I’ve seen a lot of weird sci fi movies in my day, but the films listed below are in a category of their own. From Sean Connery in a red adult diaper to Don Johnson seeking out women to rape in a post-apocalyptic setting, you’re in for one crazy-ass ride. As it turns out, most of the films listed below aren’t half bad. Remember, I said most.
- Videodrome (1983) – It’s directed by David Cronenberg, which should automatically tell you all you need to know. If it doesn’t, then allow me to mention the following: softcore porn, snuff TV, shows that cause brain tumors, sex with Debbie Harry, crypto-government conspiracies, and James freakin’ Woods.
- Zardoz (1974) – Sean Connery wears something that looks like a red adult diaper (with suspenders), sneaks inside floating stone heads, battles immortals who spend much of the day staring at their navels, and reads of copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Directed by John Boorman, leading me to believe that John Boorman must have smoked more pot than any other human being on the planet.
- A Boy and His Dog (1975) – In a post-apocalyptic hell, a teenage boy named Vic (Don Johnson) spends his days scavenging for food and looking for women to rape. He’s assisted in the latter by Blood, a telepathic canine who used to be a police dog. Based on a story by the always-wacky Harlan Ellison. The author hated the film’s final line, but I thought it pushed the motion picture into a zone of weirdness previously traveled by only a few. Alternate titles for the film have been Mad Don, Apocalypse: 2024, and Psycho Boy and His Killer Dog.
- Cube (1997) – Who knew folks in Canada were so weird? This film from the Great White North centers around a diverse group of individuals who awake to find themselves imprisoned inside a cube-like maze. As they pass from room to room, they must avoid a multitude of dangers, including acid traps and a psychotic member of the party.
- La jetee (1962) – The basis for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, this bizarre French short film tells of a man who travels to the past and future in the hopes of saving the present. Made up almost entirely of still photos, it’s a visually arresting–but thoroughly weird–look at one man’s memories and desires.
- Mesa of Lost Women (1953) – Structured as a double flashback, this oddball movie about a mad scientist who injects spiders with human pituitary growth hormones to create a race of beautiful women has been dubbed “the most primitive male chauvinist fantasy.” The music was later re-used by Ed Wood, which should give you an overall idea of the film’s quality. But how can you hate a film where a spider-women named Tarantella (Tandra Quinn) performs a sensual dance?
- Sayonara Jupiter (1984) – A group of scientists plan to turn Jupiter into a new sun and harvest its energy. While that sounds like a really bad idea, things get even worse when alien hieroglyphics appear on Mars, an American gets sucked into a black hole, and a shark named Jupiter (owned by a hippie, no less) begins to devour people on Earth. It’s a Japanese film, which at least partially explains the zaniness.
- G.I. Samurai (1979) – Also known as Time Slip, this sci fi/action film stars Sonny Chiba as the leader of a group of modern-day Japanese soldiers who accidentally travel through time and find themselves in the nation’s Warring States period. Ever wanted to see a samurai take on a tank or a patrol boat? Now’s your chance.
- Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) – According to the movie poster, “They’ll love the very life out of your body.” That’s no lie, as these women have been mutated into bee girls capable of banging their sexual partners until the (un)lucky stiffs expire from sexual exhaustion. It’s amazing what mad scientists in sci fi movies can come up with.
- Prayer of the Rollerboys (1991) – In a dark future, a group of rollerblading white supremacists distribute a drug called Mist and battle against the ethnic gangs of Los Angeles. Their mad, racist goals seem within reach, but luckily one young man rises up to stop them…Corey Haim. Oh, Patricia Arquette also co-stars in this film that’s aged about as well as a pound of hamburger meat locked inside a car in Death Valley.
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