Tetsuo: The Iron Man has to be mentioned.
Even Dwarves Started Small
Hotel Monterey has gotta be the most enigmatically fascinating experimental film of all – All it does indeed is film corridors and doors, but in such an awe-inspiring way !
Bad Boy Bubby was pretty strange, also The Bothersome Man. But the one that takes the cake would be Marquis, a french film that is very strange (a talking member of the male antomy).
Inland Empire. I adore it even though I never “figured it out”. I like watching films where I can just watch and don’t feel the need to analyze a narrative. I think of strange as a good thing.
hasn’t anyone seen gozu? i thought that was much stranger than possession (which makes me laugh btw)
If this were a film it would be pretty weird:
I watched Anna Karenina with Knightley last night and found it very strange, just watch it and you will see, the director incorporates this theatre feel to it which makes it very strange.
i’ve seen many weird movies, but probably “Gummo” (1997) and “Teorema” (1968) are the strangest of them all; if i have to choose one it would be Pasolini’s film; it’s difficult to explain but it has a mystical quality as well as an “aura” of desolation and death which i’ve never seen before in any director. A religious and taboo-breaking film made by an atheist director.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
Mr. Lonely (2007, well, all Korine’s films are weird…)
Un chien andalou (1929)
Dead Ringers (1988)
The tenant (1976)
Wild at Heart (1990) -my favorite Lynch
The last of England (1987, if i remember well)
The angelic conversation (1985)
and countless “exploitation” movies by my beloved Lucio Fulci, Joe D’Amato, etc.
I’m going with The Happiness of the Katakuris, followed closely by Dogtooth.
Lots of great choices so far. I agree, Gozu is really strange. I think I need to see it again.
For me it’s Glen or Glenda. For its storyline, for its epic dream sequences, and for how endearing it all ends up being…
I agree that many of the films mentioned (Lynch films, Tetsuo, Gummo, Possession, etc.) are probably technically more strange, but I also think that when I first watched these films, I at least had some small idea that they were going to be strange.
So whenever I think of the “strangest” film I’ve seen, I think of The Dark Backward, because not only is it very strange/disgusting, but it just randomly came on late one night, and me and my friend were too tired to change the channel, so we had absolutely no clue what we were getting into.
Also have to mention The Cremaster Cycle, not only because it is obviously strange, but I took my new roommate at the time, and I think that that resulted in him thinking of me as very strange :)
Taxidermia by György Pálfi. I can never stand it. It has one of the most bizarre scenes I’ve ever seen.
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
O Lucky Man! was unexpected. Also, that film where Dustin Hoffman is an American Indian.
^ Little Big Man? I love that movie!!! Really need to watch it again though