From monstrous sex cults to walrus people, horror movies have among the strangest concepts and ideas in all of film, and there are currently a lot of them streaming online through such services as Tubi, Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO and Shudder. Here’s a list of some of the strangest horror films you should check out.
Society is a strange film to say the least. A not-so-subtle satire about the social elite, Society follows a high school student who discovers his family is part of a sex cult made up of Beverly Hills’ elite and features a series of horrific twists. It wasn’t a critically acclaimed movie or one that did well at the box office domestically. However, Society developed a cult following over time due to all the strange and disturbing events taking place throughout the film. It’s funny, unsubtle and the ending will leave you speechless.
Society is available to stream on Tubi.
Parents is about a ten-year old who suspects there’s something not quite right with his family, who turn out to be cannibals. Parents was a great satire of the perfect 1950s lifestyle, deconstruction life in the era and shows the truth beneath a seemingly perfect family. Similarly to Society, Parents divided critics but gained a loyal cult following.
Parents is available to stream on Tubi.
Shudder should be the go-to streaming service for anyone who loves the horror genre, and it has some strange films. However, Tetsuo: The Iron Man is probably the weirdest. The film follows a metal fetishist who loses his mind because of the maggots inside a wound that he made when embedding metal into himself. The man is killed by a businessman and his girlfriend, and the former becomes cursed. Reminiscent of Eraserhead and Cronenberg-style body horror, Tetsuo is unforgettable. The cyberpunk style makes the film that much more unique and sets it apart from other body horror films and is quite refreshing.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man is available to stream on Shudder.
The 2018 psychedelic action horror film Mandy follows Red, played by Nicolas Cage, and his wife Mandy, who attract the attention of a cult leader and his twisted followers. It’s a beautiful, engaging trip of a film featuring a unique visual style that in some ways mixes Enter the Void with Hellraiser. Cage is fantastic, and he gets completely nutty at some points. It doesn’t get much more imaginative than Mandy, and the film is well worth any horror fan’s time.
Mandy is available to stream on Shudder.
Based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name, Annihilation is an incredible cosmic horror film and a constant visual delight. The film follows Lena, played by Natalie Portman, a biologist and ex-soldier who joins a secret mission to enter Area X. Lena’s husband went missing in Area X that mutates all life around it. Although different from the novel in some key ways, Alex Garland’s film is wonderful, contrasting the beauty of Area X with a sense of dread. Lena also feels like a character with real motivations and struggles.
Annihilation is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Although it’s not his best film, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is ridiculous conceptually. The movie follows a podcaster played by Justin Long who ventures to Canada to interview an old man about a walrus saving his life. However, the old man captures him and turns him into a walrus. The biggest issue with the movie is that it doesn’t balance its humor and horror very well. Still, Tusk‘s incredible concept makes it a very interesting viewing experience.
Tusk is available to stream on Netflix.
Wishmaster isn’t a good film, but it’s strange and interesting. It follows a gemologist who winds up with a beautiful stone that holds an evil genie. The genie gets released and starts killing people. What Wishmaster lacks in plot and sometimes acting it makes up for in incredible special effects and creativity. This isn’t surprising, as the film is directed by Robert Kurtzman, who is best known for creating A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s special effects. It’s an off-the-wall anomaly that has the feel of one of those ’80s horror classics but released in 1997. Wishmaster is worth a watch just for its ridiculousness.
Wishmaster is available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.
Here are some of the strangest horror films available to stream online right now.