Recommended Weird Fiction Films

by Widmo_TV | created - 08 Mar 2017 | updated - 03 Jun 2017 | Public

Featuring a blend of sci-fi, horror, and / or fantasy, Weird Fiction places otherwordly occurences or locales in an otherwise normal universe.

One hallmark sign of the hard-to-pin down genre is that it doesn't fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories.

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 546,249 | Gross: $56.95M

On a top-secret mission to Jupiter, a malfunctioning but proud computer named HAL attempts to test the loyalty of an unwitting crew before their rendezvous with an artifact of unknown alien origin.

2. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 718,831 | Gross: $78.90M

Working-class salvage junkers, awoken from cryogenic sleep in deep space to investigate a hostile planet of storms, discover an organic spaceship of unknown origin crashed there, along with its terrifying parasitic cargo.

3. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 333,055 | Gross: $13.78M

Norwegians at a scientific research base in Antarctica unleash an alien shapeshifter, buried in the ice for 10,000 years, upon their own heads, but are killed before they can stop it from reaching a neighboring American camp.

4. The Ruins (2008)

R | 90 min | Horror

44 Metascore

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

Director: Carter Smith | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey

Votes: 66,166 | Gross: $17.43M

Sexy young backpackers in Mexico get directions to some barely-explored Aztec ruins from other tourists, only to find the forest path there has been deliberately hidden by irate locals.

5. Marebito (2004)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

50 Metascore

A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa

Votes: 4,587 | Gross: $0.01M

A videographer, obsessed with fear, explores the spookiest, deepest parts of the Tokyo underground infrastructure to capture on film what he finds there, until one day he discovers the ancient ruins of an unknown civilization -- and a survivor.

6. Dagon (2001)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez

Votes: 15,243

Vacationers enjoying newfound wealth aboard a yacht run into stormy weather off the coast of Spain and are forced to land in a creepy seaside village where the locals have ignored the consequences of worshiping a sea monster deity for generations.

7. Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

A famous jazz saxophonist whose life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot.

Director: Paul Auster | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Richard Edson, Don Byron

Votes: 3,702

A pair of lovers stumble across a murdered man in an alley and bring home his briefcase to discover a blue stone inside that emanates intense feelings of euphoria.

8. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 261,891 | Gross: $25.59M

Ordinary residents of a small town turn against eachother after being trapped inside a grocery store due to a thick mist outside that hides man-eating creatures from another dimension.

9. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 19,524 | Gross: $1.26M

In a rural community, a pair of scientists become addicted to using a tuning-fork apparatus to view the inhabitants of a dimension that sits alongside our own, creating a doorway that refuses to be closed.

10. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror

72 Metascore

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 340,311 | Gross: $42.07M

On a vacation to a remote cabin, a group of teenagers are casually lured to their doom by a multinational corporation with access to real movie monsters.

11. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 54,296 | Gross: $8.95M

A highly-sought-after insurance fraud investigator is tasked with locating a missing horror novelist, but believes himself to be a pawn in a promotional stunt when the novelist's creations begin to manifest in real life.

12. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 540,517 | Gross: $126.48M

A narcissistic android poisons a crew of painfully-naive explorers with a contagious black mutagen they discover in an abandoned humanoid settlement.

13. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 20,539 | Gross: $1.11M

A neurotic recent divorcee stalks his unstable ex and struggles to piece together the rationale behind her sudden and extreme need for independence. With much help, he finally locates her secret apartment, but it becomes apparent her intentions are to guard her newfound privacy with deadly force.

14. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 74,982 | Gross: $2.12M

A low-rent cable TV channel owner picks up exotic video footage of brutal tortures on his company's satellite dish and traces the source not to a middle eastern dungeon, but to Pittsburgh.

15. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 85,538 | Gross: $2.20M

Toxic waste dumped into the Han River in Seoul produces a new species of amphibian monster which preys upon children in parks along the bank, leading the family of one of the victims to band together to hunt it down.

16. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,534

A municipal construction project to expand a London subway station unearths the haunted corpses of grasshopper aliens. Madness ensues.

17. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 32,694 | Gross: $14.18M

The physics and linguistic departments, students and faculty, from a nearby university are called in to help priests understand exactly what a secret society has been storing in the basement of their church.

18. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael J Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 10,920 | Gross: $0.06M

A once idealistic, state-of-the-art center for studying psychic abilities has fallen into the evil clutches of the sadistic youngest doctor on staff, who uses his authority to dominate and abuse his obsession, a dangerous female psychic.

19. The River (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 15,752

True to his restless seeker-self, a beloved nature-documentary-television-host goes off-grid upon learning of tribes deep in the Amazon who practice actual sorcery. Months later, his family retraces his route in the hopes of learning his fate.

20. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow

Votes: 7,826

As a favor, a tax lawyer offers to defend a group of Aboriginal men accused of murdering one of their own, and through contact with his clients discovers his own mystical lineage.

21. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 154,133 | Gross: $18.66M

A book detective is hired to track down all illustrated editions of a rare occult tome, and in the process finds himself at the center of a Satanic cult's race to open a doorway to hell.

22. The Day of the Triffids (1981– )

50 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Stars: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth

Votes: 1,782

Viewing a dazzling and well-publicized meteor shower leaves the overwhelming majority of the world's population blind, which allows a new species of lumbering plant to easily prey upon them.

23. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita

Votes: 10,326 | Gross: $0.05M

A Yakuza mobster is ordered to assassinate his unstable brother while on a trip to a remote rural village. Upon arriving, the brother goes missing immediately, and the town's perverse residents are of little help as they push him to confront their resident deity.

24. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 91,116 | Gross: $7.00M

A single dad hallucinates while attempting to raise his deformed infant in existential squalor.

25. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 28,694 | Gross: $11.99M

Two brothers and an ice cream truck driver snoop on a shady mortician believed to possess superhuman abilities, and in the process discover his mortuary is guarded by feral dwarves and a mechanized, floating orb.

26. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 58,992 | Gross: $38.75M

A poor orphan and an abused airhead secretly pine for eachother while working in a down-on-its-luck flower shop in the ghetto, only to find the perfect solution to drum up business (and a bodycount) is a blood-sucking plant from outer space.

27. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 37,806 | Gross: $21.03M

Anthology: A backwoods yokel discovers a meteor filled with goo, a pair of lovers are buried in the sand by a sadistic husband, a monster escaped from a crate is set as a trap for an abusive wife, and a germophobe in NYC finds himself at the mercy of an infestation.

28. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 50,019 | Gross: $2.02M

A young medical student befriends (and helps) a disgraced peer who has created an experimental serum that turns the dead into zombies. When it becomes apparent the serum works like gangbusters, the reactions of their professors run the gamut from shock to greed.

29. The Rapture (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

Director: Michael Tolkin | Stars: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Darwyn Carson, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 4,582 | Gross: $1.28M

After a mystical dream, a woman discards normal life to await the end times in the desert, only, her timing is a little off.

30. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 34,390 | Gross: $1.92M

31. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 34,531 | Gross: $0.14M

32. The Beyond (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 18,080 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Lord of Illusions (1995)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago, Nix was... See full summary »

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, J. Trevor Edmond, Daniel von Bargen

Votes: 13,419 | Gross: $13.29M

34. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 17,948

35. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 700,710 | Gross: $1.48M

36. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 29,484 | Gross: $19.85M

Psychologists team up to study the limits of human consciousness to bizarre results after obtaining a large quantity of an infamous hallucinogen from a South American jungle tribe.

37. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,898 | Gross: $0.23M

A heavily fortified no-man's land, the one-time site of a nuclear catastrophe, is nevertheless accessed and navigated by a hired guide leading a pair of intellectuals to meet God there.

38. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 90,816 | Gross: $26.12M

A Vietnam vet, back home in New York, copes not only with divorce and the loss of a loved one, but also ghoulish hallucinations supposedly brought on by chemicals his platoon was exposed to during the war.

39. The Lost Room (2006)

270 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.

Stars: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher

Votes: 26,970

A supernatural accident turns each object in a random desert motel room into a magical talisman, which are then are traded by a desperate father on an underground black market for clues about the whereabouts of his missing daughter.

40. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 18,590 | Gross: $0.25M

A gravedigger's sanity is called into question amongst constant threat of zombies after a series of botched attempts at romance with a beautiful local widow.

41. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 6,860

A mischievous harpsichordist uses magical earrings to ward off boredom and a lecherous priest in an isolated Czech village until a troupe of undead actors arrive to shake things up.

42. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 87,957 | Gross: $2.84M

After a terrorist attack on a prototype virtual reality video game system built from mutant amphibians, the system's creator teams up with her noob bodyguard to test the coveted, dying device.

43. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,370

Tweens across Japan are offing themselves in waves for fun. Frustrated police and the ex-girlfriend of one of the victims scour youth culture for conspiratorial clues.

44. A Field in England (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

73 Metascore

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

Votes: 9,478 | Gross: $0.03M

45. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 325,210 | Gross: $238.63M

Logline: A sleazy paranormal investigator and his pals run a ghost extermination business which leads them to study a portal to another dimension in an attractive violinist's Manhattan apartment.

46. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 8,897 | Gross: $1.19M

47. The Cell (2000)

R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

40 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James

Votes: 90,099 | Gross: $61.33M

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