Stranger than Hollywood

15 Weird and wonderful movies from around the world
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1.
House (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
“ A truly baffling assault on the senses, even by Japanese film standards. Must see. ” - Swaz
 
2.
El Topo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ A trippy, visceral, 'Midnight Movie' about a wandering gunfighter, a series of duels and a miraculous reincarnation. Absolutely fantastic sound scape. ” - Swaz
 
3.
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable. (124 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
“ A surreal trip around an asylum in this Polish film. Great visuals and a fantastic depiction of dreamlike states. ” - Swaz
 
4.
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system. (91 mins.)
Director: Simon Nam
“ A bat *beep* insane martial arts flick that has to be seen to be believed. Based on a Japanese manga this has got some of the most cartoon like characters and over the top gore you could ever desire. ” - Swaz
 
5.
Timecrimes (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
“ A head scratcher if you think too much into its time travel scenario but an engaging movie with a great premise. ” - Swaz
 
6.
Gangster Cop (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An undercover cop befriends a yakuza underling who through his contacts helps him infiltrate two rival Yakuza gangs. He pits the two rival gangs against each other in hopes that they will cross each other out. (89 mins.)
Director: Yukio Noda
“ One of the most frenetic opening scenes I have ever watched. An over the top performance from the amazingly charismatic Sonny Chiba in an all out action packed martial arts flick. ” - Swaz
 
7.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ An excellent depiction of a mental breakdown directed by and starring Polanski. ” - Swaz
 
8.
Straight to Hell (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot... (86 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ An homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of the 70's by Alex Cox, with a cast made up of notorious faces including Dennis Hopper, Joe Strummer and Jim Jarmusch. ” - Swaz
 
9.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
“ A highly stylised Yakuza film with striking visuals and an excellent theme tune. ” - Swaz
 
10.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
“ Cracking black comedy with great visuals and some truly fantastic performances from the cast giving life to some truly bizarre characters. ” - Swaz
 
11.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (67 mins.)
“ A staple of extreme cinema in every sense. The kick off point for live action cyberpunk with killer visuals, editing and sound design. ” - Swaz
 
12.
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners. (87 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
“ Unsurprisingly another Japanese entry on the list. Part revenge film, part women's prison exploitation film, all good! ” - Swaz
 
13.
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. (113 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ To be fair I could have chosen from a number of Miike's films as his oeuvre can certainly be considered off the wall but Katakuris is a particular treat with its musical scenes and off the wall humour. ” - Swaz
 
14.
Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker. (110 mins.)
“ Thai Western that explodes with pastel colours and beautiful cinematography. ” - Swaz
 
15.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
“ An intriguing tale with a disturbing twist. ” - Swaz