t see stuff like that in many movies.

Photo by Michael Louis Albo

ELIJAH DRENNER

(Producer/Director, AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE)

Paul Bartel’s vastly underappreciated thriller PRIVATE PARTS (1972) is one of the weirdest films I’ve seen and easily one of my favorites. Ayn Ruymen plays Cheryl, a sexually repressed flower child who runs out on her shared Venice Beach apartment after stealing money from her roommate. With little to her name and far from home, she quickly locates her Aunt Martha (Lucile Benson) managing The King Edward Hotel — a shady, skid row lodging quarters in downtown Los Angeles (where the real King Edward still exists and operates to this day). Her aunt warns Cheryl that she should not stay in the building, insisting that it is no place for a woman her age. Cheryl persists and her aunt reluctantly gives her a room, setting off a series of kinky cat and mouse games, murder and the discovery of family secrets that are best left locked behind closed doors. Bartel balances the voyeuristic perversions, horror and humor in PRIVATE PARTS with the suave subtlety that he would later refine in EATING RAOUL (1982). Produced by Gene Corman, PRIVATE PARTS would make one helluva double bill with Polanski’s THE TENANT (1976).

MIKE VRANEY

(Owner, Something Weird Video/somethingweird.com)

The one that really blew me away when I saw it, which was when I was five or six during the early ‘60s, was FROM HELL IT CAME (1957), with Tabonga, the walking tree monster. Anyone could outrun that thing – it’s not a fast tree monster – but it really creeped me out. Later, in 1974, a buddy of mine calls me up and tells me to turn on my television. And they’re showing THE CREEPING TERROR (1964). My favorite part is when characters are eaten by the monster – a carpet monster – they fall backwards into its mouth, and their feet are sticking out. It was actually disturbing.  I also had a friend who brought the first Coffin Joe movie, AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL. By that point, I felt jaded – like I had seen everything. But that blew me away. It was such an anomaly – there was nothing like it made that year, or the year after. I loved the scratched-film technique – so simplistic but so effective.

There have also been a couple of our own movies, too, like TORTURED FEMALES (1965), for example. What a saucy title! It conjures up really awful images. But what do you really have? A shot-in-Texas, below-the-toilet budget film, with a great, gibbering Mongolian mutant monkey-man and the most ridiculous dialogue. And the “tortured females” are really just one girl chained in a cabin. Lisa (Petrucci) likes GIRL AND THE GEEK (1964), but there’s also THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP (1967/1970), too – that blew me away. There’s that great scene where a character looks down at a picture of the monster in a newspaper, then looks up – and there’s the monster! The dialogue is priceless in that one, too, but I think that’s the [American distributors] and not the [Argentinean filmmakers].

Photo credit: Lisa Petrucci

DAN EPSTEIN

(Journalist, raconteur, pop culture historian: author, Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s. www.lavieenrobe.com, www.bighairplasticgrass.com)

While hardly a mind-fuck of Jodorowsky-esque proportions, MAC AND ME (1988) seriously weirded me out when I first saw it on cable about ten years ago, and the ensuing passage of time has done little to diminish its mind-numbing oddness, or provide answers to any of the dark questions that lurk at the heart of this depressingly cruddy film. Why would MGM even bother to release a low-budget E.T. (1982) knock-off a full seven years after the original? Why do the aliens all look like a cross between sea monkeys and Paul McCartney? What are those forty-year-old gay guys in football uniforms doing at McDonald’s during the infamous birthday party breakdance scene? How little time did it take noted film composer Alan Silvestri (BACK TO THE FUTURE, 1985; PREDATOR, 1987) to excrete the sub-Peter Cetera songs that dot the soundtrack? And amid all the blatant product placements for Coke, Skittles and (especially) McD’s, whose brilliant idea was it to write in several Wickes Furniture references? The film’s final sequence — in which (spoiler alert!) the aliens are sworn in as US citizens while wearing Sunday-gone-to-meetin’ clothes, and then drive off in a pink 1950s Cadillac — still haunts my dreams to this very day.

Photo by Dan Epstein

ART ETTINGER

(Editor, Ultra Violent magazine)

The 1980s and 1990s were full of goofy Hong Kong films with absurd translated titles.  Movies like PORKY’S MEATBALLS and TOUGH BEAUTY AND THE SLOPPY SLOP exploded onto the global market during those years, as did the strangest film I’ve ever seen, TALK TO ME DICKY.  A peculiar comedy that borrows heavily from LOOK WHO’S TALKING (1989) and the U.S. exploitation classic CHATTERBOX (1976), TALK TO ME DICKY is full of shots of men’s pants, with silly voiceovers of what the characters’ crotches are thinking.  A convoluted espionage plot doesn’t get in the way of the flick’s amazing gimmick. TALK TO ME DICKY is a must-see for any serious cinephile in search of the bizarre.

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ARCH HALL Jr. (a.k.a Nicolas Merriweather, Bud Eagle, Charlie Tibbs… Cult movie legend, WILD GUITAR [1962], THE SADIST [1963]; musician; pilot; author, Apsara Jet)

Writer-director Ian Gamazon’s LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES (2011), which has made the round at a few film festivals, is about as weird as weird can get. Filmed in Yosemite, California and featuring a two-person cast with dialogue entirely in Vietnamese (with English subtitles), it bears the influence of MISERY and KILL BILL in its non-stop, relentless torture influenced on Mr. Thanh (Long Nguyen) by the deranged, eight-month-pregenant Minh (Quynn Ton), which numbs the viewer from developing much sympathy for either character. In fact, I found myself hoping it might end with a freeze-frame of Mr. Thanh driving a wooden stake through Minh’s skull. Nothing that predictable ever happened, though a clever palette of digital processing tricks and hand-held camera work offer welcome breaks from the rudderless storyline. Depending on your state of mind (or sobriety), LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES could be deemed artsy-fartsy-brilliant in France, but most will find that even though the two talented actors did well with the cards they were dealt, the film still falls somewhere between highly objectionable and ludicrous.

Photo by Mark Berry

DAVID KONOW

(Contributor, Deadline, Rue Morgue; author, Reel Terror (St. Martins Press, 2012); Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press)

Hard to pin this down to just one title, but THE APPLE (1980), MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE (1966), MOMENT BY MOMENT (1978), the blackface segment of Al Jolson’s WONDER BAR (1934), MALIBU HIGH (1978), Al Adamson’s CINDERELLA 2000 (1977 – hard to top an X-rated musical with a midget orgy), SKIDOO! (1968), MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (1970), SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978), THE HUMAN TORNADO (1976), GANG WARS (a.k.a. DEVIL’S EXPRESS, 1976), MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE (1978), LISTZOMANIA (1975), THE GONG SHOW MOVIE (1980), the 1973 musical remake of LOST HORIZON, and SUPERDAD (1973) all made me think I was making a clear break from reality when I saw them. And I’m sure if that THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED ever sees the light of day, it will effortlessly top any most bizarre list.

GREG GOODSELL

(Contributor, Screem, Deep Red)

As someone who actively seeks out the most exotic fantasy film fare from far-flung places such as India, Indonesia and Cambodia, the most bizarre film that comes to my mind right off the top of my head is AFTER LAST SEASON (2009), which goes in the exact opposite direction. AFTER LAST SEASON is set in a hellish alternate universe of utter and complete banality. All of the walls, made mostly out of butcher paper wrapped around pillars, are light blue. All of the characters wear light blue. The camera films everything in a long shot. The lighting is flat, ugly and bright. The plot involves a serial killer on a college campus and the efforts of psychic researchers to crack the case. The majority of the film consists of Amiga-crude computer animation that has been likened to computer screen savers. The soundtrack has something that sounds toilets flushing several doors down being repeated ad infinitum. One actress brushes her hair in front of her face in order to conceal her identity. On top of everything else is the fact the film was four-walled in theaters at the behest of the investors, racking up production costs to over $5 million! A major regret of mine was not catching the film when it played at nearby Lancaster, California, one of the four U.S. cities where it had a theatrical run.

Photo by Greg Goodsell

J. MICHAEL McCARTHY

(Writer/Producer/Director, SUPERSTARLET A.D., 2000; THE CIGARETTE GIRL, 2009; guerillamonster.com)

I would say the strangest films I’ve ever seen have been my own. TEENAGE TUPELO (1995) took my initial ideas of adoption, sexploitation, and Elvis and under-lit them on Super 8. The result is an even deeper Mississippi dilemma than I imagined. The message of THE SORE LOSERS (1997) was “kill Hippies” – but I think I made it to kill a part of myself: naked women playing out fantasies in the woods where I roamed as a child can unleash the Meaning of Life.

JACK SARGEANT

(author, No Focus: Punk on Film, Naked Lens, and Deathtripping; curator, Revelation Film Festival; jacktext.net)

Talking about the weirdest movie I’ve seen is next to impossible. On one level, to me weird is wanting to watch something like AVATAR (2009) and paint yourself blue afterwards. But, if by weird you mean unusual, bizarre and generally just twisted, cinema, the weirdest movie I have seen is probably a film called IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU WHAT WILL HORSES DO? It’s a Christian gore film from 1971 based on a sermon by a preacher called Reverend Estus W. Pirkle about Communists taking over America. Footage from the suitably dark and foreboding sermon is intercut with scenes depicting the incredibly evil Commies torturing and killing righteous Christians, all wildly over acted. The movie is directed by B-movie director Ron Ormond, who converted to Christianity but never lost his aesthetic, and it shows, with scenes of insane violent gore throughout. So we have a mix of Biblical preaching, apocalyptic hellfire and gore, making for a great Christian Scare movie and, although probably unwittingly, a highly enjoyable exploitation film.

But IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU WHAT WILL HORSES DO? is somehow greater than the sum of its already quite excessively wonderful parts. It is a movie to be treasured, and when I saw it, it opened up a whole new world of cinematic and cultural treasures to me.

CHRIS POGGIALI

(Writer, researcher, librarian, film historian; Temple of Schlock; (templeofschlock.blogspot.com)

Here are three weird ones that played theaters all over the U.S. for years without attracting word-of-mouth attention or trade paper reviews:

VIRGINS OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1974) – Topless German babes kidnapped by Chinese white slavers wearing ratty Cher wigs fight back with kung fu – and by spitting olive pits as lethal projectiles.  The highest bidder for the buck-toothed virgin?  A squeaky-voiced millionaire who’s half man, half mouse!  Ask your grandpa if he saw this Shaw Brothers-Ernst Hofbauer co-production at the drive-in when it was called THE BOD SQUAD.

WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES (1975) – Jamaa Fanaka’s UCLA student film, advertised as just another blaxploitation flick, features a message about racism that is still powerful today.  It also features a 15-foot-long penis that strangles people.  Video title: SOUL VENGEANCE.

THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR (1978) – Directed by busy character actor James Hong, this idiosyncratic bad-taste comedy about a group of high school newlygrads consistently surprises by giving equal time to their creepy parents, neighbors, clergymen and local law enforcement.  Better known as TEEN LUST, it’s been re-released myriad times, with a deeply embarrassed Hong hiding behind a different name with each title change.

Photo credit: Daniel Griffith

HOWIE PYRO

(Intoxica Radio (jellsmayhemsgarage.podomatic.com) ; Danzig, D Generation).

If I had to pick one (and there are sooo many) I’d have to pick one of my favorite films, MONDO KEYHOLE (1966). Originally coming through the endless genius feed of Something Weird Video (now on DVD in a double feature from VCI Entertainment), this is not a mondo movie (already genius) but a bizarre real sickie. A sickie is more fucked up than a roughie, which is more fucked up than a nudie, if ya know what i mean… so, it’s about a serial rapist pornographer that has loads of hallucinatory freakouts. He is married to my favorite character ever in one of these movies; within one two-minute period, she go-go dances in a horror zombie monster mask and then shoots up! My kinda gal!! The trippy parts are truly wild and psychedelic, and this is only one of two black and white films that I consider to be truly psychedelic (the other being THE MASK, 1961). The intro alone has a bleeding brain, a flaming skull, clocks with no hands swinging into your face 3-D style and a negative ocean (possibly upside down).

As a weird record collector, I was flipped to see the rare, bizarre record Tortura – Sounds of Pain and Pleasure, in stacks in his office as he sits and listens to it (it’s just people being whipped, etc.), but there are other LPs I’ve never seen before in the same vein, and they show it being recorded! It’s a cool, behind-the scenes weirdo flick with wild dominatrixes in insane make-up, black & andwhite psychedelic rape scenes and a wild costume a-go-go party ending, providing a serious confusion fest for our main character, Howard (which always cracks me up, given my name). Badly dubbed and unsynched dialog just makes it more hallucinatory. The world later found out it was directed by Jack Hill around the time of SPIDER BABY (1968), I guess, but he took his name off of it and hates it, though I can’t imagine why. MONDO KEYHOLE is visually insane, and I play it all the time when I deejay at clubs. And Mr. Hill does a commentary on the DVD! If you want weird, this is your two-headed puppy.

PETE TOMBS

(Producer/Director, Mondo Macabro  (mondomacabrodvd.com); author, Mondo Macabro, Immoral Tales)

MYSTICS IN BALI (1981)

An American woman comes to the jungles of Bali to research local lore and legend. She falls into the clutches of a dreaded “Leyak” – a black magician with shapeshifting powers. Like all evil entities, the Leyak is a trickster and after suckering the girl in with glimpses of what’s on offer, the evil witch “borrows” the girl’s head. What then follows is one of the most awe-inspiring sequences in horror movie history as the girl’s head detaches itself from her body and, with lungs and heart still attached, flies off through the night in search of food – its food being the blood of unborn foetuses, drained from expectant mothers via the head’s supernaturally lengthened tongue. See it to believe it. Director Tjut Djalil, a former theater and documentary man, films the whole thing in a series of tableaux, like a Balinese Wayang Kulit drama. Eastern exploitation at its finest.

CHRIS D.

(author, No Evil Star, Dragon Wheel Splendor (New Texture) contributor, Film Noir: The Directors (Limelight Books) film archivist/educator; singer/songwriter, The Flesh Eaters/Divine Horsemen)

This a hard one… I could name so many, so I will (!), just streaming titles as they come to mind before my word count restrictions give out: Piero Zuffi’s COLPO ROVENTE (1970), Tinto Brass’ DEADLY SWEET (1967),  Seijun Suzuki’s BRANDED TO KILL (1967) Luis Bunuel’s VIRIDIANA (1961), THE MILKY WAY (1967) and BELLE DE JOUR (1967) Russ Meyer’s FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL, KILL! (1965), Sam Peckinpah’s BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (1974) Umberto Lenzi’s ORGASMO (aka PARANOIA, 1969), Shohei Imamura’s PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS (1961) Roman Polanski’s CUL-DE-SAC (1966), Jess Franco’s LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE (1967) David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME (1983), Nobuo Nakagawa’s JIGOKU (1960), Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER (2001), GOZU (2003) and VISITOR Q (2001), David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY (1997), FELLINI SATYRICON (1969), Nicholas Ray’s JOHNNY GUITAR (1954), Joseph Losey’s SECRET CEREMONY (1968), Peter Medak’s ROMEO IS BLEEDING (1993), Donald Cammell/Nicholas Roeg’s PERFORMANCE (1970), Koji Wakamatsu’s VIOLENT VIRGIN (1969) and THE EMBRYO HUNTS IN SECRET (1966), Alejandro Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE (1989), King Vidor’s DUEL IN THE SUN (1946) and BEYOND THE FOREST (1949), with my favorite Bette Davis performance (why is this latter title NOT available!!??), Giulio Questi’s DJANGO, KILL! (1967).

Compiled by Paul Gaita, who can’t decide whether ZAAT (1976), MUSICAL MUTINY (1970) or Herschell Gordon Lewis’ SANTA VISITS THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE (1965) left him feeling the most pole-axed.

62 Responses 100 % Weird: Cult Kings & ‘Zine Fiends pick the Strangest Movies Ever Made!
Posted By Bob Gutowski : March 30, 2012 3:22 pm

No one even mentioned THE APPLE! THE Arch Hall, Jr.? I’m deeply impressed, Paul!

Posted By Bob Gutowski : March 30, 2012 3:22 pm

No one even mentioned THE APPLE! THE Arch Hall, Jr.? I’m deeply impressed, Paul!

Posted By Just a Greg : March 30, 2012 3:38 pm

Oh man, FORBIDDEN ZONE by a mile. So much Elfman-ness.

Posted By Just a Greg : March 30, 2012 3:38 pm

Oh man, FORBIDDEN ZONE by a mile. So much Elfman-ness.

Posted By Paul Gaita : March 30, 2012 4:57 pm

Thanks, Bob. David Konow listed THE APPLE as his first pick!

Posted By Paul Gaita : March 30, 2012 4:57 pm

Thanks, Bob. David Konow listed THE APPLE as his first pick!

Posted By blairblazer : March 30, 2012 5:44 pm

The great Arch Hall Jr. is a perfect contributor to this genre and website. I hope someone covers his classics,especially “The Sadist”. Thanks to TMC for always including the weird and cult classics!

Posted By blairblazer : March 30, 2012 5:44 pm

The great Arch Hall Jr. is a perfect contributor to this genre and website. I hope someone covers his classics,especially “The Sadist”. Thanks to TMC for always including the weird and cult classics!

Posted By AJ Schorr : March 30, 2012 5:50 pm

Have to chime in with “Fugitive Girls”, written by Ed Wood Jr. and AC Stephen (aka Steve Apostlof), it’s the expected trevails of 5 escaped prisoners. The film is notable because Wood makes 2 cameo appearances (as the sheriff and a gas station attendant.

The second film is “Lady Godiva Rides”, created, produced and directed by the Bulgarian wizard, AC Stephen somehow finds a way to mix an 11th century courtesan, with Tom Jones (circa 18th century) and then sticking them in the middle of the 19th century America wild west.

Posted By AJ Schorr : March 30, 2012 5:50 pm

Have to chime in with “Fugitive Girls”, written by Ed Wood Jr. and AC Stephen (aka Steve Apostlof), it’s the expected trevails of 5 escaped prisoners. The film is notable because Wood makes 2 cameo appearances (as the sheriff and a gas station attendant.

The second film is “Lady Godiva Rides”, created, produced and directed by the Bulgarian wizard, AC Stephen somehow finds a way to mix an 11th century courtesan, with Tom Jones (circa 18th century) and then sticking them in the middle of the 19th century America wild west.

Posted By dukeroberts : March 30, 2012 10:14 pm

What’s so bizarre about Superdad? It’s not bizarre. It’s just bad. I watched it recently, based on fond childhood memories. I should have kept the memories and skipped the movie.

Posted By dukeroberts : March 30, 2012 10:14 pm

What’s so bizarre about Superdad? It’s not bizarre. It’s just bad. I watched it recently, based on fond childhood memories. I should have kept the memories and skipped the movie.

Posted By dukeroberts : March 30, 2012 10:16 pm

I nominate Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie.

Posted By dukeroberts : March 30, 2012 10:16 pm

I nominate Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie.

Posted By tdraicer : March 30, 2012 11:05 pm

I’m trying (and failing) to think of the name of the Jess Franco film where the (sadly now deceased) Lina Romay gets off sexually from killing a woman while her male and female lovers observe, and another guy stands around playing an instrument and singing a song, presumaably somehow related to the sex crime we are watching. Though since when I saw it it had neither dubbing or subtitles, I can’t be sure. But then almost any Franco film could fit in here.

Posted By tdraicer : March 30, 2012 11:05 pm

I’m trying (and failing) to think of the name of the Jess Franco film where the (sadly now deceased) Lina Romay gets off sexually from killing a woman while her male and female lovers observe, and another guy stands around playing an instrument and singing a song, presumaably somehow related to the sex crime we are watching. Though since when I saw it it had neither dubbing or subtitles, I can’t be sure. But then almost any Franco film could fit in here.

Posted By morlockjeff : March 30, 2012 11:46 pm

I think I just hallucinated this article like some of the writers thought they imagined the movies that saw. I’ve heard about Chatterbox and Pussy Talk but Talk to Me Dicky? I love the title, Leprechaun: In the Hood but the movie in my head is probably better than watching this thing. I thought I knew all of the Three Stooges shorts but CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO is not ringing a bell. Glad to see some of my favorite mind-warpers here – SANTA SANGRE, Polanski’s THE TENANT, WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES, THE MASK (1961), DJANGO KILL, PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS and Nobuo Nakagawa’s amazing JIGOKU (1960) which TCM has shown twice on Underground with hardly any viewer comments in response! Hello, is everybody asleep out there? Meanwhile, I am checking Netflix for SUPERDAD, MAC AND ME and LIVING IN REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES. Thank you Richard and fellow obsessives.

Posted By morlockjeff : March 30, 2012 11:46 pm

I think I just hallucinated this article like some of the writers thought they imagined the movies that saw. I’ve heard about Chatterbox and Pussy Talk but Talk to Me Dicky? I love the title, Leprechaun: In the Hood but the movie in my head is probably better than watching this thing. I thought I knew all of the Three Stooges shorts but CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO is not ringing a bell. Glad to see some of my favorite mind-warpers here – SANTA SANGRE, Polanski’s THE TENANT, WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES, THE MASK (1961), DJANGO KILL, PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS and Nobuo Nakagawa’s amazing JIGOKU (1960) which TCM has shown twice on Underground with hardly any viewer comments in response! Hello, is everybody asleep out there? Meanwhile, I am checking Netflix for SUPERDAD, MAC AND ME and LIVING IN REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES. Thank you Richard and fellow obsessives.

Posted By maroon5gurl88 : March 31, 2012 1:21 am

Oh Mac and Me. The movie that throws a kid in a wheelchair off a cliff and puts him in the center of an explosion….yeah that seems like hilarious gags for a kid’s film, they’ll love it!

Posted By maroon5gurl88 : March 31, 2012 1:21 am

Oh Mac and Me. The movie that throws a kid in a wheelchair off a cliff and puts him in the center of an explosion….yeah that seems like hilarious gags for a kid’s film, they’ll love it!

Posted By cheriepeden481 : March 31, 2012 6:59 am

Has anybody seen ZARDOZ, directed by the (usually) inimitable John Boorman? It features Sean Connery wearing a diaper and is set in some weird apocalyptic future. A giant stone head flies around and Connery jumps into it, hoping to find the meaning of life. The world is run by a collection of telepathic mutants who have no sex lives. Charlotte Rampling gets the hots for Sean and embarrasses the audience. It’s wacky, unintenionally hilarious and comes highly recommended.

Posted By cheriepeden481 : March 31, 2012 6:59 am

Has anybody seen ZARDOZ, directed by the (usually) inimitable John Boorman? It features Sean Connery wearing a diaper and is set in some weird apocalyptic future. A giant stone head flies around and Connery jumps into it, hoping to find the meaning of life. The world is run by a collection of telepathic mutants who have no sex lives. Charlotte Rampling gets the hots for Sean and embarrasses the audience. It’s wacky, unintenionally hilarious and comes highly recommended.

Posted By Chris D. : March 31, 2012 7:01 am

Just realized that when I retyped my list I left off Jack Cardiff’s GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE. One of the strangest with one of the most off-the-wall movie endings ever.

Posted By Chris D. : March 31, 2012 7:01 am

Just realized that when I retyped my list I left off Jack Cardiff’s GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE. One of the strangest with one of the most off-the-wall movie endings ever.

Posted By cheriepeden481 : March 31, 2012 7:16 am

You can find the ‘Zardoz’ trailer here:
http://youtu.be/kbGVIdA3dx0

Posted By cheriepeden481 : March 31, 2012 7:16 am

You can find the ‘Zardoz’ trailer here:
http://youtu.be/kbGVIdA3dx0

Posted By dukeroberts : March 31, 2012 8:51 am

Mac and Me is horrific. Watch at your own peril.

Posted By dukeroberts : March 31, 2012 8:51 am

Mac and Me is horrific. Watch at your own peril.

Posted By Howie Pyro : March 31, 2012 11:05 am

i do agree Welcome Home Brother Charles has the most shocking turning to funny scene ever plus some real cinema verite sickness going for it…hey mike there’s a poster for From Hell It Came to the left of my head in my photo (it is in my kitchen window), Mac & Me has been a big obsession forever & a friend, filmmaker Dave Markey even mad a tribute to it of sorts called Macaroni and Me & it can be seen on one of his DVD’s….possibly the weirdest film (tho not as fun to describe would be Sweet Movie, which is about, uhhh…i dunno…it has a wikipedia page…look it up…sick!

Posted By Howie Pyro : March 31, 2012 11:05 am

i do agree Welcome Home Brother Charles has the most shocking turning to funny scene ever plus some real cinema verite sickness going for it…hey mike there’s a poster for From Hell It Came to the left of my head in my photo (it is in my kitchen window), Mac & Me has been a big obsession forever & a friend, filmmaker Dave Markey even mad a tribute to it of sorts called Macaroni and Me & it can be seen on one of his DVD’s….possibly the weirdest film (tho not as fun to describe would be Sweet Movie, which is about, uhhh…i dunno…it has a wikipedia page…look it up…sick!

Posted By G. Chisholm : March 31, 2012 11:16 am

I’m CONVINCED that Agnieszka Holland ripped off “If Footmen Tire You” for the candy falling from the ceiling scene in “Europa, Europa”

Posted By G. Chisholm : March 31, 2012 11:16 am

I’m CONVINCED that Agnieszka Holland ripped off “If Footmen Tire You” for the candy falling from the ceiling scene in “Europa, Europa”

Posted By Paul W. : March 31, 2012 1:42 pm

What, no Ray Dennis Steckler? I’m just gonna leave my copy of “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies” right here for you all. You’re welcome!

Posted By Paul W. : March 31, 2012 1:42 pm

What, no Ray Dennis Steckler? I’m just gonna leave my copy of “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies” right here for you all. You’re welcome!

Posted By Dave E. : March 31, 2012 3:02 pm

Wow, great article and amazing choices. “If Footmen Tire You…” is just completely cracked – saw that as part of a Christploitation Fest at L.A.’s Cinefamily a few years back, along with “A Thief in the Night”, which was deeply creepy (almost a Rapture-fixated Christian feverdream fusion of “Night of the Living Dead” and “Messiah of Evil”). Personally, when it comes to strangest movies I’ve ever seen, I’d have to nominate “The Boxer’s Omen”, “The Baby” and Chester N. Turner’s epically damaged “Tales From the Quadead Zone”, which made me feel like part of my brain had burned out after viewing it.

Posted By Dave E. : March 31, 2012 3:02 pm

Wow, great article and amazing choices. “If Footmen Tire You…” is just completely cracked – saw that as part of a Christploitation Fest at L.A.’s Cinefamily a few years back, along with “A Thief in the Night”, which was deeply creepy (almost a Rapture-fixated Christian feverdream fusion of “Night of the Living Dead” and “Messiah of Evil”). Personally, when it comes to strangest movies I’ve ever seen, I’d have to nominate “The Boxer’s Omen”, “The Baby” and Chester N. Turner’s epically damaged “Tales From the Quadead Zone”, which made me feel like part of my brain had burned out after viewing it.

Posted By Jeff R. : March 31, 2012 7:37 pm

“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” or for equal strangeness the all midget Western “Terror of Tiny TOwn”

Posted By Jeff R. : March 31, 2012 7:37 pm

“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” or for equal strangeness the all midget Western “Terror of Tiny TOwn”

Posted By mennard lalltin : March 31, 2012 10:58 pm

* Secret Life of Plants (if you thought the book & album were weird enough, don’t see the movie!)

* Certainly Fantastic Planet (just reminded of this because the trailer pops up if you watch that Zardoz trailer above)

* Blood Sucking Freaks (this & Clockwork Orange were the only two I ever had to leave the room & refuse to watch with my friends as eighties pre-teen)

* Though it may be over-familiar to jaded conoisseurs such as we, certainly Glen or Glenda qualifies amply in this category — the semi-documentary style mixed with Lugosi’s bizarre ramblings are hard to erase from the mind …

* Certainly much of the NYC underground stuff profiled in the recent documentary Blank City — just not sure where to see most of these in toto …

* AND SPEAKING OF TOTO (got ya there?!), howzabouts RETURN TO OZ!!! Dorothy gets tortured, kind of blew my mind as a kid … (And needless to say The Wiz was pretty disturbing & probably qualifies as well …)

* Once again, maybe a familiar title, but I went into Sweet Sweet back’s Bad ASSS song thinking it would be like all the other blaxploitation flicks I’d seen — but it’s nothing like them at all … It’s like the bizarre, non-syncopated effluence of a schizoidal (& ludicrously drugged) mind … Almost impossible to pin down yet it stays with you for better or worse

* Disco culture oddities like Thank God it’s Friday & Can’t Stop the Music … I’m reminded of the maybe videohound (?) blurb on Xanadu: “An experience so vacuous it’s almost frightening!” … Applies to many of the above in this whole threat I’d dare say!

* My personal favorite high quality strangest movie: Reflections in a Golden Eye … Totally unforgettable in every regard once you’ve seen it, though you might WISH to forget!

* & last but not least of course Troll 2 richly deserves its rapidly burgeoning cult status … I remember the first time I sat down to it thinking “Those damn hipsters –they’ll glorify anything –I’m sure this is just garbage!” But boy oh boy oh boy what garbage it is !!! I like the quote of one critic at the time: “These aren’t the people at the first day of acting school … These are the people out on the pavement with the gate slammed in their face!” Uh, yeah … and then some!

Posted By mennard lalltin : March 31, 2012 10:58 pm

* Secret Life of Plants (if you thought the book & album were weird enough, don’t see the movie!)

* Certainly Fantastic Planet (just reminded of this because the trailer pops up if you watch that Zardoz trailer above)

* Blood Sucking Freaks (this & Clockwork Orange were the only two I ever had to leave the room & refuse to watch with my friends as eighties pre-teen)

* Though it may be over-familiar to jaded conoisseurs such as we, certainly Glen or Glenda qualifies amply in this category — the semi-documentary style mixed with Lugosi’s bizarre ramblings are hard to erase from the mind …

* Certainly much of the NYC underground stuff profiled in the recent documentary Blank City — just not sure where to see most of these in toto …

* AND SPEAKING OF TOTO (got ya there?!), howzabouts RETURN TO OZ!!! Dorothy gets tortured, kind of blew my mind as a kid … (And needless to say The Wiz was pretty disturbing & probably qualifies as well …)

* Once again, maybe a familiar title, but I went into Sweet Sweet back’s Bad ASSS song thinking it would be like all the other blaxploitation flicks I’d seen — but it’s nothing like them at all … It’s like the bizarre, non-syncopated effluence of a schizoidal (& ludicrously drugged) mind … Almost impossible to pin down yet it stays with you for better or worse

* Disco culture oddities like Thank God it’s Friday & Can’t Stop the Music … I’m reminded of the maybe videohound (?) blurb on Xanadu: “An experience so vacuous it’s almost frightening!” … Applies to many of the above in this whole threat I’d dare say!

* My personal favorite high quality strangest movie: Reflections in a Golden Eye … Totally unforgettable in every regard once you’ve seen it, though you might WISH to forget!

* & last but not least of course Troll 2 richly deserves its rapidly burgeoning cult status … I remember the first time I sat down to it thinking “Those damn hipsters –they’ll glorify anything –I’m sure this is just garbage!” But boy oh boy oh boy what garbage it is !!! I like the quote of one critic at the time: “These aren’t the people at the first day of acting school … These are the people out on the pavement with the gate slammed in their face!” Uh, yeah … and then some!

Posted By morlockjeff : March 31, 2012 11:29 pm

OK, maybe I’d rather spend those wasted hours watching SUPERDAD and MAC AND ME doing something else. But have you seen Mickey Rooney in THE MILKY WAY (1969) in which he hires a wet nurse and regresses to a baby in diapers? You see that and I’ll see those and we’ll talk -
http://moviemorlocks.com/2007/12/08/mickey-rooney-as-youve-never-seen-him/

Posted By morlockjeff : March 31, 2012 11:29 pm

OK, maybe I’d rather spend those wasted hours watching SUPERDAD and MAC AND ME doing something else. But have you seen Mickey Rooney in THE MILKY WAY (1969) in which he hires a wet nurse and regresses to a baby in diapers? You see that and I’ll see those and we’ll talk -
http://moviemorlocks.com/2007/12/08/mickey-rooney-as-youve-never-seen-him/

Posted By Shuvcat : April 1, 2012 1:07 am

Nice to see love for The Apple, …Mixed Up Zombies, and Troll 2. I see you and raise you Ninja Wars for its vomiting ninjas and weird crucifix imagery, Lenny The Wonder Dog for its sudden fades into comic book illustration and inexplicable Britney Spears wannabe, The Devil’s Rain for Goat!Borgnine, and the already appreciated Hausu. Also Sonny Boy for drag Carradine.

Posted By Shuvcat : April 1, 2012 1:07 am

Nice to see love for The Apple, …Mixed Up Zombies, and Troll 2. I see you and raise you Ninja Wars for its vomiting ninjas and weird crucifix imagery, Lenny The Wonder Dog for its sudden fades into comic book illustration and inexplicable Britney Spears wannabe, The Devil’s Rain for Goat!Borgnine, and the already appreciated Hausu. Also Sonny Boy for drag Carradine.

Posted By dukeroberts : April 1, 2012 1:46 am

Troll 2. Tee hee. Oh, man. I’m starting to feel some hunger pains. I should tighten my belt to get rid of them.

Posted By dukeroberts : April 1, 2012 1:46 am

Troll 2. Tee hee. Oh, man. I’m starting to feel some hunger pains. I should tighten my belt to get rid of them.

Posted By Juana Maria : April 1, 2012 9:13 am

I think one of the strangest films I watched in awhile is “El Topo”. It was as if I had already seen the movie by the time I actucually did on You Tube, please let me explain. First, I had a nightmare years ago about people fighting each other and there being all this blood down the hill and around the landscape. So I’m surfing the Net one day looking for info on my favorite Mexican actor Alfonso Arau, and I come upon the site with photos of scenes from “El Topo”, I couldn’t hardly believe it, they were just like my dream! I don’t remember seeing this film in early childhood but it is a possibilty. Anyway,by the time I watched it on You Tube I already felt like I had seen it. That’s weird, I just wanted to share this for all of you who enjoy the weird, I guess I do to. To me “El Topo” and most Spaghetti Westerns play out like my dreams, or is that vice versa? Ha ha.
Ps. I do know about “Sonny Boy” with David Carridine. It was on TCM Underground before. I can’t hardly watch David Carridine since his death. It’s tough to think of him dead.

Posted By Juana Maria : April 1, 2012 9:13 am

I think one of the strangest films I watched in awhile is “El Topo”. It was as if I had already seen the movie by the time I actucually did on You Tube, please let me explain. First, I had a nightmare years ago about people fighting each other and there being all this blood down the hill and around the landscape. So I’m surfing the Net one day looking for info on my favorite Mexican actor Alfonso Arau, and I come upon the site with photos of scenes from “El Topo”, I couldn’t hardly believe it, they were just like my dream! I don’t remember seeing this film in early childhood but it is a possibilty. Anyway,by the time I watched it on You Tube I already felt like I had seen it. That’s weird, I just wanted to share this for all of you who enjoy the weird, I guess I do to. To me “El Topo” and most Spaghetti Westerns play out like my dreams, or is that vice versa? Ha ha.
Ps. I do know about “Sonny Boy” with David Carridine. It was on TCM Underground before. I can’t hardly watch David Carridine since his death. It’s tough to think of him dead.

Posted By Jack Sargeant : April 1, 2012 9:14 am

Re the films in Blank City, the Kern & Zedd stuff is readily available, the earlier No Wave movies crop up occasionally at retrospective screenings in museums & so on. The BFI in the UK released a compilation VHS of transgressive stuff which you may still find around.

Posted By Jack Sargeant : April 1, 2012 9:14 am

Re the films in Blank City, the Kern & Zedd stuff is readily available, the earlier No Wave movies crop up occasionally at retrospective screenings in museums & so on. The BFI in the UK released a compilation VHS of transgressive stuff which you may still find around.

Posted By Commander Adams : April 1, 2012 12:48 pm

For me, Un Chien Andalou, 200 Motels, the well-titled Something Weird (one of the few H.G. Lewis movies I’ve been able to make it to the very end), Daisies (which is bizarre in a good way) and Robo Geisha are the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen.

Posted By Commander Adams : April 1, 2012 12:48 pm

For me, Un Chien Andalou, 200 Motels, the well-titled Something Weird (one of the few H.G. Lewis movies I’ve been able to make it to the very end), Daisies (which is bizarre in a good way) and Robo Geisha are the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen.

Posted By Paul Gaita : April 1, 2012 4:43 pm

Milky Way with the Rooner is one of the most unsettling things ever. Ever. Period. Ever.

Posted By Paul Gaita : April 1, 2012 4:43 pm

Milky Way with the Rooner is one of the most unsettling things ever. Ever. Period. Ever.

Posted By ThomasAFoster : April 2, 2012 2:20 pm

Re: Mac and Me scene with the wheelchair kid cruising off the cliff, there’s a similar scene in The Earthling, one of William Holden’s last films. Ricky Schroder’s family drives their RV up a mountain — things don’t go well.
Did the filmmakers not know it would be hilarious? It’s right out of a WB cartoon.

Posted By ThomasAFoster : April 2, 2012 2:20 pm

Re: Mac and Me scene with the wheelchair kid cruising off the cliff, there’s a similar scene in The Earthling, one of William Holden’s last films. Ricky Schroder’s family drives their RV up a mountain — things don’t go well.
Did the filmmakers not know it would be hilarious? It’s right out of a WB cartoon.

Posted By ziggy 2609 : April 6, 2012 1:43 am

TCM Underground programmers TAKE NOTE!

Posted By ziggy 2609 : April 6, 2012 1:43 am

TCM Underground programmers TAKE NOTE!

Posted By Juana Maria : April 7, 2012 5:22 pm

Ziggy 2609: Why are the TCM Underground Programmers suppost to take note? Maybe they can’t get the rights to some of these films. Besides films are becoming meore readily available to us the movie hungery public, who don’t care about ticket sales or first week gazillion dollars profit! No! Anyway, do what I do, go to your local library and borrow movies from there, if you can’t find them there, don’t dispare look on Hulu,Fancast,or my favorite You Tube,less commericals by far. Of course, there is the last resorts,one takes patience and the other takes money:Wait for the films to come on TV or spend the money and buy them! I recommend buying movies on;y if you really love that particular movie or if it is very cheap, say at the Dollar Store. I love that place,everything is just a dollar!! Yay!! You can find some horror pictures there if look hard. I’ve found,but didn’t buy, “Frankenstein’s Daughter” &”Horror Express”. TCM Underground has featured both of those.

Posted By Juana Maria : April 7, 2012 5:22 pm

Ziggy 2609: Why are the TCM Underground Programmers suppost to take note? Maybe they can’t get the rights to some of these films. Besides films are becoming meore readily available to us the movie hungery public, who don’t care about ticket sales or first week gazillion dollars profit! No! Anyway, do what I do, go to your local library and borrow movies from there, if you can’t find them there, don’t dispare look on Hulu,Fancast,or my favorite You Tube,less commericals by far. Of course, there is the last resorts,one takes patience and the other takes money:Wait for the films to come on TV or spend the money and buy them! I recommend buying movies on;y if you really love that particular movie or if it is very cheap, say at the Dollar Store. I love that place,everything is just a dollar!! Yay!! You can find some horror pictures there if look hard. I’ve found,but didn’t buy, “Frankenstein’s Daughter” &”Horror Express”. TCM Underground has featured both of those.

Posted By Jeff Kovitch : April 8, 2012 9:12 pm

was gonna post in regard to Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To,but morlockjeff’s post has me howling, just great,perfect,classic,thanks,crying a lil,now

Posted By Jeff Kovitch : April 8, 2012 9:12 pm

was gonna post in regard to Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To,but morlockjeff’s post has me howling, just great,perfect,classic,thanks,crying a lil,now

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