I've watched a lot of films and I've noticed that there are sometimes film that you just can't put your finger on them, all you can say is that they are dark in atmosphere, unordinary, unhollywoodlike...


No particular order:
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey 1988

Tenshi no Tamago (Angel's egg) 1985
La Cité des enfants perdus (City of lost children) 1995
Tideland 2005
Paperhouse 1988
The fall 2006
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989
Taxidermia 2006
Salo or 120 days of sodom 1975
Caligula 1979
Dancer in the dark 2000
Drunken Angel 1948
Le proces 1962
Sonatine 1993
It's all about love 2003
Aguirre der zorn gottes (Aguirre the wrath of god) 1972
Der siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) 1989
Gerry 2002
Happiness 1998
Såsom i en spegel (Through a glass darkly) 1961
Barton Fink 1991
Le Locataire (The Tenant) 1976
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920
The quiet earth 1985
Children of men 2006

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Comment by NeonHammerer on April 16, 2011 at 1:09pm
also check out Nicolas Roeg's films, especially Eureka, which was in theaters only one week. I love cronenburg and the film noir, Trufault and Godard. But my favorites are the french films by Jean Cocteau, blood of a poet, orpheus, beauty and the beast (which I saw on the big screen with an opera by Phillip Glass. i cried .
Comment by NeonHammerer on April 16, 2011 at 1:10pm
The brothers quay also made a live animation film of the story Metamorphosis, *Kafka
Comment by Sarah Emmaly Burgett on April 16, 2011 at 3:18pm
In my opinion, Gummo is one of those movies that you only watch once... and then show other people... It was just... odd and it somewhat disturbed me haha. But you should watch it. haha
Comment by Christopher Bricklemyer on April 16, 2011 at 3:59pm
"Santa Sangre" is a good one. Jodorowski is an odd bird. I also watched another one called "Rubbers Lover." it's a weird twisted Japanese movie. It's tough to describe.
Comment by UnTarded on April 16, 2011 at 4:57pm
"Dark City" and "The Butcher Boy" come to mind. Thanks for helping me fill up my Netflix queue.
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 16, 2011 at 7:24pm

Blood Simple - an early Coen Brothers film is dark. None of the characters have any redeeming features.

 

 

Comment by Akshay Bist on April 16, 2011 at 11:06pm

@Kris - Cube, awesome movie. Actually the whole trilogy is nice, with Cube 2:Hyper Cube being my favorite.

And it looks like mindfuck movies are being included so -

Lost Highway

Primer - this one is a real mind bender.

Moon

Cypher

Timecrimes or  Los Cronocrímenes - haven't seen this one but I've been told its pretty good

Splice

Repo Men - The world the movie is set in is pretty dark, not the whole story

Comment by UnTarded on April 17, 2011 at 12:31am

Just finished watching "Dumplings". Sick and twisted and thoroughly entertaining.

 

Comment by Anne on April 17, 2011 at 1:45am

Oh! Santa Sangre... how could I have forgotten that!

 

I do not think Wings of Desire was dark... just pensive and full of the play of light and shadow. I also thought of that somewhat creepy song about the carny with the dead horse and whatnot.

 

There are so many that others have reminded me of and several more have come to my mind. I thought of Kissed, Nightwatch, Parents, Ingmar Bergman films... yes. Do start another list please.

Comment by Christopher Bricklemyer on April 17, 2011 at 3:03am

If you want nihilistic, then I would suggest "Baise Moi," "Martyrs" and "Srpski film" a.k.a. "Serbian Film."

 

I only am suggesting them, I am not recommending them. Well, maybe "Martyrs." But definitely not "Serbian Film." "Serbian Film" is the film you use to test your morals. It has the potential to wreck you for days after you watch it. "Baise Moi" blurs the line between art, storytelling and pornography.

 

Also, "Irreversible" is pretty "unordinary" and un-Hollywood-like.

 

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