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An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies. Annie McEnroe, Votes: 92 min Family, Adventure, Sci-Fi. For one thing, it also goes by the title Teddy, which you might think says enough already. Tracey Walter, Adventure, Comedy, Family. 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. Julian Fellowes, Votes: The 3rd act brings the whole concept into play with a society that literally morphs, merges and interacts with each other on a highly bizarre organic level….crazy sh*t. However, it wasn’t just the futuristic films that got pumped full of weird-juice, as evidenced by the decade’s mountain of horror films. Labyrinth could easily make this list, but 1982’s The Dark Crystal is weirder still. | $3.92M, PG-13 After a colleague dies while wearing the headset, he becomes determined to experience what – if any – afterlife exists. 106 min Sure! Earth Girls Are Easy might not rank among the decade’s greatest hits – in fact, it returned a dismal $3.9 million on an estimated $10 million budget – but it certainly ranks among its wackiest. Nor is that a coincidental comparison: a reboot of the film has been mooted since 2012, when the Governator himself was lined up to star. The 80s was a pioneering era for science fiction, from The Empire Strikes Back to latter-day classics like The Running Man. After all, weird, odd, and bizarre films will always have a certain value to film fans–and for those looking for outre, camp, and fringe movies, here are 10 totally awesome, bizarre films from the late, great 1980s. 62,053 7,460 | Kaufman and Peters were certainly interesting choices for the two leads, with Peters a legendary Broadway star and Kaufman an alternative comedian. 86 min He also sleeps with his partner, a criminal psychologist, after she’s lured into a church by the sound of a baby crying. Nowadays, Christopher Walken and his iconic voice have transcended the man himself. 49,313 Valeria Golino, Votes: The exact circumstances of her death were never established, with some believing an altercation with her husband led to her death. 91 min Need I say more? 101 min Director: | Gross: Stars: | The film depicts the story of the astronaut from The Exorcist, who suffers a psychotic break during an abortive rocket launch. The result of this important mission much exceeded her expectations. Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard. 13 kids movies from the 80s that were seriously dark and scary Ross McG Friday 6 Feb 2015 3:36 pm Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via messenger River Phoenix, Director: For some, 1985’s Teen Wolf is bizarre enough. Toby Froud, Why not? 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. Jon Lovitz, Early in Grant’s first act, however, was the underrated satire How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Joe Dante If nothing else, the 1980s were an age of discovery for the horror genre, as well as a time of weird normalization. The channel in question depicts torture being performed, and viewers become so enraptured that they undergo terrifying mutations and psychotic breaks. | Gross: To honour these oft-forgotten works of art, we’ve compiled a list of the most bizarre films from the 80s. Starring future dad bod model Jason Bateman in his film debut, Teen Wolf Too [sic] has Scott Howard’s cousin, Todd, forced into taking up boxing. Representing the inner viciousness of man, we’ve been transfixed by these creatures in everything from The Wolf Man to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Frank Oz, The plot concerns a headset that can record and play back the mental experiences of the wearer. 44,203 Stephen Herek Frank Oz Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. The structure of a crazed man undergoing supernatural circumstances, while struggling to maintain his relationship with his wife, is the basis of most Jim Carrey comedy flicks from the early 90s. | Stars: 17. Jim Carrey, Action, Adventure, Comedy. Stars: 5,441 Geena Davis, | Randal Kleiser In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship. 19,272 | Alec Baldwin, | Kim Basinger, | Howard the Duck was a critical and commercial failure; if you went back in time and described how Marvel has come to dominate cinema in the years since, Howard the Duck viewers would have laughed you out of the room. 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. The show began its run in September 2001, mere days after the 9/11 attacks, and failed to attract enough investors to become a complete production. That’s not to suggest that Keaton is the only bizarre part of the film. | | 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. Prior to his success with The Lord of the Rings, Shore was a regular Cronenberg collaborator. | Tim Burton’s first foray into directing before he moved onto bigger projects like the Batman films, the child-like magic of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is both uncomfortable and undeniable. If you love sword and sorcery films, there’s no question that you’ll find Conan the Destroyer entertaining. Despite that robots are essentially not sentient, the film is nonetheless a tale of love, loyalty and despair. Malcolm McDowell, Annette O'Toole, Votes: What effects couldn’t save, however, was a bizarre plot and a frightening central character. The silliness of slasher films had certainly reached their apex long before 1989, yet Cutting Class still feels like the subgenre’s prime example of goofy '80s fun.Featuring a young Brad Pitt in his first major role, the film depicts the return of troubled teenager Brian Woods after spending time at a mental institution. And yet it gets stranger still. | Gross: Family, Comedy, Arthur is asked to pick up a bird for Thanksgiving dinner, so he brings home a 266-pound chicken named Henrietta. Michael Eisner mooted a reboot in 2012, but plans were binned after an overwhelmingly negative response to the news. One, The Howling, was a straight-up slasher. Stars: Stars: 123,916 199,569 Looking at this list, the 80’s were a weird time! Tim Robbins, Walken and Natalie Wood star as a pair of estranged lovers and scientists who find the headset works better than they could have possibly imagined. But I think of a movie and immediately flash back to my childhood. Of course, you remember iconic '80s movies such as The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, and Back to the Future. 100 min 0:03:50 ROUND 1 What movie character would have the best podcast? The film marked a watershed moment for Troma Entertainment, who moved heavily into B-movie horror after the cult success of The Toxic Avenger. David Bowie, Count us in! | After the murder of a local magnate, Albert Finney’s Dewey Wilson is put back on the force. | In fact, the film’s dire warnings about the dangers of broadcasting and cassette tapes almost feel twee in today’s digital age. It’s such a remarkable utopia, in fact, that they send George Carlin back in time to make sure Bill and Ted (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) stay together and record their prophetic discography. It’s fair to say that, without Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we wouldn’t have Point Break, Speed or The Matrix. The actor would undergo another about-face with 1989’s Batman, also helmed by Tim Burton, but nothing in his career can compare to the sheer weirdness of Beetlejuice. Alex Winter, Oz has been taken over by the villainous Nome King – it seems there really is no place like Nome – who has elevated Princess Mombi. Bill Norton Kind of like Frankenstein meets Beauty and the Beast meets Superman, but updated for the 80s generation (in other words, more aerobics gear, bad music, occasional nudity, and horrible jokes), the Toxic Avenger is a bullied nerd who gets dropped in a vat of nuclear waste and turns into a deformed freak who battles crime and falls in love. The babysitter is played by Jeannie Elias, who went on to star as Pugsley Addams in the 90s cartoon version of The Addams Family, among several dozen other voice acting credits. Another, An American Werewolf in London, was an acclaimed horror-comedy. Comedy, Sci-Fi. Beverly Hills Cop wasn't only the highest grossing film of 1984, it was also the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, until The Matrix Reloaded kicked it out of … 105 min 118,288 | Gross: Dave Goelz, Votes: Jennifer Connelly, Sadly, the film was Kaufman’s final theatrical performance before his death at the age of only 35. 80s TV Shows; 90s Kids Movies; Best Kids Movies; $1 Summer Movies; 80s Movies. Peter Baldwin 100 min Godfrey Ho ninjas are unlike other ninjas. #9 RAWHEAD REX (1986) WOW, is this a strange one. | | Gross: Tibor Takács All four of them. In fact, Kaufman’s participation in Heartbeeps was considered a trial run for a film about Tony Clifton, one of his comedy characters. | The 1942 version is a strange tale of women transforming into murderous panthers, but the Paul Schrader-directed remake takes the questionable elements of the wartime original and dials the weirdness up to eleventeen. Cliff De Young, In the end, I’ve got to hand it to the studios and filmmakers of the ‘90s for thinking way outside the box. Paul Reubens, Note, that weird doesn't mean that I think every movie on my list is bad. 43,130 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. 110 min | | George Carlin, “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. Movies like Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Terminator, and The Thing all came out in the ‘80s, but there are even more films that were released under the Sci-Fi genre. $18.56M, PG Ethan Hawke, The internet has delighted in the second act of Richard E Grant. Phoebe Cates, 24,862 The film’s disappointing box office returns – especially compared to the original film, which made back its costs thrice over – meant a sequel was canned. Christa Denton, Taking place on the distant planet of Thra, The Dark Crystal depicts the conflict between the innocent Gelfings and the malevolent Skeksis, the latter of whom exploit the titular crystal to elongate their lifespan. Not only do they resemble clowns, but the creatures also use an arsenal of circus-themed weaponry, encasing their victims in a cotton candy-like substance and dispatching people with popcorn. You might have guessed from the wayward plot that the film was a complete flop, making only $1.6 million. Directors: | Less so. The 80s really loved stop-motion and bad green screen. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure spawned two sequels, which admittedly have less cinematic pedigree. Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. Some of the best 80s films take an unabashed look at the bizarre and jump right in. 90 min When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Director: The weird movies of the '90s will live on forever. Adventure, Comedy, Romance. While the film was marketed as a horror-comedy, that doesn’t stop the weirdness slipping from absurd to something more disturbing. | The 80s might have brought us some of the most iconic films of all time, but the decade also gave us some of the most bizarre. | The 80s were full of these kinds of videos, with these 15 being the absolute icing on the weird cake. Keanu Reeves, | Zach Galligan, The presence of a parasitic growth isn’t anything new in cinema, but the macabre conclusion of the film is certainly more horror than comedy. It soon becomes apparent that the murder was not committed by any mortal man, but by the ‘Wolfen,’ Native Americans who can exchange their souls with wolves. | Gross: Videodrome is nothing if not surreal, with its psychosexual themes and inimitable Cronenberg style. 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. Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies. | Gross: 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. Jim Henson Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. | 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. On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. Mackenzie Astin, Lucy Deakins, 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. 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. Schwarzenegger is joined by Grace Jones and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain as they face off against Thoth-Amon, played by Pat Roach (better known as the burly figure in the first three Indiana Jones films). Willard Huyck 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. It makes sense, then, that The Ninth Configuration is written, directed and produced by William Peter Blatty, and based on one of his novels. 90 min After the success of his sophomore film, American Graffiti, George Lucas set his sights on a revolutionary science fiction project, the likes of which would still have a cult status decades later. Stars: Today we know the Avengers as a motley crew of Norse gods, American supersoldiers and occasionally a woman or two – but there’s yet to be a crossover with cinema’s greatest hero: the Toxic Avenger. | 109 min The best part, however, has to be Finney’s remarkable hairdo. An uproarious pastiche of the popular, wholesome Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids were considered the height of playground counterculture. $13.85M, PG Often forgotten, however, is its even-more-bizarre sequel. 15,339 | $40.58M, PG | The pair had been staying on a yacht, together with the yacht’s captain and her co-star Walken. Nick Castle | Kathryn Mullen, Originally sold as trading cards, the Kids each had a deformity or disgusting habit, and encouraged children to delight in their ugliness. 3,070 In fact, the very first scene has a panther mate with a sacrificial (and very human) maiden, as if anyone really wanted to think too deeply about how Cat People came to be. 16. While Reeves had already found some success with films like River’s Edge and Dangerous Liaisons, it was the unexpected success of Bill & Ted – which grossed $40.5 million from a $6.5 million budget – that landed him a reputation as a bankable star. Stars: Shelley Thompson, Votes: Lucas served as executive producer on the project, and Industrial Light & Magic constructed the ambitious strobe effects. | Stars: Investigate the magnate’s black bodyguard. And did somebody say Robert Goulet? Even better, there was an economy of weird, and the mainstream was trying its hardest to capitalize on it in every capacity. For example, a murder victim ends up being used as a ventriloquist’s dummy, and another scene sees a clown drinking gelatinised blood through a crazy straw. It’s only once he decides to forego his lupine powers and box mano-a-mano that he realises what matters in life. Keene Curtis, PG This movie is a must own for those who either: Love 80's flicks or awesomely bad movies(or both). We dug through some murky internet backwaters to find this eclectic collection of forgotten, cast-off and supremely weird ‘80s horror trailers, with an eye toward obscurity. John Louie, Votes: Stars: Olivia Barash, Votes: Paul Reubens, If you aren’t yet sold on the film, it’s always interesting to listen to a Howard Shore score. Stars: Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans as multicoloured extra-terrestrials, Earth Girls Are Easy has the 80s threesome pursue Geena Davis and Julie Brown for some intergalactic coitus. Director: With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. 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. 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