There’s a fine line to walk when it comes to the quality of weird movies. If they’re bad enough, the negatives will outweigh the films’ quirkiness, but if they’re popular enough, they move out of the realm of “weird” and into the avant-garde and ground-breaking categories. (This is why neither Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant nor Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made this list, since they’re at opposite ends of the quality spectrum.) But if you’re looking for something on the weird side of the streaming service, we have a few titles to suggest to you.
We did our best to bring you a good mix of sci-fi, horror-thrillers, dramas, actioners, and comedies, because when it comes down to it, any genre can get really, really weird. Take, for example, Mr. Nobody, a romantic drama with strong sci-fi elements that centers on a man whose decisions and indecision have split his life’s memories into infinite paths … or is it that he’s actually aware of his many, many possible lifetimes? You’ll have to watch to find out. But like all of the titles on this list, sometimes simply viewing the trailer will clue you in to a specific sort of weirdness going on in each of them in ways that my words simply cannot, ie, Jared Leto‘s performance in this 2009 film from writer-director Jaco Van Dormael.
That’s certainly the case in movies like Creep, an obviously creepy thriller from Patrick Bice and Mark Duplass that anchors itself in the very idea of following the weirdest person possible. However, other movies on this list might need a little more explanation as to why they’re among the weirdest currently streaming on Netflix. Take Cloud Atlas, a perfectly good sci-fi story about many (many) characters living their lives in multiple timelines. The weirdness kicks in when Tom Hanks‘ far-flung future self starts talking in pidgin’ English about the true-true. If that brought a smile to your face, this is just the list for you!