Not all scary movies are horrifying. Sometimes, they're downright deranged. Watch these and you'll never look at your furniture, your appliances, your parents or anything the same way again.
Horror movies, by their very nature, are odd. They are an entertainment that people participate in, the purpose of which is to feel fear. It's fictional, it's often non-reality based, but it's fear nonetheless. It's often stated that this otherwise unusual desire is directly related to the need for catharsis. When done right, when measured out in suspense or splatter, the feeling of intense dread is built up, layer upon layer, until all of a sudden -- BAM! -- death knocks down the door and turns the off the terror with a knife blade or a chainsaw. The set-up and pay-off predicate our response, leading to a likeable (albeit, hardly "enjoyable" experience). It's the thrill of the ride that we seek in such films, not unlike a rock concert or an actual roller coaster.
But fear is personal. It's like one's sense of humor or taste in music. What one person finds frightening another will find possibly silly, even stupid. Or how about surreal? It's this latter category we're looking at here in an attempt to identify the most oddball fright flicks in the history of the genre. Over the decades, masters of the macabre have tried to take their motion picture mandate seriously. But with the influx of the drive-in, the need for cheap entertainment options, and the post-modern equivalent known as direct-to-video, some of the more insane ideas out there have gained creative traction. Here are ten films that we think define the crackpot creepshow conceit. Sure, there are others more famous or less loony, but when it comes to crazy, these titles from the last 30 years trump them all.