The Best Weird Horror Filmsby strangemedia | created - 07 Apr 2017 | updated - 19 May 2020 | Public
Horror that's either strange, wacky, surreal, kooky and / or bizarre - or at least has some of those elements.
Big budget and low budget, well known and obscure, comedy and straight - anything goes!
I'm only listing films I've actually seen and films that I think are worth watching. There's loads of awful, cheap "weird" movies out there (stuff like 'The Refrigerator', 'Slaughtered Vomit Dolls', 'Sewage Baby', 'Things', etc) that I don't think are worth the time to watch, so I've left them off this list.
Listed in order from oldest to newest.
NOTE: I'm leaving off most of David Lynch's work as it's not really "true" horror, most of his films fit into more of a 'surreal thriller' category.
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3. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
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.
5. Repulsion (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 621,579 | Gross: $56.95M
7. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
GP | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.
8. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.
Votes: 13,905 | Gross: $0.55M
9. Westworld (1973)
PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.
Votes: 54,237 | Gross: $16.06M
10. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973 TV Movie)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror
A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.
11. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
PG | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.
12. The Baby (1973)
PG | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.
14. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed.
Votes: 74,378 | Gross: $0.06M
15. Don't Look Now (1973)
R | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
Votes: 51,669 | Gross: $0.98M
17. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
Votes: 142,915 | Gross: $30.86M
18. Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)
Unrated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror
Sardu, master of the Theatre of the Macabre, and his assistant Ralphus run a show in which, under the guise of 'magic', they torture and murder people in front of their audience. But what the spectators see as a trick is actually real.
20. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 107,022 | Gross: $7.00M
21. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time.
Votes: 55,212 | Gross: $24.95M
23. Tourist Trap (1979)
PG | 90 min | Horror
A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.
25. Phantasm (1979)
R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber, known only as the Tall Man, who employs a lethal arsenal of unearthly weapons.
Votes: 33,583 | Gross: $11.99M
26. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 928,399 | Gross: $44.02M
27. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A psycho-physiologist experiments with drugs and a sensory-deprivation tank and has visions he believes are genetic memories.
Votes: 33,092 | Gross: $19.85M
29. The Beyond (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Votes: 20,999 | Gross: $0.12M
31. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.
Votes: 27,030 | Gross: $1.11M
32. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 97,143 | Gross: $30.57M
33. Xtro (1982)
R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An alien creature impregnates a woman who gives birth to a man that was abducted by aliens three years ago. The man reconnects with his wife and son for a sinister purpose.
35. Basket Case (1982)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed, formerly conjoined twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.
37. Q (1982)
R | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.
39. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre broadcast.
Votes: 86,421 | Gross: $2.12M
40. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
41. Razorback (1984)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.
Votes: 6,133 | Gross: $0.15M
42. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Votes: 213,122 | Gross: $25.50M
44. Re-Animator (1985)
Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.
Votes: 58,927 | Gross: $2.02M
45. Lifeforce (1985)
R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Mystery