The 5 Weirdest And Most Absurd Movies You Must Watch To Understand Trash Cinema

The 5 Weirdest And Most Absurd Movies You Must Watch To Understand Trash Cinema

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By: Orlando Q

March 1, 2017

Movies The 5 Weirdest And Most Absurd Movies You Must Watch To Understand Trash Cinema
Avatar of Orlando Q

By: Orlando Q

March 1, 2017

It's likely you use your weekends to watch commercial movies that'll keep you on the edge of your seat; indie films overwhelm you, or maybe you just want to watch something different besides TV series, but in the end, you don't really know what you want to watch. While you're scrolling down the many lists of genres, suddenly you find a peculiar movie. From watching the first minutes you think "what the...?!" you find yourself grinning, and perhaps you're covering your face out of surprise. The next minute you feel disturbed and don't understand a thing. You know that if you weren't alone you would ask if this is all a joke while laughing at the same time. Been there? Welcome to trash cinema.

For those who don't have a clue of what this film genre is, I'll explain it in a very easy way –although it would be best to actually watch one of these films: "Trash cinema" comes from the sixties, seventies, and eighties. They're low-cost films that were distributed and exhibited in marginal places and were restricted from the video market of their time.

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These films were made bearing in mind they would be criticized. This is the main appeal: it was a fun and obscene way to show all the trending topics no one dared to show. Most of these films deal with horror and erotic themes, inefficient superheroes, mutants, and infinite elaborated subjects. However, trash cinema has a wide number of followers . That's why we're sharing some of the films that will make you cry and laugh at the same time.

1. The Toxic Avenger (1984) — Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz

The city of Tromaville is the setting of an endless conflict between thugs and an incompetent leader. One day, a weak janitor, Melvin Junko, gets pranked and ends up falling into a pile of toxic waste. Soon, he turns into "The Toxic Avenger", the only superhero Tromaville can rely on. While he's becoming a celebrity, Toxie falls in love with a blind girl. Of course, the evil forces of the city will try to destroy him.

2. Space Truckers (1996) — Stuart Gordon

This film, starred by Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, and Debi Mazar, was premiered in Sitges. John Canyon is a businessman specialized in space transportation. He's commissioned to transport a shady cargo to Earth. In the journey, the crew finds out they're carrying an army of killer robots they must stop, so they become "the planet's last hope."

3. Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD (1990) —  Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz

Harry Griswald, a New York policeman who has been possessed by the spirit of a "kabuki" master, becomes the chosen one to fight against evil with his superpowers.

4. Tetsuo (1989) — Shinya Tsukamoto

A man, known as the "Metal Fetishist" due to his compulsion to stick metal pieces in his body, gets hit by a clerk's car. The latter throws the body into a dumpster, and out of revenge the "Metal Fetishist" makes the clerk gradually turn into a walking metal waste.

5. Evil Dead II (1987) — Sam Raimi

The first film of Evil Dead has turned into a classic of the horror genre; the sequel, however, is one of the trashiest movies ever made. Ash Williams and his girlfriend, Linda, find in a cabin a tape in which an archaeologist is reciting verses from "The Book of the Dead." Obviously, when it's played an evil power comes out and possesses Linda's body.

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If this list isn't enough for you to watch during the weekend, maybe you can explore these 10 Horror Movies That You Will Never Want to Watch Alone.

Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards