People have always been attracted to oddities. If we go back to the 1940s, even through up through the late 1960s--people have been attracted to things outside the norm, freaks, sideshows, disturbing images and things that are out of their temporal comprehension visually. As the movies are suppose to offer us escape from our daily lives, it makes sense that movies should be afforded the opportunity to be weird. To be dream-like, surreal, horrific, and even puzzling. Which is why we've crafted this weird, over-the-top list of incredibly strange movies
that you have to see to believe.
In no particular order:
Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
Directed by film weirdo Werner Herzog, Even Dwarfs Started Small highlights a collection of little people who are residents of a institution out in the middle of nowhere. Frustrated by their forced habitation, their rebel against their keepers and set out to indulge in a series of liberating acts and sketches which free them mentally, although not wholly physically. Watch for a scene of all the dwarfs riding around on motorcycles.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters, Pink Flamingos is the follow-up to the movie listed below in this list Multiple Maniacs. Drag Queen Divine, her deviant son Crackers, and her mom Edie (who lives in a mobile home in a baby bed), set out to become the filthiest people in the world when rivals challenge them by doing disturbing acts to one another. These include shop-lifting, starting a black market baby ring, incest, and killing and using animals for sexual gratification. Pink Flamingos, while a very funny and gross movie has earned its place in the history of film lore with its climactic ending, which features Divine following behind a dog on a city sidewalk, and as it defecates, she picks it up and eats it fresh.
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
Drag Queen Divine made herself and director John Waters immortal when she allowed herself to be raped by a giant Lobster in 1970's Multiple Maniacs.
Written and directed by John Waters, Multiple Maniacs
documents Divine and her traveling collection of gross sleazy taboo-busting friends
across New England as "Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions." They function as a sort of sexual circus sideshow at day and at night a Manson-like group of kidnappers. Divine meets a religious zealot in the Catholic Church and they have sex together with the Crucifix as a tool of sex. No words.
The New York Ripper (1982)
A New York homicide detective is tasked with solving a series of every grizzly and gory murders that are being committed by a serial killer. The killer kills young women around the city and what makes The New York Ripper
so gross, so weird, so disturbing is that he does so in the voice of Donald Duck
The Rape Squad (1974)
Made in the apex of 42nd Street New York
exploitation movie popularity, The Rape Squad
aka Act of Vengeance
aka The Violator
is the story about four woman, who all after being raped by a hockey mask-wearing sleazeball, who sings "Jingle Bells" to him while he's raping them, team up track down the rapist after the police are no help, and kill him. It's darkly comic, for all the wrong reasons. You should be ashamed at yourself if you laugh at this movie.