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Most bizarre movies on Netflix right now

Ever wonder just what kind of weird stuff is buried in the Netflix catalog? You could spend all day scrolling around in search of the strange, but we've got you covered. Let's take a look at some of the most bizarre films you can find on the streaming service.

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Wetlands (2013)

Based on the novel by Charlotte Roche, this movie features large amounts of bodily fluids you didn't know the human body could produce so much of—including menstrual blood and sperm—to tell the stark, true, and riveting story of an 18-year-old woman coming of age. While exploring the human body in act of rebellion against her mother, she finds herself trying to rekindle a love between her divorced parents while falling for her male nurse—a man she met after a shaving accident gone terribly wrong.

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The ABCs of Death (2012)

What if you hired 26 directors­, one for each letter of the alphabet? Then what if you tasked each of them with crafting a short film that needed only to fall into a certain runtime and follow a narrative built around death? That's exactly what producers Ant Thompson and Tim League did with this experimental anthology film. Watch it for the cinematography—and the bit about a fart from God's butt, the toilet humor, and the student who gets sucked into her teacher's anal cavity.

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Zombeavers (2014)

A movie called Zombeavers—with singer John Mayer and comedian Bill Burr in the cast—will get your attention, especially when the plot follows the fallout from a toxic waste spill that sends a swamp full of zombie beavers swarming a bunch of kids who expected to have a sex-filled weekend of debauchery, only to spend it fighting for their lives. "Zombeavers is exactly what it sounds like," Simon Abrams wrote on RogerEbert.com. "A stoner-friendly horror-comedy about undead beavers."

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He Never Died (2015)

The tagline to He Never Died gets right to the point: "It's hard to live when you can't die." Actor, singer, and author Henry Rollins plays Jack, a kind of mysterious anti-hero whose listless drift through middle age is upended when his teenage daughter is kidnapped. What's bizarre about this movie is how Rollins plays Jack, a character who lacks feeling for most of the movie—it feels like an homage to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator, but subtler.

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Daemonium (2015)

Unless it's coming from Guillermo del Toro, a little bit of Spanish fantasy horror goes a long way. Where del Toro enthralled us with Pan's Labyrinth, Argentinian director Pablo Pares' Daemonium opts to go full-out weird at the expense of plot, pacing, character development … you know, all the biggest circles on a Venn diagram of important movie things.

What Daemonium does deliver is a bizarre mix of demons, wizards, and martial arts action that flirts with your eyes like a splash of drain cleaner. Just about every ten minutes, Daemonium goes from bad to badass to bad acid and back again, an endless carousel completely unfettered by logic. Some people are robots, some people aren't. Some people … are robots now? But they weren't like … like 15 minutes ago! And where's that guy's head? These are just a few of the fun questions Daemonium allows you to ask.

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The Scribbler (2014)

What if you were a killer and didn't know it? That's the question asked by The Scribbler, which follows a woman named Suki with multiple personalities living in an apartment building sanctioned for psychiatric patients. One by one, the women in the building start dying, allegedly jumping to their deaths. The movie is told within the framework of Suki's interrogation by the police after the fact, giving it a weird sense of altered chronology and an unreliable narrative–after all, it's a story being told by a crazy woman.

So yeah, it gets way weird as the story progresses. Superpowers, insanity, a totally freaky God machine–all hidden behind the closed doors of a psychiatric institute. It boasts some pretty sleek visuals and a unique story line, if nothing else.

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Night Watch/Day Watch (2006/2007)

Before he made his English-language debut with 2008's Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov wrote and directed the double feature of Night Watch and Day Watch, two sci-fi films with a visual style that clearly influenced Wanted, yet which don't follow any of the norms of Hollywood blockbusters. The dreamlike dissonance of these movies is enough to make you question your own sanity, since the only constant rule in the Day/Night Watch universe is "make it shiny." All the plot threads about alternate dimensions and vampires and ancient forces do come together into a coherent story, but it's a hard weave to figure out. Between the two, Day Watch is certainly more interesting, but it'll make precious little sense if you haven't seen the backstory-heavy Night Watch first.

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Deathgasm (2015)

Once upon a time, someone watched Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and thought, "This would be a lot better with more heavy metal and naked women, and maybe someone, like, beats up a demon with a dildo." It's a thought we've all had at some point. Whatever caused it to happen, Deathgasm is now an irretrievable piece of the world. It's out there, unable to be undone.

Still, Deathgasm has some pretty solid moments. It follows four teenagers who start a metal band in their garage and inadvertently play a song that unleashes hell on their quiet suburban neighborhood. To save the town, they have to pretty much kill everyone in it. New Zealand's been giving us some great quirky comedies lately, like What We Do In The Shadows, and Deathgasm is certainly part of the gang, even if it's the weird kid that hangs out in the back and draws dongs on everything.

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Tokyo Tribe (2014)

You know those gritty gangland musicals? The kind that rap their way through the streets of Tokyo with the ol' one-two punch of kung fu and hip hop? No? Well, the good news is there's a movie that does just that. The bad news is, it's Tokyo Tribe. Look, this should have been such an awesome movie. It should have defined the modern gangster sing-along. But it's just too disturbing for pleasant viewing. 

The first couple minutes make you feel like you're in for a treat. There's a sweet cinematic long take. There's a funky fresh grandma with a turntable. There's a kid rapping the entire dynamic of Tokyo's underground gangs, for goodness sake. Now that's exposition.

But it's all a trap. A horrible, ugly trap. From that moment on, the movie descends into a whirlwind of nonsense and graphic brutality where literally every single line of dialogue is rapped, a gimmick with less staying power than your racist uncle's Facebook updates. Give Tokyo Tribe a watch for the sheer uniqueness of a rap musical gang war, but don't expect much more.

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Ludo (2015)

This Bengali take on the "deadly game" trope is a violent, gory mess that only gets weirder with each passing frame. Four teenagers out partying find their way into an abandoned mall, where a creepy old couple invites them to play a game made from human bones. You know, the kind of situation that you immediately run like hell to get away from. Only these guys don't, and the game gets shockingly real extremely fast, sending the protagonists headfirst into a Slipknot music video where flash cuts and gory imagery reign supreme and the only way to get out is to wait for the credits. Is Ludo worth watching? Hey, if you don't have anything better to do, and you've given up on life, go for it.

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The Similars (2015)

A lot of the movies on this list are just plain bad, but The Similars is a surprising gem that's not only utterly bizarre, it's actually incredibly entertaining. Released in 2015, this Spanish sci-fi horror film was made in black and white to emulate the feel of '60s cult horror flicks, but the post color grading intentionally leaves splashes of color to draw your attention to (or away from) key items in the film. 

The steady drone of rain, the stark monochromatic palette, and the ever-growing sense of dread all contribute to an amazingly unique viewing experience. The story is simple enough: a freak storm leaves eight strangers stranded in a bus stop in the middle of the night. But the path The Similars takes from there is so unexpected that you won't be able to look away.

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Lucid Dream (2017)

With action, drama, and a sleek sci-fi aesthetic, Lucid Dream is a surprising addition to the Netflix originals line-up. Not surprising because it's good, but surprising because it was almost completely overlooked by everyone. At the time of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes doesn't even have a critics' score for it.

But that shouldn't keep you away. Like 2002's Minority Report, Lucid Dream is a police-driven mystery thriller at heart, with all the sci-fi elements acting as icing on the cake. The story is about a journalist who, with nowhere else to turn, attempts to find his kidnapped son via lucid dreaming. As he delves into his own subconscious, all the strange details of the case begin to coalesce into a surprising narrative. It's an emotional, fast-paced experience that combines with the surreal visuals of the dream world to form a unique—if bizarre—tale.

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Mr. Nobody

This sci-fi drama is basically a gritty reboot of the Schrodinger's cat paradox: if you don't make any decision, then every possibility exists. Told as a series of flashbacks by a 118-year-old man (Jared Leto) on the brink of death, Mr. Nobody dives into a surreal past where one man, Nemo, has potentially lived multiple lives, each of which he remembers clearly. In each one, a pivotal decision has split his reality into several outcomes. It's a confusing, mind-bending tale that ultimately rests on a strong script and surprisingly powerful performances by Leto and the supporting cast. Mr. Nobody is definitely a bizarre movie that'll leave you thinking long after the credits roll.

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III: The Ritual (2015)

Netflix is awash in low-budget horror movies, so finding a well-realized, visually stunning nosedive into hell is always a treat, and III: The Ritual delivers on the freaky visuals in spades. The ritual in the title describes an occult ceremony, which a German priest must perform on a sick girl to send her into a parallel dimension, all in the hopes of curing her incurable disease. The otherworldly sequences are enough to elevate this German thriller above most horror movies, and some scenes are bound to leave a lasting impression.

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The Avenging Fist (2001)

If you watch all the way to the end of The Avenging Fist, you'll spot a weird disclaimer in the credits: "Important notice: The movie is not based on or related to any of the 'Tekken' video games and is not licensed by Namco Limited."

See, back when The Avenging Fist was just a twinkle in some screenwriter's eye, it was envisioned as a film adaptation of the Tekken video game franchise. The producers whipped up a script, designed their characters, and got down to the nitty gritty of filmmaking…all before worrying about the teensy little detail of actually getting the rights to use the Tekken name. Not surprisingly, Tekken developer Namco shut the movie down with a few well-placed legal punches, leaving the producers two options: forget about the whole thing, or tweak a few script details and finish the movie anyway.

The latter idea won out, giving us The Avenging Fist, a definitely non-Tekken sci-fi martial arts movie where the characters just happen to look exactly like Tekken characters. That guy with the goggles? That's not Hworang. No, sir! His hair's purple. He has a different name.

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G.O.R.A. (2004)

This is an absurd movie, but it's obvious that the filmmakers have a deep love of science fiction. Their enthusiasm shines through even in the most slapstick moments. With references to everything from Star Wars to The Matrix to The Fifth Element, there's a lot to like about G.O.R.A., even if it's hands-down one of the silliest, weirdest movies you'll ever see. Prime example: instead of jacking into a supercomputer, a la The Matrix, our hero downloads a set of fighting skills from a Commodore 64. Later, he lights a cigarette on one of the bullets he's dodging. Yeah, there's a lot of stuff like that.

The story is pretty simple: aliens abduct a guy who ends up saving the planet. That's about it from start to finish, but it's wrapped up in so much ridiculous dialogue, over-the-top CGI, and insane costuming you don't realize it. Just sit back and enjoy whatever G.O.R.A. throws at you until it's all over.

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The Monkey King (2014)

If we had to guess the percentage of this movie that wasn't filmed in front of a green screen, we'd say…three. Maybe. And that includes the credits. That's not necessarily a bad thing—300 pulled it off pretty well—but The Monkey King takes its digital art to such extremes that you'd be forgiven for wondering if the liquor store spiked your half-gallon of rum. In any given frame, there could be cloud dragons, giant floating turtles, or slow-dancing crab people. None of these are the main characters. You know this because the main character is a monkey.

So let's back up. The Monkey King is based on a 16th-century Chinese novel called Journey to the West, which is widely regarded as one of the best pieces of Chinese literature in history. It's an epic fantasy interwoven with moral tales centered on a monkey whose pride causes him to fall from heaven. The movie, on the other hand, is just a bunch of hallucinogenic colors splashed behind some actors dressed like monkeys. Crazy? Yes. Good? Well, that's up to you to decide.

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Bedeviled (2017)

For the most part, Bedeviled is your average straight-to-streaming horror movie. Five friends download an app infected with the worst kind of malware—an evil force that wants to hunt them down and give them stabbing lessons. Sure, it's filled with gratuitous jump scares, hot teens who can't act, and enough holes to invite a gopher infestation, but seriously, just look at the plot description. You expect that.

What really elevates Bedeviled into weirdness is the care given to the evil bad guy. The demonic force can manifest as other things, including (but not limited to) a dancing teddy bear, a racist televangelist, and a zombie grandma. It's all pulled off with low-budget, practical effects, but that just makes those scenes even more bizarre.

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Krrish (2006)

The good news is, that two-minute-long slow-motion montage of a guy running beside a horse that you've always wanted is finally here. The bad news? There is no bad news, This is Krrisha Bollywood superhero movie, and we're okay with literally anything happening. Krrish, the titular superhero, has to stop a megalomaniac who's built a computer that can see into the future. Sometimes, though, he sings love songs in a creek, because one of Krrish's superpowers is soulful pipes.

Content aside, the Krrish franchise (a surprisingly big thing) just makes no sense. The first movie is called something completely different and is a comedy about aliens. That's followed by Krrish, which is a superhero movie, and right after Krrish comes Krrish 3. Fortunately, they're all on Netflix, so you can have a great time figuring out what it all means. Bottom line: If you thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier really suffered because Bucky never stopped a fight to croon pop songs to his girl, Krrish was made for you.

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Drifter (2017)

The first thing you'll notice about Drifter is that it has a gritty, stylized tone that brings to mind films like Trainspotting. The second thing you'll notice is that it isn't very good. And, as it continues, it only gets worse. In fact, the only consistent part of Drifter is its escalating weirdness. Nothing else—the pacing, the character development, the acting—can manage to keep going in the same direction for very long, which is a shame, because it ruins some decent cinematography and an idea that could have been horrifying if it hadn't been laid out in such a dismal way.

That idea is basically that two brothers find themselves in a town run by a family of cannibals, sort of like The Hills Have Eyes crossed with Desperation. Unfortunately, anything good that could have come out of that premise is lost in a desperate attempt to make the movie as weird as possible. If you want something original, by all means give Drifter a watch. What's life without a few regrets?

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Darling (2016)

Art-house horror really comes down to personal opinion, and if you sit down to watch Darling, there's a 50/50 chance you'll love it or hate it. No matter how you feel about it, though, one thing's for sure: it's a strange, strange movie. Darling centers on a girl who takes a job as caretaker of an old house in New York City. Slowly, she begins to lose her grip on reality and spirals into insanity. You can expect a lot of bizarre imagery, so much so that the movie even opens with a disclaimer warning viewers who have epilepsy.

The decision to shoot the movie in black and white was probably made to hide the low budget, but the acting and cinematography are well done and the main character's descent into madness is believable and more than a little disturbing. Next time you're browsing Netflix for something to watch as you fall asleep, keep an eye out for Darling

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Starry Eyes (2014)

How far would you go for fame and fortune? If you're one of those people who would literally sell your body to the devil for a shot at the big time, you'll find it easy to sympathize with the protagonist of Starry Eyes, the story of a waitress who desperately wants to become a movie star. When she finally lands an audition though, she realizes that getting her dream may come with mortal consequences.

For all its weirdness, Starry Eyes is a pretty watchable thriller. Writer/director duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer later joined forces again for the 2016 horror anthology film Holidays—specifically the "Valentine's Day" segment—and they clearly have an eye for off-kilter horror. You'll definitely cringe a few times during Starry Eyes, but it's the good kind of cringing—not the "I'm physically embarrassed for everyone involved with this movie" kind of cringing. Considering some of these movies, that's a definite plus.

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Holidays (2016)

If Black Mirror was reinvented as a weirder, less-subtle, horror-themed series, the end result would probably be something like Holidays. The film is segmented into eight short films, each highlighting a different holiday and helmed by a different director. The aforementioned Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer took the reigns of the "Valentine's Day" segment, while Kevin Smith wrote and directed the "Halloween" one (if you've seen Tusk, you know Smith has a weird take on horror. Not necessarily good, granted, but weird).

That kind of approach seems to be the foundation for all the sections of Holidays—insane, trippy horror. Like most anthology films, the final product is kind of a mixed bag, with some segments being entirely forgettable while others are bound to leave a lasting impression.

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Residue (2017)

Chock full of pulpy imagery and bizarre scenarios, Residue is easily one of the weirdest movies on Netflix right now. The story starts when private detective Luke Harding reads from a supernatural book, inadvertently opening his life to otherworldly forces. Things go downhill fast, and Harding soon finds himself on the receiving end of a barrage of oozing prosthetics and surreal monsters.

Residue is a strange combination of noir, mystery, and science fiction that works surprisingly well, given the apparent low budget and unknown actors. It has some funny moments, a few well-choreographed action scenes, and a script that alternately pays tribute to and pokes fun at the noir genre. Throw in some Cronenberg-style body horror, and you're definitely in for a weird ride.