I support a little strangeness, both in movies and in real life. Normality is so awfully dull, after all. But sometimes a movie drives full-speed into the realm of certified insanity, popping some LSD on the way for good measure and never, ever looking back. This list is about those movies. I didn’t pay attention to their quality, just their degree of bat-shit insanity. Read at your own risk ladies and gentlemen.
The early ’70s were a time in experimentation ran wild. Sometimes this resulted in masterful new works of art that influenced the world for decades to come. And sometimes this resulted in films about enormous blue people who torture humans for shit and giggles. It seems to make a point about how humanity thrives through cooperation, but the thing that will stick in your mind are the pants-shittingly terrifying aliens and their enormous red fish eyes, that constantly look at you with a dead stare. Watching. Knowing. Judging.
Enter The Void
Gaspar Noe decided to make this film when he went to the movies on mushrooms, and decided to recreate the experience. It’s not your most conventional source of inspiration but as far as I can judge such a thing, he succeeded. The movie is filmed entirely from the first person, and the majority of it from the perspective of the soul of a recently killed person who floats over Tokyo. Nothing has the color it’s supposed to have, and the movie features more flashing lights then a 90′s rave party. It’s a ridiculously intense experience and I felt both drained and literally sick to the stomach afterwards (although that might also have to do with the amount of coffee I drank).
Darkness/Light/Darkness or anything else by Jan Svankmajer
Svankmajer is the sort of person who uses clay animation, arguably the most tortuous of production processes, to make a short film about limbs putting themselves together in a tiny room. Or about three heads eating each other up and then spitting each other out. He has made some feature-length films as well (including the most nightmare-inducing adaptation of Alice in Wonderland of all time), but his animated shorts remain a testament of his dedication to his job and his utter contempt for logic. You can watch one of his shorts here, but you should do so with care… if you intend to sleep anytime within the next 80 hours.
Anyone who claims to understand Donnie Darko is lying. Yet this movie didn’t just make it on the list because it’s incomprehensible. It goes well beyond that, by way of an enormous talking rabbit called Frank who tells the protagonist to set fire to the house of some motivational speaker. Another small detail: he can somehow travel through time. And he looks like a cross between a furry and the Terminator. And he is RIGHT BEHIND YOU OH SHIT DON’T LOOK OH SHIIIIII-
David Lynch worked on this film for five years, doing odd jobs to gather the money for production together. It’s telling about the man that he still managed to deliver a movie that is more raw emotion than anything else. There are countless ways to analyze this movie, but none of them make the thing any less baffling. I use this phrase sparsely because it usually signals incompetence on the side of the critic, but you have to see this to believe it.
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