Top 5 Weirdest Horror Movies Of All Time – Part 2

Top 5 Weirdest Horror Movies Of All Time – Part 2

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Things are getting weirder of late–and it
seems that horror cinema has once again delivered the goods when it comes to blurring the lines
between sense and nonsensical madness. The thing is–the term “weird” is a fine
line when it comes to horror cinema. Sometimes, you may watch a movie that doesn’t
quite fit within any given convention and think–well, I’m not entirely sure what
I should think. And other times, you’ll watch a weird movie
that lingers so far outside of the conventional box of horrors and think–hey, this is a flavour
that I could get used to. In Part One of this list, we covered a few
tongue in cheek classics–but this time, we’re gonna get even weirder. So hold on–to… something. Hello horror fans, what’s going on and once
again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Weirdest Horror Movies Of All
Time — Part 2. Roll the clip. Wow. Okay. For the curious amongst you–that clip was
from 1978’s Attack of the Killer Tomatoes–which certainly hits all the boxes when it comes
to weird horror movies of all time, given the fact that it’s a–horror movie, an absolutely
batshit insane psychological thriller, a comedy that could give Airplane a run for it’s
money in places–and… well, it’s a musical too. Erm. Yeah. You want weird–watch that movie, but like
I said in the intro, we’re going to take weird to a whole new place in this Part 2–and
murderous ambiguous fruit vegetables are off the table from now on. Honorable Mention. Done. Kicking off at Number 5 — Neon Maniacs, 1986 Alright–before we get *too* serious, we’ll
kick things off with an old dose of pure oddness, that doesn’t make any sense because it doesn’t
have to–because it was acceptable in the 80s. The thing is, this film could not have been
made today. Or in any other era for that matter. In fact, it had to be a product of the 80s–because
this film is the bizarre, unverified residue that would leak out of the debris if you put
the entire decade of the 80s in one of those Car Crushing Compactor things and left it
to rot for a few weeks. Neon Maniacs. A film that doesn’t make any sense, but
bizarrely enough–despite trying not be in places, is also thoroughly entertaining–whilst
having a few moments of genuinely creative moments in horror. For those that haven’t yet seen Neon Maniacs,
you’re going to need a little bit of context to understand the extent of its appeal, if
that’s the word–but as far as weirdness goes, it kind of speaks for itself. Imagine if the Power Rangers travelled back
in time half a decade and made a string of terrible life choices–met up with the Cenobites–and
then somehow accidentally stumbled onto the set of Nightbreed after having a brief stint
on Nightmare on Elm Street. That’s the Neon Maniacs–the horde of horror
monstrosities that never were. Directed by Joseph Mangine and written by
Mark Patrick Carducci–Neon Maniacs, which was also released briefly under the title
Evil Dead Warriors, tells the tale of a legion of strange, demonic entities that live beneath
the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, who every night emerge from the depths to slay
teenagers with various means of weaponry. The only way to kill them is with water–so…
the whole bridge thing is a little bit of a questionable real estate choice, but whatever. I told you it doesn’t make sense. There’s a Samurai Neon Maniac, who’s pretty
damn cool actually–and maybe like, a surgeon doctor scientist maniac, I think? Then there’s what appears to be a cop? One of them is covered in pure blonde body
hair and looks like he could be a distant relative of the mutants from The Hills Have
Eyes but never looks like he’s in the right frame. There’s a lizard thing. Yeah. I don’t really know. Neon Maniacs is weird–that’s all there
is to it. Swinging in at Number 4 — Cemetary Man, 1994 Okay, now we can get into the meat of things–where
weird horror cinema is actually worth your precious time and investment. Now, I don’t say this lightly–but this
movie is a hot mess. However, that is exactly what makes it fantastic. Also, as a little side note–I was put onto
watching this film last year by some of you Top 5 Scary fans, so much appreciated for
that–and yet still, I’m not entirely sure what to think of it. What I do know is that 1994’s Cemetery Man
is thoroughly entertaining–it’s macabre, it’s full of dry humour–it’s charming–it’s
surreal and weird, and it’s littered with fragments of a dark philosophy that is alluring
throughout. But. Also. This film makes no sense whatsoever. SO–some people may struggle to get through
it, which is a fair enough critique. However, if you do–there’s a lot to be
enjoyed. For those of you that have already seen the
remarkably charming Phantasm series by Don Coscarelli–you will love this film, I’m
pretty certain of it. But for those that haven’t, let me explain. Written and directed by Michele Soavi, an
Italian screenwriter and director who had a direct involvement with the masters of giallo
Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Cemetery Man tells the tale of a cemetery caretaker named
Francesco Dellamorte, played by the strangely brilliant Rupert Everett, who lives in a rundown,
ramshackle house in the middle of a cemetery in a small Italian town. Every now and then, the dead rise up–and
it’s Francesco’s job to sort them out. However, although that may sound like a pretty
intriguing plot–and it is–if you’re looking for a narrative that is coherent and makes
any sense in the classic Act One, Act Two, Act Three manner–then you’re in for a strangely
delightful disappointment. This film is perhaps the definition of the
term off-beat. It digs it’s many strange burial plots to
the beat of its own shovel. And despite all of its flaws–it’s oddly
beautiful–and it’s deserving of your attention. Picture the legendary British film, 1987’s
Withnail and I–and then collide it with Tim Burton’s most absurd and terrifying fever
dreams. Cemetery Man Next up at Number 3–Rubber, 2010 And I’m glad that this film can make it to this list–because
whilst it’s the literal definition of weird horror cinema–it’s also an awesome horror
movie. It really is–and if you’ve ever heard about
it, but have been put off by the sound of a psychic, killer tire mowing people down
as a bleak and pitiful attempt at B-Movie horror–forget that noise. Rubber is fantastic. And whilst this may appear to be the most
obvious choice for this list–surprisingly enough, it’s actually one of the most highbrow
horror films ever made. And it’s also one of the most trashy, silly
and low-brow horror movies ever made. It’s like this—Maybe. I dunno. It’s kind of confusing. But the premise, well–that’s the simple
part. A tire–yes, as in a rubber tire from a car–whose
name is Robert–one day wakes up and gains sapience, to realise that he is in fact a
psychokinetic tire, and has a pretty efficient habit of blowing people’s heads up. And thus ensues his tire-rolling rampage across
the Californian desert to release his chaotic reign on the poor, unassuming victims. Yeah. It’s a psychic slasher movie and the killer
is a rubber tire. A to B horror–right guys? But actually, wrong. Because although it was met by some harsh
criticism–it was in the framing of this film where the true intrigue to it lay. In many ways, Rubber is a horror movie about
how dumb horror movies can be–but it never oversteps the mark in that sense–which I
think is the main reason why this film is defensible. One of the main criticisms to this films attempted
intellect, is that it pokes too much fun out of the subject matter that it uses to make
its point–which, for many cases, I guess is a fair argument. But the *reason* behind that–although the
film explicitly states that it has *no reason*–is that this film wouldn’t have been made if
it’s creators didn’t already *love* those kind of movies. Does that make sense? It’s self deprecating. Yes. It mocks a lot of trashy, weird horror cinema. But it mocks them out of love. It’s like, if you’re from a small town–it’s
okay for you and your friends to call it names and complain about how crap it is. But if someone outside of town does that? Oh boy. They better watch their mouth. Yeah, that’s Rubber. Coming in at Number 2 — Dead And Buried,
1981 I ummed and ahh’d about placing this film
on our list–but in the end I think it’s the right move for this horror movie. See what I did there? Now–1981’s Dead And Buried is a different
kind of weird, because on it’s initial release, this film was so controversial for it’s
gruesome depictions, that it was outright banned as a video nasty in the UK–but by
today’s standards? This film is pretty damn tame. Particularly in some of the films more explicit
moments of gore. But that’s doesn’t exactly matter–because
no, it’s not in the outdated physical effects where Dead And Buried became a staple of weird
horror cinema, but in its narrative–and for a time where horror cinema was still trying
to find its footing and figure out just exactly what it wanted to be–Dead And Buried stood
out like the sore thumb of a black sheep. And if you delve into the bones of this movie,
and rummage around in it’s chest cavity–there are some really strange and disturbing horror
motifs. Directed by Gary Sherman, the man responsible
for The Fox and The Hound where I cry everytime, Dead and Buried tells the tale of a man named
Dan Gillis, played by James Farentino–who returns to his roots as the new sheriff of
a small New England town named Potter’s Bluff, where he meets back up with some of
his old, familiar faces. Quickly though–some weird stuff starts to
turn toward Dan’s attention, and in a typical Stephen King-esque manner, a small-town New
England Mystery begins to unfold before our very eyes. In that same line, there are some truly bizarre
characters in this film–who really steal the show with their nuanced moments of horror. I’ll try and not spoil anything–but there
is a certain mortician in this film that does some really weird stuff, to the point where
the typical 80’s horror sheen wears off a little, and you’re not sure whether you
should actually be watching a film more contemporary in tone. In many ways, Dead And Buried plays out like
a feature-length episode of The Twilight Zone. In fact, it’s very similar in tone to it–ahead
of its time, and very, very weird. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–Lost
Highway, 1997 Because the truth of the matter is–we cannot
talk about the very, very weird–without addressing the weirdest of the weird–the master of weird
horror himself, Mr. David Lynch. To quote a certain teenage paranormal investigator–this
film gives me the willies, and some of you may already consider 1997’s Lost Highway
as Lynch’s weirdest film ever made–and really, that’s saying something–because
we could cover his entire catalogue and already give them the highest honor as the weirdest
of horror cinema. This one though? I don’t know. I can’t quite put my finger on as to just
exactly why Lost Highway stands out amongst Lynch’s work, but I guess I’ll give it
a go. David Lynch has cultivated a very specific
genre in his creation–some would not ever call it horror, although the likes of Eraserhead
and Twin Peaks blur the lines between them–but in Lost Highway I think he managed to sum
up just exactly how and why weird fiction can be horrifying. This film is so cold–and I’m not sure if
you could ever attribute that adjective to another director. Lost Highway is emotionally empty–but not
in the same sense that a film like Hostel or A Serbian Film is emotionally empty–there’s
just nothing there. And I think that’s why this film can only
ever really be analyzed through a feeling of something–or in this case, a lack of that
feeling. In some cases, yeah–this film is difficult
to access–you’ll probably be frustrated if you aren’t in the mood for watching something
unlike the rest of horror–but if you really let it sink it’s teeth in, there are few
other films that can carve out the same, hollow shape as this one. Written and directed by David Lynch, Lost
Highway tells the tale of a jazz musician named Fred Madison, played by Bill Pullman–and
his wife Renee, played by Patricia Arquette–who one day find a strange VHS tape left on their
porch of an unnerving recording of their own home. As the days pass, more and tapes show up–and
that’s all I’ll say, because you don’t need me spoiling one of the weirdest and most
bizarre movies ever made. Yeah. You’ll get the willies. Well there we have it horror fans, our list
for the Top 5 Weirdest Horror Movies Of All Time – Part 2. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video though–if
you’d like to continue on with your horror movie recommendation binge–then please, make
sure to check out our neatly compiled playlists–expertly arranged for your viewing enjoyment. Well on that note, unfortunately that’s
all we’ve got time for in today’s video–cheers for sticking around all the way until the
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100 comments

  1. Once you're done here, be sure to check out part 1 – Top 5 Weirdest Horror Movies Of All Time – Part 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8L5UzNrI5s

  2. I can't tell you much at all about NightWish other than a few random memories I have. All I do remember that it stars Clayton Rohner and that its weird, plus I'm sure it came out in the 80's.

  3. How does Jack manage it?
    He's seen a gazillion films, he's better read that a librarian, and he's a gamer.
    Either he's managed to conjure up 30 hour days, or he never sleeps, eats and……….shaves – yeah shaves, that'll do.

    And sheep have thumbs?

  4. Hey Jack, I grew up in a town called Rawlins, Wyoming. In that town a Horror B movie was made there. It's called "Prison" and it stars Viggo Mortenson. Give it a watch!!

  5. I have learned enough at this point in my long movie watching stints that if I hear the name "David Lynch," I'm just going to walk away and not even try to get invested, because I'll never get an answer to the questions raised in a Lynch film. :/

  6. Would you consider return of night of the living dead weird? I love it,Horror satire is hard to pull off but boy this movie does it brilliantly
    Rubber sponsored by Durex

  7. Rock solid! I saw lost highway in the theater!! Good times, and thanks again. I’m going to check out dead and buried and cemetery man. Thanks!👍😄

  8. There has been a few wired horror movies I've watched. So left me asking myself. "What did I just watch?!"
    But my favorite wired movie has to be Lo. I kinda question what I just watched. But I enjoyed watching Lo.
    It looks low budget film. With only has a few actors in it. One of the sets reminds me of part in Sesame Street where they are at a restaurant. Although most of the movie take place in a circle of light. With only two people in it sitting in the middle. And I use the term people lightly with one of them. I don't want to give to much of it away, because I would most definitely recommend you guys watching it.

  9. I absolutely love this channel. I seriously have a hard time finding a good horror flick I havnt seen and yall show some great ones!!!

  10. Lost highway and Cemetery Man are 2 of my favourite movies (I also enjoy the killer tomatoes) how about Demons also a weird and fun movie

  11. Rent is still the most terrifying film ever. I talked about Rubber A day ago Thanks guys You do read all this crap

  12. You should do a top 5 Horror musicals list. Ie Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Rocky Horror etc
    Nothing weirder than singing a mid killing people / monsters (monster making ) and Giant Alien Flesh eating plants.

  13. If there would be a Part 3 of the weirdest horror movies, i hope Calvaire aka The ordeal makes the cut. Thought is was delightfully estranging.

  14. Awesome choices, your the dude. If want weird checkout. Big Meat Eater (1982) The Nostril Picker (1993) Mystics of Bali (1981) PIN (1988) Sweet Movie (1974)

  15. As per usual; Jack && Lucy are my heroes. Kudos for mentioning the pulling of heart strings by "The Fox and the Hound"
    You guys are amazing, never stop. Not that you could. You both would are immortal amazement embodied.

  16. Neon Maniacs challenge Watch the whole movie with out leaving your house Finding the bridge and jumping off of it Good Times

  17. my god father wrote the music for attack of the killer tomatoes he used to sing the song to me bc it made me laugh like crazy as a kid

  18. Cemetary man is awesome, one of my favourite zombie movies. However you really gotta be in the mood! I could also say Boy eats girl.

  19. Neon Maniacs is legit one of my favorite obscure scary movies. And i have to give Jack an A+++ on that description! Well done sir, well done👍

  20. What a phenomenal list! Especially Cemetery Man and Dead and Buried. I'm curious your thoughts on Lynchs true horror Inland Empire? I have yet to see the entire thing but want to.

  21. Have you ever seen a movie called "Body Bags" from 1993? I wouldn't know if weird is the appropriate word for that or not, but watching that was a bit of an experience.

  22. Wow, I just realized that I can still sing the theme from Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes. Thanks for that, Jack. 🙂 And "Rubber" is a blast!

  23. Great list Jack! For Part 3, how about My Demon Lover, Basket Case (and it's subsequent sequels), Dead Alive (aka, Brain Dead), the OTHER Brain Dead film with Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton (very surreal and psychological), Brain Damage, Naked Lunch, and The Kindred??

  24. Attack of the killer tomatoes! 😀 😀 😀 – This film has been continued three times! 😛 LOL I have to see this! 🙂

  25. I know it may not be horror but it was weird movie anybody remember Six String Samurai? It was like true Rock n Roll vs Big Hair Metal. Please help me I only know 3 other people that have seen it. I get funny looks when I bring up this movie like it doesn’t exist. I think Slash is in it or the villain looks like him and the good guy looks like Elvis.

  26. Jack … you described "Neon Maniacs" perfectly! — "Rubber" was a movie I decided to see whilst completely blasted on vodka … and it was incredible!

  27. Want to hear something really WEIRD? Before Lost Highway, I could not STAND David Lynch. Then I watched Twin Peaks, which became my favorite series of all time, although Season 1 of True Detective bounced it down to #2. Still need to see the new Twin Peaks, though. Brilliant again, Jack! Cheers!

  28. Hear me out…Attack of the Killer Tomatoes…meets Rubber….eh? A tire and some tomatoes go on a killing spree?? Eeehhhh!!! Spielberg where you at!

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