Did you ever watch a movie that was so weird and surreal that you found yourself wondering how on earth someone came up with the idea and if they are, you know, OK? I did. This is my favorite non-genre genre! The kind that gets a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Those horror movies that are so bad that they are highly entertaining, occasionally make me laugh out loud and they always bring the ultimate cringe factor. Here are my top 6 seriously weird horror movies of all time. Enjoy.
6. It Follows (2014)
This is one of the more recent films to make my favorites list. The plot is so weird and questionable. A young teen woman is followed by an unknown ‘force’ after having had a sexual encounter. I can’t help wonder if this film was trying to be clever and suggest that the supernatural force was some kind of religious reference or alluding to the difficulties of being a young woman. Whatever the aim, the result is chaotic. It contains a curse, hallucinations, angst (so much angst), and lots of running away from something no one else can see. Weird at its best.
5. The Ghoulies (1984)
The ’80s were a gift when it comes to weird horror. Maybe it was the result of writers and directors being so hungover fro the ‘70s, who knows? Whatever the reason, I am grateful. One of my all-time seriously weird movies is Ghoulies. The story of a young man who becomes hell-bent on controlling demons from ancient times. This is one of those movies that when it was released was probably very popular and considered to have brilliant creature FX. Watch it now and you will scream with laughter as the young actors run around the estate that serves as the central location of filming being attached by slimy, rubbery looking, ghoulies. A gift.
4. The Horror of Party Beach (1964)
Who doesn’t love a sea monster movie? The Horror of Party Beach is everything you would expect from a ‘60s beach movie. Teenagers, toxic waste, girls in skimpy bikinis (it was the ‘60s remember), cool motors, a dodgy looking monster, and some questionable acting. It’s hard to pull off a water based scary movie which is what makes this one a peach. The creepy water scenes are delightful dark and will possibly cause you to think twice about swimming in the sea
3. Empire of the Ants (1977)
This ‘70s horror has the honor of starring screen starlet Joan Collins and is roughly based on a H.G. Wells short story. Brace yourself for more radioactive ooze in this one. This time it creates giant ants that have secretly taken over a town and have control of the townspeople. It is a brilliant film if you are looking for something to entertain you and creep you out just a little bit.
“I was way too young to watch this, but boys will be boys. I had nightmares for months and still don’t trust ants. Please stop making animated movies about them too. Thanks.”—Damien Smith, a lifestyle writer at 1Day2Write and WriteMyX.
2. The Mangler (1995)
Comedy-horrors were a firm fixture of the ‘90s, which is why The Mangler stood out against the likes of Scream and Gremlins. At least The Mangler wasn’t trying to be funny. The film centers around a detective and a possessed laundry machine. Yes, you read that correctly. In this gem of a movie, a folding machine at a laundry is taken over by a demon and develops a taste for humans. Will Detective Huton be able to save the day? Watch it and find out.
1. Leák aka Mystics in Bali (1981)
A witch, a vampire, and some holy men – it sounds like the start of a joke but this is an accurate synopsis of this Indonesian horror film.
“This film became a phenomenon in my college. Everyone loved it because it was so cheesy. The acting is the worst, but somehow the film is great!”—Ryan McGoey a business writer at Britstudent and NextCoursework.
The special effects and makeup are beautifully awful. Look out for the human organs hanging around poor Cathy’s neck. Why was this even necessary?