The Dark, the Bizarre and the Forbidden

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1. Begotten (1990)

Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror

Presented in a surreal, gory and entirely visual manner, Begotten tells of the death of religion, the abuse of nature by Man and a nihilistic outlook on what life ultimately is.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry, James Gandia

Votes: 9,035

2. Mécanix (2003)

70 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Mecanix tells the story of the last human beings who are forced to be the slaves of the strange creatures that rule this strange world.There is only one thing these beasts fear - the embryo... See full summary »

Director: Rémy M. Larochelle | Stars: Stéphane Bilodeau, Julie-Anne Côté, Philippe Chabot

Votes: 72

3. The Dark Planet (1989 Video)

93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Unearthly terror stalks the creatures of The Dark Planet. An anthology, including tentacled horror from the Tower of Blood, a primitive challenges a beast to avenge a murdered mate and a space jockey confronts a master computer.

Directors: Richard Corben, Christopher Wheate | Stars: Bruce Jones, Karen Gilbertson, Richard Corben, Stan Dresser

Votes: 58

4. Debbie Does Damnation (1999 Video)

63 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Debbie goes to hell after she commits suicide. When she gets there she finds herself in the middle of a power struggle. The Devil asks her to get his horns back so that he can regain control of his realm.

Director: Eric Brummer | Stars: Eric Brummer, Ernest Brummer, Jeanin Lake, Tony Nittoli

Votes: 14

5. Flesh of the Void (2017)

77 min | Horror

Flesh of the Void is a terribly disturbing experimental horror film about what it could feel like if death truly were the most horrible thing one could ever experience. It is intended as a ... See full summary »

Director: James Quinn | Stars: Man Without a Face, Kmsura, Dead Flesh, Elektriking

Votes: 65

6. Visions of Suffering (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Horror

Demons cross the divide between the world of dreams and waking reality to capture a victim and drag him back to their nightmarish realm.

Director: Andrey Iskanov | Stars: Igor Anikin, Alexandra Batrumova, Yukari Fujimoto, Svyatoslav Iliyasov

Votes: 466

7. Andrey Iskanov's Visions of Suffering (Final Director's Cut) (2016)


Andrey Iskanov's Visions of Suffering (Final Director's Cut) (2016) After loosing his girlfriend because of his obsession with necrophilia, death and a morbid fascination for decomposing ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Iskanov | Stars: Elena Andrews, Anastasia Asafova, Anatoliy Bogdanov, Nikolai Efremov

Votes: 35

8. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael J Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 10,930 | Gross: $0.06M

9. On the Silver Globe (1988)

Unrated | 166 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A team of astronauts land on an inhabitable planet and form a society. Many years later, a single astronaut is sent to the planet and becomes a messiah.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag, Waldemar Kownacki

Votes: 1,814

10. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,353

11. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,934 | Gross: $0.23M

12. Chronopolis (1982)

52 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Weary immortals inhabit a metropolis in the sky and amuse themselves with constructions as they kill time and await whatever comes next.

Director: Piotr Kamler | Star: Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 358

13. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 6,865

14. Lesson Faust (1994)

97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla, Antonin Zacpal

Votes: 3,236

15. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 5,606 | Gross: $0.12M

16. We Are the Strange (2007)

Not Rated | 88 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two outcasts fight for survival in a sinister fantasy world. Their lives are constantly in jeopardy after they're caught in the middle of a deadly battle between bizarre monsters on their way to the ice cream shop.

Director: M. dot Strange | Stars: Chaylon Blancett, David Choe, Stuart Mahoney, Halleh Seddighzadeh

Votes: 580

17. I Am Nightmare (2014)

128 min | Animation, Action, Horror

In a quiet town that never changes, four kids uncover a secret that unleashes a horror like the town has ever seen.

Director: M. dot Strange | Stars: Damon Barry, Anna Brisbin, Richard Grove, Rakel Musicbox

Votes: 46

18. Heart String Marionette (2012)

122 min | Animation, Action

A tale about a kid, a samurai mime, and a stripper who all try to defeat a warlord and an evil clown who have successfully turned a countryside into a never ending nightmare filled with horrible monsters.

Director: M. dot Strange | Stars: JP Anderson, Asil Aceves, Jimmy Urine, Richard Grove

Votes: 159

19. Prometheus' Garden (2008)

28 min | Animation, Short

Inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods, Prometheus Garden immerses viewers in a cinematic universe unlike any... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Bickford | Stars: Emily Bishton, John Hanford, Bill Jedrzejewski, Gerard Jones

Votes: 82

20. Cas'l (2010)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Fantasy

Mercenaries and other obnoxious brutes are trying to muscle in on the CAS'L' area. They're looking for trouble and find it. Stray energies in the area morph them into grotesque bulbous ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Bickford

21. November (2017)

115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

79 Metascore

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her.

Director: Rainer Sarnet | Stars: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt

Votes: 2,572 | Gross: $0.02M

22. Hagazussa (2017)

102 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

Paranoia & Superstition in 15th Century Europe.

Director: Lukas Feigelfeld | Stars: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky

Votes: 1,787 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,240

24. A Field in England (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

73 Metascore

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

Votes: 9,483 | Gross: $0.03M

25. The Second Self (2012)

27 min | Short, Horror

A filmmaker, a mysterious box and a doppelganger.

Director: Christopher James Miller | Stars: Erin Blaisdell, Todd Brown, Alanna Burns, Steve Dorfman

26. Ironhorse (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Musical

A mad scientist creates a formula that brings inanimate objects to life.

Director: Christopher James Miller | Stars: Justin Apone, Kit Bateman, Erin Blaisdell, Todd Brown

Votes: 27

27. Ethereal Chrysalis (2011)

10 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Enter the multidimensional maze of the Ethereal Chrysalis, where the doors of perception become the annihilation of all rational thoughts.

Director: Syl Disjonk | Stars: Syl Disjonk, Raynald Lapierre, Pierrot Néron, Youri Raymond

Votes: 29

28. Atmo HorroX (2016)

101 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Through a surreal chase of spying, Catafuse, a dubiously dressed creature, hunts humans with the help of Molosstrap. But in a world ruled by the pharma industry, reality become so complex, ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Tremblay | Stars: Roch Desrosiers, Syl Disjonk, Claude Dubé, Pawel Krol

Votes: 40

29. Actium Maximus (2005 Video)

78 min | Sci-Fi

The wretched colony world of Actium is crumbling under the ego of its dictator, Grand-Automaton Polpox. Rebel Laffrodites, a religious minority, are being exterminated in a government run ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hicks | Stars: Johnathan Daniel McCuin, Mark Hicks, Jennifer Hamil, David Matt Duncan

Votes: 144

30. In the House of the Sin Eater (2007)

Animation, Short

A man mourns his dead wife. He weeps at her bedside. Following Welsh folklore, he performs a ritual that helps the dead release their obligations to this world. He bakes a loaf of bread and... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Acheson, Paul Kloss | Stars: Deana Acheson, Matt Acheson, Oliver Dalzell, Tom Lee

31. The Kingdom of Shadows (2016)

70 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The Kingdom Of Shadows is a mystical cinematic experience which stirs from the darkness the spirits of our ancestors and reawakens the horror of unresolved crimes and denied desires.

Directors: Daniel Fawcett, Clara Pais | Stars: Joana Castro, Bruno Senune, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Fabrizio Federico

Votes: 8

32. In Search of the Exile (2016)

63 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In this film a lone figure wanders through a mysterious wilderness while hounded by spectres and unseen forces. This is a solitary journey, a path of exile and hardship that leads beyond ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Fawcett, Clara Pais | Stars: Joana Castro, Daniel Fawcett, Fabrizio Federico, Clara Pais

33. Savage Witches (2012)

70 min | Fantasy

Savage Witches is a playful, poetic and experimental film about two teenage girls who want nothing but to play games, dress up and have adventures, but when they find themselves in conflict... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Fawcett, Clara Pais | Stars: Christina Wood, Victoria Smith, Philip Fawcett, Andrew Fawcett

Votes: 9

34. The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

66 Metascore

Dark fairy-tale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Stars: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna, César Sarachu

Votes: 1,338 | Gross: $0.03M

35. Eclectic Shorts by Eric Leiser (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 107 min | Animation

Eric Leiser displays his boundless creativity in this collectible shorts collection; A stunning compilation of works presented with a mixture of live action, stop motion animation, puppetry... See full summary »

Director: Eric Leiser | Stars: Bunny Lampert, Tania Padilla

Votes: 50

36. Glitch in the Grid (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Drama

Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.

Director: Eric Leiser | Stars: Jay Masonek, Jeffrey Leiser, Eric Leiser, Travis Bellman

Votes: 63

37. Bobby Yeah (2011)

23 min | Animation, Short, Horror

Bobby Yeah is a subhuman creature who experiences a series of increasingly bizarre, nightmarish encounters after stealing a malevolent baby's prized pet.

Director: Robert Morgan

Votes: 437

38. Amethyst (I) (2016)

70 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A girl tragically consumes a full vial of LSD and quickly succumbs to a bizarre fantasy world, with strange beings and a magical obelisk that might be her portal home.

Director: Jared Masters | Stars: Grace Klich, Valerie Miller, Derrick Biedenback, Olivia Yohai

Votes: 28

39. Lunacy (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,243 | Gross: $0.05M

40. Marquis (1989)

R | 83 min | Animation, Comedy

The scene is a pre-French Revolution Bastille, where various political prisoners are being held: a woman who was raped and impregnated by the king, a police chief who was accused of selling... See full summary »

Director: Henri Xhonneux | Stars: François Marthouret, Valérie Kling, Michel Robin, Isabelle Wolfe

Votes: 1,070

41. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Six people unknowingly form a cycle of masturbation as they each cause others to privately indulge in their fetishes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Meissel, Gabriela Wilhelmová, Barbora Hrzánová, Anna Wetlinská

Votes: 2,903

42. Hard to Be a God (2013)

Not Rated | 177 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy Gerchakov

Votes: 4,078

43. When Black Birds Fly (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

Heaven is a beautiful, clean suburban paradise. Every block is populated by lush trees and lovely row homes. People are free to roam and do whatever they please, as long as they follow one ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy ScreamerClauz | Stars: J.D. Brown, Brandon Slagle, Devanny Pinn, David Firth

Votes: 189

44. The Angels' Melancholia (2009)

Unrated | 158 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Two friends meet again to share their last days in an old house where everything happened a long time ago. They gather a group of people, which results in a disastrous turn of events, during which reveals the deepest human depths.

Director: Marian Dora | Stars: Zenza Raggi, Frank Oliver, Janette Weller, Bianca Schneider

Votes: 788

45. Where the Dead Go to Die (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A troubled group of children living on the same block are haunted by a talking dog named Labby who brings them on surreal hell-rides between different dimensions and time periods.

Director: Jimmy ScreamerClauz | Stars: Ruby Larocca, Brandon Slagle, Joey Smack, Victor Bonacore

Votes: 820

46. Artemis 81 (1981 TV Movie)

185 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.

Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb, Dan O'Herlihy, Sting

Votes: 139

47. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Penda's Fen (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons, and England's pagan past, a pastor's son begins to question his religion and politics, and comes to terms with his sexuality.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Spencer Banks, John Atkinson, Georgine Anderson, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 332

48. Reflections of Evil (2002)

Unrated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Julie, who died of a PCP overdose as a teen in the early '70s, searches from beyond the ethers for her little brother, Bob, an obese watch-seller, who is dying of sucrose intolerance, in the early '90s.

Director: Damon Packard | Stars: Damon Packard, Nicole Vanderhoff, Beverly Miller, Dean Spunt

Votes: 490

49. Fury of the Demon (2016)

60 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

A documentary investigation on the rarest and most controversial French movie in the history of early cinema: a fascinating, lost and dangerous short film which causes violent reactions to those who watch it.

Director: Fabien Delage | Stars: Alexandre Aja, Dave Alexander, Jean-Jacques Bernard,