50 Greatest WTF Movies

Holy Motors (2012)

The WTF Movie: Leos Carax’s long-awaited return confirms him as an art-house agent provocateur, as he unleashes Denis Lavant – a kind of French Mr Benn – on the world in a variety of increasingly bizarre disguises.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Lavant, dressed as a monster in a suit, kidnaps Eva Mendes. As you do.

Kill List (2011)

The WTF Movie: Ben Wheatley’s second film starts as Mike Leigh-esque domestic satire, veers into ultra-violent hitman thriller and then really starts to get weird.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Hitmen Jay and Gal interrupt a pagan sacrifice, and the masked cult swarms after them into their escape tunnel.

The Fountain (2006)

The WTF Movie: Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz fall in love across the ages, in Darren Aronofsky’s trippy, time-hopping parable of interconnectedness.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Jackman’s future alter-ego shows up, shaven-headed like a Buddha, inside a giant bubble.

The Testament Of Dr Mabuse (1933)

The WTF Movie: Fritz Lang’s anti-Nazi parable about a supposedly catatonic crime lord who instructs his minions from his cell using thought control.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: The head of a mental asylum gets a visit from the late Dr Mabuse, now a spectral apparition.

Labyrinth (1986)

The WTF Movie: Jim Henson channels all of his weirdest ideas as Muppet-master into this Lewis Carroll-esque fantasy about a girl (Jennifer Connelly) under threat from the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Bowie performs Magic Dance with a troupe of monster Muppets.

Weekend (1967)

The WTF Movie: Jean-Luc Godard gets dark with the fable of a bourgeois couple who take a road trip to kill the woman’s parents for their money, only to be beset by endless car crashes and a commune of Marxist cannibals.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Trying to leave Paris, the couple is caught in traffic – an eight-minute tracking shot full of strangeness.

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The WTF Movie: Terrence Malick charts the beginning of life on Earth, while Sean Penn tries to figure out what dinosaurs have to do with his childhood in 1950s Texas.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: A moment of transcendental grace as Penn’s mom (Jessica Chastain) hovers in mid-air.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

The WTF Movie: A Vietnam vet (Tim Robbins) starts to crack up on his return to America when he sees horrific apparitions.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: The explain-it-all twist ending.

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

The WTF Movie: Originally conceived as a pilot for a TV show, David Lynch’s Hollywood-set nightmare proved too perplexing for studios to greenlight.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: A man unwisely decides to check behind his local diner, scene of a freakish dream he’d had.

Little Otik (2000)

The WTF Movie: Jan Švankmajer’s surreal comedy about a couple who decide to raise a tree stump as their child, only to find it coming to life.

Drop Your Popcorn Moment: Otik reveals an insatiable appetite by chomping on its mother’s hair.

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