Weird, bizarre, grotesque or brutal films I enjoyed.

by gabypanama | created - 10 Sep 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Title says it all; weird cinematic jewels, for lovers of the bizarre, strange and brutal.

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1. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

7.9
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 35,501

2. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

6.0
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 43,664

Without a doubt, the most disturbing film in cinematic history.

3. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 15,673

4. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

7.4
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 81,236 | Gross: $7.00M

5. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 22,007

6. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.4
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52 Metascore

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 141,123 | Gross: $41.78M

7. Koroshiya 1 (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 45,714 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

8.1
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Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 8,197

9. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

R | 92 min | Horror

4.4
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33 Metascore

A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.

Director: Tom Six | Stars: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura

Votes: 63,138 | Gross: $0.18M

10. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

8.3
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68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 643,422 | Gross: $3.64M

11. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 178,106 | Gross: $0.50M

12. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 60,685

13. Funny Games (2007)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.5
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44 Metascore

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet

Votes: 77,461 | Gross: $1.29M

14. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 143,518

15. Dead Leaves (2004)

Not Rated | 55 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi | Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Takako Honda, Yûko Mizutani, Mitsuo Iwata

Votes: 2,891

fast paced, crazy, adrenaline-fueled animation. Weird and fun.

16. Aftermath (1994)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Horror

5.9
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A short film wherein a man working in a morgue mutilates and defiles one of the corpses.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Pep Tosar, Jordi Tarrida, Ángel Tarris, Xevi Collellmir

Votes: 4,617

17. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 7,595

18. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

6.0
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 42,967

19. Ginî piggu 2: Chiniku no hana (1985 Video)

42 min | Short, Horror

5.0
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A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself tied to a bed in a blood- ... See full summary »

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yûgao

Votes: 3,001

20. Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 15,504

21. The Cave (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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30 Metascore

Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.

Director: Bruce Hunt | Stars: Piper Perabo, Morris Chestnut, Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian

Votes: 30,771 | Gross: $15.01M

22. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 171,153 | Gross: $26.02M

23. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 56,479 | Gross: $0.11M

24. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 59,374 | Gross: $3.68M

25. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 83,749 | Gross: $0.13M

26. Enemy (2013)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 123,245 | Gross: $1.01M

27. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 64,677 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The Strangers (2008)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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47 Metascore

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Stars: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Alex Fisher

Votes: 100,723 | Gross: $52.60M

29. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 118 min | Horror, Thriller

6.2
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51 Metascore

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 60,410 | Gross: $1.33M

30. Grave (II) (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.0
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81 Metascore

When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 31,773 | Gross: $0.51M