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    Default Weird, dark movies

    The movies I'm always drawn to are the weird dark ones. I have a need to ritualistically creep myself out.

    I just watched Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier), & it was the most unsettling thing I've seen in a while. I may have nightmares.

    Regardless I'd like to know what are some of the weirdest &/or darkest movies you've seen... disturbing / frightening isn't necessary, since I'm more interested in the weirdness (which can be dark as well as comical) than anything else.

    A lot of people think a director like David Lynch is weird, but to my thinking he's more toward strange. People often confuse the two.

    But what are some movies that etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    I just watched Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier), & it was the most unsettling thing I've seen in a while. I may have nightmares.
    I haven't seen that one, but I did see Breaking the Waves and Dogville by him -- definitely some of the better but also very much bleaker movies I've ever seen. Dogville has a pretty hard ending. It wasn't unsettling in terms of having nightmares, but definitely unsettling in its view and assessment of humanity.

    Lynch, I actually do find unsettling (I'm thinking of Mulholland Drive, for one, aside from the strangeness; and while I saw Blue Velvet over twenty years ago, imagery from that movie and overtones of Dennis Hopper's performance still linger with me).

    Pan's Labyrinth was a good mix of the unsettling + the beautiful, both accentuating each other. I'm not even talking the supernatural sequences (although the Pale Man is pretty good); her stepfather is a relentless monster. The scene where two rurals are captured while claiming to be hunting rabbits is probably one of the most unapologetical brutal scenes I have ever seen in a movie of any sort.
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    I've only seen the Idiots (a Von Trier film). I wouldn't say it's disturbing though. Kind of funny actually.

    Man Bites Dog is another film made with the dogma95 philosophy, but a Belgian director.. Disturbing AND funny at the same time.

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man might be in my top 5 of disturbing films.

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    I could've sworn I posted here.


    I know this sounds odd, especially considering how this movie did, but I found Sucker Punch to be extremely depressing.

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    Harmony Korine anyone?

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    The Greek movie "Dogtooth" is supposed to be very unsettling and weird.

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    I forgot to mention Brazil, by Terry Gilliam. It was both weird and unsettling, yet familiar and even dryly funny.


    Quote Originally Posted by YWIR View Post
    I know this sounds odd, especially considering how this movie did, but I found Sucker Punch to be extremely depressing.
    it kind of was, although the Extended Cut had a scene with the High Roller and Babydoll that helped make her seem less a victim and more like she had found some sort of way to take control of her future, based on the limited options she had available.

    I added my comment about Brazil up above because the protagonist resolution of the traditional Brazil cut and the Extended Cut of Sucker Punch are conceptually the same.
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    Does it have to be a feature film? Cuz' there's plenty of horrifying things on youtube that warrant a life-time achievement award for this title:


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    @Jennifer I've been meaning to see Brazil. I like Terry Gilliam & I've heard that's his best movie.

    I saw Pan's Labyrinth a few years ago but can't remember a thing about it. I'll watch it again.

    One of the coolest weird films I've seen recently (I've been on a kick for oh... a month now) was 'I Can See You', released in 2008. It was so awesome.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJWsJY7K_yA"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJWsJY7K_yA[/YOUTUBE]

    Not a very coherent trailer though.

    @Lightyear I saw Dogtooth & it was great too.
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    I think The Ring is soooper creepy.

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