Outsider Cinema

Outsider Cinema, or narrative films so bizarre that they often become accidentally surreal, unsettling/frightening in a way that was probably not intentional, and/or seem more like a performance art critique of the genre they ostensibly are than a standard narrative film.

These are films that are marked by particularly strange approaches to human behavior, speech, cinematic language, and/or genre tropes. They may provoke responses of laughter, but often also inspire questions about how the filmmakers believe people act and think and/or how narrative film is supposed to work.

Virtually the entire filmographies of several filmmakers (Doris Wishman, Andy Milligan, Carl J. Sukenick, etc.) could be on this list, but I've just chosen a few of what I feel like are…

  • Dementia
  • The Beast of Yucca Flats
  • Face of the Screaming Werewolf
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Rat Pfink a Boo Boo
  • Indecent Desires
  • Godmonster of Indian Flats
  • Cautivo del mas allá
  • The Body Beneath
  • Dream No Evil
  • Sweet Trash
  • If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
  • Zaat
  • Blood Freak
  • The Man with Two Heads
  • The Night of a Thousand Cats
  • The Astrologer
  • Poor Pretty Eddie
  • Velvet Smooth
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
  • The Incredible Melting Man
  • Let Me Die a Woman
  • Sextette
  • John Travolto: The Face with Two Left Feet
  • Savage Water
  • The Visitor
  • Bloody Moon
  • Carnival Magic
  • Boardinghouse
  • Pieces
  • Raw Force
  • Runaway Nightmare
  • The Killing of Satan
  • Ogroff
  • A Night to Dismember
  • Black Devil Doll from Hell
  • Satan's Blade
  • Devil Story
  • Flesh and Bullets
  • The New York Centerfold Massacre
  • Night Train to Terror
  • Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness
  • Computer Beach Party
  • Doom Asylum
  • Evil Town
  • Miami Connection
  • Monstrosity
  • Project Nightmare
  • Sexandroide
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
  • Tales from the Quadead Zone
  • Graverobbers
  • Beyond the Door III
  • Creating Rem Lezar
  • Mind Trap
  • Droid
  • Fright House
  • Science Crazed
  • Things
  • Singapore Sling
  • Troll 2
  • Alien Beasts
  • Cool as Ice
  • Samurai Cop
  • Judgement
  • The Satan Killer
  • Kindergarten Ninja
  • Howling: New Moon Rising
  • The Room
  • Dangerous Men
  • Shadowboxer
  • Deadly Lessons
  • Lady in the Water
  • We Are the Strange
  • After Last Season
  • C Me Dance
  • Dialtone
  • I Am Here....Now
  • Love on a Leash
  • Lucy's Law
  • Missed the Calling
  • Song of the Blind Girl
  • Foxfur
  • The Inflicted
  • Remake
  • Who Killed Aliyah?
  • My Refuge
  • Fateful Findings
  • A Talking Cat!?!
  • Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • The Borrowed Christmas
  • The Toxic Retards
  • Monday at 11:01 A.M.
  • Slamma Jamma
  • Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear
  • Verotika