12 deliciously weird alternative movies to look forward to this year
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It’s nearly summer blockbuster season, but while it’s all very good going in for a special effects laden epic, what if you want something smaller? Something more indie? Something weird.

Well, never fear, because we’ve sifted through some of the strangest looking films on the horizon to whet your alternative and arthouse appetite.

Things are about to get very odd indeed…

Tickled

Tickled Sundance

Out June 17

This outlandish documentary takes a look behind the scenes of Los Angeles’ competitive tickling scene. But before you assume this is a comedy, the film actually exposes the dark intimidation racket behind the whole thing that’s really rather chilling indeed.

Journalist David Farrier peered behind the curtain after receiving a string of homophobic messages from the organisers of an “endurance tickling” tournament, and found “a vast empire” of criminal activity. Yes – really.

Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe Swiss Army Man

Out June 24

A lot’s already been said about Swiss Army Man (including by us). Daniel Radcliffe, once boy wizard Harry Potter, plays a flatulent corpse. A dead body. That farts a lot.

The trailer is bonkers (Paul Dano surfing on a dead Daniel Radcliffe’s back can never be unseen), but it comes to us from distributors A24, who have a good record in discovering hidden gems. Expect to be surprised.

The Neon Demon

Neon Demon

Out July 8

Whenever a Nicolas Winding Refn film (Drive, Pusher, Only God Forgives) comes along it’s always talked about, and this one is no different. 

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women, who will take any means necessary to get what she has, in what appears to be another stylishly violent piece from the director. Expect lavish amounts of neon lighting at every turn.

Tallulah

Tallulah Film

Out July 29

Ellen Page makes a return to the unwanted baby scene after Juno, but this time she’s the one taking on the unplanned sprog. Only problem is, she’s a van-dwelling drifter, and with no positive role-models, must find her way through the unpredictability of life.

The directorial debut from Orange is the New Black writer Sian Heder, this one’s hitting Netflix later this year.

Yoga Hosers

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Out July 29

Kevin Smith has essentially been chucking out Clerks re-runs since, well… Clerks. No one really minds though, and Yoga Hosers isn’t so different either. Aside from the supernatural elements.

It involves two Canadian teenage girls (who just happen to be yoga nuts) wasting their lives in a convenience store when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust, and releases an army of monsters (and a much talked about cameo from Johnny Depp – again).

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic Sundance

Out September 9

This dysfunctional family drama takes more than a leaf out of the Wes Anderson playbook, and stars Viggo Mortensen as a reclusive father who essentially raises his children to be home-grown superheroes in America’s Pacific Northwest.

Looks great.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

lo and behold reveries of the connected world

Out October 28

A documentary about the wonders of the internet probably wouldn’t be considered all that weird by most, but considering esoteric film maker Werner Herzog is behind the lens, you know you’ll be in for a sideways glance.

Herzog’s motto? “Facts do not constitute the truth.” Should be interesting…

The Handmaiden

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Out TBC

An heiress falls in love with a petty thief in this modernised Korean version of Sarah Waters’s novel, Fingersmith.

It comes courtesy of acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, who’s already proved himself a dab hand at unsettling pieces of film with works like Oldboy and Stoker, and this looks to carry more of the same brutally black humour and gorgeous cinematography.

The Lure

Lure Sundance

Out TBC

A pair of mermaid sisters find themselves caught in a love triangle when they fall for the same man in this bizarre looking Polish thriller.

It’s been out a while in its native country and has been racking up awards at film festivals worldwide, so expect a UK release very soon.

Nuts!

Nuts Documentary

Out TBC

This nutty documentary (sorry) blends live action with animation to tell the story of John Romulus Brinkley, a 1920s Kansas con-man who claimed that dozens of diseases could be cured by transplanting goat testicles into human beings.

Despite this ludicrous claim, Brinkley went on to build the world’s most powerful radio station and nearly became Governor of Kansas. Only in America!

Mr. Pig

Mr Pig Diego Luna

Out TBC

Danny Glover plays an aging alcoholic pig-farmer (because of course he does) in this quirky re-imagining of Mexican road movies.

It’s quirky because his road-trip buddy isn’t another person, but his favourite pig. Glover stars alongside Diego Lunar, who’ll be showing up in Rogue One at the end of the year.

Wild

Wild 2016 Movie

Out TBC

Not to be confused with the soul-searching journey of Reese Witherspoon’s character in the film of the same name, this Wild instead tells the story of a young girl who is driven to the outskirts of society by her obsessive desire for a wolf she finds in the forest.

It’s been described as an “anarchic, sexually charged German folk-tale”. Nice.

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