Strangest Criterion Films

by JeffWang1

Created 07/02/12

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There is a thin line between genius and insanity, and many geniuses are included in the Criterion Collection. Here is my list of the strangest, most insane, out-there Criterion titles...films which make you wonder if you need to readjust your level of sanity.


  • By Nick Brown
    July 02, 2012
    10:19 PM

    I'm not sure if Naked Lunch is weirder than Videodrome. A guy's chest slitting open like a vagina to produce a gun is pretty damn weird if you ask me. That's just the tip of the iceberg. They're both quite weird and I love them both- I love just about anything Cronenberg- but I think Videodrome may be a bit weirder.
    • By Said Parker
      July 12, 2012
      11:10 PM

    • By Ken Pelter
      July 15, 2012
      04:55 AM

      Definitely!! Videodrome should be on this list
    • By Bradmiltonic
      July 19, 2012
      11:06 AM

      Idk, I always felt like I understood Videodrome. Naked Lunch left me more in a mood of "what did I just watch?"
    • By Bradmiltonic
      July 19, 2012
      11:08 AM

      I guess William S. Burroughs is just stranger than Marshall McLuhan.
  • By David Hollingsworth
    July 10, 2012
    05:11 PM

    Being John Malkovich is pretty weird, but it's also pretty brilliant, and ahead of its time.
  • By Craig J. Clark
    July 11, 2012
    11:20 AM

    I'm surprised Schizopolis didn't make the list. Head was also be a good addition.
  • By KermitusX
    July 11, 2012
    06:51 PM

    I would have to give 3 Women a place on that list long before Naked Kiss.
  • By Devlin-95
    July 13, 2012
    04:11 AM

    The Naked Kiss wasn't that weird when you take into account Videodrome and Haxan.
    • By Unded Unicorn
      July 14, 2012
      04:18 AM

      Forget Videodrome. What about Branded to Kill?
  • By Metatron
    July 13, 2012
    08:58 PM

    SALO wasn't against the grain enough?
  • By Sean Armstrong
    July 17, 2012
    12:25 AM

    Would Fishing with John count, even though its a TV show?
  • By Abraham Murillo
    July 21, 2012
    06:15 PM

    I thought Brazil was pretty weird too.
  • By Alejandro R.
    July 23, 2012
    03:34 AM

  • By Max Gavrich
    July 25, 2012
    11:56 PM

    Definitely Housu
  • By D.j. West
    December 26, 2012
    03:52 AM

    wtf is brazil?
  • By Stroszek
    April 17, 2013
    08:34 AM

    Hausu was such a great discovery. The experimental film in the supplements is also a trip.
  • By Emma
    April 18, 2013
    08:32 PM

    I'd have to place Shock Corridor, Haxan and Equinox on the list. In response to Metatron, Salo wasn't weird, just disgusting. I would also love to add Leslie Stevens' Incubus, but Criterion has not seen fit to release that, for some goddamned reason. Get on that, Criterion! ... Please?
  • By Emma
    April 18, 2013
    08:32 PM

    Oh, and how could I forget Vampyr?