In fact, the second act is itself based on the novelty of Richard E Grant’s second act, cyclically set in motion after his Oscar brush in Can You Ever Forgive Me? The channel in question depicts torture being performed, and viewers become so enraptured that they undergo terrifying mutations and psychotic breaks. If you aren’t yet sold on the film, it’s always interesting to listen to a Howard Shore score. While Night Shift, his film debut, was about the weird-adjacent life of a morgue worker, 1983’s Mr Mom was another entry in the well-worn tradition of a man struggling in a woman’s world. Lea Thompson, | Gross: His first line of inquiry? Labyrinth could easily make this list, but 1982’s The Dark Crystal is weirder still. 24,862 Director: All four of them. Peter Baldwin 5,441 Director: Another, An American Werewolf in London, was an acclaimed horror-comedy. Kaufman and Peters were certainly interesting choices for the two leads, with Peters a legendary Broadway star and Kaufman an alternative comedian. It's such a weird movie that tries to capitalize on a whole bunch of elements that made the '80s a great decade for movies, but it falls flat on its face. The pair had been staying on a yacht, together with the yacht’s captain and her co-star Walken. Ultimately, Conan is betrayed by Queen Taramis, as portrayed by Superman and Superman II’s Sarah Douglas. Before The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was known as something of a fantasy actor. One, The Howling, was a straight-up slasher. The plot concerns a headset that can record and play back the mental experiences of the wearer. $13.85M, PG | Keanu Reeves, | Gross: However, the fact that The Ninth Configuration’s initial title was Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane! Julian Fellowes, Votes: Rawhead Rex would actually be a good movie , if the special effects of the monster were not so incredibly horrible looking. Shelley Thompson, Votes: David Bowie, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Director: Plus, this is actually much more than a transportation-themed caper when you look beneath the surface: it’s a parody of the seminal Italian film Bicycle Thieves. Kim Basinger, That said, the film gained enough of a cult following to spawn a prequel Netflix series in 2019, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, nearly 30 years after Henson’s death. Scott’s erstwhile basketball coach, recast as Paul Sands, has become a boxing coach, and hopes being half-man half-beast will make Todd his new star. | Gross: All of these 80s movies have less than 10,000 votes on IMDb. That film, released in 1948, is a neorealist, Marxist tale of a man whose life unravels after his bicycle – which he needs to earn a living – is stolen. The family welcome her with open arms, but the neighbors are not so sure ... See full summary », Director: Alan Rickman with a moustache? 62,053 Director: Frank Oz However, after Paul Reubens’ arrest for indecent exposure in 1991, Pee-wee fans had to wait until 2016 for another film – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday – in which Reubens doesn’t seem to have aged a day. Weird Science (1985) A girl is innocently playing piano, when a cosmic vortex sucks the clothing off her body and catapults her naked from a chimney. 20,308 He invites them to use a time machine that looks like a phone booth in order to pass their History class, accidentally displacing Napoleon and other famous figures from their timelines. 92 min Jim Carrey, Jim Henson, Director: | Gross: What follows is a Tolkienesque quest to wrest the crystal from the Skeksis’ grasp before they can grant themselves immortality. Christa Denton, A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. From Ms. 45 to Bird to Looker, Brian Formo lists the best underrated gems of the decade. Howard the Duck lives on Duckworld, but is then sucked across the universe to Earth, for reasons only explained towards the end of the film. Michael Keaton, | Gross: The movie itself was only so-so, but did it really matter? | Gross: In the end, I’ve got to hand it to the studios and filmmakers of the ‘90s for thinking way outside the box. Intelligible plot? Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. Pitched as a ‘splatter’ film, a horror subgenre that delights in gore, The Toxic Avenger is one-part superhero satire and two-parts gross-out physical effects, all set in a fictional New Jersey town. Director: Annie McEnroe, Votes: Jim Henson, Bill Norton Director: (Just how do those ladies do it? Bonnie Bedelia, Chenoweth would instead begin work on Wicked, which would debut in 2003 and become the defining role of her career. The film is rife with hallucinations and plot twists, much like The Exorcist, but don’t let the odd mix of a Gothic setting and a cosmic protagonist fool you into doubting the movie: it won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Stars: Director: Nick Castle Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure spawned two sequels, which admittedly have less cinematic pedigree. 33,888 $14.97M, PG Prior to his success with The Lord of the Rings, Shore was a regular Cronenberg collaborator. | You might have guessed from the wayward plot that the film was a complete flop, making only $1.6 million. Jeff Goldblum, Hong Kong films have always been a bit weird and over-the-top at times, and even when that wave of Hong Kong directors like John Woo, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam started making American films, they’ve always managed to bring that weirdness onto the table as well. Critics Consensus: Stand By Me is a wise, nostalgic movie with a weird streak that captures both Stephen King's voice and the trials of growing up. 7,460 | | | The film has turned out to be quite the Nostradamus, given last year’s incident of YouTube star Logan Paul discovering and leering at a dead body in the so-called ‘Suicide Forest’ of Japan. Nastassja Kinski, | He also sleeps with his partner, a criminal psychologist, after she’s lured into a church by the sound of a baby crying. 90 min The Blues Brothers (1980) 73% #35. Strange, given that they’re basically the same film. $15.12M, PG Part government conspiracy thriller and part full-throated sci-fi omen, Brainstorm very nearly never saw the light of day. Originally sold as trading cards, the Kids each had a deformity or disgusting habit, and encouraged children to delight in their ugliness. Oh, and along the way there are revelations about incest, offers to commit more incest, rampant limblessness and a mysterious green gas. | Directed by the Chiodo Brothers, who are otherwise best known for their special effects work, the film has gained such a cult following that a sequel has been in loud, if concentrated demand for decades. 105 min If you look at the poster for The Ninth Configuration, you’ll probably feel a startling similarity to The Exorcist. Jennifer Connelly, Thankfully, the studio’s gamble on a sophomore director in Burton paid off – the film was a critical and commercial success, and was recently adapted into a stage musical. Randal Kleiser Family, Comedy, Arthur is asked to pick up a bird for Thanksgiving dinner, so he brings home a 266-pound chicken named Henrietta. The weird movies of the '90s will live on forever. The 80s really loved stop-motion and bad green screen. A young punk recruited by a car repossession agency finds himself in pursuit of a Chevrolet Malibu that is wanted for a $20,000 bounty - and has something otherworldly stashed in its trunk. ), but weirdo 80s films just have a way of getting under your skin with strange antics, experimental lighting and stilted acting galore. Not a bad thing. | | Gross: Blatty would go on to write and direct The Exorcist III in 1990, a film that brought in more money than Exorcist II: The Heretic, but was nonetheless considered a box office disappointment. As of yet, it’s still stuck in development hell. Vivian Bonnell, The film even stars Debbie Harry, of Blondie, as a sadomasochist who gets aroused by the titular TV channel. A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a struggling female rock singer. “IT’S CRAAZZY!” So says the poster for 1988’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and there’s no denying that it does what it says on the tin. Often forgotten, however, is its even-more-bizarre sequel. Dave Goelz, Votes: It’s only once he decides to forego his lupine powers and box mano-a-mano that he realises what matters in life. | The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. | Gross: What follows is a cat-and-mouse tale of zoologists trying to figure out the link between crime scenes featuring rabid leopards and puddles of human flesh. Investigate the magnate’s black bodyguard. Malcolm McDowell, And, yes, it’s all done through puppets. Richard Benjamin Adventure, Family, Fantasy. $7.18M, PG | Directors: The Weirdest 80's Movies by jwoehr | created - 27 Nov 2013 | updated - 30 Nov 2013 | Public Note, that weird doesn't mean that I think every movie on my list is bad. For some, 1985’s Teen Wolf is bizarre enough. George Carlin, Jean Marsh, Joey Cramer, Director: | Gross: What it’s missing, however, is a code of ethics. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. Stars: A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs. 85 min Bradley Gregg, Votes: Kelly Rowan, Votes: Unfortunately, Heartbeeps’ failure put paid to that idea. | Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard. ), but weirdo 80s films just have a way of getting under your skin with strange antics, experimental lighting and stilted acting galore. Sure! Mombi, in case you’re wondering, has a remarkable collection of severed heads, and would like to add Dorothy’s to her exhibit. 1981’s The Pit was hardly a box office smash, but what it lacked in ticket sales is more than made up for in straight-up strangeness. An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies. Stars: At one point, the two robots even decide to assemble a third robot out of spare parts, naming him Phil and treating him as their child. | $40.58M, PG | 1988’s Beetlejuice, therefore, was a shade more manic than audiences were used to from Keaton. 15,339 Julien Temple Paul Reubens, Early in Grant’s first act, however, was the underrated satire How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Rod Amateau Drama, Fantasy, Romance. | | River Phoenix, Unsurprisingly, for something so terrifyingly inventive, it has since garnered a cult following. Stars: Count us in! Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies. | Ethan Hawke, There are fight scenes aplenty and wizardry galore. Well, Return to Oz reveals that Dorothy was thought to be delusional after her initial adventures in Oz, and has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for electroshock therapy. Dan Aykroyd, Wheelers, humanoid creatures with wheels instead of hands and feet, roam the streets, and all of the munchkins have been turned to stone. 101 min This movie is weird … Stephen Dorff, An early example of body horror, the film sees limbs protrude from a TV screen and tapes inserted into torsos. | A creature from another planet tries to seduce a shy Earth physicist to gain control over his researches. They’re all real, we promise. should give an indication of the weirdness in store. | From a giant talking duck to murderous circus clowns, some of the wackiest movies came out of the 80s. Fairuza Balk, Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. Admit it: you weren’t at all surprised to see this film on the list. Mackenzie Astin, In the 80s, however, Walken was a steely-eyed proprietor of some truly odd Hollywood fare, not least of which is 1983’s Brainstorm. Stars: 93 min Patrick McGoohan, And did somebody say Robert Goulet? The film sees a group of vicious aliens, who coincidentally resemble circus clowns, arrive on Earth and massacre a small town. $3.57M, PG While some would consider Geena Davis a casting coup for such a bizarro film, the role had in fact first been offered to 80s stalwarts like Molly Ringwald and Madonna, who for some reason turned it down. John Heard, It received an overwhelmingly positive reception. After a colleague dies while wearing the headset, he becomes determined to experience what – if any – afterlife exists. Director: 16. | Gross: Simultaneously lauded as “a silly and ribald superhero spoof” and damned as “too self-consciously parodic to be good kitsch,” The Toxic Avenger sees a harassed nerd transformed into a goopy monster-hero after an accident at a health club. Tracey Walter, | | Unlike the original film, which made a colossal $80 million from a budget of $1.2 million, Teen Wolf Too’s tripled budget returned only $7.9 million. But if you’re a fan of hirsute dog-men, consider taking a time travel trip back to 1981, when not one but three werewolf films hit cinemas. Kris Kristofferson, Jeffrey Jones, | Videodrome is nothing if not surreal, with its psychosexual themes and inimitable Cronenberg style. It’s not like 1982’s Cat People is the first remake that disappointed, but it’s also a film that really should never have been remade in the first place. Or awesomely bad movies ( or both ) is its even-more-bizarre sequel starring Kristin Chenoweth in Davis ’.! 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