A found-footage mockumentary about Norwegians on the trail of monsters. It’s straight out of a children’s book-hell, stunningly well done and as freaky as all get-out.
David Cronenberg’s 1983 film stars James Woods searching for the genesis of mysterious torture and snuff films he thinks are staged. Cyborgs and hallucinogenic madness ensues.
David Lynch’s surrealist nightmare zooms in on Nance and his deformed child. The Black-and-white (mostly black) cult classic continues to seduce horror fans, Lynch fans and cinemaniacs in general.
Another Cronenberg film (he’s a stoner hero) features a telekinetic Michael Ironside fighting corporate recruitment. A must-watch for its now famously giffed image of an exploding head.
One more bit of Cronenberg creepiness. Organic video game consoles that plug directly into your spinal column. That is freakiness writ large.
16. Fear and Loathing in Loss Vegas
Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel calls out for viewers to ride along with Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro as they intake various substances across Bat Country.
17. Natural Born Killers
Oliver Stone puts ultra in ultraviolence by focusing on what he sees as total social breakdown. The flick follows Mickey and Mallory Knox on their publicly-loved murder spree shot with an intense amount of flair. It also boasts the most disturbing role of Rodney Dangerfield’s career.
18. Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine’s messed up tale of thug-life stars James Franco and four bank-robbing girls who’ve run afoul of the law. Korine detonates the squeaky-clean images of Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, and made for certifiably WTF kind of movie.
19. The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus
Heath Ledger died during the making of Terry Gilliam’s film, so Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepped in to play the same character. Uh, okay. Beyond all that meta-acting is a troupe of characters trying to avoid a deal with the devil played by Tom Waits.
20. Yellow Submarine
A list like this would not be complete without The Beatles and their animated head trip of a film directed by George Dunning, complete with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.