The five weirdest science fiction films ever made
One of the best things about science fiction is it can be weird. Really, really weird. More often than not, it isn't weird, it's just spaceships and ray guns and robots, and that's all fine and dandy, but the genre's ability to go deep into the WTF zone is one of its great strengths. Sure, sometimes the results are more "Huh?" than "Wow!" but the effort is important all the same. Tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, the Sci-Fi Film Series from the Denver Film Society and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science kicks off with Upstream Color, a very weird science fiction film from Shane Carruth about a parasite that can control human behavior.
In honor of this strange launch to the series, it seemed a good time to look back at some other really, really weird sci-fi films. They're not all great -- not by a long shot -- but they're all damn strange, and worth a look if only for the one of a kind conversation starter "I saw the most bizarre film the other day..." they provide.
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There's no better place to kick off this list than Primer, the debut film from Upstream Color director Carruth. It's a time travel story, but it sets aside the usual time-travel nonsense for something much stranger and, ultimately, far more believable. It's also insanely complicated and mind-bendingly obtuse at times, but it's the rare movie that's worth the effort to figure out WTF is going on.
4) A Boy and His Dog
A young Don Johnson stars in a post apocalyptic tale of a boy and his telepathic dog. They wander the wasteland searching for food and girls, then the boy gets kidnapped and taken underground to a weird, regimented society that wants to harvest his sperm. It's a weird enough premise, but the execution makes it several times weirder.